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    George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire)

    The trollmaster wrote a list of all the best fantasy and historical fiction reads you can get busy with while waiting another 84 years before he publishes the next installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.

    (The list is organized for your convenience with Goodreads links here)

    Among his classic fantasy recs are Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, C.L. Moore's Jirel of Joiry, Ursula K. Le Guin's the Earthsea Cycle, Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast and T.H. White's The Once and Future King.

    For newer fantasy reads GRRM recommends Scott Lynch (The Gentlemen Bastards series), Joe Abercrombie (Best Served Cold, Heroes) and Daniel Abraham (The Long Price Quartet, The Dagger and the Coin).

    And his favourite historical fiction reads include Maurice Druon (The Accursed Kings), Bernard Cornwell and Sharon Kay Penman.

    You can also keep up with what he's reading here.

    Ursula K. Le Guin (The Earthsea Cycle)

    Her favourite fantasy books are Alice in Wonderland; Gormenghast; The Sword in the Stone, The Jungle Book, The Lord of the Rings.

    Her favourite sci-fi books are Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, Arnason’s Ring of Swords, McIntyre’s Dreamsnake, and China Miéville’s Embassytown.

    She also wrote lists of "books she liked", but are not necessarily favourites, on her website. The lists include Blindness by José Saramago, Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohata, A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry, and graphic novels like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Age of Bronze: The Story of the Trojan War, by Eric Shanower. She wrote very nice blurbs for the books so it's worth checking out the source.

    Cixin Liu (The Three Body Problem)

    His favorite science fiction authors include Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Bradbury, and Jules Verne (Journey to the Centre of the Earth was his favourite book as a boy). His favorite books are 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rendezvous with Rama, The Martian Chronicles, and Nineteen Eighty-Four.

    In terms of Chinese science fiction novels that have not been translated into English yet, he recommends Dooms Year by He Xi. "It is an apocalyptic novel that vividly depicts the different Chinese social classes during a disaster".

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    N.K. Jemisin (The Inheritance Trilogy)

    Her favourite recently-read books (as of 4 years ago, so not so recent anymore) were: Martha Wells' Books of the Raksura; Kate Griffin's Matthew Swift chronicles; Kate Elliott's Spiritwalkers trilogy; Stephen King's Dark Tower series; Naomi Novik's Temeraire books.

    Favorite male authors who write outside of medieval Europe would be Stephen King, China Mieville, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Steven Boyett.

    Jemisin also has a regular column in the New York Times ("Otherworldly") where she writes about her favourite SFF releases. Here is the latest.

    Scott Lynch (The Gentlemen Bastards series)

    Lynch actually uses his Goodreads account, so you can browse his "read" shelf and see his ratings and reviews. His 5-star books include Peter S. Beagle's The Last Unicorn, Caitlín R. Kiernan's The Red Tree, and Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz.

    These recs by Scott Lynch aren't his all-time favourites, but recent faves. (Check the source out for all the recs, and the full blurbs). They include The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison: "I think [Addison] deserves all the attention she can get. [...] I want to throw that book at everyone I can and see who it sticks to. I understand it isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it was mine, so I’m recommending it to everyone I can".

    Ken Liu (The Paper Menagerie)

    Not counting classics and dead people, his favourite author is Jin Yong.

    Liu wrote a list of some of his favorite fiction and nonfiction books that confront the role of technology in fantasy. There are blurbs for the books so it's worth taking a look at the source. Among his recs are:

    The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik -"The Napoleonic Wars with dragons—that's the pitch, and it's pretty much true. What makes this series so much fun is the meticulous manner in which Novik works out all the infrastructure, mundane and otherwise, necessary to support a fleet of warring dragons. The tactics are so intricate and thoroughly developed that you can practically write your own Art of War adapted to this world."

    Black Wolves by Kate Elliott - "When the word 'technology' is mentioned, we often think of machinery and weaponry, but some of the most powerful technologies shaping human history have been linguistic (think of the alphabet), economical (think of double-entry bookkeeping), and political (think of the coup d'état and the election). In this layered, rich epic fantasy, Elliott explores how these social technologies in law, economics, and political systems can be every bit as magical and revolutionary as an army of dragons or a fleet of silk-and-bamboo airships. Many epic fantasies have been criticized for waxing nostalgic for absolute monarchy—not this one."

