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by Thysane
15 Apr 2016, 03:23
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Books you're reading now
Replies: 1119
Views: 49837

Re: Books you're reading now

Currently about two thirds of the way through Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco. Kind of the ultimate conspiracy theory book - it's mostly about how, if you try hard enough, you can pretty much connect any one fact to any other and have it be compelling. Lots of stuff on the Templars, the Rosicruci...
by Thysane
28 Oct 2015, 15:12
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Books you're reading now
Replies: 1119
Views: 49837

Re: Books you're reading now

Finished up Memories of Ice, so I'm taking a break from utterly massive brick-like fantasy monstrosities for a while. Instead, I'm relaxing with a mere 600 page hard-sf in the form of Redemption Ark, the second book in Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space trilogy. So far, so hard-edged, chilling, and...
by Thysane
11 Oct 2015, 11:11
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations
Replies: 37
Views: 2101

Re: Looking for SF/Fantasy book recommendations

Fantasy - China Miéville has some of this past decade's greatest fantasy under his belt, in my opinion, with his Bas Lag books (they're not quite a trilogy, as each is a self-contained story, but they are all chronological). Start with The Scar and see how you go - it's the most the reader-friendly....
by Thysane
28 Aug 2015, 03:02
Forum: Corrector's Commentary
Topic: Correctors Commentary - Sunshine
Replies: 8
Views: 7397

Re: Correctors Commentary - Sunshine

I'd be remiss if I didn't point people at the (renamed) School of Movies podcast, in which they have extremely long discussions about movies they love. Hell yeah. Adding it to the list. I'd also recommend people check out The Canon , which features in-depth, intelligent discussions of both classic ...
by Thysane
26 Aug 2015, 13:03
Forum: Corrector's Commentary
Topic: Correctors Commentary - Sunshine
Replies: 8
Views: 7397

Re: Correctors Commentary - Sunshine

I unabashedly love Sunshine a whole hell of a lot, perhaps especially because of that amazing, gripping, moving third act. I've never understood people's criticisms of it. So I'm glad to find a few more people who are on the same page. Love, love, love this movie. On that note, there's probably not ...
by Thysane
19 Aug 2015, 02:55
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Books you're reading now
Replies: 1119
Views: 49837

Re: Books you're reading now

Thysane: I could NEVER read more than one book at a time. I don't know how someone can do it. I'd just get mixed up. I'd usually be the same, but luckily these two books are so profoundly different to each other, and both feature fairly short-form self-contained chunks of writing. No overall plotli...
by Thysane
14 Aug 2015, 04:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Books you're reading now
Replies: 1119
Views: 49837

Re: Books you're reading now

Currently skipping back and forth between two books right now. The first is Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson - a non-fiction essay-style book about theoretical and fantastical architecture, from historic myths to Le Corbusier to modern sci-fi. It's pretty great. Covers a lot of ground, and the re...
by Thysane
25 May 2015, 04:30
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ireland Approves Marriage Equality by Popular Vote
Replies: 11
Views: 846

Re: Ireland Approves Marriage Equality by Popular Vote

I was in Dublin on Saturday, and the atmosphere there was electric. Seeing the spread of votes coming in from the different regions was incredible. Proud to call this country home :D
by Thysane
22 May 2015, 23:57
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Current Musical Obsession!
Replies: 551
Views: 29194

Re: Current Musical Obsession!

Holly Herndon's new album Platform was released just this past week and it is bloody fantastic. Challenging, weird, glitchy, futurist electronic meditation on our strange techno-corporate present. It's pretty out there, and pretty damn great. Even blindsides with a frankly excellent ASMR track that'...
by Thysane
22 Apr 2015, 02:50
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Books you're reading now
Replies: 1119
Views: 49837

Re: Books you're reading now

Took a break from Malazan to read David Cronenberg's Consumed. It is incredibly messed-up and weird and I'm loving it.
by Thysane
23 Feb 2015, 08:45
Forum: LoadingReadyRun Streams
Topic: IDDQDerp
Replies: 540
Views: 36160

Re: IDDQDerp

You know, I'm sure someone said this ages ago when he played through the new Thief, but I'd like to see Alex have a go off one of the classic Thiefs. Thief 3 might be a good pick, but that might just be me having fond memories of crapping my pants in terror at the Shalebridge Cradle.
by Thysane
15 Feb 2015, 15:19
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Books you're reading now
Replies: 1119
Views: 49837

Re: Books you're reading now

I finished both William Gibson's The Peripheral and China Miéville's Looking For Jake and Other Stories over the past week. Both really great reads, for very different reasons. Now I am embarking on the third book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, which is over a thousand pages long and could proba...
by Thysane
10 Nov 2014, 17:02
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Siblings
Replies: 56
Views: 3102

