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Now Reading... posted 16 July 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Curethan, Didact

Just finished Reaper's Gale and Renegade's Magic. Both good. Next up, Black Man by R Morgan, then on to HPVII, woohoo - a good month for reading <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Now Reading... posted 03 October 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Urchin, Commoner

The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss.
Only a few chapters in, but enjoying it so far. view post


Now Reading... posted 17 January 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Curethan, Didact

Hey, read that a while ago. Not bad, thought this monkey.
Still aint found black man in Oz tho.

Now: 'Coincidinces, Chaos and all that maths jazz'. Really interesting <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Now Reading... posted 29 May 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

the far traveller: voyages of a viking woman - nancy marie brown

and trying to slowly make my way through viking clothing - thor ewing

*bashes head* i need some new fantasy.. any suggestions? view post


Now Reading... posted 30 May 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Quote: &quot;gierra&quot;:xqzxo6wd
the far traveller: voyages of a viking woman - nancy marie brown

and trying to slowly make my way through viking clothing - thor ewing

*bashes head* i need some new fantasy.. any suggestions?[/quote:xqzxo6wd]

Malazan Book of the Fallen- Steven Erikson

A Song of Ice and Fire- G R.R Martin

If you havent read them already, and

The Algebraist- Iain Banks: Is also pretty good but more Sci-Fi-ish and hard to get into for the first few chapters. view post


Now Reading... posted 30 May 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

i've never read any martin or erikson, i'm lame! i'm gonna start on the martin books, i know my buddy has all of em.. i think i have only the second one lol view post


Now Reading... posted 02 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

The Martin Ice/Fire books are good. I think the recent volumes suffer a little from the series' success, in that I don't think they are getting much editorial attention and mighty bloat seems to be affecting them .... Still, they're destined to stand as a major fantasy work from the turn of the 20th/21st century, and not without reason.

I dug into the Erikson books back when they first started coming out, and bogged down after a few books. However, I was an overburdened grad student at the time, though, so I should probably try again now that my head is (?) clearer.

Most recent fantasy book I read was Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamorra, which I quite enjoyed.

Horrifyingly, I haven't read Thousandfold Thought yet! <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> I had just finished Warrior Prophet before a big transatlantic move and my reading list hasn't fully recovered yet. However, I have great confidence that I can get it and read it before the Aspect-Emperor books start coming! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 22 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Glen Cook - The Books of the South: I am enjoying it so far. His writing is impeccably subtle. I love the attention he has given to making each character's relationship with the others in the group well thought out and natural. His prose in sharper than a fucking scalpel as well. To call him a decent writer would be a massive understatement.

Niccolo Machiavelli - The Prince: Although his use of maxims becomes a burden on the reader, the book's historical significance as a political handbook as well as containing controversial philosophical jumping points continually force me from shelving the book.

Currently reading various music magazines as well. I finished Metal Maniac's May 2007 issue today (a year late I know but I have a stack of magazines almost as high as the stack of books I have yet to read). The highlight would be the article on the almighty Manowar as well as the small blurb about Full Blown Chaos. I am also in the midst of Zero Tolerance 019. Finished the Fifth issue of the Grimoire of Exalted Deeds the other night too. Always a humorous read. view post


Now Reading... posted 23 June 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Orion_metalhead&quot;:1to3jlel
The highlight would be the article on the almighty Manowar [...][/quote:1to3jlel]
Ah, Manowar! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> Speaking of which (though this probably belongs better in the &quot;Now Listening to&quot; thread), have you heard the Brain Surgeons' Denial of Death album, on which Ross the Boss joins forces with ex-Blue-Öyster-Cult Al Bouchard? Most rocking ....

Anyway, to beef up the credibility of this as a &quot;Now reading&quot; post <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> I'll mention that I recently chugged through John Rateliff's History of the Hobbit, which was much more interesting than I would have guessed for its insights into the formation of &quot;modern Middle-Earth&quot; as Tolkien tried to reconcile his Silmarilion-ish legendarium with the setting of The Hobbit.

