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The LOTR Films posted 01 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by neongrey, Peralogue

Would it be a sin for me to say I sat through about half of ROTK wishing it would just be over soon? view post


Mindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows posted 01 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionMindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows by neongrey, Peralogue

nedon bghdcrfewyu

... heh. I was doing really good to start! view post


odd posted 04 October 2004 in The Darkness That Comes Beforeodd by neongrey, Peralogue

Took a class on phonetics a while back, back when I had a university career, and we discussed this sort of Canadian raising, ie, we tend to make out vowels in certain combinations with our tongue higher in our mouth than other people.

Long story short, while (on the whole) we don't say 'aboot', the sound from us is closer to aboot than other people who try to say about.

Let's not go into Americans, the word 'caught', and the open o.

Bizzare trivia of the second: my 's' sound is made only out of the left side of my mouth. This qualifies me as 'weird'. From the teacher who'd use star trek for examples in class.

Not that I mind star trek. view post


The LOTR Films posted 04 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by neongrey, Peralogue

I swear, I'd never thought I'd ever support cutting material in a book-based movie, but if ROTK had been any longer, I'd have cried. I felt it really dragged near the end, the last forty-five minutes or so.

Was yawning as Frodo and Sam clung to the rock. Saying to myself, 'Okay, you can end it here.'

I wonder what I'd think of the books now... haven't read them in years. view post


Prelude posted 04 October 2004 in Member Written WorksPrelude by neongrey, Peralogue

Looking for thoughts on this, particular on the following notions:

Too much information with too little explanation?

Do you feel a need to immediately follow up with these characters, or if the plot started up following a different set of characters, would this be satisfying?

Anything else, as well, besides those immediate concerns.

Says I can't attach files, so, as it's fairly brief, I'll be posting it in a reply to this. view post


Prelude posted 04 October 2004 in Member Written WorksPrelude by neongrey, Peralogue

The rain was stopping and the sky was clearing. The stars were coming out, glimmering angels in the faintly-visible sky.

On a wide balcony, in a side-tower to the castle of Jesme, a man stood untouched by the remnants of the rain. The showers simply parted around him as he stared up at the sky, a glass in his hand.

He stood stock-still, never raising his drink to his lips, never brushing away the prematurely white strands of his bangs away from the corners of his eyes. The closest thing to any movements about him were the slow, deep breaths he was taking, sending his silken coat swishing about his legs, and an odd shimmer to the copper circle scribed dead-centre in his forehead that brightened as the parting raindrops fell to the ground.

The only light nearby was faint, coming from the rooms behind him, past a glass door leading off of the balcony.

As the clouds in the sky finally began to part, the last of the rain dripping to the ground, the man, the boy slowly raised his glass to his lips, draining it. And the coppery circle that was the only mark on his ghost-pale face went dark.

He lowered his hand, glass dangling loosely from his bare fingers. And was still for a few moments longer, before lifting his other hand, curling it for a moment to adjust the fingerless glove, before straightening the rose threaded through the buttonhole of his left lapel.

Behind him, the door opened.

He tilted his head forwards at the noise, loosely-tied tail of hair rising up his back, the tapered ends going so high as an inch or two below his shoulder-blades. He made no other move, made no other noise.

A few moments passed in silence, the door or behind finally falling shut with a faint 'click', before the man with the long white hair asked quietly, in a voice that reinforced his youth by its pitch, 'What is it, Frederich?'

The man known as Frederich padded silently further out onto the dampened balcony. He wet his lips after a few more moments of silence, before saying at last, 'Sir. You could set someone else to watching, sir. You don't have to be here.'

Sir lowered his head further, taking his gaze from the sky as a chuckle burbled over smiling lips. 'You're right. I don't have to do this. Should be in the warm with the rest of them, drinking hot wine and complaining about the weather on the southern coast, should I, then?'

Dirty brown bangs bounced in Frederich's eyes as he shook his head. 'Aaron, sir... you're just giving too much credit to that... that...'

Silence, as Frederich trailed off without finding an appropriate word. Aaron lifted his gaze, his eyes curiously bright blue in the faint light. His tone gently chiding, he said, 'To Lord Arian's secretary. To the... diviner. She has not been wrong yet. If she claims the coming of angels, Frederich, it is all our place to have our eyes upon the sky to see when they fall. If anyone claimed such a thing, I would watch. When she claims such a thing, I listen. So should we all.'

Frederich did at least look a bit abashed, for a moment or two before speakng again. 'Right or not, sir, I mistrust her. She makes me... uncomfortable.'

'Does she.' Aaron walked slowly over to a table at the back of the balcony, boots softly thumping against the ground. He set his glass down, then glanced up at the sky again. The sky had cleared and the moons were rising. 'She is not a comforting person, no.'

