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  1. Ordered. Loved the first one. Just started the Mistborn series. Finished book 1. Very.. different, but I like it. Book 2 so far is decent. I thought it was overall slightly above average as a story, kinda gets too big at the end but it's tied together pretty nicely. As a world builder though, he's pretty creative. Especially if you read up on his Sanderson Universe, or whatever he calls it. All the worlds in his stories came from one that splintered, though they aren't related or linked at all, so no crossover stuff and each world is unique. So far I'm slightly above meh on him as an author overall. He did a pretty decent job with WoT, Mat excluded, but that wasn't his world. His cleverness and thoroughness in his worldbuilding have me reading him and hoping that the WoK series turns out well. If it/s anything like WoT though, I'll be on what's left of Social Security by the time it's finished. The first WoT book came out when I was a freshman in college and just ended about this time last year.
  2. Ordered. Loved the first one. Hated it the first time around but I had tried it due to the WoT dream job he got. Read mistborn also. Re-read this one to see if I wanted to continue and found myself very happy with it and eagerly waiting for the next one.Interesting read on Wikipedia regarding the mutual origins of all his worlds and the source of the magic. Sanderson is very hit or miss with me. I especially hate the way he writes any sort of male/female attraction - it seems written by a 10 year old. That said, Elantris was OK - but I gave him a pass due to it being his first novel. Mistborn was great. Warbreaker was atrocious. Two of the WoT books were solid, the final one was poor. Way of Kings was *slow* but the final 1/3 of the book really picked up. Unfortunately, this next book is focusing on Shallan so I have a feeling the book will not be all that great. It's gonna be long so I'm sure the other storylines will fill the gaps. I'm curious about the Geometry Demons, hopefully that carries it. I want to hear more about the Parshes too.I'm about 400 pages in (of 1350 on ebook, not sure what that translates to in hardcover pages) and it seems pretty even with Shallan and Kaladin so far. The femalen Parshendi Shardbearer is a nice entry into the Parshendi worldview, seeing their culture and language use. Some good shakeups, a little RR Martin tucked in there along with more worldbuilding in the interludes. i'm pretty pleased with it but I still can't get over the spren thing. Having exhaustionspren and couragespren and boredspren and fartspren just seems silly and takes me out of the fantasy. Heavy and/or emotional stuff is fine, like honorspren or fearspren, but there just seems to be so much mundane spren manifestations that it drives me a little nuts. I'd give it 3 of 5 stars right now, but I'm only 25% through it and there's a lot building up so just providing an update that there's plenty to offer other than the Shallan storyline and even that is pretty good, including a look back at how she got where she is, like he did with Kal in book 1, by going back in time in segments.
  3. Agreed. Last week's Smokey/Bandit ep was the best one since Arch of Darkness triad. The Loggins one was one of the worst ever.
  4. Fixed the quote.... Well, I think there is speculation surrounding the daughter's connection, and if there is a connection, and it did not come from Marty, then it came from Maggie and/or her father Is the daughter's connection due to the dolls? Is there anything else? So the assumption is at the age of like 6 she was somehow exposed (probably witnessed) to a gang rape? Not stating the daughter is not involved - but that's a bit of a reach as well.I think all the daughter is guilty of is having an estranged father. There are plenty of interesting thoughts in this thread that you missed. Lots of wild conjecture with no basis. Ie, based on Marty's reaction to the video tape, I think Marty's father in law was going at it with Marty's daughter - that was a beauty The video wasn't Marty's daughter. It was the girl they followed up on that led then to ladoux. If it were the FiL and his daughter, well Marty executed Ladoux based off seeing kids that arent his own. No way he'd do anything but execute the FiL ASAP.
  5. When there seems to be a 5 man group of murdering rspists who drug their victim, it would be kind of odd if it was simply coincidence. Fixed the quote.... Well, I think there is speculation surrounding the daughter's connection, and if there is a connection, and it did not come from Marty, then it came from Maggie and/or her father Is the daughter's connection due to the dolls? Is there anything else? So the assumption is at the age of like 6 she was somehow exposed (probably witnessed) to a gang rape? Not stating the daughter is not involved - but that's a bit of a reach as well.I think all the daughter is guilty of is having an estranged father.
