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Limeylongears wrote:

I have been ordered to read '50 Shades of Grey'

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to charity.

What, you mean you need to read it for work? My condolences. A friend of mine who has been into the BD community hates that book SO MUCH.

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Set wrote:
Zeugma wrote:
Catfolk are too independent to form a centralized government. I can't see them running a whole city.

If Elves can have a city, and Gnomes can even manage a village, then I'm sure Catfolk can pull it together as well.

Set, I'm surprised to hear you speaking well of catfolk, given your own heritage!

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Quinn. We could investigate so many things together!

He has that whole Scarlet Pimpernel/Sherlock Holmes vibe...like a Garundi Leslie Howard...<Le sigh>

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Dragon78 wrote:
Yeah I would like see Holomog. Also I am not sure if there are cities of Catfolk or just villages.

Catfolk are too independent to form a centralized government. I can't see them running a whole city.

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Dragon78 wrote:

I am hoping the southern Garund city will be a Catfolk city or the place were those woman warriors came from.

I hope the Iblydos city is something strait out of Greek myth.

Holomog is the country where the women warriors who invaded Geb come from. It was briefly ruled by the Pirate Queen Mastrien Slash. Link: http://www.pathfinderwiki.com/wiki/Holomog

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I hope the Southern Garund city is either a city in
a) Nurvatchta, because I <3 spiders!
or b) Holomog, because it already has some nice history attached to it with Durvin Gest, Mastrien Slash, and the Field of Maidens as potential plot points/quests.
Droon is cool, but dinosaur-riding lizards sounds kinda "been there, done that." Even if it is Droon (I hope not) I know Crystal will make it seem cool, or at least interesting.

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This book isn't listed as a hardcover, and I don't know if the price of $22.99 is a placeholder. Does anyone know how many pages the gazetteer is expected to be?

Also: will the release of "Distant Shores" go along with the 2016 Adventure Path - will it feature some of the places in this gazeteer? I know that the 2016 AP is supposed to be C'thulhu themed, but that sounds more like "Distant Worlds" than "Distant Shores."

I am interested in seeing what Crystal does with Southern Garund... there are so many choices to pick for a city!

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Oops, sorry Otherwhere. Just realize the Reseda person was you. <awkward>

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I don't know if you are still looking for a group, but there was a poster in Reseda also looking, if you are near there in the SFV. I'm in West LA myself, but have postponed my RPG participation due to a job move.

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Judy Bauer wrote:
Hitdice wrote:
Have you read the Wolf Hall series by Hilary Mantel? The plot synopsis you linked sounds . . . relevant, I guess is the best way to describe it.
I had not—hold now placed!

I am reading Wolf Hall right now! The second book is Bring Up the Bodies I think, though that just may be its American title. I am enjoying Cromwell's point of view, but sometimes Mantel's writing makes me confused as to who is speaking, and sometimes when Cromwell speaks it is paraphrased so I am not sure if he is talking or just thinking. But otherwise it is excellent!

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Thoughts: This looks really cool. I haven't seen a lot of products featuring Qadira so far. Also fun to see what Mr. Logue gets up to.

Questions: Is the Preorder still August? And when can we expect to see the final cover art on the website?

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Doodlebug Anklebiter wrote:

Thank you, I will pass the word along, Lord Dice.

He complained that Butler was the only black female sci-fi/fantasy author he could find at the Nashua Barnes and Noble and that Kindred was the only book they had by her. I then cuffed him for thinking that he could find a wide variety of books at the Barnes and Noble.

The comrades might also like Butler's short story collection, Bloodchild and Other Stories. Butler didn't write much short fiction, but what she has written is excellent! "Bloodchild" gets the most press and awards, but I personally like "The Evening and the Morning and the Night" the best out of the collection (or maybe I have "Bloodchild" anemia). "Speech Sounds" is also great, especially since Butler and I are both from SoCal and I know some of the places she describes in the story; I can't drive by the Music Center without thinking of that story.

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I finished The Grace of Kings. It had epic battles and wily opponents in a "silkpunk" pseudo-Asian setting. I liked it, even though there is some speechifying by major characters and lots of shifts in point of view to keep track of. My favorite characters, it turns out, were the gods of the setting. Their meddling in mortal affairs, and the ways their plans go awry, were entertaining and unexpected. I'm not sure I'm going to read the sequel, though. The end of the war seemed to draw things _mostly_ to a close.