And for something completely different, Walter Friedrich's Fire in the Sea: The Santorini Volcano, which is a rather &quot;crash-course technical&quot; but still comprehensive multi-disciplinary introduction to both the geology and archaeology of Santorini. Stemming from a trip around the Mediterranean last year, the missus and I have ever since been on a little kick to improve our background on classical and ancient history/archaeology for the region, particularly the eastern Med and Aegean. Good fun, as those were never topics I had much studied before. So I've been working my way through several introductory or text-book like works on Greece and Rome as well, as preliminaries to getting into more specific and detailed topics.

And, for fun and to keep my head from getting screwed on too straight, I've been re-reading some of my old RE Howard/Conan collections. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 10 July 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Trinket, Candidate

Couple of books on the go, actually:

Re-Reading the whole PoN series for the fifth time (halfway through first book).

Reading a book by Lois McMaster Bujold called &quot;Paladin of Souls&quot;. It's a very well written book, set in the same world as Curse of Chalion, and it explores deeper into the mysticism and religion of her world.

Also a book by Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park, one of my favourites <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> ) called &quot;Next&quot;. It's not a bad book, it's about geneticists and genes and other scientific things. Not bad, but not as good as Jurassic Park (very little is). view post


Now Reading... posted 24 July 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

picked up this gem while i was at the museum recently attending a symposium.

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*drool* view post


Now Reading... posted 01 August 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Curethan, Didact

^^ now that looks like a freaking awesome read/table book. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

Reading 'Incandesence' by Greg Egan

One of the most mind warping scifi writers around today.

Read 'Quarrantine' by the same author if you haven't yet. The best quantum physics speculation with truly alien aliens.
And he's an Aussie, so with our tiny market he really needs some love overseas. <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 08 August 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Quote: &quot;Curethan&quot;:14c8nsnw
^^ now that looks like a freaking awesome read/table book. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> [/quote:14c8nsnw]

duuude, it is so sweet.

next i must find
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Now Reading... posted 11 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

I finished reading The Darkness That Comes Before about 3 weeks ago and, instead of continuing on to the next book I got sucked into a PKD and GRRM binge ever since. In that time, I've read these gems:







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Excellent story. Better than the movie, and the movie was also excellent.









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This one was a <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> <!-- s:!: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_exclaim.gif" alt=":!:" title="Exclamation" /><!-- s:!: --> I had to purchase this one because I plan to read it again. Also purchased the subsequent 2 books in this trilogy.













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So-so.












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Outstanding! Incredible! I couldn't put this one down. I read it in 5 days and didn't sleep much. The writing is hypnotically absorbing. The characters are some of the best I've ever encountered. Highly recommended. I placed an amazon order for this one and the next 2 books, in hardcover, and I anxiously await their arrival














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Incredible short novel.












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Good, but pales in comparison to the first one. This one had more of a comedic tone to it.














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Great concepts, but it should have been taken further, deeper. Still a good story.









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Fucked up. Lots of twists. Great concepts. I plan to read this one again.


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I'm reading this one now. Almost a third of the way through. GRRM's writing is one of a kind. So absorbing I now pace myself so I can get proper sleep. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 11 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:2jc0xmvi
[Re GRRM's Game of Thrones] Outstanding! Incredible! I couldn't put this one down. I read it in 5 days and didn't sleep much. The writing is hypnotically absorbing. The characters are some of the best I've ever encountered. Highly recommended. I placed an amazon order for this one and the next 2 books, in hardcover, and I anxiously await their arrival[/quote:2jc0xmvi]
I agree, Game of Thrones was a fabulous series kick-off. I've generally enjoyed the subsequent books in the series, too, though I have the feeling that (as often happens) success has blunted editorial oversight: the most recent installments have grown in length and slowed in pace, IMO. Still better than a great deal of epic fantasy, but ... well, even though Game of Thrones is hardly light on page-count, even by the standards of the genre, it's a lot snappier than, say, A Feast for Crows (which, I think, only contains half of the amount of plot development that was originally intended for it, with the rest of what was supposed to take place between its covers eventually having been hived off into what will be the next published book!). The production of increasingly weighty and complex tomes seems to have generally slowed down publication as well: the first 3 books came out at about two years intervals, I think, and then there was a 4 o 5 year gap until the fourth book, and it looks like a similar period will have passed by the time the next one comes out. At this rate, it could be 2020 before the final planned book is published! People born just after Game of Thrones was published could have babies of their own by then. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