    Robin Hobb (The Farseer Trilogy)

    The authors Robin Hobb reads now include George RR Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire), Steven Brust (Jhereg), Louise Marley (Terrorist of Irustan) and Guy Gavriel Kay (Sailing to Sarantium), Lynn Flewelling, Martha Wells, Fiona McIntosh, Vonda McIntyre, Robin McKinley, Robert Holdstock and Alma Alexander. The list of authors who influenced her at an early age and left a strong mark on her work includes Rudyard Kipling, Louisa May Alcott, Walter Farley, T.H. White and Fritz Leiber.

    In terms of epic fantasy she recommends, she says: "I’ll throw Joe Abercrombie’s name in the hat there. I’m currently reading his book Heroes, and wow, in his string of books he’s definitely attacking epic on the very small and personal scale, which I like. I’ve read Prince of Thorns, and wow, that’s a strange and wonderful ride. I started into Prince of Thorns going, 'Why on earth did my editor send me this? This is hard and this is dark and, oh gosh, it’s disgusting. This is a horrible character.' And then of course you turn the page! So I’m looking forward to his next book, and I think that he is definitely a writer to watch. Mark Lawrence. I’ll toss in one more — Richard Morgan’s The Steel Remains, now that was one I really enjoyed. Oh, and Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn".

    Naomi Novik (The Temeraire series)

    "[...] There are a bunch of books that I first came across in childhood and middle school that I still re-read on a regular basis, (typically when I get sick) [...] -- Tolkien, LeGuin's Wizard of Earthsea, Robin McKinley's Damar books, Patricia McKillip's Forgotten Beasts of Eld and Riddle-Master trilogy, Pride & Prejudice, Georgette Heyer's Regency romances, the Nero Wolfe books, Sherlock Holmes, the Little House on the Prairie books".

    Neil Gaiman (American Gods)

    There's a list of his favourite audiobooks here (includes Dickens' Bleak House, Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner and his awful wife's book). Here is a list of scary books he recommends for young readers (includes The Witches by Roald Dahl, The Time of the Ghost by Dianna Wynne Jones, and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury).

    Among his ten favourite books are:

    The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe -- "The best science fiction novel of the last century".
    Lud in the Mist by Hope Mirrlees -- "My favourite fairy tale/detective novel/history/fantasy".
    Viriconium by M John Harrison -- "I could pick any Harrison book, though. It could as easily be Light, his recent sci-fi novel, or Climbers, his astounding mainstream novel. He's a master of prose and ideas".
    Codex Seraphinianus by Luigo Serafini -- "A guide to an alien world, in an alien language. The strangest book I own".
    Archer's Goon by Diana Wynne Jones -- "The best writer of magical children's fiction of our generation. I don't know if this is the best of her novels, but it's my favourite".

    Brandon Sanderson (The Stormlight Archive)

    Favorite authors, in no particular order: Robert Jordan, Terry Pratchett, Victor Hugo, and Dan Wells. Single books he thinks are fantastic: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge, Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly, Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay, and Sabriel by Garth Nix.

    Here he wrote about some of his favourites, with blurbs, including N.K. Jemisin ("I think N.K. Jemisin is doing some very fascinating things in fantasy right now. She’s a great storyteller") and Brian McClellan ("He’s a former student of mine, who just had the first in a series come out with Orbit. The book’s called Promise of Blood, and it’s quite good. It’s a flintlock fantasy, where people are using magic mixed with gunpowder in really cool ways").

    Sanderson suggests a BUNCH of books on his own website, including: Terry Pratchett ("Going Postal is my favorite Pratchett right now. If you read him, don't start with the first book. Start with the books in the middle of his career, like Guards Guards, not the beginning because his books get better and better as he goes along. His later books are pure genius!"); Dragon Prince by Melanie Rawn ("one of my favorite books of all time"); Anne Mcaffery ("If you haven’t read her books I don’t know why you’re reading mine. You need to go and read hers immediately!"); "anything by Robin Hobb, but particularly the Fitz books"; and Mary Robinette Kowal ("[she] writes regency-style fantasy novels. I find them different, clever, and fun").

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    It's Jon Hamm. He plays Don Grouper, a dapper advertisement executive, who is hired by Mr. Krabs to help sell their frozen Krabby Patties (???). The special for the once-great show is called Goodbye, Krabby Patty? and airs on Feburary 20th.  

    I can't even watch look at the new episodes anymore. The animation has reduced terribly. Will you be watching, fans of Mad Men?

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    Flint accedes to Billy's authority. Eleanor has a plan for Rogers. Silver seeks help from an unlikely source. Max is put on notice.

