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Nauticus Auditor | joined 08 December 2004 | 106 posts


Question: Book Covers? posted 08 December 2004 in Author Q & AQuestion: Book Covers? by Nauticus, Auditor

This may seem like an odd question, but everyone else has already covered any other question <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

The book covers of your first two novels are similar, but noticably different (same format, one's blackish and the other is yellow/orange).

I understand that the third novel is not yet finished, but have you any idea what color the cover may be?

Hah Sorry for the dumb question! view post


&quot;burning&quot; TWP (amazon review) posted 08 December 2004 in The Warrior Prophet&quot;burning&quot; TWP (amazon review) by Nauticus, Auditor

Thats a well written, accurate review.
... If we were talking about a different book.

Last I checked, The Prince of Nothing was kind of about a Holy War, not necropheliac-beastiality. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> view post


Gay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? posted 09 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by Nauticus, Auditor

I'm for it. Though I'm Canadian and have little say in the US Constitution, I support the idea of marriage = love, not genre.

That said, though, my stance is a bit biased... since, of course, I'm gay myself hah. So obviously, I'd likely not be against my own rights...

Even so, the only argument against it is the religious one, and the government shouldn't be influenced by religion (separation of church and state), so I don't see a very good argument against it.

Luckily, I'm in Canada, where it's already legal in many provinces. 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 Nauticus, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Aesmael&quot;:2zl7f371
I strongly suspect (or perhaps would like to believe) that in most cases where religious concerns would make gay marriage inappropriate, it is the religion that needs changing.[/quote:2zl7f371]
Very well said. view post


Kelowna, British Columbia posted 10 December 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationKelowna, British Columbia by Nauticus, Auditor

I know you don't currently have plans to come visit, but I encourage you to push for it through Penguin! I'd, for one, absolutely love your autograph on those books...

And yes. I decided this is worthy of a new thread :p

And keep me updated! view post


Kelowna, British Columbia posted 11 December 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationKelowna, British Columbia by Nauticus, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Cu'jara Cinmoi&quot;:8t185cj0
They sent me to Vancouver last time, so the chances are probably good that I'll end up somewhere in your vicinity Nauticus.

It'll be some time before I know anything definite, and when I do, Mithfanion will likely tell everyone before I have a chance! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->[/quote:8t185cj0]
Excellent. I'd make the trip to Vancouver if you went back. view post


just read the book.... posted 25 May 2005 in The Darkness That Comes Beforejust read the book.... by Nauticus, Auditor

Yeah. The cover enticed me to check it out.

That said, I've read The Darkness That Comes Before 3 times and I'm on the 2nd time reading The Warrior-Prophet. view post


Ong Bak Absolutely rules! posted 02 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionOng Bak Absolutely rules! by Nauticus, Auditor

It was a great movie, but I disagree that people interested in Martial Arts would particularly like it. After all, just because he can preform pre-rendered combat patterns on TV doesn't really mean he's a very good fighter. Mind you, the same goes for Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, and even Jean-Claud Van-Damm.

I train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Jishin-Ryu Jujitsu, Judo, and kickboxing. I used to take, and reached, green belt in Taekwondo. I've competed, won and lost, in both gi and no-gi Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, Judo competitions, Taekwondo events, SANCHU Karate matches, kickboxing fights, and huge Modified Pankration spectacles. Thing is, there are no flying side kicks in a real fight. It usually consists of jabs and crosses, followed by a high kick/clinch to knee/clinch to takedown, depending on the stylist.

There's very little jumping in a fight, due to the elimination of your balance once you do so.

Good movie, but I think some people overemphasize his combat skill too much. view post


Ong Bak Absolutely rules! posted 18 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionOng Bak Absolutely rules! by Nauticus, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Faelcind Il Danach&quot;:3t7200ns
nauticus I am lifelong martial artist myself so I appreciate the realitis of fighting vs. onscreen perfromance but suggest martial artist won't get particular kick out of this movie is rather ludicrous. The vast majority of martial artist admire guys like bruce lee and Jackie chan despite knowing what the do onscreen wouldn't translate in real fight.[/quote:3t7200ns]
To each his own, I guess. Most people I train with have little respect for Lee and Chan, and so forth, for exploiting their self-defense training to make money. Of course, we can just as easily hate Capitalism for that, but thats beside the point.

