Details Revealed For Woodcock 2016 The professional piss-takers at Tauranga Music Sux have revealed details for the return of Woodcock festival in the new year. The 2016 event will be held across two days and is already boasting an upstanding local line-up with an international headliner yet to be unveiled. In the meantime, here are the … read more:

July 1946 issue

cover art by Gloria Stoll

Andrew Holt, “A Bier for Belinda"

Ennen Reaves Hall, “Dime-a-Dance Corpse"

John D. Fitzgerald, “The Merchants of Penance"

John D. MacDonald, “Bury the Pieces!”

Ken Lewis, “The Moon Was Black"

Cyril Plunkett, “The Judas Touch"

Dale Clark, “Look Alive—You’re Dead!” (Socrates Bean)

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anonymous asked:

You called the reaving in ACOK Theon III his moral event horizon. I can see the point, but what does that mean for Asha? After all, at the same time she did the exact same thing on a larger scale somewhere else. Asha is generally portrayed and viewed favorably. So do I have to picture Asha surveying the carnage, with women being casually raped left and right as she walks by? Does the fandom or even GRRM have a blind spot there?

It’s definitely a reason to be more skeptical of her speech at the ‘Moot. Yes, “Peace. Land. Victory.” sounds like a great reforming agenda, but remember that it’s built on a foundation of holding Sybelle Glover and her children hostage and somehow persuading the North to forget invasion, murder, and pillage all across their western coast. 

I think the key moment where we see that part of Asha’s dream fall apart is the attack on Deepwood Motte, where the Flints, Norreys, Wulls, Liddles, and Mormonts come storming out of the woodwork to take back the North, and where Sybelle Glover, one badass lady who needs more respect, who breaks her promise to Asha the first chance she gets and immediately raises her banners for King Stannis despite her children still being held at Harlaw. (Although I’ll bet dollars to donuts that part of her deal with Tycho Nestoris is to get her kids back)  And of course, Asha gets hit in the face with this when she talks to Alysane Mormont, who reminds her that what we are is what you made us. On Bear Island every child learns to fear krakens rising from the sea.” (emphasis mine)

There’s a great bit in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall that’s apropos (emphasis mine):

“The English will never be forgiven for the talent for destruction they have always displayed when they got off their own island. English armies laid waste to the land they moved through. As if systematically, they performed every action proscribed by the codes of chivalry, and broke every one of the laws of war. The battles were nothing; it was what they did between the battles that left its mark. They robbed and raped for forty miles around the line of their march. They burned the crops in the fields, and the houses with the people inside them…they found out the families of the dead and demanded that the living ransom them; if the living could not pay, they torched the corpses before their eyes…

 “This being so, the kings may forgive each other; the people scarcely can.” 

Triumphs Announce Album Release Tour
Heavy instrumental two-piece Triumphs have lined up a string of shows around the country to support the recent release of their debut album Beekeeper/Bastardknocker. The Dunedin duo wrote the eight-track record as a sludgy homage to New Zealand hero Sir Edmund Hillary, with the title nodding to Hillarys evolution from unassuming … read more:


The New York Neo-Futurists are in India!!! Donate $20 to help fund our travel costs to the 18th Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival and the cast of The Complete & Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O’Neill Volume 1 will send you a postcard!


Reaves Hits The Dab! 😂😏

bloody hell i fell asleep at the keyboard and now there’s key prints on my head. at least i had nothing important open. just a draft… that now has a million letters…. welp. in other news expect me to actually get stuff done today.

Steven Xue Asks: Why didn’t the Ironborn reave an independent Dorne?

I’ve been going through the World Book and I find it strange how during the first century and a half of living under Targaryen rule when Dorne was still an independent kingdom at that time, the Ironborn didn’t take the opportunity to go there for pillage and plunder. I can understand that after submitting to Targaryen rule the Ironborn stopped raiding lands that are under the protection of the Iron Throne as they would not stand a chance against the combined might of the Seven Kingdoms (as Balon Greyjoy would later learn).

However during the time Dorne was still a sovereign country it was outside of the Crown’s jurisdiction so it wasn’t off limits. Surely Dorne should have been the perfect hub for Ironborn raids during the years before it was finally integrated into the Seven Kingdoms. It is closer to home than the lands beyond Westeros and it’s very rich. Its coastal regions especially like Planky Town which brought in a lot of trade seem like ideal targets for eager Ironborn captains as there is plenty to plunder there and they could take their chances with the Martells as there would have been no interference from the Iron Throne.

Given how tenacious the Ironborn have proven themselves to be throughout history when it came to sating their desire to pillage and plunder and attacking pretty much anywhere that’s vulnerable (eg. The North), what was stopping them from conducting full scale raids in Dorne? 

They probably did raid Dornish trade in the Narrow Sea, but the thing about Dorne’s southern coastline is that it’s really not good for sailing: “Nor is the long southern coast of Dorne more hospitable, being for the most part a snarl of reefs and rocks, with few protected anchorages. Those ships that do put ashore there, whether by choice or chance, find little to sustain them; there are no forests along the coast to provide timber for repairs, a scarcity of game, few farms, and fewer villages where provisions might be obtained. Even freshwater is hard to come by, and the seas south of Dorne are rife with whirlpools and infested with sharks and kraken.”

So the basic problem is that the Ironborn couldn’t really raid anywhere in between Skyfall and Plankytown because there aren’t really any coastal villages to raid. Also, the trip to Plankytown is a pain in the ass - if a storm blows up, you’re going to be wrecked and unable to repair your longboat or find food and water, and that’s assuming you don’t get eaten by sharks and krakens.

So my guess is that what the Ironborn would do instead is to run the gauntlet to the Narrow Sea and then prey on Dornish shipping there. 

Re-read: Darth Maul Shadow Hunter

Well, I read the book around two weeks ago, but only now I decided to make a post about it.

I actually didn’t like it much when I read it for the first time. I felt deceived which made me dislike the book. The reason is that Maul is not a protagonist and he is not the main character. The contents don’t match the title at all. I was angry because I wanted to read a book about Maul and what I got was a book about some other characters who I didn’t know or care much about, that were running from Maul.

Now, thanks to knowing what was in store for me, I could see this novel in entirely new light. Maul has a large presence in it and there’s a lot of interesting information about his life, but he’s a static character. His actions and choices don’t drive the plot. The real protagonists are Lorn Pavan and Jedi padawan Darsha Assant, who I realized are nuanced and three-dimensional characters with personal baggage. I absolutely loved Darsha’s character arc as a Jedi and she’s my favourite in this book.

I think the biggest wtf moment I had was when I realized that Darsha and Lorn are probably around the same age, which explains the budding romantic feelings they developed in the end of the book. For some reason I always thought Lorn was much older, because he has a son and he’s after a divorce, but actually he could still be in his twenties.

Another thing I appreciate in this book are the action sequences and world-building. We get to know the shady underworld of Coruscant, with its gangs, criminals, bounty hunters, mutants and giant monsters. This makes for an exciting chase where Maul is not the only danger Lorn and Darsha have to face in order to get to safety.

And that ending. It still packs a punch, even when I knew what was going to happen.

This book is absolutely worth reading. :)