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Subreddit Stats: DisneyPlus top posts from 2019-04-11 to 2020-09-28 14:01 PDT

2020.09.28 22:36 subreddit_stats Subreddit Stats: DisneyPlus top posts from 2019-04-11 to 2020-09-28 14:01 PDT

Period: 535.63 days
Submissions Comments
Total 995 58249
Rate (per day) 1.86 108.70
Unique Redditors 633 16041
Combined Score 546532 510857

Top Submitters' Top Submissions

  1. 13055 points, 32 submissions: MattHall83
    1. The Mandalorian Season 2 Finished Filming Only Five Days Before Lockdown (1830 points, 62 comments)
    2. Disney+ Could Cross Over With Star Wars' Theatrical Movies, Per Jon Favreau (1145 points, 102 comments)
    3. Star Wars: Lucasfilm Exec Confirms Obi-Wan Kenobi Is a Limited Series on Disney+ (1096 points, 63 comments)
    4. 'Hamilton' Far Bigger Than Anything on Netflix in July, Audience Data Reveals (1004 points, 114 comments)
    5. Brandy Wants Disney+ To Make Some Magic Happen By Streaming Her '90s 'Cinderella' Movie (918 points, 49 comments)
    6. ‘The Mandalorian’ gives female directors a chance to shine (885 points, 164 comments)
    7. The Mandalorian Season 2: Giancarlo Esposito Reveals He Performed All of His Own Stunts - IGN (807 points, 22 comments)
    8. 1 in 4 Consumers Have Subscribed to New Streaming Service During Pandemic (665 points, 79 comments)
    9. Disney+ Will Include Deleted Scenes and Special Features for Marvel Movies (618 points, 28 comments)
    10. “What Netflix is doing is making content to support a platform. We’re making content to tell great stories. It’s very different.” - Bob Iger, Disney CEO (526 points, 108 comments)
  2. 12907 points, 18 submissions: chanma50
    1. Official Poster For The Mandalorian Season 2 (2075 points, 54 comments)
    2. Surprise! The original Broadway production of Hamilton, filmed LIVE onstage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, is now coming exclusively to Disney Plus this July 3rd. Shout it to the rooftops! (1839 points, 130 comments)
    3. 'The Mandalorian': Temuera Morrison Returns to 'Star Wars' Universe to Play Boba Fett (1292 points, 176 comments)
    4. Lights! Music! Muppets! ...Unscripted! Get ready to see your favorite characters like never before in Muppets Now, an Original Series, coming July 31 only on Disney Plus. (1133 points, 91 comments)
    5. Official Poster for The Skywalker Saga, streaming May 4th on Disney Plus. (1119 points, 116 comments)
    6. Disney Plus: Half of U.S. Homes With Kids Under 10 Have Already Subscribed, Data Shows (1040 points, 51 comments)
    7. Pull back the curtain on The Mandalorian. Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian, an eight-episode documentary series, starts streaming on May the 4th, only on Disney Plus. (791 points, 23 comments)
    8. Disney Plus Expected to Reveal More Than 25 Million Subscribers, Dazzling the Industry (705 points, 69 comments)
    9. Disney to Limit Disney+ Streaming Traffic in Europe to Ease Coronavirus-Related Congestion (650 points, 72 comments)
    10. ‘Loki’: Gugu Mbatha-Raw Joins Marvel Series On Disney+ (586 points, 36 comments)
  3. 10761 points, 16 submissions: Applelol545
    1. The Princess Bride is Now Available! (1449 points, 80 comments)
    2. There's now a new Donald duck home collection (1304 points, 63 comments)
    3. National Treasure is Now Available! (1247 points, 81 comments)
    4. The Greatest Showman is now available! (1214 points, 124 comments)
    5. Solo: A Star Wars Story is Now Available! (1145 points, 125 comments)
    6. Muppets Now, Now streaming on Disney+! (862 points, 74 comments)
    7. Zenimation is now Available! (this came out of nowhere) (740 points, 42 comments)
    8. Artemis Fowl is now available to stream (591 points, 144 comments)
    9. Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! is finally now Available! (533 points, 52 comments)
    10. Maggie Simpson in Playdate with Destiny is now avaliable! (490 points, 30 comments)
  4. 10300 points, 13 submissions: aaronp613
    1. Pixar's Onward is coming to the US tonight on digital download and will be streaming on Disney Plus on April 3rd. (2233 points, 203 comments)
    2. Season 2 of The Mandalorian coming Fall 2020 (2211 points, 154 comments)
    3. The Princess Bride is coming to Disney+ on May 1 (1382 points, 91 comments)
    4. Artemis Fowl’ is moving To Disney+ instead of getting a theater release (953 points, 76 comments)
    5. Hamilton Official Trailer Disney+ (867 points, 102 comments)
    6. What's New On Disney+ December 2019 (703 points, 144 comments)
    7. Obi-Wan Kenobi Series Enlists Joby Harold as Writer (EXCLUSIVE) (566 points, 42 comments)
    8. Disney+ France Lists Loki, and What If? For 2021, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight For 2022 (349 points, 12 comments)
    9. The Proud Family Returning With New Episodes on Disney+ in 2020, Star Says (330 points, 24 comments)
    10. Tatiana Maslany To Play ‘She-Hulk’ In Marvel Series (212 points, 17 comments)
  5. 10082 points, 10 submissions: lcw7323
    1. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is comming to Disney+ on May 4th! (1765 points, 306 comments)
    2. Disney+ added Celebrate Black Stories (1317 points, 117 comments)
    3. Avengers Infinity War is streaming on Disney+ (1303 points, 107 comments)
    4. New Star Wars profile icons are available on Disney+ (1285 points, 75 comments)
    5. Poster for Phineas and Ferb: The Movie Candace Against The Universe (1257 points, 59 comments)
    6. Disney+ adds 2020s to "DISNEY TROUGH THE DECADES" collection (1046 points, 57 comments)
    7. “Log Out of all devices” is now available on Disney+ app (950 points, 40 comments)
    8. The Jungle Book(2016) is streaming on Disney Plus (713 points, 26 comments)
    9. Disney+ is getting a Star Wars concept art makeover (239 points, 12 comments)
    10. The Simpsons episodes in original 4:3 aspect ratio are coming to Disney Plus on May 28. (207 points, 34 comments)
  6. 7300 points, 10 submissions: TheGamerDanYT
    1. Sad R2-D2 noises. Credit: Star Wars Fanatics (2134 points, 37 comments)
    2. ‘Baby Yoda’ caught the merch industry off guard, and now they’re trying to catch up (933 points, 89 comments)
    3. Disney shares start 2020 in the green as Wall Street sees big Disney+ subscriber numbers (836 points, 27 comments)
    4. Jonathan Kasdan Confirms Start of Willow Series for Disney+ (822 points, 74 comments)
    5. ‘The Mandalorian’ Gets A UK Disney Plus Release Date, Will Still Release Weekly Episodes (597 points, 96 comments)
    6. Disney CEO Says Disney+ Star Wars Shows Could Become Movies (562 points, 63 comments)
    7. Spoiler: Merch from ‘The Mandalorian’ is on its way, just in time for the holidays (412 points, 50 comments)
    8. Hasbro has the talking Baby Yoda plush we've been looking for (397 points, 36 comments)
    9. The Mando's trip to Disney. Credit: Star Wars Fanatics (372 points, 9 comments)
    10. After ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ the future of Star Wars is on Disney+ (235 points, 40 comments)
  7. 6670 points, 9 submissions: Tsblloveyou
    1. Sebastian Stan Says ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Has Same Tone as ‘Captain America The Winter Soldier' (1250 points, 42 comments)
    2. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Disney+ Release Moves Up to August (1120 points, 63 comments)
    3. Tom Holland Wants Spider-Man to Appear in Disney+'s WandaVision (965 points, 67 comments)
    4. Loki set photos (774 points, 24 comments)
    5. Sebastian Stan Isn’t Sure When ‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’ Filming Resume (691 points, 41 comments)
    6. She-Hulk Shoot Date : July 6th (580 points, 37 comments)
    7. She-Hulk Disney+ Show Scripts Seem to Be Finished With Writers' Room Ended [MARVEL] (556 points, 22 comments)
    8. Actor Sebastian Stan has shared this new photo of himself in-character as Bucky on the set of The Falcon And The Winter Soldier! (486 points, 11 comments)
    9. Daniel Radcliffe Being Considered For Titular Role In ‘Moon Knight’ (248 points, 43 comments)
  8. 6510 points, 9 submissions: box1366
    1. The Lion King (2019) now available on Disney + (1217 points, 120 comments)
    2. One Day at Disney is now officially on Disney + (1068 points, 94 comments)
    3. Ice Age is now on Disney + (950 points, 94 comments)
    4. New Disney + Collection: Disney The Lion King (900 points, 89 comments)
    5. S7 EP1 Of the Clone Wars is now available on Disney + (730 points, 75 comments)
    6. New Disney + Frozen Collection (680 points, 40 comments)
    7. Star Girl Coming This March 13 to Disney + (531 points, 98 comments)
    8. Lamp Life coming the 31st of January (254 points, 17 comments)
    9. Finally we get some info on Pixar in Real Life (180 points, 20 comments)
  9. 6197 points, 10 submissions: lincorange
    1. A new Percy Jackson TV show is most likely coming to Disney+... (1320 points, 100 comments)
    2. Bob Iger just hinted that we could see more theatrical releases getting dumped onto Disney+ in the future (938 points, 127 comments)
    3. Disney CEO Bob Chapek has said that Mandalorian Season 2 will still keep it's October release date (937 points, 22 comments)
    4. The Mandalorian has officially been confirmed to have weekly premieres in the UK, two episodes will debut on launch (805 points, 66 comments)
    5. Disney Plus Orders Series Adaptation of R.L. Stine’s ‘Just Beyond’ Graphic Novels (637 points, 32 comments)
    6. The story of Maggie Simpson in "Playdate with Destiny" continues in tonight's Simpsons episode (523 points, 18 comments)
    7. The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II will air on ABC on May 10th, and will be on Disney+ a few days after it airs. (477 points, 20 comments)
    8. Artemis Fowl (debuting tomorrow) currently has a 12% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes (302 points, 82 comments)
    9. A reboot of "Doogie Howser M.D." is in development for Disney+ (175 points, 22 comments)
    10. Some details on what will be on Disney+ in the UK on launch (83 points, 35 comments)
  10. 6136 points, 14 submissions: stitchkingdom
    1. Promotional Video for The Child Baby Yoda Animatronic from Hasbro (997 points, 89 comments)
    2. "MAGIC OF DISNEY'S ANIMAL KINGDOM" BRINGS THE PARK HOME ON SEPTEMBER 25 (796 points, 20 comments)
    3. Howard streaming August 7 (681 points, 23 comments)
    4. Lizzie McGuire cast reunion photo (601 points, 31 comments)
    5. Muppets Now! July 31, Press Release and New Video (581 points, 19 comments)
    6. Disneynature’s Elephants with Meghan Markle and Dolphin Reef with Natalie Portman available April 3 (564 points, 12 comments)
    7. Next On Disney+ Jan 15 - Jan 26 2020 [US] (479 points, 94 comments)
    8. What's Next on Disney+ for April 2020 [US] (323 points, 100 comments)
    9. 'Clouds' Original Movie Premieres October 16 (TraileDetails) (289 points, 37 comments)
    10. The Pre-Opening Report from Disneyland (280 points, 12 comments)

Top Commenters

  1. MarioHatesCookies (2556 points, 276 comments)
  2. Evorgleb (1699 points, 99 comments)
  3. TheGamerDanYT (1556 points, 50 comments)
  4. wraithkelso317 (1546 points, 32 comments)
  5. Citizensssnips (1506 points, 68 comments)
  6. shadow0wolf0 (1474 points, 26 comments)
  7. kpDzYhUCVnUJZrdEJRni (1419 points, 43 comments)
  8. SpaceCaboose (1398 points, 74 comments)
  9. mr_blanket (1391 points, 127 comments)
  10. SeerPumpkin (1388 points, 176 comments)

Top Submissions

  1. Ask and you shall receive! by TunaPouch311 (4402 points, 178 comments)
  2. I had a thought for their loading icon. by bhopt12 (4333 points, 107 comments)
  3. I’m in no rush by isaactg (3173 points, 310 comments)
  4. We have to wait 980 more years by em_the_one (3031 points, 115 comments)
  5. I 3D Printed and Painted The Mandalorian Helmet by BurakSsl (2900 points, 102 comments)
  6. Just got married in Disney World yesterday. First day of marriage - eat leftover cake and watch Disney Plus! by jbmach3 (2879 points, 150 comments)
  7. Owning a cat is like.. by inconspicuous_spidey (2708 points, 30 comments)
  8. Petition to have Baby Yoda as Disney+ profile avatar choice by admiralcinamon (2707 points, 89 comments)
  9. Let's hope he gets it by qwert1225 (2483 points, 66 comments)
  10. Mike Wazowski disrespected even by Disney+ by johnnyRebb (2355 points, 33 comments)

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  2. 922 points: xdemon87's comment in Who is cuter, Baby Groot or Baby Yoda?
  3. 858 points: Kasdaya's comment in Something people need to realize about the Mandalorian
  4. 817 points: olddicklemon72's comment in Reason for Hamilton being released on Disney plus?
  5. 779 points: TheLonelyAsian1's comment in Disney+ Has an Update That Adds Resume and Restart Options
  6. 681 points: HoosierHound's comment in I really wish Mickey Mouse was the same animation style as his friends
  7. 661 points: Rtarandus212's comment in The Mandalorian Season 2 is less than 2 months away and still not a single teaser?
  8. 552 points: BiologyJ's comment in Season 2 of The Mandalorian coming Fall 2020
  9. 552 points: mhall85's comment in ‘The Mandalorian’ Ending Reveals A Core Problem With Disney Plus
  10. 540 points: redwolf1219's comment in This was the suggested movie after watching Monsters U (because duh). I really hope the photo placement is intentional.
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2020.09.09 10:40 JAMESFAULKNERSS Top 10 Superhero Films of All Time

Everyone has their own lists, and everyone will have their own opinion. This list includes films that not only have a good story, staggering box office numbers, and mystifying visual effects but also a strong international appeal, even a global cult following, and most importantly, a strong villain. Here are our top ten superhero films of all time.
📷 Captain Marvel
2019 was a big year for Marvel. Not only were they able to garner over $3 billion at the box office, but they also introduced their first female superhero-Captain Marvel.
The Brie Larson starrer was a film that preceded the Avengers: Endgame and sort of had a similar job that Black Panther had for Avengers Infinity War.
No question about Larson’s acting prowess but there are very few who consider the film better than Wonder Woman. Even Marvel fans weren’t too excited about Larson, someone like Emily Blunt would have certainly made them appreciate the film more. Furthermore, Larson’s endeavor to connect the film with her activist movement didn’t help the film’s PR strategy. As a result of this, there isn’t much excitement about the sequel of Captain Marvel.
Man of Steel
Zack Snyder’s 2013 film was pitched as a film that will reinstate Superman as the most powerful superhero in pop culture and announce the arrival of the DCEU (DC Extended Universe), aka Justice League franchise, at the box office. The film was reasonably successful because of the visual spectacle, Henry Cavill’s persona, and Hans Zimmer’s deeply engaging soundtrack.
However, lackluster villains, no proper planning, and abysmal editing in film’s sequels led to the eventual downfall of DCEU.
DC is in the rebuilding phase after the shocker of the Justice League and is looking forward to bringing the franchise back on track.
Thor: The Dark World
The second film in the Thor franchise was the final film that Natalie Portman did with MCU before she parted ways citing creative differences. However, she will return as Jane Foster almost after a decade with the fourth installment of the Thor franchise (Thor: Love and Thunder)
The film gives more insights on Asgard than the first film, and although it could be criticized for utilizing scientific annotation in a wrong way the cinematography, action, and the acting of the ensemble cast makes the film worth a watch.
Wonder Woman
2017 blockbuster directed Patty Jenkins remains to this day arguably the best film of the DCEU franchise, and before that, there wasn’t anything really substantial in terms of fan appeasement. However, DCEU has been in the rebuilding phase, and with recent films like Shazam and Aquaman, there is so much to look forward to.
The Gal Gadot starrer also has a sequel in line, which is gearing up for the October the 2nd release date.
Avengers: Infinity War
It broke the record of Avatar in a matter of days and remained the highest-grossing film of all time until, of course, its sequel was released. Avengers: Infinity War is famous for his powerhouse of stars, visual effects, and Josh Brolin’s dominance as Thanos.
The climax of the film is very dark and arguable will remain the darkest moment in Marvel film history for a long time. I mean, how dark can Marvel get? It’s not DC. This should be the threshold.
Infinity War is an insane film, and I mean the literal word-insane. Ten years before, if somebody had mentioned an idea like this, he or she would have been called nuts. The film should have been impossible to make, but it happened, and for it to happen, several blockbusters had to be made in order to set up the events in Infinity War.
The sheer audacity and the strategy involved to create a franchise like this is nothing short of a work of genius.
Doctor Strange
It was the second film in phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and starred Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role.
Doctor Strange possessed both magic and intelligence, and this origin film firmly established Cumberbatch’s prominence in Marvel’s plans for the future. He is arguably the frontrunner, along with Brie Larson, to take the place of Robert Downey Jr as the face of the franchise.
Batman (1989)
Tim Burton’s film was the first installment in the Batman franchise, which slowly but surely lost its way with its sequels.
The film had Michael Keaton starring as Batman and Jack Nicholson as the Joker. The film explored Batman’s early days (which Matt Reeves is also planning to do) and his rivalry with the supervillain Joker.
The film was critically approved and attained commercial affluence. Despite the likes of Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, and Robert Pattinson donning the caped crusader suit years after, Michael Keaton has remained one of the most beloved Batman actors.
But as a fun fact, there were voices at that time that said nobody could surpass Jack Nicholson’s Joker. Not to doubt Nicholson’s virtuosity, but the voice turned out to be wrong…the point, which we will address with the first ranked film in our list.
The Dark Knight Rises
Although it is regarded as one of Christopher Nolan’s weakly written scripts, the soundtrack, cinematography, sequence, and the acting done in the film are top-notch.
Nolan reluctantly agreed to do this film and finally bid adieu to the Batman franchise as a director. The film perfectly ended the story of Bruce Wayne and gave the possibility of continuation through Robin’s character, but the franchise hasn’t been touched upon ever since.
It ranks on 12th position in the highest-grossing films of all time and is Christopher Nolan’s highest-grossing film ever. Nolan co-wrote the script of the film along with his brother Jonathan and David S. Goyer. Just like its prequel, the focus was mainly on the visuals and the story and less on the action.
V for Vendetta
It’s not so much of a superhero film, but it is one of the rare films ever made. V for Vendetta was a DC film based on the 1988 storyline of a limited series of the same name from DC Vertigo comics.
The film starred Hugo Weaving and Natalie Portman in lead roles. The film is filled with symbolic significance, acting brilliance, and powerful dialogues. Portman won a Saturn Award for this film and it is one of her best performances.
The Dark Knight
The 2008 film directed by Christopher Nolan is arguably one of the best films ever made. The film is always held in juxtaposition with the vintage film Godfather but the most surprising thing is that it wasn’t even nominated in the best film category at 2009 Oscars.
The film holds the pedigree of not being just the best superhero film ever made but also the best crime thriller ever made.
The ensemble cast of Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Oldman, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart delivered a performance that is unfathomably difficult to recreate if not impossible to surpass.
Conclusion
So, here were our top 10 picks for the best superhero films of all time. There can be few honorable mentions that you would argue should have been there in the list itself such as Avengers: Endgame, Logan, Wolverine, Deadpool, Superman Returns, etc.
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2020.08.31 12:49 RobJHayes Self Published Fantasy Releases – September 2020

Self Published Fantasy Releases – September 2020

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You can find the original post, complete with all the shiny covers, here.
If you would like to be kept up to date with the upcoming lists, please subscribe to my newsletter by clicking this link. I don’t send out letters too often, pretty much once a month when this list goes out… and occasionally if I release a book or something.
As always, this is not a comprehensive list, but only includes all the books I have heard about so far.
If you have a fantasy novel you are self publishing in September or beyond, let me know either in the comments, or by emailing me, and I shall add it to the page. There are but 3 requirements:
  1. It must be a self published fantasy novel.
  2. It must have a Goodreads page.
  3. It must have a cover.
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28th August – The Mauler (The Holly Sisters #2) by Jonathan Pembroke

The gang war ended. The Faery Gang and their allies emerged victorious and assumed undisputed control over crime in Woodhollow. Now the second-in-command to her sister Marla, Sydney thought she could relax. She was wrong.
From hostile dwarven guilds to scheming goblins to the black-winged Nightshade, the gang finds themselves under assault from all directions. With Marla growing more irrational with every passing day, Sydney must maneuver her way around their enemies, forge new alliances, and discover the cause of her sister’s unrest.
And all the while, Sydney barrels towards a fated confrontation with a nightmare lurking just inside the dragon lord’s walls…a beast whispered of in Woodhollow in hushed voices of terror and dread…the mauler.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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28th August – The Mortal Blade (Magelands Eternal #1) by Christopher Mitchell

A city ruled by Gods, a mortal champion, a misfit girl and a disobedient dragon…
Stolen from his home, Corthie Holdfast has arrived in the City of the Eternal Siege as a new Champion.
He must fight alongside the Blades, whose lives are dedicated to the defence of the City against the hordes of monstrous Greenhides; or die at the hands of the Gods who rule.
Maddie Jackdaw, a young Blade, faces her last chance. Thrown out of every unit defending the City, either she takes on a new role, or she will be sent to the Rats, a company of misfits given the perilous tasks beyond the Great Walls.
Her new role, if she takes it, will bring her face to face with her deepest fears, for beneath the walls, in a secret and hidden lair, lies a dragon, imprisoned and waiting…
Check it out on Goodreads.
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31st August – The Lady of the Watchtower by Nancy O’Toole Merservier

A sorceress haunted by the magic of her past…
A pair of sister witches embrace their birthright in vastly different ways…
A beautiful princess is changed into a hideous beast…
Magic is a powerful force, able to transform everyone it touches. In this short collection, The Lady of the Watchtower, the lives of six different women and girls are altered forever thanks to their encounters with powerful spells, and deadly creatures.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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1st September – Kings of Heaven (Ash and Sand #3) by Richard Nell

In the final book of the Ash and Sand trilogy, Ruka, son of Beyla, faces the emperor of the world, yet even victory may not save his people…
With the death of his ally, Farahi Alaku, Ruka ‘Godtongue’ is alone. Or not exactly… The island prince Kale Alaku now haunts his mind, rattling within his once peaceful ‘Grove’, promising revenge and growing every moment in power. Meanwhile, the Pyu isles are in chaos; the coastal kingdom of the Tong is still Ruka’s enemy, and every day that passes brings the empire closer to destroying his dream of a new world for his people.
Once again, the son of Beyla will need the strength of his dark twin, Bukayag. Perhaps together they can unite three peoples, gather an army of ash, and defend or destroy their way to peace. But in the end, there can be only one king of heaven…
Check it out on Goodreads.
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1st September – The King’s Ranger by A.C. Cobble

A ranger’s duty. The rotten heart of a king. Rebellion spilled from the blood of family.
Rew, the king’s ranger, accepted a role on the far edge of the realm to avoid the morass of intrigue and betrayal that bleeds from the heart of the kingdom. His only desire is to shoulder the burden he’s taken, to protect the village of Eastwatch, and to monitor the wilderness beyond.
When three youths are arrested for petty theft in the village and beg for his help, Rew’s oldest friend insists he take responsibility for them. By ties stronger than steel, Rew is forced onto a path he knows leads to chaos and death. Through a resurgence of monsters summoned in ages prior, war between the royal line, and back-stabbing treachery, the king’s ranger will battle to grant the youths a life he never had a chance of.
But as they venture farther from the wilderness he calls home, Rew can feel the magical pull at the center of the kingdom, demanding he return to face his past and his family’s terrible legacy. Only he knows the secret of the king, and the risk it poses to the entire realm.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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1st September – Hellcats ANTHOLOGY by Various Authors

Hellcats – The Time to Rise is Meow!
The Hellcats are a group of authors raising money for Erada with an anthology of short stories about cats. We’ve got fat cats, fast cats, lazy cats, interdimensional cats, werecats, robocats, mechcats, genetically-modified batcats, cats plotting their human’s demise, Egyptian god cats, cats defending the planet, cats in space, cats in a henhouse, herds of cats….every kind of cat imaginable.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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4th September – Stone & Shield (Fall of Emros #1) by Thomas J. Devens

The Emperor is dead. His son now inherits the throne to the Emrosian Empire and he dreams of greatness.
The mercenaries of the Stone and the Shield have fulfilled their contract in the southern deserts of Ahnvesh. Now they must begin their journey to the imperial capital of Emros City to be paid. A long march and an odd job stand between them, a hefty payment, and possible retirement. But as they march, the Empire they thought they knew is changing.
In the far west the Councilors of Guilion seek answers to their own problems, and those that would effect the future of the world. Their source of power nears its end, their ties to the Empire are failing. Now, they must decide which part of their world matters most.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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6th September – Assassins of Brush and Blade (A Legends of Tivara Novella) by J.C. Kang

When a shipment of Dragon Art commissioned by the Emperor goes missing, it’s up to the Black Lotus Clan to track it down and punish the thieves.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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8th September – Mary Quirk and the Secret of Umbrum Hall (Dark Lessons #1) by Anna St. Vincent

Mary is a fire elemental, capable of creating flames from the very air around her. But to keep her place in the magic school of Umbrum Hall, she’ll need more than that skill to impress the professors. After all, anyone with a match can start a blaze.
Her first year, she worked hard and kept her head down. Something feels different this year, though, right from the start. Secrets are unfolding in front of her: about the nature of the school itself, about who her classmates truly are, and what they can do when they’re all called to step up.
And the biggest secret of all may be who Mary Quirk really is…
Check it out on Goodreads.
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10th September – A Duet of Sword and Song (A Tale of Stars and Shadow #4) by Lisa Cassidy

The time of the Shadowhawk was gone. Now he needed to be more.
In the space of a night Cuinn Acondor lost his crown and almost his life. Devastated by Talyn’s disappearance, he’s on the run, fleeing from Armun and Shadow hunters who want to destroy everything he stands for. But he won’t give up. Together with the resurgent Wolves, he begins preparing to take back what Azrilan stole from them.
After killing their Shadow betrayer, Talyn is captured and thrown in a Montagni labour camp. With no way of knowing what happened to Cuinn or her Wolves, she fights desperately to find a way out, to return home to them. Like Cuinn, she refuses to give up, no matter what… even if escaping means allying with her greatest enemy.
In the Twin Thrones, the Dumnorix are banding together and marshalling their forces. Firthland has brought war to their shores.
And they intend on fighting back.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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11th September – Path of Darkness by C.M. Lackner

