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  1. Rhondinella

    House Stark: Winter Is Coming

    Discuss House Stark hereth.
  2. Looks like our old hate thread was lost in a forum glitch that randomly deleted a number of topics across multiple forums. This is the new thread! If anyone has a suggestion for a catchier title, I'd be happy to change it. If you're discussing an episode and you find yourself swerving away from the topic of that episode to complain about the show in general, bring that here!
  3. This topic includes spoilers and information from all the books. Please proceed with caution if you haven’t read any or just some of the books. You can speculate and analyze both the show and the book series as a whole. For specific book discussion, check the individual book threads. Please use spoiler tags when discussing TV spoilers and unpublished works. Some useful links: Diana Gabaldon's page on the series, Chronology, and Family Tree.
  4. I love watching Sansa learn, and adapt, and survive. I also like that her Stark/Tully strength comes out more like her mother's does: she uses courtesy to keep her head and her place, hides her feelings, and works for her own ends in the back channels.
  5. This is the place to post spoilers for new episodes/seasons of Veronica Mars. I'll start. /Film's review mentions Logan proposing to Veronica. Has anyone else seen that or any other spoilers? Or is everyone (else) too grown up to spoil, now that we'll get the whole fourth season at once? This TV Guide review has me a little worried, so I guess I'm concerned about the big twist (which I doubt hinges on Logan's question or Veronica's answer). That smells like a major death to me. Kristen has said she's taking a social media hiatus once the new season goes live on Hulu. All I keep thinking is, "Rob, what did you do? What did you do?"
  6. This is intended as a thread for the broadcast show spoilers. I decided to add book talk spoilers as well, since it's highly unlikely someone would click on a show spoiler thread and object to some relatively minor book spoilers. Mods please switch it around if you wish. Just found a pretty big spoiler in a general article about the show, obviously the reviewer has seen at least one more episode than we have. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/22/a-cunning-adaptation-of-the-handmaids-tale Since it's a first post I'll do the caution thing here, this is a show spoiler, not just from the book, so stop now if you don't want to know. Note, that article also includes book spoilers. - - - Wow, they really are bringing him back. I'm not sure how I feel about that, hopefully he's realized by now that men taking care of women is seriously not the point here and grown up some.
  7. On the comic book front, I WANT to read the comic books! But, my oh my, my budget does not support getting back into comic book collection. Issue #1 is available for free from Kindle, but it just leaves me wanting the rest -which aren't free (huh, it's like Amazon planned that, or something...)
  8. Theon, Theon, Theon. I thought he deserved his own thread because we rarely see Balon or Yara. I think Theon is one of the most fascinating characters on the show, and has gone through one of the most complete character transformations on the show. I'm not surprised he doesn't get more of a response beyond fan hate for his past horrible decisions, but I wish Alfie Allen got more notice for what has been a consistently superb performance - perhaps the strongest consistent performance of anyone on the show. Theon is a cautionary tale on revenge culture. Revenge culture dominates Game of Thrones, as so many fans want to see the Starks make the Lannisters pay, or want to see Tyrion get payback. Through Theon, we get what should be the ultimate revenge - a complete psychological and physical torture of the man who killed devoted Stark soldiers, took Winterfell under false pretenses, betrayed a man who was essentially his brother, and killed two children (and likely the only reason he didn't kill Rickon and Bran is that that he didn't know where they were). Yet it's not satisfying. It's ugly, it's horrific, it's unseemly. To many viewers, it's not the right kind of revenge, which leads to questions like what is the right kind of revenge? The story is extremely difficult to watch, but it's also one that has made sense narratively and never gone through the jarring changes some other long-running stories have had. Even now, with Reek, we continue to see Theon's past haunt his present, meaning he can't escape even into the cruel, false life Ramsay Bolton has created for him. For me Ramsay is the weakest part of this storyline, but Alfie and Iwen do have chemistry together. I'll never forget the scene of Theon being baptized into the Drowned God religion when he returned to the Iron Islands. The scene was both beautiful and highly disturbing. Theon's relationship with Yara also fascinates me. I wish we saw more of it.
  9. eel2178