I don't disrespect either of them, but I'm a fan of realistic movies. So, when they have unrealistic fight scenes, it annoys me. view post


Holy war: the ultimate blasphemy posted 18 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionHoly war: the ultimate blasphemy by Nauticus, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Ashmael&quot;:2n2ak5iy
I think the worst blasphemy is that of all of those who claim they're justified in discriminating, persecuting. killing and waging war because "God" has sanctioned or authorized those acts. So Bin Laden thinks Allah blesses him in organizing the killing of thousands of innocents. The satanists sects member thinks the pityless killing of a trusting friend is a sacrifice to his demonic deity, and thus is justified. Torquemada thought that torturing and burning heretics was an homage to God. And what's Holy War, or ,to arabs "Jihad"? It's the sanction of countless murders and destructions, allegedly provided by God. But Holy War is an oxymoron. No war could ever be holy. Jesus, our Loving Sweet Saviour, bade us love each other. He wants mercy, not sacrifice. Those who claim God approves or foster hatred and killing are nothing but blasphmers.[/quote:2n2ak5iy]
I agree, but for argument's sake, not every religion follows Jesus' word. According to the Koran, the Holy book of Islam (which, I may add, is equally as credible as the Holy Bible), a Muslim can kill a heathen and secure himself and his family forever, in the afterlife. view post


Consult and Empire posted 21 June 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtConsult and Empire by Nauticus, Auditor

Well, when Achamian draws that line, he only knows what he's learnt. All he knows is that Skeaos (can't seem to spell this morning...) was the closest advisor to the Emperor. At this point, Achamian doesn't know if the Consult has influenced the Nasur Empire in any way, but there is an obvious link between them, so he drew that line.

The line doesn't mean the Consult and the Empire are allies, and it doesn't mean the Consult has influenced the Empire all that much. But Skeaos was a skin-spy, and a close aid to the Emperor, so there is a link. We - and Achamian - just don't know what it is yet. view post


The Few and Kellhus posted 31 July 2005 in The Warrior ProphetThe Few and Kellhus by Nauticus, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Ajencis&quot;:79rfwgtj
Another point that may be obvious, since I haven't seen this view expressed elsewhere, is that Kellhus is Jesus Christ, metaphorically. He dies and is resurrected. he sees in the Hearts of Men and is killed by people who fear change and his power. The Muslims believe that Jesus was a Prophet and the Jews believe that their Messiah will be a Warrior. hence the 'Warrior-Prophet' Kellhus has 9 main followers, the Nascenti. Kellhus' version of the Apostles? He is also looking for his Father. His symbol after the Resurrection is the Circumfix, which sounds like the Gnostic Cross. [/quote:79rfwgtj]
I can see those similarities, but Kellhus doesn't seem like a very... Christ-like figure, if you take his aims and goals into account. He's manipulating thousands of men to do his own bidding, and using people relentlessly, and whatnot. I suppose whether Jesus would do that sort of thing or not is up for debate, but I for one doubt it <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->. view post


Starring &quot;Insert Actor Here&quot; as Kelhuss! posted 31 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring &quot;Insert Actor Here&quot; as Kelhuss! by Nauticus, Auditor

Kellhus - Liam Neeson (Kingdom of Heaven, Batman Begins). He can be such an intellect. I swear every word he said in Batman Begins reminded me of some philosophical version of Kellhus. view post


eXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. posted 09 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by Nauticus, Auditor

Hahaha Brilliant thread.

Quote: &quot;Super Frog&quot;:3v3fmmtr
2) If you could shout one word at God, what would it be?[/quote:3v3fmmtr]
Hmm... probably "JESUS CHRIST!" view post


The Few and Kellhus posted 09 August 2005 in The Warrior ProphetThe Few and Kellhus by Nauticus, Auditor

Yeah. I picture Mog-Pharau like an upgrade to Sauron.

Like, Sauron essentially started a world war over the ring.

The No-God's existence causes Apocalypses. view post


What is your favorite sport? posted 12 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by Nauticus, Auditor

I enjoy watching the NHL, the AHL, CFL, World Cup soccer, that sort of thing...

I enjoy competing in varius martial art-oriented sports, like Judo, Sport Jujitsu, Taekwondo, Pankration, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Submission wrestling...
I like watching them, too. view post


Most cruel act yet? posted 18 August 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtMost cruel act yet? by Nauticus, Auditor

I'd have to agree about Xunnurit as well, I think. The book had it's fair share of cruelty, but I think he got the worst of it. view post


TTT cover posted 22 August 2005 in Author Q &amp; ATTT cover by Nauticus, Auditor

Cover looks really good... hell, all three covers are excellent. Instead of just a regulated picture, these covers alone separate The Prince of Nothing from most other fantasy. view post


If you don't want to get caught, then refrain from dying. posted 09 September 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionIf you don't want to get caught, then refrain from dying. by Nauticus, Auditor

...
Ouch. In 17 states you're technically allowed to do this? They fight same-sex marriage, but having vicious sex with animals is legal?

