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Murrin Peralogue | joined 28 May 2005 | 70 posts


Susanna Clarke posted 28 May 2005 in Literature DiscussionSusanna Clarke by Murrin, Peralogue

Read this book a month back, and enjoyed it a lot. There's not much out there that's quite like it, and I liked the break from the usual run of novel. The footnotes really added an extra dimension to the story, I think. Liked the character of Jonathan Strange a lot.
Good news if she's writing more. view post


Feast for Crows due this Summer posted 29 May 2005 in Literature DiscussionFeast for Crows due this Summer by Murrin, Peralogue

He said there were a lot more chapters of those than other characters - but there are a lot more characters in the other arcs. This seems a sensible decision to me, considering that the alternative he was given was that the book be split in half. Elsewhwere I've read that Feast will be the length of A Game of Thrones, even with that material cut out.
Since it seems likely that A Dance With Dragons would have featured Daenerys heavily in any case, this may work out well. view post


Now Reading... posted 29 May 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Murrin, Peralogue

I'm almost finished reading Volume 1 of The Book of the New Sun (Shadow of the Torturer and Claw of the Conciliator) - found it a little odd in the first book, but am beginning to get used to the style and finding it a good read.
I have the next volume to hand, and after that I'll have to choose which one out of Mieville's King Rat, Martin's Fevre Dream, and TH White's The Once and Future King I will read first. view post


Feast for Crows due this Summer posted 30 May 2005 in Literature DiscussionFeast for Crows due this Summer by Murrin, Peralogue

The announcement is up on the [url=http://www.georgerrmartin.com/:136am9py]site[/url:136am9py]. Apparently the manuscript as it was would have come to more than 1600 pages, even bigger than ASoS. view post


More about Erikson books... posted 01 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Murrin, Peralogue

Well, the fifth book is pretty much set apart from the rest of the series so far. A different continent, a different cast, and only small references to things that go on elsewhere. There's a PoV character from House of Chains, but MT is set before that book so it won't spoil the storyline.
It may however be better to have read Memories of Ice first - MT has references to characters and events that were introduced or occured in the third book of the series - although relatively minor. The one major-ish spoiler might not even be understood until MoI is read and so probably wouldn't spoil much at all.
So I guess it wouldn't matter much if you read Midnight Tides first (as long as you still read MoI before HoC), but personally I'd think it better to wait for MoI first. view post


US Trade Paperback Cover posted 02 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeUS Trade Paperback Cover by Murrin, Peralogue

I've never liked the rather dull-looking silver and gold covers with the awful fonts. I have the cover on the link, and I think it looks ok. view post


More about Erikson books... posted 03 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Murrin, Peralogue

Ian Cameron Esselmont has only written one novel, and at the minute it's hard to get ahold of. It also costs a lot.

The book can be ordered directly from the publisher (PS Publishing, who also printed Erikson's novellas) [url=http://www.pspublishing.co.uk/cat/nok.asp:b18oxq4d]here[/url:b18oxq4d].
I ordered mine from Amazon UK, but have to wait more than a month for it to dispatch.

In an interview recently it was revealed that there are plans for a series of five Malazan novels to be written by Esselmont, but it all depends on whether he's picked up by a major publisher. view post


More about Erikson books... posted 03 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionMore about Erikson books... by Murrin, Peralogue

<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://malazan.com/eve/ubb.x/a/tpc/f/2506041581/m/6411031401">http://malazan.com/eve/ubb.x/a/tpc/f/25 ... 6411031401</a><!-- m -->

Steve and I originally wrote Gardens as a full-length motion picture
screenplay. He and I pitched it and other screenplays but none made it
into development. Over the years Steve became fed up and asked if he
could just go ahead and novelize Gardens. I said: go for it! He finished
the novel and showed it around. It caught some interest in England and
Steve and I were thrilled. But there was a problem: this “shared world”
thing. Apparently, and this dumbfounded me, the fantasy publishers, the
agents, no one knew what to do with this “shared world” idea. They
couldn’t get their heads around it (still can’t frankly). That both
Steve and I did, could, and would continue to write in the world made
publishers uneasy – too “messy” or uncertain (God knows what they
thought). In any case, since even getting anything into print is so
unsure in fantasy, Steve and I agreed not to push the “shared” aspect
publicly until (fait accompli) the world became real and couldn’t just
be wished away by the industry.
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Now listening to... posted 03 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Murrin, Peralogue

Just finished:
Deftones - White Pony

And just started:
Brand New - Deja Entendu

I can never seem to stop listening to the same few albums. I need to start buying new stuff. <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> view post


US Trade Paperback Cover posted 04 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeUS Trade Paperback Cover by Murrin, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;Epitaphs&quot;:xl5t5z6e
The original was striking, mystical. Ancient texts entombed herein, is what it said.[/quote:xl5t5z6e]
When I saw that cover, the first word to enter my head was not 'striking' or 'mystical' or anything like that - it was 'tacky'. view post


US Trade Paperback Cover posted 05 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeUS Trade Paperback Cover by Murrin, Peralogue

Quote: &quot;White Lord&quot;:1hrng57k
As opposed to the non-tackiness of the one you seem to prefer? <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->[/quote:1hrng57k]
Heh, IMO yeah, but everyone has their own taste. I just tend to think the people who pick british book covers have more of it than most. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Now Reading... posted 06 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Murrin, Peralogue

I'm reading Miéville's King Rat. view post


Now listening to... posted 06 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Murrin, Peralogue

The new White Stripes album, Get Behind Me Satan. Alright, but apart from the single Blue Orchid nothing really stands out.

