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Annabel Peralogue | joined 27 December 2004 | 57 posts


Now Reading... posted 27 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Annabel, Peralogue

Currently reading (in bits and pieces depending on how the spirit moves me):

Lucky Jim - Martin Amis
Prayer of the Night Shepherd - Phil Rickman
Monument - Ian Graham
King Rat - China Mieville

I am thoroughly enjoying everything by Phil Rickman. For those of you who want to read a supernatural, thriller/mystery set in the isolated British countryside and featuring a chain-smoking, ex-punk, female Anglican vicar/exorcist (with new-age but sarcastic and clever teenage daughter), try Rickman. The series explores everything from ley lines to possession. And, if you enjoyed the Wicker Man, you have to read at least the first book. view post


Your top 5 fantasy series... posted 27 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by Annabel, Peralogue

Top Epic? Gosh, that is difficult. Here goes (sort of in order):

1. Tolkien - Lord of the Rings (How could it be anyone else??)
2. Guy Gavriel Kay (Fionavar Tapestry (Did you cry? I did. Though I was young when I read it. Kay's the big romantic on this list.)
3. Frank Herbert (Dune series. Yeah - I wanna be a Bene Gesserit!)
4. Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time. But, will he finish in time??)
5. David Gemmell (Rigante Series. They should have had Gemmell write the script to Gladiator - maybe then it wouldn't have sucked so bad.)

And, some others who come so close: Orson Scott Card's Ender series (Does that count as epic? It must by the time we get to Speaker for the Dead); Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel trilogy, R.A. Salvatore and Michael Moorcock's Elric saga. Oh, and I have to throw this in though its not epic - Jan Siegel's Fern Capel series (all the other girl's out there - grab Prospero's Children, the Witch Queen and Dragon Charmer now!)

And, in my opinion, Carey's not too girlie (of course, I am a girl). My brother in law claimed there was far too much talk/sex in it for a fantasy epic. However, the characters are memorable and engaging and the world that Carey creates is unique and pretty much unforgettable. She pushes the boundaries of the genre and I liked that. If you want to read something a bit more conventional by the same author, try her new Banewreaker series. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 27 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by Annabel, Peralogue

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Herodotus' The History posted 27 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionHerodotus' The History by Annabel, Peralogue

I read Herodotus years ago. I remember enjoying it. I also seem to recall the big lesson was this - governments and societal forms are going through a constant and inevitable evolution/devolution and that each "ideal" form of political organization has a devolved and less desirable form. Monarchies versus tyrranies, aristocracies versus oligarchies, democracy versus the rule of the mob. That's Herodotus, right? Runs counter to Hegelian thought when you think of it. view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 27 December 2004 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

Scott: I really enjoyed TDTCB (haven't read the Warrior Prophet yet) but why are both of the main female characters exploited for their sex? This is not a moral judgment or anything in that realm. Frankly, as a female sci-fi fantasy reader, I'm just happy when there are some female characters who have something interesting to do in the novel. But, I can't help but ask - a whore and a concubine. Will there be any female schoolmen (yeah, that's kinda oxymoronic) in future novels? Thanks! view post


Ages posted 27 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by Annabel, Peralogue

32. As for you AJDeath, I'm glad you're still alive. Its no joking matter. Stay that way, please. view post


Best character posted 27 December 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Annabel, Peralogue

I loved the emperor. Scheming, self-aggrandizing, suspicious, insecure, capricious and altogether human. He's the most fun. I love the part when he gets shit on by birds and throws a snit fit.

I also liked Esmenet. She's definitely the most sympathetic character in the book. I keep hoping things will get better for her. view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 27 December 2004 in Author Q & AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

Okay. I will try to purchase the Warrior Prophet today. I understand what you were trying to do and, frankly, I think you do a good job of fleshing out Esmenet's despair/hope about her rather brutal circumstances (you make her a real person). Even her mercenary ambivalence in staying with Sarcellus for a while is understandable. However, I could not resist raising the point.

And, here's how much I got wrapped up in the story! I really wanted to cheer for Esme when she gets out of Dodge and tries to find Akka to warn him. Finally, an active decision instead of her remaining beaten down by circumstances (even if the proximate impetus was a run-in with the Consult). As for Serwe, she's so delusional but I am hoping she'll wise up in TWP. If not, does she get whacked by the skin spies?? <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Keep writing and we'll all keep reading! Thank you, thank you for your efforts. - Annabel view post


Ian Graham's Monument posted 27 December 2004 in Literature DiscussionIan Graham's Monument by Annabel, Peralogue

Okay so I just finished this book. I picked it up because David Gemmell recommended it as one of the best in 2004. Hmmm. Maybe . . but only because it really pushed how anti a hero can get before making the reader drop the book. The writing was gritty and fast-paced and the hero was definitely an original. But, certain plot devices (or surprises) kind of ticked me off. Anyone out there read it? And, what did you think of the final denouement? view post


This time I got a question... posted 27 December 2004 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Annabel, Peralogue

I know next to nothing about publishing but I think you need more press in the USA. Most of your interview/signing dates seemed to be in Canada. Do you ever get down to the lower 50??

