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@  NotVeryKnightly : (19 July 2019 - 01:17 PM)

It seems like, with these kind of things, anything not TF-specific is either in an existing thread or just not discussed since they're not part of something deemed important enough to get its own thread already.

@  Benbot : (19 July 2019 - 12:45 PM)

Yeah, but it's for Transformers specifically

@  Gryllid : (19 July 2019 - 12:39 PM)

There is. It's called "SDCC 2019 thread"

@  Benbot : (19 July 2019 - 12:24 PM)

no general SDCC thread?

@  Benbot : (19 July 2019 - 12:08 PM)

I never even bothered to see it.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (19 July 2019 - 10:30 AM)

O never hated it, the whole thing was an Indiana Jones movie. I didn't care for the CGI, but that's just nature of the beast.

@  Paladin : (19 July 2019 - 07:58 AM)

sidebar- has enough time passed that we can stop irrationally hating "Crystal Skull" yet?

@  Telly : (18 July 2019 - 09:18 PM)

after 38 years and i dont know how many viewings, today is the first time i noticed indiana jones doesnt use a revolver in the bar fight in raiders...

@  Kalidor : (18 July 2019 - 05:33 PM)

@Sabrblade Depends on when you're here. I used to have the backups happen once daily, now I have them happen once per hour so you might often see a hesitation at the top of every hour for 30-45 seconds.

@  Locoman : (18 July 2019 - 05:11 PM)

isn't that just Modern Family

@  Foffy : (18 July 2019 - 04:45 PM)

that's right. my gym teacher is a clown. new series coming to disney channel next fall

@  Foffy : (18 July 2019 - 04:44 PM)

all these clowns are making me run really fast.

@  Sabrblade : (18 July 2019 - 12:10 PM)

All this awesome SDCC news is really making these boards run slowly.

@  Bass X0 : (18 July 2019 - 07:54 AM)

Racism must be stopped. No matter the cost.

@  MEDdMI : (18 July 2019 - 07:49 AM)

Tine to stop buttering it up.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (17 July 2019 - 09:43 PM)

Well shucks.

@  ▲ndrusi : (17 July 2019 - 08:14 PM)

The joke is a husk of its former self.

@  Paladin : (17 July 2019 - 01:15 PM)

Pop.

@  Shrug : (17 July 2019 - 10:15 AM)

Something something... corn bread?

@  MEDdMI : (17 July 2019 - 07:21 AM)

Ok, ok. Enough of the puns and let's all thank Kal for the amaizeing job he did.

@  Paladin : (17 July 2019 - 06:24 AM)

by now I think this jokes' been creamed.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2019 - 03:31 AM)

The kernel.

@  Nevermore : (17 July 2019 - 03:31 AM)

Who gives the orders in cybernetic warfare?

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 09:59 PM)

Zea mays

@  Xellos : (16 July 2019 - 09:53 PM)

Isn't that a kernel of truth.

@  Paladin : (16 July 2019 - 08:43 PM)

huh. suddenly the Squawk is popping.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2019 - 07:47 PM)

Not placing much stalk in this conversation.

@  Nevermore : (16 July 2019 - 06:22 PM)

That's so corny.

@  Shrug : (16 July 2019 - 06:07 PM)

It's absurd how happy I am that a post of mine made the front page of Reddit.

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2019 - 05:46 PM)

Aww, shucks.

@  TriBlurr : (16 July 2019 - 05:45 PM)

Not till I taste the corn

@  Kalidor : (16 July 2019 - 05:43 PM)

You guys aren't being very nice. You're supposed to tell me I did "good, really good!"

@  TheMightyMol... : (16 July 2019 - 05:40 PM)

Just don't go beyond the rows.

@  Patch : (16 July 2019 - 05:39 PM)

Left over from the failed Beast Machines sequel, Beast Farmers

@  Patch : (16 July 2019 - 05:39 PM)

It's techno-organic corn

@  TriBlurr : (16 July 2019 - 05:26 PM)

We have a cornfield? Can I get a few ears?

@  Kalidor : (16 July 2019 - 12:56 PM)

And lastly, if it becomes too much hassle to deal with - it might just get sent into the cornfield and replaced with a Discord box anyway. So cool it.

@  Kalidor : (16 July 2019 - 12:55 PM)

Second thing is we do actually have the ability to ban users specifically from using Shoutbox if it's being abused like that

@  Kalidor : (16 July 2019 - 12:55 PM)

Hey all - just a reminder and heads up. The Shoutbox has been kept here as a courtesy because it's what you folks like in lieu of Discord - but a few things to remember is that P&R should stay in P&R and isn't really something that needs to be dragged out here in the most public of spaces.

