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  1. Kingpin

    What are you reading at the moment?

    I've just polished off Fool's Fate by Robin Hobb, which is the end of the second Fitz Farseer trilogy. I had read the first two over the past few months and they're like an old pair of comfy slippers at this point. I love this series and I'll be gutted whenever I get to the end of the next one. My wife has one book left in the final trilogy but she can't bring herself to read it and is saving it. I might take a break before I get started on Fool's Assassin. I had previous posted about loving Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, so I followed that up with Authority and Acceptance. I wish I had stopped after Annihilation. The last 2 books were a bit of a slog and somewhat ruined the experience of the first book. Annihilation worked really well as a standalone, so my recommendation would be to stop there. I also read Holding by Graham Norton. It was a nice little palate cleanser between trilogy books - quite a nice, gentle little story about a mystery in a small town. Another "in between" book was Win Or Learn by John Kavanagh. I am biased in this case, as I was a member of his gym in 2012 before his most famous student took over the MMA world, and the time period covered in the book between 2012 and 2016 is already very nostalgic for me personally (including the great UFC event in Dublin in 2014). I'm currently rehabbing a knee injury and itching to get back to training so this was a good one for my motivation. Currently reading Flash Boys by Michael Lewis. I really enjoy his financial stuff like The Big Short and Liar's Poker, and this one is up there as well. I won't claim to understand everything that's going on in these books but they're so well written, and he does a great job of still telling a story around the more technical aspects of the financial world. In Flash Boys, it's a story where a team of renegades are taking on a broken, corrupt system and trying to close the loopholes where the average investor is getting skinned.
  2. Kingpin

    Kindle shop Recommendations

    Or getting a different price because we’re in Ireland maybe. Annoying to be us I guess.
  3. Kingpin

    Kindle shop Recommendations

    Hex is showing as a tenner for me, but Bird Box is 99p, and also mentioned on the thread. Picked up BB and added Hex to the wishlist.
  4. Kingpin

    Your unearthed gems

    Happiness is another one of my all time favourites. Pitch black and hard to imagine it being made today. Can’t remember much about Storytelling, must revisit.
  5. Kingpin

    Your unearthed gems

    I don’t meet many people who share my love for Best In Show. It’s up there with Spinal Tap as my favorite Christopher Guest film. The ensemble cast is absolutely brilliant, so many great moments and lines throughout.
  6. Kingpin

    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Delighted for Poirier too. Eddie was foolish for throwing that elbow - he could have rode that position out for the rest of the round. Great win for Aldo too. There’s some sadistic satisfaction from seeing a body shot lead to the end.
  7. I like Dark Tourist for a bit of a Louis Theroux wannabe experience. It’s weird to me that people want to visit places like Fukushima in particular, whereas the abandoned Japanese mining island/city was actually quite stunning in an eerie, desolate way.
  8. Kingpin

    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Childish, but I laughed at Schaub's recent instagram post where he described himself and Dana as "eskimo brothers". I wonder what that could mean?
  9. Kingpin

    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Decided based on nothing but.... Stipe by decision. Uses his range and neutralises DC’s wrestling. I’d actually love to see DC pull it off though. I feel really bad for him since JJ ate his soul. Holloway by TKO rd 4. I think Ortega will be chasing Max for the first 2/3 rounds, swinging hard and not connecting. Then Holloway turns on the pressure in 3 & 4. Fantastic fights though, could go either way in both.
  10. I’m on the same episode as you and feel the exact same way. Not entirely gripped so far but I’m hoping for some twists and turns that flip the whole case soon. im curious about how the documentary came about, I don’t think it’s explained why there is a film crew present and why the suspect agreed to it. I don’t want to google it as I will inevitably spoil the whole thing.
  11. Kingpin

    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    Just watching the card now. The CM Punk fight was painful to watch. I don’t know the guy prior to his UFC career and yes, fair play to him for giving it a go and making a lot of money, but that second round in particular where he has full guard and does nothing was shocking. Couldn’t control the posture, no sweep attempts, didn’t try to stand up, punching off his back, Hail Mary triangle attempt - really bad, even for someone training 2 years or whatever. I hope this is end of this stuff (unlikely) - there were former champs and title contenders on the prelims instead of this amateur MMA fight. Also - this was hilarious.
  12. Kingpin


    Not mad on the covers but the album proper is absolutely immense. Everything is so familiar feeling, but sounds huge and catchy as hell. There's a nod to Beat It in Miasma too, just before the FUCKING SAX! Absolute belter.
  13. Kingpin

    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    I presume Wonderboy was able to stipulate the conditions here? Fair play to his team if so. That level of prolonged dehydration, KO is surely on the cards?
  14. Kingpin

    Barry - Bill Hader, HBO Hitman Comedy

    About 7 episodes in now - still enjoying it very much. I'm surprised this isn't getting any discussion in here - it's actually turned out to be quite good. I was completely wrong with my thoughts in the spoiler from my previous post. Spoilers below include episode 7 so don't click unless you're up to date. Anyway, worth checking out.
  15. Kingpin

    Official Mixed Martial Arts Thread

    I randomly met Gilbert Melendez yesterday at the baggage claim in SFO. I didn’t want to bother him for a pic as we were both just off a 6 hour flight but he was a thoroughly nice chap in the few minutes I was talking to him. He’s really small for someone who was competing at lightweight at one stage.

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