Don't get me wrong -- I have enjoyed and still recommend those books (and, of course, other stuff from GRRM). I just wish that there was a little more editorial brutality being exercised on the most recent volumes, which would make them a bit less ponderous and simultaneously accelerate the release schedule. I do actually want to read the &quot;continuing adventures&quot; more than twice a decade, after all. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 11 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:25gs2dy8

I agree, Game of Thrones was a fabulous series kick-off. I've generally enjoyed the subsequent books in the series, too, though I have the feeling that (as often happens) success has blunted editorial oversight: the most recent installments have grown in length and slowed in pace, IMO. Still better than a great deal of epic fantasy, but ... well, even though Game of Thrones is hardly light on page-count, even by the standards of the genre, it's a lot snappier than, say, A Feast for Crows (which, I think, only contains half of the amount of plot development that was originally intended for it, with the rest of what was supposed to take place between its covers eventually having been hived off into what will be the next published book!). The production of increasingly weighty and complex tomes seems to have generally slowed down publication as well: the first 3 books came out at about two years intervals, I think, and then there was a 4 o 5 year gap until the fourth book, and it looks like a similar period will have passed by the time the next one comes out. At this rate, it could be 2020 before the final planned book is published! People born just after Game of Thrones was published could have babies of their own by then. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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I read this series was originally intended to be a trilogy. By the time the 3rd book released it was to be a 5 book series. The fourth book was so huge the editors insisted it be split into 2 books, so GRRM split it by removing certain characters right out and leaving them for the 5th book. I suspect what was suppose to be the 5th book is now to be split into 2 books, making the whole series a 7 book series. Imho, GRRM is trying to milk it for all its worth, like several other writers who release like 10 book series. Seven books in a widely praised series can rake in more than double the profits of a highly praised 3 book series. I can also understand some why its taking longer to release the books now... GRRM needs to come up with new content to fill out his books, as opposed to already having his story laid out in the beginning when it was projected to only be a trilogy. Also, he's getting himself mixed up in other stuff, like the 2 Hedge Knight novellas, The Hunter's Run which he wrote with 2 other writers, the Wild Cards stuff, and Lord knows what else... he should prioritize and just focus on the series, get it done and over with. Like you said, the babies born right after A Game of Thrones was released will probably grow up to read the series and then wait for the last novel to be released. I just hope its worth it in the end.

Perhaps, GRRM needs to take some pointers from Scott on how to complete a book in a short period of time. Amazon shows a Jan 2009 release for The Judging Eye. That's 5 books in under 6 years. I truly praise Scott for this outstanding drive and ability! Way to go!! You show these bloated bastards how its done. <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 12 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:2czz1cxk
Imho, GRRM is trying to milk it for all its worth, like several other writers who release like 10 book series. Seven books in a widely praised series can rake in more than double the profits of a highly praised 3 book series. I can also understand some why its taking longer to release the books now... GRRM needs to come up with new content to fill out his books, as opposed to already having his story laid out in the beginning when it was projected to only be a trilogy. Also, he's getting himself mixed up in other stuff, like the 2 Hedge Knight novellas, The Hunter's Run which he wrote with 2 other writers, the Wild Cards stuff, and Lord knows what else... he should prioritize and just focus on the series, get it done and over with.[/quote:2czz1cxk]
I was going to take the slightly more charitable view that GRRM had simply gotten so wrapped up in world and story that he was simply spawning ever more side characters and side plots as he details each day's weather and menu while someone travels from somewhere to somewhere else, the reasons for doing having escaped our minds since the motive was introduced several hundred pages previously. <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> I think that must be easily done, perhaps even for an experienced novelist -- grave temptation to disappear in to minutiae that make brilliant sense to the author who is intimately aware of every facet of existence in their world and story. It's a kind of micro-management problem, I suppose. I've certainly committed similar sins in some of my novel project drafts, with loads of description of things that don't really advance the core plot and piles of subordinate characters popping up with their own subplot nuclei before I realize I really have nothing to do with them. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> In fact, seeing how &quot;Ice &amp; Fire&quot; was developing is probably one of the things that made me stop, and go hmm, and think that I probably need a more rigourous plan/outline if I were going to produce anything vaguely sensible!