Re: Siblings

I've one brother, two years younger than me. We used to absolutely loath each other, but now we've come full circle and are basically best buds. We tend to bond over good (and bad) movies, PC games, music and general weirdness. We somehow put up with each other's bullshit. I don't know how he deals ...
by Thysane
24 Oct 2014, 01:55
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Books you're reading now
Replies: 1119
Views: 49837

Re: Books you're reading now

Finished up Joe Abercombie's The Blade Itself, book one of his First Law trilogy. I liked it a lot, an extremely entertaining and quite dark read in the way that only Abercrombie can really pull off, but the writing wasn't quite up to par with what I've grown to expect from him. Makes sense though, ...
by Thysane
16 Oct 2014, 01:49
Forum: Bonus Video
Topic: KickStarter Smoothie
Replies: 52
Views: 6607

Re: KickStarter Smoothie

This was fantastic, and fantastically gross. I do wish people were able to experience marmite in its natural habitat, though. Probably wouldn't get such a bad rep. That, or most of us Brits have major Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to yeast byproducts. EDIT: that natural habitat being thinly-sprea...
by Thysane
13 Oct 2014, 12:26
Forum: Tabletop and D&D
Topic: Describe your last tabletop session
Replies: 141
Views: 15482

Re: Describe your last tabletop session

I've started a western-themed Pathfinder game, set in the frozen north of Golarion. It's really weird, and really fun. Going into much detail as to double-crossing and such would be en exercise in long run-on sentences, so I'll summarise this as much as possible. There are two hobgoblins bounty hunt...
by Thysane
03 Oct 2014, 00:07
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Books you're reading now
Replies: 1119
Views: 49837

Re: Books you're reading now

Finished the behemoth that is the first Wheel of Time book, finally. I enjoyed it, to a certain extent (the weird gender-essentialist thing really rubbed me the wrong way), but I'm unsure if I'll check out the rest of the series. It's a big commitment. Might leave that decision for a bit. So, anothe...
by Thysane
28 Sep 2014, 13:55
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Share your Art with the world!
Replies: 1857
Views: 82384

Re: Share your Art with the world!

I did an illustration of one of my Pathfinder characters for my art blog, and I'm quite pleased with how it turned out:

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by Thysane
26 Sep 2014, 03:15
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Runners International (?)
Replies: 39
Views: 2283

Re: Runners International (?)

Ireland here. Cork, to be exact. A city of jazz, rain, George Boole (of Boolean Algebra fame), bridges, boats, drink, the Dutch, Huguenots, art, churches and creepy old dudes hitting on Elomin Sha.
by Thysane
26 Sep 2014, 02:58
Forum: LRRcast
Topic: LRRcast 2014-09-19
Replies: 5
Views: 940

Re: LRRcast 2014-09-19

Re: the Corrector's Commentary discussion, I think I like Graham's idea better. Doing a commentary on a film where one or both people have never seen it before just seems like a recipe for painful, awkward listening and a severely diminished watching experience. Just like I prefer to have seen the m...
by Thysane
25 Sep 2014, 12:52
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Current Musical Obsession!
Replies: 551
Views: 29194

Re: Current Musical Obsession!

I'm kind of obsessed by Holly Herndon's music at the moment, in particular the latest track she put out quite recently (and he attendant video) "Home": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_3mCDJ_iWc My relationship with her stuff is a strange one, a mix of fascination, frustration, admiration...
by Thysane
15 Sep 2014, 07:11
Forum: Tabletop and D&D
Topic: Favorite RPG setting?
Replies: 14
Views: 1377

Re: Favorite RPG setting?

I have a deep and abiding love of Warhammer and Warhammer 40k (yes, those do count), as well as the explicit setting material in White Wolf's Mage: The Awakening books, but I think my current favourite is Unknown Armies. Gotta love dat post-modern magic.
by Thysane
15 Sep 2014, 07:06
Forum: LRRcast
Topic: LRRcast for 2014-09-05
Replies: 5
Views: 833

Re: LRRcast for 2014-09-05

Am looking forward to Temple of the Lava Bears with unreasonable excitement. Sounds like it's gonna be a lot of fun.
by Thysane
13 Sep 2014, 02:42
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Current Musical Obsession!
Replies: 551
Views: 29194

Re: Current Musical Obsession!

I've been on a kick recently of listening to a Spotify radio based on the (extremely brilliant) album "DROKK: Music Inspired by Mega-City One" by Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) and Ben Salisbury. Some pretty heady stuff, good ambient listening. Main musical obsession born from this has been ...
by Thysane
13 Sep 2014, 02:36
Forum: Corrector's Commentary
Topic: Corrector's Commentary - Prometheus 2012
Replies: 19
Views: 3491

Re: Corrector's Commentary - Prometheus 2012

Excellent as always, gentlemen. Brought up a tonne of good points, especially thematic ones that I had never even thought about before, particularly the Golden Bough stuff (actually reading that a bit now, far more interesting and entertaining than most of the movies that crib from it). I love these...

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