Mud-green eyes followed Aaron's path to the table, before Frederich slowly strode out to the railing. It only came up to his waist, but he was a tall man; the same marble construction would only reach Aaron's chest. 'I find her difficult to look at for any length of time, sir. And her voice is... not right. It doesn't sound... real.'

Silence. Then, the clink of glass on glass, and pouring liquid. The sound of another liquid being poured into the first. Aaron turned away from the table, now holding a glass full of a sickly green liquid, shimmering faintly in the dim light. He padded out to stand beside Frederich, resting his other hand on the railing, looking back up at the sky.

'And her eyes, sir... that's not natural. You can't even -see- them.'

The sky cleared a little more, leaving the stars twinkling brightly above, and the moons continued their ascent. 'They're in the middle of her face,' Aaron said, but he was more than half-mumbling.

Frederich quickly rocked back on his heels, then spun on them to face Aaron directly. 'Sir. My -Lord-. Aaron. You know, you -know- that's not what I mean. I know she doesn't sit any better with you than she does with me. You may be able to set aside whatever concerns you may have, but I -wish- you wouldn't do the same to mine. Sir...'

Slowly, Aaron turned with a soft swish of silk, eyes slowly gliding up Frederich's chest to meet his face. Huge blue eyes stared unblinkingly at muddy green. Expectantly. Waiting. Finally, Frederich broke the silence, finishing with, 'Sir, I trust you more than anything, but I can't stand it, being left in the dark like this. You've got to know that. Especially when it's got to do with those... fanatics.'

Silk swirled again as Aaron looked back up at the sky, but his eyes closed a moment or two afterwards. His voice was not more than a whisper as he said, '... an interesting sentiment from a knight in the service to the Holy Church.'

The air from Frederich's sigh was forceful enough to cause Aaron's long bangs to stir against his cheeks. 'Please don't play High Inquisitor with me, sir. There's a reason you don't have the job in the first place.'

Aaron's eyes flickered as he turned his attention back up to the sky. 'You trust me?'

'Yes.' The answer came without so much as a second's pause.

He did not ask anything such as 'how much?' or 'unconditionally?'. That, he felt, was implied by the question being asked in the first place. You did not need to ask, if someone trusted you enough to, say, feed their pet, or hold their keys. If trust at that degree was in question, then it was not present at all. 'Then trust me that I can't tell you why. Have faith, in me, if not in God.'

Frederich lifted his eyes to the heavens, searching for where Aaron had focused his eyes. 'Sir...'

'Trust me in this, Frederich,' Aaron said quietly, not turning his head from a fixed point in the sky. 'As you've never trusted me in anything before.'

A meteor shot through the sky. Aaron's eyes held fixed for a moment, before following the path of the streak of light. 'And... Frederich.'

You would have had to be looking in exactly the right place to see it, a split second before the meteor streaked downwards, towards the north and west. Aaron had been looking in exactly the right place. And after the meteor fell, after the star winked out of the sky before it, Aaron whispered, under his breath, an epithet that no gentleman had any right to say of a lady.

'Yes, sir?'

'Go to Lord Arian and his secretary. Inform them... Marina has fallen.' view post


Bad, bad book. BAAAD. posted 06 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by neongrey, Peralogue

If you're only on book five, that's why you're not understanding the complaints that very little happens in each book.

It's really only after that point where the series reduces to one to two plot points per very large book. view post


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

Poodle. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 24 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

Sex view post


Political Affiliation? posted 24 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionPolitical Affiliation? by neongrey, Peralogue

I vote Liberal to keep the Conservatives out, but secretly wish I could vote for the Green party.

Which is pretty much what everyone I know did last election, too. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 28 October 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

maniac view post


Release Dates posted 05 November 2004 in The Warrior ProphetRelease Dates by neongrey, Peralogue

Anything on when the Canadian (ordinary) paperback will be out? Or is it out and I'm just shopping at crappy bookstores?

I can't afford trade paperbacks. :/ view post


AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 05 November 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by neongrey, Peralogue

I work phone polls, so Bush's win absolutely didn't surprise me. It is, on the whole, things like this that make me glad I'm Canadian-- though I doubt I'd move or be more than saying I would, if I were an American.

I probably would have ended up voting libertarian, myself, if I were an American out of a sense of 'oh, close enough', or for Kerry, following the old Canadian tradition of 'let's vote for the only other guy with a chance to keep this guy out', AKA 'the voting method that's kept the liberals in power ever since Mulrouney'.

Which is what the problem is, I think. When I was doing the polls, there was a question along the lines of 'are you voting for this candidate because you want him in office, or because you want to keep the other guy out?'

Bush voters, in my experience, which is of course a limited sample of a limited sample, were voting to keep Bush in office.

Kerry voters were voting to keep Bush out of office.

