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Alric Auditor | joined 04 August 2004 | 147 posts


Now listening to... posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Alric, Auditor

Right now, I've been listening to a lot of Jethro Tull / Ian Anderson. It's a phase I go through once every year. A current favorite of mine is Ian's recently released solo album - Rupi's Dance. It's a nice blend of sound and lyrical fusion. view post


Now Reading... posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Alric, Auditor

I'm working my way through, for the first time, Robinson's Mars Trilogy. So far, I'm nearly done with Red Mars, which I've greatly enjoyed. Also, I plan on reading Ian MacLeod's The Light Ages and China Mieville's Iron Council. I just recently got both from Amazon and am excited to get started. view post


What is/was/will be your college major? posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by Alric, Auditor

I currently have a BA in History and English. For History, I focused primarily on Roman and Early English history. With my current job, I get free tuition at the University of Minnesota, which will help in my plan to eventually get a MA and phD. Some day, I'd like to teach at a college level. Of course, I'd also like to be a writer, which I am working toward on a daily basis. I'm particularily drawn to writing historical fiction and historical fantasy, which shouldn't come as a big suprise. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

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Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 04 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by Alric, Auditor

I was one of the orginal recommenders back on wotmania. It was the first Gaiman book that I had read, and it interested and entertained me greatly.

I've also read Perdido Street Station, The Scar, and "The Tain" by Mieville, who I think is quite talented and could potentially be truly great. I have Iron Council on my shelf, and I'm looking forward to that read as well.

Next on my list for Gaiman is Neverwhere. view post


Now Reading... posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Alric, Auditor

I've heard good things about it, and I'll definitely post a review when I get done reading it. Ah, school does put a damper on book buying. Well, so does a whole bunch of other things. At least, you've got interesting classes to look forward to. view post


Now listening to... posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Alric, Auditor

Quote: "Loof":sje1e7p4

Interesting, I used to be a big tull fan. Although nowdays it mostly comes in smaller waves sort of like you describe. When was this solo album released? Don't think i have seen it, is it worth looking for?[/quote:sje1e7p4]

Loof, I imagine that the CD was released almost a year ago now. I picked it up this past winter. I think the album has some of the best music and songs from Anderson/Tull for quite some while. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 04 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

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Ilium posted 04 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionIlium by Alric, Auditor

Ilium... ah, it is a book that I truly love, as anyone who has been around wotmania during the last year probably knows. The blend of charcter, story and setting, not to mention blending together the Homer and Shakespeare, was marvelously done.

I am a big fan of a lot of Simmons work, especially the excellent Hyperion Duology. As for Endymion and The Rise of Endymion, I would recommend them, though with the caveat that they are somewhat a lesser story than the first two. As for the reason for the second two book story, it really completes the underlying story that was merely brought to a major event at the end of Fall of Hyperion. It is the rest of the story about the Core, Humanity and freedom. Endymion, as a book, is truly excellent. view post


Now listening to... posted 05 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Alric, Auditor

Quote: "The Consult":3sfovqdy
Pearl Jam - I Got Id.

This is one of my fav PJ songs.....any fans here?[/quote:3sfovqdy]

I'd call myself a semi-fan. I do enjoy a great deal of their music, and I have managed to catch two concerts. They are great live. view post


Why read fantasy? posted 06 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by Alric, Auditor

Well, I don't think any one book is reponsible for my enjoyment of Fantasy, scifi, speculative fiction. But, I do account that my parents reading to me from The Chronicles of Narnia when I was very young played a part in my interest. The first fantasy book that I really read on my own was The Hobbit for a 7th grade reading class. Yes, it was the assigned text. So that was what, 15-16 years ago.

One of the real reasons why I keep reading speculative fiction is that I enjoy the wider pallate it affords authors. Expectations, known quantities, mores, histories, facts, all become fluid in the hands of a gifted spec. writer. I think it causes the reader to follow closely, and work to create from their imagination a world crafted from only words. view post


A Wolf's Age (Prologue) posted 06 August 2004 in Member Written WorksA Wolf's Age (Prologue) by Alric, Auditor

The attached is a short, very short, prologue to a story that I've been working on for quite some time. It is not in final edit form, so grammar/punctuation might not be all that it should be.

Those of you from Wotmania, may have seen this before. But, I'd like to hear what others of you think. (Okay... attach doesn't seem to be working right now... so copy/paste)

A Wolf’s Age (Prologue)

At first there was nothing. Then, suddenly out of blankness came awareness, not of self, the body or a place of existence but an awareness of the void left by their absence. A thought bloomed in the emptiness of consciousness, flower-like in the form of a question –always a question comes first. Are there no answers at the end? The question blazed; it burned his body back into existence quickening in breathless waves. He felt he struggled to wake from a dream that was no dream; he wrestled with nothingness. The flame continued to burn through his body. He hurt, but pain was good because it was something. Radiating pain cleansed his thoughts as pieces of him came back together, washed back into his mind.

