Out of desperation, after googling the problem, I put my HDD in the freezer... Because freezers are supposedly magical.
Although on a more serious note, I'm now considering downloading a portable Ubuntu installation that I can boot from a flash drive. Would that let me use my laptop again? All I need for the most part is to connect to the Internet for browsing and torrents and hopefully also a way I can transfer files to/from my iPhone.
Finished Fear of Flying by Erica Jong. 3/5. Too much psychoanalytic babble. Too little actual story. But good - great, even - in some parts.
Also done with Storm Front by Jim Butcher, book 1 of the Dresden Files. 3.5/5. Very fun and entertaining urban fantasy, with wizards, vampires, demons and the like. Plays out like a standard police procedural, but enjoyable nonetheless.
I've also started Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Around 15% into it now. Really solid, very engaging sci-fi (looks like a space opera?)
So far it's been more memoir than it is about "on writing", really... He starts of with recollections of his childhood and only around 50 pages in does he really get into his beginnings as Stephen King the writer we know now.
Past a quarter into it, he's already discussing Carrie and there are a lot of nice anecdotes about how the characters and ideas were conceived and came together. Also a good number of scattered reflections on the craft (and business) of being a writer that will be of interest to aspiring authors.
The Stand by Stephen King - p. 26 of 1,168 (2%) On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft , by Stephen King - p. 82 of 297 (28%) Fear Of Flying by Erica Jong - p. 235 of 340 (69%) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss - p. 272 of 662 (41%) The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami - p. 373 of 607 (61%)
copied from goodreads which is why that's like that.
Enlighten us non-readers, who is Tysha? Is she the ***** Tyrion fell in love with before Shae that Tywin had soldiers rape?
The way it went down in the book is that Jaime reveals to Tyrion the truth about Tysha while they were in the tunnels. So instead of thinking that Tysha is just some regular ***** who left him for money, he realizes that Tysha truly loved him.
This enrages Tyrion, and he splits from Jaime in the tunnels and it's the reason why he heads to Tywin's chambers. When he confronts Tywin and asks where Tysha is, Tywin answers "wherever *****s go" (which is a popular line in the ASoIaF fandom/canon), which is basically why Tyrion kills him.
That's how I recall it. Other book readers correct me if I'm wrong.
The promo makes it seem like Hound and Brienne will get into a fight... but is there a frame in the promo that shows them both in the same shot? Just seems like a bit of clever editing to make viewers think that that is what will happen.
The battle isn't over yet, that was just the first wave from Mance to test the strength of the wall. Season finale should show the climax of the battle with Mance going all out and Stannis coming in to save the day...
...which is why E09 ends on such an anti-climactic note. Unlike previous episode 9's which served as somewhat the season's climax and episode 10 as the resolution, this season looks like the season finale will deliver the WOW factor people have come to expect from episode 9.