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Karsa Orlong

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  1. The Gaming Box

    Hope you do! It's a remarkable game that gets better and better as it progresses
  2. Your Book Activity - March 2017

    Just started The Bounty, a non-fiction book about some mutiny or other (surprisingly!), by Caroline Alexander.
  3. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    The only thing I'm really (re)watching at the moment is Fringe season 2. I've just about given up on all the DC shows. They all seem to have jumped the shark now - too many characters with new ones who aren't very good. Arrow's the prime culprit. I really, really hate what they've done with Wells in The Flash. Even Supergirl has taken a nosedive and I used to be able to rely on that for a few laughs, at least. Really must catch up on Agents of SHIELD, though - I'm about four episodes behind at the moment
  4. The Gaming Box

    Since last post I've (finally) played and finished The Last of Us, which I loved - the writing and characters were soooo good. I still haven't quite recovered from how it ended. And now I may be slightly obsessed with Horizon Zero Dawn.
  5. The Gaming Box

    I finished the base game of The Witcher 3 on Friday. Out of the multiple endings the one I got was so bittersweet After 140 hours in the game I've been feeling strangely bereft ever since, and that's even with knowing I've still got the two expansions to play Love the combination of visuals and the song in this trailer:
  6. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    I'm sure you can find better things to watch him in The problem with The OA is that it flatters to deceive for the first three or four episodes and then descends into complete and utter drivel. I don't think I've ever gone so quickly from being intrigued by a show to absolutely despising it But hey, knock yourself out. And book some lessons in interpretive dance while you're at it I finished watching season 1 of Travelers last night. Very enjoyable, really hope it gets another season. And I'm up to Fringe 1x09
  7. The Gaming Box

    I think the controls can take a bit of getting used to, yeah - although I've not played it with a PS4 controller (I'm on pc with a 360 controller). For me, it wasn't until I got past the prologue in White Orchard (which takes about 10 hours, probably) that the game really came alive. Of course, you may not have the time to spare! Once I finished that area and moved on to Velen the game blossomed and opened out into this huge, incredible experience, where even the secondary quests had more thought put into them than some games have in their main stories. If you get to Velen and meet The Bloody Baron you'll get an idea what I mean in that regard. It's not flawless by any means, but it does so much, and does it better than any other open world RPG I've played, and the characters and story are just so involving. Love it. Although I've really stuffed up poor Geralt's love life
  8. The Gaming Box

    I finally got a PS4 for Christmas and I just finished Uncharted 4 about ten days ago. You're in for a treat - the story, the action, the characters, the superb voice acting - I thought it was marvellous. Not as marvellous as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, though. I held off getting it for ages and ages cos I didn't like the second game very much, then finally succumbed and bought it in the Black Friday sale on Steam. I'm around 120 hours into it now and I haven't finished the main quest, let alone started the expansions, and yet I haven't been bored for one moment. It's the best game I've ever played.
  9. What Are You Watching Now? - 2017

    Recently I've watched The OA (what a load of old tripe that turned out to be! ) I'm now working my way through Travelers, which has been a rather pleasant and enjoyable surprise. And season 2 of The Expanse starts next week I've just started a re-watch of Fringe as well. I'd forgotten just how much I loved that show.
  10. What Are You Watching Now? - 2016

    ^^ So much for having too much else to watch The DC crossover episodes were good fun, even if they made no sense whatsoever ETA:
  11. Strictly Come Dancing

    I'm really happy Ore won. I warmed to him in the last few weeks and I liked his dances best on the night. I wouldn't have minded any of them winning, though - they were all great. I reckon Oti might've cost Danny the win - great dancer and choreographer but as soon as she opened her mouth it was like fingernails scraping down a blackboard
  12. What Are You Watching Now? - 2016

    The Netflix trial is free too. Keep up at the back Supergirl 2x06 - hee at drunk Kara
  13. Awesome, I love that book, it's so much fun The first hundred pages made my head spin, so if he's enjoying it already he'll hopefully enjoy it all the way through. Fingers crossed!
  14. What Are You Watching Now? - 2016

    Sooo you've got so much to watch but you'd rather watch 75 episodes of something you've already seen, rather than 10 episodes of something new? That makes a lot of sense
  15. What Are You Watching Now? - 2016

    Whatever you do, don't watch Westworld on your phone It deserves to be watched on the biggest screen possible I watched the first episode of Conviction. Saying 'it's better than you'd think' is correct, because I thought it would be 'absolute shite' . . . and it's only 'shite' Re The Expanse - why don't you cheat? Take the Netflix free 30 day trial, watch The Expanse (and Stranger Things!), and then cancel before the end of the trial I think so, yeah ETA: Forgot to mention I've been watching Planet Earth II. Marvellous.
  16. Strictly Come Dancing

    Completely agree. I'm actually quite sad that he's gone. So he wasn't very good, but he threw himself into it and really tried hard, and he was very entertaining. The show will seem quite empty without him, I think. Must admit I feel the opposite on this - it seems to be more formulaic now than ever, with the same features on the same day every week. It's being completely ruined for me by that dreadful Karen Hardy to the point where I have to record it and fast forward through her bits. Thankfully, now there are less contestants, she won't be on twice a week but, God, when she was it was awful.
  17. *waves* I keep meaning to get back to that! I've only read the first one, and found it quite disturbing.
  18. What Are You Watching Now? - 2016

