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LooseCannon Peralogue | joined 03 February 2004 | 72 posts


Men v. Nonmen posted 03 February 2004 in Author Q & AMen v. Nonmen by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Exellent information. That indeed explains a lot about what went down in the prologue.

Can you give us any indication of how many nonmen still exist? For instance, could they muster an army or are there just a few left? view post


Men v. Nonmen posted 03 February 2004 in Author Q & AMen v. Nonmen by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Thanks for the timely response! Nice to see a response from an author that doesn't contain the phrase "read and find out". And I echo what others have said on this site: great work and keep it up, looking forward to the rest of the series. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

As for the book launch - where and when? I saw you at Chapters last summer in north London but didn't have my copy of Darkness with me and was on the way to work so didn't have any time, unfortunately, to chat. view post


kellhus == good guy?? posted 04 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I got the impression that Kellhus was completely apathetic to every person he encountered in the book. He seemed to use them as tools and easily discard them if they were of no further use (as he did with Leweth).

As for his intentions - I thought he was still planning on killing his father by the end of the book. However, I think in the second and/or third book he is going to change his priorities. For instance once he meets his father they will probably have a long conversation and his father will know how to break through all his Dunyain schooling and turn him to his side or whatever.

Other than that I really don't know. It's all just wild speculation on my part. I need to reread tDtcB before May. Hard to remember a lot of this stuff. view post


Best character posted 04 February 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I liked them all pretty much. However, the Emperor Xerius really stood out for me. The guy was absolutely hilarious. His inner monologue was a treat to read, not to mention the way he treated his mother. Needless to say I got mucho amusement from his chapters. Hopefully if he dies he will come back as a disembodied voice or something. <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


Magic posted 04 February 2004 in Author Q &amp; AMagic by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Just wondering if you could shed a little more light on the Schoolmen in your series. We know that the Mandate have the "Gnostic of the Ancient North" which seems to make them more powerful then the other Schools from the Three Seas. Can you explain the Gnostic a little on this board? What exactly is it?

And also, I'm not sure if it was ever mentioned in tDtcB but are certain Schoolmen more powerful than others from the same School, and if so what separates them in terms of power (i.e. natural ability, being able to draw more power into them, etc, etc)? view post


Question to R.S. regarding release dates. posted 05 February 2004 in Author Q &amp; AQuestion to R.S. regarding release dates. by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Yeah, that news isn't too bad at all. Just out of curiosity, do you have a page count for the Canadian version yet? I think you said somewhere on this forum that it was bigger than tDtCB...

Also, was it your choice or the publishers to put it in the trade paperback style? Whatever the case, it is easily the most durable book I've ever read (even more than Mieville's which is in the same style) because the pages and the front and back cover actually flex instead of bending and creasing. Please don't change the style! view post


Curious if you... posted 10 February 2004 in Author Q &amp; ACurious if you... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I find it interesting that so many chose the S&amp;S cover yet the clear choice from all the people I've seen online is the Penguin cover.

Anyway, the first thing I usually do when I'm looking at a book in a store is to see if there is a map of the world. The moment I saw yours I thought 'hey, this looks like the map of Middle Earth from Tolkien's work'. But I thought that in a good way <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. It comes across as familar by the way it is drawn and also, to me, made Earwa more credible because I was comparing it to such an amazingly realized world.

Funny how you mentioned the Tolkien quote on the back there, I didn't even notice that. I remember when I first picked up Jordan's Eye of the World off a library shelf about ten years ago I read that blurb on the front about Jordan being the next Tolkien. It seems like every new, promising fantasy book these days gets that same Tolkien comparison placed on the cover. I have to admit that it is a good marketing tool as it made me interested in Jordan's series which I knew nothing about at the time. However, the Steven Erikson quote is what made me buy your book. And he didn't let me down I might add <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


Curious if you... posted 11 February 2004 in Author Q &amp; ACurious if you... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I have read Mieville's Perdido Street Station and the Scar and must say I quite enjoyed both. I like tasting different flavours of fantasy writing and Mieville is definitely at the top of the so-called Speculative Fantasy genre. I believe he is a self-proclaimed socialist and a lot of that reflects in his writing, but if the reader decides to ignore it you can easily enjoy his stories (well, at least I can). His comments on Tolkien are nothing more than a rant. When I read Tolkien I don't sit back and think "gee, this guy is ultra-conservative", I think "wow, what a great world and storyline he has created". Mieville is too political sometimes I think. view post


