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Crusader posted 25 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Hey, whilst loving every moment of the Prince of Nothing, i jus couldn't help but notice the striking similarity to the events of the First Crusade, even in some of the names. I was just wondering if anyone else had made this observation. I have to congratulate the author on taking such an enigmatic period of history and using it to weave an awesome story in another world.

I thiink it's a really good thing to do this because history is often looked down upon as pointless nowadays, yet history is basically one big story and the Crusades are possibly the most evocative and gripping episodes in history.

Anyway, as i said, i was just wondering if anyone else had noticed this and if anyone had anything to say on this sbject or anything similar? view post


The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) posted 25 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

I enjoyed The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. I don't think you necessarily need a complex geography to create an interesting 'other' world. As to the character of Thomas Covenant, yes i hated him at first. He came across as a self-obsessed pain in the ass, yet this is why i was drawn to him at the same time. The whole point of Covenant is that he is the Unbeliever, he has to reject the place and the situation he finds himself in to hold onto his sense of self; yet at the same time he must accept the world in which he is in or he will fail in his quest to succeed. It is the necessary paradox of Thomas Covenant and White Gold.

Covenant is a leper, a disease which has driven away his family and friends, leading him to become a pariah, outcast, unclean. He rejects his disease so as to not give up on life, yet he must accept it and constantly keep a close check on himself or he may succumb to his disease and die.

I think the most impressive thing about Donaldson's work, however, is that he has created such a human character as Thomas Covenant. Unlike many stock heroes in sci-fi and fantasy, Covenant posses no supra-natural powers, he is in a world where everybody depends upon him and he cannot help them, he does not know how to use White Gold and this frustrates him as does his leprosy. He is impotent in our world and in the land, helpless. Look to any of the great names of sci-fi and fantasy and you will struggle to find a more 'real' character, a character who has his faults, does not know what he has to do and is plagued by failure and disappointment throughout the tale. That is the joy of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever and White Gold Weilder. It is a more gritty, real fantasy novel that does not provide the same escapism as other fantasy literature may do as we can identify with the hero and share similar dilemas ourselves in our own lives. view post


Eddings posted 25 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionEddings by target, Auditor

Hey, i was just wondering if people had any thoughts on any of the Eddings books?

My personal favourite is the Redemption of Althalus with the Belgariad and the Mallorean up there with it as a saga format. Whilst i was entertained by the Elenium and the Tamuli, i never felt any great connection to the characters or the story, yet i still enjoyed them very much. Their latest forrays into the fantasy genre however, have left me a little disappointed as i don't feel they are up to their usual standard.

The Elder Gods is a fairly simple read, with nothing too challenging in it. Whilst still being entertaining reads, i dont feel they are anywhere near as engrossing as their earlier works. Again, the Treasured One left me with no great desire to pick up the next book imediately. For instance, i have just finished reading the Runes of the Earth, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and am currently immersed in the engrosing Warrior Prophet, all of which have left me wanting to read further, to complete the story, to find myself once again in those worlds. Yet, with the Dreamers, i haven't really had the same desire. With the great prolifeation of fantasy that has just erupted onto Britain's selves, i found myself eagerly awaiting, with my little cash, the new installments of Harry Potter and the Prince of Nothing, without feeling too much loss when not purchasing Eddings latest, something that i have not felt in a long time.

Anyway, now that i have rambled my views across to everyone, i wondered if anyone felt the same or had different views and insights to express? view post


Starring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! posted 25 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by target, Auditor

Ok, i'm gonna think on this and come back to it. However, i'm currently toying with the idea that Micky Rourke would make quite a good Cnair. Anywho, my only concern, as with many great novels, is: would PoN be a good candidate for a sceenplay. I mean, i would love to see this and many other novels be brought onto the silver screen, but Kellhus would make a very difficult part to write for the screen. Unless, of course, you were to adapt a naration style where the characters could describe their emotians as they soke to him and he plied them. Or alternative, he can narrate on his own thoughts as he 'reads' them. It is one of the rules of film though 'don't have a narrator'. I'm not sure i agree though: look at how good Sin City was....... view post


Crusader posted 25 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Well said, but which country are you referring to?

Many people i know consider history as pointless when you look at things like the Crusades and Medieval History etc. They think it more pertinent to consider more recent history and modern developments. I can see their reasoning, yet i dont think its the best idea. Looking at histry propperly allows you to grasp just how and why we have developed to the places we find oursleves in today. view post


The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) posted 25 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

i can agree with that, but i still liked him. A lot more than Linden Avery at any rate. I'm not too sure about whats happening to the Bloodgaurd though, however i think it is a very interesting development, and i still quite like them. I think fantasy should be a much darker place than it is. It makes it a lot more interesting and 'real'. view post


Starring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by target, Auditor

I have seen hero and it is awesome. Got it on dvd. My housemate watched it 3 times in one day...i dont quite know why, something to do with his girlfriend.....

