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RiderOnTheStorm Candidate | joined 07 August 2005 | 19 posts


A few questions . . . posted 07 August 2005 in Author Q & AA few questions . . . by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

I just finished TWP and am still digesting it. I found my way to these forums and mainly i just wanted to extend my appreciation to Scott for his novels and his presence on these boards. I was pleasantly surprised to see all of your (his) replies.

Was The God Emperor of Dune an inspiration in any way Scott? Maybe its just me, and maybe its been covered a million times on these forums already but as i read TDTCB and TWP i thought of TGEOD multiple times. More in a philosophical sense rather than any overt similarities plot and story wise.

I cant wait for TTT and i will continue my reading of these forums in an effort to peer deeper into this world you have so skillfully created.

****EDIT**** After wandering through here for a bit i see that Scott has made multiple mentions of Herbert and Dune.. So, um, never mind. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> /edit view post


Like father like son? posted 24 September 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtLike father like son? by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

@WhiteLord,

While what you surmise is of course totally possible i would be disappointed if it turned out to be correct. To me, teh thought of divine intervention is a cheap authors ploy.. The story and the characters would be much more engrossing and intriguing if there was little to no divine intervention. That is just me though..

Btw i find the theory that Maithanet is allied with or part of the Consult most persuasive. The way i read into what Scott writes is that the evil that organized religions and by extension its believers do far outweighs whatever good those religions might do or represent. That doesnt automatically mean that Maithanet is "evil" but i think it plays a part. view post


What is the Thousand-Fold Thought? posted 24 September 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWhat is the Thousand-Fold Thought? by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

I find similarities b/n TTT and Asimov's Pyschohistory as put forth in the Foundation series. There are times in the book where Kellhus is in a probability trance but is unable to parse all the variables and arrive at a likely conclusion.

Pyschohistory or TTT would be a way of being able to break through his current limitations and have his mind take on the acuity of a demi-god. Allowing him, along w/his father, unprecedented ability to accurately predict teh actions of massive amounts of ppl as a whole and individuals in particular due to their already extensive training in reading the thoughts/emotions and thus minds of ppl.

Given the scale of what the 2nd apocalypse will entail i think that this ability will be critical to Kellhus and Moe's chances of defeating the No-God and the consult.

Just some random thoughts... view post


Other authors you enjoy posted 25 September 2005 in Author Q &amp; AOther authors you enjoy by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

.02 cents.. I dont see Stephen R. Donaldson mentioned anywhere here. I have always found his work very rewarding to read. He is also, in my estimation, quite an accomplished short story writer and that is not an easy thing to do.

I am stuck reading Jordan because i am stupid.. I should have given up on his books ago but ive invested so much time into it that i will see it through the bitter end. Even if that means reading 25 consectutive pages describing a single hallway's drapes.

Thank god no one has mentioned RA Salvatore (oops, i just did). I cannot take him and i am suspicious of those who can.

Brooks, Fiest, Eddings are all enjoyably fantasty-lite for me.

GRRM is amazing, and of course i first read JRRT's the Hobbit when i was about 8 and that was that. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> Loved his works ever since. view post


Other authors you enjoy posted 28 September 2005 in Author Q &amp; AOther authors you enjoy by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

Quote: &quot;Sylvanus&quot;:du6ias49
I'm a big Donaldson fan, Rider. I've mentioned him a couple times around here. And if you haven't done so yet, I recommend you check out <!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com">http://kevinswatch.ihugny.com</a><!-- m --> .

I'm in the same boat as everyone else when it comes to Jordan. Stopped buying his books years ago. Now I just check them out from the library when a new one comes out, and that's just so I can finish the damn thing.[/quote:du6ias49]
Thank you for the link Sylvanus. Its a new one to me. I will be checking it out. view post


Concerning Chapter Quotes posted 11 October 2005 in Author Q &amp; AConcerning Chapter Quotes by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

Anyway, to get back on topic after over a year, i was glad i came across this thread due to the fact that the chapter quotes are some of my favorite parts of the books. I drew an immediate and obvious parallel to Herbert and that is a good thing.

I re-read God Emperor of dune once a yera just for the quotes. Ive been mulling those things over in my brain for 20+ years now and my insight into them has changed, improved, receded, intensified, and so on each time i read them. I am finding Scotts quotes just as interesting. I have scrolled through the books just reading his quotes and then trying to tie them into the characters and story on different levels.