Also, here's how I find new sci-fi fantasy to read. Easiest way - I find a book I like on Barnes &amp; Noble or Amazon and then I see what other readers of the same book enjoyed. Or, I pop onto a favorite author's site and see what they recommend.

Here's a sneaky suggestion (thinking like the Consult, ahh!) - why not have your fans on this site infiltrate other really popular authors' discussion boards and lavish loads of hyperbolic praise on your books. The really active sites like, oh, the Jacqueline Carey site or, mebbe, Bright Weavings (the Guy Gavriel Kay site). view post


This time I got a question... posted 27 December 2004 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Annabel, Peralogue

Going back and reading all the posts, yeah, Scott, maybe you should hire a personal trainer and do some beauty shots for ads/back of novels. Part of the reason I keep reading Mieville is because the man's a hottie (the bald head, the muscle tees, the tight jeans, the tattoos, the British accent - c'mon, is he REALLY the author?). And I always thought that Gavriel Kay's books would do so much better if he just posed with G-string on the back of the novels instead of those tweedy, patch-elbowed jackets. view post


What would you say are the must-reads of literature? posted 27 December 2004 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by Annabel, Peralogue

Oops. The above post is me, Annabel. I posted without logging on - didn't know you could do that. And, is anyone out there?? This board's slow as molasses. Sorta feel like I'm playing the sandbox by myself. <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( --> view post


This time I got a question... posted 29 December 2004 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Annabel, Peralogue

Agreed, Painbird, with SOME of the above. Actually, I think that the media, the press and the publishers underestimate the sophistication levels of the general populace. How else do you account for the international success of writers like Eco? He even got a movie starring Sean Connery. Or the success of the Passion of the Christ - it was in Aramaic for god's sake. Its not the level of taste that is the problem, its laziness. Americans are slothful - we like to have our culture spoon fed to us through mega-bookstores, chain record stores and the telly. And, bright sparkly things entrance us - we gravitate to those big, colorful ads, displays, etc. However, most people know good stuff when they see it and will spend the $$$ for it. For most fantasy fiction, frankly, it ain't Hegel or nuclear physics and, as with all good fiction, there is always engaging human drama. So, I just don't understand publishing. Can anyone enlighten me as to the underlying economics which are driving publishers to take fewer and fewer risks on new authors? view post


This time I got a question... posted 29 December 2004 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Annabel, Peralogue

Painbird. Uh uh. You aren't being unfair to pop music. You are being too kind. 99% of the music MTV and the top 100 is manufactured SHITE. Really, its quite remarkable. Rythmically and melodically redundant, boring and derivative. Lyrically devoid of any real meaning or resonance with human experience. Most of the singing barely mediocre. Geez, its not even funny. [As an aside, I think the downward trend started in the 80's when the criteria for musical success was, like, really cool hair. Think Flock of Seagulls or glam metal.] Actually, I guess some of it is funny - inadvertently. I actually listened to the entire Country Grammar cd by popular artist, Nelly, and I had a stitch in my side by the end of it. All the "bitches" and "ho's" and "f--- this" and "f--- that" was just so relentless - I thought "what an outrageous satire". Unfortunately, I think it was not meant that way. [I suppose, in the end - if its got a good beat and you can dance to it . . . I will admit I've boogied down to some really bad music.]

Anyway, we should probably start a new thread - we can call it the "Luddites Bitch Here" thread. view post


Now listening to... posted 29 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Annabel, Peralogue

Hey! I saw Yngwe at a G3 concert this year. Not bad. But, if you like the guitar gods, Steve Vai is a virtuoso (and I don't use the word lightly). The guitar's an extension of the man's body. Hrrm. Maybe not body but mind - e.g., if he can imagine it on the guitar, he can do it. view post


And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 29 December 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Annabel, Peralogue

Mickie D's for me because the coffee goes down, in the words of Umberto Eco (see How to Travel with a Salmon) like "mountain springwater". Oh, and the apple pie. Yummy. And, because you can get that really weird Quebecois gravy stuff on your fries. view post


I think I've bitten off more than I can chew . . . posted 29 December 2004 in Writing TipsI think I've bitten off more than I can chew . . . by Annabel, Peralogue

TakLoufer: Hi! I am responding because, well, this board is just SO quiet. I don't know of a good map program but I'm sure you can find this out on the web. As for good history books, below is a link to what, in my humble opinion, is one of the best academic bookstores in the world. You can search by subject.

Good luck with your writing! Sounds like a mighty endeavor. But, don't forget to actually put words on paper in the midst of all your research.

