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  1. In Topic: So, the WHEEL OF TIME TV series is a go at Sony

    Today, 12:35 AM

    View PostMacros, on 26 November 2021 - 10:21 PM, said:

    Where are these minisodes? Are they the delve deeper things?

    Yup. They're on the special features, but accessing them is weird. You have to start the episode, pause it, select X-Ray and that takes you to the special features. What's a bit odd is that only certain features are available for certain episodes. Episodes 1, 2 and 3 have a map (but not 4), and all four have a special animated "Wheel of Time Origins" episode. The ones so far have been about the Breaking of the World, the Fall of Manetheren, the Legend of Jerome (the best Warder ever) and Saidin & Saidar.

    There's also a number of "legacy" episodes about Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson and a whole bunch of behind-the-scenes stuff, concept art and so on.

    I've found accessing them relatively easy on Firestick, but hit and miss on PC and mobile. And through some set-top box and Smart TV versions of the Amazon app, it apparently doesn't work at all.
  2. In Topic: So, the WHEEL OF TIME TV series is a go at Sony

    Yesterday, 10:27 AM

    Agreed, the fourth episode was easily the best yet. Reminded me of GAME OF THRONES's first season when the first three episodes were promising but inconsistent and then the fourth blew it up with a lot of well-handled exposition culminating in a major, dramatically intense cliffhanger.

  3. In Topic: So, the WHEEL OF TIME TV series is a go at Sony

    19 November 2021 - 05:18 PM

    View PostCyphon, on 16 November 2021 - 08:32 AM, said:

    I'll still wait for wert's view before I start pushing the hype train out of the station.

    I was under an Amazon NDA, but I should have a review of 101 on Dragonmount this weekend and the first three on my blog next week (I've been trying to get the next three as well, but no luck yet).

    The premiere was enormous fun. Spent a lot of time chatting to an American guy called Alan Ritchson. Had no idea who he was until he said he was the next Jack Reacher. I thought I hadn't seen anything he'd been in, until a friend later on told me was the young Sully in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, which I immediately recognised him from (apparently he's a lead in TITANS and was Aquaman in SMALLVILLE, but I haven't seen those).

    Also spent the premiere sitting next to someone who was vaguely familiar and I couldn't place them, but chatted a bit about the show. It was only later I realised it was Dominique Tipper (Naomi) from THE EXPANSE, one of my favourite TV shows of the last five years, which was a total headdesk moment. In my defence, she'd grown out her hair a lot from the show (since they finished filming, presumably they no longer needed their hair to stay the same for continuity) and the lighting was really bad in the cinema.

    WoT was pretty solid. I'd rank it better than the equivalent episodes of THE WITCHER and SHADOW & BONE, occasionally reaching the levels of the comparative episodes of GAME OF THRONES but also having some issues with how much lore and worldbuilding to impart and how much not to. My biggest issue was with the change to Perrin's motivation, which felt overly melodramatic. The thing I liked the best was that the show was not afraid to lean back from constant action to have quieter character moments. Moiraine reciting the Fall of Mantheren (in a different time and place to the books though) was probably my highlight, maybe Tam al'Thor's memorial for his wife as well.
  4. In Topic: Babylon 5

    30 September 2021 - 04:54 PM

    As was prophecised, BABYLON 5 is being rebooted.

    This is clearly the best/worst idea ever/today and is guaranteed to be a huge success/miserable failure. It's great/lame that the original creator is involved, and horrible/interesting that it'll air on The CW. I'll definitely watch/burn my BABYLON 5 collectors' plates.
  5. In Topic: The Age of Madness by Joe Abercrombie

    26 September 2021 - 04:12 PM

    Book 3: The Wisdom of Crowds


    King Orso has won an unlikely military victory over a rebel army led by the popular Leo dan Brock. Leo is badly wounded, his life spared only by the king's mercy (and love for Leo's wife, Savine dan Glokta). But Midderland, the heart of the Union, is in open rebellion. Revolutionary fervour has swept the island and the Great Change is underway. Fortunes rise and fall rapidly and the fate of nations will be decided by the wisdom of the crowds.

    The Wisdom of Crowds concludes the Age of Madness trilogy, Joe Abercrombie's latest work in his First Law world. This trilogy has been a remarkable success, Abercrombie doing what he does best - cynical humour, bone-crunching action and enjoyably knotty plotting - and adding a dash of satirical intrigue.

    The Wisdom of Crowds goes full revolution on us, and anyone who's never studied the history of the French and Russian revolutions will be aware of how difficult it is to comprehend why a superficially well-ordered, law-abiding society will suddenly collapse into anarchy. Abercrombie used the first two novels in the series to lay the groundwork for the civil strife within the Union, which the victories in the first two novels only vaguely papered over, and here it explodes with full force. We get to see kangaroo courts, horrific crimes being justified by "the will of the people," and the walking-through-broken-glass maneuverings required by those who worked with the old order but are too useful for the new one to throw away. It's an unusual place for fantasy to go, but it mostly works well, even if the misery inflicted on specific characters and the Union in general feels like it might be a bit over-egged in the mid-running of the book.

    The situation in the Union is broken up by a major subplot in the North, where Rikke has taken the throne in Carleon but her rule is shaky. Enemies are marching on the city, and Rikke's inability to charm and win people over sees her losing her allies just when she needs them. The North may feel like the most cyclical part of the First Law world - we've seen battles and conflicts up there repeatedly in the original trilogy, The Heroes and in this new trilogy - but Abercrombie is still able to make the politics and conflicts interesting, even if certain plot twists can be seen from a mile off.

    As usual, Abercrombie's work is rooted in characterisation. The Age of Madness has probably his most complex and nuanced cast of characters to date, with it being possible to both hate and admire the likes of Savine, Leo and Orso, often in the same chapter. They are desperately flawed people who are trying to do what they feel is right, sometimes getting it right and sometimes making an apocalyptic excrement-sandwich of it, and are never less than interesting. This works better for some characters than others: the big three and Vic are very-well handled, but Broad's character development feels a bit limited and even somewhat contrived, as if he's a plot point a little too obviously being set up to do one particular thing in the finale. In addition, the character of Judge altogether lacks the rich depth we expect of Abercrombie antagonists, and comes across as just a psycho for the sake of it, which is disappointing.

    The ending of the book is outstanding, though, being as gloriously messy as ever, with winners and losers and those winners and losers not necessarily being the ones you expect. There are some terrific reveals and terrifying reversals, and a lot of plot guns that have been set up over not just this trilogy but the preceding stand-alone novels being fired in a satisfying manner. The only big downside from the ending is that there is a bit too much setup work being down for more books in the First Law world (and, indeed, Abercrombie has indicated another trilogy is likely, possibly with more stand-alones first). We even get a last-chapter prophecy which feels like a trailer for what comes next. With Abercrombie off to a fresh world for his next project, The Devils, it may be a while before we get back to this world.

    Reading like the demented literary love-child of Terry Pratchett and David Gemmell, The Wisdom of Crowds (****) rounds off this trilogy in style.



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    22 Jan 2021 - 09:19
    Whoa ... meaning of life. Happy birthday
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    05 Mar 2020 - 09:29
    Sorry, missed your birthday this year. Hope it was a good one.
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    22 Jan 2019 - 11:51
    Dun dun dunnnnn ...
    Have a good one.
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    22 Jan 2018 - 08:24
    Same as below. Better make it a good one because it's 40 next year.
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    22 Jan 2010 - 15:32
    Happy Birthday, now go out and get wrecked :)
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