I eagerly await all the quotes that will adorn TTT's chapters... view post


Welcome back Scott! posted 13 October 2005 in Author Q &amp; AWelcome back Scott! by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

ah, i am glad it was not just me. There was most definitely something wrong as at times i could peruse and reply as a guest but i was unable to login as myself for over a week until last night. Does the site have an admin that actually does the coding? view post


You should be afraid... very, very, afraid. posted 25 October 2005 in Author Q &amp; AYou should be afraid... very, very, afraid. by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

I cant say i am surprised by this. Its simply a natural evolution of corporate greed. Im sure that someone will be marketing a headset or some sort of apparatus that can plug into the media stream and filter out everything to flat text or some other sort of unemotional medium. view post


You should be afraid... very, very, afraid. posted 26 October 2005 in Author Q &amp; AYou should be afraid... very, very, afraid. by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

I can see definitely military applications to this as well. The Brass could have a breakdown on exactly how each soldier will react to particular pitches. They might be able to shape each soliders pitch so that they can individually assure that everyone is as focused and hyped up as can be. Soldiers are only going ot get more wired and this sort of approach could reap 'rewards' from taht. view post


Dunyain blind spot? posted 28 October 2005 in Author Q &amp; ADunyain blind spot? by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

Hi Scott,

Let me get the obligatory compliment(s) out of the way first: I truly love these books and i have already gotten 3 friends to buy and read them with a few more that have promised to pick them up after they read AFFC. This is the most engrossing, thought provoking work i have read in quite some time regardless of literary genre. I salute your job well done.

Now to my question: If what comes before determines what comes after is there any chance that the Dunyain would/have/can fall victim to the ole
ad-hoc ergo proctor-hoc fallacy? Given the awe inspiring intellectual power of their order i would think that the Dunyain would easily avoid this issue but on the other hand isolation does strange things to ppl.

Talk about cocooning, the Dunyain define isolation. While that can lead to introspection, meditation, contemplation and perhaps even revelation it can lead to dismissal of what isnt inside their silo. Hence their teachings that sorcery was a myth. Obviously Kellhus and his father are supremely adaptable and flexible but not all of their brethren are as proven by the Dunyains tidy little group suicide after being contacted by Moenghus.

I guess this is just a very long winded way of expressing my curiousity for what TTT will bring to us regarding the Dunyain. view post


New wotmania Interview with Scott, Part I posted 04 November 2005 in Interviews and ReviewsNew wotmania Interview with Scott, Part I by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

Thanks for the link. I always enjoy reading interviews w/Scott. I like trying to mine them for clues and hints of what we might see in the books. view post


Visiting the US? posted 11 November 2005 in Tour and Signing InformationVisiting the US? by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

dammit, that Guest reply was me. For whatever reason my cookie for this site just seems to not do what it is supposed to... view post


Feast for Crows due this Summer posted 19 November 2005 in Literature DiscussionFeast for Crows due this Summer by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

Quote: &quot;Edge&quot;:1qnrl5yd
So presumably some of you have read it by now. Were you as disappointed as I was? Not his best work. Reads like half a book - which it is I guess.[/quote:1qnrl5yd]

I cant say i was disappointed.. I thnk i see where you are coming from but the plot is so huge, the cast of characters even bigger, that even a master like GRRM must take some time (or a few hundred pages) and try and flesh non-fantastical things out. I found the beginning of hte book a little slow but by the end i was riveted.

I think one of the things that sets GRRM's writing apart from almost all other writers in this genre is his ability to write high fantasy w/o many of the elements that are normally assosciated with high fantasy. e.g. tons of magic, copious amounts of wizardly displays, uber god like characters that are impervious to anything. That is not to say that there arent elements of those things in ASOIAF but this series is so good because the characters are that good. Not because they are all uber and tossing magic around like it was nothing. view post


Any tour news? posted 14 January 2006 in Tour and Signing InformationAny tour news? by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

Remeber, push for a Denver, CO date! Im sure you and your publisher can write it off for tax purposes, but than again since you are Canadian, i have no idea what is deductible. Screw it, visit anyway. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


R.A. Salvatore mentions Scott in passing posted 01 February 2006 in Interviews and ReviewsR.A. Salvatore mentions Scott in passing by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

Quote: &quot;deorigin&quot;:1faa937b
It's not really fair to compare salvatore's books with bakker's, they work on two different levels-salvatore's books are written (and read) for entertainment, while Bakker's work on a more intellectual level. both of them are doing their jobs and deliver to their fans what they expect.[/quote:1faa937b]
Yes, salvatores readers expect crap and he delivers year after year, book after book. view post


Pixellated Map?!? posted 17 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtPixellated Map?!? by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

mine is all jacked up too. There are a few oddities in the print throughout the book as well. Its not like i blame Scott..i just wish that the literary establishment would accord PoN the same quality printing as GRRM got for AFFC for example. view post


Nostalgia: Fav part of the trilogy? posted 23 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNostalgia: Fav part of the trilogy? by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

So many to choose from but i particulary enjoyed the meeting b/n Maithenet and the Emperor. The way that scene ended left me smirking evilly to myself. I am saddened that the Ikurei's seem to be wiped out as of the end of TTT. view post


The No-God posted 23 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe No-God by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

What the No-God reminds me of most is the warped child that powers the virtual reality universe in Tad Williams Otherland series. Its been a few years since i read Otherland so i dont remeber specifics and cant make page to page comparisons but that is what good ole Mog reminds me of. view post


Cishaurim explanation posted 02 March 2006 in Author Q &amp; ACishaurim explanation by RiderOnTheStorm, Candidate

You are being a retard. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> Yes, it was explained and sadly i am at work and cant quote you the relevant passages. But it is in there.. I am reading TTT for a 2nd time and plan on absorbing this particular tidbit and everything else for that matter again as i go through it. view post


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