  6. Who's Childress? The white haired guy?Lawn mower Man is an illegitimate Tuttle. The older black woman said the scarred kid was either a Childress or a Ledoux....also Sam Tuttle's grandchild. So Sheriff Childress, who was Geraci's (white haired guy) boss when Fontenot disappeared years earlier, may be Sam Tuttle's son.May mean nothing more than it is a huge group of relatives. So he could be both a Tuttle and a Childress. Either way he's in the family that's suspected in this. As for scars being lowly, Koresh was a dyslexic nobody and Manson was a transient musician. When they all gather for their superstitious cult activities, it isn't always the richest guys in charge. In fact many fetishes of powerful men involve being submissive to someone else. Maybe he's the one who doses and mentally dominates the kids, maybe he fires up the 5 guys with charisma he doesn't have when he's not tripping. My inclination is to think he's much more than the grunt.
  7. I am with you - that's why I can't see lawnmower being the leader. I could see him as being the grunt of the group. And I go back to not being certain he is in the team photo. We'll soon see but he's who everyone remembers.
  8. Lawn mower man is a Tuttle. He's family in an area where family is important. The old black lady mentioned that before she freaked out. Still don't see guys like Ledoux or Dewall being invited over for Holiday dinners unless they are expected to be the meal, but I understand what you are saying.does ritual gang rape and sacrifice have the same conventional invitee restrictions as Labor Day BBQ?
  9. Lawn mower man is a Tuttle. He's family in an area where family is important. The old black lady mentioned that before she freaked out.
  10. Who's Childress? The white haired guy?Lawn mower Man is an illegitimate Tuttle. Tuttle grandson?I thought so. He's Billy Lee's half cousin? Now I'm confused. I have watched this episode more than once yet because if work.
  11. Nope but do you really believe that the US can deploy it's entire army in one go? And provide logistical support?Contrast that with what the Russians would have to do and the field is looking a bit more level... Our entire army? No. A lot more than we've seen? Most definitely.IF #### hit the fan in Ukraine and IF it became US vs Russia...and IF we had some sort of motivation to go full out... You would see a very different scope of attack. If the US were truly motivated, the number of sorties flown and ordinance deployed during "Shock and Awe" would pale in comparison. We lost 4500 troops in the Iraq war and 10x that amount in Vietnam. Not the same type of war, but the bottom line is that in a straight up conventional war, the US Machine dwarfs any other... which was the topic of the original post. No, that wasn't. The claim was that the superiority of the US Military is unquestionable. China has a bigger army in terms of active personnel. Our military has proven that it has problems with unconventional forces who hide rather than fight openly.IF we go to war, which is more likely: we meet on the field, or Russian troops retreat into defensive positions within the Ukraine and wait for us to come in and try and clean them out? Also, how many countries have waged war on Russia and won? How many times have we won against that model if fighting?
  12. And you'd have to think that Pizzolatto already has Season 2's story worked out ahead of time. I'd tend to think if the plan was to have this as an anthology series and presented as such to HBO that he's already a couple of seasons of stories ahead. The good part about it being an anthology series is that it's much less likely to get stale. If the cost is having some seasons that are a bit better than other it's a small price to pay - better to have one really compelling season with awesome characters than have something that goes a few season and you end up hating the later seasons at the end IMO. -QG Definitely. Much as I'll miss McConaughey and Harrelson together, this season will always remain a perfect little gem that cannot get tainted by wearing out its welcome. If you look at HBO's amazing list of TV dramas (The Wire, 6 Feet Under, Deadwood, etc.) most of them concluded at the right time. Networks tend to drag these shows out way beyond reason. Especially if they get Cary to direct all the episodes again, I'm sure that the performances will match this year's. The performances are a conglomeration of the actors, director and writer and continuity of both writer and director over the course of the season is hard to understate He's is already on record as not directing season 2. Maybe he'll change his mind. I'm inclined to not believe things until the contracts are signed. Have I missed whether or not it would be one director for the whole season? That's still a huge asset to the overall performance on and off camera.
  13. There are hundreds of combos both here and on twitter and such. I doubt there's a combo that would make me want to watch it less than Phienux/Cheadle. Melissa McCarthy and Carrot Top?Twenty percent higher chance I'd watch that.