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Brandon Sanderson / The Gathering Storm - First Impressions *SPOILERS*
« on: October 27, 2009, 08:20:06 PM »
After ignoring my family for 6 hours I am happy.
And satisfied. It is nice to have so many long awaited events finally happen.
It was a good book.

Anyone more eloquent than I have opinions yet?

Brandon Sanderson / Warbreaker commentary
« on: June 10, 2009, 12:55:36 AM »
I wrote a non-spoiler commentary (its not really a review) about Warbreaker on my blog.  If anyone is interested here's the link.
What do you think?

Brandon Sanderson / I've got mine!
« on: June 05, 2009, 08:06:04 PM »
I ordered Warbreaker through my local bookstore and they called me today to pick it up.  So I have my copy and now I can read it over the weekend without feeling too guilty about ignoring stuff.
My husband read it on the computer, but I hate doing that.  He has been impatient for me to get it so we could talk about it.

CCGs / Munchkin?
« on: April 29, 2009, 04:00:15 AM »
I know it is not quite the same as a collectible game, but I was wondering if anyone has opinions as to the best sets of Munchkin?  I've promised my son I will buy another set of cards but I don't know if I want to be boring and just go in order, or if there are some that are much better than others?
My son with Asperger's has really fixated on this game and it is nice that we can all enjoy it together, instead of listening to him rant about a single player game on the computer.
Also places to buy the game in Salt Lake or Las Vegas?  I am going to LV in a couple of weeks and we always end up in SL sooner or later.

Brandon Sanderson / Alcatraz at school
« on: October 15, 2008, 09:15:50 PM »
I saw Alcatraz #1 in the Scholastic book order my kids bring home from school.  It was only $4.  It made me want to order it just to have one with the paperback cover too.  So thousands of school children will now be able to get a much better book than the majority of stuff in those catalogs.

Rants and Stuff / Bad Science
« on: March 03, 2008, 07:19:43 PM »
I read a book recently where the whole book revolved around a mad scientist type of quantum physics gone wrong thing.  It really irritated me, ruined the whole book, even though the plot (except for that little science bit) and dialogue and characters and most of the other writing was pretty good, but the science was so awful I felt like yelling at the characters that they were all idiots.  I had to rant at my husband later about how stupid it was, which brings me to the point of this post:
So at what point does science become a stumbling block in a book/movie/TV show for you?  I was thinking that there seems to be a spectrum.  At one point are things that not everyone knows, but are definitely true.  A lot of detective fiction uses those.  Then there is the other end where the science is completely out there and may as well be magic.  Once you accept the transporter beams and faster-than-light travel, everything else is easy.   Where in the middle does it get irritating, and does it matter how much you know about a given topic?  For example, does Jurassic Park really irritate biochemists or someone who knows how much work it would take to replicate a dinosaur while those of us who have no idea can pass it by?
Thoughts? Examples? Rants?

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