The decree of the Gods is clear: All sorcerers must die*.*
As a priestess in training, Aelith knows that the only way to be a sorceress is to pray to the God of Sin. Yet when she discovers she is a sorceress without having done such a thing, she must confront the fact that everything she has learnt is a lie.
Forced to flee her home, Aelith encounters a mysterious cabal of sorcerers who proffer a tantalising offer to her: Join them and learn to control the powers bestowed upon her. The alternative is forever living on the run, always under threat of being hunted down and killed. However, their protection bears a heavy cost – murder, treachery and deception.
Forced to choose between the cabal’s shelter and a dangerous life, forever alone, Aelith is forced to choose between atrocity and survival.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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22nd September – Kept From Cages by Phil Williams

No one returns from Ikiri.
Reece’s gang of criminal jazz musicians have taken shelter in the wrong house. There’s a girl with red eyes bound to a chair. The locals call her a devil – but Reece sees a kid that needs protecting. He’s more right than he knows.
Chased by a shadowy swordsman and an unnatural beast, the gang flee across the Deep South with the kid in tow. She won’t say where she’s from or who exactly her scary father is, but she’s got powers they can’t understand. How much will Reece risk to save her?
On the other side of the world, Agent Sean Tasker’s asking similar questions. With an entire village massacred and no trace of the killers, he’s convinced Duvcorp’s esoteric experiments are responsible. His only ally is an unstable female assassin, and their only lead is Ikiri – a black-site in the Congo, which no one leaves alive. How far is Tasker prepared to go for answers?
Check it out on Goodreads.
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23rd September – Revenge of the Overlords (The Val-Harra Saga #4) by Kevin Potter

Thousands of years in the future, dragons rule the Earth.
Though the war is far from over, the battle has been won. But at what cost?
Maalyys is mourning for the losses in the last battle, but there is so much yet to do. Without the support of the overlords, the Great Council to save and unite all Dragonkind in peace will remain an unattainable dream…
Bal struggles to correct the tyranny his island home has lived in for centuries, but a prophetic nightmare shows him that he must take an active role in his sire’s plans for the future.
Someone is working behind the scenes to sabotage the council, and Bal fears a wyrm has unlocked an unheard of power that will destroy them all.
When an unlooked-for miracle returns a fallen hero to their lives, everything changes. Hope, so long absent from the Earth, tugs at the hearts of both dragons.But will it be enough? Will anything be enough to overcome the darkness that dominates all Dragonkind since the discovery of Essence Theft?
Though they sometimes work at cross purposes, Bal and Maalyys must work together toward their common goal lest one whom they both love will suffer all the more for it.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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27th September – Lady Vago’s Malediction by A.K.M. Beach

In the blackened heart of a cursed forest, a banshee haunts her crumbling castle with lethal screams.
Lady Vago is trapped in this place. She cannot fulfill her purpose as a banshee: to warn her loved ones of their deaths and watch over them while they pass. To solve the mystery of her imprisonment, she must sift through the rubble and ruin that surrounds her. By communing with old paintings, broken furniture, and even the stones themselves, she rediscovers who she was in life.
Before she was Lady Vago, she was Rovena Stoddard, a sharp-witted horse merchant’s daughter that caught the eye of a charming baron. Lord Kalsten Vago’s life as a wandering knight was over, but it inspired visions of a better life for his most vulnerable subjects. Rovena was far less afraid of bold change than his staunch and loyal steward, who saw her presence as a threat to Lord Kalsten’s success. Love and shared dreams alone wouldn’t overcome the controversy of the couple’s hasty and unequal union, as well as the trials of governing a fledgling barony—Rovena knew that. What she failed to recognize was the deeper darkness taking root in Vago lands and hearts…
Every memory of what Rovena loved is a reminder of what she lost, but she cannot let grief halt her search. Devoted spectres of ash are begging their lady for an end to their torment, and she will not let their agony–or her own–go unanswered anymore.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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30th September – The Devil You Know ANTHOLOGY by Various Authors

These heroes might not be angels, but you know what they say…it’s always better to trust the devil you know…
Looking for a typical hero tale? Keep looking. These twelve tales explore the grittier side of what it means to make life’s hardest choices and let your reputation pay the price. From back-alleys and ancient cities to graveyards and castle walls, these trouble-makers are out for themselves…or are they?
Check it out on Goodreads.
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30th September – Mage Prince (The Mage Born Chronicles #3) by Kayleigh Nicol

Following the fall of the mistress mage and the untimely death of the old king, King Vanikolanestra and Mage Prince Jereshin work tirelessly to end the slavery of the mages of Zarapheth and restore magic to the realm. Old noble families are restored, the mage guild is revived and reparations are made against the old king’s crimes. All seems peaceful as Reshi seeks to set aside his crown in favor of Niko’s child and the upcoming heir ceremony.
But as ambassadors from foreign nations flock to the capital to witness the ceremony, latent foes begin to emerge. A band of rebel mages vow to wage war unless a monarch of magical blood sits on the Zaraphethan throne. A foreign delegation from a mysterious kingdom arrive with a hidden agenda of murder and magic. And ancient beings stir beneath the very stones, gaining strength from Laurana’s final bargain. Enemies within and without seek to set Niko and Reshi against each other as the rhythm of war threatens the kingdom once more.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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2020.08.25 17:06 sauce_murica Green and Gold Part 4 A closer look at United's Finances - Where Has the Money Been Spent?

Manchester United remain a global behemoth. With annual revenues in excess of £627m, [1] United is one of the most valuable clubs on the face of the planet. [1]
As explained in prior G&G installments, in purchasing United, the Glazer family loaded United with heavy debts. [1] The evolution of that debt over time has caused some to question how United are spending their money. For example, by June 2010, those debts had escalated to over £784m. [1] The infamous payment-in-kind loans were quietly repaid in 2010. At that same time, the cash earned from Ronaldo's sale (and the Aon shirt deal) was reportedly used to repay a significant portion of the bonds issued in February 2010. [1] In August 2012, half of the club's IPO proceeds were used for debt reduction, with the other half heading to Glazers. [1]
In total, this led to a bond debt reduction from 509m in June 2010, to 360m as of September 2012 --- resulting in some reputable sources to question whether it was "very possible that debt is virtually eliminated in the next few years." [1]
That has not come to pass. This entry into our Green & Gold Series takes aim at the following question: United remains one of the biggest and most profitable clubs in world football, with some of the largest revenues around. Where has the money gone?
We can do things others can only dream of Are United a Growing Giant or a Shrinking Violet?
In 2018, Ed Woodward famously stated to investors that "[p]laying performance doesn't really have a meaningful impact on what we can do on the commercial side of the business." [1]
There is some truth to this sentiment. From 2009 - 2019, the club's finances have grown significantly. [1] [2] In 2009, the club's commercial revenue was approximately 66 million. By 2019, that figure had more than quadrupled to 275 million. [1] [2] The club likewise benefited from the Premier League's own boon in popularity. From 2009 to 2019, TV revenues grew from 98 million to 241 million. [1] In total, from 2009 - 2019, matchday revenue decreased from 41% of the revenue base, to 19%. One of the results of this can be seen during COVID. While other clubs scrambled to secure finances, furloughing staff and cutting wages, United has to date been able to survive without such significant cuts. [1]
However, if a deeper look is taken into these figures, combined with the relative growth of similarly-situated clubs, cracks begin to appear in Woodward's "results don't matter" assertion. For example, as illustrated here, the club's on-again off-again relationship with the Champion's League has seen a drastic reduction in gate and TV revenue from the infamous Tuesday/Wednesday night matches:
Looking at it differently, as of 2014, by some conservative estimates the cost of missing out on CL football was approximately the cost of one Marouane Fellaini. [1] [2] By 2019, the figure was estimated by the club at around £65million (which figure excludes any potential reduction in the Adidas sponsorship deal). [1] Simply put, the cost of missing out on the sport's elite competition has grown alongside the expansion of the sport itself.
Comparing United's Growth Relative to That of Our Rivals
As recently as 2016, United's revenue growth continued to outpace rivals. [1] [2] [3] However, as years have gone by, that gap has shrunk. From 2017-2018, Liverpool's revenue growth increased nearly 100m, up to £455m from £364m --- taking them from 5th highest to 3rd highest in the league. [1] City's revenues likewise increased from £473m to £500m (2nd highest in the league). [1]
Thus, while United's revenue increased from £515m in 2016 to £590m in 2018, City's increased from £392m to £500m, and Liverpool's increased from £302m to £455m *within the span of two years. [1] [2] This change is highlighted in the following chart:
Club 2016 Revenue 2018 Revenue Growth % Difference
Manchester United £515m £590m £75m 15%
Manchester City £392m £500m £108m 28%
Liverpool £302m £455m £153m 51%
As for commercial revenue alone (an area United is often touted as being the best), the following chart highlights the relative growth of commercial revenue by comparing United to its biggest European counterparts: https://cdn.theathletic.com/app/uploads/2020/05/25080041/revenue-compares.png
As can be seen, over time United's closest rivals appear to be closing the gap on United's claim as one of, if not the, biggest clubs in world football. With that in mind - let's take a closer look at how United has expanded its global reach since the Glazer takeover in 2005.
A change in the club's branding/commercialization approach
Glazer acquired Manchester United in 2005. At the time of the takeover, "United's income of 171.5 million pounds ($323.8m) for the 2003-04 season kept them top of the list [of richest clubs] for the eighth year in a row." [1] Simply put: Glazer inherited a behemoth at the top of the footballing world.
Upon buying the club, the Glazer contingent reportedly met with staff, and according to a former executive indicated:
“They said, ‘Look, we’ve bought this club because we saw an opportunity.' They never came with, ‘We are fans of the club forever and always will be’. They didn’t claim to be anything other than businessmen and they are very good at what they do.” [1]
The change in tactic upon Glazer arrival allegedly prompted United Chairman Sir Roy Gardner and non-executive directors Ian Much and Jim O'Neill to offer their resignations. [1]
Concerns have been raised since regarding the manner by which the Glazer family extended MUFC's reach / image / branding. Edward Freedman served as managing director of the club's merchandising from 1992-97. [1] During his time at United, he took the club's merchandising operation "from a turnover of £1.2 million in 1992 to £28 million when he left five years later." [1] His work with Tottenham, and then United, was significant enough to merit BBC including him in their documentary titled "The Men That Changed Football." [1]
Asked to speak regarding the Glazers' work with United's continued expansion, Freedman responded:
“They haven’t got a clue what a brand is. It’s a very clever money-making move for them to get those deals. However, I’m sorry to say that, as far as enhancing Manchester United, it doesn’t work.” [1]
Freedman's ire related to the manner in which the club worked to increase the reach of its branding efforts. Freedman's aimed to maintain United's status as a "premium brand" and expand the club's reach by working with select, "high profile" branding partners (a la a Rolex or Porsche). Instead, Freedman's ire was drawn by the club choosing, after he left, to sign onto multiple, "lower-quality" partners. The result of this change in branding strategy can be seen through the years. For example:
Mr. Potato
Tomato Juice
X Men - Apocalypse
Independence Day - Resurgence
Yanmar
Tyres
Chevrolet's Dab University
Others in the footballing world have taken issue with how the increased commercial efforts impacted the players:
One high-profile agent privately complained that the club was “obsessed with commercialism” and “one big money-making machine”. After arriving back in the early hours following a match at West Ham, some stars were required to drive mini kids’ Chevrolets in a sponsored stunt the next day instead of resting. [1]
As for Freedman's thoughts on United's approach to branding expansion, he stated “I really can’t deal with it. We were offered all that long ago and never would accept any of it. Not for all the money in the world. Then, of course, the people who understood the brand left and people came in who saw only the recompense of taking money. But taking money for things that aren’t compatible with your brand will eventually ruin your brand. That’s what I can see them doing. The whole charisma, the whole glory of Manchester United, seems to have gone.” [1]
Freedman was not alone in this concern. In April 2007, Lee Daley (a reported lifelong United supporter), left Saatchi & Saatchi UK to become United's group commercial director. [1] He resigned four months later, with one source claiming he quickly became disillusioned at becoming "a glorified sponsorship sales manager." [1]
And although United's sponsorship efforts have resulted in some successes, including what was, at the time, one of the most profitable kit sponsorship of all time, [1] those successes have not always been well-received:
On the commercial side, the shirt sponsorship struck with Chevrolet, worth £450 million over seven seasons, was a major success. But the deal will not be renewed past 2021 and the person responsible for the deal at General Motors, Joel Ewanick, was dismissed soon after its announcement in 2012, with a spokesman saying he had “failed to meet the expectations the company has of an employee”. [1] [2]
Although some have lauded the Glazers' "industrialization/branding efforts" at United, and other clubs have since copied the process, others are more critical - claiming that United's continued growth and success has resulted more from the continued growth of the Premier League than from Glazer ingenuity.
“The step-change in television income, which came out of nowhere and could not have possibly been projected in a business plan, helped them massively.” In the UK alone, Premier League rights rose from £1.024 billion to £1.706 billion in 2007 and reached £5.136 billion in 2016. [1]
Other sources insist the Glazers did project such an increase, based upon their prior experience with US sports, including their ownership of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [1]
Not all of the Glazers' initial plans came to fruition. For example, the Glazers reportedly initially planned to increase revenues through higher matchday costs. [1] In 2006 documents, it was outlined that the cost of matchday tickets to attend games at Old Trafford was "undervalued" despite increased pricing, on average, by 12.5% in their first season at the helm. [1] The Glazer plan envisaged a further 36% increase in matchday costs prior to the start of the 2012-13 season. [1] However, that plan was not borne into action, which is one reason matchday revenues have stayed level.
Social Media The Claimed Expansion of the Supporter-Base
Alongside the club's expanding commercial revenues, the club has repeatedly touted its expanding supporter-base to shareholders as a measure of the club's off-field success. In 2013, United claimed to shareholders that it had "659 million" supporters. [1] Stated differently, United claimed that, as of 2010, approximately 1 out of every 10 human beings on the planet supported United.
To reach that figure, United hired Kantar, a market research company, who polled 54,000 adults in 39 countries in the summer of 2011. Most questions were answered online. [1] The figures were then extrapolated to produce a number for each of those countries, with that information then extrapolated to cover the rest of the world, "taking into account such things as the popularity of football in these countries, and whether players born in them had played for Manchester United in the past." Kantar director Richard Brinkman claimed he "would back my figures and argue [they are accurate] to within a 1% margin of error." [1]
The claim drew plenty of detractors. For example, Nick Harris, editor of sports finance website SportingIntelligence.com, noted at the time that:
"In five years, purportedly, Manchester United's following has gone from 333 million, or thereabouts, to 659 million. So almost a doubling of people following Manchester United in five years. This is eyebrow-raising stuff!" [1]
Mr. Harris likewise questioned other Kantar claims, such as the suggestion "that more than 30% of South Korea's total population of 49 million were followers of Manchester United." [1] Especially in light of the live viewing figures for United in the country, at the time, registering less than one million people. [1]
By 2019, United reported to investors claiming to have 1.1 billion fans. [1] Stated differently - from 2013 to 2019, United claimed to have gone from "1 in 10" people worldwide supporting United, to "1 in 7."
The survey for the 2019 report was once more completed by Kantar.
We're Man United and We'll Spend What We Want
Alongside being one of the top earning clubs in world football, United are also one of the top spending clubs. As discussed previously, [1] United are not shrinking violets in the transfer market - with one of the highest net spends over the last decade. [1] [2]
Let's take a closer look at where United, under Glazer ownership, has spent those funds.
Player Signings
United last won the Premier League in 2013 under Sir Alex Ferguson. Since that time, United have spent over £1.015 billion on player purchases. [1] [2] But let's break that down a bit further. First, let's take a look at what that billion has gotten us:
Year Signed Manager Player Position Cost
2020 Solskjaer Bruno Fernandes Mid £49.50m
2019 Solskjaer Harry Maguire CB £78.30m
2019 Solskjaer Aaron Wan Bissaka RB £49.50m
2019 Solskjaer Daniel James RW £15.30m
2018 Mourinho Fred CM £53.10m
2018 Mourinho Dalot RB £19.80m
2018 Mourinho Lee Grant GK £1.53m
2017 Mourinho Romelu Lukaku ST £76.23m
2017 Mourinho Nemanja Matic CM £40.23m
2017 Mourinho Victor Lindelof CB £31.50m
2017 Mourinho Alexis Sanchez ST Mkhitaryan
2016 Mourinho Paul Pogba CM £94.50m
2016 Mourinho Henrikh Mkhitaryan RW £37.80m
2016 Mourinho Eric Bailly CB £34.20m
2015 van Gaal Anthony Martial LW/ST £54.00m
2015 van Gaal Morgan Schneiderlin CM £31.50m
2015 van Gaal Memphis Depay LW £30.60m
2015 van Gaal Matteo Darmian RB £16.20m
2015 van Gaal Bastian Schweinsteiger CM £8.10m
2014 van Gaal Angel di Maria LW £67.50m
2014 van Gaal Luke Shaw LB £33.75m
2014 van Gaal Ander Herrera CM £32.40m
2014 van Gaal Marcos Rojo LB/CB £18.00m
2014 van Gaal Daley Blind LB/CB £15.75m
2014 van Gaal Falcao ST £6.84m (loan fee)
2014 van Gaal Vanja Milinkovic-Savic GK £1.58m
2013 Moyes Juan Mata RW/CM £40.26m
2013 Moyes Marouane Fellaini CM £29.16m
All figures in this thread are taken from Transfermarkt.
Prior to that, from 2005-2012, Sir Alex spent a total of £362.8m. Accordingly, from 2005 to date, under Glazer ownership United has spent £1.3778 billion on player acquisitions.
Player Sales
Year Player Transfer Fee
2005 Phil Neville £4.77m
2005 Kleberson £2.34m
2006 Ruud van Nistelrooy £13.50m
2006 David Jones £1.35m
2006 Jonathan Sepctor £675,000
2006 David Bellion £450,000
2006 Luke Steele £225,000
2007 Gabriel Heinze £10.8m
2007 Giuseppe Rossi £9m
2007 Alan Smith £8.1m 
2007 Kieran Richardson £7.38m
2007 Tim Howard £3.78m
2007 Phil Bardsley £2.7m
2008 Gerard Pique £4.5m
2008 Chris Eagles £1.35m
2008 Mikael Silvestre £855,000
2009 Cristiano Ronaldo £84.60m
2009 Frazier Campbell £3.69m
2009 Manucho £2.48m
2009 Lee Martin £2.03m
2009 Danny Simpson £779,000
2010 Zoran Tosic £8.55m
2010 Ben Foster £6.3m
2011 John O'Shea £4.05m
2011 Gabriel Obertan £3.06m
2011 Mama Diouf £1.62m
2011 Wes Brown £1.35m
2011 Danny Drinkwater £810,000
2011 Darron Gibson £540,000
2011 Jue Dudgeon £86,000
2012 Dimitar Berbatov £4.50m
2012 Ji-sung Park £2.79m
2012 Ritchie De Laet £1.13m
2014 Danny Welbeck £18.00m
2014 Shinji Kagawa £7.20m
2014 Alexander Buttner £4.95m
2014 Wilfried Zaha £3.42m
2014 Chicharito £2.70m (loan fee)
2014 Bebe £2.70m
2014 Michael Keane £2.30m
2014 Patrice Evra £1.71m
2015 Angel di Maria £56.70m
2015 Chicharito £10.80m
2015 Jonny Evans £7.47m
2015 Robin van Persie £5.85m
2015 Nani £5.40m
2015 Rafael £2.88m
2015 Angelo Henriquez £1.50m
2015 Reece James £1.26m
2016 Morgan Schneiderlin £20.70m
2016 Memphis Depay £14.40m
2016 Paddy McNair £4.73m
2016 Tyler Blackett £1.62m
2016 Will Keane £1.08m
2017 Henrikh Mkhitaryan Sanchez
2017 Adnan Januzaj £7.65m
2017 Andreas Pereira £2.70m (loan fee)
2018 Daley Blind £14.40m
2018 Sam Johnstone £6.62m
2018 Marouane Fellaini £6.48m
2019 Romelu Lukaku £66.60m
2019 Chris Smalling £2.70m (loan fee)
2019 Matteo Darmian £2.23m
2019 Ashley Young £1.53m
In total, United has recovered £488.42m (plus one Alexis Sanchez) from player sales/loans.
Accordingly, under Glazer ownership, Manchester United has a total net spend of £889.38m.

So Where Has the Money Gone?

The Cost of a Takeover & Multiple Re-Financings
The Glazer family acquired United in 2005. United spent more money paying the interest costs associated with the newfound debt than they spent on player acquisitions any year between 2005 - when the club was acquired - and 2013 - when the debt was refinanced. [1] [2] [3]
In 2013, United refinanced their debt. By refinancing, United repaid about half of its outstanding bonds using a new bank loan from Bank of America. [1] By doing so, United reduced the club's interest bill from around £31m per year (pro-forma post the IPO) to around £21m per year. [1]
By the summer of 2015, Manchester United refinanced the club's debt on four separate occasions - the last of which occurred in 2015. [1] In 2015, the club's debt stood at £382m, with total annual interest costs of £20m. [1] The refinancing reduced the cash interest paid.
The amount of interest paid between 2005 and 2015 can be visualized here:
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pilgsdeAZRc/VWn1gP4bkYI/AAAAAAAAEQw/tButyOPUIlM/s1600/2015%2Brefi%2Btable%2B3.png
Public float profits Glazers
Some have viewed the public float of the club's stock as evidence of a possible future in which the club is sold. To date, reality has not matched this expectation.
The initial public float raked in £150 million in funds. Per some reports, the initial plan was for the Glazers to pocket the full profits from the float, but the NYSE expressed reservations with that plan. [1]. Ultimately, half of the funds was used to pay off some of the club's takeover debt. [1] The remaining half landed in Glazer pockets. [1] [2]
Despite the funds realized from the float, the target price for the shares was $16-20 per share. The price was ultimately set at $14/share. [1] [2]
Hopes that the float would result in greater transparency were likewise short-lived. "Classed as an 'emerging growth' company, [1] United were exempted from having to reveal all their financial data to the market, [1] a position they reinforced by moving company registry from Old Trafford to the Cayman Islands." [1] [2] And by setting different voting rights for Class A and B shares, and retaining the Class B shares, the Glazers were able to retain a 78% ownership interest in the club - and an iron grip on the club's voting rights. [1]
Glazer Profits
Per the most recent financial reports, annual dividends total approximately £84 million. [1] In January, dividends of £11.3 million went to shareholders. [1] The Glazer family currently owns approximately 78% of the club, meaning they split approximately £8.8 million of that equally. [1]
In addition, the Glazers recovered approximately £75 million from the NYSE listing, together with loans to other companies (between 2005-'12), and further share sales. In total, the Glazers have made more than £200m selling slices of their shareholdings to investors. [1]
Upon refinancing the club's debt in 2010, the paperwork submitted revealed the Glazers had, since 2006, been paid £10m in “management and administration fees” and Kassewitz and each of her five brothers had borrowed £1.66m, £10m in total, from the club. [1] The total paid to the board and executive management in 2018-19 was £10.7m, which the accounts do not break down individually. Woodward is paid by a subsidiary company, Manchester United Football Club Ltd; his salary in 2017-18, the most recently published, was £4.152m. [1]
By comparison, in nine years at Liverpool, FSG has put in a net £100m. [1] Meanwhile, since initially purchasing the club in a £790 million leveraged takeover, the Glazers have "personally received close to £200 million from the club." [1]