Not sure what novel I'm reading next. My book-Jenga pile is as high as ever, but I've been skimming the Year's Best SF 18 anthology I got at the library. Favorite short story so far: "Bricks, Sticks, Straw" by Gwyneth Jones. I'd love to see it turned into a CGI short feature.

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Sad to say I'm still reading The Grace of Kings. I ought to be done by now, but I am actually a bit bogged down by all the shifts in Point of View. It is still entertaining, so I don't mind taking my time.

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Bjørn Røyrvik wrote:

"Daughter of Fu Manchu" by Sax Rohmer.

It's the first story of his I've ever read, and after a chapter it seems pulpy and silly enough to be amusing.

If you are less into pulp...My sister got me the original Judge Dee translations by Robert van Gulik. The Chinese mystery stories tend to have more supernatural elements in them, but no more far fetched than some of the early Western detective fiction (e.g. Poe's "Murders in the Rue Morgue.")

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I like that the grootslang responded to Dahren's unspoken question, and then ate him anyway. :-)

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Sad Wings of Destiny

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The Thread Necromancer wrote:
This is not helpful. :(

Pssh. We already knew that marketing was a ghetto! And the Los Angeles Times had the nerve to interview the actresses in the latest Avengers movie as if it had some sort of feminist message to impart. Total BS. Sure, it's nice to interview movie actresses, but lets not pretend the movie is about something it is just not about. A 50% increase in actresses to 2 isn't progress, and it sure ain't the point of the franchise. LA Times had the nerve to laud this and cite it as a reason more women saw the latest Avengers film. More women? Our audience share in the US increased from 40% to 41%. Whoop. Dee. Doo.

[goes back to re-reading Rat Queens]

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I'm reading The Voyage of the Basilisk: A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan. It's the third book in the series. So far it has been a fun read, full of nautical adventure, and I like Tod Lockwood's illustrations, but I don't like the blue ink the publisher chose to use. I think it's supposed to make it look "old-timey" but it just makes it harder for me to read and does Lockwood's illustrations a disservice IMO.

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I picked up issue 10 during Free Comic Book Day today. I was planning on waiting for the collected volume but my will power is weak.

I liked how the issue and the plot arc resolved. Especially because

Spoiler:
Dee, my favorite character, was the absolute most bad@ss, bravest character ever! When she put that mask on, it was amazing!

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:
Black History and the Class Struggle No. 7: Glory: Black Soldiers Fight for Freedom

I went back and re-watched Glory after reading Fire on the Beach: Recovering the Lost Story of Richard Etheridge and the Pea Island Lifesavers by David Wright and David Zoby.

Link: Goodreads page.

I really liked this book, and it taught me about what happened to a lot of black Civil War soldiers during Reconstruction (not a generally happy time, by any stretch). I also think it would make a great movie or miniseries.

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When is the next part of "The Gem" coming out?

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Update: I got Ken Liu to sign my copy of The Grace of Kings after the sci-fi/fantasy panel at LA Times Festival of Books. This is one hefty book! Over 600 pages! But I'm really looking forward to it, especially after hearing Mr. Liu speak.

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Treppa wrote:
Atonement was OK. Now on to Gibson's Neuromancer, courtesy of that damned communist/socialist institution, the Public Library. Digging Neuromancer so far, with its cyberpunk, Blade-Runneresque feel.

I love the opening sentence: "The sky above the port was the color of television, tuned to a dead channel."

True story: I first tried reading Neuromancer as a freshman in high school and just could not get into it. I wasn't mature enough for it yet/not big into sci-fi in HS. But then I read it a few years out of college and really enjoyed it. There are some very memorable moments and very little of it is jarring to read in the 21st century (unlike, say Pohl's Gateway). I recall only a few outdated conceptions about the future of computing from the '80s.