What are you most looking forward to? posted 15 February 2004 in Author Q &amp; AWhat are you most looking forward to? by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I'm looking forward to learning more about the history of the world, i.e. more about the First Apocalypse. Also, more info on Kellhus' father, Maithanet, the Kianese, Non-men, No-God, Gnostic of the North, and Golgotterath. Or to sum it up: everything! <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


About the books posted 15 February 2004 in The Warrior ProphetAbout the books by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I read it pretty slowly as well. I think you can compare it to really good food as you want to take your time eating and enjoying every last bite. My apologies for the analogous cliche <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 16 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Back to the AI discussion (Sorry, I am a terrible philosopher):
One of my teachers last semester gave us an interesting final lecture on the state of computer technology and where it is headed in the next hundred years. According to Moore's law integrated circuits will continue to double in efficiency every year. While some argue that this theory is no longer valid the fact of the matter is that when you think about how fast a computer processor is now and you start doubling that capability and then doubling it again and again and again you are talking about incredible advancements. By the end of the 21st century some of the things we've seen in movies like the Matrix and other cheesy sci-fi movies will be reality. Also, with all the advancements in nanotechnology processors will finally have the ability to transfer data at speeds that compliment them. I think it is also going to reduce prices on many technological devices by a considerable margin. view post


On The Warrior Prophet posted 17 February 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by LooseCannon, Peralogue

The problem here is that the Nazis, as a society, didn't possess what most societies do have and that is a shred of honour or respect for your enemy. They systematically killed men, women and children in brutal gas chambers. I can't understand how they could look past this and still say "We are doing the right thing, the rest of the world is wrong in this". view post


Dunyain posted 23 February 2004 in Author Q &amp; ADunyain by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Been reading through TDTCB and a question came to mind near the beginning. It is stated that when Kellhus left Ishual all the remaining Dunyain commited suicide to cleanse themselves of being polluted or some such by Moenghus' sorcery. Does this mean that Kellhus is the only remaining Dunyain in all of Earwa?

I guess this might be bordering very close to spoilers so I guess if this topic is covered in later books just ignore this. view post


Other authors you enjoy posted 03 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AOther authors you enjoy by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I agree, Mal. I hate to go off on a tangent but this is what angered me about the new movie the Passion of the Christ. Besides all the other controversy the one thing that really irritated me was that people are calling this film too violent. It is like they expect the film not only to be politically correct by today's standards but also to sanitize it for today's sensitive market. How can you learn about history when modern ideals are inserted to appeal to today's audience. It isn't right I tell you! view post


More laudations... this time from a very important group posted 03 March 2004 in Interviews and ReviewsMore laudations... this time from a very important group by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Here's hoping many people use that as their shopping list the next time they are in a bookstore. view post


Now Reading... posted 18 March 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I had the same problem with Liveship Traders. I read it off and on for a month and finally gave up. I just couldn't get interested in the so-so plot. I am sure I will eventually return to it at some point.

Also, I have been struggling to get into Otherland: The Mountain of Black Glass. Just don't have the time I need at the moment to read so it is hard to get into books, I guess. Been about eight months since I read the previous novel in the Otherland series.

Just finished Midnight Tides about two weeks ago (no trouble getting into this one!), and as Mal said, it was very good although MoI is probably still the best in the series. Erikson's series is definately at the top of the genre right now. Of course Bakker's series is looking like it might take a run for the title if the first book is any indication <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


The Series That Comes After? posted 18 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AThe Series That Comes After? by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Hi Scott, I was just wondering what your plans are after you finish the PoN series? Are you planning to stick to the basic fantasy genre or are you going to delve into other stuff? If so can you give us any indication on what we might be in for later on down the line? view post


kellhus == good guy?? posted 18 March 2004 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by LooseCannon, Peralogue

@Sovin and Mal - He does indeed say he is on his way to kill his father, but he says it to Nauir and we are reading from Nauir's POV at that moment. So, you probably have a valid point there as I don't think Kellhus actually thinks to himself about killing his father anywhere else in the books. Regardless I am unsure if he will be able to kill his father. I imagine some sort of Darth Vader/Luke Skywalker encounter in the WP <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


The Series That Comes After? posted 18 March 2004 in Author Q &amp; AThe Series That Comes After? by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Interesting response! Not sure what to make of the comparison to the Hobbit. Are you implying that the next trilogy will focus on an even more epic plotline than the current one and that PON is just an introductory story into this world? That boggles my tiny little mind if that is the case. view post


Now Reading... posted 05 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Err that was me. Looks like I am yet another victim of the dreaded log-in curse <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


A few questions posted 12 April 2004 in Author Q &amp; AA few questions by LooseCannon, Peralogue

On a completely unrelated note I saw a cow on TV a few weeks ago that has a third leg growing out of it's forehead. Thank you, that is all. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 13 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I have a dual-boot of Redhat Linux 9 and Windows XP on my Laptop and just XP on my desktop. I use vmware at home on my PC so that way I can install several different OS's whenever I need to without them affecting my hard drive. You might want to give that a try, Loof if you are interested. <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.vmware.com">www.vmware.com</a><!-- w -->

I like Linux but I do find that Windows XP beats it just for the overall graphics and multimedia aspect. And I prefer Outlook 2003 over the garbage e-mail clients that come with X Windows.