@  Nevermore : (16 July 2019 - 11:04 AM)

Done.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 July 2019 - 10:25 AM)

You can make a new one. I doubt anybody would stop you.

@  Nevermore : (16 July 2019 - 10:16 AM)

There was a thread but it appears to have disappeared. Might have been lost in one of the older forum sweeps.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (16 July 2019 - 09:58 AM)

Yeah this is pretty much circumventing the fact that we have different rules for political talk.

@  fourteenwings : (16 July 2019 - 09:55 AM)

Okay, so, basically, can we not do politics in here anymore? I mean, considering how often @Nevermore, you talk about your work conditions, don't you think it's time for a dedicated thread in P&R?

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Scratch that; that's insulting to honest salads. Whatever that was was the text equivalent of hamburger.

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 09:38 AM)

Would you like some dressing to go with your word salad?

@  Paladin : (16 July 2019 - 09:34 AM)

yes; it now goes "shit piss hug *BLEEP* ^$@^ motherhuger **** turd fart encyclopedia & Socialism."

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 09:24 AM)

This is an American site, but isn't that unnecessarily severe language? IIRC it's one of the top four offensive pejoratives to English people

@  SHIELD Agent 47 : (16 July 2019 - 08:52 AM)

It's amusing how so many (U.S.) wankers in this world love to whine "capitalism good socialism bad!" in the abstract while simultaneously pretending that megacorporations dominating de facto monopolies is anathema to the core capitalistic principle of competition benefits everyone.

@  unluckiness : (16 July 2019 - 05:17 AM)

I know Shockwave's super mode is pretty lame and Magnus is kinda greebly but it's not that bad.


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#1 Exatron

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 02:35 PM

My daughter's finishing up third grade, and she's been developing into quite the voracious reader. We were kind of surprised though that she wasn't interested in Harry Potter at all, so around Christmas my wife and I dug up the movies and watched them with her. It worked to get her interested, and she's since read the whole series. One of the unintended side effects though is that I started to realize just how long it's been since I've sat down and read a novel myself. I'm reading all the time (news, e-mail, forums, etc.), but I honestly couldn't name a full book I'd read since the last Harry Potter book came out in 2007.  :doh

 

Anyway, I decided to remedy that situation. A few weeks ago, I dug out the Death Gate Cycle, which I haven't read in at least a decade or two. I've been steadily going through those, and just started the last book in the series the other night. It's been an odd experience. I could vaguely remember some of the broad strokes of the plot, along with some very vivid memories of certain elements and events, but I've lost so much to time that it's kind of like reading it for the first time with a touch of deja vu. And while I had vague memories of having enjoyed the books, I'd completely forgotten just how much I enjoyed them. Or maybe I was too young to fully appreciate them back then. I really can't tell for sure.

 

I'm still debating what to dig into next once I finish The Seventh Gate. I never did read The Lord of the Rings, and have always wanted to, so that's always a top contender. The Dragonlance books, primarily the ones written by Weis & Hickman, are old favorites that I also haven't read in ages. I also have their Darksword series, which I also never got around to reading. Or the Pern series, which had several more books published since I last read them. Then there's the Harry Potter series, since it's what kicked off this mood in the first place. I'd also be strongly tempted by the Song of Ice and Fire series, but I don't think I could stand the wait for the final book(s).

 

Anyway, anybody else reading anything good lately?



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:07 PM

Recommended reading: I always suggest the Animorphs series (*ahem*), or at the very least the Hork-Bajir Chronicles. A surprisingly dark take on the old "kids fight a fantasy war" trope, with some incredibly imaginative aliens scattered throughout. They're also really quick reads.

 

 

What I'm reading: the old Star Wars EU. Mostly reading these so I can ignore the new movies.......... but also I skipped these all before and wanted to see what I've been missing all these years with Mara Jade and Darth Bane and Plagueis and the like.



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 03:48 PM

Anyway, anybody else reading anything good lately?


I'm somewhere in the middle of the Mahabharata. Which might be simultaneously the most difficult heroic epic, and the most amazing one. It is an experience I don't even know how to describe.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 04:25 PM

Historical non-fiction has been my jam as of late.