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<brags> I'm going to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books this weekend! I get to see John Scalzi interviewed by Wil Wheaton! And I'm going to get Ken Liu to autograph The Grace of Kings for me! <crosses fingers></brag>

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Hi Set! I thought that Galt was our "Fantasy France" equivalent, and that Andoran was sort of like a "Fantasy England" where Oliver Cromwell's side won the English Civil War (at least, the costumes they wear in the artwork seems to suggest this).

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Comrade Anklebiter wrote:

Finished Malcolm, still working on Sherlock and Walt. Also finished

Black History and the Class Struggle No. 5: Finish the Civil War!

I clicked the link (which, more often than not, I really shouldn't). I noticed the sidebar table of contents lists: "Cop Terror Stalks Black America." Dated 1988. Boy, the times they are a changin'!

In Book news: I reread Jeff Smith's Bone: Out from Boneville, the first book in the series, for work! It wasn't quite how I remembered it from the '90s, but that's as it should be.

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I like the little details Gary Kloster includes, such as the description of the crate: "its wood so raw it still bled sap." I am looking forward to reading the book.

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I finished reading Devil in a Blue Dress, an Easy Rawlins Mystery, by Walter Mosley. I liked its fast pace, and I really appreciated the "down these mean streets" themes that are lamp-shaded by Rawlins' pal by Mouse, but some of the supporting characters were pretty cliché, and despite her speeches I felt like the femme fatale was an underdeveloped character.

I might try another Rawlins mystery to see if Mosley changes it up and reminds me less of "Chinatown." I liked his Socrates Fortlow books, but those weren't the same genre.

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mittean wrote:
What's in the box? wrote:
Growing up I really liked The Last Unicorn and am surprised at how many people have- not only never seen it but- never heard of it.

We love that film. BTW...look for a potential re-touring of the film around the US sometime soon. New music, and they're bringing back the actors for a reprisal of their roles. Very cool. :)

What's in the box? wrote:


there is an animated movie called: Flight of Dragons that I really enjoyed but can NOT find ANYWHERE!

I can't find it anywhere. I always remember the chinese dragon...so cool looking.

Don't forget the awesome title song by Don McLean! Flight of Dragons!

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Wicht wrote:

Some more good remakes:

The Parent Trap (1961). The original novel had already been adapted to film three times between 1949 and 1961.

The Maltese Falcon (1941).

The Truth about Charlie (2002). (I like the remake anyway. I don't think its universally popular.)

The Italian Job (2003).

The Man who Knew too Much (1956).

The Ten Commandments (1956).

I've got to disagree with you about "The Man Who Knew Too Much." I admire Alfred Hitchcock's 1934 version more; at that point in his career he was really innovating in his approach to directing and editing, and the script is zippier (75 min. vs. 120 min run-time). The sound track was crap, but the pacing was great. Also, I hate the Doris Day/Jimmy Stewart pairing. They have no chemistry. My 2 cp.

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I've been reading middle grade fiction for work lately (I currently work in library youth services, but I usually read nonfiction until my current project came up). Here's a brief list:

spoiler for length:

Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
-- Pre-Civil War African-Canadian boy deal with slavery in the U.S. Good, serious subject matter (slavery) but the protagonist's voice can be a bit grating since Curtis wrote him in a semi-dialect style.
Savvy by Ingrid Law
-- Preteen girl develops supernatural powers; I wanted to like it more than I did. The plot takes its time getting where it's going (but certainly not as much as Don Quixote did!)
Echo: a novel by Pam Munoz Ryan
-- Kids find a magical harmonica that unites them across time and space. The plot twists were obvious but might not be to the age range the book is aimed at. The magical-realism elements were very well integrated.

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@Itchy: I think it can be read before Firesoul, otherwise Paizo probably wouldn't have published it on the website until after the book came out.

This story makes me want to get Firesoul when it comes out next month.

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In my opinion, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly is the best of the Sergio Leon spaghetti western trio. The others lean more heavily on , while intensifying the violence of, standard western tropes -- but TGTB&TU expands outwards and builds this whole fantasy west in an almost archetypal pastoral that is like no other western.

The "Ecstasy of Gold" theme, "The Good's" theme (Dadadadada...Wa-waaa-wa), and the standoff scene are right up there with the Odessa Steps scene in Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin as a defining moment of cinema.

