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Ashmael Candidate | joined 03 June 2005 | 27 posts


Wraeththu series by Storm Constantine posted 03 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionWraeththu series by Storm Constantine by Ashmael, Candidate

Did you ever read theWraeththu series of Storm Constantine, on a series of beautiful, terrific androgynes evolved from humanity? they rock! view post


sranc posted 03 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes Beforesranc by Ashmael, Candidate

What exactly ARE they?Ghouls? Vampires? What else? view post


What subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? posted 03 June 2005 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by Ashmael, Candidate

I tend to prefer originality in fantasy, I'm not interested in Tolkien's clones and conventional fantasy. My favourite fantasy series are:

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories of Fritz Leiber
The Mists of Avalon of Marion Zimmer Bradley
Elric Saga by Michael Moorcock
Otherland by Tad Williams
Nightrunner series of Lynn Fflewellyng
Sarantium of guy Gavriel Kay
Wraeththu by Storm Constantine
The Prince of Nothing of R.S.Bakker

I like learned, profound, young adult fantasy. I've read China Mieville, good but I couldn't suffer his complacency on grisly scenes. view post


Which works of literature inspired you? posted 06 June 2005 in Author Q & AWhich works of literature inspired you? by Ashmael, Candidate

Your writing is magnificent,Scott, your story very intriguing! Which works of literature inspired you? view post


Bad, bad book. BAAAD. posted 06 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by Ashmael, Candidate

Positively hated "PERDIDO STREET STATION" by China Mieville. Complacency in the sickly horrid, patent absurdities, and the book ends denying the very reasons eventa started in the first place- and what events! A nightmarish plague unleashed to have the unwitting unleasher say on secondd thought, better not. And the fate of poor insect-girl!
Argggh! view post


What philosopher suits you most? posted 06 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat philosopher suits you most? by Ashmael, Candidate

Answer the poll! view post


Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 06 June 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Ashmael, Candidate

you encounter a non-man with your face, and it says

"Papaltine has ordered all schools to be slain"!

And you say, you're in the wrong saga, here the dark comes before you view post


Orson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage posted 06 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Ashmael, Candidate

I think that's only just to recognize gay couples some rights inherent to their union- the possibility to inherit, right to home, right to visit loved ones in hospital (sometimes cruelly denied!) Yes,you need not use the word "marriage", but come to think of it, what happened to O.J. Simpso's perfectly "straight" marriage, or to others?.
I maintain no love should be discriminated against. Jesus love us all, gay and hetero.. view post


Oh,Mother! Said Oedipus at Cholonae posted 06 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeOh,Mother! Said Oedipus at Cholonae by Ashmael, Candidate

I've been just reading the exchanges between that wet blanket of an Emperor Xerius and his mother. Some Emperor and some Queen Mother! Hasn't Xerius any wife? This Mighty Sparrow-shooting Emperor looks far more a fool than the representative of Conrya he's been receiving. How could such a laughable wimpy wet weed have become Emperor at all? No wonder his Empire is on a downfall! view post


Orson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage posted 06 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Ashmael, Candidate

I was denied love
all my loves have been unilateral
Marco, Cristina, Lele, Lorena, Stefano, Carmen,David
Oh, I have friends, a loving family, but *that* kind of love
Never knew it.
Why should I care?
Of love victimized, blamed, calld unjustly a sin why should I care?
NO! I DO CARE!
I say, Benedict XVI, the Pope named by an eggs breakfast (how ironical) that you have no right, no right whatsoever, to condemn same-sex love! Jesus blesses all love, gay and hetero, all loving is sacred to Him! Pardon him, sweet Jesus.
"Benedict", you hypocryte, how you dare speak of "false"liberty!
Love knows no bounds, it's like the spirit that blows where it wants.
Jesus Blesses all love.
Amen view post


Holy war: the ultimate blasphemy posted 08 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionHoly war: the ultimate blasphemy by Ashmael, Candidate

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. view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 08 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Ashmael, Candidate

Surely Gods exist.. Man has created them. Scores of them. I think Jesus was truly God, but other think otherwise. He is certainly a more merciful God than many. view post


Holy war: the ultimate blasphemy posted 09 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionHoly war: the ultimate blasphemy by Ashmael, Candidate

Thas was the oldTestament. Jesus abrogated that. And in any case, it was not God, only men pretending to convey the willof God. view post


Conspiration theory posted 13 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionConspiration theory by Ashmael, Candidate

Do you believe there are occult sects of conspirators that, like the Consult, move world events? view post


Your favourite character? posted 13 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeYour favourite character? by Ashmael, Candidate

Wicch character is your favourite? view post


Best character posted 13 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by Ashmael, Candidate

What do you mean by "best?" Best characterized? Most interesting? More sympathetic? The more moral? The one you identify with?
I really like drusas achamian, so humane, sensitive and haunted. He's the most likeable, and I was moved by his unfortunate loves. I identify much with him, no less because he has some sense of humour, unlike that fanatic Nersei Proyas. 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 Ashmael, Candidate

Other than "The Prince of Nothing" what series do you prefer among thpse? view post


Favourite Sorcerous School? posted 15 June 2005 in Author Q & AFavourite Sorcerous School? by Ashmael, Candidate

