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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage is the first of a trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman, author of The Golden Compass and the other His Dark Materials novels. It was published in October 2017 in ebook and print formats in English, marketed as an "equel" to The Golden Compass: the Book of Dust trilogy takes place before and simultaneous to the events of the narrative in Pullman's other works.

La Belle Sauvage is definitely a prequel, though; the entire narrative takes place during Lyra Belacqua's infancy, and while she does feature in this novel as a significant character - well, more of a MacGuffin, but a character nonetheless - she is still just a baby, and the main character is an eleven-year-old boy, Malcolm Polstead, and his daemon named Asta.

Malcolm is the son of an innkeeper in a small town in England, proximal to Oxford. He is a clever, observant, acutely pragmatic, hypermoral child who daily volunteers his services as…

In baseball jargon, there are a variety of "clubs" of players who have achieved certain rare combinations of statistical achievement in a single season. Two of the most famous clubs are the 30-30 club and the 40-40 club, for players who have achieved at least 30 stolen bases and 30 home runs in a single season for the former, and 40 of each for the latter. One of the most exclusive of these "clubs" is the 20-20-20 Club, which honors players who have hit at least 20…

In baseball, a triple is a kind of hit whereby the batter reaches third base on a batted ball in play. Of the four broad types of baseball hits (single, double, triple, and home run), the triple is by far the rarest, due to the degree of difficulty in reaching third base before the fielders can retrieve the ball. This rarity, combined with the degree of difficulty and the high chance of being thrown out, make the triple one of the single most exciting plays in baseball. Personally, I…

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November 1 - The IRON NODER CHALLENGE starts today and runs through December 1. It's never too late to sign up, and all writeups get rewards. /msg mauler if you'd like to participate!

November 1 - Happy Birthday Zephronias!

November 5 - Bonfire Night in the UK.

November 11 - Veterans Day in the US.

November 26 - Thanksgiving in the US.

November 27 - Happy Birthday Estelore!

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October 1: This is the month of We All Float Down Here: The 2017 Halloween Horrorquest.

October 12: Rest in Peace, sarabandegreen.

October 17: Happy Birthday gnarl!

October 31: Something spooky will probably happen today. It usually does.


Get ready for IRON NODER X: XTREME XCELLENCE, coming November 1st!



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September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

September 19 Talk like a pirate day. Arrh!

September 27 Happy birthday Uberbanana!


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August 4 Happy birthday avalyn!

August 6 広島

August 27 Happy birthday Bitriot

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2017 begins!

July 4: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day); also Independence day in the US.

July 19-24: Hemingway Days; party central is Key West, Florida.

July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.


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