Conclusion

In total, by some estimates the Glazers' ownership has cost the club £1.5 billion in interest, debt and other outgoing expenses. [1] By comparison, United has spent £1.3778 billion on player acquisitions, and recovered £488.42m from sales/loans, for a net spend of £889.38m. In total, Glazer ownership has cost United £610.6m more than United have spent on player acquisitions from 2005 to date.
Past Green & Gold Installments:
Part One: Who are the Glazers?
Part Two: The Takeover: How did that happen?
Part Three: The Glazer Transfer History - Can Insight be Gleaned regarding our Potential Summer Business?
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2020.08.20 17:47 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters ‘W-Z’ in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters ‘W-Z’ under Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/).
I also wrote about letters D-F on July 5, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hlrba8/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_df_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters G-I on July 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hqko0y/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_gi_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters J-L on July 15, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hrq9bg/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_jl_of_jeffrey/).
I posted letter M on July 20, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/huw0yt/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_m_in_jeffrey/).
I posted letters N-Q on July 27, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/hyudbz/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letters_nq_in_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I posted letter R on July 29, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i0aqxd/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_r_in_jeffrey/)
I posted letter S on August 7, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i5orop/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_the_letter_s_in_jeffrey/)
I posted letters T-V on August 13, 2020. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/i9dxwk/a_notsobrief_rundown_of_letters_tv_in_jeffrey/)
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
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Wachtmeister, Eric: Swedish Internet entrepreneur. He was the founder of the now defunct social media website, A Small World. The Weinstein Company, Robert Pittman, and Alexander von Furstenberg were all heavy investors and are all listed in Epstein’s black book (check out previous threads for further information). Early in his career, Wachtmeister was an investment banker who worked for Rothschild & Co. and Lehman Brothers. His father was Count Wilhelm Wachtmeister, a Swedish diplomat, ambassador to the United States, and close friend of George H.W. Bush.
Wagner, David: Not enough info.
Wainwright, Rupert: British movie director and producer.
Waksal, Sam: Pharmaceutical entrepreneur and CEO. Despite the nerdy sounding job description, Waksal hobnobs with celebrities. He dated Martha Stewart’s daughter, is a friend of Ronald Perelman’s ex-wife, and counts Mick Jagger among his friends (https://www.nytimes.com/2002/01/24/business/for-imclone-drug-entrepreneur-a-past-of-celebrity-and-notoriety.html). In 2002 and 2003, Waksal pleaded guilty to securities fraud, bank fraud, obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, and wire fraud. He was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2003. He was released in 2009.
Wallace, Mike: Television journalist best known for his role as lead correspondent on the news program 60 Minutes. Longtime 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, was forced to step down from his position after Ronan Farrow’s article in The New Yorker that mentioned Fager’s sexual misconduct (https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/as-leslie-moonves-negotiates-his-exit-from-cbs-women-raise-new-assault-and-harassment-claims) towards Sarah Johansen, an intern at the time (now a producer) who said that the atmosphere of 60 Minutes was like that of a “boy’s club.” Epstein hosted a reception for Wallace at his NYC mansion back in 1997 (https://www.thedailybeast.com/jeffrey-epstein-had-his-own-lodge-at-interlochens-prestigious-arts-camp-for-kids-in-michigan). Wallace can be seen in this photo (date uncertain, but must have been 1991 or earlier) with Robert Maxwell (Ghislaine’s father) and Donald Trump (https://twitter.com/rudyhavenstein/status/1162119147746029568).
Walters, Barbara: Famous television personality/broadcast journalist known for 20/20, The View, and berating Corey Feldman for trying to “damage an entire industry” when he came out against pedophilia in Hollywood (https://pagesix.com/2017/10/18/barbara-walters-faces-backlash-after-corey-feldman-clip-resurfaces/). Walters goes way back with Ghislaine and her family, as she swam around the same social circles as Ghislaine’s father, Robert Maxwell (https://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/this-was-then-malcolm-forbes-70th-birthday-part-i/). Here is a picture from Steve Forbes’s 70th birthday party (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/robert-maxwell-barbara-walters-and-merv-adelson-news-photo/81525793) that shows Barbara walking just behind Robert Maxwell. Barbara is pictured here (https://pagesix.com/2020/07/02/pre-arrest-ghislaine-maxwell-with-her-famous-friends/#7) with Ghislaine and some others (7th picture down). We can only wish her the most agonizing of deaths.
Ward, Kevin: A 34-year veteran of the NYPD who was eventually promoted to Borough Commander. Currently the Vice President of Security and Operations for Bryant Park Corporation. Received a Master’s Degree from Harvard, which is extremely rare for a law enforcement official. It’s odd that Epstein would have three different telephone numbers for such a decorated member of law enforcement. Interesting.
Warner, Ozzie: No info found.
Warnford-Davis, Ms Mandy: The former sister-in-law of Ghislaine’s brother, Kevin. Kevin and his wife, Pandora, divorced after more than 20 years of marriage. Mandy is Pandora’s sister. She works as a lawyer in London.
Wasserman, Casey & Laura: Casey is an entertainment and sports agent executive. Grandson of Hollywood mogul and mafia-linked Lee Wasserman. Laura Zifren is Casey’s wife. She is a movie music supervisor. Casey and Laura both appear on Epstein’s “Lolita Express” flight log (https://archive.org/stream/EpsteinFlightLogsLolitaExpress/Jeffrey-Epstein-Flight-Logs-in-PDF-format_djvu.txt) during the infamous Africa trip which featured the likes of Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, and Chris Tucker. Casey donates a lot of time and money to the Clinton Foundation and considers Bill Clinton to be a close friend and his philanthropic “mentor” (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bill-clinton-casey-wasserman-reveal-590405). The Wassermans have donated between $10 and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation (https://www.clintonfoundation.org/contributors?category=%2410%2C000%2C001+to+%2425%2C000%2C000). The Wassermans have set up a charity called The Wasserman Foundation through which they donate money to a number of different causes, including several children’s groups (http://www.wassermanfoundation.org/giving/).
Wassong, David: Managing Director for Soros (yes, that Soros) Fund Management who has worked for Soros for over 20 years (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-10-01/soros-spins-out-private-equity-team-pledging-up-to-2-billion). Here’s a lovely picture (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/david-wassong-managing-director-of-soros-fund-management-news-photo/129267700?adppopup=true) of Wassong with Ghislaine Maxwell from 2011. There’s nothing weird about it except for Ghislaine’s eye-catching earrings, which bare a striking resemblance to pedophile symbolism (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3560069/The-symbols-pedophiles-use-signal-sordid-sexual-preferences-social-media.html). David’s father, Dan, was a chronic sexual harasser of his secretaries (https://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/05/nyregion/a-sexual-harasser-his-friends-don-t-recognize-the-description.html). Perhaps sexual deviancy runs in the family.
Wastnage, Lucy: Wife of David Tang. Already listed earlier under ‘Tang, Mr David and Lucy Wastnag.’ Copy and pasted from my ‘T-V’ thread… David was a Hong Kong businessman who founded the Shanghai Tang fashion chain and several restaurants that attract the elite. Tang was a philanthropist who was involved in several charities, including Youth Outreach (YO), a charitable organization started in Hong Kong by Reverend Peter Newberry. This charity’s goal was to help at-risk youths (http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2017-09/15/content_32018378.htm). Tang was considered one of the most well-connected people in London. He and his wife, Lucy, counted Prince Andrew, Naomi Campbell, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife), Kevin Spacey, the Duke of Marlborough, and Mick Jagger among their friends (https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/lucy-tang-on-top-the-highs-and-lows-of-a-party-girl-6540808.html). Tang vehemently defended Prince Andrew in 2011 when his relationship with Epstein was made public (https://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/theyve-been-tang-oed-sir-david-tang-sets-the-record-straight-6383974.html). Two years later, Ghislaine celebrated her 51st birthday at China Tang, David’s restaurant at the Dorchester Hotel. Despite the backlash Prince Andrew received for counting Epstein among his friends, he attended Ghislaine’s birthday, along with former Labour minister Shaun Woodward and wife Camilla, the Earl and Countess of Derby, Dorrit Moussaieff, the diamond heiress/wife of the president of Iceland, Tamara Beckwith, and John Eliasch, multi-millionaire boss of sports firm Head. Every single one of those people appear in Epstein’s contacts. Epstein had 16 phone numbers, two email addresses, and three street addresses listed under David and Lucy’s names. David Tang died in 2017.
Waterman, Felicity: Model and actress who was a client of Elite Modeling Agency, along with Epstein/Maxwell pals Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum and many other famous models.
Watson, Victoria: Secretary at De Cadenet Motor Racing Limited (https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/officers/9iGn2N_d0fDUZjAwXR1KFgM4qLU/appointments), a company owned by former race car driver Alain de Cadenet, who was listed earlier in Epstein’s black book.
Webb, Veronica: Supermodel. Former Victoria’s Secret (Les Wexner) model.
Weidenfeld, Lord: Founder of Weidenfeld and Nicolson publishing company. Weidenfeld (1919-2016) was a tremendous supporter of Israel and Oxford University. Weidenfeld was close friends with the Rothschilds. For more info on Weidenfeld’s deep-rooted connection with the Rothschilds and Israel, check out this wonderful Youtube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=368&v=N-0ZTc42PnU&feature=emb_logo). It’s very well-researched and connects all the dots. Other high-ranking friends of Weidenfeld included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former U.S. Secretary of State (and should-be war criminal) Henry Kissinger.
Weinberg, Jason: Top Hollywood talent manager who represents some of the biggest names in movies and television. Weinberg held his 50th birthday at a restaurant in Easthampton, NY (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/rambling-reporteharvey-weinstein-katie-holmes-more-flock-east-hamptons-palm-restaurant-jason-weinb). Attendees included Harvey Weinstein and actress Uma Thurman, the ex-fiance of ARK Academy founder and possible pedophile and child trafficker, Arpad Busson. Weinberg has been pictured with Peggy Siegal, the publicist who helped Epstein get into elite parties after he was convicted of procuring an underage girl for prostitution. They likely know each other because they were both trained by legendary Hollywood publicist Bobby Zarem.
Weinstein, Bob: Bob is Harvey Weinstein’s brother and a top movie producer and Hollywood executive. Bob has denied any knowledge of his brother’s seemingly endless sexual harassment charges and has publicly rebuked Harvey. Bob has been accused of harassment by Amanda Segel, a female showrunner (https://variety.com/2017/tv/news/bob-weinstein-sexual-harassment-1202592165/).
Weintraub, Harriet: Founder of public relations firm HWPR (http://hwpr.com/about-us/). Was once in business with Epstein enabler Peggy Siegal (http://orbmagazine.com/the-orbitepeggy-siegal-is-no-longer-the-owner-of-the-peggy-siegal-company/).
Westheimer, Ruth Dr: Better known as Dr. Ruth, the popular sex therapist and TV personality.
Weymouth, Mrs Lally: Senior associate editor of The Washington Post. Eldest child of Katherine Graham, the publisher who ran her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post, from 1963-1991. Lally is best known for throwing huge bipartisan parties at her house in the Hamptons. This article (https://nypost.com/2017/07/10/why-ordinary-americans-hold-politicians-and-media-in-contempt-all-in-one-hamptons-party/) does a great job of detailing who goes to these parties (ex: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner partying with George Soros, Soros partying with David Koch, etc) and the fact that behind closed doors, the same people who publicly insult each other from both sides of the aisle, are actually friends and just laughing at us for believing their theatrics. AGAIN, THE WHOLE IDEA OF PARTISANSHIP IS COMPLETE BULLSHIT. STOP ALIGNING WITH ONE SIDE. IT’S US VS. THEM. THAT’S IT.
White, Somers: Former model and advertising executive. Married to Jonathan Farkas, heir to the Alexander’s department stores fortune. Named to the Commission on Presidential Scholars by Donald Trump in 2019. Pictured here (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/amy-fine-collins-suzanne-johnson-ghislaine-maxwell-somers-news-photo/1169681593?adppopup=true) with Ghislaine Maxwell.
White, Victoria: Former wife of Lord Gordon White, Texas businessman Tom O’Gara, and famed Hollywood producer Robert Evans.
White, Michael: Likely the theatemovie producer or the British journalist who was the associate editor of The Guardian until 2016 and a regular commentator on BBC. Could be either one.
White O’Gara, Victoria: See Victoria White above.
Whitworth, Alan & Wendy: Wendy Whitworth is a managing editor with ties to Ghislaine and her family. She was managing editor of Remembering for the Future: The Holocaust in An Age of Genocide, an assortment of Holocaust-centered articles, which was released in 2001. Ghislaine Maxwell’s mother, Elisabeth, was the editor-in-chief of the publication. Ghislaine and her sisters, Isabel and Christine, are listed as financial sponsors and committee coordinator (https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/bfm%3A978-1-349-66019-3%2F1.pdf). The honorary president of the publication is Elie Wiesel, the famous authoHolocaust survivor who also appears in Epstein’s book and was also accused of sexual harassment. I believe her husband Alan is an economic adviser, but I’m not entirely sure.
Wiatt, Jim: Former CEO at William Morris, a major talent agency.
Wienberg, Anouska & Mark: Anouska is a hotelier and interior designer. Her husband, Mark, is a financier who co-founded J. Rothschild Assurance, which later became St. James’s Place Wealth Management, along with Jacob Rothschild (https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/lord-weinberg?mediatype=photography&phrase=lord%20weinberg&sort=best). Mark was the honorary treasurer of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and still had a role as one of the Vice Presidents as of 2012 (https://www.nspcc.org.uk/globalassets/documents/annual-reports/nspcc-annual-report-2012.pdf), making this the 12 billionth connection between known pedophile and child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein and the NSPCC.
Wiesel Dr Eli and Marion: Wiesel was a famous author, Holocaust survivor, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, but he also supposedly sexually harassed a teenager at a charity event (https://www.newsweek.com/elie-wiesel-me-too-account-690891). Wiesel had longstanding ties to the Maxwell family due to their mutual interest in writing about the Holocaust (https://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/09/business/media/elisabeth-maxwell-widow-who-reinvented-herself-as-holocaust-expert-dies-at-92.html), (https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/bfm%3A978-1-349-66019-3%2F1.pdf). Marion is also a Holocaust survivor and was Elie’s wife.
Wigram Lionel and Lydia: Lionel is a producer who has worked on the Harry Potter films and several Guy Ritchie movies. Lydie is his wife.
Wigram, Lionel: See above.
Williams Alexandra & Nick: Alexandra is the daughter of Michael Heseltine, who was previously listed in Epstein’s ‘black book.’ Michael Heseltine is a British businessman and politician who served in various roles in government for British PMs Margaret Thatcher and John Major. Heseltine was a friend of Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine’s father. Heseltine invested in Conservative Parliament member Harvey Proctor’s business after Proctor was forced to resign after it was revealed he had sexual relationships with and took nude pictures of male prostitutes aged 17-21 at his home (source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/members-interests-top-tories-lose-on-proctors-shop-the-retailer-1445666.html). At the time, it was illegal to have same-sex relations with prostiutes under the age of 21. Her siblings, Annabel and Rupert, were listed in Epstein’s book as well. Check out the G-I thread for more info on them. Nick is her husband and the owner of Holloway’s auctioneers.
Williams-Ellis, David & Serena: David is a world-renowned British sculptor. His ex-wife, Serena, is an interior designer.
Willis, Rebecca: Not sure. Could be a climate change/environmental researcher in the UK.
Wilmot-Sitwell, Alex & Fi: Alex is a banker who was CEO of UBS Investment Bank and headed Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s businesses across Europe until 2018. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, incidentally, was the “largest corporate sponsor” for the super shady ARK Academy (https://arkacademy.org/node/51721) under Wilmot-Sitwell. ARK Academy, founded by Arpad Busson (listed in Epstein’s book - read more on him here: https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cl34ju/arpad_busson_billionaire_businessman_or_possible/), could very well be a system of schools used for child abuse and child trafficking. Caroline Fiona Marr is Alex’s ex-wife.
Wilson, Carter: Barely any info found. Her name is Carter Wilson Hailey. This was her mother (https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/harrisonburg-va/margaret-wilson-6505891). Despite the family names/history, I couldn’t find anything on who Carter Wilson actually is.
Windisch Grazot, Manfred: The Windisch-Graetz family comes from a high nobility bloodline. Manfred, considered a prince, takes care of the management and finances of Elitaliana, the oldest Italian helicopter company (https://www.arbiter.it/articolo/il-guardaroba-di-manfred-windisch-graetz/). Member of the Order of Malta (https://www.smomembassytoslovenia.org/heliambulance-blessed-by-the-holy-fathe).
Windsor-Taylor, Tim & Helen: Helen is a member of the Royal Family. Her father is Prince Edward, Duke of Kent, who is the first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. Helen is a patron of CLIC Sargent, a children’s cancer charity (https://web.archive.org/web/20110723085754/http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/Aboutus/Mediacentre/Latestnews/Midsummerpartyraises400000). Her husband, Tim, is an art dealer.
Winn, Steve: Wynn is a billionaire Las Vegas hotel tycoon. Prince Harry was a guest of Wynn’s at his Encore resort. Served as the finance chair of the Republican National Committee from 2017-2018, but had to resign from that post and his position as CEO of Wynn Resorts due to dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct (https://www.newsweek.com/steve-wynn-claims-he-cant-punished-sexual-harassment-claims-because-he-no-longer-company-1472164) by his employees. Wynn and his wife (listed earlier in Epstein’s black book under ‘Hissom, Andrea’) are close friends of Donald and Melania Trump (source: https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20120901/281904475353844).
Winston, Elizabeth: Not sure. Best guess is a Texas-based conservationist.
Wipple, George: Entertainment and society television journalist.
Wolper, Carol: Author and screenwriter who has also written for Vogue magazine, where Epstein has countless connections.
Wong, Andy: Hong Kong financier and socialite. Hosted a Chinese New Year party in 2002 attended by Prince Andrew (https://www.tatler.com/article/lady-victoria-hervey-defends-duke-of-york-and-fled-epstein-apartment) where the theme was ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/meet-the-wongs-1529160.html). Here’s are some pictures from that party (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/prince-andrew-hong-kong-fanancier-andy-wong-and-his-wife-news-photo/104171074 ; https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/sir-dai-llewelyn-amd-masked-girl-hong-kong-fanancier-andy-news-photo/104170961 ; https://www.shutterstock.com/editorial/image-editorial/chinese-new-year-party-hosted-by-andy-wong-and-wife-patti-at-the-reform-club-london-britain-26-jan-2002-375881ah). Here is a link with more pictures (https://www.rexfeatures.com/set/375881) from the party. Many Epstein contacts appear in these photos and also regularly attend the Wongs’ annual Chinese New Year parties. Buzz Aldrin (suspected upper echelon freemason) attended the party as well.
Wong, Theodore: Hedge fund manager. Founder of Constellar Capital LLC. Former managing director at Credit Suisse, a Swedish-based investment bank where Epstein had several contacts. Member of the Sunflower Children's Foundation and St. Jude’s Hospital (https://www.bloomberg.com/profile/person/7519446), two charities dedicated to sickly children.
Woodall, Trinny: Former drug addict socialite and friend of the wealthy and elite (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1216159/The-drug-addict-friends-haunt-Trinny-Woodall.html) who is now a British TV presenter and owner of makeup brand TRINNY LONDON.
Woods Emily & Carrie: Cary Woods is a movie producer. His ex-wife, Emily, is the chairman of J. Crew.
Woodward, Alexa: California-based attorney.
Woodward, Shaun & Camilla: Former British Member of Parliament (MP) and Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Shaun is a good friend of Esther Rantzen, an English journalist and television presenter who founded ChildLine, a charity promoting child protection. Incidentally, Rantzen ignored allegations against Jimmy Savile, the notorious pedophile, celebrity, and Royal Family confidant. Rantzen also had an affair with Nicolas Fairbairn, the Scottish politician who was posthumously accused of chronic child abuse and has been linked to Elm Guest House, where politicans (allegedly) had sex with drugged up children (https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/13174992.former-judges-shock-over-qc-paedophile-ring-allegations/). Camilla is Woodward’s ex-wife of 28 years and daughter of former Conservative MP and supermarket heir Tim Sainsbury. Since their divorce, Shaun has entered a relationship with Luke Redgrave, a Hollywood camera operator.
Worcester, Marq & Marc of: Henry Somerset, 12th Duke of Beaufort and his ex-wife, Tracy. Henry is an English peer and landowner. Tracy is a former actress.
Wyatt, Jim: See Jim Wiatt (above).
Wyatt, Steve & Cate: Steve is an oil heir and the former lover of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York (Prince Andrew’s ex-wife). Ferguson has always seen Steve as her true love and even went away on vacation with him while she was still with Prince Andrew (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4512442/Fergie-reunited-former-lover-broke-heart.html). Cate is Steve’s ex-wife.
(No ‘X’ last names)
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Yamani, Mai: Anthropologist, scholar, and author who has been a consultant of international banks such as Goldman Sachs, oil companies like Shell and BP, and foreign governments.
Yariv, Zghoul: Israeli venture capitalist.
Yates, Andrew (piggy): Features editor at the Daily Mail. Went to school with Ghislaine Maxwell, but said that he hadn’t seen her in over a decade when he found out his name was in Epstein’s contacts.
Young Toby: A British social commentator and former director of the New Schools Network, a charity which helps set up free schools in England. He is also an associate editor at Quillette, an online science magazine. In 2011, Young wrote an article defending Prince Andrew and others who are friends with the likes of Epstein, saying that they are not responsible for their friends actions (https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/status-anxiety-like-prince-andrew-i-stand-by-my-dodgy-mates-). He was suspended from Groucho, a private members club in London, when he admitted to selling and using cocaine there (https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1361435/White-powder-scare-at-the-Groucho.html). This flickr page reveals the connection between Toby Young’s New Schools Network and possible pedophile/child trafficker Arpad Busson’s ARK Academy schools (https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/49407330397).
Younger, Tracy & Lee, Greg: No info found.
Yugoslavia Dimitri: Prince Dimitri is a gemologist and member of the Royal House of Yugoslavia. Pictured here (https://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a30222833/christina-oxenberg-instagram-patreon-memoi) with Ghislaine Maxwell and Prince Andrew’s cousin, Christina Oxenberg. Brother of Michael and Serge (below).
Yugoslavia, Prince Michel of: An investment executive and former real estate broker. He is also a member of the Knights of Malta. Brother of Dimitri (above) and Serge (below)
Yugoslavia, Serge de: Prince Serge of Yugoslavia. Recently became a father at the age of 54 (http://royalmusingsblogspotcom.blogspot.com/2018/03/a-son-for-prince-serge-of-yugoslavia.html). Brother of Dimitri and Michael (above).
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Zacks Gordon: American businessman who was a financial and Middle Eastern policy adviser to George H.W. Bush during his presidency.
Zales, Alexi: No info found.
Zangrillo Paige & Bob: Robert Zangrillo is a venture capitalist and real estate developer. He has come under fire for a college admissions scandal in which he paid $250,000 so that his daughter could get into USC. Routinely throws parties that attract the likes of the Kardashians, Snoop Dogg, the Hadid family, and other celebrities/wealthy people (https://www.dirt.com/moguls/real-estate/bob-zangrillo-house-los-angeles-1203330956/).
Zawauri, Waleed: Zawawi is on the board of HSBC Bank of Oman. Listed in the Paradise Papers (https://offshoreleaks.icij.org/nodes/80029327) - not to be confused with the Panama Papers - as someone with offshore accounts.
Zecher Bibi and Adrian: Adrian is a hotelier who founded Aman Resorts. Bebe is his wife.
Zeff Mark: Interior designer who helped renovate Epstein’s New York mansion.
Zelier, John: Founding and Managing Member of Hudson Housing Capital, a housing tax credit syndicator. Former Managing Director of Lehman Brothers.
Zevi, Dino & Rosi: Dino is an art dealer.
Zilkha, Bettina: Arts, entertainment, and fashion journalist for Forbes magazine. Photographed with Ghislaine Maxwell here (https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/news-photo/ghislaine-maxwell-and-bettina-zilkha-attend-holly-petersons-news-photo/1169681633) and here (https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/bettina-zilkha-suzanne-ircha-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-news-photo/660049824) and here (https://www.gettyimages.ie/detail/news-photo/bettina-zilkha-and-ghislaine-maxwell-attend-private-news-photo/590659890)... well, you get the point. She is a fixture in New York’s high society social scene as she is also an heiress to her father’s financing fortune.
Zipp, Brian: Investment banker. Zipp is a former Senior Economist with the U.S. Treasury Department. Later became a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers.
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2020.08.15 21:19 Survivor31fan [S] Marooned: Borneo (Complete)