As for Sin City, yes i loved it. I would find it hard for someone not to love it. The cinematography is amazing and the cast was just brilliant. What a film. view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Nice word. Verisimilitude is one of those great big words that make you feel good just saying them <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

I kinda guessed where you were talking about, i just didnt want to be presumptious. Its good to know there are others in the world who like history. I mean, i feel silly saying that because i know so many historians its almost unreal, but its still good to know.

I dont have history channel here, i only have the freeview channels, gutted. I'll just have to make do with my books and imagination. view post


The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) posted 26 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

I wont win that contest, ive read enough books, but not that many in the fantasy genre, at least not many of the tye we ae talking about. As ive said, a ot of the fantasy i know is 'high' fantasy. But anyway. I think TC was first published in '75. It's been a bit of a wait. view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Exactly. I've almost finished my degree in Ancient and Medieval History. My focus is more on the Medieval period, but rather than just Engalnd i cover the Biritsh Isles, France and the Crusader States mainly. Or at least, those are the subjects i have done most work on. view post


Eddings posted 26 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionEddings by target, Auditor

Yeah, i would agree with that.

I dont know what it was about the Redemption, but i just enjoyed it. I wouldn't say i prefered it over The Belgariad or the Mallorean, but then, they are a different style of writing. Their very nature as a saga means that, as a complete story, they cannot be compared to individual novels as the characters and the story itself has had time to develop over more than one book allowing the reader to develop a stronger emotional attachment. I couldn't really say anything about the individual books within any of the sagas as it has been a long time since i read them. view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Yeah, thats what id like to do too, but it means im really going to have to start working soon. Ive got a dissertation to start, but im struggling to start it. We shall have to see. What do you mean by going to a 'real' university? Where you at now? view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

It's 19.43 here at the mo. I know what you mean about expenses. I really want to do a postgraduate course, but the way things are looking, i wont be able to afford it. Still, before i worry about that, i have to get my First Class degree......hmmmmm view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

I imagine, quite. I really struggle with Latin, although i havent really had much opportunity to learn it, and when i did, i didnt really try. I don't really cover Scotland outside it's relations with England during the Medieval period. The stuff you would be looking it is well outside my area, my brain kinda switches off then, i love the earlier stuff. The foundations of Europe and all that.

Well not quite the foundations, but you know what i mean. view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

I mean the why of how Europe has developed to become what it is today. Medieval Europe provides a great insight into the politics of today and the national character and identities of many of it's leading nations. It also provides a very subtle insight into the workings of America. Or at least, so my friends and i believe. view post


The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) posted 26 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

'High' fantasy is referring to the grandiose nature of the fantasy genre. Whereas we consider TC and TDTCB to be a much darer, grittier, more realistic kind of fantasy, 'high' fantasy refers to works such as Eddings, which has very powerful characters in a clearly foreign world in which anything is possible. The whole 'high' fantasy genre seem to me to have a much nicer world, if you could call it that. I don't know how to fully explain it, its just how it appears to me. I think the best example of the differences is if you consider Warhammer, the Games Workshop games.

The Early editions of Warhammer and its futristic counterpart, Warhammer 40 000 (40K), were more colourful, bright worlds or universes in which chivalry and magic, if you will, were very prominent characteristics. More so in Warhammer than 40K. This has recently changed with the latest editions of the games bringing more darker elements to the races, the backgrounds and the artwork, to rovide, what i feel, a much more engrossing universe. A good example of this is the Wood Elves. If you have the opportunity, check out the old style Wood Elves, and then compare them with the new.

I think Tolkein has aspects of both 'high' fantasy and 'dark' fantasy, if we should call it that. view post


The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) posted 26 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

I know what you mean. I do like some of the artwork though, especially on the Shining Ones, but thats beside the point. I would recommend Eddings, i thoroughly enjoyed their books, but it doesnt suit everyone. I think they are very good at writing characters, and the scope available to them in writing the Belgariad and the Mallorean enabled them to ceate a very well reaised world, with some trully excellent characters.

In the end, you can only try them.

"Now is the only time there is" - a rue philosophers comment i believe, made by the Nightwatchman in 'Lacorona and the tin frog'. What a book. view post


Easy = wrong? posted 26 July 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by target, Auditor

However, wouldn't it be better to follow another axiom and give the job to a busy person, because that way, it wil just be slotted into their busy schedule, rather than being put off, ignored or forgotten by your lazy person? view post


The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) posted 26 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

That's cool. I'm struggling through Warrior Prophet at the mo. I only say 'struggling' because i have no opportunity to read it, except at night, but im shattered by then. I have a huge backlog of books that need reading, so i should be occupied for a while.