I also agree that Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is better than the other two films that precede it. The 4th Indiana Jones film...<shudder!>

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Currently reading: The Maltese Falcon, by Dashiell Hammett.
There is some "rounding out" of the loose threads I saw in the movie, but otherwise I feel the movie captures the essence of the novel. The only real difference is the Hays Code, because Spade does more with the ladies in the book than Bogey ever does in the film. Hammett doesn't pad his story, but I can see his process at work -- the procedural aspects that make the reader question who-dun-it, which is a thing there is less time to do as a film-viewer. I think that really is a tribute to John Houston's work.

Because I saw the movie first, all the characters sound like their counterparts, even on dialogue that wasn't in the film. Joel Cairo looks more dashing in the book, but it is hard to beat Peter Lorre for his good looks, innit?

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Rest in Peace, Mike. Your work was some of my favorite from Paizo's early days.

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Congratulations, Monica! I'm looking forward to reading this one!

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Feros wrote:
3!

Don't you mean 3.1415?

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I got Issue 9. Paizo website munched my long post so I'll put the highlights of my thoughts here:
1. The mental manipulation of the abyssal monsters/scene-jumping in the plot confused me. Seeing stuff happening "in media res" is exciting, but it plays havoc with my sense of "WTF is going on."
2. I don't think Violet's explanation to Orc Dave (while filling me in on the gist of what's going on) satisfied my need for a more visual exposition.
3. That probably means I'm slow...or something.
4. Sejic's art is IMO neither better nor worse than Upchurch's, just different. I think he's worse at drawing Dee's hair, but better at drawing Betty. YMMV.
5. Both artists have been bad at drawing the characters' noses consistently. What is up with comic artists and noses? You'd think it would be easy since they are right in the middle of the face! At least with the orcs, they don't have to worry about that.

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I love what happens to Nobby in Feet of Clay. That book has to be in my Top 10 list, if I ever get around to writing one.

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I finally finished Don Quixote. I liked it, and in some ways Comrade Anklebiter is correct -- Cervantes does dig at the bourgeois in the story. But Don Q & Sancho are besties 4ever, and neither would ever betray the other, at least not in any major way.

um...:

Sancho preys on Don Q's madness a bit, and gets some $$$ out of him in the end, but still admires the guy.

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I am still reading Don Quixote. Only 4 chapters left!

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Welcome, Linda! I'm looking forward to seeing your work!

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Congratulations! I know I'm going to love reading all of your final submissions!

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Taliesin Hoyle wrote:


Kafka - The trial. Metamorphosis and other stories.

Have you read his "Amerika"? I really loved it and, although incomplete (or is it?), it is perhaps my favorite or second favorite of his longer works; "The Castle" is also a masterpiece!

But my first favorite Kafka work is "A Hunger Artist." I've read three different translations and no matter how they change a phrase here or there, I feel the intention of the story comes through very clearly. Perhaps Walter Benjamin is right and a work becomes more itself in translation...Even so, Kafka is the only reason I wish I could read German.

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ericthecleric wrote:
Don Quixote, by Cervantes, is surprisingly readable for a book that's 400 years old. Although it's a LONG read.

I'm reading it right now! I've laughed out loud a number of times, and my copy comes with Gustave Dore engravings so yeah...I feel spoiled.

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kikai13 wrote:
Anything by Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, or Jorge Luis Borges. Invisible Cities by Calvino is amazing.

Get outta my mind!

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Thanks for keeping the contest going! I love being able to see all the talent RPG Superstar produces/brings out, and it wouldn't be possible without all of your dedicated effort.

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It's hard to believe he's gone. I grew up with TNG, but I loved OS reruns, especially Spock's banter with McCoy and Kirk. It wouldn't have been Star Trek without Spock to balance out Kirk's emotional displays. I remember practicing the Shekinah sign in the mirror so many times until I could get the "Vulcan Salute" just right. I even read Nimoy's book, "I am not Spock," which I bought at a library sale. I wrote a short essay about it and Nimoy's relationship to the Stanislavsky Method for my acting class in college.

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Oceanshieldwolf, the contestants weren't allowed to use their own monsters, only other contestants'. I voted for the same two entries you voted for. I just wasn't thrilled by the geomaw, and was disappointed so many contestants used it.

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