From a tiny malasian fishing village 16 americans are beginning the adventure of a lifetime. They have volunteered to be marooned on mysterious Borneo for the next 39 days. This is their story, this is MAROONED.
INTRO
The Cast
Pagong Tribe:
Tagi Tribe
Marooned: Borneo
Episode 1: The season begins with everyone on a pirate ship. They all must gather as much supplies as possible, release their tribe raft, and jump overboard within 5 minutes. Once everyone is on their raft they paddle out to their beaches. Both tribes are able to gather a decent amount of supplies before Jeff tells them they have to jump overboard and head out to their camps.
At Tagi Natasha and The Syncopation instantly form a bond. They are both sneaky and view this as more of a business trip than an adventure so they form an alliance and agree to work together. Taylor and Talie are very perceptive and quickly realize that Natasha and The Syncopation are working together so in order to protect themselves they make an alliance. Meanwhile Nicole is working very hard around camp gathering shelter building material but what she doesn’t realize is that because she’s spending so much time away from camp she is missing out on building critical early relationships with her tribemates. This causes her to become somewhat of an outcast in the Tagi tribe.
Meanwhile on the Pagong tribe Bob quickly starts trying to be the tribe leader. He bosses people around and tells them exactly what they need to do. Jonathan and Adelyn despite not liking being bossed around by Bob feel like their best bet right now is to just stick with Bob and let him self implode but other people such as Black Diamond can’t stand being bossed around by Bob and already begin making plans to take him out as soon as possible. We also learn in confessional that Aubree is having a hard time connecting with anyone on the tribe. She grew up in poverty and doesn’t feel like she can relate to anyone.
At the immunity challenge Tagi dominates and easily beats Pagong sending them to tribal council. Back at Pagong Black Diamond forms a new alliance with Surf, Ana, and Clarence. They call themselves the rebels because they are rebelling against the current leader of the tribe Bob, but they are concerned that if they vote out Bob now they will weaken the tribe. He is very strong and is able to help them a lot in challenges so they decide to target Adelyn because she is the least useful person in the tribe who isn’t in their alliance. Meanwhile Bob, King, and Adelyn want to vote out Black Diamond because she is the leader of the rebels. This leaves Aubree in the middle. She struggles to decide who to work with because she hasn’t connected with anyone but in the end she decides to work with the rebels and at tribal council Adelyn becomes the first person voted out of Marooned.
Episode 2: After Pagong loses the second immunity challenge the rebels come together and decide that it’s time to vote out Bob. They can’t stand to be bossed around by him for one more minute so they think he needs to go but King knows that if Bob gets voted out he’ll probably be the very next person voted out so he tries to convince the rebels to vote out Aubree instead by explaining to them that if Aubree gets to the end she’ll definitely get a bunch of pity votes and will probably win. This causes the rebels to rethink their decision but ultimately Surf is still dead set on taking out Bob so at tribal council the rebels vote for Bob and in a 5-2 vote Bob becomes the second person voted out of Marooned Borneo.
Episode 3: Tagi once again dominates at the immunity challenge sending Pagong back to tribal council. The instant Pagong gets back to camp King knows that he is in trouble but he is not the type of person to give up so he has a talk with Ana, Clarence, and Surf during which he explains to them that they are being led like sheep to the slaughter by Black Diamond and if they truly want to be rebels they should try to overthrow her. Ana and Clarence are extremely sceptical and still want to stick to the plan and go to the final 4 with the rebels but Surf really likes the idea of blindsiding Black Diamond. In the end Ana and Clarence are able to convince Surf that their best bet is to stick with Black Diamond and at tribal council King is unanimously voted out of the tribe.
Episode 4: At the Tagi tribe a war is still brewing between the duo of The Syncopation and Natasha and the duo of Talie and Taylor. Both duos are working hard to get people on their side. Taylor uses her flirtatious abilities to convince Quiz to work with her and Talie while Syncopation and Natasha are able to convince Willie to work with them. At the immunity challenge Tagi wins causing the battle of the duos to be prolonged once again. Over at the Pagong tribe Surf is still tempted to get rid of Black Diamond so he tells Aubree that she needs to vote for Black Diamond however after Surf has a talk with the rebels and they all agree to vote out Aubree Surf changes his mind so he goes to Aubree and tells her that the plan to blindside Black Diamond is no longer happening. Aubree feels like giving up but she decides to try one last thing to potentially save herself. She goes up to Black Diamond and tells her about Surf’s plans to blindside her. This creates a lot of distrust between the rebels but in the end it isn’t enough to fracture them and at tribal council Aubree is unanimously voted out of the game.
Episode 5: At the immunity challenge Tagi unsurprisingly wins immunity again. The Pagong tribe is extremely frustrated. Back at camp Surf is determined to get rid of Black Diamond and Black Diamond is determined to get rid of Surf. This leads to an all out battle. Both of them desperately try to convince Ana and Clarence to keep them and get rid of the other. In a confessional Ana talks about how powerful she feels and how much fun it is to be the swing vote. At tribal council Black Diamond and Surf continue to argue making it crystal clear that one of them is about to get voted out. In the end Clarence and Ana decide to keep Surf because they think that he’ll be able to help them more in the next immunity challenge and Black Diamond is voted out of the tribe.
Episode 6:>! Tensions at the Tagi tribe are at an all time high. The Syncopation decides that he is sick of waiting to take his shot at Taylor and Talie so he throws the immunity challenge causing Tagi to lose. The Pagong tribe is ecstatic to have finally won their first challenge. Over at Tagi Taylor, Talie, and Quiz decide that they want to take out Natasha because they think that she is the sneakiest out of her and The Syncopation. Meanwhile The Syncopation, Natasha, and Willie decide to target Talie because they view her as an enormous threat in the game and think that she is the head of the Taylor and Talie dragon. This leaves Nicole and Matt in the middle. Matt has a strong bond with Willie so Willie is able to convince him to vote for Talie. Nicole on the other hand is completely torn. She has no clue who she can and can’t trust so she heads into tribal council still not sure who to vote out. At tribal council Nicole ends up deciding to vote for Natasha causing a 4-4 tie between Natasha and Talie but on the revote Nicole changes her mind and switches her vote to Talie causing Talie to be voted out in a 4-2 vote.!<
Episode 7: After the last tribal council Taylor is devastated. Talie was her closest ally in the game and now she’s gone. Taylor realizes that she’s going to have to find a completely different path to day 39. On day 19 the two tribes merge. Everyone who used to be on the Tagi tribe comes together and agrees that they need to stick together and pick off the members of the old Pagong tribe but we learn from one of The Syncopation’s confessionals that he is only going to stick with the Tagi people if he feels it’s what suits him best and if he thinks that sticking with the Tagi people isn’t what’s best for his game then he’ll flip and work with the Pagong people in a heartbeat. At the very first individual immunity challenge of the season The Syncopation wins immunity proving that he is one of the biggest threats in the game. All of the Tagi people agree to vote off Surf because out of all the Pagong people they think he is going to be the biggest challenge threat moving forward. Surf quickly realizes that there are lots of cracks in the Tagi alliance and starts trying to exploit them in order to save himself. He spends a long time talking with Taylor and Quiz trying to convince them to flip over to the Pagong alliance and take out Willie. Taylor is unsure what to do. On one hand she knows that if she sticks with the Tagi people The Syncopation will end up coming after her sometime down the road but on the other hand she doesn’t want to be the first person to flip on the Tagi tribe. In the end Taylor and Quiz decide to stick with the Tagi people and at tribal council Surf is voted out.
Episode 8: It’s clear that Ana and Clearance are in a terrible position in the game so they both try extremely hard to win the immunity challenge. In the end it’s Clearance who comes out on top in the immunity challenge guaranteeing his safety. As soon as everyone gets back to camp Ana starts campaigning hard to stay in the game. She knows that The Syncopation is by far the biggest threat to win the game so she begins telling everyone to vote for him. Once again Taylor and Quiz are conflicted but they end up deciding that they think it’s best for them to stick with The Syncopation for now. Nicole on the other hand is sick of just following The Syncopation and so she decides to write his name down at tribal council but Nicole, Clarence, and Anna’s votes alone are not enough to get rid of The Syncopation and Ana is voted out of the game.
Episode 9: The Syncopation is furious that he received votes at the last tribal council and as soon as they get back to camp he asks everyone who voted for him. To nobody’s surprise Clarence admits that he voted for The Syncopation but everyone is shocked when Nicole admits that she was the third vote for The Syncopation. This causes The Syncopation to go off at Nicole screaming at her. The very next day The Syncopation starts working hard to convince people to vote out Nicole at the next tribal council. Willie happily agrees to vote for Nicole and keep Clarence another round because him and Clarence have formed a strong bond over the past few days. Other people such as Natasha aren’t so sure if voting out Nicole is the right move but by the time they head to the immunity challenge The Syncopation has everyone convinced to vote for Nicole but at the immunity challenge Nicole destroys The Syncopation’s plans when she wins immunity. After Nicole wins immunity it’s clear that Clarence’s time in the game is up and at tribal council everyone aside from Nicole votes for Clarence and he becomes the second member of the jury.
Episode 10: Willie is sad to have voted out his friend Clarence at the last tribal council but ultimately he is able to recognise that this is a game and he is playing to win. Nicole wins the next reward challenge causing people to become even more concerned that she’s going to go on an immunity run and win the game but at the next immunity challenge Matt manages to win. Back at camp The Syncopation is in the best mood he’s been in all season and tries to rub it in Nicole’s face that she’s going home. Nicole attempts to convince Taylor, Matt, and Quiz that they need to vote out The Syncopation right now or he’s going to win the game but once again the pleas to get rid of The Syncopation fall on deaf ears and at tribal council Nicole is voted out.
Episode 11: With only 6 loyal Tagis left in the game things seem to be very much up in the air but The Syncopation is determined to take control of the game once again so he begins making plans to blindside Quiz. He is quickly able to get his closest allies Natasha and Willie on board with the plan and he also convinces Matt to vote for Quiz without much of a problem. Taylor is the hardest person to convince but ultimately Taylor agrees to vote out Quiz because she believes it’s what’s best for her game. The Syncopation’s only concern is that Quiz is going to realize that he’s blindsiding him and try to flip the script so when The Syncopation wins reward he chooses to take Quiz with him on the reward. The Syncopation spends the entire reward reassuring Quiz that they are going to vote out Matt at the next tribal council. This causes Quiz to become overly comfortable so at the next immunity challenge he barely even tries to win immunity. Instead it’s Natasha who wins immunity. After the immunity challenge the camp lacks the usual mad scramble to stay in the game and everyone heads into tribal council feeling certain that they’re safe. At tribal council Quiz is shocked when he gets blindsided in a 5-1 vote.
Episode 12: After the last tribal council the Syncopation is on cloud 9. He has complete control of the game and is perfectly set up to make it to day 39 and potentially win. His next target is Taylor and with Willie and Natasha already in his pocket there seems to be nothing that Taylor can do to save herself. At the immunity challenge Natasha wins immunity. After the challenge Jeff is looking at all of the castaways and notices that a few of them (Taylor, The Syncopation, and Natasha) have huge infected cuts. Jeff decides that medical needs to take a look at them to make sure that they are safe. The medics decide that Taylor and Natasha’s cuts look small enough that some antibiotics should be enough to take care of them until the end of the game but The Syncopation’s infection is too big and too close to a joint for it to be safe. After careful consideration they decide that they need to pull The Syncopation from the game. The Syncopation is very angry that he’s being taken out of the game and tries to force the medics to let him stay but they won't budge and say that it’s just too risky to leave him in the game so after 36 hard fought days The Syncopation is pulled from the game. Taylor is relieved that she gets to live to fight another day.
Final Part 1: Now that The Syncopation and his mist are gone everyone starts looking around and trying to figure out who the biggest threat is. Taylor and Matt agree that they need to take out Natasha. She has been playing the game from behind the scenes and if she gets to the final tribal and has the opportunity to explain her game to the jury she would likely win. Natasha is aware that she is being targeted so at the immunity challenge she tries really hard to win but in the end it isn’t enough and Willie ends up winning immunity instead. Back at camp Willie finds himself in the middle. He can either stick with Natasha who has been working with him since the beginning and vote out Matt or he can take out Natasha because she’s the biggest threat. Taylor and Matt to everything they can to convince Willie to vote out Natasha. At tribal council Taylor and Matt’s plan works when Natasha is voted out.
Final Part 2: Taylor and Matt agree that if either of them win final immunity they will take each other to the final 2 but at the immunity challenge Willie manages to outlast the other two and wins immunity ruining Taylor and Matt’s plans. At tribal council Willie chooses to vote out Taylor because he thinks that she is a bigger threat to win than Matt. Taylor becomes the 7th and final member of the jury.
Final Tribal Council: The jury is clearly very split at the final tribal council. Willie argues that he played a better physical game than Matt but Matt argues that he was more loyal than Willie and didn’t betray as many of his friends. In a very close 4-3 vote Willie ends up winning and becomes the first winner of Marooned.
My Thoughts: As far as Borneo sims go this one was really good. I loved how much of a trainwreck the Pagong tribe was and watching the rebels alliance take out everyone else on the tribe was pretty fun. The battle on the Tagi tribe was also really fun but a part of me wishes they had gone to more tribal councils. The first part of the post merge was a bit annoying because no one other than Nicole was willing to flip, speaking of Nicole I loved her! Even though voting for The Syncopation wasn’t the smartest move strategically it showed that she came here to play hard and wasn’t just going to be a follower. Her immunity win at the final 8 was legendary and it’s a shame there was nothing she could do to save herself at the final 7. Ultimately I think that the best part of the post merge was watching The Syncopation dominate. He played an incredible game so seeing him get medevaced one episode short of reaching the finally sucked. I’ve got a feeling he’ll be back for another season someday. The final was a lot of fun. The Natasha boot was pretty exciting and I was happy for Willie when he won the final immunity. Taylor falling one challenge short of winning marooned was sad but ultimately she should’ve made more moves earlier on in the game if she wanted to get to the end. Willie is a fantastic winner and played a great social game.
Potential All Stars: The Syncopation, Nicole, Natasha, Willie, Surf, Taylor, Ana, Matt
Potential Second Chancers: Black Diamond, King, Adelyn
I would love to hear what you guys thought of the season in the comments.
Stay tune for Australian Outback
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2020.07.27 16:26 RobJHayes Self Published Fantasy Releases – August 2020

Self Published Fantasy Releases – August 2020

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You can find the original post, along with all the shiny covers, here.

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As always, this is not a comprehensive list, but only includes all the books I have heard about so far.
If you have a fantasy novel you are self publishing in August or beyond, let me know either in the comments, or by emailing me, and I shall add it to the page. There are but 3 requirements:
  1. It must be a self published fantasy novel.
  2. It must have a Goodreads page.
  3. It must have a cover.
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30th July – The Dragon Flute (Daughters of Fire & Sea #2) by Holly Karlsson

Betrayed by their allies and separated by powers beyond their control, Lyric and Runa will not be broken. Dragons once again fly the skies, but these powerful creatures of legend have been transformed into killers. Driven mad by dangerous magic, the dragons are burning their way across the land, driving Erith further into chaos.
Separated and forced to trust new allies, will the sisters find a way to restore the dragons’ sanity and heal the Taint before it destroys Erith? Or will the world be overtaken?
Check it out on Goodreads.
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31st July – Worldbuilding for Fantasy Fans and Authors (Forging Fantasy Realms #2) by M.D. Presley

Worlds can exist without stories, but fantasy stories cannot exist without a vibrant and enthralling world. But what makes a good fantasy world?
Be you a top-down planner, a bottom-up pantser, or a fantasy fan experiencing the worldbuilding from the inside-out, this comprehensive guide has you covered. Adopting a “tools not rules” approach, you will discover dozens of worldbuilding strategies.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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31st July – Downfall of the Curse (The Kyona Chronicles #5) by Deborah Grace White

Luciana is as deadly as she is beautiful—she just doesn’t want anyone to know it
The only thing Lucy loves more than the thrill of a good fight is her childhood friend, Prince Eamon. Already enough of an outsider, she’s willing to hide her fighting skills to win a place at his side.
Then Eamon’s betrayal shatters her dreams and leaves her eager to escape Kyona. But when danger and disgrace follow her to the South Lands, an offer from the magnetic Rasad to start fresh in Thorania is too tempting to resist.
In this new kingdom, Lucy can finally be herself. Unfortunately, danger trails her even there. Someone is working to destabilize the South Lands, and it’s up to Lucy to unravel Rasad’s intentions, Eamon’s jealousy, and the motivations of the enigmatic Lady Yasmin. Her decision about who to trust will determine whether darkness engulfs both the South and the North Lands.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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1st August – The Dharkan (Timelessness #2) by Susana Imaginario

The enemy is defeated.
The gods strike a truce.
And the Dharkan strike against the gods.
Victory has cost both gods and mortals dearly. The veil between life and death in Niflheim is thinner than ever. Try as they might, the gods are powerless against the influence of Time, and their past mistakes threaten not only their future but their very existence.
Now the fate of eternity rests in the unlikely alliance between the goddess of the soul and a soulless Dharkan, as they must work together to achieve peace between the living and the dead in Aegea. And although their goals may seem similar, the motivations behind them couldn’t be more at odds with each other.
Meanwhile, a greater enemy approaches.Or maybe it’s already here…
Check it out on Goodreads.
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1st August – Ash and Bones (City of Sacrifice #2) by Michael R. Fletcher

Smoking Mirror spoke in smoke and stone.
Having returned Mother Death to Bastion, Nuru flees to the inner rings. The Loa heretics seek to turn her to their own ends and topple the nahual from power. As Bastion crumbles, Nuru contemplates the ultimate blasphemy: A world without gods.
Broken by his battle with Mother Death, Akachi awakens with renewed purpose. He must hunt the blasphemers who would destroy his beloved city. Armed with the Staff of the Fifth Sun he stalks Nuru through Bastion’s rings. The survival of all humanity rests on his shoulders.
Nothing is as it seems. Smoking Mirror, god of discord and strife, plots behind the scenes. He manipulates gods and men alike in a game as old as time.
From the lowest Grower to the gods at her heart, Bastion is once again at war.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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6th August – The Last Prince (The Coming of Aed #2) by E.G. Radcliff

In a hellish city, the fate of a young boy rests on the very thing he fears most…
Robbed of his childhood by tragedy and betrayal and forced onto the streets, only fury makes young Ninian feel whole – and in a world of gangs and fae, Ninian is more than willing to fight for his life.
But it doesn’t take much to topple a life which is already balanced on the edge of a knife. And by the time a desperate Ninian realizes he’s crossed the wrong person, it is much, much too late.
In his frantic struggle to right his collapsing world, Ninian’s furious, bloody efforts are dredging up history he’d rather forget – the past is tired of being held at bay, and even fighting cannot protect Ninian from himself.
So when he meets a crimson-eyed stranger, a boy so broken he refuses even to speak, Ninian does not believe he has the capacity to care.
He is wrong.
And that will change everything…
Check it out on Goodreads.
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6th August – The Skald’s Black Verse RE-RELEASE (Dreadbound Ode #1) by Jordan Loyal Short

When a soldier’s murder sparks rebellion in the tiny village of Skolja, Brohr’s past marks him as the prime suspect. Haunted by his brother’s ghost, and drawn into a web of dark pacts and tangled loyalties, Brohr must choose between the path of vengeance set before him, and a chance to forge his own fate. From the shadows, an all but extinct race of alien demigods have begun the end game of their millennia-spanning war, and one has chosen Brohr for his closing gambit. But Brohr’s grandfather harbors a dark secret that will change everything. Above it all, a dread portent looms in the sky, spelling the death of Brohr’s world. With doom spiraling toward them, Brohr must lead an unlikely rebellion, unearth disturbing family secrets, and tame the raging ghost that haunts him. Can Brohr lead his people out of darkness, or will he succumb to his own terrifying bloodlust, and destroy the very people he has sworn to save?
Check it out on Goodreads.
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7th August – Renegade Gods (Magelands Epic #8) by Christopher Mitchell

The Holdfasts – the most powerful family of mages in the Star Continent – are scattered and beaten.
Keir is in retreat, while Corthie and Kelsey are missing, abducted by enemy forces.
Only Karalyn remains.
With the armies of the Empire in full retreat, the Renegade Gods hunt for the Dream Mage.
As the sole mage capable of stopping the gods from destroying her world, Karalyn faces a terrible choice – continue to hide away, or endanger everyone she loves and take the fight to the approaching enemy.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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15th August – The Lost City of Ithos (Mage Errant #4) by John Bierce

Half a millennium ago, Kanderon Crux and her allies banished the city of Imperial Ithos from the world of Anastis, in a desperate attempt to defeat the Ithonian Empire. Her dread weapon, the Exile Splinter, even erased the memory of its location from the universe. Now it’s returning, bringing the Exile Splinter back with it. The great powers of the continent are desperately hunting for the site of the lost city, knowledge lost even to Kanderon herself. None know what ancient Ithonian weapons and enchantments might still be found in the ruins, but even the Exile Splinter alone would be a prize justifying war.
Hugh and his friends find themselves dragged along on the search, where they’ll face enemy warlocks, sea monsters, liches, unnatural storms, and even a man-eating tiger. There’s something they’re not being told about the lost city, however.
Something that has even Kanderon and the other great powers terrified.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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17th August – Rokian’s Curse by Krista Jain

For most, the sight of an elf in Fairdraisha would scare even the bravest of men, but for Blair Tripps, she’s more than intrigued to see one up close. He’s charming, handsome, and magical, but he’s also eyeing her as his target. When he finally draws her in his arms, Queriven sets a visible curse on her skin.​
“When the trees catch the colors of fire again, you’ll no longer be a part of this world.”
Those were the last words he left her before he disappeared. Now Blair’s left with limited options; stay home and endure disaster, or run away in hopes to discover what this means and how to undo it. Choosing the latter, she heads off into the big wide world in search for answers, but quickly discovers Queriven in her path once more. He claims to know nothing about what happened to her and seemingly joins her side to help her with no motivation at all. Who is this mysterious elf who seems to follow her, and does he want to help her, or destroy her? And most importantly, what is he hiding?
Blair has many questions, and a very short time left to answer them.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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25th August – Warriors of Steel and Glory (Silent Champions Box Set #2) by Andy Peloquin

To save a kingdom from utter destruction by an unstoppable enemy, is there any cost too high?
Victory against the Blood Queen’s horde came at a steep price for Captain Aravon.
His elite unit is exhausted, battered, and isolated in hostile territory. His mentor and surrogate father lies murdered. In the upper echelons of his realm’s capital city, a traitor sells secrets to the enemy—secrets that could turn the tide of war against the Legionnaires.
Aravon and his Grim Reavers must survive not only betrayal in their own ranks, but a foe more savage and cunning than any they’ve defeated. Can the Silent Champions withstand the full might of the rampaging barbarians to save their kingdom one last time…even if they have to sacrifice their lives to succeed?
Check it out on Goodreads.
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25th August – Temple Knight by Paul J. Bennett

Life took a twist she never expected.
All Charlaine ever wanted was to follow in her father’s footsteps until the moment she was forced to leave her old life behind to save her family. Now, as a Temple Knight, she finds herself alone in a distant realm, unaware of what the future will demand of her.
Her hopes for a new life are dashed the moment her past catches up with her. Labelled a troublemaker, it is only when raiders begin harassing the coast that Charlaine’s true mettle emerges.
Suspecting that all is not as it seems, she hatches a plan that reveals a far greater danger than anyone ever suspected.
With her new family of Temple Knights, Charlaine leads them in a desperate gambit to thwart the ambitions of a mighty foe that has the power to destroy them all.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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28th August – The Mauler (The Holly Sisters #2) by Jonathan Pembroke

The gang war ended. The Faery Gang and their allies emerged victorious and assumed undisputed control over crime in Woodhollow. Now the second-in-command to her sister Marla, Sydney thought she could relax. She was wrong.
From hostile dwarven guilds to scheming goblins to the black-winged Nightshade, the gang finds themselves under assault from all directions. With Marla growing more irrational with every passing day, Sydney must maneuver her way around their enemies, forge new alliances, and discover the cause of her sister’s unrest.
And all the while, Sydney barrels towards a fated confrontation with a nightmare lurking just inside the dragon lord’s walls…a beast whispered of in Woodhollow in hushed voices of terror and dread…the mauler.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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28th August – The Mortal Blade (Magelands Eternal #1) by Christopher Mitchell

A city ruled by Gods, a mortal champion, a misfit girl and a disobedient dragon…
Stolen from his home, Corthie Holdfast has arrived in the City of the Eternal Siege as a new Champion.
He must fight alongside the Blades, whose lives are dedicated to the defence of the City against the hordes of monstrous Greenhides; or die at the hands of the Gods who rule.
Maddie Jackdaw, a young Blade, faces her last chance. Thrown out of every unit defending the City, either she takes on a new role, or she will be sent to the Rats, a company of misfits given the perilous tasks beyond the Great Walls.
Her new role, if she takes it, will bring her face to face with her deepest fears, for beneath the walls, in a secret and hidden lair, lies a dragon, imprisoned and waiting…
Check it out on Goodreads.
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31st August – The Lady of the Watchtower by Nancy O’Toole Merservier

A sorceress haunted by the magic of her past…
A pair of sister witches embrace their birthright in vastly different ways…
A beautiful princess is changed into a hideous beast…
Magic is a powerful force, able to transform everyone it touches. In this short collection, The Lady of the Watchtower, the lives of six different women and girls are altered forever thanks to their encounters with powerful spells, and deadly creatures.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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August – Burning Promise RE-RELEASE (Abismo #1) by Thiago d’Evecque

“Those who seek the Abyss are doomed to find it.”
Alicia is a country girl with a simple life. Her only dreams are to spend her life besides her fiancé and work the fields.
Dreams that are shattered when mercenaries attack her village and leave a trail of smoke, ashes, and blood.
Something awakes inside Alicia. A thirst for vengeance dominates her and demands to be quenched with death.
In a path paved by hatred, Alicia will face saurians — massive lizards and birds that plague the North — advanced golems, corrupt soldiers, and a conspiracy involving angels, necromancers, and the blood magic forbidden in the kingdom.
But her greatest struggle will be to keep her own humanity as she dives into the Abyss.
Check it out on Goodreads.
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2020.07.24 19:04 Ichbinian Text of Le Monde article on Christopher Nolan here (in French).

