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lordnull Commoner | joined 15 January 2007 | 9 posts


Scott Bakker ruined it for me. posted 24 January 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionScott Bakker ruined it for me. by lordnull, Commoner

This might be obvious but the Book of the New Sun series by Gene Wolfe (Shadow of the Torturer...Claw of the Conciliator...et al) is among my favorite fantasy/sf series. It's very different from PoN but it's equally intelligent and compelling. I recently reread the books and found new things I hadn't noted before.

If you're interested in books outside the genre that have some similarities to PoN, Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian (Bakker uses a quote from it in introducing The Thousandfold Thought) is a phenomenal novel with the same kind of epic scale. And McCarthy's prose is incomparable. view post


Any Wolfe fans? posted 24 January 2007 in Literature DiscussionAny Wolfe fans? by lordnull, Commoner

I've read the Book of the New Sun along with the Devil in the Forest and Fifth Head of Cerberus.

The Book of the New Sun is among my favorite fantasy series if not my favorite. I've been negligent in reading his other books such as the Long Sun mostly because I became interested in some other stuff at the time.

I picked up The Knight recently and am looking forward to reading it once I get through the other books in the stack. view post


What philosophers informed The Prince of Nothing? posted 08 February 2007 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat philosophers informed The Prince of Nothing? by lordnull, Commoner

Beyond a few critical theory classes in school, I really don't know very much about philosophy although I'm trying to learn more. Which philosophers were the most influential in The Prince of Nothing books? At first I assumed Nietzsche figured heavily, but after reading some of the posts on this forum and a couple of interviews with R. Scott Bakker it seems there are several more informing the books. view post


Any Wolfe fans? posted 13 February 2007 in Literature DiscussionAny Wolfe fans? by lordnull, Commoner

Quote: "Holsety":1d7zcqtv
Lord Null, are you SgtNull from Kevin's Watch? If so I've found two people from over there.[/quote:1d7zcqtv]

Nope. I'm the Lord Null from Lankhmar.

Actually neither...I'm only on a couple of message boards really and I mostly just read them. I'm on this one and I read the board at westeros.org but I don't generally contribute.

Glad to see there are a few enthusiastic Wolfe fans out there and thanks for the comments regarding philosophy and Bakker. view post


Harold Lamb posted 06 March 2007 in Literature DiscussionHarold Lamb by lordnull, Commoner

I was interested in Lamb before I read PoN and then I saw the same interview I think you're talking about. I'm hip deep in ASOIF but am looking forward to reading some Lamb shortly...is there anything besides the Crusades book that you've read that's interesting? What's the style like? view post


Scott Bakker ruined it for me. posted 03 April 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionScott Bakker ruined it for me. by lordnull, Commoner

Am I the only person who is distinctly unimpressed by The Black Company series? I read some of the novels on the strenght of Erikson's recommendation. I don't think Glen Cook even approaches Erikson as a writer and story-teller, and has none of the latter's invention. Mind you, lately I have been getting a little tired of Erikson.


I read Cook after a friend of mine gave the Black Company books a huge recommendation. I mean huge. So I read the first one and had a reaction similar to your own. I mean I enjoyed it but I didn't think Cook's books were "great" by any stretch of the imagination. I wrote as much on another forum and practically got shouted down Red-Scare style.

Guess it's simply a matter of taste. They really are fun to read...but I don't think they're not in the same world as say PoN or aSoIF.

I haven't read Erickson much...started Gardens of the Moon...but I'm still working on the A Feast of Crows. view post


What book or book series reminds you most of PON posted 09 April 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat book or book series reminds you most of PON by lordnull, Commoner

When I was trying to describe the first two books to someone I said they were like Dune meets Beyond Good and Evil meets the Crusades peppered with Tolkienery.

I still believe Dune was a major influence (and I think I read an interiview in which Bakker said as much). I don't know anything about philosophy but Kelhus definitely struck me as a kind of superman type...one big caveat being I know nothing about philosophy so we're kindah relying on Andromeda and my very young mind when I first read Beyond Good and Evil eight million years ago.

Recently I read an interivew with Bakker in which he cited Harold Lamb's Crusades lit as a major influence so there you go.

The Tolkien strain is difficult to ignore. view post


What is your favorite sport? posted 09 April 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by lordnull, Commoner

1.) college hoops
2.) Cleveland Browns football
3.) Buffalo Sabres hockey
4.) European or international soccer
5.) college football
6.) Detroit Pistons hoops
7.) Finally shaking the "commoner" tag on the three-seas and the aSoIF forums

You could throw college hockey in there sometimes...sometimes I'm into Clevland Indians baseball too... view post


What is your favorite sport? posted 10 April 2007 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is your favorite sport? by lordnull, Commoner

Quote: "Harrol":3f30te9x
keep posting Lordnull and you will get there. By the way the Miami Dolphins are the best.[/quote:3f30te9x]

hah...the GF is a Miami native and she's all about the Phins...they're kindah my NFL B-Team and since I live in the New York market I end up watching three or four of their games a year. view post


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