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Diane Duane
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Need to get your mind off the heat? Our summer reading sale is on! 50% off our most popular items...

http://ebooksdirect.dianeduane.com/pages/summer-reading-sale
Spend the summer holidays in a world with a different kind of wizardry and a different kind of wizard. Jump into Diane Duane's Young Wizards series at 50% off!
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I live near Houston and when the index is 112F this would be a great beat the heat pool side!
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And not a moment too soon. #brexit  
The UK is under new leadership this morning following a coup by the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, Lord Havelock Vetinari. “Coup is a needlessly dramatic word,” Lord Vetinari told reporters…
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One of the bright spots amidst the mixed results of Canada's 2011 federal elections was what I might call a "de-professionalization" of the ranks of the House of Commons. Many of the successful opposition parties' candidates were first-timers, university and community college students who'd found themselves as place-holder candidates in the absence of anyone with more life experience of any kind, much less that of career politicians. Much to their surprise, and to the delight of many others in the ranks of the voters.

Most of them stumbled here and there, yes, but also rose to the challenge placed before them. Several of them have managed to be re-elected. I like to think that Canada's benefited from this experiment. Hopefully, there will be more of this, as I think the entrance of many 20- and 30-somethings from the real worlds was and is a salutary influence.
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"Farage has only got one ball
Govey has two but very small
Cam’ron has one with spots on
And Boris Johnson has no balls at all!"
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Hm, nice to see +Piers Cawley around again!
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The UK College of Arms has published protocols for how the achievements of arms of same-sex married couples will be handled. 
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I am not a potential beneficiary of this, yet I cannot help but think this will be a good thing.
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Brownies. The recipe's here: 

http://www.lifeloveandsugar.com/2014/02/20/quick-easy-brownies-like-box-mix/

I always think of David Gemmell when I make these. When he would come to visit us, back in the day, he always went crazy over the brownies.
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Nice and goods eats .
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A Wookiee in County Kerry...
A primary school in West Kerry got a special intergalactic visitor yesterday after one of the best know names from the Star Wars crew dropped in to say hello.
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Excellent! Should have figured you and Peter would have thought of everything.
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Agreeing so hard. I've been waiting for this for a long time. Hope they get it right.
 
The Chronicles of Amber has long ranked as one of my favorite series ever, and I've been waiting for 25 years for someone to make it into a movie or TV series. It looks like it's finally happening, and I'm very excited to see how it turns out.

That being said, three things are going to make or break this series. (Can you tell I've thought a bit about this?) The first, obviously, is the casting. Nobody in Amber is a one-dimensional caricature, not even the so-called "villains" of the series. Everyone has their own motives, but everyone is ultimately working for what they consider to be the good of their home, and that has to be made clear, or else the tension of the story is going to fail.

The second is the pacing: do they try to tell the whole Corwin cycle in one or two seasons? (Each of the 5 books is only about 200 pages, so that's eminently doable.) If so, then what happens if the show is successful and continues? Will they go to the fan-despised Merlin Cycle? The Betancourt Oberon prequels? Or will they branch out into new stories? On the flip side, what happens if they try to slow it down too much, but the show fails to meet expectations? Will they leave the story unfinished? Or will they go into JMS-Turbo-plot-mode, cramming 2 seasons of story into 2/3 of a season of episodes?

The third will be the special effects of Shadow-shifting and (especially) Hellriding. The first has to be subtle yet noticeable, the second spectacular without being cheesily over the top. It's going to be a delicate balance, and I'm looking forward to seeing who they bring on board to helm it and how they manage it.

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Roger Zelazny's book series has been credited as one of the main inspirations for 'Game of Thrones.'
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Might be time for me to re-read those... 
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Following a blonde-haired mad person’s decision to blow up the Southron government and economy for no real reason, the North are preparing to raise their banners in defiance.
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In honor of #Bloomsday... have a free Dublin-based urban fantasy story.

http://ebooksdirect.dianeduane.com/pages/for-bloomsday-herself-is-free
The Irish urban fantasy story "Herself" is free today, and its anthology is on sale!
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Still one of my all-time favourite short stories!
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Normally I wouldn't go to the Guardian for household tips, but this is the real deal. We have some tarnished small-silver pieces (old spoons, cake forks, etc) that really needed to be dealt with, and this method sorted them all our, effortlessly, in about half an hour. And these were REALLY tarnished.

Give this a try...
Sitting at a table with a roll of paper towels and a bottle of noxious silver cleaner is the worst – and it’s not even eco-friendly. Here’s a better method
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Yep, this is the method my mother uses.
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All the little angels rise up, rise up.
All the little angels rise up high!
How do they rise up, rise up, rise up?
How do they rise up, rise up high?
They rise heads up, heads up, heads up,
they rise heads up, heads up high!
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Thanks to Terry Pratchett, we were all there.
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I write science fiction and fantasy. Probably the best-known of my books are the ones in the Young Wizards series (starting here: http://amzn.to/sywtbaw ).
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County Wicklow, Ireland
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County Wicklow, Ireland - New York, NY - Philadephia, PA - Northridge, CA - Roosevelt, NY - Brentwood, NY - Bala Cynwyd, PA - Straiton, Scotland
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I've been writing fantasy and science fiction for 30 years or so. And I'm a pretty good cook.
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Writer of novels, screenplays, comics, short stories, the occasional computer game... denizen of the New York Times Bestseller List, a few times... and serious cook.
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Former psychiatric nurse.
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  • The School of Hard Knocks
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Friendly staff, lovely rooms, cheerful downstairs bar, easy walking distance to town centre, excellent staff -- very helpful! Highly recommended. Also: inward-facing rooms are very quiet.
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Very friendly and welcoming staff! Big hearty portions, popular spot, reasonable prices -- good value for money.
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Desperately slow service. Perhaps not the staff's fault -- there never seem to be enough of them to deal with all the customers -- but if you are in any kind of hurry do NOT come in here. Only had drinks: Don't know how the food is. If you need WiFi / WLAN, go down the main drag to Cafe Maximilian where the service is much better and they'll give you a password for their WiFi for the asking.
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Extremely high-quality Hungarian food, nice staff, good service, highly recommended.
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