Lifted from France:
Sur les plateaux de tournage, que ce soit sur un glacier en Islande ou au bord de la mer en Italie en plein été, Christopher Nolan ne se sépare jamais de sa tasse de thé. Elle est comme collée à sa main, toujours à sa disposition. Avec le temps, sans doute en quittant son Angleterre natale pour s’installer aux Etats-Unis dans les années 1990, la tasse s’est transformée en un mug plus facilement transportable.
Le cinéaste américain Samuel Fuller dirigeait ses plateaux avec un pistolet à la main, Nolan le fait en dégustant son thé. D’ailleurs, la seule aspérité sur son visage de collégien modèle, au teint diaphane et à la mèche impeccablement couchée sur le côté, serait ces légères marques brunes sur les dents, résultat de son goût prononcé pour la théine.
« Il a toujours un sachet de thé dans sa poche, remarque l’acteur britannique Michael Caine, qui a travaillé sur tous les films de Nolan depuis Batman Begins [2005] jusqu’au nouveau, Tenet, soit huit longs-métrages. Il peut faire une chaleur d’enfer, il portera toujours sur lui un imperméable avec une poche suffisamment grande pour transporter ses sachets de thé. Et vous le voyez tranquillement siroter sous vos yeux toute la journée. Je me suis dit un jour qu’il devait avoir dans sa poche quelque chose de plus engageant. » L’acteur s’est risqué à demander au réalisateur d’Inception (2010) s’il n’y avait pas un peu de vodka planquée dans la doublure. « Non, a répondu Nolan. Du thé. Rien d’autre. »
Le seul capable de ramener le grand public au cinéma
Si la sobriété est l’un des traits structurants du réalisateur de 49 ans, il en va très différemment de ses films. La folie des projets de Christopher Nolan s’accompagne en plus avec Tenet et ses 200 millions de dollars (172 millions d’euros) de budget d’une attente démesurée. Dans un été déserté par les productions hollywoodiennes, pour la plupart ajournées à 2021, le film tient un rôle messianique. Il est considéré par de nombreux observateurs comme le seul pilier capable de maintenir d’équerre l’édifice des salles obscures, durement frappées par le Covid-19, en ramenant le grand public au cinéma.
Nolan sait la responsabilité qui lui incombe. Le 20 mars, le cinéaste publiait une tribune dans The Washington Post où il demandait au gouvernement américain de venir au secours des exploitants. Le metteur en scène insistait aussi sur l’expérience unique procurée par la salle, « le rôle essentiel qu’elle tient dans notre vie sociale ».
D’abord annoncée au 17 juillet, la sortie du film a été repoussée au 31 juillet puis au 12 août. Avant que Warner Bros ne décide en catastrophe d’un nouveau report sine die, précisant que les dates aux Etats-Unis et dans le reste du monde pourraient ne pas être identiques.
Car programmer, en pleine pandémie, une production aussi onéreuse que Tenet, alors que les cinémas demeurent fermés dans de nombreux Etats américains, y compris en Californie, est une proposition aussi peu raisonnable que les scénarios de Nolan. Autre difficulté : en Chine, seuls les films de moins de deux heures sont éligibles pour la réouverture des salles. Tenet durerait, lui, deux heures trente.
Pour patienter, les spectateurs français pourront se consoler avec la ressortie sur grand écran le 29 juillet d’Inception. Un thriller qui rappelle à quel point les films de Christopher Nolan défient le sens commun. Inception met en scène une équipe d’espions qui infiltrent le subconscient de leurs victimes pour s’installer dans cette zone grise où le rêve se mêle à la réalité. Dans Interstellar (2014), un astronaute envoyé dans une autre galaxie afin de trouver une planète habitable transmet à sa fille, depuis le futur, les informations quantiques lui permettant de maîtriser la force de gravitation afin d’évacuer l’ensemble des Terriens vers un trou de ver à proximité de Saturne.
Une obsession du temps
Lorsque le cinéaste s’attaque à la reconstitution historique avec Dunkerque (2017), relatant le rembarquement, en mai 1940, des troupes britanniques coincées dans la poche de Dunkerque, à la fin de la campagne de France, c’est pour manier une autre de ses obsessions, la flexibilité du temps, entrecroisant les destins de trois soldats qui se jouent sur l’espace d’une heure, d’une journée et d’une semaine.
Même lorsqu’il s’essaie à la forme plus conventionnelle du film de super-héros, avec sa trilogie Batman Begins, The Dark Knight (2008) et The Dark Knight Rises (2012), c’est pour faire du justicier en cape un héros post 11-Septembre qui lutte contre le terrorisme alors que sa légitimité et son pouvoir sont remis en question.
Dans le cinéma américain, Nolan est un cas unique. Le seul à récolter les budgets les plus élevés auprès des studios (de 100 millions à 150 millions de dollars pour Dunkerque, plus de 200 millions pour Tenet), tout en concevant les scénarios les plus cérébraux et les plus audacieux. Et lui, le métaphysicien d’Hollywood, celui qui fait de la physique quantique la matière même de ses fictions, à rebours de toute ficelle facile, séduit le public, le convainc d’adhérer à des expériences narratives qu’il ne tolérerait chez aucun autre réalisateur.
Il y a des raisons objectives à cela. Au Nolan avant-gardiste se superpose un Nolan hédoniste, fasciné par les films de James Bond, leur esthétique de globe-trotteur de haut vol, leur univers en papier glacé traversé de créatures blondes sculpturales, de demeures somptueuses et de navires de plaisance rutilants. « LA NASA VIENT D’ANNONCER QU’ON A PEUT-ÊTRE TROUVÉ UN UNIVERS PARALLÈLE OÙ LE TEMPS S’ÉCOULE À L’ENVERS. D’OÙ MA QUESTION : QUE SE PASSERAIT-IL S’IL DEVENAIT POSSIBLE DE CHANGER LA DIRECTION DU TEMPS ? » CHRISTOPHER NOLAN
Ce décor est celui de Tenet. Dans le nouveau long-métrage de Nolan, un agent secret, incarné par John David Washington, est chargé d’épargner à la planète une menace plus tragique qu’un affrontement nucléaire, « une guerre froide, précise le réalisateur, mais une guerre si froide qu’il devient à peine licite de l’évoquer, tant elle doit demeurer secrète ».
Nolan avait tourné Inception au Japon, à Paris, au Maroc, en Californie, au Royaume-Uni et au Canada. Pour Tenet, il s’est rendu en Inde, en Italie, en Norvège, au Danemark, en Estonie et en Angleterre.
Et le paradoxe Nolan de se confirmer. Tenet est une œuvre hautement personnelle, complexe, où l’auteur matérialise une de ses réflexions personnelles, celle du temps. Quand il l’évoque, il affiche un air encore plus assuré. Une forme de fierté qui l’anime. Le soulagement d’avoir fixé pour de bon une idée obsédante. Dans le film, à l’occasion d’un exercice de tir, une balle semble rebondir sur son point d’impact pour retourner dans le canon de l’arme.
Quelques scènes plus tard, un immense cargo avance alors que les vagues semblent se rétracter, naviguant pour ainsi dire en arrière dans le temps, tandis qu’une poursuite en voiture, dans laquelle se trouve impliqué le personnage principal, se conclut par un véhicule accidenté retournant à son état initial. « Que s’est-il passé ? », demande un mystérieux agent double incarné par Robert Pattinson à John David Washington. « Rien, répond ce dernier, les choses ne se sont pas encore vraiment produites. »
Une mémoire exceptionnelle
Le titre du film, Tenet, est un palindrome, il peut se lire indifféremment de droite à gauche ou de gauche à droite. En physique, la notion d’inversion, et, avec elle, l’idée que les lois de la physique seraient réversibles et symétriques, fascine Nolan.
« Je vais tenter d’expliquer les choses de la manière la plus lisible possible. Il est théoriquement tout à fait possible d’inverser la courbe du temps. Selon des principes classiques, le temps s’écoule de manière unidirectionnelle : il y a le passé, le présent et l’avenir, avec une flèche du temps allant dans cet ordre. Mais, à une échelle quantique, il se révèle tout à fait possible d’inverser cet ordre, d’aller du futur vers le passé. La NASA vient d’annoncer qu’on a peut-être trouvé un univers parallèle où le temps s’écoule à l’envers. D’où ma question : que se passerait-il s’il devenait possible de changer la direction du temps ? L’idée de Tenet est que le temps puisse tout à fait emprunter des directions différentes. » La délinéarisation du temps reste le trait distinctif du cinéma de Nolan.
Et le film sur lequel ce dernier revient inévitablement, comme si tout partait de là, reste son deuxième, Memento (2000), où le temps s’écoule à reculons. L’ordre de ses scènes avait été inversé, mais jamais l’action à l’intérieur de celles-ci. Le personnage principal, Leonard Shelby, un inspecteur de police souffrant d’amnésie à la suite d’un traumatisme crânien, perd sa capacité à utiliser sa mémoire à court terme, au point de devoir tout noter et de tatouer sur son corps les informations capitales lui permettant de retrouver la trace du meurtrier de sa femme.
De tous les personnages imaginés par Nolan, Leonard Shelby apparaît comme le plus proche de lui-même, et pas seulement parce que ce dernier, en parfaite harmonie avec la logique inversée de son film si singulier, a depuis longtemps pris l’habitude de lire les journaux de droite à gauche, commençant systématiquement par la dernière page. Mais à l’effondrement de la mémoire du protagoniste de Memento répond l’hypermnésie de son créateur. L’épouse de Nolan et également productrice de ses films, Emma Thomas, avait d’emblée été frappée par l’étrange mode de fonctionnement du cerveau de son mari.
« Une idée chez lui ne s’exprime que s’il trouve un cadre pour la raconter, constate-t-elle. C’était ainsi le cas pour Inception et Interstellar. Avec Tenet, ce fut encore plus douloureux, dix ans peut-être, cela relevait de l’idée fixe. Mais, une fois son scénario écrit, il a pour ainsi dire son film en tête, à l’image près. Quand il passe dans la salle de montage, c’est encore plus impressionnant. Il garde une trace intacte de chaque prise pour la moindre scène. S’il faut faire la différence entre trente prises, il y parviendra avec une facilité déconcertante. » L’ordre et la rigueur
Christopher Nolan a besoin d’une routine éprouvée pour gérer sa mémoire. Il range systématiquement ses clés dans la même poche. Et prend soin de noter consciencieusement ses idées sur un calepin. Sa tenue vestimentaire de rigueur – un costume trois-pièces, une chemise blanche ou bleu pâle, toujours sans cravate –, portée indifféremment toute l’année, qu’il vente ou qu’il pleuve, s’inscrit dans ce minutieux train-train.
Pour laisser vagabonder son esprit avec la plus grande liberté, Nolan s’est efforcé d’automatiser les tâches matérielles et les aspects les plus fondamentaux de sa vie, à la manière d’une équation de taille qui, une fois résolue, ne nécessite plus d’être revue.
L’ordre et la rigueur règnent dans son monde. Et, en période d’épidémie, c’est très scrupuleusement que le réalisateur respecte les règles sanitaires d’usage. L’entretien se fait à distance et les autoportraits sont réalisés avec l’aide de son fils Oliver afin d’éviter le contact avec un photographe.
Le réalisateur a rencontré à 19 ans son épouse, la future mère de ses quatre enfants, alors qu’ils partageaient les bancs de l’université à Londres. Il s’entoure des mêmes collaborateurs, les directeurs de la photo Wally Pfister puis Hoyte van Hoytema, le monteur Lee Smith, le directeur artistique Nathan Crowley, son frère et scénariste Jonathan Nolan.
Le metteur en scène travaille également pour le même studio, Warner, depuis Insomnia (2002). En fait, le gigantisme de ses productions, l’entreprise titanesque pour les mener à bien, ne relève du possible qu’après avoir bâti un écosystème verrouillé où chacun est à sa place. Intégrer ce phalanstère ne devient envisageable qu’après un strict examen de passage. Un héritage des débuts de Nolan où, sur le plateau de Following (1998), un film tourné les week-ends avec une équipe réduite, il s’occupait d’absolument tout, de la direction de la photo à la direction artistique, jusqu’au menu des déjeuners et à la gestion du ménage à la fin de la journée. Secret-défense
Sur un plateau, Christopher Nolan possède une idée précise de ce que constitue chaque poste de travail. « Je ne suis jamais allé dans une école de cinéma », précise-t-il. Avant d’ajouter : « Comme Stanley Kubrick. » Le seul point commun avec son maître absolu qu’il s’autorise à revendiquer. Intégrer la garde rapprochée de Nolan, un peu à l’image de celle de Stanley Kubrick, passe par un rigoureux bilan de compétences. Il s’agit aussi, à côté de l’indispensable bagage technique et créatif, de faire vœu de silence.
Travailler à ses côtés exige un goût assumé de la confidentialité, en particulier concernant les intrigues de ses films. Avoir accès à des extraits de Tenet pour préparer un entretien avec son réalisateur relève du secret-défense : ceux-ci sont accessibles sur un site sécurisé, avec un code d’accès, pendant une heure avant de s’autodétruire. Comme dans le générique de chaque épisode de Mission impossible.
Michael Caine a fait la connaissance de Christopher Nolan sur le pas de sa porte. L’acteur vétéran britannique, l’une des figures masculines – avec Sean Connery, Albert Finney et Richard Burton – du renouveau du cinéma anglais dans les années 1960, l’avait confondu avec un coursier, tant la démarche – frapper à l’improviste à la porte d’un de ses futurs comédiens – était inhabituelle.
« Je m’appelle Christopher Nolan, j’ai en ma possession un scénario pour vous », avait-il déclaré. Le cinéaste tenait à ce que Caine incarne le majordome de Bruce Wayne dans Batman Begins. Le comédien assure au metteur en scène qu’il prendra le temps de lire le scénario rapidement, mais Nolan, dans l’impossibilité de le laisser circuler, lui demande de le consulter immédiatement. Il s’est alors installé dans le salon, a avalé plusieurs tasses de thé puis, après avoir obtenu le quitus de son acteur, est reparti avec son scénario sous le bras.
L’analogique dans le sang
De Kubrick, Nolan retient un film au-dessus des autres : 2001 : l’Odyssée de l’espace. Il l’a découvert enfant, en a assuré la restauration en 2018. Il y avait ici une démarche altruiste mais aussi mystique. Comme si s’emparer de 2001, en nettoyer le moindre photogramme, permettait enfin à ce réalisateur autodidacte d’accéder aux secrets d’une œuvre dont il n’arrive pas à épuiser la richesse. Car son obsession du temps, il l’éprouve dans son goût revendiqué pour la pellicule.
Quand la quasi-intégralité des réalisateurs hollywoodiens travaille avec le numérique, explorant les possibilités de l’imagerie technologique, et tourne sur fond vert, Nolan est l’un des seuls à résister, membre d’un dernier carré de fidèles avec Steven Spielberg et Quentin Tarantino. « Ce n’est pas uniquement une question de fétichisme, l’analogique se rapproche de ce que voit mon œil. Or je tiens à restituer à l’écran ce que j’ai vu. »
Mais il y a surtout un aspect tactile dans le 35 mm, essentiel aux yeux de Nolan : la pellicule reste concrète. Le cinéaste peut la prendre dans ses mains, inspecter avec ses yeux chaque photogramme, obtenir la sensation du temps qui passe, d’une action qui est, qui ne sera plus, mais dont le mouvement a été fixé pour l’éternité. Ou, à l’opposé, il regarde cette pellicule à l’envers, remonte le cours d’une histoire.
« La caméra vous laisse voir le temps, ce n’était pas possible auparavant dans les autres formes d’expression artistique. C’est pour ça que je m’efforce tant de trouver des histoires ne pouvant être racontées qu’au cinéma », explique le réalisateur. Physique quantique et mélancolique
Quand il triture la pellicule, Nolan concilie les deux grandes affaires qui ont façonné sa personnalité, et donc son travail : le goût de l’abstraction et le besoin de raconter des histoires. Très jeune, sans doute influencé par les films de science-fiction, il s’était pris de passion pour la physique et avait été frappé par les biais narratifs sur lesquels s’appuyaient certains scientifiques.
Albert Einstein, notamment, travaillait toujours de manière intuitive, en partant d’un récit. Le physicien pensait par exemple à des jumeaux. L’un prend le train, l’autre se trouve abandonné sur le quai de la gare. Mais ils se retrouvent quelques années plus tard. « Ont-ils vieilli de la même manière ? se demande Nolan. Il y a une certaine mélancolie dans la réponse à une telle question qui illustre à merveille les lois de la physique quantique. »
Le cinéma lui a permis de trouver cette mélancolie, d’apposer de la tristesse au monde apparemment mécanique de la science. Pour lui, les avancées technologiques révèlent une immense solitude. Voilà ce qui l’a toujours frappé dans 2001 et qu’il n’en finit plus de contempler à chaque visionnage : l’humanité, à sa toute petite échelle, confrontée à l’immensité de l’univers.
Alors Nolan regarde les détails qui l’entourent. Il scrute son univers, jusqu’à sa tasse de thé. Il observe le liquide, étudie sa teinte, la théine qui se concentre dans l’eau chaude, la température qui baisse doucement. Cela lui permet de s’échapper de la conversation et retourner à son isolement. Seul dans ses pensées. Là où il s’épanouit.
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2020.07.10 15:00 JohnnyRock110 OPINION: The Dark Knight Trilogy-Rachel Dawes is a better character than certain people say.

Love interests in superhero and action films are either a benefit or a hazard. One instance being Rachel Dawes, played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins and Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight, who has been a point of contention among certain people in the fanbase. Some have derided her as being a one-dimensional character who “friendzoned” Bruce Wayne (my eyes bleed whenever I read people use that term), and cite her as the catalyst for why he quit being Batman in between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. I however disagree with these points.
Christopher Nolan was hesitant about using a love interest in the first installment, but however made it work along with the aid of David S. Goyer. Rachel is no ordinary one though, she played an integral role in Bruce’s origins and his choices to become Batman. Her disapproval of him trying to kill Joe Chill essentially saved his life (and by extension Gotham's?) and motivated his decision throughout the trilogy to not be an executioner (despite certain exceptions where he had to or on accident). She also worked in the district attorney’s office in their unwinnable war against Carmine Falcone and her investigation of Dr. Jonathan Crane. Regardless of Batman having to save her several times, she boldly stands up to Falcone’s cause and thugs who try to kill her. As for her choosing to not be with Mr. Wayne then dating Harvey Dent later, this makes complete sense because like Alfred she sensed that Bruce’s dependence on Batman was deeply personal and not just for the sake of Gotham. She didn’t want to endanger herself by dating a newly renowned vigilante with a growing list of enemies, and was potentially willing to be with him when Batman was no longer needed. Months pass and she meets Harvey Dent, who works the same job as her, similar to the attorney that Bruce witnessed sharing a kiss with Rachel. This is what some fans and the interminable Cinemasins video overlooked, just because she refused to date Bruce doesn’t mean that she can’t date someone else with a similar profession.
In The Dark Knight, Rachel plays a role in aiding the war on crime and building towards a future where law enforcement is stronger and less corrupt (as The Dark Knight Rises proved though not in the way that Batman hoped for), her interrogation of Laou to where he sells out his clients then her attempt in standing up to The Joker are vital to her uncompromising nature. She wisely warns Bruce to not make her his only hope for a normal life, and because of her conflicted feelings for Bruce and humanizing Harvey Dent it’s why the love triangle between the three works; it’s not just in there for ho hum drama. Certain viewers have a disdain for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance and claimed that she and Christian Bale had no chemistry, to which I don’t get. They had great chemistry, and even though Maggie’s Rachel is noticeably different from Katie’s this never bothered me because of how engaging they are and the rest of the story is (I mean come on Harry Potter’s Dumbledore and Rhode in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were recasted but that didn’t stop the stories from being cohesive). I prefer Maggie’s mature portrayal that comes off as more confident than Katie’s, with all due respect to the latter though.
This leads to her death in the midway point of TDK. I appreciate how it's essentially the trilogy’s equivalent to Jason Todd’s death, in fashion and how it haunts Batman and Alfred long-term. Similar to The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel that inspired different story elements of Rises, this along with his failure to achieve his vision of how Gotham was saved and pushing himself to the limit forced him to give up the mantle. Now this brings me to one of the most appalling, inflammatory complaints that Facebook commenters and certain fanboys have claimed about Bruce in TDKR. I can’t stress my next point enough:
Bruce did not quit being Batman because of Rachel’s death.
Because of how much the third film emphasizes the toll that being Batman takes on a mortal man and the fact that the main events begin eight years after TDK, some thought that Bruce actually was a recluse for all those years and only so because of Rachel’s death which must mean that this is a betrayal of its screenplay and of what Batman is as a character. Absolutely not. It’s explained at various points that due to The Dent Act rendering Batman ineffective Bruce tried to move on by being a philanthropist and used the Wayne Foundation in order to fund Dent Day and charities like Saint Swithen's orphanage (a pivotal part of the dynamic of Gotham City and Batman’s legacy). He used the R and D budget to desperately try and fund a “first of its kind” fusion reactor but after its completion he learned that it could potentially be hijacked and converted into a fusion bomb (not a dirty bomb I may add) via an article published by nuclear physicist Dr. Pavel, which would then lead Bruce to mothball it and hole himself up in Wayne Manor feeling brought down by his failures to which Alfred later tries to push Bruce to fix. So while Rachel’s death emotionally affected him and took away his hope for a life beyond the burden of being Batman, it had nothing to do with his retirement.
These factors motivated him early on in the film to await the opportunity to become Batman again. (Side note- Could Bruce have been Batman and taken his anger out on street gangs? Well not exactly. Gotham like any other city isn’t without crime but due to the abilities of the police to handle themselves after The Dent Act imprisoned all of Dent’s trials and the rest of those who fueled organized crime it makes sense why Bruce didn’t go out again.)
While Bruce might’ve been naive about Rachel I completely empathize with him. He was still fairly young in the first two films, being a fresh caped crusader and Rachel was a lifelong friend to him. He wanted to ensure her safety and hope of fulfilling her wish made at the end of BB; and her death, the truth about her choosing to marry Harvey and Bruce’s further dependence on the cape and cowl only feeds more into the tragedy of Batman. Come on if you were a caped vigilante who failed to save your lifelong friend or a family member you wouldn’t just brush it off like nothing happened. It’s not like Rachel was never going to be acknowledged in TDKR ever again. Let’s also not forget The Dark Knight Returns, where Bruce retired due to Jason Todd’s death and became a bored bachelor for 10 years before resurfacing. In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Bruce nearly gave up his quest to avenge his parents for an eventual failed engagement to Andrea Beaumont. Batman returning from retirement or being conflicted over a woman isn’t a new concept, and with all of the reasons I’ve listed for Christian Bale’s version it makes logical sense for this more grounded interpretation why he retired and kept pushing forward despite the death of Rachel.
I agree with the consensus among many fans that Selina Kyle/Catwoman is the best love interest in the entire trilogy, but with that being said Rachel Dawes works as a strong supporting character of her own, plays a role in Bruce’s journey to becoming Batman, Gotham’s war on crime and fueling Bruce’s anger and love to protect those he cares about aside from his addiction to Batman (similar to how Bane’s love for and indoctrination to Talia and The League of Shadows drives his rage, like what Ra’s al Ghul discussed over the campfire with Bruce).
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2020.07.10 14:57 JohnnyRock110 Rachel Dawes is a better character than certain people say.

Love interests in superhero and action films are either a benefit or a hazard. One instance being Rachel Dawes, played by Katie Holmes in Batman Begins and Maggie Gyllenhaal in The Dark Knight, who has been a point of contention among certain people in the fanbase. Some have derided her as being a one-dimensional character who “friendzoned” Bruce Wayne (my eyes bleed whenever I read people use that term), and cite her as the catalyst for why he quit being Batman in between The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. I however vehemently disagree with these points.
Christopher Nolan was hesitant about using a love interest in the first installment, but however made it work along with the aid of David S. Goyer. Rachel is no ordinary one though, she played an integral role in Bruce’s origins and his choices to become Batman. Her disapproval of him trying to kill Joe Chill essentially saved his life and motivated his decision throughout the trilogy to not be an executioner (despite certain exceptions where he had to or on accident). She also worked in the district attorney’s office in their unwinnable war against Carmine Falcone and her investigation of Dr. Jonathan Crane. Regardless of Batman having to save her several times, she boldly stands up to Falcone’s cause and thugs who try to kill her. As for her choosing to not be with Mr. Wayne then dating Harvey Dent later, this makes complete sense because like Alfred she sensed that Bruce’s dependence on Batman was deeply personal and not just for the sake of Gotham. She didn’t want to endanger herself by dating a newly renowned vigilante with a growing list of enemies, and was potentially willing to be with him when Batman was no longer needed. Months pass and she meets Harvey Dent, who works the same job as her, similar to the attorney that Bruce witnessed sharing a kiss with Rachel. This is what some fans and the interminable Cinemasins video overlooked, just because she refused to date Bruce doesn’t mean that she can’t date someone else with a similar profession.
In The Dark Knight, Rachel plays a role in aiding the war on crime and building towards a future where law enforcement is stronger and less corrupt (as The Dark Knight Rises proved though not in the way that Batman hoped for), her interrogation of Laou to where he sells out his clients then her attempt in standing up to The Joker are vital to her uncompromising nature. She wisely warns Bruce to not make her his only hope for a normal life, and because of her conflicted feelings for Bruce and humanizing Harvey Dent it’s why the love triangle between the three works; it’s not just in there for ho hum drama. Certain viewers have a disdain for Maggie Gyllenhaal’s performance and claimed that she and Christian Bale had no chemistry, to which I don’t get. They had great chemistry, and even though Maggie’s Rachel is noticeably different from Katie’s this never bothered me because of how engaging they are and the rest of the story is (I mean come on Harry Potter’s Dumbledore and Rhode in the Marvel Cinematic Universe were recasted but that didn’t stop the stories from being cohesive). I prefer Maggie’s mature portrayal that comes off as more confident than Katie’s, with all due respect to the latter though.
This leads to her death in the midway point of TDK. I appreciate how it's essentially the trilogy’s equivalent to Jason Todd’s death, in fashion and how it haunts Batman and Alfred long-term. Similar to The Dark Knight Returns graphic novel that inspired different story elements of Rises, this along with his failure to achieve his vision of how Gotham was saved and pushing himself to the limit forced him to give up the mantle. Now this brings me to one of the most appalling, inflammatory complaints that Facebook commenters and certain fanboys have claimed about Bruce in TDKR. I can’t stress my next point enough:
Bruce did not quit being Batman because of Rachel’s death.
Because of how much the third film emphasizes the toll that being Batman takes on a mortal man and the fact that the main events begin eight years after TDK, some thought that Bruce actually was a recluse for all those years and only so because of Rachel’s death which must mean that this is a betrayal of its screenplay and of what Batman is as a character. Absolutely not, It’s explained at various points that due to The Dent Act rendering Batman ineffective Bruce tried to move on by being a philanthropist and used the Wayne Foundation in order to fund Dent Day and charities like Saint Swithen's orphanage (a pivotal part of the dynamic of Gotham City and Batman’s legacy in Gotham). He used the R and D budget to desperately try and fund a “first of its kind” fusion reactor but after its completion he learned that it could potentially be hijacked and converted into a fusion bomb (not a dirty bomb I may add) via an article published by nuclear physicist Dr. Pavel, which would then lead Bruce to mothball it and hole himself up in Wayne Manor feeling brought down by his failures to which Alfred later tries to push Bruce to fix. So while Rachel’s death emotionally affected him and took away his hope for a life beyond the burden of being Batman, it had nothing to do with his retirement.
These factors motivated him early on in the film to await the opportunity to become Batman again. (Side note- Could Bruce have been Batman and taken his anger out on street gangs? Well not exactly. Gotham like any other city isn’t without crime but due to the abilities of the police to handle themselves after The Dent Act imprisoned all of Dent’s trials and the rest of those who fueled organized crime it makes sense why Bruce didn’t go out again.)
While Bruce might’ve been naive about Rachel I completely empathize with him. He was still fairly young in the first two films, being a fresh caped crusader and Rachel was a lifelong friend to him. He wanted to ensure her safety and hope of fulfilling her wish made at the end of BB; and her death, the truth about her choosing to marry Harvey and Bruce’s further dependence on the cape and cowl only feeds more into the tragedy of Batman. Come on if you were a caped vigilante who failed to save your lifelong friend or a family member you wouldn’t just brush it off like nothing happened. It’s not like Rachel was never going to be acknowledged in TDKR ever again, lol. Let’s also not forget The Dark Knight Returns, where Bruce retired due to Jason Todd’s death and became a bored bachelor for 10 years before resurfacing. In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Bruce nearly gave up his quest to avenge his parents for an eventual failed engagement to Andrea Beaumont. Batman returning from retirement or being conflicted over a woman isn’t a new concept, and with all of the reasons I’ve listed for Christian Bale’s version it makes logical sense for this more grounded interpretation why he retired and kept pushing forward despite the death of Rachel.
I agree with the consensus among many fans that Selina Kyle/Catwoman is the best love interest in the entire trilogy, but with that being said Rachel Dawes works as a strong supporting character of her own, plays a role in Bruce’s journey to becoming Batman, Gotham’s war on crime and fueling Bruce’s anger and love to protect those he cares about aside from his addiction to Batman (similar to how Bane’s love for and indoctrination to Talia and The League of Shadows drives his rage, like what Ra’s al Ghul discussed over the campfire with Bruce).
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2020.07.05 15:39 Thanos_Kun Rewriting the DCEU; detailed plots for 46 original movies Phase 2

Check out my Phase 1 rewrite before starting Phase 2.
PHASE 1 - ORIGINS
Phase 1 establishes the origin stories of the founding 6 members of the Justice League and sets the foundation for the cinematic universe of the DCU.
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1944 - Wonder Woman: Paradise Lost
2024 - Aquaman: Throne of Atlantis
2024 - Batman: Year One
2027 - Superman: Last Son
2027 - Green Lantern: Emerald Dawn
2027 - Flash: Ignition

PHASE 2 - EXPANSION
Phase 2 shows the founding 6 as now experienced heroes tackling greater threats while organically introducing more heroes and creating more branching plotlines for the cinematic universe.

