JReynolds

JReynolds

  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    Canadian here. I've run into Colins, Trevors and Grahams. I've never met a Nigel. The only Nigel I knew of before Farrage showed up had the surname of Molesworth....
  • Commented on CMAP #16: Book Title Blues
    if I see book one of the ... series/cycle/trilogy/infinitad from an author I haven't heard of I tend to skip past it. And yet, if everybody did that, no sequels would ever be written, because the books wouldn't sell....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Heh. Perhaps twenty pence in a pound if the currency really falls of a cliff....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Her now; him then. Her now, her then. Just because she hadn't come out didn't make her any less a woman....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    The good news is that the people in the U.K. have six months to get organized and let Parliament know they really, really want to remain. This would be helpful if Parliament had shown that it cared in the least...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    why I believe it wouldn't happen Last week sometime, Trump told various border-enforcement officers not to be afraid to rough people up. If they were charged, he'd just pardon them. While I'm sure most of the US civil service does...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Once again demonstrating that Radagast the Brown has infiltrated the UK....
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (2)
    Reminds me of the line in the movie Lincoln: Abraham Lincoln: [to Cabinet members] As the preacher said; "I could write shorter sermons, but once I start I get too lazy to stop."...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    "Having your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into bouillon cubes." --John le Carré...
  • Commented on Three pieces of news about the Laundry Files (UPDATED!)
    Great news about the Laundry series! I'm actually more excited about the other two pieces of news I'm sitting on for the time being Charlie has invented a time machine and is going to change the Brexit referendum results and...
  • Commented on The Inevitable Brexit Thread (1)
    I think that it's clear that if there was a second referendum, the question would be: 1. Accept the deal offered by the EU & Mrs May & leave 2. Leave the Eu withut a deal. It would take an...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    "She was a classy dame with jet-blonde hair." The novel They're and back again A "Science of Star Wars" book called Empirical Storm Troopers would be possible IRL - if the author/publisher didn't mind running the risk of being shunned...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    That'll teach me to open my yap without doing a cursory check first - YHL's first published short story was in 1999. 2017 was their first novel....
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    Slushkiller List is an entertaining article. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Also, in the comments you can see Charlie!2004 adding several thoughts. A fair number of other authors also weigh in - John Scalzi, Jo Walton, Elizabeth Bear,...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    That's the problem with Chalion: the worshipers of the five gods are objectively correct, and the Quadrenes are wrong. It is a tribute to LMB's storytelling abilities that make this not approach the levels of Bad I associate with C.S....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Then who the fuck are they for ????????? Who is it for?Themselves, and themselves alone, I'm sure. "Look how extremely clever I am. Oh, btw: YOU'RE FUCKED!" YOU'RE FUCKED has appeared, invariably bolded and italicized seven times in this comment...
  • Commented on Lessons learned: writing really long fiction
    I tried to get through Grunts. There were funny bits, I'll grant you. However, I got to the point when one of the major characters raped an elf to death ("Pass me another one, this one's broken") and put the...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    If you don't want to use Blog Comment Killfile here (for Firefox), I found it useful whenever the nym showed up to simply say "blah blah blah" as I hit the page down key. Approximately the same information content, and...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Yes, but the series is set in 2020. They've made the discoveries since! Joking aside, looking forward to reading it....
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    OT Alert: Here's a question that I fully expect to not be addressed in Invisible Sun when it comes out. A recent article in Nature describes further searches in the Denisovan cave in Siberia. They even suggest that it's possible...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    Are you Radagast the Brown, Greg?...
  • Commented on Deaths and Deadlines
    I have to agree with Greg - any argument saying that "We are special, we are the centre of the universe" should, IMO be treated with suspicion. After all, fully anatomically modern Homo sapiens have been around for 200,000 -...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    This comic shows that the ongoing Brexit / DJT fiascos are helping at least somebody - aliens doing some harvesting. (That cartoon is a good one for anyone wanting to binge-read. At least IMO.)...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Redrawing state borders every 10 years would be too onerous, I think - probably every 50 years would do the trick. It would be amusing (for some values of amusing) if they did gerrymandering on a 'redraw state lines' level....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    There are various tongue-in-cheek proposals to fix the Electoral College by changing the borders of all the states so that each of the new 50 states had near-identical populations. The U.S. Map Redrawn as 50 States with Equal Population provides...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    The assassination was used as an excuse for war True, but instead of a government official of a hostile power providing assistance to the murderers of Franz Ferdinand, this was meant to seem to be a home-grown plot. As for...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Regarding: avoiding WWII - Ben Elton (of Blackadder and Thin Blue Line fame, among others) came up with a method in one of his novels, Time and Time Again. It seems that there's a temporal 'hole' connecting Istanbul at a...
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Take care of yourself, Charlie....
  • Commented on Someone please cancel 2019 already?
    Scotland has an entirely separate legal system which ... [is] based on Roman law Strange that Scotland works off Roman law - since the Roman Empire advanced into Scotland a couple of times but never stayed for long. No...
  • Commented on Crawling from the wreckage
    If someone told you that their pronouns were 'they/them' would you still refer to them as their assigned at birth pronouns? Reminds me of a story I read years ago (no idea how true it is): the country of El...
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