I do enjoy &quot;Ice &amp; Fire&quot;, and do look forward to the next installment .... But I do think some editor should step in and say: &quot;25-50% of this draft has to go!&quot;. Save it for spin-off novellas and short stories that can obit the main series like gnarly little satellites. <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: --> Of course, the very fact that I still want to read the next installment despite the bloat is probably exactly why some editor isn't stepping in and doing that .... <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:2czz1cxk
Perhaps, GRRM needs to take some pointers from Scott on how to complete a book in a short period of time. Amazon shows a Jan 2009 release for The Judging Eye. That's 5 books in under 6 years. I truly praise Scott for this outstanding drive and ability! Way to go!! You show these bloated bastards how its done. <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: -->[/quote:2czz1cxk]

I'm not sure how what the dynamics of the market are at the moment (especially given the miserable economic situation, which must be impacting people's entertainment reading budgets), but certainly a a book or two every year or two of the 500-700 page mass market paperback variety seems like a reasonable output. One doesn't want to over-saturate an author's fans with more than they can read, but one doesn't want to leave them too long in which to forget what the heck is happening, who's who, and why they should care anyway.

And from the release of TDTCB, every year or so Scott has indeed produced a manageable novel that moves along nicely and leaves one wanting more before too much time passes. (And seriously, if an author really has such a massive draft that it needs to be split across several volumes purely because it would otherwise exceed the physical limits of what modern bookbinding can accomplish, if the ideas are really all worth publishing, shouldn't they have been shaken out and re-enginneered to into several smaller and connected but still complete novels before they reached the stage of giant unmanageable draft?). I just need to get ahold of TTT and read it before the first mass market Aspect-Emperor book appears! <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Now Reading... posted 12 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

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I just received brand-spanking new hardcover copies of the first 3 books in the mail today, and purchased a used hardcover copy of A Feast For Crows in very nice condition for $7. It all worked out very snuggly, even on my bookshelf. I'm anxious to already dig in, but I still have Fevre Dream to complete, and three PKD books from the library as well. To top it all off, I still have The Warrior Prophet and The Thousandfold Thought to also read, which I wish to do before the next installment is released. But, since my experiences reading TDTCB I'm of a mindset where Scott's books is for a time when I'm ready to savour them like am exotic fruit pie or twenty talent whore. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:3diglmmm

I was going to take the slightly more charitable view that GRRM had simply gotten so wrapped up in world and story that he was simply spawning ever more side characters and side plots as he details each day's weather and menu while someone travels from somewhere to somewhere else, the reasons for doing having escaped our minds since the motive was introduced several hundred pages previously. <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> I think that must be easily done, perhaps even for an experienced novelist -- grave temptation to disappear in to minutiae that make brilliant sense to the author who is intimately aware of every facet of existence in their world and story. It's a kind of micro-management problem, I suppose. [/quote:3diglmmm]

That's called milking it for all its worth, until the udder becomes barren and shrivels into a prune. Using a different perspective, its bloating the novel, like a steak 60 percent fat 35 percent meat 5 percent t-bone. Out of a thousand pages that's 350-500 worthwhile pages, the rest just unusable fluff. This is when the editor must step in with a machete and butcher it.