    Luke also reassured us that the goat is FINE GODDAMIT.

    And he posted this kinda NSFW on-set picture, you all know the scene.
    Don't tell me there was a version with an after-sex cig too???
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    Black Sails airs on Starz Sunday, 9pm, and there are weekly group watches over on ontd_blacksails!

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    -Bel Biv Devoe just released their first album in 15 years, Three Stripes

    -talk about The New Edition Story, the 3 part miniseries that premiered on BET last week

    -say the movie has been in talks for over a decade and was supposed to be on FOX but fell through; also Bobby Brown didn't want to sign on at first

    article and interview at the source:

    honestly i just wanted an excuse to discuss The New Edition Story, HOW GREAT WAS THAT??

    Have you ever dropped your bag of cocaine while you were performing live and then picked it up whilst never missing a beat, ONTD?

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    Siera Bearchell who's representing Canada in the Miss Universe has been called fat by people who clearly need to get their eyes checked followers and critics of the Miss Universe pageant, and she took it to her instagram to discuss the issue.

    "How does it feel to be so much.. larger than the other delegates?"• I was just asked this question in a press junket by a member of the media. I was left almost speechless. I thought, "How does it feel to be myself? How does it feel to be confident in who I am? How does it feel to fulfill my dream of representing Canada on the Miss Universe stage? How does it feel to be a role model for so many young women who struggle to find someone to look up to? How does it feel to redefine beauty?"- My answer- It feels great. #confidentlybeautiful #beautybeyondsize #bodydiversity #missuniverse #misscanada @missuniverse

    I have a vision to redefine beauty. I have a vision in which women around the world will recognize that true beauty, validation and self-worth start from within. I have a vision that regardless of our age, gender, race, background and personal views, we will support and encourage one another to be comfortable in our own skin. #confidentlybeautiful •
    If you are awake, LIVESTREAM the @missuniverse Preliminary Competition starting at 6am ET (5am SK 🌾) 🇨🇦🇵🇭 #missuniverse

    I am secure and that's what makes me beautiful. 🙋🏻 When you call me lazy, fat, and mediocre, what are you saying to the women of the world? Miss Universe is an organization built on the foundation of inclusion and diversity. It is no longer the "beauty pageant" it used to be. The mission of Miss Universe is to provide the tools for women to reach their personal best and use those skills to serve others. That's exactly what I am doing and I will not be brought down by shallow negativity. In fact, the negativity only fuels my fire to keep working on a platform that so evidently needs to be progressed. This journey has just begun. ❤ #confidentlybeautiful #missuniverse @missuniverse #bodydiversity #beautybeyondsize

    source: her instagram.

    Please refrain from those annoying ~if she's fat, what am I, a whale? comments.
    It is ridiculous that people are calling her fat though.

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    Because Moffat won't go without fucking with you one last time... 2017's Christmas Special will be the last episode of Capaldi.


    lbr, ageism is a real thing in the fandom and people hated having an old doctor after Matt Smith and David Tennant. ONTD. why do you think Capaldi is leaving?

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    Future Oscar winner Viola Davis is attached to star along Oscar winner Julia Roberts
    Davis will play Ruth Jefferson and Roberts will play the public defender who takes her case in a film that will tackle race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion.

    Adaptation of the popular book "Small Great Thongs" by Jodi Picoult

    A screenwriter is currently being sought to adapt the novel, with the project set up at DreamWorks Pictures with Marc Platt’s production shingle producing.

    No director is attached at this time.

    Small Great Things is about race relations and follows Ruth, a labor/delivery nurse who takes care of newborns at a Connecticut hospital but is told not to touch the baby of a couple who are white supremacists. Ruth, who has 20 years experience with newborns, is a widow whose husband was killed in Afghanistan and whose son is an honor student. When the couple’s baby dies and Ruth is the only one present, she is taken to court by the couple.


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    Chiaki Ito has announced that she will be leaving AAA at the end of March, to focus on her pregnancy and marriage. She is 3 months pregnant (due around summer) and in December married a 40 year old businessman - who she started dating in June 2016, so yeah. A live tour was planned to start in March for the sub-unit MisaChia with fellow AAA member Misako Uno, but has been canceled. The group Attack All Around debuted in 2005 with 8 members, and this is the first roster change to happen in a decade, following Yukari Goto's departure in 2007. The group will continue on with the remaining 6 members, with their 53rd single 'Magic' and 10th studio album 'Way of Glory' being released in February. Ito's talent agency has stated she will continue with her entertainment career as an individual artist.