2029 - Superman II: Man of Steel
Protagonist – Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman) (25), Kara Zor-El/Kara Kent (Supergirl) (16)
Antagonist – General Zod, Faora-Ul
Important Characters – Jonathan Kent, Martha Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor
Background – Kryptonians had a caste system, meaning they were genetically cloned and modified to perform certain functions in society. Kara was “born” in the military officer caste like her father, General Zor-El. General Zod was essentially an uncle to her; he was her father Zor-El’s lieutenant before becoming a general and she would have served as his lieutenant in turn. When Jor-El learned of Krypton’s imminent destruction he told his older brother Zor-El, who was able to send Kara to Earth before Krypton's destruction. However, being a scientist Jor-El had modified his spacecraft so it was faster than the standard models, which is why even though Kara and Kal left for earth at around the same time it took Kara 25 extra years. Right before Krypton's destruction, Zod led a failed coup to overthrow the Kryptonian council and was sentenced to eternity in the Phantom Zone. Present day, Clark is now comfortable and experienced as Superman and is dating Lois.
Plot – When Clark brings Lois to Kansas for the holidays to introduce her to his parents, Kara’s spacecraft crashes nearby and Clark bonds with his newest family member while teaching her to use her powers. She shows him that the crystal necklace he wears is actually a rare alpha codex crystal and she shows him how to activate it in Antarctica, which creates the Fortress of Solitude. The Fortress contains all of Jor-El’s projects, including a Phantom Zone projector and Phantom Drive, which Kara works on over the next couple months to try to locate other Phantom Drives in the hope of finding Kryptonian survivors. She accidentally frees Zod, who lies to her saying he brought some people into the Phantom Zone before Krypton's demise in the hopes they would be rescued someday. Delighted, Kara goes to find Kal to introduce them to each other, and while she is away Zod frees his current lieutenant Faora. When Kal and Kara return, Zod states his true intentions to build a new Krypton on earth, and Kara must choose between her old planet, her cultural caste, and her “uncle” against her new home, her newfound autonomy to choose her path, and her cousin. She sides with Clark and earth and the two of them manage to send Faora back to the Phantom Zone, but the projector is damaged immediately after by Zod, who is manic at the thought of spending another 100 years there. Kara is forced to break Zod’s neck to save Clark, upon which Clark teaches her the importance of restraint.
Sequel tie-in – While in the Phantom Zone, Faora is caught and killed by a monster heavily implied to be Doomsday.
Lore - Krypton is 100 million light years away from Earth, and Kryptonian tech allows for 1 million times faster than the speed of light travel by harnessing the energy of the Phantom Zone as a power source. Kara and Kal both left Krypton in 1929, and it took Kara 100 years to get to Earth and she was in suspended animation during that time. Kal's spacecraft was able to get there in only 75, because it "skipped" in between the Phantom Zone and our reality, similar to how a rock skips on water. Also, while Kara was sleeping, the spacecrafts computer calculated what year she would arrive on earth and used a logarithmic function to predict what human society would be like in 2029 and downloaded it directly into her brain. So when she gets to Earth she can speak English (and two dozen other languages) and has some familiarity with earth technology. It's only 98% accurate, and there are some things she is surprised by and some things she is surprised don't exist, like flying cars.
Easter Egg - At one point in the movie, Lois laments that her story is a dud and even after two years no one has any information on the two arrow guys' origins, just that they seem to take down criminals without anyone getting a good look at them.
Author's Note - Just realizing that if Krypton was 100 million light years away, Jor-El would have thought he was sending Kal to a world filled with dinosaurs. I watch too much Cinemasins.
Author's Note 2 - An important part of Kara's development through the movie is her struggle between earth and Kryptonian values. As stated earlier, Kara was born in the officer caste and her whole life has been her preparation to lead soldiers. That's why she's initially so obsessed with finding other Kryptonian survivors; she sees it as her purpose for existing to be a leader for her people. But as she spends more time with Kal, the Kents, and earth, she is exposed to 'Murican values of freedom of choice and autonomy, which are completely foreign concepts to her. We see her gradually start to question Kryptonian caste and society and shift toward the idea of choosing for herself. It makes her decision to side with Kal so much more poignant in the end, because it represents her choosing what she wants as an individual, instead of going along with that Krypton would expect her to do.
2030 - Green Lantern II: Blackest Night
Protagonist – Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) (29)
Antagonist – Sinestro, Yellow Lantern Corps
Important Characters – Carol Ferris, Kilawog, Tomar-Re, and Katma Tui.
Background - One of the principle rules of the Green Lantern Corps was they do not kill sentient organic beings except in the most extreme circumstances, either turning them over to the appropriate local planetary authority or jailing the most dangerous individuals on their prison planet. Sinestro always doubted the wisdom of that rule, but he followed it anyway as he considered the Guardians virtually omniscient and infallible. However, the events with the Manhunters showed him the Guardians are very fallible and he totally rejects the no kill rule. Unbeknownst to the Guardians, Sinestro has been building a cult of personality among the new lanterns and spreading his ideology under the premise it will bring more order and stability. He is secretly preparing to launch his insurrection and meanwhile he and his followers have already begun killing criminals discreetly.
Plot – Hal, Kilawog, and Tomar-Re go to Sinestro’s home planet unannounced and happen to see him killing a criminal. Though shocked, the three of them manage to overpower him and take him into custody. They bring him to Oa to stand trial for breaking the most important tenet of Green Lanterns. He is found guilty and before being sentenced to the prison planet he is bombarded with yellow light to remove all vestiges of his green lantern ring’s power. This is standard procedure to strip rogue lanterns of their ring's power. But what they do not know is that he possesses a yellow ring and the yellow light overcharged it, making him many times stronger than a normal lantern. Though the timing is not ideal, he calls his yellow lantern followers to rise up and overthrow the green lanterns. The civil war ravages the planet and the Green Lanterns are significantly diminished. In the end, Sinestro calls on his followers to give him all of their yellow ring energy so he can put an end to the war, but the Green Lanterns give Hal all of their energy as well. In the end, Hal's conviction is able to overcome Sinestro and the Green Lanterns win with Sinestro being sent to prison. But during the conflict Tomar-Re died, Katma Tui lost her right leg, and Kilawog lost an eye. When Hal returns to Earth, he proposes to Carol.
Sequel tie-in – While destroying Yellow Lantern Rings with antimatter blasts, to the green lanterns confusion the rings glow red and sapphire before being destroyed.
Author's Note - In the very beginning of the movie, we see Hal loves Carol but is not ready to approach the subject of marriage because he has the mindset that there's no rush because there's always tomorrow. The civil war and the deaths show him that tomorrow is never guaranteed, which prompts him to stop putting it off and pop the question.
2030 - Wonder Woman II: Paradise Lost
Protagonist – Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) (26)
Antagonist – Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva (Cheetah), Circe
Background – Before Zeus and the Old Gods of Olympus, earth was ruled by the Titans, the previous generation of Old Gods led by Chronos. Chronos was the Lord of Time and Zeus, his son, killed and overthrew him. Zeus hid Chronos' scythe in Tartaros because the powerful weapon contained so much chronal energy that it could turn a human into a demigod, or make a lesser god as powerful as an Olympian. In the present day, Diana is still living in Paris and while she has mostly gotten over Steve's death, she lives quietly by herself. She misses her family and is searching for purpose in her life.
Plot – Circe tricks Dr. Barbara Ann Minerva, an archaeologist searching for Minoan artifacts in Crete, into entering a portal to Tartaros and touching the scythe, which transforms her into Cheetah. Her newfound Titan power allows her to freely control her own time, allowing her to move super fast, as well as granting her three “charges” that she can use to manipulate someone or something else's time, such as aging a person a million years in a matter of seconds or freezing a person in time for years. Circe uses her magic to enslave Cheetah and the two of them travel from Crete to Istanbul, where the entrance to Are's prison in Tartaros is. It takes all of Circe's magic to keep Cheetah under her control, and thus they have to use human transportation to reach their destination instead of Circe just teleporting them. Diana, who sensed the surge of Titan energy released when Barbara became Cheetah, chases them from Crete across Europe to Istanbul. However, Cheetah and Circe get to Ares before Diana can stop them. Cheetah uses her first “charge” to age Ares’ restraints by a million years, allowing him to free himself. Ares easily incapacitates an exhausted Diana but lets her live so she can be a witness to the realization of his plans before he teleports himself, Circe, and Cheetah away. Diana’s anger at her failure coupled with a timely Superman interview she happens to see on TV inspires her to find her calling and protect Earth from whatever Ares has planned next.
Sequel tie-in – Ares, Circe, and Cheetah ambush Zeus and Cheetah uses her second charge to freeze Zeus, and Ares says that by the time it wears off Olympus will have fallen.
Note – Cheetah’s origin stories and powers always bothered me; one because it seemed boring and lazy, and two because there’s no way she should be strong enough to be Diana’s nemesis. In this rewrite, her powers are time based and divine in nature to fit the storyline better and make her a stronger opponent.
Author's Note - I don't know if this will age well or not, because I wrote this before WW84 was announced.
2031 - Teen Titans: Independence Day
Protagonist – Dick Grayson (Robin) (16) [leader], Wally West (Kid Flash) (14), Koriand’Kory Anders (Starfire) (17), Victor Stone (Cyborg) (18), Roy Harper (Speedy) (17)
Antagonist – Komand’r (Blackfire) (19)
Important Characters – Kal-El/Clark Kent (Superman) (27), Kara Zor-El/Kara Kent (Supergirl) (18)
Background – Dick Grayson, frustrated by Batman’s stringent rules, lack of positive reinforcement, and singular focus on the mission, left him in early 2029. Wally West is now the avatar of the Negative Speed Force after recreating the lab accident that gave Barry his powers but fights crime in faraway cities from Barry’s watch, as Barry does not want his godbrother to become a crimefighter. Victor Stone ran away from home in 2030 after his scientist father turned him into a cyborg to save his life. Roy Harper was adopted by Oliver Queen from a Navajo reservation in 2026 and the next year became Speedy as the sidekick to Green Arrow. Koriand’r was a warrior prodigy who saved her people from enslavement by the Citadelians as a 13 year old after her parents’ deaths in 2027. Some of her people wanted to crown her queen despite her not wanting the throne, and that faction clashed with the traditionalists who wanted to crown her older sister Blackfire, leading to civil war from 2028 to 2030.
Plot – Starfire’s ship crashes in Jump City in December 2030 and she is attacked by traditionalist Tamaraneans. Dick and Victor were just passing through, Wally was actively patrolling, and Roy was there on a overnight winter break field trip with his school. But when they see Starfire getting attacked, all 4 of them jump in to help and drive the attacking Tamaraneans away. Of course we get the iconic Starfire kisses Robin scene. After explaining her situation and that Blackfire will be back to capture her in the next month, Robin comes up with a plan to save her. They'll use the next month to set up a defensible position so Starfire will be protected. After learning Tamaraneans can’t swim, he chooses an island near Jump City to set up the base; he and Speedy provide funding, Cyborg designs its defenses, and Kid Flash constructs them superfast. During that time Robin teaches them to fight as a unit. Starfire personally teaches Robin Tamaranean martial arts and he in turn teaches her how to swim, and they grow closer to each other. In January 2031, Blackfire and her soldiers attack but the group is able to fight them off. Starfire is finally able to tell her sister the truth that she never wanted the throne and that she will stay on earth with her new family allowing Blackfire to rule their home world in peace. After revealing their identities to each other and christening themselves the Teen Titans, Superman flies down and admits to have been watching them the whole time and admiring their efforts. He asks if they’ll let his cousin Supergirl join their group so she can socialize with other super people.
Sequel tie-in – Alfred starts to tell Bruce of Robin’s exploits, but Bruce cuts him off and tells him never to say that name again before Alfred tells him he was referring to master Dick. Meanwhile, we see two Robin suits, one pristine and the other damaged and bloodstained in the background.
2031 - Batman II: The Dark Knight
Protagonist – Bruce Wayne (Batman) (31), Jason Todd (Robin) (17), Tim Drake (Robin) (15)
Antagonist – Roman Sionis (Black Mask), Joker
Characters – Barbara Gordon(Batgirl/Oracle) (25), Jim Gordon, Harleen Quinzel (Harley Quinn), Jonathan Crane (Scarecrow)
Background – After Robin emancipated himself in 2029, Bruce adopted Jason Todd when he found him trying to steal the Batmobile’s tires and trained him to be Robin. However, Jason has serious anger issues stemming from his abusive childhood and as a direct victim of Falcone’s criminal empire, he is often at odds with Batman’s no kill rule and methodical process to take down criminal organizations. In the wake of Falcone’s imprisonment, Roman Sionis built his criminal empire in the vacuum, which is precisely what Bruce now tries to prevent by dismantling criminal empires systematically. Barbara Gordon has been working with Bruce as Batgirl and has graduated from Gotham U and works in IT at the GCPD. Joker has been in Arkham for 5 years, but has slowly manipulated Harleen Quinzel into falling for him.
Plot Part 1 - September 2030, Arkham Asylum doctor and phobiologist Jonathan Crane has spent the last 5 years trying to discover what the Joker is afraid of, with no success. He injects Joker with fear toxin, a chemical of his own design which he developed specifically for Joker. However, the toxin has no effect. Harleen had already loosened Joker's restraints, and he frees himself before injecting Crane with his own toxin, putting him at Joker's mercy psychologically. Joker instructs Crane to find out what Batman is afraid of. Meanwhile, Jason is fed up with Batman's deliberate tactics. He infiltrates Black Mask's penthouse and beats him bloody before dropping him off at GCPD. Batman is furious and berates Jason, saying he undid all the progress of the past few years and that instead of going to jail for life he'll only do a few months before walking free. Jason retorts that if not for Batman's stupid no kill rule that wouldn't be an issue; Batman grounds him and forbids him from patrolling indefinitely.
Plot Part 2 - October 2030, Dr. Crane adopts the moniker and costume of Scarecrow and abducts a group of children. When Batman arrives to save them, Scarecrow douses him with the new aerosol form of his toxin, fear gas, before escaping. But he placed hidden cameras around the room to record Batman's reactions, and visibly and verbally hallucinates the death of Robin, Batgirl, and Jim Gordon in the line of duty. Scarecrow brings the footage back to Joker who is delighted at the news, he then kills Scarecrow and has Harley break him out of Arkham as she officially becomes Harley Quinn. Halloween Night 2030, Jason is still on punishment while Batman searches for where Joker has gone to ground. While Batman is patrolling, Barbara’s vitals monitor spikes. Batman races to Barbara’s location where he finds her shot on the floor of James Gordon’s house. Jason sees this through the Batcomputer’s visual cowl link before Batman shuts it off to keep Jason from seeing Barbara in that state. Overcome with rage, he reads the incomplete tracking algorithm of Joker’s hideout, which has isolated a few block radius at this point, and sets out to finds Joker. Alfred is sick with the flu that fall so he is unaware of these events. Jason bursts into Joker’s hideout half cocked and puts up a valiant fight but is overcome by the number of Joker goons there. Joker orders everyone to leave and tells Harley to start the car and wait for him. He tortures Jason for hours and brands him like in Arkham Knight. He then thanks Jason. Knowing Batman’s greatest fear, he went to the Commissioner’s house to maim and kill Jim. Barbara was there by coincidence however, and Joker shot her in the spine. He was too disappointed to do more than that and just left her there. Now, the Joker is delighted because if Robin was so angry about the police commissioner’s daughter being hurt, then she was probably special to Batman too. And it led Robin to Joker so he gets a two for one. He wishes Jason a Happy Halloween before killing him and leaving. After Batman made sure Barbara was stabilized, he contacted the Cave but got no response. He returns home and sees no one there but sees the algorithm has found Joker’s hideout and that Jason’s uniform is gone. He races to the warehouse and finds Jason’s body and cries.
Plot Part 3 - February 2031, It’s been months since Jason’s death. Barbara is paralyzed and had to give up being Batgirl. The Joker hasn’t been seen or heard in months and Batman’s best efforts and usual resources haven’t worked. He is much more ruthless with criminals and is cruel even to Selina when she says she doesn’t have any info on Joker either. His relationship with Alfred is becoming strained and the GCPD are reaching the end of their tolerance for his new brutal tactics. 15 year old Tim Drake is the smartest student at St. Swithuns Academy with a photographic memory and an idolization of Batman. When Bruce Wayne visited St. Swithuns and Tim notices the dark circles under his eyes and his slightly bruised and shaking knuckles, they confirmed his theories that Bruce Wayne was Batman and that there were multiple Robins. When Robin performed a quadruple somersault during news coverage of the Tamaranian incident, Tim remembered that when he went to Haley’s Circus when he was 8, the Flying Graysons performance boasted that Dick was the only human capable of it. After reviewing the video of the act his family took, he confirmed it was the same person. He theorized Bruce Wayne might be Batman but required more proof. When Bruce Wayne announced his second adopted son, Jason, disappeared and was presumed dead on a boating accident while studying abroad, and with reports of a solo Batman becoming more brutal, the visual confirmation was all Tim needed to reach a conclusion. As Bruce was leaving, Tim snuck into the limo and confronted Bruce about being Batman. After cornering Bruce into admitting his identity, Tim convinced Bruce to let him help. After having Batman recollect the events that occurred before Jason’s death, he concluded that Scarecrow might have been working for Joker. After reviewing the cowl cam’s recording of the event, they realize that Batman showed clear fear concerning the safety of Jim Gordon, Batgirl, and Robin. Upon hacking into the Arkham employee timesheets and seeing that Harley Quinn and Jonathan Crane’s overlapped considerably in the months before Joker’s escape, Tim concluded that Scarecrow was working for Joker and upon informing him of Batman’s fears Joker got rid of him. He concluded that now Joker is hiding and hoping to watch the process as Batman unravels and descends into madness. Tim’s solution is for Batman to change back to his normal, less ruthless, demeanor and to allow himself to be photographed with Tim dressed as Robin at his side. Joker, hoping to see Batman distraught, will instead seeing him fine and having already moved on. The fact that Robin is there too will make Joker question if he evil killed Robin at all, which will be confusing and frustrating for him. Joker will then lash out impulsively do something crazy, assuming the police will be lax after his sabbatical and that he will be able to disappear again. But, the GCPD will be on high alert because Batman will warn them what will happen and they will call Batman immediately. Tim’s plan works to perfection and the Joker and Harley Quinn are caught and returned to Arkham. While he does not want to endanger anyone else, Bruce sees that Tim can't walk away from a vigilante lifestyle now that he's had a taste. At this point leaving Tim untrained will put him in even more danger. Thus, Batman agrees to train Tim to be the next Robin.
Sequel tie-in - Ra's al Gul digs up Jason's body and puts a synthetic fake corpse in its place.
PHASE 3 - JUSTICE LEAGUE
Phase 3 shows the formation of the Justice League and the resulting effects of superheroes joining forces to protect against planetary threats instead of individual villains.
https://www.reddit.com/DCcomics/comments/hm7enp/rewriting_the_dcu_detailed_plots_for_46_original/
2032 - Justice League: Origin
2033 - Black Canary: Birds of Prey
2033 - Flash II: Terminal Velocity
2034 - Wonder Woman III: Gods and Mortals
2034 - Justice League II: Doomsday

PHASE 4 - A WORLD WITHOUT SUPERMAN
Phase 4 shows the consequences of Superman’s death on the world and superhero community and introduces multiple heirs to the mantle before the original makes his triumphant return.
https://www.reddit.com/DCcomics/comments/hpdeap/rewriting_the_dcu_detailed_plots_for_46_original/
2034 - Teen Titans II: Child's Play
2034 - Green Lantern III: Brother's Keeper
2035 - Titans: Graduation Day
2035 - Hawkgirl and Hawkman: Endless Flight
2036 - Superman III: Ascension

PHASE 5 - BRIDGE
Phase 5 is the exact middle of the DCU story and acts as the bridge between the two halves of the story; the first being the burgeoning superhero community and the second being the escalation of threats against the world and universe.
https://www.reddit.com/DCcomics/comments/hsdda0/rewriting_the_dcu_detailed_plots_for_46_original/
2036 - Titans II: Deathtrap
2036 - Batman III: Knightfall
2037 - Flash III: Flashpoint
2037 - Aquaman II: The Deluge
2037 - Nightwing: Black Mirror

PHASE 6 - COUNTDOWN TO APOCALYPSE
Phase 6 illustrates the events that precipitated and eventually culminated with Darkseid's arrival on Earth.
https://www.reddit.com/DCcomics/comments/hw5gvf/rewriting_the_dcu_detailed_plots_for_46_original/
2038 - Supergirl: Crucible
2038 - Shazam: First Thunder
2039 - Teen Titans III: Sins of Youth
2039 - Titans III: Prime of Life
2039 - Justice League III: Darkseid War

PHASE 7 - AGGRESSIVE EXPANSION
Phase 7 is about how the Darkseid War prompted the Justice League and the world as a whole to find all the heroes it can to combat potential future threats, leading to the formation of the Justice League Dark, Justice Society of America, and Suicide Squad.
https://www.reddit.com/DCcomics/comments/hz468i/rewriting_the_dcu_detailed_plots_for_46_original/
2040 - Aquaman III: Thicker Than Water
2040 - Justice League Dark: Witching Hour
2041 - Static Shock: Showtime
2041 - Justice Society: Whole New World
2042 - Suicide Squad vs. The Outlaws

PHASE 8 - A NEW ERA
PHASE 9 - DC UNLIMITED
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2020.07.05 14:00 hockeydiscussionbot [Daily Discussion Thread] Player's comments regarding Floyd and Protests + Coronavirus Updates - 05 Jul 2020

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Frederick Andersen
Cam Atkinson Link
Justin Bailey
Tyson Barrie
Patrice Bergeron Link
Jordan Binnington Link
Nick Bonino
Mark Borowiecki
Brian Boyle Link
JT Brown (May 29) Link
JT Brown (May 31)
JT Brown (June 4)
Ryan Callahan
Connor Carrick Link
Jon Carlson Link
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Zdeno Chara (May 30)
Zdeno Chara (June 2)
Zdeno Chara (June 5) Link
Zdeno Chara (June 6) Link
Ian Cole
Brett Connolly
Logan Couture Link
Sidney Crosby Link
Max Domi (May 29) Link
Max Domi (June 4) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (May 31) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (June 1) Link
Dylan DeMelo Link
Anthony Duclair (retweet) Link
Anthony Duclair (statement) Link
Kyle Dubas
Matt Dumba Link
Nick Foligno
Mark Fraser Link
Sam Gagner
Brendan Gallagher Link
Luke Gazdic Link
Claude Giroux Link
Mike Green
Gritty
Erik Gudbranson Link
Taylor Hall Link
John Hayden
Adam Henrique
Braden Holtby Link
Braden & Brandi Holtby
Bo Horvat Link
Josh Ho-Sang Link
Jarome Iginla Link
Mathieu Joseph Link
Tyson Jost
Nazem Kadri
Evander Kane (ESPN's "First Take") Link
Evander Kane (Sportsnet's "Writers Bloc") Link
Evander Kane (The Athletic) Link
Patrick Kane Link
Erik Karlsson
Jarmo Kekalainen
Jarmo Kekalainen 2
Hillary Knight Link
Anze Kopitar
Gabriel Landeskog Link
Dylan Larkin
Anders Lee Link
Pat Maroon Link
Auston Matthews Link
Scott Mayfield
Connor McDavid Link
K'Andre Miller Link
Dominic Moore
Darnell Nurse
Sarah Nurse
Ryan O'Reilly
Alex Ovechkin Link
Kyle Palmieri
Zach Parise
Nolan Patrick Link
Elias Pettersson Link
Cayden Primeau
Morgan Rielly (May 30)
Morgan Rielly (June 1) Link
Mark Scheifele
Kendall Coyne Schofield
Kendall Coyne Schofield 2 Link
Ben Scrivens Link
Tyler Seguin (June 1) Link
Tyler Seguin (June 4) Link
Jaccob Slavin Link
Zack Smith Link
Steven Stamkos Link
Troy Stetcher
Malcolm Subban (May 31)
Malcolm Subban (June 5)
PK Subban (May 30)
PK Subban (May 30 - 2)
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PK Subban (June 6)
John Tavares
Jonathan Toews Link
Chris Tierney
Jacob Truba Link
Kyle Turris Link
Jimmy Vesey Link
Shea Weber Link
Kevin Weekes (May 30)
Kevin Weekes (May 31)
Blake Wheeler (May 30) Link
Blake Wheeler (June 2)
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Tom Wilson Link
Jason Zucker Link
Organization Thread
Anaheim Ducks Link
Arizona Coyotes
Boston Bruins Link
Kim & Terry Pegula (Buffalo Sabres) Link
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes Link
Chicago Blackhawks
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Ottawa Senators Foundation Link
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NHL Seattle
St. Louis Blues Link
Toronto Maple Leafs Link
Tampa Bay Lightning
Vancouver Canucks
Vegas Golden Knights (May 31)
Vegas Golden Knights (June 2) Link
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington Capitals) Link
Washington Capitals
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NHL Coaches' Association
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The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to open formal training camps on July 10. NHL PR Link
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NHL Announces More Details of Playoff Format for Return to Play Plan NHL Link
Hockey Canada lifts ban on sanctioned activities,... to work with health authorities on return-to-play decisions. Hockey Canada Link
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Announces The NHL's Plans For The 2020 Season Megathread
The 2020 Isobel Cup Final has been canceled. NWHL Link
The AHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs. AHL Link
KHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season KHL Link
The CHL and regional leagues have cancelled our 2020 Playoffs and Memorial Cup. Canadian Hockey League Link
2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled IIHF Link
USHL Cancels Remainder of Season Due to COVID-19 USHL Link
The SHL (and all other Swedish leagues) has been cancelled SHL Link
The 2019-20 ECHL Season has been cancelled. ECHL Link
Finnish Liiga season is over. No champion awarded. Liiga Link
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2020.07.04 14:00 hockeydiscussionbot [Daily Discussion Thread] Player's comments regarding Floyd and Protests + Coronavirus Updates - 04 Jul 2020

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Responses regarding George Floyd and protests

Below is a running catalog of all players, GMs, coaches, and organizations who have spoken up regarding the current news regarding George Floyd and the protests across the US.
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[Greg Wyshynski] NHL says around 110 players have used some form of social media to comment on racial issues in the last week.
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Frederick Andersen
Cam Atkinson Link
Justin Bailey
Tyson Barrie
Patrice Bergeron Link
Jordan Binnington Link
Nick Bonino
Mark Borowiecki
Brian Boyle Link
JT Brown (May 29) Link
JT Brown (May 31)
JT Brown (June 4)
Ryan Callahan
Connor Carrick Link
Jon Carlson Link
Anson Carter (ft. other NHLers) Link
Zdeno Chara (May 30)
Zdeno Chara (June 2)
Zdeno Chara (June 5) Link
Zdeno Chara (June 6) Link
Ian Cole
Brett Connolly
Logan Couture Link
Sidney Crosby Link
Max Domi (May 29) Link
Max Domi (June 4) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (May 31) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (June 1) Link
Dylan DeMelo Link
Anthony Duclair (retweet) Link
Anthony Duclair (statement) Link
Kyle Dubas
Matt Dumba Link
Nick Foligno
Mark Fraser Link
Sam Gagner
Brendan Gallagher Link
Luke Gazdic Link
Claude Giroux Link
Mike Green
Gritty
Erik Gudbranson Link
Taylor Hall Link
John Hayden
Adam Henrique
Braden Holtby Link
Braden & Brandi Holtby
Bo Horvat Link
Josh Ho-Sang Link
Jarome Iginla Link
Mathieu Joseph Link
Tyson Jost
Nazem Kadri
Evander Kane (ESPN's "First Take") Link
Evander Kane (Sportsnet's "Writers Bloc") Link
Evander Kane (The Athletic) Link
Patrick Kane Link
Erik Karlsson
Jarmo Kekalainen
Jarmo Kekalainen 2
Hillary Knight Link
Anze Kopitar
Gabriel Landeskog Link
Dylan Larkin
Anders Lee Link
Pat Maroon Link
Auston Matthews Link
Scott Mayfield
Connor McDavid Link
K'Andre Miller Link
Dominic Moore
Darnell Nurse
Sarah Nurse
Ryan O'Reilly
Alex Ovechkin Link
Kyle Palmieri
Zach Parise
Nolan Patrick Link
Elias Pettersson Link
Cayden Primeau
Morgan Rielly (May 30)
Morgan Rielly (June 1) Link
Mark Scheifele
Kendall Coyne Schofield
Kendall Coyne Schofield 2 Link
Ben Scrivens Link
Tyler Seguin (June 1) Link
Tyler Seguin (June 4) Link
Jaccob Slavin Link
Zack Smith Link
Steven Stamkos Link
Troy Stetcher
Malcolm Subban (May 31)
Malcolm Subban (June 5)
PK Subban (May 30)
PK Subban (May 30 - 2)
PK Subban (June 3) Link
PK Subban (June 6)
John Tavares
Jonathan Toews Link
Chris Tierney
Jacob Truba Link
Kyle Turris Link
Jimmy Vesey Link
Shea Weber Link
Kevin Weekes (May 30)
Kevin Weekes (May 31)
Blake Wheeler (May 30) Link
Blake Wheeler (June 2)
Blake Wheeler (June 4) Link
Tom Wilson Link
Jason Zucker Link
Organization Thread
Anaheim Ducks Link
Arizona Coyotes
Boston Bruins Link
Kim & Terry Pegula (Buffalo Sabres) Link
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes Link
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dallas Stars Link
Detroit Red Wings Link
Edmonton Oilers Link
Florida Panthers
LA Kings Link
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens Link
Nashville Predators
NJ Devils (May 31) Link
NJ Devils (June 3) Link
NJ Devils - The Collective We Link
NY Islanders Link
NY Rangers Link
Ottawa Senators Link
Ottawa Senators Foundation Link
Philadelphia Flyers Link
Pittsburgh Penguins Link
Hasso Plattner (San Jose Sharks) Link
NHL Seattle
St. Louis Blues Link
Toronto Maple Leafs Link
Tampa Bay Lightning
Vancouver Canucks
Vegas Golden Knights (May 31)
Vegas Golden Knights (June 2) Link
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington Capitals) Link
Washington Capitals
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Erie Otters Link
NHL Link
NHL Coaches' Association
NHLPA
NWHL
PWHPA
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Coronavirus/COVID-19 News

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The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to open formal training camps on July 10. NHL PR Link
The NHL has announced that it will transition to Phase 2 of its Return To Play Plan effective Monday, June 8. NHL PR Link
NHL Announces More Details of Playoff Format for Return to Play Plan NHL Link
Hockey Canada lifts ban on sanctioned activities,... to work with health authorities on return-to-play decisions. Hockey Canada Link
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Announces The NHL's Plans For The 2020 Season Megathread
The 2020 Isobel Cup Final has been canceled. NWHL Link
The AHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs. AHL Link
KHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season KHL Link
The CHL and regional leagues have cancelled our 2020 Playoffs and Memorial Cup. Canadian Hockey League Link
2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled IIHF Link
USHL Cancels Remainder of Season Due to COVID-19 USHL Link
The SHL (and all other Swedish leagues) has been cancelled SHL Link
The 2019-20 ECHL Season has been cancelled. ECHL Link
Finnish Liiga season is over. No champion awarded. Liiga Link
No Champion in the National League Swiss Hockey News Link
NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships NCAA Link
Czech Extraliga playoffs postponed due to COVID-19 Hokej Link
German Hockey League DEL suspended because of Corona. No champion in 2020. DEL Link

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2020.07.03 17:31 k0ks3nw4i A Tale of Two Cities and an Island: A Review of H. G. Parry's A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians

You complain that I have committed illegal acts. Of course I have. We all have. The Revolution is illegal. The fall of the Bastille was illegal. The formation of this republic was illegal—as illegal as liberty itself. Citizens, do you want a revolution without a revolution?