    Book vs Show

    I wasn't sure where to post this. It is probably OT anywhere. Although I gave up on the show, I am now 10 pages away from finishing Dr. Manheimer's book. It is pretty dry. It would probably put ordinary people to sleep. However, I have a sleep disorder, so I'm not so lucky. I'm also am unhappy with all the grammatical errors (that is a pet peeve of mine). Sentences in English do not begin with "and," "or," and "but." Also, "Everything." is not a complete sentence. Anyway, I can clear up some of the misconceptions from the TV show. Some people may consider these to be spoilers, so proceed at your own risk. He did deal with a doctor on drugs, although it was not Adderall. It was a radiology resident who kept faking pancreatitis, so he could get narcotic prescriptions. When Dr. Manheimer confronted him, he packed up his family and moved the next day without officially resigning his position at the hospital. Bellevue does not do organ transplants, so the whole story line about the domino transplant was bogus. They did, however, arrange a transplant for an illegal alien from Guatemala. It wasn't a nine-year-old girl who needed a lung. It was a 39-year-old woman who needed a heart. He is very vague with the details as to how she got on a transplant list, who paid for the surgery and how she was supposed to get her anti-rejection meds post-op. It is also pretty vague about the outcome. It said she survived long enough to be discharged from the hospital. In the next paragraph, he reports her death. He doesn't say how much time elapsed between the transplant and her demise. He also doesn't say what actually killed her. (My cynical side is betting that she was trying to stretch her anti-rejection meds further than she should have). Bellevue has a separate ER for psychiatric patients, so Dr. Adderall probably wouldn't be having any contact with them. I'm surprised they don't have Iggy running his own ER to help keep him relevant. Dr. Manheimer covers a lot of psychiatric patients in his book. The immigrant with the tiger mom is partly true. She never threw herself in front of a subway train. They didn't provide fake billing to the insurance company to keep her mother from finding out about it. The girl who walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to get away from her foster home was also true. They never tried to take her diary away from her at the hospital. In fact, the hospital gives its patients diaries and encourages them to use them. Being taken in by the daughter of the only foster mother she ever liked was also true. However, she wasn't a young woman who was also in school herself. She had grown children and half-grown grandchildren. She was given the diary to read and agreed to become a foster mother herself. The whole process took more than six months, and the girl did continue to live at Bellevue until it was all approved. Dr. Manheimer had been working at Bellevue for 12 years when his cancer was diagnosed. He didn't attempt to keep running the hospital while he was being treated. When he did return to work, it was only for a couple of years. He then retired. He had two adult children, and it was his first grandchild who was born the day he started his chemo and radiation treatments. They whole clandestine "no one can know" story-line was fake. He told his wife immediately, and she answered her phone on the first ring when he called her with the biopsy results. Likewise, he also told the rest of his family and colleagues right away. His treatments started 3 weeks after he was diagnosed. He said he was treated with a "platinum based" chemo drug, but doesn't specify if it was cisplatin or carboplatin. Since he was treated as an outpatient, I'd assume it was carboplatin. Cisplatin requires the patient to be very well hydrated before, during and well after it is infused to prevent damage to the kidneys. It also produces a very profuse, explosive, barn-yard smelling diarrhea which adds to the hydration problem. I've never given cisplatin to anyone who was willing to be more than 8 feet from a functioning toilet. Before he started radiation he had a feeding tube implanted in his stomach. He fed himself ensure exclusively until he was done with treatment and able to relearn how to swallow. He describes the outpatient infusion room as having individual cubicles for each patient, so the group card game probably never happened, either. Incidentally, he was also diagnosed with melanoma. They may be saving that in case there is a season two. They did repatriate a dying illegal immigrant to Mexico, so he could see his family before he died. It took more than the ten seconds allotted to the story-line on the show. In fact, Dr. Manheimer, his wife and several other hospital staff members including doctors and social workers accompanied him on the trip. The doctors paid the costs themselves. Those are the most glaring inconsistencies between the book and as much of the TV show as I've seen. If you're still reading this, congratulations and thank you for your patience.
  10. Why'd they make Stannis such a religious zealot? Why'd they make Robb's wife such a completely different person? Why'd they make Reek's origin story such a thing we had to watch? Discuss.
  11. Your Book Topic!
  12. CuriousParker