Edit: this album grows on you, like some kind of musical fungus. I can't stop listening. view post


Boosting Sales of the &quot;Prince of Nothing&quot; posted 07 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionBoosting Sales of the &quot;Prince of Nothing&quot; by Murrin, Peralogue

I like the first two, but the scantily clad maidens idea is hard to resist. view post


US Trade Paperback Cover posted 08 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeUS Trade Paperback Cover by Murrin, Peralogue

Uh, having just seen a better quality picture of the US cover (note that I've never seen the cover IRL - they don't use that cover here) I take back my comment that it was 'tacky' - but I still say the UK cover is better. view post


What science-fiction and/or fantasy series do you prefer? posted 13 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionWhat science-fiction and/or fantasy series do you prefer? by Murrin, Peralogue

Among the options given, personal favourite is the Hitchhiker's Guide. But I also liked Night's Dawn, Earthsea, and Otherland. Haven't read the others, but the ones I have are so different I don't think it's fair to compare them. view post


Now Reading... posted 13 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Murrin, Peralogue

I finished Martin's Fevre Dream, and have now begun reading TH White's The Once and Future King. view post


Feast for Crows due this Summer posted 15 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionFeast for Crows due this Summer by Murrin, Peralogue

I say:

Jaime
Cersei
Sansa
Arya
Unrevealed new PoV
Sam
Iron Islands (Asha, Aeron, not sure if there're more)
Dorne (Areo Hotah (sp?), one of the Kingsguard I can't remember right now)

And the ones moved into Dance:
Dany
Tyrion
Jon
Davos
Bran
Theon? view post


And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 15 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Murrin, Peralogue

I tend to prefer Burger King to McDonalds. Okay, so BK has ripoff prices and the fries aren't as good now that they're cutting down on the salt, but I can't resist having a bacon double cheeseburger when I get the chance. view post


And now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds posted 16 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by Murrin, Peralogue

I think they've really been forced into it by all those people ranting about obesity, heh. I'm sure the salads and 'healthy option' foods probably don't sell that well in any case, but if they stopped offering them at all the complainers would be up in arms again.
At Burger King I think they're actually offering carrot sticks as part of the kids meal. view post


This time I got a question... posted 21 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Murrin, Peralogue

All the stores I've been to recently seem to have a lot of copies of the tDtCB mmpb. However, something that seems a little odd is that I have never, in any store at any time, seen a copy of tWP. They're pushing tDtCB quite strongly, but they don't even stock tWP. view post


Chorae issues posted 21 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AChorae issues by Murrin, Peralogue

'First episode' meaning the first one they broadcast? That was actually the third episode, and I wasn't too impressed with that one either. Then I the second (fourth) one, which was actually quite a bit better (after that I started watching them in the correct order, which improved things a bit) - it was an alright show, even if some episodes weren't quite as good as others. view post


New Malazan Novel: Night of Knives by Ian Cameron Esslemont posted 24 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionNew Malazan Novel: Night of Knives by Ian Cameron Esslemont by Murrin, Peralogue

I ordered it, but I decided it wasn't worth the cost and cancelled the order.

£35 is just too much for one book. view post


This time I got a question... posted 27 June 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Murrin, Peralogue

[quote:3s4fry9h]However, something that seems a little odd is that I have never, in any store at any time, seen a copy of tWP. They're pushing tDtCB quite strongly, but they don't even stock tWP.


That would be because TWP doesn't come out until July 7th![/quote:3s4fry9h]
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Heh, did it get delayed again? I always miss these things. view post


Shirt Discussion posted 30 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionShirt Discussion by Murrin, Peralogue

The first time I saw that cookie, I'd forgotten so much about PoN I thought logos was the plural of logo and was correspondingly confused. view post


Now Reading... posted 16 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Murrin, Peralogue

I've finally started The Warrior Prophet. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Now Reading... posted 23 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Murrin, Peralogue

Finished The Warrior-Prophet, starting No Present Like Time. view post


Now Reading... posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Murrin, Peralogue

Finished No Present Like Time (great book), started the Gormenghast trilogy. view post


Words You Like or Don't Like posted 23 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWords You Like or Don't Like by Murrin, Peralogue

I believe it was a method of execution at some point. view post


Words You Like or Don't Like posted 24 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWords You Like or Don't Like by Murrin, Peralogue

Interlocution has a certain ring to it.
Also like Amaranthine and Tribadism (for its rhythm, not its meaning <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P -->) view post


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