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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 9, 2019 - 8:41am

I don't know. There just seemed to be this one day when most of us failed to log in. And then we stayed that way.

Except for Joe Day. That fucker's gonna keep posting to this board even after it doesn't exist any longer.

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal May 9, 2019 - 9:08pm

Thanos was right

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 10, 2019 - 12:26am

So sad, so sad.

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 10, 2019 - 3:23am

Also, I think Jessica got tired of running WARs. So we should all blame Jessica.

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff May 10, 2019 - 3:30am

a image icon? Well, I'll fight for the glory.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 10, 2019 - 5:27am

I miss Jessica :(

That image icon is mine!

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 10, 2019 - 7:33am

After the activity fell off, I wondered if there were a bunch of private discussions going on behind the paywall, to keep the riff-raff out, as it were.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 10, 2019 - 7:53am

I forgot about locked threads! I haven't been a paying member for ages, but I'm pretty sure there wasn't. Mostly that was just used in battles and War to keep members stories protected and not considered published.

At least I think so anyway...

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 10, 2019 - 6:30pm

You know what I miss? Virulent shit-talking.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 11, 2019 - 4:44am

Like I said, Jessica :P

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Flaminia Ferina from Umbria is reading stuff May 11, 2019 - 10:13am

I miss having all the free time I used to have. For the shit talk, yk

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 11, 2019 - 12:21pm

I guess adversarial banter lost its appeal once the "Greatest Writer of All Time" question was fully and finally answered.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 12, 2019 - 3:59am

Was someone enthroned as Greatest Writer of All Time? Who was it? It was David Foster Wallace, wasn't it?

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 12, 2019 - 6:59am

Yeah, it was a pretty big deal. You don't remember that thread? I won't attempt to summarize the arguments, but I recall the results:

  1. James Patterson
  2. Stephen King
  3. (Tie) Ezra Pound / Anne Frank's dad

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 12, 2019 - 8:35am

Lol. No, I don't remember that one.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 12, 2019 - 12:57pm

Oh yeah, all that free time. *Sigh* how nostalgic :)

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 13, 2019 - 7:11am

You know, Em, I don't think they're actually shutting down the community board. I think they just threatened to in order to get some of us to come back and complain about stuff for a while. Foment discord, like in Ye Olden Tymes.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 13, 2019 - 7:40am

If only :)

By the way Utah, before this is all gone forever I just want to say thanks for inviting me to that first War, way back when I just haunted the workshop. The community completely change my Litreactor experience for the better!

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 13, 2019 - 9:49am

Hell yeah! You are amazing, and the work you contributed to WAR (II, III) was top-notch. I was terrified of you in the last one.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 14, 2019 - 12:53am

You are too kind. And a formidable opponent - and also the last king of War, which kind of makes you undefeated :D

Not forgetting you wrote the best description of someone falling down the stairs I've ever read!

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 16, 2019 - 5:17am

Certainly wasn't being kind, just truthful. When I realized you were going to be my opponent I was pretty sure I was done for.

And I was definitely not undefeated! Rebecca Jones Howe killed me in the first one. Then Gordon Highland in the second. I'm no Bruce Lee.

And I'm tickled you remember that scene.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 16, 2019 - 8:53pm

Nothing brings out the mushy stuff like a good WAR.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 17, 2019 - 12:01am

Hey, remember when we had to bump threads!

 

BUMP!

 

Ah nostalgia :)

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 20, 2019 - 12:05pm

You know what's funny? My flair still says "Moderator," but I can't delete spam posts or make clever edits to legitimate ones.

Not that I ever, ever did that.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 21, 2019 - 12:20am

And that would have been so handy for last post too... 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 21, 2019 - 9:04pm

Off-topic: According to Wikipedia, "A platitude is even worse than a cliché."

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 22, 2019 - 12:50am

You know that Wikipedia article was really interesting and lead to more interesting stuff, such as snowclones etc. I have book marked it to read later when I have more time. 

Also a platitude is a kind of cliche so maybe wiki should say: a platitude is the worse kind of cliche...?

 

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 22, 2019 - 8:46am

I personally think that a platypus is worse than just about anything.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 23, 2019 - 12:29am

Surely not worse than the game of thrones finale?

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 23, 2019 - 6:01am

On-topic: According to Wikipedia, "The correct Greek plural word would be 'platypodes.'"

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 23, 2019 - 6:10am

I have still never seen a GoT episode. A lot of people seem bothered by it. Did some rando from mid-season 5 win?

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 24, 2019 - 12:38am

Haha, not quite, but it was kind of not the person most everyone wanted, and the fact he just seamed so smug about it despite claiming to not want it. Actually I do think it's a bit much all these people petitioning to get it re-made, and when everyone suddenly started complaining about all these issues in series 8, it was a little like...yes, we've had all these issues for the past 3 or 4 seasons, catch up! Basically it's not been great since it diverged from the books, only not many people seamed to notice. Did you ever watch the Dexter TV series? The ending was comparable with that regarding disappointment, only quite a bit duller.

Platypodes. Got it.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 24, 2019 - 7:20am

Nope, never saw that either. Never seen most popular or critically-acclaimed TV of the last decade.

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Utah from Fort Worth, TX is reading Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry May 24, 2019 - 9:50am

JYH, I sneer at you. I was going to post a photo of someone sneering, but then remembered you have to use damn Photobucket to post pictures here.

So imagine Charlie Sheen sneering at you. Because that was going to be the picture I posted. You could Google image search it. That might work better. Just image search "sneer" and it's on something like the sixth row. And that might not even be a sneer. Looks kinda like a sneer. Also looks kinda like he wants to snort cocaine out of your belly button.

There is a chance I want to snort cocaine out of your navel.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 24, 2019 - 8:36pm

I'm getting Sheen-sneered because I don't watch more TV?!

I watch some stuff on the TV, but I never really followed many shows. I did eventually watch both True Detective seasons. And I watched some of the HBO shows that sort of kicked off the whole "prestige TV" thing, back then. But I never saw Mad Men, or Breaking Bad, or Homeland, or The Americans, or Peaky Blinders, etc.

 

[edited to add exclamation point after the question mark]

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 28, 2019 - 2:57am

To be fair there are a lot of mediocre series out there, and even more that aren't good. What is it about series you don't like? Two of the best of recent times (imo) have been The Bridge and Gomorrah. Both have superb character arch's for there main characters and plots that aren't average or predictable. Yeah, and both are foreign language. 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like May 28, 2019 - 6:49am

The Gomorrah film was good. Didn't know they made a show, too.

The main thing I don't like about most series is they go on forever, or until someone gives up, either the audience or the producers. Some do a better job than others of giving each season a clear arc. And some probably stick to an overall plan more firmly than others. If a show has already ended, then the problem becomes the sheer amount of time it would take to watch 60+ episodes. Plus, shows designed to be watched once per week, I feel, do not make for great marathon viewing experiences. There's a lot of redundancy and filler in TV episodes, and it's more obvious when you run several episodes in a row.

Then of course there are shows like Black Mirror that give you one story per episode, which I appreciate, even if it means I like some more than others.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Tana French! May 28, 2019 - 7:52am

Haven't seen the film, waiting for season 4 of Gomorrah. The Bridge is only 4 seasons. Agreed a good show can really be ruined by how it ends/how long it chooses to go before it ends. Black Mirror is good, some episodes stronger than others, but that's okay.