Also, I heard that the next version of IE (7.0 I imagine) will feature tabbed browsing as well as a built in pop-up blocker to counter Mozilla. view post


Now Reading... posted 13 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I liked American Gods, took me a while to get into it but the last 200 pages or so went by very quickly for me. The book reminded me a lot of Steven King's style for some reason. Been meaning to read Neverwhere for over a year now <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->

Rereading Gardens of the Moon by Erikson at the moment. First time in a couple of years so it is refreshing to start from the beginning again.

Also, I finished the Gunslinger last weekend and must say I enjoyed it. Some of the stuff at the end about the time nexus, etc was very interesting. Can't wait to get the rest. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 15 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I've read articles that speculate if Linux ever manages to make its way onto a majority of desktop computers there could be an increase in viruses and software exploits. That is probably the only bad thing about open source - everyone can see the code and look for ways to exploit it. Of course on the flip side decent-minded people can see the code as well and alert developers to any potential flaw in their kernel code.

Anyway, my point is that a lot of the flak Microsoft takes about all their critical patches is not entirely fair. They are just an easier target because people that use their software are the average computer user (read: idiot <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->) while users of Linux tend to keep their systems updated and patched and know enough not to click on shady file attachments. view post


My Book - A Faceless Shadow posted 15 April 2004 in Member Written WorksMy Book - A Faceless Shadow by LooseCannon, Peralogue

The pic of the map has been "temporarily removed" at your site, Mal. view post


My World (In Progress) posted 16 April 2004 in Member Written WorksMy World (In Progress) by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I think it is a decent opening to a novel. Might even be good as the first chapter following a prologue that has some action in it and fills in some of the backstory (i.e. the usual formula you see in fantasy books).

Two things that didn't seem to fit were the use of the word 'wetlanders' which seems sort of ripped off from a Wheel of Time book and the desert being described as stretching for miles and having never been crossed by these wetlanders. It doesn't sound daunting enough. Perhaps "hundreds of miles of barren desert" or something more descriptive like that.

But good stuff. I know how hard it is to put to paper what you create in your mind. That is why I don't do it <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 16 April 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I'm rereading GOTM for probably the fourth time (I think) and the first time in a few years and I am discovering a few tidbits I hadn't noticed before. Erikson has admitted that there are a few inconsistencies between this book and later books (some characters undergo sex changes as well as some erroneous dates) but it does become clear as you go back and read the books over.

Btw, are you done reading GOTM yet, Wil? view post


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 17 April 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Yeah you will probably get a better understanding of things if you reread the books. Erikson is the kind of writer that you have to read the story a couple of times before a lot of the detail sinks in. Either that or you have to read very slowly <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->.

MOI is my favorite of the series, btw. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 19 April 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I love using Apache and MySQL, PHP, etc with Linux. PHPMyAdmin is a very handy database management tool. They are, as Sovin said, great for testing pages and stuff on your own machine first. IIS, that actually comes with Windows 2000 and XP (although it isn't installed by default), is not as good IMO but it is still available.

I heard that Microsoft's next version of Windows (Longhorn) is apparently getting further and further pushed back and they might have to cut some of the more ambitious features from it and leave those until the next version after that (can't remember the code name). Anyway, this means we will prolly be seeing a Windows XP version 2.0 rather than the full-fledged next-generation OS as Gates promised <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( -->. view post


Moenghus = Mallahet? posted 03 May 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I never really gave much thought to it but leafing back through TDTCB on pg 153 (of the Canadian version at least) it says:



I'd have to agree with this theory as it makes the most sense. Mallahet is also described as speaking "flawless Sheyic" which might be a dead giveaway that he is Dunyain.

Another interesting tidbit in this passage is Skeaos being uncharacteristically shocked when it is revealed that the Holy War has made an alliance with the Scarlet Spires. I would assume that the Consult intended the Imperial Shiak to be used by the Holy War thus allowing the Nansur Empire to control it and in turn be controlled by the Consult.

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