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:3diglmmm

I've certainly committed similar sins in some of my novel project drafts, with loads of description of things that don't really advance the core plot and piles of subordinate characters popping up with their own subplot nuclei before I realize I really have nothing to do with them. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> In fact, seeing how &quot;Ice &amp; Fire&quot; was developing is probably one of the things that made me stop, and go hmm, and think that I probably need a more rigourous plan/outline if I were going to produce anything vaguely sensible! [/quote:3diglmmm]

Just write it all out, then do the butchering job afterwards. Both are excellent exercises. So I hear. <!-- s:| --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_neutral.gif" alt=":|" title="Neutral" /><!-- s:| -->

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:3diglmmm

I do enjoy &quot;Ice &amp; Fire&quot;, and do look forward to the next installment .... But I do think some editor should step in and say: &quot;25-50% of this draft has to go!&quot;. Save it for spin-off novellas and short stories that can obit the main series like gnarly little satellites. <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: --> Of course, the very fact that I still want to read the next installment despite the bloat is probably exactly why some editor isn't stepping in and doing that .... <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->
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Its GRRM's publisher's fault for refusing the original draft of A Feast for Crows. They said it was too large, which to me is BS, and forced him to split it into two books. They also want to milk it for all its worth. I just think about War and Peace, The Bible, Neal Stephenson's last five novels, even A Storm of Swords, and no book is too large to bind or release. Yeah, the publishers want to also milk it for all its worth. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: -->

But, at this point, and like numerous others, it won't stop me from getting the rest of the books and reading them.


Btw, whenever you get a chance, read Fevre Dream. I'm two-thirds of the way through and its already one of the best vampire stories I've ever read. The story has balls and the characters pack a stand-out punch. The writing is sharp and crisp and the dialog is sensational. Very much like what I encountered in A Game of Thrones. I highly recommend it.


Cheers. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Now Reading... posted 12 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:1zdz0dp4
I still have The Warrior Prophet and The Thousandfold Thought to also read[/quote:1zdz0dp4]
Ah, it makes me feel so good that I'm not actually farther behind in Scott's books than absolutely everyone else! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> I have had least acquired and read The Warrior Prophet. Alas, the way things are, I don't know when I'll be able to score a copy of TTT, so you may well yet get there ahead of me! view post


Now Reading... posted 14 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:313hoyea

Ah, it makes me feel so good that I'm not actually farther behind in Scott's books than absolutely everyone else! <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> I have had least acquired and read The Warrior Prophet. Alas, the way things are, I don't know when I'll be able to score a copy of TTT, so you may well yet get there ahead of me![/quote:313hoyea]

I started reading The Darkness That Comes Before sometime in May/June 2003 and finished it in August 2008. At my pace, I'll be done The Warrior Prophet when the first book of the third trilogy is released <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? --> <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

In the meantime, I've almost completed Fevre Dream, then after its these three PKD books I checked out from the library:




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Now Reading... posted 17 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Curethan, Didact

PKD is one of the best. *thumbs up* Quick reads too <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

now reading; Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts view post


Now Reading... posted 17 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Somewhat unexpectedly, I am currently reading English Place-name Society's The Place-names of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely which arrived on my doorstep this morning. I had ordered it back in May, and had given it up for lost months ago! Well: late is better than never! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Not exactly a ripping yarn <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> but it does what it says on the tin. view post


Now Reading... posted 18 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:34sbnci7
Somewhat unexpectedly, I am currently reading English Place-name Society's The Place-names of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely which arrived on my doorstep this morning. I had ordered it back in May, and had given it up for lost months ago! Well: late is better than never! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Not exactly a ripping yarn <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> but it does what it says on the tin.[/quote:34sbnci7]

Sounds like a history class. Is this to do with your story? Researching for Celtic roots in those areas of England? For someone who enjoys Tolkien appendixes I'm not surprised you ordered this one. <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


Now Reading... posted 18 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Curethan&quot;:3c0aijkj
PKD is one of the best. *thumbs up* Quick reads too <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

now reading; Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts[/quote:3c0aijkj]


Yeah, they are quick reads. I can read one of his books in a day, three days tops. Valis was the only exception. There was so much deep stuff in it I put the book down many times to spend the rest of the day to contemplate on what I had read. I was like this everytime: <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: -->

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Its ironically amazing that PKD wanted to move away from science fiction since he started writing sci-fi, yet he's considered one of the best writers ever in the sci-fi genre.




