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TheBrucolac Commoner | joined 06 August 2005 | 9 posts


Eddings posted 21 August 2005 in Literature DiscussionEddings by TheBrucolac, Commoner

Eddings was some of the first fantasy I ever read, back when I was in junior high and high school, along with Piers Anthony's Xanth books. They were a great introduction for me into the world of fantasy, but they are very lite compared to some of the other stuff out there. I attemted some of the Tamuli, but like a poster above, I had a hard time connecting with the characters. I never was able to get too into the "after" books about the Belgariad/Mallorean characters, either. It seems to me that the stuff started going downhill after he started putting his wife's name on the covers. view post


What subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? posted 21 August 2005 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by TheBrucolac, Commoner

Steampunk. I LOVE China Mieville. My favorite author. view post


Now listening to... posted 22 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by TheBrucolac, Commoner

Hmm. Umphrey's McGee, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Phish, the Dead, Miles Davis... view post


WoT posted 22 August 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoT by TheBrucolac, Commoner

The plots in those books advance more slowly than Cerebus after Sym really lost it. view post


A brief history of Earwa? posted 31 August 2005 in The Warrior ProphetA brief history of Earwa? by TheBrucolac, Commoner

From what I have been able to put together (and there are holes here) here's what happened:
Inchoroi come to Earwa "from the void" (alien spaceships?). Earwa is populated by men and Nonmen, the Nonmen being the dominant species. Nonmen, as compared to men are extremely long-lived, perhaps seeming immortal to short-lived men. At some point, either before of after the arrival of the Inchoroi, Nonmen have enslaved men.

Nonmen and Inchoroi war. The Inchoroi use the Tekne to create unnatural abominations: Bashrag, Wracu, Sranc and the No-God (the No-God is never "finished"). Eventually the Nonmen push the Inchoroi back to Golgotterath and magically hide it. The Inchoroi are hidden and defeated, but not beaten.

Men gain their freedom from Nonmen ("the breaking of the gates"). Nonmen enslave the Sranc, as they had enslaved Men. At some point, the Tusk, the first chronical of men on Earwa is written. The first great age of men dawns, as the great Northern kingdoms of Kuniuri, Eamnor, Akksersia and Aorsi rise and flourish, as do the old empires of the Three Seas. Men and Nonmen establish relations and exchange ideas.

At some point, Nonmen pass knowledge of their war against the Inchoroi to men. The ancient gnostic School of Mangaecca (founders/creators/disvcoverers of the Mandate Gnosis?) acting on information from the Nonman sorcerer Meketirig, discover hidden Golgotterath. The Mangaecca become fascinated with the alien Inchoroi technology they find there. At some point, The Many wage war agains the Mangaecca. The Mangeacca succeed in raising the No-God, beginning the First Apocalypse, ending the reign of men in the North.

Things that don't fit: Nonmen - which side did they fight on in the First Apocalypse? Did they fight on both sides?

The Inchoroi - have they been hiding for the past several thousand years, or did they fight in the First Apocalypse as well? The scene at the end of TWP seems to indicate that there are only two Inchoroi left, yet they hold total sway over the Nonmen and Sranc of the North.

Does anybody have any additions or corrections? I'm sure I've made several mistakes and incorrect assumptions here. view post


A brief history of Earwa? posted 31 August 2005 in The Warrior ProphetA brief history of Earwa? by TheBrucolac, Commoner

Heh. I thought I had made a few mistakes there. I toured with the Dead for a few years, so my memory for details isn't what it used to be...

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Thanks for the info. view post


Hurricane Katrina - how to help posted 02 September 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionHurricane Katrina - how to help by TheBrucolac, Commoner

This has probably been listed elsewhere, but it bears repeating here: Donations are welcome and necessary, but be very careful. Tragedies like this have a way of making the scum float to the top. Be very wary of any donation sites with "katrina" or "hurricane" in the URL, as they are most likely fraudulent and your money will go to waste.

[url=http&#58;//www&#46;fema&#46;gov/press/2005/katrinadonations&#46;shtm:22i7lrsq]This FEMA page[/url:22i7lrsq] has good advice about charitable giving, and lists of legitimate agencies accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

I'd also like add that [url=http&#58;//www&#46;habitat&#46;org/:22i7lrsq]Habitat for Humanity[/url:22i7lrsq], a charity very near and dear to my heart is accepting donations, but is not listed on the FEMA site.

Thanks for reading this.
-Matt view post


Eddings posted 05 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionEddings by TheBrucolac, Commoner

Quote: &quot;DarkMatter&quot;:a60afa8n
I think Eddings write good books for children, it's a good start into fantasy.[/quote:a60afa8n]
The Belgariad/Mallorean series (along with Xanth and the Spellsinger books) are what turned me on to fantasy as a genre, when I was 12. They are a great introduction to fantasy for young readers, but as I've grown older, I've gravitated towards more adult fare. I went and read the two prequels about Belgarath and Polgara about 10 years ago, but they didn't captivate me like they did when I was younger. view post


Why read fantasy? posted 05 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by TheBrucolac, Commoner

The Xanth books got me hooked, when I was 12. I went on to the Belgariad/Mallorean and Spellsinger books after those. view post


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