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LooseCannon Peralogue | joined 03 February 2004 | 72 posts


Best character posted 03 May 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Yeah, the thing I like about Achamian as a character is he obviously holds a lot of power with his sorcery yet is still very vulnerable to Chorea so he is forced to restrain himself. I can just imagine the frustration of not blasting that bastard Sarcellus into oblivion <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 03 May 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by LooseCannon, Peralogue

The last hundred pages in GOTM are absolutely classic. I would recommend slogging through the novel just for the ending if anything. I was as confused as anyone the first time I read the novel, and that was after reading the whole thing, but once you do read the second one and then perhaps reread GOTM it all begins to click and your patience will be rewarded. Something that I find unique with Erikson is his use of extremely powerful characters constantly converging in hotspots in the Malazan world and then massive sorcerous and sword battles taking place. Just when you think you've seen it all out of nowhere pops someone even more powerful. And it all works really well IMHO. view post


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 06 May 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Hawkwood's Voyage is the first book in Kearney's excellent series. I never got into Cook's books after the first one, which I believe is titled Black Company. The series seems like the poor sibling to Erikson's Malazan series. view post


Now Reading... posted 15 May 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Currently reading Chasm City by Alastair Reynolds. He writes believable sci-fi, in my opinion. Most of the technology in his books have that feeling of being authentic and that is what I like about it. Also, CC has a nice element of the hard-boiled detective in it and that is damn interesting when it is set in a far away solar system <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->. view post


Moenghus = Mallahet? posted 15 May 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I think Maithanet does indeed know about Sarcellus and whoever else is like him. We don't really know what Maithanet's motivations are right now but I would be very surprised to find him nothing more than a holy man. The way he manipulated the Thousand Temples into a cohesive mass in so short a time speaks volumes. Does anyone else think that there might be more than just Moenghus and Kellhus in the Three Seas who are of the Dunyain?

The Chorae are interesting. Right now it appears the only ones not affected by them are the Consult. The Cishaurim are affected, but in a different fashion then the Scarlet Spires, Mandate Schoolmen, Imperial Shiak, etc. Since the Mandate draw their knowledge from the sorcery of the North I wonder if the Nonmen are affected by the Chorae as well? view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 07 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Evil view post


Just bought my beautiful hardcover posted 07 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeJust bought my beautiful hardcover by LooseCannon, Peralogue

The artist who did the GOTM American cover has done all the covers for Hobb's books as well I think. And they all looked horrible IMHO. I wonder why the cover was changed for TDTCB for the British version anyway? The Canadian version seems like a pretty good universal cover if you ask me. view post


Other authors you enjoy posted 07 June 2004 in Author Q &amp; AOther authors you enjoy by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I think with The Scar Mieville really brought his writing to a new level. PSS was great but there were some moments that dragged in it. With The Scar I could not put it down. The transition from the festering, sleazy city to the wide open ocean was amazing. If there was ever a book I would want to read on a beach or cruiseship that would be it. view post


The LOTR Films posted 07 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Well the ROTK is on DVD now and I am enjoying it more now that I have seen it a few times. The last charge of Theoden still puts shivers down my spine. What an amazing scene. Only disappointed that there was no preview for the extended edition. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 16 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by LooseCannon, Peralogue

That was me <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: --> view post


TWP In Canada posted 16 June 2004 in The Warrior ProphetTWP In Canada by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I would guess that Amazon.ca is your best bet as they are the cheapest. I have ordered many books from Amazon.co.uk to Canada and they took a week or less to arrive and you just have to pay a little extra for shipping. All in all it has always been a satisfactory experience. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 17 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Well I am thinking more along the lines of implementing Linux in a server environment rather than at home so that means you can't just install the latest version on a whim most of the time. Thus, I've used 7.x of Redhat far longer than 9.0 so I am a little bit of a stickler I guess. And yes, you could update the packages and the kernel and it would basically be like version 9.0 as far as I know. But hearing it from a few of my teachers who are far more knowledgable then myself they claim it is a better version than 9.0.

You should really have a look at Gentoo if you are interested in Linux. It is a really neat distro. view post


My thoughts on TWP posted 20 June 2004 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by LooseCannon, Peralogue

*A few Warrior-Prophet spoilers obviously*


I absolutely loved it. The battles were some of the best I've read in a fantasy series and the way Scott handled Achamian's dreams was great. I thought the No-God might end up being hokey or cliched but I was impressed.

I read the advance copy a few months ago so refresh my memory here if I am wrong. Was Golgoterath a meteor of some kind that fell from space? I get the impression that the No-God and the Consult's strange powers, rather then from another dimension or something, fell from the sky.