    Ah Bunk. I miss Bunk.
  19. What Are You Watching Now? - 2016

    Looks like his good taste doesn't stretch to tv Wise decision! And that truly is the worst of them. I only watch it cos Dominic Purcell makes me laugh, and even his one-liners are wearing a bit thin now Yeah, totally. And there's more to come on Netflix. They really are overdoing it. All I want is season 3 of Daredevil. Thank goodness for Westworld and The Expanse
  20. What Are You Watching Now? - 2016

    Aw, I loved season 2, but yeah it was kind of jarring to have all those new characters at first. In the end I thought that was part of what made The Wire so special - each season is very different (okay, season 1 and season 3 are kind of similar) and focuses on a different aspect of life in the city: the criminals, the cops, the docks, the schools, the politics, the media. I just finished watching the first season of The Expanse (based on the James S A Corey novels) on Netflix. Loved it - a really slow-burner but easily the best space-based science fiction series since Battlestar Galactica. Up there alongside Stranger Things and Daredevil as my favourite show this year. Can't wait for season 2! I'm also watching Westworld, which is great, and the usual DC stuff - The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, which is my favourite of the bunch at the moment (because it's light and fluffy and fun where everything else seems to be dark and miserable). I'm probably going to dump Legends of Tomorrow soon (cos it's utter pants, frankly), and possibly Arrow (cos the whole Dark/Felicity/nuclear missile thing was beyond stupid, even for Arrow). I stalled halfway through Luke Cage but I may get back to that soon.
  21. Strictly Come Dancing

    Must be weird for Ed, having people actually voting for him Well, I was backing Greg cos a) I like him and b) it's high time Nat won the thing. I thought Claudia's jive was dreadful, so kind of bemused by the judges comments. But hey ho. I like Danny but I find Oti incredibly irritating. So no. Ore gets on my nerves. So no. So I guess I'm now backing Louise by default, but I can't see her winning it. I miss Daisy. She officially has the sexiest voice on the planet
  22. Hey pops So the words that are leaping out at me there are 'adventure', 'series', 'space travel', 'different planets', and 'spaceships', which all make it a lot more specific. Has he read science fiction before, or would this be his first? Anyway, the book that got me hooked on SF when I was a teenager was Frank Herbert's Dune. I've read it four times now. It's got all those elements you mention, but it's really all about the first book, and I wouldn't particularly recommend reading beyond the initial trilogy. For something more recent there's James S. A. Corey's 'The Expanse' series, starting with Leviathan Wakes. It's kind of a retro space opera set totally in our own solar system where man has moved out to the other planets, and the subsequent war that develops (for spoilery reasons) between Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt. What I like about it is that it's focused on the characters rather than the science, and it's fun in that way. There's a tv series based on it now, too, which can be found on Netflix. It's got all the elements you mention although - weirdly, for a series called 'The Expanse' - containing it in our own solar system makes it less, ahem, expansive than others. Others with all those elements that might be worth having a look at: A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge (two of my all-time faves, lost of action and weird aliens and mind-blowing ideas) House of Suns and Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds (Chasm City is part of his 'Revelation Space' series and a good starting point) The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F Hamilton (first in his 'Night's Dawn' trilogy) Anything by Neal Asher set in his Polity Universe (if he wants lots of action) And, of course, Iain M. Banks. There's all his 'Culture' novels, which are all stand-alones set in the same universe, but I'd also recommend some of his other SF novels, like The Algebraist.
  23. The Last Film You Saw - 2016

    Watched the new version of The Jungle Book which I thought was surprisingly splendid (especially Idris Elba's Shere Khan, although I really didn't like what they did with King Louie). It's probably going to take a long time for me to get Scarlett Johansson singing 'Trust In Me' out of my head Finally got around to watching Interstellar. Bits of it I liked, bits of it were dreadful, and I spent most of the movie trying to decipher what Matthew McConaughey was saying
  24. I'd also highly recommend Tom Holland's Rubicon (the Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic) and, by the same author, Persian Fire, about the Greco-Persian Wars. If you're at all interested in the Tudors I really enjoyed Winter King by Thomas Penn, about Henry VII. If you're interested in the Napoleonic Wars there's Stephen Taylor's Commander and Storm & Conquest, plus John Sugden's massive (and I mean MASSIVE) two-part biography of Nelson, A Dream of Glory and The Sword of Albion, or Tim Clayton's Waterloo. For more recent times I really liked Stephen Ambrose's Band of Brothers (which was turned into the tv series) and A Man on the Moon by Andrew Chaikin, which is about the Apollo missions, of course.
  25. What Are You Watching Now? - 2016

    That about sums it up I finished season 1 of Bosch. Pretty good. Now on season 4 of Ray Donovan, and playing catch-up with Episodes (started with season 4 and currently on season 2 ).