Yeah, it can get uncomfortable, given that it's a realistic treatment of an unrealistic situation. That part of it is handled quite well - so far, anyway - but as I noted, the tone of the show is extremely uneven, so I don't know how well it will hold up over the season.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, January 28 2013 12:16 AM (PiXy!)
Reading Shards of Honor and Barrayar after having read the rest of the Vorkosigan cycle is a very different experience to reading them for the first time. I couldn't help but keep a tally as characters were introduced: She survives, he gets his central nervous system fried, he dies peacefully in his sleep (something of a rarity), he gets his peripheral nervous system fried, he gets his central nervous system, if not fried, then at least scrambled, he gets his throat cut in about five more pages, all of these guys die in battle, she gets shot by her captors, he gets shot by his captors, he gets his head chopped off, he gets his bones melted, his internal organs mulched, and his tissue taken over by a genetically engineered super-plague.
Much easier to list the characters who survive. Which actually includes that last one. Well, he dies at least once, but it doesn't take.
Cordelia - survives
Dubauer - alive when last seen, but near vegetative
Aral - dies peacefully in his sleep
Clement - peripheral nervous system fried, survives
Simon - central nervous system scrambled, survives
Korabik - dies in battle
Ges - throat cut
Serg - dies in battle
Ezar - dies peacefully in his sleep
Piotr - dies peacefully in his sleep
Negri - dies of plasma arc injuries
Kareen (the original) - dies of nerve disruptor injuries
Padma - dies of nerve disruptor injuries
Alys - survives
Konstantine - dies of tripartite karmic rebalancing, also nerve disruptor injuries
Ludmilla - survives
Evon - executed
Carl - executed
Vidal - dies in a freak shopping accident
Arde - (assuming it's the same character) survives
The kids (Gregor, Elena, Ivan, Miles) - all survive, more or less
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sunday, January 27 2013 03:25 PM (rITYa)
Well, if you don't mind spoilers, go to the TVTropes page and search for "shopping".
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, January 27 2013 06:42 PM (PiXy!)
Forgot one (I think, I've never been clear if it was just a name collision):
Arde - survives, despite a hazardous boss
Posted by: ReallyBored at Tuesday, January 29 2013 05:34 AM (HRMe/)
Oh yeah, I completely forgot about that. He only shows up for a moment, but my guess is that it's the same character.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, January 30 2013 10:32 AM (PiXy!)
Who, Mayhew? Yes, it's the same character. The two books were written within eight months of each other, and LMB isn't the sort to miss the chance for that sort of re-weave. One generation incidentally destroys his career, the second generation redeems the family's honor and the victim, unknowing.
His later career isn't detailed, I have to think that he got put into the future-plot-stubs box of odds-and-ends and she never found any way to weave Arde into a complete theme in some later book. She doesn't really write Dendarii Mercenary books anymore. Her most successful books since the "Borders of Infinity" novella have stuck pretty close to the Imperium, look at how weak Cryoburn was, for instance. It turned into a homily to socialized medicine. Well, sort of. A rant against evil space HMOs, more like.
Posted by: Mitch H. at Thursday, January 31 2013 06:11 AM (jwKxK)
Cordelia accidentally wrecked Arde's career while fleeing Beta Colony's excessively universal health care. I think it's a wash.
Also, I rather like Cryoburn. The plot makes perfect sense given what's already been established about the technology and political systems involved, and we see Miles defusing a crisis so smoothly that hardly anyone gets their head blown off. Which has got to be harder to write than the chaotic military action of some of the earlier books.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, January 31 2013 06:12 PM (PiXy!)
Today in Sydney it was precisely the melting point of Ice-9*, thus averting global fictitious ocean freezy disaster.
It was also, apparently, precisely the melting point of my network switch, because it did. This proved quite inconvenient.**
Fortunately, we've now had a "cool change" come through. They call it that because it's shorter than "not technically a hurricane".***
* 45.8C / 114.4F. In other words, far too hot.
** Probably not the only thing that melted; my internet access went out, and then my local network started having problems. Now that it's cooled down, both are fine again, but it made for a frustrating day.
*** Wind speeds of 72km/h gusting over 100km/h - and the temperature where I live dropped from 38C to 24C in three minutes.
25 degrees F in three minutes? That's a fairly decent temperature gradient, yeah. I've experienced similar, but I live in the midwestern US... we'll go from 95 F to 75 F in a few minutes a couple-three times per summer.
Always involved is a massive relocation of dampness from sky to ground, and occasionally accompanied by tornadoes.
I don't recommend it, m'self.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Saturday, January 19 2013 10:59 AM (cymHZ)
So many classic games...So little time. And I only have a fraction of your total.
But I also remember you have Fate/Stay Night, based on the screenshot of your desktop from a long time ago. A very eclectic mix.
Posted by: cxt217 at Monday, January 14 2013 09:55 AM (eI1xe)
I don't think I have Fate/Stay Night at all. Well, some fansubs, unwatched, but nothing else.
I do have the Fate series of games, though - that's a different thing, done by one of the guys who created Diablo and went on to do Torchlight. And as I recall, they were on my desktop until Torchlight came out and redundantised them.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Monday, January 14 2013 04:35 PM (PiXy!)
43Âº turns out to be not so bad after all. (That's 109Âº American.)
Um, Pixy, you turned on the air conditioner yesterday to cool the house down in advance.
Well, that too.
(Actually, as at 3PM it's only 40Âº here, and that's likely to be as high as it goes. The top floor of my little townhouse isn't air conditioned, and will keep heating up until after sunset, until it's way above ambient. At the end of a hot day you could run a Stirling engine on the temperature differential, no problem. On the other hand, it gets hot enough to kill bedbugs.)
I hope when summer comes again around here, that I'm recovered enough physically to be able to do ice runs to the store. If not, I'm going to be miserable on those few days when it gets blazingly hot.
Fine here, though there are a lot of fires burning around the state. Where I live right now is relatively safe; there's a nature reserve at the end of the street but it's small and any fire would probably be controllable.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Friday, January 11 2013 01:48 PM (PiXy!)