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posts by Dassem Ultor Commoner | joined 25 Mar 2007 | 7

Some other authors to look at: posted 26 Mar 2007, 01:03 in Literature DiscussionOk so I feel like ive read every good author in existence. by Dassem Ultor, Commoner

Consider the following (hands Bill Nye his obligatory nickel): Glen Cook is an excellent author .... the Black company is well plotted Steven Brust is very good as well .... The Phoenix Guards is a good place to start. Charles De Lint ................. Try Svaha if you can find it ... myths with a twist Elizabeth Moon............... The Deed of Paksenarrion is excellent ... not for the plot which is average at best but the realistic look at combat in the sword and sorcery world is interesting David Drake .................. Grab yourself a copy of The Lord of the Isles David Gemmel .............. A bit repetitive in his plotting but Legend is a must read. The Eddings ................. Just for the setting and character development in the first four books. Plotting is a bit ho hum but I loved them as a young adult for their deft growth of character and some nifty down home description of places like Aunt Pol's Kitchen. Steven Erikson .......... Similar to Cook and much more interesting in his characters and plotting. Those should keep you busy for a bit. Enjoy :D view post

An alternative to Fantasy posted 26 Mar 2007, 01:03 in Literature DiscussionHarold Lamb by Dassem Ultor, Commoner

Two two word phrases .... Historical fiction .... Harry Turtledove .... oh .... and enjoy :D view post

Salvatore competent posted 26 Mar 2007, 01:03 in Literature Discussionr.a. salvatore's war of the spider queen series by Dassem Ultor, Commoner

Alas, egad, *blushes with a shameful admission* I have read Forgotten Realms material. Salvatore is the best of the TSR authors (IMHO). However, alas, that is not a high standard. view post

Shadow or Ender posted 26 Mar 2007, 01:03 in Literature DiscussionEnder's Game by Dassem Ultor, Commoner

I would say Shadow then Ender but you can't lose.... they are all amazingly funny. Just my two cents. view post

Hmmm ... a toughie posted 26 Mar 2007, 02:03 in Literature DiscussionWho is most offensive. by Dassem Ultor, Commoner

The Eddings are not offensive (well, any more than Barny *evil chuckle*).... and I agree great for teen reading .... not really "grown up" stuff. Would have to say Hubbard ... just because he gave the world ... scientology ... win the bet and lose the world .... icky ... *shudder* *minor rant.... apologies* By the way .... Heinlein was bit odd in his later years but consider he was writing about stuff that no one else would touch in the 30s, 40s and 50s ... sure he was a right wing, misogynist with a penchant for large breasted women and redheads (not blondes) but an Original (in the Znaimer sense). view post

Bakker is interesting and refreshing posted 26 Mar 2007, 02:03 in Literature DiscussionWhy Bakker by Dassem Ultor, Commoner

The major reason that I enjoy Bakker's writing is that he has created an interesting world peopled by more than simple heroes, villians and vapid supporting characters. His characters are not for the faint of heart, they are gritty fully human (and fallible) with their own contexts. I find Bakker's attempt at injecting conflicting elements of philosophy, religion, culture, bizarre social mores and true racial dichotomies (I am talking of Human, Non-Man, Sranc and Demon/Dragon etc.) into a fantasy setting intellectually stirring. He seems to have adopted an almost relentless pursuit of crushing the western version of truth, found in most fantasy novels, into the fine philosophical dust of used to cover the travel worn boots of his Crusaders as they head to Shimeh. Intriguing questions abound from this writer's work. Not the least of which would certainly make Eric Fromm smile. If the power of the Logos is found only in complete submission to its tenets, then are the "Truly Free" truly free? Said in a more simple fashion ... does the realization of the futility of free will make one free? Hmmm ... okay, perhaps that is not more simple :roll: Any way .... good plotting .... excellent setting and character description and development .... a non apologetic approach to the setting and cultural descriptions *considers hugging the publisher that allowed a glossary to be included* which I enjoyed ... and well history that means something to the characters and the settings .... that and a cracking good read. view post

Okay book posted 26 Mar 2007, 02:03 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by Dassem Ultor, Commoner

Gaiman is not my favourite author but he writes well enough that I read American Gods to the end and then picked up another of his books. Worth the read if you are not knee deep in other interesting authors. By the bye ... anyone read any Wade Stanley? view post


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