Orlion the Platypus

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  1. damnation kids, get off my lawn!
  2. Moving on to The Journey of Ibn Fattouma by Naguib Mahfouz.
  3. Could not find the more general thread that use to exist for generic posts, so making a specifically general one instead! In this thread, post about how you are following through on your Resolutions for 2020. This may create some incentive as you now have, yet another, place on the Internet to brag about your accomplishments! One of my Resolutions: I want to make a new "dish" each week to level up my home cooking skills. "Dish" can be a meal, a side, dessert and so forth. All it has to be is something I have not made before. My first dish was made last week on the first day: Poulet au vinaigre. It is chicken with a tarragon vinegar sauce. This particular dish was served to friends (not all will be, that's too much social activity!) and was a hit.
  4. Catherynne M Valente is one of the best *cough*actual best*cough* Science Ficition/Fantasy authors writing today. Her work has a broad spectrum of styles, writing from Middle-grade to Adult fiction so depending on exactly what you are looking for recommendations on where to start would vary. (Though I would say Space Opera for adult, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making for Middlegrade). John Crowley is also essential for anyone who wants to tout how refined their tastes are in SFF. The recommendation here is simple, it's Little, Big. It's even part of Harold Bloom's Western Canon, that's how much pretentious cred it will get you! Going further back, if you want to go with a foundational fantasy work that is not Tolkien, Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Trilogy (Titus Groan, Gormenghast and (if you want) Titus Alone) will open up an entirely new vista of what a fantasy novel can be.
  5. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. An excellent experimental novel that recalls to my mind Goethe's Faust Part II and the work of Svetlana Alexievich.
  6. @hoiditthroughthegrapevine I don't think we necessarily disagree on whether or not Erikson is pretentious, but rather whether or not his inflated opinion of himself is justified. In this case, if I'm understanding you correctly, you think he is justified because the Book of the Fallen succeeds in part because of his pretentiousness. I think they succeed in spite of his pretentiousness and, often, the execution is threatened by it (see especially Dust of Dreams and Crippled God. Some might include Toll the Hounds, but I also liked that one. The form and Erikson's pretentiousness and high opinion of himself really complimented each other and worked together to create something special there). As a comparison, take Esslemont. He started off pretentious as well which lead to inferior Malazan books where, among other things, he mistook authorial reticence with subtlety. The Path to Ascendancy was him taking a departure from that attitude and they created a better product. Erikson, however, has really embraced his pretentiousness when it comes to his writing post-Book of the Fallen and has been slapped down repeatedly. As a result, those books have seen atrocious sales which forced him to abandon one of his trilogies and start another one in a hope to reignite reader interest in his work. He seems to have learned some lessons, since he is trying to manage reader expectation with regard to the Karsa trilogy, but we'll have to see how he executes it.
  7. Listening to the 60s French Pop station on Pandora.
  8. Mostly the Fantasy Flight Marvel Champions card game
  9. The new Harley Quinn cartoon show has been a blast so far!
  10. I need to get back to that series. I really liked it once the story got to the city. The politicking is superb! Sounds like her next project will involve pirates.
  11. Honestly, if you could get through Dust of Dreams, The Crippled God is doable!
  12. Tom Baker IS the Doctor! Any subsequent good Doctor is just putting their spin on his performance.
  13. They're great books! One of the greatest science fiction series I have ever read.
  14. Pretty much the only time I bought something as an ebook first before a physical copy.
  15. Author Hubris is Erikson's superhero identity Hopefully he reigns it in a little, otherwise he might have a hard time selling books in the future!