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What subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? posted 29 December 2004 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by Annabel, Peralogue

Speculative fiction? How about the stock market reports or the weather channel. But, seriously, I like graphic novels from time to time. Alan Moore's series for The Swamp Thing and From Hell - brilliant. The Invisibles. The Watchman. V for Vendetta. And currently Hellboy just because the drawing is amazing. If anyone has any suggestions for good graphic novels, let me know! What I am really waiting for is for Kirkland to come out with another InHumans series - the first was just great popcorn drama. view post


Now listening to... posted 03 January 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Annabel, Peralogue

To be honest, I'm not really a guitar god fan! However, I can listen to anything and appreciate it if its well done. The only thing I can't take much of is country music. All they ever sing about is how they're women left them, drinking and driving trucks. view post


Tim Waggoner posted 06 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionTim Waggoner by Annabel, Peralogue

I guess no one's read Monument so has anyone ever read Tim Waggoner? I picked up a horror novel called "Like Death" by the fellow. So far, its good scary stuff. Think of Neil Gaiman but MUCH more disturbed and graphic. I think I like him. I've heard he also writes sci-fi. view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 11 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

So I just finished TWP -- Wow! Serwe DOES get whacked by the skin spies at the end. But, I felt sorry for her by that point. Poor, stupid, misguided Serwe. <!-- s:cry: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cry.gif" alt=":cry:" title="Crying or Very sad" /><!-- s:cry: --> But I guess that's where blind and unquestionning faith gets you in the end, oh and depending on a MAN to make everything right in your world. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 13 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

Actually, I get the point. Kellhus is the central figure of the books but by the end of the TWP his motivations remain a mystery (though you give us clues). Is he good? Is he bad? Does it matter? I like that. His character is like a rorschach test for the other folks in the story. I'm waiting to see how the differing personality types end up in relation to our man of mystery.

What we do know of Kellhus through the end of TWP - Serwe is his polar opposite. He is opaque. She is completely transparent. He "rationalizes". She "believes". He leads. She follows. This recapitulates so many gender stereotypes - I can only assume you meant to do this? (And, then there's poor Cnaiur. He's the self-aware slave - the weeping gorilla. He was happier - and sane - when he remained an ignorant barbarian. What does it imply that he has been "used" like a woman?) Another angle (non-feminista) -- Serwe and Kellhus's relationship represents the eternal battle between reason and faith. Seems like the Logos is winning. But, is there a hint of human emotion from Kellhus as he hangs tied to Serwe's rotting corpse? Is her death going to affect him more than Kellhus can foresee in the end? Will Kellhus come to some enlightenment concerning the limitations of human rationality?

Of course, I don't expect you to answer any of these questions!! IMHO that's not your job. Hmm, reconsidering, maybe you are supposed to answer these questions in the next novel?? You've packed the story with wonderful questions, controversies and ambiguities -- terrific! Can't wait for the final installment. Write faster! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Sex posted 13 January 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by Annabel, Peralogue

Female here - one of the few apparently. Now, why is that?? view post


And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 13 January 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Annabel, Peralogue

Any of you from Quebec -- what are those funky french fries with gravy called?? view post


Okay - I just have to ask posted 14 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AOkay - I just have to ask by Annabel, Peralogue

Yes, we are all a little bit evil and a little bit good. And a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll . . . Hrrm, Arendt (Banality of Evil) showed this so very well. Are we really any more enlightened or civilized in the real world than the brutal world depicted in TDTCB or TWP? Are orphans being kidnapped in the wake of the tsunami and being sold into sexual slavery? Did the U.S. really invade another country and kill thousands with no (okay overt) provocation? Civilization is a thin veneer and truth is often stranger than fiction. view post


This time I got a question... posted 25 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Annabel, Peralogue

Painbird - a very late reply to your last post. I don't know - sometimes, yes, I think that modern rap and pop stars are slaughtering the English language. Why can't they rap in proper English? Then, I think - that sounds really silly? Am I being really uptight? After all, good old Bill Shakespeare made up words left and right and spelled words differently from poem to play. I suppose English was more "in flux" at that time but maybe that "flux" is what spurred an artist like Shakespeare to bend and mold the verse into interesting new forms. Not that Nelly is Shakespeare -but just another viewpoint. I, like you, tend to get cranky about things like this - I fight the urge to be curmudgeon daily. view post


This time I got a question... posted 25 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Annabel, Peralogue

Maybe our favorite author should write The Thousandfold Thought in rhymes. Maybe Cnaiur could start up with a little gangsta rap at the start of every meeting of the great names. view post


This time I got a question... posted 28 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Annabel, Peralogue

Not so very wrong? Do you mean just a little bit wrong but mostly right? You sounds just like me, White Lord! (sigh) Am I virtuous or a vacillating fence sitter? Does seeing both sides all the time result in wisdom and broad-mindedness or a harmful paralysis? Sheesh -- I can't decide! view post


What would you say are the must-reads of literature? posted 28 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by Annabel, Peralogue

Univeristy approach? view post


This time I got a question... posted 31 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Annabel, Peralogue

Faelcind - Absolutely in agreement with you. To draw an analogy to sci-fi and fantasy (and bring it round to the theme of this particular board), Tolkein spawned generations of derivative work which, frankly, became progressively formulaic and unimaginative. Too bad for readers, like us, and all the more reason to applaud Scott Bakker for putting some originals twists and ideas in a (nearly) exhausted genre. Or others like Guy Gavriel Kay who write so feelingly of human experience that old stories become new and fresh again. view post


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