The words above are the words of the real, historical Maximilien Robespierre, and it was spoken no less passionately by his fantasy counterpart in Ms Parry's A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians (an eyecatching title which is itself a play on the 1789 Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen). That is what this book is, in essence. It is a fantasy imposed upon French, English, and Haitian history in the late 18th century. The singular moment which convinced me that I must read this book was when I skimmed its synopsis, and came upon the words: "the necromancer Robespierre." Surely, there can be no stronger argument for picking this novel up?
This book is broadly broken down into three intertwining narrative threads:

While magic is legal for aristocrats and royalty, the commoners of France and England (and the rest of Europe) are not allowed to exercise their inborn magical talents on pain of imprisonment. This is all set in a backdrop of a Europe that had once experienced what was called the Vampire Wars which resulted in the extermination of all vampires by the Knights Templar. Or so it was believed.
Major events occurred in the book as they had in real history, with minor tweaks involving the use of magic. In fact, it mirrored real history so precisely that halfway through the book, I started asking: if the existence of magic does not alter the course of history, what's the point of having it in the story then? If there is anything resembling a flaw with A Declaration, it is in how predictable it is, especially if one is already familiar with the history it is recounting. Still, I can imagine readers who are learning about the French Revolution for the first time from this book would be completely swept away, if only because it is already a very compelling story on its own sans magic (and one hopes that they are able to separate fact from fantasy or they may get away with the mistaken belief that Marie Antoinette was indeed a highly accomplished fire-mage). Some of the most soul-stirring moments in A Declaration occurs when Ms Parry simply reproduced the genuine historical words or writings of her characters.
What saved A Declaration for me is the obvious charm in Ms Parry's writing, which is downright delightful at times in how she imagines the private, unrecorded moments of these personages' lives. There is obvious care in how she focuses on and nurtures the friendships between Pitt and Wilberforce, Robespierre and Desmoulins, and Toussaint and Fina, all of which pays huge emotional dividends by the end. It is ironic how history books often strip famous people of their humanity and reduce them to so-and-so names doing things in places at dates, while fiction (good fiction, that is) humanises them. Ms Parry is so successful in this regard that she actually moved me to tears at times even when presenting events in history I already knew—events which never held any emotional resonance to me before.
Personally, the character arcs I was most invested in are Pitt's and Robespierre's, and my investment actually depended on the element that Ms Parry invented—the two characters' contrasting attitudes towards the use of magic. Book Robespierre, much like the historical Robespierre, is a principled man but he is willing to make exceptions to these principles for matters he considers to be sufficiently important or urgent. He is against capital punishment, but executes those who threatens his vision of France. He believes in individual liberty, but employs mesmerism wantonly to hijack the free will of others. Meanwhile, Pitt who shares a similar gift of mesmerism simply refuses to put it to use, even for causes he considers to be just and moral.
“You could do it yourself, you know,” Harriot said. His smile faded. “No, I couldn’t.” “Why not? If it’s important—” “A lot of things are important. If I use mesmerism for one, I’ll use it for all of them.”
So, when events conspire to force Pitt into bending his principle and the pressure progressively mounts throughout the book, it is interesting to see him struggle with the moral dilemma of withholding his powers as the need for them grows. In a way, he is the reverse Spider-Man: with great power comes great restraints. Pitt will not fight crime just because he can. He would leave it to the legal authorities to do it because he trusts in the system, and would personally campaign to outlaw vigilantism. Personally, I am not sure if Toussaint's arc is meant to represent a happy medium between Pitt and Robespierre because there simply wasn't enough of him in the book to go on. It felt almost like an afterthought.
Another hook this book got in me is its central mystery of a shadowy figure responsible for pulling strings and catalysing upheavals in Europe and the Caribbeans like a one-person sorcerous Illuminati. I had a lot of fun trying to guess which historical celebrity this hidden Machiavellian mastermind might be, but I would have had a lot more fun if I was reading it along with a couple of friends who are equally invested. Here's to hoping this book will become a major hit so I can enjoy theorising on potential twists and reveals with its fandom while I wait for the second book to drop next year.
Yes, A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians is part one of a planned duology called The Shadow Histories, and in truth, only one of the three sets of characters achieved any kind of proper ending (no prizes for guessing which). I don't think it is a huge reach to suspect that the "duology" began its life as one fat volume which was bisected by the publisher or editor on its way to the printing press. While some may be put off by the prospect of reading half a story, this book still did an exemplary job in building up the next one. I love how it never lets up in raising its stakes, while flaunting grander and darker acts of magic on its pages. In a way, it reminded me of another fantasy series that also drew inspiration from the French Revolution: Django Wexler's Shadow Campaigns, a great series which had a penultimate book that I also consider to be exemplary in how it built up expectations for the final book... only to fall short of its own hype. Like any inveterate gambler, I am always hoping that my next bet would pay off in a big way, and this time, I am putting my money on Ms Parry.
I cannot help but compare A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians with Naomi Novik's Temeraire series, an excellent set of books about the Napoleonic Wars being fought using air force corps consisting of crewed dragons (which, funnily enough, also has an abolition theme). The writing styles of the two authors are very similar but Ms Novik books are more action packed and more focused on the exploits of one particular dragon and her captain in both diplomacy and warfare. Meanwhile, Ms Parry's story gives more primacy to the machinations of politics and government (so large swathes of the book are simply extended conversations between characters, or characters addressing crowds of people) but I personally find it all equally fascinating. I would also be remiss if I do not mention Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, a monumental fantasy novel which covers the Regency/Napoleonic eras as well while sharing similar themes with A Declaration on the democratisation of magic. Now, I make no secret that I am constantly on the lookout for a book, any book, that would evoke the same sense of wonderment in me that Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell did 15 years ago, but A Declaration is not that book. However, it is still a very, very good book, and fans of both Temeraire and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell would find much to love in it.

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5/5 Goodreads stars, 4.5/5 StoryGraph stars

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2020.07.03 14:00 hockeydiscussionbot [Daily Discussion Thread] Player's comments regarding Floyd and Protests + Coronavirus Updates - 03 Jul 2020

Welcome to the Daily Discussion Thread, a place to have discussions about anything hockey or anything else on your mind.

Regular Threads

Mod News/Threads

/hockey stands with BLM and the fight against racism

Though it shouldn't be a surprise with the multitude of threads from players and organizations alike filling /hockey and compiled just down below, we did want to make it explicit that /hockey has and will continue to fight against racism in all its forms.
We think the murder of George Floyd by the hands of police is abhorrent. We will continue to lift the voices of the hockey community that speak up against racism by ensuring their posts make it to /hockey for those to read.
And we will continue to enforce and remove any comments or racist remarks as well as all bigotry, sexism and xenophobia.
For a list of ways to donate, get involved or see how you can be a part of #BLM please follow this fantastic link: https://www.timeout.com/things-to-do/how-to-support-black-lives-matter

Responses regarding George Floyd and protests

Below is a running catalog of all players, GMs, coaches, and organizations who have spoken up regarding the current news regarding George Floyd and the protests across the US.
This is a compilation. New threads as news comes in are still more than welcome in /hockey. Compiled by sandman730 and WoozleWuzzle. Want to help? Message the mods and we'll give you access.
[Greg Wyshynski] NHL says around 110 players have used some form of social media to comment on racial issues in the last week.
Other compilations/discussions:
Person Thread
Frederick Andersen
Cam Atkinson Link
Justin Bailey
Tyson Barrie
Patrice Bergeron Link
Jordan Binnington Link
Nick Bonino
Mark Borowiecki
Brian Boyle Link
JT Brown (May 29) Link
JT Brown (May 31)
JT Brown (June 4)
Ryan Callahan
Connor Carrick Link
Jon Carlson Link
Anson Carter (ft. other NHLers) Link
Zdeno Chara (May 30)
Zdeno Chara (June 2)
Zdeno Chara (June 5) Link
Zdeno Chara (June 6) Link
Ian Cole
Brett Connolly
Logan Couture Link
Sidney Crosby Link
Max Domi (May 29) Link
Max Domi (June 4) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (May 31) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (June 1) Link
Dylan DeMelo Link
Anthony Duclair (retweet) Link
Anthony Duclair (statement) Link
Kyle Dubas
Matt Dumba Link
Nick Foligno
Mark Fraser Link
Sam Gagner
Brendan Gallagher Link
Luke Gazdic Link
Claude Giroux Link
Mike Green
Gritty
Erik Gudbranson Link
Taylor Hall Link
John Hayden
Adam Henrique
Braden Holtby Link
Braden & Brandi Holtby
Bo Horvat Link
Josh Ho-Sang Link
Jarome Iginla Link
Mathieu Joseph Link
Tyson Jost
Nazem Kadri
Evander Kane (ESPN's "First Take") Link
Evander Kane (Sportsnet's "Writers Bloc") Link
Evander Kane (The Athletic) Link
Patrick Kane Link
Erik Karlsson
Jarmo Kekalainen
Jarmo Kekalainen 2
Hillary Knight Link
Anze Kopitar
Gabriel Landeskog Link
Dylan Larkin
Anders Lee Link
Pat Maroon Link
Auston Matthews Link
Scott Mayfield
Connor McDavid Link
K'Andre Miller Link
Dominic Moore
Darnell Nurse
Sarah Nurse
Ryan O'Reilly
Alex Ovechkin Link
Kyle Palmieri
Zach Parise
Nolan Patrick Link
Elias Pettersson Link
Cayden Primeau
Morgan Rielly (May 30)
Morgan Rielly (June 1) Link
Mark Scheifele
Kendall Coyne Schofield
Kendall Coyne Schofield 2 Link
Ben Scrivens Link
Tyler Seguin (June 1) Link
Tyler Seguin (June 4) Link
Jaccob Slavin Link
Zack Smith Link
Steven Stamkos Link
Troy Stetcher
Malcolm Subban (May 31)
Malcolm Subban (June 5)
PK Subban (May 30)
PK Subban (May 30 - 2)
PK Subban (June 3) Link
PK Subban (June 6)
John Tavares
Jonathan Toews Link
Chris Tierney
Jacob Truba Link
Kyle Turris Link
Jimmy Vesey Link
Shea Weber Link
Kevin Weekes (May 30)
Kevin Weekes (May 31)
Blake Wheeler (May 30) Link
Blake Wheeler (June 2)
Blake Wheeler (June 4) Link
Tom Wilson Link
Jason Zucker Link
Organization Thread
Anaheim Ducks Link
Arizona Coyotes
Boston Bruins Link
Kim & Terry Pegula (Buffalo Sabres) Link
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes Link
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dallas Stars Link
Detroit Red Wings Link
Edmonton Oilers Link
Florida Panthers
LA Kings Link
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens Link
Nashville Predators
NJ Devils (May 31) Link
NJ Devils (June 3) Link
NJ Devils - The Collective We Link
NY Islanders Link
NY Rangers Link
Ottawa Senators Link
Ottawa Senators Foundation Link
Philadelphia Flyers Link
Pittsburgh Penguins Link
Hasso Plattner (San Jose Sharks) Link
NHL Seattle
St. Louis Blues Link
Toronto Maple Leafs Link
Tampa Bay Lightning
Vancouver Canucks
Vegas Golden Knights (May 31)
Vegas Golden Knights (June 2) Link
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington Capitals) Link
Washington Capitals
Winnipeg Jets Link
Erie Otters Link
NHL Link
NHL Coaches' Association
NHLPA
NWHL
PWHPA
USA Hockey Link

Coronavirus/COVID-19 News

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the hockey world. Feel free to discuss it here. If you want medical information about the disease, consult with your physician and/or relevant authorities.
This list is not exhaustive. Compiled by sandman730 and randompunkt. Want to help? Message the mods and we'll give you access.
Headline Source Thread
The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to open formal training camps on July 10. NHL PR Link
The NHL has announced that it will transition to Phase 2 of its Return To Play Plan effective Monday, June 8. NHL PR Link
NHL Announces More Details of Playoff Format for Return to Play Plan NHL Link
Hockey Canada lifts ban on sanctioned activities,... to work with health authorities on return-to-play decisions. Hockey Canada Link
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Announces The NHL's Plans For The 2020 Season Megathread
The 2020 Isobel Cup Final has been canceled. NWHL Link
The AHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs. AHL Link
KHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season KHL Link
The CHL and regional leagues have cancelled our 2020 Playoffs and Memorial Cup. Canadian Hockey League Link
2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled IIHF Link
USHL Cancels Remainder of Season Due to COVID-19 USHL Link
The SHL (and all other Swedish leagues) has been cancelled SHL Link
The 2019-20 ECHL Season has been cancelled. ECHL Link
Finnish Liiga season is over. No champion awarded. Liiga Link
No Champion in the National League Swiss Hockey News Link
NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships NCAA Link
Czech Extraliga playoffs postponed due to COVID-19 Hokej Link
German Hockey League DEL suspended because of Corona. No champion in 2020. DEL Link

Some useful resources

If you have specific feedback about these threads please message the mods. Bot is maintained by sandman730. Message him with any bugs.
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2020.07.02 14:01 hockeydiscussionbot [Daily Discussion Thread] Player's comments regarding Floyd and Protests + Coronavirus Updates - 02 Jul 2020

Welcome to the Daily Discussion Thread, a place to have discussions about anything hockey or anything else on your mind.

Regular Threads

Mod News/Threads

/hockey stands with BLM and the fight against racism

Though it shouldn't be a surprise with the multitude of threads from players and organizations alike filling /hockey and compiled just down below, we did want to make it explicit that /hockey has and will continue to fight against racism in all its forms.
We think the murder of George Floyd by the hands of police is abhorrent. We will continue to lift the voices of the hockey community that speak up against racism by ensuring their posts make it to /hockey for those to read.
And we will continue to enforce and remove any comments or racist remarks as well as all bigotry, sexism and xenophobia.
For a list of ways to donate, get involved or see how you can be a part of #BLM please follow this fantastic link: https://www.timeout.com/things-to-do/how-to-support-black-lives-matter

Responses regarding George Floyd and protests

Below is a running catalog of all players, GMs, coaches, and organizations who have spoken up regarding the current news regarding George Floyd and the protests across the US.
This is a compilation. New threads as news comes in are still more than welcome in /hockey. Compiled by sandman730 and WoozleWuzzle. Want to help? Message the mods and we'll give you access.
[Greg Wyshynski] NHL says around 110 players have used some form of social media to comment on racial issues in the last week.
Other compilations/discussions:
Person Thread
Frederick Andersen
Cam Atkinson Link
Justin Bailey
Tyson Barrie
Patrice Bergeron Link
Jordan Binnington Link
Nick Bonino
Mark Borowiecki
Brian Boyle Link
JT Brown (May 29) Link
JT Brown (May 31)
JT Brown (June 4)
Ryan Callahan
Connor Carrick Link
Jon Carlson Link
Anson Carter (ft. other NHLers) Link
Zdeno Chara (May 30)
Zdeno Chara (June 2)
Zdeno Chara (June 5) Link
Zdeno Chara (June 6) Link
Ian Cole
Brett Connolly
Logan Couture Link
Sidney Crosby Link
Max Domi (May 29) Link
Max Domi (June 4) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (May 31) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (June 1) Link
Dylan DeMelo Link
Anthony Duclair (retweet) Link
Anthony Duclair (statement) Link
Kyle Dubas
Matt Dumba Link
Nick Foligno
Mark Fraser Link
Sam Gagner
Brendan Gallagher Link
Luke Gazdic Link
Claude Giroux Link
Mike Green
Gritty
Erik Gudbranson Link
Taylor Hall Link
John Hayden
Adam Henrique
Braden Holtby Link
Braden & Brandi Holtby
Bo Horvat Link
Josh Ho-Sang Link
Jarome Iginla Link
Mathieu Joseph Link
Tyson Jost
Nazem Kadri
Evander Kane (ESPN's "First Take") Link
Evander Kane (Sportsnet's "Writers Bloc") Link
Evander Kane (The Athletic) Link
Patrick Kane Link
Erik Karlsson
Jarmo Kekalainen
Jarmo Kekalainen 2
Hillary Knight Link
Anze Kopitar
Gabriel Landeskog Link
Dylan Larkin
Anders Lee Link
Pat Maroon Link
Auston Matthews Link
Scott Mayfield
Connor McDavid Link
K'Andre Miller Link
Dominic Moore
Darnell Nurse
Sarah Nurse
Ryan O'Reilly
Alex Ovechkin Link
Kyle Palmieri
Zach Parise
Nolan Patrick Link
Elias Pettersson Link
Cayden Primeau
Morgan Rielly (May 30)
Morgan Rielly (June 1) Link
Mark Scheifele
Kendall Coyne Schofield
Kendall Coyne Schofield 2 Link
Ben Scrivens Link
Tyler Seguin (June 1) Link
Tyler Seguin (June 4) Link
Jaccob Slavin Link
Zack Smith Link
Steven Stamkos Link
Troy Stetcher
Malcolm Subban (May 31)
Malcolm Subban (June 5)
PK Subban (May 30)
PK Subban (May 30 - 2)
PK Subban (June 3) Link
PK Subban (June 6)
John Tavares
Jonathan Toews Link
Chris Tierney
Jacob Truba Link
Kyle Turris Link
Jimmy Vesey Link
Shea Weber Link
Kevin Weekes (May 30)
Kevin Weekes (May 31)
Blake Wheeler (May 30) Link
Blake Wheeler (June 2)
Blake Wheeler (June 4) Link
Tom Wilson Link
Jason Zucker Link
Organization Thread
Anaheim Ducks Link
Arizona Coyotes
Boston Bruins Link
Kim & Terry Pegula (Buffalo Sabres) Link
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes Link
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dallas Stars Link
Detroit Red Wings Link
Edmonton Oilers Link
Florida Panthers
LA Kings Link
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens Link
Nashville Predators
NJ Devils (May 31) Link
NJ Devils (June 3) Link
NJ Devils - The Collective We Link
NY Islanders Link
NY Rangers Link
Ottawa Senators Link
Ottawa Senators Foundation Link
Philadelphia Flyers Link
Pittsburgh Penguins Link
Hasso Plattner (San Jose Sharks) Link
NHL Seattle
St. Louis Blues Link
Toronto Maple Leafs Link
Tampa Bay Lightning
Vancouver Canucks
Vegas Golden Knights (May 31)
Vegas Golden Knights (June 2) Link
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington Capitals) Link
Washington Capitals
Winnipeg Jets Link
Erie Otters Link
NHL Link
NHL Coaches' Association
NHLPA
NWHL
PWHPA
USA Hockey Link

Coronavirus/COVID-19 News

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the hockey world. Feel free to discuss it here. If you want medical information about the disease, consult with your physician and/or relevant authorities.
This list is not exhaustive. Compiled by sandman730 and randompunkt. Want to help? Message the mods and we'll give you access.
Headline Source Thread
The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to open formal training camps on July 10. NHL PR Link
The NHL has announced that it will transition to Phase 2 of its Return To Play Plan effective Monday, June 8. NHL PR Link
NHL Announces More Details of Playoff Format for Return to Play Plan NHL Link
Hockey Canada lifts ban on sanctioned activities,... to work with health authorities on return-to-play decisions. Hockey Canada Link
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Announces The NHL's Plans For The 2020 Season Megathread
The 2020 Isobel Cup Final has been canceled. NWHL Link
The AHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs. AHL Link
KHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season KHL Link
The CHL and regional leagues have cancelled our 2020 Playoffs and Memorial Cup. Canadian Hockey League Link
2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled IIHF Link
USHL Cancels Remainder of Season Due to COVID-19 USHL Link
The SHL (and all other Swedish leagues) has been cancelled SHL Link
The 2019-20 ECHL Season has been cancelled. ECHL Link
Finnish Liiga season is over. No champion awarded. Liiga Link
No Champion in the National League Swiss Hockey News Link
NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships NCAA Link
Czech Extraliga playoffs postponed due to COVID-19 Hokej Link
German Hockey League DEL suspended because of Corona. No champion in 2020. DEL Link

Some useful resources

If you have specific feedback about these threads please message the mods. Bot is maintained by sandman730. Message him with any bugs.
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2020.07.01 14:01 hockeydiscussionbot [Daily Discussion Thread] Player's comments regarding Floyd and Protests + Coronavirus Updates - 01 Jul 2020

Welcome to the Daily Discussion Thread, a place to have discussions about anything hockey or anything else on your mind.

Regular Threads

Mod News/Threads

/hockey stands with BLM and the fight against racism

Though it shouldn't be a surprise with the multitude of threads from players and organizations alike filling /hockey and compiled just down below, we did want to make it explicit that /hockey has and will continue to fight against racism in all its forms.
We think the murder of George Floyd by the hands of police is abhorrent. We will continue to lift the voices of the hockey community that speak up against racism by ensuring their posts make it to /hockey for those to read.
And we will continue to enforce and remove any comments or racist remarks as well as all bigotry, sexism and xenophobia.
For a list of ways to donate, get involved or see how you can be a part of #BLM please follow this fantastic link: https://www.timeout.com/things-to-do/how-to-support-black-lives-matter

Responses regarding George Floyd and protests

Below is a running catalog of all players, GMs, coaches, and organizations who have spoken up regarding the current news regarding George Floyd and the protests across the US.
This is a compilation. New threads as news comes in are still more than welcome in /hockey. Compiled by sandman730 and WoozleWuzzle. Want to help? Message the mods and we'll give you access.
[Greg Wyshynski] NHL says around 110 players have used some form of social media to comment on racial issues in the last week.
Other compilations/discussions:
Person Thread
Frederick Andersen
Cam Atkinson Link
Justin Bailey
Tyson Barrie
Patrice Bergeron Link
Jordan Binnington Link
Nick Bonino
Mark Borowiecki
Brian Boyle Link
JT Brown (May 29) Link
JT Brown (May 31)
JT Brown (June 4)
Ryan Callahan
Connor Carrick Link
Jon Carlson Link
Anson Carter (ft. other NHLers) Link
Zdeno Chara (May 30)
Zdeno Chara (June 2)
Zdeno Chara (June 5) Link
Zdeno Chara (June 6) Link
Ian Cole
Brett Connolly
Logan Couture Link
Sidney Crosby Link
Max Domi (May 29) Link
Max Domi (June 4) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (May 31) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (June 1) Link
Dylan DeMelo Link
Anthony Duclair (retweet) Link
Anthony Duclair (statement) Link
Kyle Dubas
Matt Dumba Link
Nick Foligno
Mark Fraser Link
Sam Gagner
Brendan Gallagher Link
Luke Gazdic Link
Claude Giroux Link
Mike Green
Gritty
Erik Gudbranson Link
Taylor Hall Link
John Hayden
Adam Henrique
Braden Holtby Link
Braden & Brandi Holtby
Bo Horvat Link
Josh Ho-Sang Link
Jarome Iginla Link
Mathieu Joseph Link
Tyson Jost
Nazem Kadri
Evander Kane (ESPN's "First Take") Link
Evander Kane (Sportsnet's "Writers Bloc") Link
Evander Kane (The Athletic) Link
Patrick Kane Link
Erik Karlsson
Jarmo Kekalainen
Jarmo Kekalainen 2
Hillary Knight Link
Anze Kopitar
Gabriel Landeskog Link
Dylan Larkin
Anders Lee Link
Pat Maroon Link
Auston Matthews Link
Scott Mayfield
Connor McDavid Link
K'Andre Miller Link
Dominic Moore
Darnell Nurse
Sarah Nurse
Ryan O'Reilly
Alex Ovechkin Link
Kyle Palmieri
Zach Parise
Nolan Patrick Link
Elias Pettersson Link
Cayden Primeau
Morgan Rielly (May 30)
Morgan Rielly (June 1) Link
Mark Scheifele
Kendall Coyne Schofield
Kendall Coyne Schofield 2 Link
Ben Scrivens Link
Tyler Seguin (June 1) Link
Tyler Seguin (June 4) Link
Jaccob Slavin Link
Zack Smith Link
Steven Stamkos Link
Troy Stetcher
Malcolm Subban (May 31)
Malcolm Subban (June 5)
PK Subban (May 30)
PK Subban (May 30 - 2)
PK Subban (June 3) Link
PK Subban (June 6)
John Tavares
Jonathan Toews Link
Chris Tierney
Jacob Truba Link
Kyle Turris Link
Jimmy Vesey Link
Shea Weber Link
Kevin Weekes (May 30)
Kevin Weekes (May 31)
Blake Wheeler (May 30) Link
Blake Wheeler (June 2)
Blake Wheeler (June 4) Link
Tom Wilson Link
Jason Zucker Link
Organization Thread
Anaheim Ducks Link
Arizona Coyotes
Boston Bruins Link
Kim & Terry Pegula (Buffalo Sabres) Link
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes Link
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dallas Stars Link
Detroit Red Wings Link
Edmonton Oilers Link
Florida Panthers
LA Kings Link
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens Link
Nashville Predators
NJ Devils (May 31) Link
NJ Devils (June 3) Link
NJ Devils - The Collective We Link
NY Islanders Link
NY Rangers Link
Ottawa Senators Link
Ottawa Senators Foundation Link
Philadelphia Flyers Link
Pittsburgh Penguins Link
Hasso Plattner (San Jose Sharks) Link
NHL Seattle
St. Louis Blues Link
Toronto Maple Leafs Link
Tampa Bay Lightning
Vancouver Canucks
Vegas Golden Knights (May 31)
Vegas Golden Knights (June 2) Link
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington Capitals) Link
Washington Capitals
Winnipeg Jets Link
Erie Otters Link
NHL Link
NHL Coaches' Association
NHLPA
NWHL
PWHPA
USA Hockey Link

Coronavirus/COVID-19 News

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the hockey world. Feel free to discuss it here. If you want medical information about the disease, consult with your physician and/or relevant authorities.
This list is not exhaustive. Compiled by sandman730 and randompunkt. Want to help? Message the mods and we'll give you access.
Headline Source Thread
The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to open formal training camps on July 10. NHL PR Link
The NHL has announced that it will transition to Phase 2 of its Return To Play Plan effective Monday, June 8. NHL PR Link
NHL Announces More Details of Playoff Format for Return to Play Plan NHL Link
Hockey Canada lifts ban on sanctioned activities,... to work with health authorities on return-to-play decisions. Hockey Canada Link
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Announces The NHL's Plans For The 2020 Season Megathread
The 2020 Isobel Cup Final has been canceled. NWHL Link
The AHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the Calder Cup Playoffs. AHL Link
KHL has cancelled the remainder of the 2019-20 season KHL Link
The CHL and regional leagues have cancelled our 2020 Playoffs and Memorial Cup. Canadian Hockey League Link
2020 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship cancelled IIHF Link
USHL Cancels Remainder of Season Due to COVID-19 USHL Link
The SHL (and all other Swedish leagues) has been cancelled SHL Link
The 2019-20 ECHL Season has been cancelled. ECHL Link
Finnish Liiga season is over. No champion awarded. Liiga Link
No Champion in the National League Swiss Hockey News Link
NCAA cancels remaining winter and spring championships NCAA Link
Czech Extraliga playoffs postponed due to COVID-19 Hokej Link
German Hockey League DEL suspended because of Corona. No champion in 2020. DEL Link

Some useful resources

If you have specific feedback about these threads please message the mods. Bot is maintained by sandman730. Message him with any bugs.
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2020.06.30 14:01 hockeydiscussionbot [Daily Discussion Thread] Player's comments regarding Floyd and Protests + Coronavirus Updates - 30 Jun 2020

Welcome to the Daily Discussion Thread, a place to have discussions about anything hockey or anything else on your mind.