Slowly, his consciousness spiraled outward as it collected shards of memory and physical awareness. His body continued to burn…muscles rigid, squeezing his body as if it were in a giant’s grip…as his chest contracted defiant of the need for air. Confusion griped him also but not panic –his father wouldn’t allow panic. Courage! Laugh at fear. That is the gift of manhood. The voice was only an echo but still ice. His body felt oddly heavy, weighted down, but yet somehow suspended; he realized his eyes were open because he only now registered the liquid-like light, stained reddish-gold, which was strangely translucent one moment and harsh the next.

Am I dreaming? he wondered again. A sharp seizure of pain rippled through his body moving from shoulders to feet and back convinced him he was very much awake. Salt? His mouth, also open he realized, tasted strongly of the bitter stuff. Another wave of pain surged from his chest to crash at his feet and then recede. The push-pull of the pain coincided with the flickering light and a strange intermittent rushing sound. Now panic flooded in no matter what his father thought, dead as he was. His thoughts were clear but parts were still missing: his name, how he came here, and where in Hél and Thor’s hammer was he, or was this Hél?

Push. Pull. The left side of his chest clenched in a searing spasm that threatened to rip him back to unconsciousness, but it also cleared his head allowing memory to seep back in…a momentary rush of air as he fell from the prow of his long-ship. I’m lying under water! The realization was sudden and thrilling. He could feel the waves push him against the rocky shore, the undertow threaten to pull him out to sea as the water surged over his face and receded.

And then, he remembered himself. view post


Anyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? posted 09 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by Alric, Auditor

Certainly will post a review. It'd be unlike me not to, actually. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 11 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

Tull view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 11 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

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Ages posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Alric, Auditor

I'll be 28 this coming Christmas eve. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

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Now Reading... posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Alric, Auditor

Just started reading Ian MacLeod's The Light Ages. Also, yesterday I picked up Flann O'Brien's The Third Policeman, which comes highly recommended by Larry, aka Aldarion. I look forward to getting into both as I've heard many good things.

Also, I'm hosting a discussion of Dan Simmon's Ilium on September 13 over on the wotmania.com site, so I'll be rereading that gem. Oh, feel free to prepare and stop by for that discussion. view post


Quotes posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionQuotes by Alric, Auditor

My new quote line is something my wife actually said after I made Bacon and Eggs for breakfast this morning.

"Bacon is the ambrosia of meats." ~ my wife.

I almost fell over I was laughing so much. view post


Olympics... posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Alric, Auditor

So, the Olympics are starting Friday (tomorrow), and I was wondering what the rest of you thought about the games. Do you still get excited for the Olympics? Do you have a favorite sport, event, athlete? Do you enjoy the opening/closing ceremonies?

For me, I do enjoy the Olympics, both summer and winter. I actually enjoy the show of the Opening ceremony, though my wife really dislikes the ceremonies. Her favorite sport is gymnastics and track and field events. I enjoy swimming, decathalon, gymnastics. But, I think I prefer the winter Olympics to the summer as I'm a winter sports enthusiast.

I am particularily looking forward to the Thorpe/Phelps swimming dual.

How about you? view post


Ilium posted 12 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionIlium by Alric, Auditor

For those interested:

September 13 on wotmania.com Other Fantasy MB:

I'll be hosting a book club discussion of Ilium by Dan Simmons. The discussion should be wide ranging, and everyone is invited to participate. I posted an announcement of the discussion on the wotmania OF MB, and I included sample discussion points to mull over.

You all have a little over a month to prepare, so I hope to see you all there. view post


Why read fantasy? posted 12 August 2004 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by Alric, Auditor

Come to think of it, I think a lot of what I watched on TV as a kid played a role as well.

Cartoons: Voltron, Transformers, Thunder Cats, Silver Hawks, Robo Tech, He-Man, GI Joe

V the TV Series
Star Wars
Star Trek
Buck Rogers
Galactica
Quantum Leap

Movies:
Star Wars Trilogy
Star Trek
The Last Starfighter
Alien
Predator
Logan's Run
Blade Runner
etc.

I guess a lot of exposure, both in book and visual media did me in. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

Whine view post


Olympics... posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Alric, Auditor

Baseball... I always seem to miss those games. Sadly, I don't have the cable coverage I'd need to be able to watch all the sports that I'd like. I miss the old Olympics coverage of over a decade ago. They put everything they could on regular stations, as most people didn't have cable and were unwilling to pay to watch.

Oh well. The baseball tourny should be interesting this year. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 12 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

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Olympics... posted 13 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Alric, Auditor

I usually start out the same way, looking for something to watch, but my tv just seems to get stuck on the Olympics. It's the nature of how they broadcast it these days, with the dramatic music and viginettes. Oh well, I'll miss some of the games because I've got tickets to a Vikings game on Saturday. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 13 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

profit view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 13 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

Bacon (does participate in leftist bashing of conservative moneymakers) (Well, not much that is) <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


Olympics... posted 16 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by Alric, Auditor

It's been quite some time since I've seen fencing aired on the Olympics. Sadly, this year, I missed it.

Sovin, how long have you fenced? view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 16 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Alric, Auditor

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