Of the three PKD books I listed recently I've only read Martian Time-Slip. But, from my personal collection, I also read these two this week:

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Good story, great ideas, but I felt disappointed at the way it ended. It was like... Aww man, that's it?! <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> Phil could have really elaborated much more on the whole Earth-Luna deal.






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Just finished this bad boy today. Its one of his best. I could read it again and again and again.... its that good. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->




I think I'll be moving on to Now Wait For Last Year. view post


Now Reading... posted 19 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:13gkjmtl
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The Place-names of Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely[/quote:13gkjmtl]
Sounds like a history class. Is this to do with your story? Researching for Celtic roots in those areas of England? For someone who enjoys Tolkien appendixes I'm not surprised you ordered this one. <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P -->[/quote:13gkjmtl]
<!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> Not so much for the novel project! Though perhaps I'll pluck out a few names for use somewhere ..... No, I'm just a psycho and enjoy this kinda stuff. <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: --> I lived in Cambridge a dozen years or so, and get a kick out of the backgrounds on the familiar names. (Not so many Celtic names survive in that part of England, really -- and those that exist are mostly larger watercourses, which are the sorts of things that tend to resist renaming. Most places have Anglo-Saxon names, with a scattering of Scandinavian names.)

Actually, now that I think of it, I did once have a concept for the novel project to use the geography and names of New England, but take all the English-derived names and put them back in their Anglo-Saxon forms, and take all the Native American names and translate them (more or less) into Celtic! <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> I eventually ditched the idea because I ended up spending too much effort trying to fit my story into the geography instead of just making some geography that suited the story, but it was an interesting exercise creating a hybrid New/Old England. Still, it was a lesson to me not to let world-building get in the way of the story (much though I still like the world-building!). view post


Now Reading... posted 20 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:kpc7x2sq

(Not so many Celtic names survive in that part of England, really -- and those that exist are mostly larger watercourses, which are the sorts of things that tend to resist renaming. Most places have Anglo-Saxon names, with a scattering of Scandinavian names.)[/quote:kpc7x2sq]

I once read that &quot;Sutherland&quot; means the &quot;South Land&quot;, and Sutherland is the name of an area at the northern point of Scotland, which is the northern country of Great Britain. I always thought that to be extremely interesting, like it suggests that the land of Great Britain was much larger once upon a time, and something happened to inundate the land area north of Scotland. I mentioned this to an Irish friend and he stated that area of Sutherland was once named by the Vikings as the South Land. And the phrase &quot;the luck of the Irish&quot; has more to do with Ireland not going under more than anything else. He strongly believes Great Britain was once a much larger land mass, possibly a large chain of islands that stretched up north and west and connected to Scandinavian lands, Iceland, and Greenland. Its an incredible thought. Worthy of tales of tell.

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:kpc7x2sq

Actually, now that I think of it, I did once have a concept for the novel project to use the geography and names of New England, but take all the English-derived names and put them back in their Anglo-Saxon forms, and take all the Native American names and translate them (more or less) into Celtic! <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> I eventually ditched the idea because I ended up spending too much effort trying to fit my story into the geography instead of just making some geography that suited the story, but it was an interesting exercise creating a hybrid New/Old England. Still, it was a lesson to me not to let world-building get in the way of the story (much though I still like the world-building!).[/quote:kpc7x2sq]

I know what you mean about the world-building getting in the way of the story... I tried something similar many years ago with a fantasy story idea I had, but I created a world from scratch, and only gave up because of the tediousness (and the distraction of women).
Although, world-building is half the fun. Once you have that world built numerous stories can spawn from it. I guess its best to separate story from the world; build the world, then apply the story (I attempted the reverse). I hope Scott pumps out a completely separate story with separate characters in his world, like what GRRM did with the Hedge Knight tales. view post


