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  1. I’m caught up at last. This has just got better and better every episode. I particularly love the fact that Looking Glass’ mask is literally a tin foil hat. And his actual hat is too!
  2. 39. Everyday Sexism - Laura Bates I've been reading this slowly over the last few months, a chapter at a time in between other books, mainly because reading more in one go was just relentlessly depressing. It's a book arising from the Everyday Sexism Twitter account which was set up to collect and publicise the experiences of women and girls to show just how pervasive and universal sexism is. As a middle aged white man I don't think of myself as part of the problem, but this was a real eye opener on the minefield women are forced to walk daily, that is simply invisible to those of us who it doesn't affect. It was written in 2013 and ends on a positive note that the power of social media has allowed women and men from all over the world to stand together and support one another in solidarity, and that on that basis it seems the tide is finally turning. I'd be interested to read an updated version with an extra chapter written more recently, in the light of Gamergate, Trump and the toxification of social media in general, and wonder whether the conclusion would be quite so hopeful. It feels like things have got worse rather than better. But that's no reflection on this book, which is a good if at times harrowing read.
  3. 38. Death's End - Cixin Liu How right the me of two weeks ago was to look forward to this concluding part of the Three Body Problem trilogy. Little did I know back then, in those heady days of the first week of November, quite how comprehensively my mind was about to be blown, reassembled, and blown again, time after time until time itself lost all meaning and life became a blur of shattering revelations, passing by at light speed, stretching from the bright blue future to the dim red past. I read this book in a week, despite being busy much of that time, because I was so desperate to keep reading that I eked out spare moments whenever I could, just to spend a bit more of that meaningless time exploring this universe, only to find that "universe" is too small a word to describe what this book contains. Taken as a whole, I can safely say that this trilogy is the best thing I have ever read, and this last part is the best book of the trilogy. It repeats to first book's trick of starting small and continually increasing in scope, but this time the growth is exponential or logarithmic such that by the end it encompasses literally everything. All of time, all of space, and everything else. It's stunning. And all while keeping focus on a small and well developed cast of characters. I don't want to talk about anything specific I loved about this book, because it would seem trivial compared to the magnificent whole. It's one of those things that's so good I can't quite believe it's possible for it to have been written by a human being (and then translated by another!) - it's just so mathematically, geometrically perfect it feels more like a glimpse into the intrinsic workings of the universe. Which, of course, is precisely what it sets out to be. Can you tell I liked it?
  4. Am I right in thinking that in the email they sent the other day about codes, the code for the PS store (or PC equivalent) was to get the digital version of the game, and the in-game backer code is a special thing that backers could pay extra for? And that, as someone who opted for the vanilla physical PS4 version, I can safely ignore both?
  5. I think one of his titles was The Star Wars which was obviously better than other options like The Adventures of Luke Starkiller, but presumably somebody at Fox told him to drop the "The", which while correct must have upset his auteur-ish sensibilities.
  6. If it's any consolation, I have it here but won't get to play it until Wednesday at the earliest. Bloody real life getting in the way of virtual forklift racing.
  7. Mine's here. I can't quite believe it exists even though I've held it in my own hands.
  8. You just have to turn it off as soon as "coming soon" appears. I've managed to go trailer-free so far by using this one simple trick.
  9. I thought that was the best one yet. They've done a great job making this world with corporeal souls and mentions of witches seem completely real and normal.
  10. Probably but others will be able to guide you better there. I gave up on the old books in the late 90s, even before TPM, after one too many terrible books of the “quality” of the Crystal Star or the Courtship of Princess Leia. Having said that I used to absolutely love Tales from the Mos Eisley Cantina, the Pulp Fiction of Star Wars books.
  11. I’ve just had another three. If only they were this keen to send the actual game!
  12. I had that too. I think they’re keen to let us know.
  13. Aftermath's a bit of a slog but kind of worth it in the end. It's hard to recommend outright. It does contain the most clues into how the Empire became the First Order, although they're very vague, presumably deliberately to allow the filmmakers plenty of leeway. I'd honestly recommend reading the discussion of the Aftermath books in this thread to find that stuff out, rather than forcing yourself to put up with the books themselves. Lost Stars is the one that always gets the most love, with anything else by Claudia Gray also highly recommended. If you just read Lost Stars, Leia: Princess of Alderaan and Bloodline (in that order, I'd say) then you're laughing. Resistance Reborn is the perfect build up to the new film, and if you have time it would be better to read Bloodline first, only because RR includes some pretty big Bloodline spoilers as it's set some time later and includes some of the same characters.
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