 

The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff is a fresh look at the bedlam that engulfed the Massachusetts colony at the close of the 17th Century. Researched like a traditional historical account but written in a compelling narrative style, Schiff seamlessly weaves the reader in and out of the proceedings like on the spectral visions the afflicted girls claimed to be haunting the court rooms of the accused. While answers will forever remain elusive, it's still a very compelling tale with far more complexity than one assumes from the surface. Also blasts away several of the common misconceptions and fabrications about the event that were facilitated by later authors (Gone is the connection to Voodoo, for example).

 

A Curious Madness A bit of a unknown tale from the end of World War II, Okawa Shumei was the only Japanese Civilian charged with War Crimes, when an apparent breakdown in the court room lead to him being declared insane and incapable of standing trial...making him the only Japanese war criminal that was charged and set completely free. After his release, he quickly regained his faculties leading many to suspect he'd simply fooled the American Psychiatrist who'd examined him. The grandson of this Psychiatrist decided to delve into the mystery of a man who was a titan among his family, and in so doing gives a fair shake to both men. Like the Witches real answers remain elusive (Though there is a explanation to be had), but it makes human two very different men of a conflict that has grown to larger than life proportions and, being blunt, Okawa Shumei is a fascinating individual worth knowing about for his own merits, not simply his madness.

 

Symphony for the City of the Dead is the book I'm currently reading. It's about the Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich who grew up and lived during the rise of the Soviet Union in the city of Saint Petersburg...later Petrograd...later Leningrad, and who was one of those unfortunate souls who were trapped within the city when the Germans surrounded it and Adolf Hilter declared the city - and all its inhabitants - were to be put to the sword. And how a Symphony he composed during the Siege was smuggled at great risk out of both the city and the Soviet Union, intent on it being the plea for help the Soviets needed in the West. Again, a little known story of a larger than life event, and honestly worth reading just for the build up to the siege itself. It details Shostakovich's life under the Bolsheviks, Russia's wild, highly experimental period in arts during the 1920s, and how Shostakovich was one of those blacklisted during the Great Terror - Stalin's ruthless purge of the Soviet world. There are parts that read almost from a movie script - He was implicated in a plot to kill Stalin. He was questioned by the precursor to the KGB where he denied any involvement or knowledge. The agent questioning him gave him the weekend to recall what he knew aka tell us what we want to hear. He went back in Monday fulling expecting to be disappeared...only to discover the agent handling his case had been purged over the weekend.



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:18 PM

I recomend the Perry Jackson books, while I was inspired by the film Lightning thief to read the books, the films just do not it any justice, so if your kid likes Harry Potter, then I recomend those books as well as its follow up series Heroes of Olympus, they are not only good reads but far more informative in regards to Greek & Roman myths, of course there is also the Kane Chonicles which is Egyptian myths and then there is Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, which is Norses myths. The thing about these books is they are all set in the same universe, I know its crazy but it works and just fun to read because I've read them, while set in the same universe, they rarely crossover into one another as they have their own main characters who generally are related somehow to a god or past rulers (depending on series)


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 06:47 PM

None of these are particularly "recent," but here are some faves:

The Imperial Radch trilogy by Ann Leckie (Ancillary Justice, Ancillary Sword, and Ancillary Mercy). A space-opera trilogy about an AI hive-mind that gets pared down to one single drone and goes on a mission of vengeance, which then spirals into a revolution.

The WondLa trilogy by Tony DiTerlizzi (The Search for WondLa, A Hero for WondLa, and The Battle for WondLa). A 12-year-old girl raised in an apocalypse-proof bunker emerges to explore an alien world. These are YA books, so they may be good picks to share with your daughter.

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie. A pair of girls (one rich, the other poor) both end up sacrificing their humanity to become cyborg super-soldiers in service to their generation-fleet, and end up uncovering a conspiracy.

Redshirts by John Scalzi. A group of disposable starship crewmen start comparing notes and realize something weird is happening.

Of course, now is also the perfect time to track down Good Omens and (re)read the book that inspired the miniseries.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 11:44 PM

There was another thread for books before.

I'm at the start of Crazy Rich Asians, late to the craze.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 07:49 PM

Just finished Tolkien's Letters and about to start the Fall of Gondolin.


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Posted 09 June 2019 - 06:06 PM

I've been slowly making my way through Terry Pratchett's Discworld tooks in order (skipping a few here and there for now).  I just finished Reaper Man and I'll start Witches Abroad pretty soon.   Good books, clever writing, I definitely would recommend them.



