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#1 Posted by Hunter5024 (6077 posts) -
#2 Edited by Hunter5024 (6077 posts) -

Damn it now I want to read. Which Sanderson book should I start with?

#3 Posted by Hunter5024 (6077 posts) -

@hunter5024 said:

I watched Skyfall. I've seen like 5 James Bond movies and aside from some parts of Casino Royale, this is the first one I really enjoyed. I think that's because it's the only Bond movie I've seen that tried to connect me to Bond himself. Between the final showdown at his estate, the focus on M, and the origin of the villain, everything just seemed a lot more personal and that made me more invested. Since apparently it's going to be the same team for the next one I'm looking forward to it. 007 out of Ten.

Skyfall was terrific. Actually, a lot of Sam Mendes' work is terrific. Road to Perdition is incredible, American Beauty was really good, and though I don't even particularly have an interest in the subject matter, Penny Dreadful is very well-done. Back to Bond, though. I have no reason to think Spectre won't be great. Daniel Craig has been a surprisingly good Bond, Ralph Fiennes and Christoph Waltz should be great as always, and the subject matter has some real potential. In the Fleming novels, S.P.E.C.T.R.E was pretty damn interesting. I'd like to see that done more seriously than their often-cheesy portrayal in some of the early Bond films. Based on some of the excellent darker moments in his other films, I have faith that Mendes will better realize the potential of this bit of Bond lore. Anyway, that's just a roundabout way of saying that I'm really excited for Spectre.

Yeah, all the Kevin Spacey talk during GOTY got me thinking about how goddamn good American Beauty is, which got me thinking about how good Sam Mendes is and before I knew it I was watching James Bond without really liking James Bond. I'm excited for Spectre too so that really says something about Skyfall.

#4 Posted by Hunter5024 (6077 posts) -

@claritysam: Yeah there were certainly some differences, but overall I think they were pretty minor compared to what I expected. The blog is definitely worth checking out for the reasons you mentioned. It's super interesting to learn which things were Jordan and which things were Sanderson, and which things he struggled with. I wasted a whole afternoon reading that stuff.

#5 Posted by Hunter5024 (6077 posts) -

I watched Skyfall. I've seen like 5 James Bond movies and aside from some parts of Casino Royale, this is the first one I really enjoyed. I think that's because it's the only Bond movie I've seen that tried to connect me to Bond himself. Between the final showdown at his estate, the focus on M, and the origin of the villain, everything just seemed a lot more personal and that made me more invested. Since apparently it's going to be the same team for the next one I'm looking forward to it. 007 out of Ten.

After that I watched Jurassic Park for the first time. I can easily see how that movie might have captured me if I'd seen it as a kid, but I watched it as an adult and it felt a bit like the ship had sailed. As with any Spielberg movie it was super watchable, but after I finished it I didn't really feel like I'd missed out by skipping it the last 20 years. Jeff Goldblum was awesome though. 1 Jeff Goldblum out of some Jeff Goldblums.

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@veektarius said:

He also totally f'ed up Mat Cauthon, shame on him for that.

Yes, agreed! It seemed like Mat's character suddenly changed so much, which is a shame.

He didn't change, he just acted more like he did in the earlier books. Which I was alright with, because Jordan did nothing interesting with him for the entire second half of the series. Sanderson talked about this on his blog at one point, he's inclined to agree that Mat was a misstep in the first book, and he did his best to fix that in the following two.

#7 Posted by Hunter5024 (6077 posts) -

The Wheel of Time books made me want to read his other stuff. I've got copies of Mistborn, and The Way of Kings, though I'm not sure which to start with.

#8 Posted by Hunter5024 (6077 posts) -

@ianmac: I would pick up one of the newest ones like people have said, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby are the newest pair to be released. They are the first time we have seen a major update to the formula and they are probably the best Pokemon games yet. As for which one to buy of the two, just pick up the one you think has a better monster on the cover, as that is sort of the big bad end game thing.

Also don't worry about the differences between versions, the internet made it sort of meaningless. It's just a hangover from when you needed a link cable to hook up two Game Boys

Personally I'd recommend X and Y over Ruby and Sapphire, since they're remakes of older games.

#9 Edited by Hunter5024 (6077 posts) -

There are two different versions of most Pokemon games. For the most part they're identical, except some Pokemon are exclusive to whichever version you get. They do this to encourage trading between players. If I were you I'd start with X or Y, because they're the newest and some of the best. It doesn't matter which one you choose, so just pick whichever one you think has a cooler Pokemon on the cover.

#10 Posted by Hunter5024 (6077 posts) -

@sergio said:

@hunter5024 said:

I think it's weird when people are preoccupied with the race or gender of the person who made their stuff.

Well, if I go for authentic Mexican food, I expect the people making my food to have some Mexican heritage. And don't give me this crap Mexican-fusion from someone who isn't part Mexican.

You're in luck, because based on the restaurant kitchens I've seen Mexican's make all the food.