Which is where the key is, I think. Problem with voting to keep the other guy out is that you do tend to get the people who decide to vote for the person they would have voted for anyway, as I see it, at least. view post


Scott, tell me this won't be your excuse for delaying TTT ;) posted 12 November 2004 in Author Q & AScott, tell me this won't be your excuse for delaying TTT ;) by neongrey, Peralogue

Of course, he also says he's said that before. So I guess we'll see when we see.

Of course, I'm going to have to wait until it comes out in paperback. :/

Meh, maybe I'll have my library fees paid off by then. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 22 November 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

Jet engine view post


This time I got a question... posted 23 November 2004 in Author Q & AThis time I got a question... by neongrey, Peralogue

Geez, I wish I had the money to be able to pooh-pooh mm paperbacks, instead of having to wait for them to buy. :/ view post


R Scott Bakker in the UK posted 28 November 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationR Scott Bakker in the UK by neongrey, Peralogue

Any chance of you ever hitting Winnipeg when you do? view post


R Scott Bakker in the UK posted 05 December 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationR Scott Bakker in the UK by neongrey, Peralogue

Yay, now, if you can just manage to time it to coincide with payday, as well... <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) --> view post


curious about something... posted 07 December 2004 in Author Q &amp; Acurious about something... by neongrey, Peralogue

Honestly, Evangelion was made up as it went along, as the director was undergoing a nervous breakdown, and I think it shows. Most of the transitioning is not good, and it's got a lot of references-for-the-sake-of-references, which... mm.

I'd suggest Boogiepop or Lain over Eva (and both are 13 episodes, as opposed to 26), or in terms of truly unpleasant watches, Now and Then, Here and There is... interesting. On the other hand, if you just want to go, 'wait, what the fuck just happened?', you'll never do better than Utena. ... particularly the movie, which I -don't- recommend watching before the series, which is much longer than I think you'd be willing to commit for.

On the one hand, back to Eva, I can't in good conscience call it bad, but I can call it not nearly as good as it gets credit for. view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 10 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by neongrey, Peralogue

Shouldn't even be a religious issue. It's not like any of this is tying down religions of -any- nature and saying, 'you have to recognize these marriages in any way, shape, or form'.

It's the legal things of it that are being permitted/not permitted. Anything else, I mean, would be a violation of the church/state separation you've got down there, right? ... of course, so would failing to legalize it for religious reasons, no? view post


And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 06 January 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by neongrey, Peralogue

I don't like the taste of the "flame broiling". McD.

Though given the option (and I frequently am), I'll take A&amp;W or Wendy's over both any day of the week. view post


Now Reading... posted 06 January 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by neongrey, Peralogue

I just picked up Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey yesterday. About all I can say for it is that it's decidedly... meh. If I weren't up to my neck in library fees, I'd borrow, but now pay for the next two. As it stands, I'll probably buy them at some point, after I finish off buying other series I'm catching. view post


Sex posted 21 January 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by neongrey, Peralogue

Yes, please!

Er... female. We do exist here, honest. view post


Character heights in Earwa posted 05 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; ACharacter heights in Earwa by neongrey, Peralogue

Well, to 'portly', if nothing else, it seems to me that superfighting would be a very slimming profession... <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


Is Education the Magic Bullet? posted 05 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionIs Education the Magic Bullet? by neongrey, Peralogue

While I do think ignorance is the root of a lot of problems, I also figure that some people are just jerks. <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


Drug Legalization posted 18 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by neongrey, Peralogue

Then your child was clearly too dumb to be alive. view post


Drug Legalization posted 20 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by neongrey, Peralogue

Doesn't make it any less, either. A person's a person. Whether it's yours, theoretically speaking, should make no difference. Of course, in practice, you get emotional attachments and suchlike, but I stand by that: if I had a kid that was doing shit like that, I could, and would, if it came to being the only option, send them out on their ass, and when they died in a gutter, think the world a better place.

It'd still -suck-. But that's beside the point. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 23 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

Elephant view post


Feast for Crows due this Summer posted 23 February 2005 in Literature DiscussionFeast for Crows due this Summer by neongrey, Peralogue

I'll believe it when he posts it, myself.

Edit: And there's no way that's 'published by' that time, anyway. Finished by summer, I could maybe see. But edited, printed, and shipped? It'd have to be finished -right- now, which we'd probably all know about, and then given a RJ-level hackjob edit, which I think no one wants to see. We've waited this long, so I know I, at least, can wait for however long it takes to properly edit a book of this size. view post


Prince Of Ayodhya posted 23 February 2005 in Literature DiscussionPrince Of Ayodhya by neongrey, Peralogue

I've gotten it used, and I've got to say, it's not enthralling me. The word choices I can live with (though the incongruity of 'abs' on the first page made me cringe in horror), but there's a lot of things that just turn me off. Things like having the main character walk by a mirror as an excuse to give him a description. That sort of thing. view post


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