Favorite Questions and Answers from Third Quarter 2021

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The highest voted question was In Orwell’s “1984,” what was the motivation of O’Brien, and other members of the Thought-Police, in spending so much time and effort on Winston? asked by golosovsky with no accepted answer.


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The highest voted answer was to the question Why is Luna Lovegood reading this book upside-down? asked by Dexter Cole and answered by Mithical.


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The highest viewed question was Does Gandalf smell? asked by Skooba and answered by ibid.


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Favorite Question and Answers from Second Quarter 2021

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The highest voted question was Why is there no night shift in Monsters, Inc.? asked by TheLethalCarrot with no accepted answer, although it does have the highest voted answer of the quarter by Cireo.             


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The question with the most views was If there’s only one Sacred Timeline, then why do multiple variants of Loki exist? asked by Sitesh Roy and answered by TheLethalCarrot. 


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Blog Posts:

Mark D. Owen’s Impact

The Death Gate Cycle

Andy Weir’s Project Hail Mary: A Novel

Jack’s Bad Movies: The Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power (2015)

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Mark D. Owen’s Impact

Impact by Mark D. Owen

Amazon’s description

“We’ve found something here, something game-changing…” The explosion at the International Space Station (ISS) forever changed the direction of inventor Tamarind Chase’s life. His life mission was to mine asteroids, but when the accident triggers an expanding debris field it strands the scientists at Moonbase Verity including the friend that once saved his life. He must find a way to rescue them and empower the secret they have discovered.

“Impact” is the first book in The Pan Nationals series about a group of leaders trained to solve intractable world problems. But what happens when the problems come from beyond our world?

Impact is engaging, well-written, and offers a compelling story set in the near future. 

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The Death Gate Cycle

It has probably been twenty years since I last read The Death Gate Cycle, a seven book series written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. I recently reread the series and here my quick impressions and past remembrances about each book. This is less of a review of the series (which as a whole is good and worth a read) and more just my musings of each book, ala Harry Potter Movie Marathon Highlights.

Dragon Wing:

The Air World. Definitely the book I remembered the most about, although that isn’t saying much for everything I forgot. The world building is great and the mystery around the Sartans and the Patryns really kept me going. In hindsight, the renaming of dwarves to dregs was pointless, as all the other books refer to them as dwarves, and even when they come back to this planet, they have started calling themselves dwarves. 

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