    Book vs. Series: On The Shelf

    Book vs. Series
  13. Your Book Topic!
  14. SilverStormm

    Book versus Show: Book Talk

    Compare Here!
  15. Lantern7

    Green Arrow In Comics

    I figured that since Arrow has a forum, there should be a thread for Oliver Queen in comic books. For me, I have some exposure to Green Arrow . . . mostly through Brad Metzler and Judd Winick's runs on the book; the former exploring the will of a hero (Ollie) who wound up coming back to life. I also have the "Hard Traveling Heroes" collection from the Seventies . . . that's the run of Green Lantern where Ollie and pal Hal Jordan explore America and the hot button issues of the day. From what I can remember, that's also when Ollie became a hardcore liberal and grew the sweet mustache and goatee, becoming truer to the Robin Hood myth. I'm not following the "new52" version of Ollie, but I've heard good things about what writer Jeff Lemire has done for the book. What stories have you guys read about Green Arrow? Do you like his current look, or did you think he should've stayed a Batman knockoff with an archery motif?
  16. First of all, I will be perfectly okay with this topic title getting replaced. I saw there wasn't one, and I figured that it would be needed. I'm not going to watch on account that I don't have subscription cable . . . but that didn't stop me from posting a similar thread when the Doom Patrol forum (now collapsed) came out. I haven't read the books in years, but I know it's basically Garth Ennis doing what Garth Ennis does best . . . taking the absolute piss out of the superhero genre. He was able to do that back when he wrote Hitman for DC Comics, but he goes full-tilt with The Boys. Art is from co-creator Darick Robertson, who got his degree in comic satire from two notable books: Transmetropolitan (with Warren Ellis) and Happy! (a four-issue miniseries with Grant Morrison that wound up getting two seasons on SyFy). I'm willing to bet there will be divergences from the source material, but I'm still recommending new viewers to read the books. Also, while I doubt the "Herogasm" arc will be filmed (basically, it's a week-long super-powered fuckfest), I will concede the series probably won't be bound by traditional standards and practices, which means The Boys might be more Garth than Happy! And considering what Happy! got away with, that might be something to see.
  17. Pete Martell

    Bran Stark: I'm Flying

    I don't think the show did a very good job with Bran's story this past season (other than "The Lion and the Rose," which, unsurprisingly, was written by GRRM), but Bran's journey has been one of my favorite parts of the show. I think the first few seasons were the most powerful, as we still saw him with his family, and at Winterfell. Isaac Hempstead Wright added such emotional power to scenes like Bran begging Theon not to kill Rodrik. Even last season, when he had to tell Rickon goodbye, we saw some of this. Season 4, there was his almost seeing Jon again, but the rest was a little too disconnected emotionally. I sometimes hear people say Bran is arrogant or that he uses the people who are with him, and I can understand that to a point, but he's also a boy who was slowly but surely left behind by everyone he loved, and now only has an identity based on prophecies and what he thinks destiny wants to be. He had to make that break once and for all when he left Jon behind, and I wonder how much of his humanity will be left.
  18. SilverStormm

    Stumptown by Greg Rucka

    Your Book Talk Topic!
  19. Discuss The Graphic Novels Here!
  20. SilverStormm

    Palimpsest: Novel vs. Show

    Your Novel Vs. Show Topic!
  21. Here is our topic to discuss the books all the way through volume 8, Tiamat's Wrath. Here there be spoilers!