I voted for Mandate because I'm fond of Achamian. view post


Your favourite character? posted 16 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeYour favourite character? by Ashmael, Candidate

I think Achamian's quite interesting. He's member of a sorcerous sect who's targeting one enemy most inhabitants of his world think nonexistant, hence thought a quixotic fool, every night he dreams of an Apocalypse two thousands years old, reliving its most heart-wrenching moments, and still is keeping his sanity. He suffers gladly fanatics like Kersey Proyas, investigates the enigmatic Anasurimbor, he's seen one of his loved ones die and another renege him... and yet he doesn't lose his equanimity.A man like this is most interesying, IMHO! view post


Your less favourite characters posted 16 June 2005 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeYour less favourite characters by Ashmael, Candidate

Choice much more larger, here.... view post


Orson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage posted 17 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Ashmael, Candidate

Well, I think of myself a bisexual androgyne, not simply "homosexual", but I'll report an interesting theory. Homosexuality may be a byproduct of sexual behaviour evolution that favoured a more solicitous, civil and gentle behavior in heterosexual men. Women of the Cromagnon Era selected men more wont to bring them flowers, protect them, care for children, rather than to club them and rape them on the spot. This selection prompted the emergence of a genetic map that, in some, statistically irrelevant cases, prompted men that loved men. Being that percentage only 3% or so, it didn't outweigh the advantage to have heterosexual men more dedicated to protecting their offspring. So homosexuality survived...because women preferred, obviously, Robert Redford to Terminator.
IIt may be, don't you think? view post


Orson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage posted 17 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrson Scott Card and Homosexual Marriage by Ashmael, Candidate

Certainly psychology plays an important part in sexual orientation, but not in the Simplistic Freudian way:
"you've had a traumatic childhood experience of sexual nature, obviously"
"But Doctor, I've had nothing of the sort!"
"See? You've removed it!"

Circular reasoning aside, I think the predisposition to a certain sexual orientation is innate, due also to hormonal stimuli happening in the womb.
I certainly don't think there's such thing as a "gay gene". But I think there can be a genetic configuration of different genes that enhance the possibility of a certain orientation, a configuration evolved by sexual selection. Then Psychology would play a most important part along with experience and environment in realizing or neutralizing that predisposition. view post


What happens when your soul leaves your body? posted 17 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by Ashmael, Candidate

Afterlife thoughts view post


What happens when your soul leaves your body? posted 20 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat happens when your soul leaves your body? by Ashmael, Candidate

Mind,soul...call it what you like. SOMETHING survives... view post


Brood and whine posted 27 June 2005 in The Warrior ProphetBrood and whine by Ashmael, Candidate

I got the impression we're seeing very little action,there. Akka broods, Esmi whines, Kelhus ruminates, but where are the battles? view post


Wraeththu of Storm Constantine posted 05 July 2005 in ReviewsWraeththu of Storm Constantine by Ashmael, Candidate

In an alternate reality, something has happened to humanity. Nuclear war,pollution, degradation...and amid the waste a new mysterious terrific mutation:the Wraeththu. Pell has heard terrible things about them, but he doubts they'll come to his farm to take him away.
Then, the unknown arrives, a traveler:"I am Cal", he says.
So begins one of the most original, intriguing and fascinating fantasy series of all-times. Humanity evolves in the Wraeththu race, hermaphroditic beings of intriguing beauty, some cruel and savage, some enlightened and righteous. Storm Constantine unravel magnificently the history and the personalities of the main charachters (Pell the innocent whose inception has been pre-ordained by higher powers, Cal the har whit a past,fascinating trickster whit which everyone falls in love, Cobweb the strange intriguing sorcerous beauty married to the tyrant Terzian,Swift their ambiguous son) while describing the evolution of Wraeththu society from caos to civilization. Uncannily magic, the story revolves essentially around the love of Calanthe and Pell, separated dramatically to fulfill the plans of the shamanic Thiede.Cal shall return to Pell, after an initiatic voyage that will bring him in contact whit many Wraeththu tribes whose bizarre and diverse costumes and cities Storm describes whit the skill of a Jack Vance.Fantastic that his story is, there is in some moments an uncannily resemblance to recent

history. The Hegemony of Immanion debating whether the righteous Gelaming should attack the cruel Varrs will ring some bell...
In conclusion, this is one of the best literary achievement of the fantastic genre. It is at the same level of Asimov's Foundation (and the skirmish between Pellaz and Ashmael and the political debates have some Asimovian flavor), Tolkien's Lord of The Ring (the evil Ponclast's city Fulminir recalls vaguely Mordor, The Gelaming recall the High Elves) and Clive Barker's Imajica (where there is an androgyne tribe, the Eurhetemec, and their mystif Pie oh-Pah seems a Nahir-Nuri Wraeththu)
Read it, it's worth it! view post


Wraeththu series by Storm Constantine posted 07 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionWraeththu series by Storm Constantine by Ashmael, Candidate

Well, I've read the two Wraeththu trilogies and enjoyed them immensely, so did many others. Certainly, Stoprm Constantine 's name is not very known but deserves to be. Her fantasy is unique, very far from grim bloody behemots like those of Jordan. And It's psychologically very profound. Read the review I've posted in Reviews. view post


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