Now Reading... posted 20 September 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Cnaiür&quot;:197wldw7
I once read that &quot;Sutherland&quot; means the &quot;South Land&quot;, and Sutherland is the name of an area at the northern point of Scotland, which is the northern country of Great Britain. I always thought that to be extremely interesting, like it suggests that the land of Great Britain was much larger once upon a time, and something happened to inundate the land area north of Scotland. I mentioned this to an Irish friend and he stated that area of Sutherland was once named by the Vikings as the South Land. And the phrase &quot;the luck of the Irish&quot; has more to do with Ireland not going under more than anything else. He strongly believes Great Britain was once a much larger land mass, possibly a large chain of islands that stretched up north and west and connected to Scandinavian lands, Iceland, and Greenland. Its an incredible thought. Worthy of tales of tell.[/quote:197wldw7]
Definitely more dramatic tales in that interpretation than in those geologists would probably tell! <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> True, during the last Ice Age, &quot;Britain&quot; had a larger land mass (due to lower sea level) and was connected directly to Ireland for a time and (for longer, I think) to the continent (cf. the &quot;lost world&quot; of Doggerland). However, Sutherland was the &quot;southern land&quot; to the Scandinavians simply because it was indeed south of their colonies in the Orkneys, Shetlands, and Faroes. If your perspective is formed from the point of view of sailing from Norway and through those islands as stopping points, then northern Scotland is indeed &quot;south&quot;. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

The fantasy of a drowned &quot;hyperborean&quot; Scotland would offer a lot of scope for story, though. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:197wldw7
I hope Scott pumps out a completely separate story with separate characters in his world, like what GRRM did with the Hedge Knight tales.[/quote:197wldw7]
Yes, agreed! There's a lot of scope for more stories in a well-built world like that -- different, separate stories set at similar times, and either separate or related stories set at different points in the history. view post


Now Reading... posted 04 October 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

This book kept appearing in front of my attention over the last three months and I kept ignoring it, thinking its just a joke, you know, just another lame ass self-help book only there for profits. It appeared too much in front of my eyes that I just couldn't ignore it any longer. I must say, the only regret I have is not reading it three months ago.

It's a non-fiction, better-yourself book, highly concentrated with Buddhism-wisdom and techniques. After only trying out a handful of techniques for four days now, I already notice a considerable difference in my life and my thinking patterns. I feel better than I did last week, I met a couple of positive people that entered my life only these last three days, and someone who I had beef with is now talking to me again. More importantly, my thinking patterns appear to be improved and my self-awareness seems to have heightened.


Truly, I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.



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Now Reading... posted 06 October 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by carlsefni, Peralogue

(Re The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari)
I remember my wife picked up that book a couple of years back -- though I think in the Spanish translation, as something to read on the plane from Bogotá back to the UK, where we then lived -- and quite liked it. She likewise has an interest in intelligently written books on spirituality, and also has little patience with that sort of yet-another-dodgy-self-help-book containing (if I may paraphrase the mighty Spinal Tap's David St. Hubbins) bits and pieces of whatever eastern philosophy would drift through the author's transom. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> I think I read at least some of the Spanish language version, too, and remember it seeming like pretty sensible stuff.

If only I had a Ferrari to sell! That would definitely pay for a sizeable international book order from Amazon! <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 06 October 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Cnaiür, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:3ew40dnc
(Re The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari)
I think I read at least some of the Spanish language version, too, and remember it seeming like pretty sensible stuff.
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I recommend you read the entire book. Its only 200 pages.


Quote: &quot;carlsefni&quot;:3ew40dnc

If only I had a Ferrari to sell! That would definitely pay for a sizeable international book order from Amazon! <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: -->[/quote:3ew40dnc]

Don't we all. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> Plus a large wall-sized redwood Victorian bookshelf to boot. The only difference between us and this lawyer-turned-monk is he has all the money he needs to live his life in utter peace and travel anywhere he wishes, meanwhile, I'm scraping for change just to get bread crumbs on the table, let alone enough change for a trip into the city. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: -->

Regardless, its truly a beneficial read. view post


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