Regular Threads

Mod News/Threads

/hockey stands with BLM and the fight against racism

Though it shouldn't be a surprise with the multitude of threads from players and organizations alike filling /hockey and compiled just down below, we did want to make it explicit that /hockey has and will continue to fight against racism in all its forms.
We think the murder of George Floyd by the hands of police is abhorrent. We will continue to lift the voices of the hockey community that speak up against racism by ensuring their posts make it to /hockey for those to read.
And we will continue to enforce and remove any comments or racist remarks as well as all bigotry, sexism and xenophobia.
For a list of ways to donate, get involved or see how you can be a part of #BLM please follow this fantastic link: https://www.timeout.com/things-to-do/how-to-support-black-lives-matter

Responses regarding George Floyd and protests

Below is a running catalog of all players, GMs, coaches, and organizations who have spoken up regarding the current news regarding George Floyd and the protests across the US.
This is a compilation. New threads as news comes in are still more than welcome in /hockey. Compiled by sandman730 and WoozleWuzzle. Want to help? Message the mods and we'll give you access.
[Greg Wyshynski] NHL says around 110 players have used some form of social media to comment on racial issues in the last week.
Other compilations/discussions:
Person Thread
Frederick Andersen
Cam Atkinson Link
Justin Bailey
Tyson Barrie
Patrice Bergeron Link
Jordan Binnington Link
Nick Bonino
Mark Borowiecki
Brian Boyle Link
JT Brown (May 29) Link
JT Brown (May 31)
JT Brown (June 4)
Ryan Callahan
Connor Carrick Link
Jon Carlson Link
Anson Carter (ft. other NHLers) Link
Zdeno Chara (May 30)
Zdeno Chara (June 2)
Zdeno Chara (June 5) Link
Zdeno Chara (June 6) Link
Ian Cole
Brett Connolly
Logan Couture Link
Sidney Crosby Link
Max Domi (May 29) Link
Max Domi (June 4) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (May 31) Link
Anthony DeAngelo (June 1) Link
Dylan DeMelo Link
Anthony Duclair (retweet) Link
Anthony Duclair (statement) Link
Kyle Dubas
Matt Dumba Link
Nick Foligno
Mark Fraser Link
Sam Gagner
Brendan Gallagher Link
Luke Gazdic Link
Claude Giroux Link
Mike Green
Gritty
Erik Gudbranson Link
Taylor Hall Link
John Hayden
Adam Henrique
Braden Holtby Link
Braden & Brandi Holtby
Bo Horvat Link
Josh Ho-Sang Link
Jarome Iginla Link
Mathieu Joseph Link
Tyson Jost
Nazem Kadri
Evander Kane (ESPN's "First Take") Link
Evander Kane (Sportsnet's "Writers Bloc") Link
Evander Kane (The Athletic) Link
Patrick Kane Link
Erik Karlsson
Jarmo Kekalainen
Jarmo Kekalainen 2
Hillary Knight Link
Anze Kopitar
Gabriel Landeskog Link
Dylan Larkin
Anders Lee Link
Pat Maroon Link
Auston Matthews Link
Scott Mayfield
Connor McDavid Link
K'Andre Miller Link
Dominic Moore
Darnell Nurse
Sarah Nurse
Ryan O'Reilly
Alex Ovechkin Link
Kyle Palmieri
Zach Parise
Nolan Patrick Link
Elias Pettersson Link
Cayden Primeau
Morgan Rielly (May 30)
Morgan Rielly (June 1) Link
Mark Scheifele
Kendall Coyne Schofield
Kendall Coyne Schofield 2 Link
Ben Scrivens Link
Tyler Seguin (June 1) Link
Tyler Seguin (June 4) Link
Jaccob Slavin Link
Zack Smith Link
Steven Stamkos Link
Troy Stetcher
Malcolm Subban (May 31)
Malcolm Subban (June 5)
PK Subban (May 30)
PK Subban (May 30 - 2)
PK Subban (June 3) Link
PK Subban (June 6)
John Tavares
Jonathan Toews Link
Chris Tierney
Jacob Truba Link
Kyle Turris Link
Jimmy Vesey Link
Shea Weber Link
Kevin Weekes (May 30)
Kevin Weekes (May 31)
Blake Wheeler (May 30) Link
Blake Wheeler (June 2)
Blake Wheeler (June 4) Link
Tom Wilson Link
Jason Zucker Link
Organization Thread
Anaheim Ducks Link
Arizona Coyotes
Boston Bruins Link
Kim & Terry Pegula (Buffalo Sabres) Link
Calgary Flames
Carolina Hurricanes Link
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dallas Stars Link
Detroit Red Wings Link
Edmonton Oilers Link
Florida Panthers
LA Kings Link
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens Link
Nashville Predators
NJ Devils (May 31) Link
NJ Devils (June 3) Link
NJ Devils - The Collective We Link
NY Islanders Link
NY Rangers Link
Ottawa Senators Link
Ottawa Senators Foundation Link
Philadelphia Flyers Link
Pittsburgh Penguins Link
Hasso Plattner (San Jose Sharks) Link
NHL Seattle
St. Louis Blues Link
Toronto Maple Leafs Link
Tampa Bay Lightning
Vancouver Canucks
Vegas Golden Knights (May 31)
Vegas Golden Knights (June 2) Link
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Washington Capitals) Link
Washington Capitals
Winnipeg Jets Link
Erie Otters Link
NHL Link
NHL Coaches' Association
NHLPA
NWHL
PWHPA
USA Hockey Link

Coronavirus/COVID-19 News

The spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is affecting the hockey world. Feel free to discuss it here. If you want medical information about the disease, consult with your physician and/or relevant authorities.
This list is not exhaustive. Compiled by sandman730 and randompunkt. Want to help? Message the mods and we'll give you access.
Headline Source Thread
The NHL and NHLPA have agreed to open formal training camps on July 10. NHL PR Link
The NHL has announced that it will transition to Phase 2 of its Return To Play Plan effective Monday, June 8. NHL PR Link
NHL Announces More Details of Playoff Format for Return to Play Plan NHL Link
Hockey Canada lifts ban on sanctioned activities,... to work with health authorities on return-to-play decisions. Hockey Canada Link
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Announces The NHL's Plans For The 2020 Season Megathread
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2020.06.30 02:55 PhillipRayne [Fantasy World Epsilon 30-10] - 4.1 The Morning After

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Keya awoke still in her seat. Brilliant light streamed in through the windows, and the idyllic greens, oranges, and blues of the landscape below resembled a bejewelled rug below the transparent floor. Keya gasped again recalling where she was. The fantasy continues.
“Morning, Goldilocks!” Jon sat cross-legged upon the circular window cradling a large bowl of porridge. He spoke between mouthfuls. “I’ll serve ya some mielie pap now-now. How d’you sleep?” He ate from a flawlessly formed glass bowl: not a single bubble or crack in its lustre. The container held a creamy white mush, perhaps like flour but with a rougher grain. It steamed succulent and buttery sweet in the cabin.
“Huh?” Her mind was not yet wholly present.
“Yeah, aeroplane seats: not ideal. Took the liberty of reclining it, removed your boots, and gave you that blanket. I considered moving you to your bed, but that’d be kinda weird. I ain’t your daddy, and here was safe enough.”
That explained some discontinuities, but she was far from trusting all her senses just yet. “Death or dream? Death or dream?” She mumbled to herself still half-conscious, her eyes drifting across the land below.
“What was that?”
“I am contemplating my reality, Master.”
“First thing in the morning? As good a time as any I s'pose. Got you presents!” He scooped another mouthful and gestured to items with his silver spoon. The man insisted it was just steel that did not rust. Whether that was more or less valuable than silver, she was unsure. Strewn on the deck between them were three bundles.
Keya fumbled with the seat belt and eventually extricated herself. She had no idea how to right the chair vertically so instead moved to an adjacent seat. Shaking herself, she tried to compose her mind. Thoughts and visions from the night before had stirred up many things within her. Even now she felt the once tranquil steam of her mind was muddled. Her thinking felt murky as if the silt had yet to resettle. Sleep had made her thoughts a degree more limpid, so she pushed on to articulate concerns she wished to air.
Opening her mouth, she stopped. The elevation was wrong. Jon looked for all the world like a child staring up at his mother, as she recounted a fireside tale. Even supplication and deference toward this man was a daily struggle! She slid from her seat into a formal kneel. At the very least his casual demeanour indicated his station if elevation could not.
“Master, there is something I must clarify. Next to your sagacity, I may seem foolish, but I suppose that hardly matters. You let me into your home, provide food, clothes, and lodging, and now this. Whatever these gifts are, I am sure they are priceless treasures that I could never hope to repay. Already, I am indebted beyond comprehension.” Stopping to form the question better, she gazed upon the miracle of flight before her eyes. “What am I to you?”
“You’re…” Shovelling another spoonful, he pensively chewed.
“This treatment you give a stranger… I am but a simple village maid. Either I am to be your indentured servant or concubine, which is it?”
“Fuuck, those are my options?”
“I am serious, Kel-sun! Debts must be paid, that is the law of the land. I am a penniless peasant. I cannot hope to repay the wealth you have bestowed upon me. These clothes and boots alone are worth a year’s wages, so I must know! What is the price?”
Master furrowed his brow; it appeared he grasped the gravity of her quandary. “I see your issue: The golden rule—reciprocity. You fear you're making a bargain you are not aware of. I get it.”
Yes, I wish to know the full extent of the payment you will demand from me. However horrid a price, I might still pay it. The unimaginable wonders I have been privy to thus far, I—many would pay with blood, gold, and their lives just to behold a faction of it.” She found his sea-blue eyes and burrowed her stare into them. “What is the price? What is your price?”
“Jesus! It’s like nine a.m., and we’re already talking about fucking sex-slaves. You don’t let up, do you!” He broke her stare and rocked back another spoonful in his mouth. “Fine, let’s talk shop.” His expression went hard. “My world has stringent rules against slavery of any kind. We abolished it a few hundred years ago. If you wanna talk taboo, that’s very fucking taboo. All people have inalienable rights, and that definitely extends to you. Meaning our world grants each person privileges from birth that no government, kingdom, or court of law can strip them of. Are you with me so far?” It sounded impossible to believe.
“If I catch your meaning, slavery is unlawful in your land?” Keya said.
“Yeah, pretty much. So point one, you ain’t paying with your body or your life. In fact, access to clean drinking water, food, electricity, sanitation, Internet, and shelter are all human rights. I’m not treating you special. If a guest came over to stay at my house, I would give them the same. Be they kings, paupers, or prisoners.
“You have no point of reference for the world I come from so you’d probably think it unbelievable.”
She vigorously nodded.
“You see these things around you and think: ‘This is amazing. I am blessed.’ I see all the things your world lacks compared to mine and think: ‘This is tragic.’ I am not here to give you a life of comfortable servitude. I am the vanguard and emissary of the greater universe. The endgame here involves elevating your entire world, every man, woman, and child, maybe even goblin, to this!” Arms outstretched, he swept across everything around them.
“That is a foolish errand! They will knife you in your sleep and steal it before you can give it away.”
“Don’t you worry. We know our darker natures well. History has countless wars and tragedies to draw wisdom from. Frankly, we're better at being bad than you; it just doesn’t pay in the long run. Much in the same way being good all the time doesn’t pay either.” He gazed out the windows beyond her. “Now you know some of the ‘why.’ The ‘how’ will become more evident in time, or more correctly ‘if.’
“That’s where you and I come in. You see the gates to my world are sealed shut. I step through to judge the lay of the land, and if your world is deemed amenable, then the doors are opened, and we establish treaties and trade. If not…” He made a thumbs down gesture, spoon still in hand, “condemnation. Your world is sealed off, maybe for a long time, maybe forever.
“So what does all of this mean to you? Well, your riches are meaningless to us, there are entire worlds we could mine bare of gold, silver and a myriad of other metals you’ve never even heard of. We have whole planets dedicated to agriculture and husbandry. Your kingdoms are trivial, their armies insignificant. We want what is irreplaceable, and what do you think that is?”
“If you speak truly, then I cannot even begin to imagine.” This new side to Master was terrifying; there was an abyssal depth in his eyes. Such a massive empire beggared belief.
“How much do you think a single map of your planet would go for?” Twirling a finger.
“Kingdoms would…” And then the pieces started to fall in place.
“Ja, a king’s ransom, right? Who do you suppose helped me put our current map into perspective only yesterday?”
“A minuscule contribution!”
“An irreplaceable one. I could’ve mapped for months before I knew where I was. Next, how much do you think a bestiary of local fauna and flora would go for? How about knowledge of dragons? What about culture and history? Data, knowledge, and understanding: non-fungible resources.” He enumerated on his fingers.
“Anyone could have given you this information!”
“No, not just anyone. What we need, what I needed, was someone. And that someone is you! The one who chose the red pill, the one who survived goblins, direwolves and the death of their only family. Someone who stepped forth through a strange gateway with a strange man. We have a saying perhaps you know it: ‘Knowledge is power,’ and as such it’s valuable.
“The truth is Keya you don’t owe me anything, and you never will. Save for the burdens and debts you choose; you are free. If anything I may owe you. But if you care about debt…” He levelled his eyes at her “…you owe it to this world so that other young boys and girls might eventually see the wonders you have. That is your burden should you choose to shoulder it, or cast it aside.”
He looked down at his bowl. “Damn it, the porridge is cold, one sec I’ll go microwave it.”
She stopped him before he made it through the silver ring. “Do you swear upon the Gods this is true?”
“I don’t believe in any gods, so take it for what it’s worth, but yes I swear it’s the truth. On my honour, I swear you will be adequately compensated for your work. You are a diver like me now; we are equal. Oh, and have this…” He walked back, pulling a small polished card from his pocket. “You are officially recognised as a citizen of the 37-72 branch and are granted the formal title of Diver in Training.”
She saw the same little painting of her in one corner and various numbers and words on the rest of the polished card, including her full name. She was born on the full moon of Yen in late spring, so the birth date was indiscernable, but she had the measure of it. “You would grant me citizenship already!”
“Of course, but this also serves as proof. Look, here’s mine.” He withdrew his card of identic artifice, more worn with time. “Your rights under the multiverse constitution are assured.”
Keya slowly found her seat as Jon attended to his errand. She beheld the card and the promise it stood for, contemplating all their deliberations. Perhaps a lie, but it was a weak one. Something easy to test, and hadn’t Master told never to trust completely. To always doubt and take knowledge as provisional.
So she would do just that. If she were a kept woman rather than his equal, and free, then he would be unwilling to grant specific requests. There was unlikely to be any decadence beyond his grasp, and she was, after all, an unsophisticated village girl. Such demands would tell her little of the man.
No, what he would not do, or would not risk is take her to where he might be powerless, and she could leave of her own accord. With that in mind, she formed a plan.
On his return, she felt far greater certitude and began her gambit. He resumed his cross-legged seating on the floor, the ‘gifts’ still untouched.
“So, can I start prezzie time now?”
“Master, I have a request?” She knelt before him again.
“Shoot.” He shovelled more porridge.
“I assume from your tone, that is an affirmative?”
Nonchalant nods returned.
“I would implore you to take me to my homeland and the city of Elgelica. It is across the Elgen Channel; I assume in this flying ship such a voyage is easily chartable?”
“Awesome, a destination. We’ve been idling around since lift-off, with you asleep n’ all. You identified it on the map yesterday, right? Elves in London! That’ll be a sight. Evy, set our course for place-marker Elgelica, full speed ahead.”
“Destination set to Elgelica. ETA 3 hours 20 minutes” Came the familiar impassive female voice from the ship.
“You were waiting for me to set our bearing? Wait? Did the elemental just say three hours!”
“Uh, which question you want answered first?” Jon was scrapping his bowl clean, the clink of his silverware rang about the cabin.
“That is unthinkably fast, even on horseback!”
“It will be instant when we have a rift set up there. Still, I get your drift. Flight is super convenient, even slow flight like this.”
And he has the gall to call it slow! The barrels attached to the outside made more noise. They pointed lengthwise rather than up compared to the previous eve. Outside, the hull was also unmistakably pale blue, instead of black or white. Jon continued. “No mountains, rivers or forests in the way, you can just make a bee-line,” he paused. “Ya know, I never understood that phrase, bees don’t fly straight.”
“Why is the ship a different colour every time I look? Gods, am I crazed?”
“Hmm, about that, we’re 6k up but still pretty easy to see given our size. So, the ship’s surface is covered with a thin film of e-ink. It does black, white, and blue plus every shade in between. If you’re looking you might find us, but the sky is big and who looks up much anyway. Tinted windows take care of cabin light at night. As I said, this thing mitigates a lot of risks. Worth every gram of gold I paid. Well, it’s almost paid.”
Keya asked. “So to be clear, I am in an invisible, flying ship, moving as the crow flies, faster than the wind, toward Elgelica. Furthermore, we will reach my ancestral home before lunch?” Master looked at his wrist, glinting with a bejewelled bracelet she had not seen before.
“A little after lunch.” Well, it appeared her tests would proceed more rapidly than anticipated. No matter, if this ship indeed flew and she wasn’t confounded by magic then stepping foot in Elgelica would put many uncertainties to rest.
“Very well, Master, show me what gifts you’ve brought.”
“We’ve been over this ‘Master’ thing, haven’t we?” He placed his bowl on a seat and mercifully found one himself.
“I shall call you what I like in private company, ‘Master’.” This too was a test.
“Savage!” Rang Lee’s voice in the ship.
“Lee, you keep this quiet you hear me!”
“Oh, my lips are sealed ‘Master’!” His cackle bellowed, before abruptly being cut short.
“You see. This is why we can’t have nice things. Your loudspeaker privileges are revoked!”
“Shall that be a problem, Master?” Jon focused back on her.
“Fuck, fine, call me what you like. But if we’re incognito planet-side, then I’ll be depending on your subtlety. Is that fair?”
“Quite.”
“Okie dokie,” He rubbed his hands together “Prezzie time!” Reaching for the first package, it, like all the bundles, was wrapped in a thin translucent sack. A fabric she recalled first seeing in the larder, one of the multitudinous things she had never seen before meeting him. Doubtless, there would be endless more. It shimmered and crinkled in her hand, both flimsy to handle but hard to tear.
“Open it,” said Master.
She found the opening and pulled the bundle out. They were multiple sets of identical grey and black clothing to be sure, but the shape of two rounded cups on each set left little to the imagination.
“Oh, Master, it appears a concubine was not far off the mark!” Did he wish she dance for him in these? Though she had to admit they did look as though they could be quite comfortable.
“Please for the love of all that is good and holy do not use ‘master’ and ‘concubine’ in the same goddamn sentence. They’re sports bras with matching underwear. Evy got your size with the medical body scans. Had I known you’d pull this sex-slave crap with me; I might’ve let you go rough rider for a while longer.” He glanced down and shook his head. “To be clear, you wear this UNDER your clothes, and if you decide to dance half-naked outside your room, it’s totally on you. Also please give me fair warning so I can GTFO.”
“Is that an invitation?” The gift was somewhat puzzling and did not strengthen his case, and yet he had proceeded regardless.
“Consent works both ways, Ms Ces. You ask for my permission, and I’ll ask for yours. But walk round base in your birthday suit, and I’m not shielding my eyes. FYI aside from the ears, there’s nothing I haven’t seen. Gesturing with the spoon. Plus, I’ll bet you dance like a turkey.”
“A turkey?” Keya asked.
“A big chicken.”
“You horrible man!”
“Uh-uh, just try them on, show me nothing, and thank me later. Honestly, it’s like no good deed goes unpunished with you. Not another peep and tell me when you want to order more; then I’ll know I’ve won.” Keya smiled mischievously but refrained from teasing him more. Clothes were clothes after all, and with all the fabrics she had felt thus far she was quite curious.
“Well then thank you, Master, for your… thoughtful gift. What else do you have for me?”
“Thank fuck that’s over, here.” He unceremoniously pulled an item from a bigger sack. Though the colours and materials were unique, the shape was unmistakable. She eagerly stood to receive it.
“This is a bow!”
“Yeah, a recurve bow to be precise. Give it a pull; let’s see if the draw strength is alright.” Pulling the string, she found it to be a little stiff, but she would grow into it.
“Remarkable Master! It is just right I think, and the workmanship, as with all your wares, is sublime.” She had seen many things new, but having a tool she understood from his world truly helped her grasp the height of their technical prowess. Her old longbow quailed compared to this. It’s smooth contours perfectly matched her grip, and an unmistakable notch belied where the arrow would rest. A smile of rising excitement revealed her desire to test it as soon as she could.
“You can give it a spin on the test range later, along with…” He pulled another thing from the large sack. “…this.” She felt her eyes widen and almost dropped the first prize. Doubtless, the order was intentional. Had he not shown the recurve bow first, she might not have realised what it was.
“It is also a bow, yes?”
“Very good, it’s a modern bow from my world. Recurves you might see here and there in your world; of course, our material science and fabrication is more advanced. But this is a compound bow; your world has likely never seen anything like it!”
Before her eyes was a matte black frame of exquisite intricacy. It floated in her hands lighter than any wood, with crisscrossing beams and cross-woven gut in ways that were not readily apparent. She felt herself almost unconsciously clasping the handle nestled in her left palm. The other bow was lain on a nearby seat practically forgotten. Pulling the string, it strained at first before slackening substantially at an extremely long full draw. She found herself appreciating the completely unobstructed path and placement for the arrow; the shaft would not wobble and flex in flight. Her eyes naturally sighted through a circular instrument with oddly luminous pins, sophisticated yet elegant.
Any elf would intuitively understand the perfected craft of this bow. In the Fair Folk’s hands, with their eyes, this artefact would make every shot flawless. She almost forgot she was still drawing back. At a whim, she extended her earth sense through it. More intricately bound and fastened parts than even sight could not manage, revealed themselves to her.
“This… is art,” came her breathless response.
“That good, huh?”
“You don’t understand, Master. To elves, a gifted bow is a right of passage, usually from elder to child—a propitious and sacred event. Ralfen and I, however, shared no such illusions about our lot. My parents gone, no heirlooms or artisans were awaiting to gift me my first hunting bow. We bought it from a peddler passing by the village. It cost many pelts, and I cherished its gnarled and twisted form like a newborn child. You have given me not one but two priceless artefact bows from your world!
“There are once again, no words, no words to express my gratitude. Thank you, thank you, a thousand ‘thank yous’.” With the Compound bow at her side, she half knelt. Supplicated before him in a chamber above the world, she thanked him again in Elven. “I hope to one day earn the honour you have bestowed upon me this hour. I make this pledge to the gods, in this sacred ship above the clouds. Master Jonathan Kelly of the Honourable Order of the Divers, I Keya Ces of no house nor family pledge my allegiance to you. May honour bind us, and may I be your bow.” She did not look up, and she dared not move. This covenant was both a test for him and an avowal of heartfelt gratitude from her. The pledge required his honour after all.
Moments passed by and then Jon audibly exhaled. “Okay Keya, if that’s what you want then I accept your pledge."
She raised her head and smiled.
"I like the honour part it sounds reciprocal. Bound by honour then. You are my bow, and I am your…,” patting the spoon on his forehead, “gonna have to figure that one out. Anyway, it’s not like its legally binding or anything; you're still free to do as you choose.”
“Thank you, Master, I will bear that in mind.” She stood smiling. “Now, you mentioned a shooting range…”
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This scene was difficult for me. I leave it to the reader to decide how well it was handled. Obviously, there is a clash of ethics here, Kay is from a world prior to universal suffrage. The duties and ethics between commoners and nobility conflict with Jon's modern liberal values. Lords do not simply endow commoners with riches in exchange for nothing. Subjects serve their lords, and in return, their needs are provided for.
Reeling from techo-culture shock, Kay is attempting to classify what kind of subject she is, in terms she understands. The master-apprentice artisan dynamic would root the relationship in purely transactional bounds. Given the wealth disparity, what debt she must be incurring naturally concerns her.
After Jon's flat denial of such an arrangement, Kay is left reaching for anything familiar upon which root her experience. Enter the bows, a cultural icon of her people, containing archetypal significance. They even give her a technological benchmark. Lords do not arm commoners, so squire or apprentice knight it is. As such, she takes an oath, framing her and his duties in terms she understands for the moment. Citizenship was also a big hint for her, but cards can be faked, getting a weapon cements the deal—the right to bear compound arms and all that.
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