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    • CommentAuthorDannykat
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2014 edited
     (11341.41)
    @Horrible Warning Si
    Thank you, Mr. Spurrier. It might seem small, but it definitely makes a difference for the better.
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    My apologies for the stupid, ignorant post.
    • CommentAuthorjakew
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2014
     (11341.43)
    I really hope Simon sticks the ending because this is EASILY the best Crossed story I've read outside of Garth Ennis' initial mini-series.

    A part of me also hopes that the finale isn't just the typical nihilistic Crossed ending where the lead character is infected / killed in some gross ironic way / has a "we are the walking Crossed!" revelation that every Crossed writer aside from Ennis seems to use. I think "Wish You Were Here" is a bit better than that.

    Also, unless it's revealed that Shakespeare did something absolutely awful in his flashback (more awful than ignoring an opportunistic rapist, leaving a man to be tortured by the Crossed, abandoning a guy with brain damage, framing a kindly priest for being a pervert, pressuring a nun into sex, etc) that flips our perception of the character on its head ... I still kind of like the guy. He has that Walter White-style sly-manipulator-with-the-best-intentions thing going on.

    Sure he has two broken legs, no allies, no weapons and is stuck on an island as an arm of Crossed commandos paddles in ... but I think he could still make it!
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2014
     (11341.44)
    Americans don't really use that term used by GK so it's an easy racial epithet to use accidentally when reffing to GK and Ashoke.

    Not a lot of folks of Pakistani lineage here.
    • CommentAuthorDannykat
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2014
     (11341.45)
    @MrBogey
    Well now you know better.
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeMay 12th 2014
     (11341.46)
    I knew before. That's because I'm a well-rounded guy. Just explaining why an American fellow might use it because he heard it and not realized it's pretty regressive and racist.
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    @Joe thanks!

    Also, TIL that term is offensive. The more you know (tm).
    • CommentAuthorHardCory
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2014
     (11341.48)
    Let is not perpetuate the American stereotype that we are all naively racist... please.
    • CommentAuthorHardCory
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2014
     (11341.49)
    I too hope the ending isnt the typical Crossed ending, however I think we should give Si a little credit. I don't think there has been one instance where I predicted what was going to happen next. Thus another reason why I will shed a tear when the curtains close on this cluster of survivors.
    • CommentAuthorDannykat
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2014
     (11341.50)
    @HardCory
    Agreed, I have faith that Mr. Spurrier is going to give us an ending we'll be talking about for quite a bit.
    • CommentAuthorJoe Shoes
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2014
     (11341.51)
    Aargh! Not another skip week? I guess Simon is doing to us what Aoilean has been doing to Shaky. Making us experience / endure that delaying of pleasure thing.
    • CommentAuthorJoe Shoes
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2014 edited
     (11341.52)
    @Dannykat and HardCory

    I completely agree with you. The writing in WYWH is of a consistently high quality. I just can't imagine Simon would re-hash the 'we are all walking crossed' the equivalent of 'and then I woke up and and it was all a dream' ending.

    @jakew
    Yes, that's all true, but don't forget that he does have one card to play: Aoilean. Even when we discover exactly what happened in the church we just won't know what her endgame is until probably the last episode. Two points concerning Aoilean, 1. the gamekeeper tells Shaky over the radio that he believes even though she is crossed she hadn't killed a single soul and 2. When she speaks to Shaky she says 'Go home my love' which had it not been for the crossed typeface would have made me think she wasn't crossed. I too hope that somehow, against all the odds Shaky can make it or at the very least escape the typical ending. I'm confident whatever happens Simon will tie it all together beautifully.
    • CommentAuthortr0r
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2014
     (11341.53)
    Gah, another interlude. But, perhaps the best one ever.
    • CommentAuthorJoe Shoes
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2014
     (11341.54)
    @tr0r
    Totally agree with you, the best interlude ever. It makes me wonder, will the last entries in shaky's diary even be him?
    • CommentAuthorMrBogey
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2014
     (11341.55)
    Near the end of a series, of a story I enjoy, and the next issue just couldn't come.
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    Let out an audible "Noooooooo!" when I saw it was an interlude :(
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2014
     (11341.57)
    I always thought delayed gratification was over-rated, but it seems that the crossed can "learn" it, and can therefore be taught. And learn stuff. Which suggests a capacity for altruism, and the reshaping of humanity's ideas of "community". The possiblility of a post apocalyptic re-booting of mankind's tribal instinct as a social dynamic provides a glimmer of post- C Day hope.

    Staying with the "delayed gratification" theme, trust Shaky to fuck a good principle into farcical clusterfuck, when the orgasm he couldn't achieve (and one that would have validated Theresa's / Aioleen's supreme Faith and sacrifice in a nice, safe way, with a bit of closure for her) resulting in his lack of spluffage being the straw that broke the camel's spine of this poor girl's sanity. Way to go Shaky. (Wadda guy) Also his is almost casual impregnation of Tabitha tippy-toes must seem like salt in the wound of Saintly Aioleeen's feelings of utter worthlessness, considering her deification of Shaky, and his subsequant rejection of her first ever orgasm.
    • CommentAuthorDannykat
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2014
     (11341.58)
    Skip weeks hurt my soul...
    • CommentAuthorBadBeast
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2014
     (11341.59)
    After 86 episodes of WYWH, you've got no business even HAVING a soul! ;)
    • CommentAuthorHawk
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2014
     (11341.60)
    Because I'm thick, I forgot my password.....anyway.

    What a series - you know - I'm hoping Si actually leaves this with 'an escape clause' to follow on with another series.

    I dunno, what about (after whatever happens) Shaky gets pulled from the North Sea by the 4 Brit SAS guys in "Badlands".

    Now that would be awesome!

    This story has to finish, but by goodnesss, Si has to write another - and bloody quick about it too Son!

    I also really liked in this the slight, but noticeable toning down (for crossed!!) of the violence and language. Made the story much more readable - especially compared to Family Values *shudder*.

    Good work Si - keep it up. Uber is the only book on par with this.

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