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Film & TV / Re: Last movie watched...
« on: 13 March, 2018, 11:32:53 pm »
You can't! But unless someone clicks it, no spoilers to be seen.

Film & TV / Re: Preacher (TV Series)...
« on: 09 March, 2018, 09:55:08 am »
I think you'll find Jessie was always an insufferable prick (but Tordel's critique of Preacher is much better than anything I could write). Preacher has its moments but always slows right down as it starts to get sufficiently gonzo.

Books & Comics / Re: Whats everyone reading?
« on: 06 March, 2018, 03:41:20 pm »
Girl with All the Gifts is a great book though.

I've plowed my way through a bunch of Tim Curran books, wanting a bit of Weird West after watching Godless. Skin Medicine was alright but pretty flimsy, then I read Skull Moon - which was like the same book, written years before, in a much, much better way.

I've since moved on to The Black Company, a fantasy series that had been on my radar for years. A mercenary company that works for the Dark Lord (Lady) rather than a bunch of goodies? Yeah, could be good. But my appetite for fantasy fiction has dimmed even as my love for D&D etc has risen. However, the Black Company is so far really good fun with a right group of bar stewards. A nice precursor to Joe Abercrombie.

Can I just get a break from Savage, Slaine and ABC Warriors please. One that's not filled by American Reaper. I'm just burned out on em.

Brass Sun, Brink, Scarlet Traces - no dark age.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 01 March, 2018, 07:57:46 pm »
Plowed through Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.

Some pleasantly dark stuff (both body horror and mundane horror of war and murder), a cool system of magic, awesome fight scenes, and an interesting central concept more than conquered Anime shouting syndrome (mainly from Ed, really). Great series and first anime I've watched all the way through that wasn't a Ghibli movie in a long, long time.

Off Topic / Re: Threadjacking!
« on: 01 March, 2018, 07:54:30 pm »
I haven't left the house today, mostly because the wife is on her treatment so hasn't woken up for more than a few minutes, but otherwise because the wind is howling threats across the whole valley.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 23 February, 2018, 04:10:53 pm »
It occurs to me that I don't think I've seen a single person who has actually been shot at or had to shoot others advocate for the 'if everyone has a gun we'll all be safe'.

Also as a teacher pointed out on Twitter, the Republicans won't fund schools enough to pay for basic classroom supplies. They just removed their ability to claim tax deductions when they use their own money to buy supplies. But suddenly there's enough money to train and arm millions of teachers?

Sadly that wouldn't actually surprise me.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 23 February, 2018, 10:55:22 am »
Today it is revealed that the armed 'resource officer' stayed outside the school for the duration of the shooting rather than go inside and respond.

Which I can't say I honestly blame him for not running in, even if it does undermine the entire rationale for his profession. And of course all these arguments about arming teachers as an effective response against completely non-rational actors (no one shoots a school for profit, unlike the majority of pre-meditated criminal behaviour).

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 23 February, 2018, 01:06:36 am »
Read all of The Family Trade. Nice little story, lovely art, nothing too weighty. The trump analogy got a bit thin but still generated some laughs, but I won’t ruin the few jokes here.

Also stumbled across Regression, by Cullen Bunn of Harrow County. At first I wasn’t keen on the art but it grows on you as the story takes its turns down the troubled past lives of the poor protagonist. Still not a patch on Harrow (but few are) in looks but the clean lines and bright colours do make the insetoid abominations striking in a particular way. Beyond that it’s a good story with an interesting premise, and a decently horrible cult.

Prog / Re: Prog 2069 : Warrior's code
« on: 23 February, 2018, 12:00:59 am »
Going off Bad Company as it drags on. Never got to grips with ABC. Having this and Savage in the same prog is a bother as it burns out what little remains of my enjoyment of the latter. Howard Quartz gets a bit much (just like our real capitalist overlords, ho ho). Dredd looks like the start of something fun even if the exorcist judges are utterly daft from what little I know, space murder is good murder. And Brass Sun - I’ve never stopped loving this. Wasn’t ready for a 5 year gap and I’m shocked at the sudden turnabout with Merlin and the Camelot robots (and whatever that plant-nun was! Thought we’d find out about them). Does this mean old smiling Kurt Vonnegut won’t be with us anymore in any form? Anyway - looking forward to more and finding out what Sky Pirate has been up to.

The only thing that makes me happier than Brass Sun is Brink, Kingdom and Helium. All three of which need to come back around by the time this orbit of Brass finishes off.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 February, 2018, 01:57:15 pm »
The best-case scenario here is minimum 2 casualties. The 'bad guy with a gun' and whoever they shot first so the 'good guy with a gun' could open fire.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 22 February, 2018, 11:54:55 am »
I too am enjoying Godless, three episodes in. The horse fancying hasn't kicked in yet but now I'm forewarned.

Off Topic / Re: The Political Thread
« on: 22 February, 2018, 11:40:17 am »
That's such a good idea for the Big Meg in the face of cuts to Justice Department.

Film & TV / Re: Current TV Boxset Addiction
« on: 22 February, 2018, 10:15:37 am »
The other books aren't as good as Altered Carbon but are enjoyable enough. They get a bit more space opera than straight cyberpunk, but it's cool.

Books & Comics / Re: New Comic Book Day Megathread
« on: 20 February, 2018, 11:29:48 am »
Cool :) I guess the end of this arc still felt a little abrupt given how Eye suddenly reached into the foreground. But looking forward to more flying monkeys and other such creatures! Hopefully they won't run into Gene the Hackman and Them(!).

I also read Sleepless from Image. I love the art, like the idea of sleepless knights and the tired look on the character's face at all times. Nice bit of political intrigue too. Look forward to seeing where it goes, courtly fantasy is not typically my thing but this seems strong.

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