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    You should go back a few pages, we had a lengthy discussion about the ending there. Your opinion?
    So, thinking about it some more, I think the ending fits quite well with the themes.

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    Namely that on an individual/small-scale level, people are generally compassionate, even good, but once you get to the institutional level that same compassion starts causing problems. When presented with the choice "You can save this person/child in front of you, and all it will cost you is some effort and maybe risk to yourself", most people will choose to help. The problem is once you reach the level of enclaves (and politics in general) that choice gets the addendum "and some risk to someone else you've never met and never will", and people will still choose to save the person in front of them, the person they actually care about. On an individual level, things can go right, people can be happy, but making institutional changes takes a lot more work.

    So I think it makes sense that saving Orion just plain works, but changing the enclave system will be the work of a lifetime and may not be permanently possible at all.

    Feel like I'm not explaining this as best I can, but those are my thoughts so far.


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    I also really enjoyed the plot twist that El was destroying the enclaves after all, by destroying the maw-mouths. We had the most crucial information, the timeline, the entire time, but because we the readers get fed the information as discrete bits very separated in both time and context, I never once connected the dots. An extremely well foreshadowed twist that I nevertheless did not see coming at all.
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    Yeah, that plot twist worked really well.
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    I caught on a bit before El did, but a plot twist that I see coming because the clues have been well-laid is always better than a plot twist that I didn't because it doesn't make any sense.

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    I've been listening to the audiobook of All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody and Christine Lynn Herman. It's YA fantasy, but so far it hasn't been too tropey, and I really like the premise.

    The best way I can describe the setup is, it's the Holy Grail War from Fate/Stay Night, except instead of summoning servants the mages are fighting each other directly. And instead of being a secret battle for power, someone published a tell-all book and now the world is treating it like a reality show, with people speculating on who's going to win, paparazzi following the mages around before the start of the competition, and magic shops competing to sponsor the different contestants.

    It's just getting to the part where the battle actually begins, so I'm excited to see how things turn out.
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    The Boy and I are reading Magnus Chase: Sword of Summer together; I've got the ebook, he's got the audiobook. He loves the Aesir and Vanir, so getting him into this has been great.
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    I found out someone got the rights to make My Cousin Vinny novels continuing the stories of Vincent LaGuardia Gambini and Mona Lisa Vito. I got the audio book to listen to during my commute.

    It is the single worst thing I've ever encountered. It is a masterpiece of crap, truly unparalleled and is only not immortalized among the worst schlock there is through its obscurity. I thought about making a let's read thread for it on the boards but it wouldnt be suitable due to my reactions of incredible rage and profuse swearing.

    Y'all should check it out. It's atrocious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LibraryOgre View Post
    The Boy and I are reading Magnus Chase: Sword of Summer together; I've got the ebook, he's got the audiobook. He loves the Aesir and Vanir, so getting him into this has been great.
    How are the Magnus Chase books compared to the Percy Jackson novels?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rynjin View Post
    How are the Magnus Chase books compared to the Percy Jackson novels?
    Not too far different, IMO, but it's been ten years since I read PJ.
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    Just finished the complete Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, including the last two novels which I'd never really read properly before because they didn't grab my attention like the others the first time I read the series

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