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Posted 09 June 2019 - 10:36 PM

Kinda neat to see what all everyone's into.  :)

 

I'm embarrassed to say, I had no idea Animorphs was a book series. I knew about the toyline, and had a vague idea it was tied to some TV show. I never looked into it enough to have any idea there was anything more to it than that.  :doh

 

There was another thread for books before.

 

I'd expected there to be one, but if there is, I couldn't find it. Nothing as obvious as a thread in GD with "book" in the thread title anyway.  :???



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Posted 09 June 2019 - 11:42 PM

I'm at the start of Crazy Rich Asians, late to the craze.

 

Let me know if you can still somehow stand Nick when you finish China Rich Girlfriend.

 

I've been in-between books since I gave up rereading The Perfectionists halfway through before the TV series started. I used to be really big into YA but lately nothing has grabbed me like the "America becomes a caste-based monarchy but mainly this is The Bachelor on steroids" of The Selection series or the "For some reason Gossip Girl is set in 2100 now" of The Thousandth Floor series.

 

The author of The Thousandth Floor series is actually coming out with her own cutthroat American royalty series so there's that to look forward to at least.


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 02:20 AM

I've been slowly making my way through Terry Pratchett's Discworld tooks in order (skipping a few here and there for now).  I just finished Reaper Man and I'll start Witches Abroad pretty soon.   Good books, clever writing, I definitely would recommend them.


Reaperman! I was tearing up at the realization that the lady was giving her life to buy Bill Door a precious few seconds. Did your version have the giant affirmation properly placed?

Saw Good Omens the other week too. Tennant as Crowley was great but it would have been awesome is Arizaphale was, well, Matt Smith for a Doctor Who hang out.

I'm STILL at the start of Crazy Rich Asians, haha

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 03:17 PM

I *think* it was properly placed.  I have this version (the mass market paperpack version with the snowglobe):

 

https://www.amazon.c...=gateway&sr=8-1

 

I've never had the chance to thumb through any other version, though.  Can't compare.

 

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 09:57 PM

Just finished Polychrome by Ryk Spoor.  Serious Oz fanboy ends up being the Chosen One to save Oz despite being apparently nobody special beyond actually knowing things like who Polychrome Glory is (Baum wrote a LOT of Oz books).  It's a bit rough around the edges, with a touch too much "fans are slan" to it, but it seems to have been something of a trial run for his later and better Princess Holy Aura (which does a similar thing with magical girl tropes rather than Oz tropes).

 

Spoor's built up a pretty significant linked world as well, although I don't know if I'd really recommend getting into it yet...there's a lot of "meanwhile" books not yet written that leave obvious holes in the narrative.  So right now it's more like reading a couple of early Marvel books and having guest characters pop in and out without being able to check out their own titles.

 

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Posted 11 June 2019 - 10:39 AM

Been catching up on some of the Chernobyl history after watching the Miniseries.

 

Just finished Chernobyl 01:23:40 and will be starting Voices from Chernobyl shortly.



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Posted 11 June 2019 - 02:57 PM

"Voices From Chernobyl" is messing with my head a little. It reads heavily - PROFOUNDLY - like World War Z, and I catch myself enjoying it as sci-fi horror just out of dumb reflex. And then you hit the many, many vignettes of deformed dying children playing "Hospital" as their make-believe game because they've spent more time in hospitals than at home, or lonely old women crying because their radioactive cats were shot, and you remember that it's real, and more horrific than fiction. I've read Holocaust books that are less grisly.

At the end of last year I read "The Pillars of the Earth" and "World Without End" by Ken Follett, and it was some of the best fiction I've ever read. Turned me on to Follett's other books, none of which were nearly as good.

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 12:11 AM

In case anybody's interested, I use my thread in Mayhem to talk about things I read. It's currently focused on heroic epics (as the title indicates), specifically the Mahabharata. There is a lot to say about the Mahabharata.

Occasionally I talk about other things I read. Now and again I get back to the Kino's Journey books, of which there are a lot.

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Posted 14 June 2019 - 04:27 PM

Just finished up the Death Gate cycle last night, aside from still having the appendices in the last book left. Guess it's time to decide what to move on to next. I still can't decide. May come down to a coin flip or something this weekend.  :doh



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Posted 15 June 2019 - 03:01 AM

Guess it's time to decide what to move on to next. I still can't decide. May come down to a coin flip or something this weekend.


Start a thread with a poll. It might be amusing.

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Posted 15 June 2019 - 07:54 AM

The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss are two excellent books I currently suggest.


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