Also, the ending left me drooling at the mouth for TTT. The Consult are really nervous about the Dunyain now <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 20 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Hmm, can't help you there. I run a dual-boot of Windows XP and Redhat 9 off of my laptop but I rarely use Redhat off of it. Have you heard of an application called vmware? It lets you run a virtual computer in a window. So basically in a nutshell you start up vmware and set it to load from a cd or an iso image and you can install a Linux or Windows OS right on that virtual machine. Nice way to test things out before you actually start repartitioning your HD. Really handy program as you can have multiple virtual machines open at once (memory permitting) and network them all together to experiment with certain things. <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.vmware.com">www.vmware.com</a><!-- w --> is the address. I'm pretty sure they have a 30-day free trial. view post


Now Reading... posted 24 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I am reading the Drawing of the Three by King. Second of seven in the Dark Tower series.

I love Martin's series but I have to admit that Robb Stark dying was too easy to predict. Didn't know it would be a Red Wedding or anything but it was pretty obvious that he didn't really serve any sort of purpose in the first two books, nor did he have a POV. view post


The No-God posted 24 June 2004 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by LooseCannon, Peralogue

The Sranc are some sort of race bred by the Inchoroi are they not? Regardless I think they are an offshoot of the No-God in one form or another so that would be a no-brainer.

As for the Scylvendi I have no idea. I would imagine it would be through a crapload of lies and manipulation on the Consult's part as the Scylvendi's seem to be easily manipulated (aside from Cnaiur of course). It is interesting to think who the Scylvendi worshipped before the No-God.

By the way, I just loved the description of that battle with the No-God and the umbilical reaching up to the sky. There's been so many evil gods in fanasy books and so few are written convincingly. The No-God, so far, as been great. Less is more as certain beer companies like to say.

P.S. Anyone have any ideas on what exactly this Heron Spear is? Just a regular piece of wood with a metal tip? Or is the "Spear" metaphoric? view post


Couple of questions after a reread posted 24 June 2004 in Author Q &amp; ACouple of questions after a reread by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Wow, you smoked weed with your Grandma?! Well you did say you were of Dutch descent <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


Chapters? posted 29 June 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationChapters? by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Hey Scott, you planning on doing any book signings at Chapters in London again this year? I still have to buy a copy of TWP <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 29 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Good luck <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->.

Suse 9.1 just became available a few weeks ago as an ISO download. Downloaded it and installed it in vmware and had a few problems. Finally got it running and then had to reboot to change the resolution size and now I can't boot it back up. It look really good on first impression, though. view post


Ages posted 29 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I'll be 24 in a week and a half. view post


OS's and Browsers posted 29 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOS's and Browsers by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Yes and no. Until a few weeks ago you could only download a Live CD version of SUSE that let you test it out but it runs entirely off CD. You had to pay for it if you wanted to install it on your computer. Although I heard an earlier version was available for download.

Anyway I partitioned my hard drive and put SUSE on it a few hours ago. Everything seems to be running fine more or less. SUSE is probably the easiest install of Linux I've ever used. My 84 year old Grandma could install it. view post


The No-God posted 03 July 2004 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by LooseCannon, Peralogue

At the end of TWP we see some sort of command structure that we didn't know existed in the northern waste lands. That big ass demon dude (sorry, the book isn't near me at the moment) and then the Nonmen on their horses basically herding the Sranc. I would wager the Sranc are pretty much mindless beasts bred for the single purpose of overwhelming and then overrunning more organized armies of humans. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 05 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Greece view post


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

I really have to read this Dan Simmons fellow as it seems everyone is reading his work.

Anyway, recently finished The Waste Lands by Stephen King and started King Rat by everyone's favorite Tolkien-basher, China Mieville <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->. view post


My thoughts on TWP posted 05 July 2004 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by LooseCannon, Peralogue

No I'm pretty sure it was the Nonmen that "sailed" to the Three Sea's planet. The Inchoroi crossed over the Great Northern Mountains of Kayursus from Eanna didn't they? Or was that the first human settlers? Okay, now I am just as confused <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->. view post


Chapters? posted 05 July 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationChapters? by LooseCannon, Peralogue

It's in London (Ontario) but I can't remember where. Is that the one near Masonville Mall? view post


Now Reading... posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

The Etched City is an amazing book, Aldarion. In my top three books that I read last year after TDTCB and The Scar by Mieville. You just reminded me that I wanted to reread that <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->. view post


Now listening to... posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

Haha, yep, that's the one I've been listening to in my car for the past week. Really like it. Other than that I've been listening to the old Nirvana Unplugged album. view post


Now Reading... posted 06 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I agree. I remember back in the mid 90s I had finished the fifth or sixth book in the Wheel of Time series and I just sat back and thought to myself of the lack of epic fantasy or just any type of decent fantasy-type books that were being released around that time. Now Martin, Erikson, and Bakker have come along and Mieville, K.J. Bishop, Vandermeer (in his own weird way <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->) are filling those gaps. view post


My thoughts on TWP posted 06 July 2004 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by LooseCannon, Peralogue

I'm pretty sure that Akka says the Consult were humans who ventured into Golgotterath after the Inchoroi were long gone and discovered some of their secrets. One of those secrets being the ability to shift skins.

And yes, that demon dude at the end said he and his brother were the last who descended from the void so they might just be Inchoroi. view post


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