So what are these RPGs you are waiting for? My personnal favourite is the computer game, Final Fantasy VII, you can't beat it. I just can't wait for Advent Children to be released,it looks amazing. Just gutted ill have to wait till Christmas to get it, if then. Darn you Americans and you quicker releases!! view post


The problem of evil posted 26 July 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by target, Auditor

The thing with good and evil is that it creates balance, and i believe that balance is a necessary for existence. At least to some extent. The most troubling aspect of the good verses evil debate to me concerns the nature of God, that is a capital God of a monotheistic belief system. If, as is taught in the Christian religion, God is the one true good, and is indeed the Almighty, then how can evil exist. This is the conundrum of the Catholic faith. How can God be omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent and omnipresent if evil exists in the world.

Problems such as this, and the very nature of the Christian Church, lead me away from the belief in on true God. I would, to some extent, agree with Pavlov's statement that God is a social reflex. If you consider the difference between a monotheistic religion like the Catholic faith, and a polytheistic one, such as that of the Romans; the one main diference between these two religions today is belief.

Therefore i believe that to a certain degree belief defines faith. God would, in theory, cease to exist if people stopped believing. Personally, however, i would much prefer to keep an open mind, consider all arguments and evidence, and, if necessary, recant on my deathbed. <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

My dissertation was hopefully going to be on the Reign of King Stephen. However, the vast wealth of material and the general 'done to death' nature of this period greatly restricted what i could do. I couldn't see any new insights or arguements to present a valid case for writing my dissertation on this, and, due to it being an 'original work', re-assesing, re-defining and re-enforcing other historians' views and theories didn't really fit the bill.

Therefore, it was decided between myself and my tutor that we would consider 'Succession politics of the Twelfth Century'. A grandiose title basically meaning, who succeeded, where and why. I'm not totally comfortable with this yet though, because im finding it difficult to sift out the necessary info from the primary sources. It should all hopefully work out though, and im sure it will become easier and clearer once i begin to work on it propperly.

I think i will be looking at succession in England, France and Outremer. view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

To get back to the point on America, we tought it an insight more into the Imperial nature of the US. I dont mean any offense if you can read any into it, but the 'states' are basically countries in their own right, just united by one common language, monetary unit and economy. Unfortunately, as for being a democracy, what you appear to have is more of an Empire, with someone using their Sith powers to control and run things, because i doubt G.B. can do it. view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Yeah, that is quite funny. Britain isnt realy imperialistic anymore though, however im sure Tony Blair would love that. We dont have a true democracy at any rate. But then again, the Greeks invented democracy and even they didnt manage a true one. I think a Biritish comedian, Bill Bailey summs up our 'special relationship' best:

America is like the school bully, collering other nations and demanding 'Give us you rlunch money'; and Britain is just the nerdy kid who leans round round behind them and says 'Yeah'. Much funnier live obviously. view post


Now Reading... posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by target, Auditor

Currently The Warrior Prophet

Then: The Cathars by Sean Martin
Then: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami view post


The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) posted 26 July 2005 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant (first series) by target, Auditor

Final Fantasy is an rpg by Square. The next game release is going to be number 12, but all in all it is much more than that in the series. I say serires, really they are all separate games. I think VII is the best, you should try it. Advent Children is a film being released in Aug/Sept. by SquareEnix. It is a sequel to FFVII set two years after the end of the game. It has all the characters in it and it looks really good. The graphics are awesome, and Sephiroth is a bad guy up there with some of the greats i think. view post


Crusader posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionCrusader by target, Auditor

Simon Schama is a legend, but i dont think he did. Now to be geeky, here are the best sources in my eyes:

Terry Jones for a very basic, easy, fun look at the crusades.

H.E. Mayer has possibly the best book, but a lot more complex and in depth. Called 'The Crusades' it covers all the crusades.

Martin Scott is older, but another easy look with 'Medieval Europe'

There is 'The Crusades' by M. Paine

J. Riley-Smith is quite a prolific author

Also look out for:

Steve Runciman
Jonathon Harris
Carole Hillenbrand (excelent for Muslim perspective)
Jonathon Philips
Ruth Macrides (mainly cause shes one of my lecturers)
Joshua Prawer

There are many more, in fact there is a brand new assessment of the First Crusade out that i really want to read, but cant quite remember who wrote it yet. I think the first 4 crusades are the most interesting, and the Children's Crusade is a wonderfully sad story to look into. They ae all very interesting to learn about though. view post


Ages posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by target, Auditor

Im 20, and thu sfall into the prominent age group it seems. Bonus. view post


Now listening to... posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by target, Auditor

I listen to a lot of music, so its generally changing.

Today, i have been mostly listening to: Doves. Last Broadcast and Some Cities. Awesome. view post


First Word that Comes to Mind posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by target, Auditor

Damned.

This is like the timeless classic, Mallet's Mallet. Excellent. view post


Prince of Nothing Parody posted 26 July 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionPrince of Nothing Parody by target, Auditor

I think the Prints of Nothing is the best title there, however it sounds more like a crime thriller. Would be interesting to see how that turns out. view post


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