What a country... view post


What kind of flame warrior are you? posted 09 September 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat kind of flame warrior are you? by Nauticus, Auditor

I'd have to say either Philosopher, or a Royal :p view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 17 November 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Nauticus, Auditor

I listen to a lot of progressive rock and progressive metal from around the world, so:

BANDS

1. Pain of Salvation
2. Flower Kings
3. Karmakanic
4. Dream Theater
5. Echolyn
6. After Crying
7. Spock's Beard
8. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
9. Transatlantic
10. Genesis

ALBUMS:

1. Pain of Salvation - The Perfect Element
2. Flower Kings - Stardust We Are
3. Dream Theater - Awake
4. After Crying - Show
5. Karmakanic - Wheel of Time
6. Trans-Siberian Orchestra - The Lost Christmas Eve
7. Flower Kings - Unfold the Future
8. Pain of Salvation - Be
9. Echolyn - Suffocating the Bloom
10. Transatlantic - Bridge Across Forever view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 17 November 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Nauticus, Auditor

Oh, an honorable mention is Green Carnation's album, Light of Day, Day of Darkness.

Orchestras, choirs, a metal band, an epic 60 minute song... view post


George Carlin posted 17 November 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionGeorge Carlin by Nauticus, Auditor

I really wish I got to see it. I love George Carlin. Unfortunately, I don't get HBO. view post


List 'Em - Bands posted 25 November 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionList 'Em - Bands by Nauticus, Auditor

I do agree. The entire song is crafted so masterfully. I love how ambient it is during that, and how it builds back up. Sixty minutes just flies right by.

I saw Rent the other night, and I have to give it credit - I love that musical. So, I'll make a list of musicals now.

1. Les Miserables
2. Jekyll &amp; Hyde
3. Rent
4. Phantom of the Opera
5. Rasputin
6. Jesus Christ Superstar
7. Wicked
8. Whistle Down the Road
9. Joseph And the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat
10. Nostradamus

The first three are completely interchangable, and the rankings change daily. view post


Aspect-Emperor status posted 10 December 2005 in Author Q &amp; AAspect-Emperor status by Nauticus, Auditor

Sounds like fun.

I couldn't wait for Thousandfold Thought any longer, so I went to eBay to bid for an Advanced Reader Copy. I found one, spent the afternoon pondering over it, and decided to bid on it.

Unfortunately for me, the one I was eyeing up was already snatched up by someone else and bought. The only one left is only orderable to the United States.

I bet God's having a blast teasing me. view post


Was Cnauir gay? posted 10 December 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWas Cnauir gay? by Nauticus, Auditor

Who cares? view post


Was Cnauir gay? posted 11 December 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWas Cnauir gay? by Nauticus, Auditor

Quote: &quot;Anonymous&quot;:36pz8awl
an odd answer.
I care because to me it's as clear as can be that he is. I see it explained and related over and over throughout the two novels; And yet when I mentioned it in a previous post people seemed really taken aback like it was from out of nowhere. Not to mention if he's not gay, then that changes my understanding of the entire dynamic of his character, Kellhus, and Kellhus's father. It also changes my understanding of his motivations as well as the nature of the incredible internal struggle he grapples with through the two novels.
So there's my question. Does it offend your tender sensibilities?[/quote:36pz8awl]
I'm gay, so no. I was not offended.

But why does it matter?

Bakker's characters in this series are clearly a lot more detailed that 'gay' or 'straight'.

You place too much emphasis on sexual orientation. You were even accusing Bakker of homosexuality earlier. view post


Was Cnauir gay? posted 12 December 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWas Cnauir gay? by Nauticus, Auditor

But Cnaiur is emotionally confused as a whole. Why boil it down to sexual orientation? view post


Best character posted 12 December 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Nauticus, Auditor

My favorite is Conphas. He's so ambitious and proud that you find yourself believing him in The Warrior-Prophet.

Another favorite is Kellhus. I'll be honest, I dislike him greatly. He's so immoral and heartless, but that is exactly why he's a favorite. He's written so well and realistically that I actually like hating him.

Proyas is excellent too. Proyas and Achamian are similar in that they are struggling over their separate problems, but in a similar way.
Achamian and Esmenet are the two most heart-wrenching characters in the book, and I relate most to Achamian. It had my adrenaline flowing when he laid waste to the Scarlet Spires in TWP.

So yeah. I change my original answer. Although I love Conphas, my favorite character is Drusas Achamian. view post


Was Cnauir gay? posted 13 December 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWas Cnauir gay? by Nauticus, Auditor

He had sex with the ground. He literally screwed anything.

But I do not think he was gay. view post


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