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    • "Netflix has premiered a new season of Terrace House, the Japanese reality show that takes 6 young people, puts them into a house, and … that’s all. They don’t vote each other our, they don’t have modeling competitions (...) They’re just in the house. going about their lives".

    • S2 is on Netflix and is called "Terrace House : Boys & Girls in the city". The third one (Terrace House : Aloha State) was released recently and is located in Hawaii.

    • "There’s an austerity to Terrace House that is both charming and kind of beautiful. It’s jarring to see a show like this not scored by wall-to-wall pop songs; without them, the breathtaking sight of their house, the pool, and the view feel more prominent."

    • "This isn’t any kind of high-octane reality drama, but its slower, quieter rhythms are oddly soothing."

    More ->>> by Joey Reid on Decider

    Is anyone watching? Am I the only one addicted to this show? It's really refreshing to see healthy relationships on a reality tv show lol. I love the directing too.

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    Vanity Fair has an exclusive clip from Luca Guadagnino’s adaptation of André Aciman’s novel Call Me by Your Name, starring Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.

    Set in the summer of 1983 in northern Italy, the story follows Elio Perlman (Chalamet), a seventeen-year-old American-Italian boy who spends his days in his family’s seventeenth century villa lazily transcribing music and flirting with his friend Marzia.

    One day Oliver (Hammer), a charming, twenty-four year-old American scholar working on his doctorate, arrives as the annual summer intern tasked with helping Elio’s father (played by Michael Stuhlbarg), an eminent professor specializing in Greco-Roman culture. Amid the sun-drenched splendor of this sensual setting, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will change their lives forever.

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    Nic Cage crashed a Nic Cage film festival (called Caged [4yr running]) in Austin, watched 4 of his own films (Bangkok Dangerous, Joe, Bringing Out the Dead, Army of One and Lord of War), did a 47-minute Q&A and read Poe's 'The Tell-Tale Heart'.

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    favourite nic cage story/movie?

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    mariahcarey ‪#IDONT‬

    • Mariah released a preview of her new song "I Don't" at the end of the final episode of Mariah's World

    • The song is set to be released on Friday, February 3rd

    • Mariah will feature rapper YG on the track

    • They sampled Donell Jones song "Where I Wanna Be"

    SOURCES: Mariah's Instagram / Fuse TV

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    Affleck has stepped down from directing the next Batman film. He will still star and produce. Affleck and Warners decided it was best for the film to find another director that can collab with Affleck rather than him taking it all on himself.


    ontd poll: who should direct!?

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    -The housemates must face the viewers tweets
    -Judge Vanessa makes her final verdict and it's a harsh one
    -Kim and Nicola have a heart to heart
    -Calum goes off on Jedward for singing while he tries to sleep
    -BB reveals a surprise eviction that leaves the house in shock

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    -Kim revealed that she is returning to RHOA for the season finale
    -Boots on the ground gossip is that she and Kenya get into a major fight at the finale
    -She is expected to return full time or as a friend of for the 10th season

    Kim put the following line up on her snapchat for her "perfect" cast


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  • 01/30/17--18:10: The Bachelor - Showdown

  • It's gonna be Corrine v Taylor, I think think one of them is way over her head...

    Bachelor Fantasy League Standings

    1) Katibutlerr13 300
    2) Amanda 290
    3) StephLynne 280
    4) Perdley 270

    ONTD Group pw: ontd


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    The first few images of Martin Freeman in the upcoming horror film 'Cargo' have been released.

    A father who is stranded in rural Australia in the aftermath of a violent pandemic, and infected himself, desperately seeks a new home for his infant child and a means to protect her from his own changing nature. Salvation may lie with an isolated Aboriginal tribe, but to gain access, he must first earn the allegiance of a young indigenous girl on a tragic quest of her own.

    The movie is based off the short film of the same name below (it will probably spoil the film's ending so heads up).


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    WHITE MARTIANS ATTACK THE DEO — Armek (guest star Terrell Tilford), a White Martian, descends on National City intent on taking M’gann (guest star Sharon Leal) back to Mars to face her punishment as a traitor. Hank (David Harewood) and Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) determine the best way to keep M’gann safe is to bring her to the DEO. However, when it is revealed that Armek shape-shifted into M’gann and is now loose in the building, the team realize he could be disguised as any one of them. David McWhirter directed the episode written by Gabriel Llanas & Anna Musky-Goldwyn.

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