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xhaldur Candidate | joined 24 January 2006 | 17 posts


Favorite books/series posted 24 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by xhaldur, Candidate

I love reading the WoT, though Robert Jordan needs to finish it, but he will hopefully end it in the next book! hopefully...

George R. R. Martin's series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' is good..

David Gemmel, I love the Rigante series.

Raymond E. Feist, though he is in my opinion worse than Robert Jordan on ending something. His Riftwar Saga is good, and so is his Serpentwar Saga, but the new conclave of shadows series is very dissappointing.

J.V. Jones 'Book of Words' Series was really good, her new one 'Sword of Shadows' series is shaping up to be really good too....if she ever finishes it.

Piers Anthony - 'The Apprentice Adept' series, kind of an old series, but awesome.

Stephen R. Donaldson's 'Thomas Covenant' Books are good.

Neil Gaiman books - love this author.

Christopher Moore - I love this guys books. He's not fantasy but he is funny as hell. view post


Dont be ashamed (Harry Potter) posted 24 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionDont be ashamed (Harry Potter) by xhaldur, Candidate

Ahh...I hated Harry Potter for the longest time. I still don't love the series, but I enjoy it....after book 3. Books 4,5,6 are good and each book is getting better.

As for the anti-goodkind (sword of truth series) feelings here, I'd have to say that he does in fact, more than anything, suck. After book 2, they stopped being good until Faith of the Fallen, then it went back to sucking again. view post


A Game of Thrones posted 24 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by xhaldur, Candidate

Well following OsRavan's post dont think me going into detail about the series is necessary heh...

I love this series and its in my top 5 of all time. Although now I'm waiting on pt. 2 of A Feast for Crows. I think it sucks he had to split the book in 2 because it got so big...I for one, would sit down and read a 1.5k page book of his in a heartbeat. Hopefully it wont be too long till the next book is out. view post


Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 24 January 2006 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by xhaldur, Candidate

After I finished the GoT, almost everything thats happened in the series since then I've been able to predict to some degree. the Red Wedding I saw coming a mile away because Martin loves to just butcher lead chars... view post


Thousand Fold Thought in NY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! posted 25 January 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThousand Fold Thought in NY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by xhaldur, Candidate

I went to Barnes and Nobles earlier and they told me the book wasn't published yet, what crap. I need my TTT fix. I need it bad lol. I've been dying to read this book for months. Stupid Kansas City... view post


Now Reading... posted 30 January 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by xhaldur, Candidate

Reading 'Bloodsucking Fiends' by Christopher Moore. I've laughed non-stop for hours heh... view post


R.A. Salvatore mentions Scott in passing posted 03 February 2006 in Interviews and ReviewsR.A. Salvatore mentions Scott in passing by xhaldur, Candidate

Heh, I enjoy both authors work. I would say that Salvatore's early work is crap, but each book is better and better. I enjoy the Drizzt books. I'm not ashamed to admit it, they're very entertaining. I do however enjoy Scott's work more. view post


Free Speech and Tact posted 04 February 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Speech and Tact by xhaldur, Candidate

Heh, at a certain point I think you have to sit back and realize one thing: it's a cartoon.

For a culture that was hundreds of years ahead of Europe in philosophy, sanitation, mathematics, etc, etc. It baffles me that a religion that urges peace and a culture that old and advanced hasn't developed a sense of context or humor.

Now some obscure Danish paper publishes a drawing of Mohammed with a bomb on his head and the muslims are ready to go Jihad on them – they threaten to plant bombs, IN THE NAME OF MOHAMMED. Talk about making their point for them. view post


Spoilerful question about the trilogy's end posted 16 March 2006 in Author Q & ASpoilerful question about the trilogy's end by xhaldur, Candidate

Scott, I think your books were my greatest find this past year. I haven't enjoyed discovering characters and falling into a story this much since I discovered ASOIAF. The Prince of Nothing sits high upon my list of top book series and I can't wait till the story continues. view post


The Meeting between Kellhus & Moenghus? posted 20 March 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Meeting between Kellhus & Moenghus? by xhaldur, Candidate

I didn't gather that the Dunyain were extinct. I can't quote it exactly without the book in my hand, but I'm fairly certain only the few dunyain that recieved the dream killed themselves. All the other Dunyain are still there. view post


How did you get your username? posted 20 March 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get your username? by xhaldur, Candidate

My username is one that I've had for sometime. It's the name of a mercenary band in a video game my friends and I have been making for the past 3 years. view post


Eddings posted 21 March 2006 in Literature DiscussionEddings by xhaldur, Candidate

My problem with Eddings is that once you've read one of his series, you have just essentially read all of his series.

Now I know that they are all a little different. But I mean...in each series there's a small band of extraordinary people that fight the ultimate evil.

My favorite series would be his Belgriad. But after that, each of his series that I read I felt like I had just finished. Only the setting and character names had been changed.

There's always a theif, wizard, good fighters, one or two leading female chars, in the band in each of his series. I can't stomach his books anymore, I finish them so quickly...they're all fluff. view post


Needing some good suggestions. posted 21 March 2006 in Literature DiscussionNeeding some good suggestions. by xhaldur, Candidate

You can try to read the 'Wheel of Time' by Robert Jordan. I actually enjoy the series, but the big downfall of this series is you start to wonder if it will ever end. Think there are 10-11 books out right now so you'll get a lot of reading out of it.

Now this author isn't fantasy, but Christopher Moore novels are some of the best things to make you laugh and enjoy. Read 'Lamb', 'Island of the Sequened Love the Nun', or 'Stupidest Angel' first if you go this route.

Michael Stackpole's The 'DragonCrown War' series, and his stand alone novel the 'Talion: Revenant' are very good.

the 'Runelords' series by David Farland are a good read.

the 'Death Gate Cycle' by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. view post


Do you believe a God exists? posted 21 March 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by xhaldur, Candidate

to answer the original question of this thread, I believe thousands of gods exist.

Some people call me a neo-pagan or whatever.

Personally, I believe that men make gods. I believe that in the beginning, a god is just an idea, but after hundreds, thousands, even millions of people continually pray/worship to a certain deity, that deity is then made real.

I make my own scented oils, incense, altars, charms. I've been working silver and other metals for over 10 years so I'm good at the whole charm thing by now hehe. I always wear around 3-6 charms on my body everyday and won't leave the house without them. I know that seems wierd and I suppose it is a little =P

One thing I do is keep my personal practices to myself. I usually don't talk about them to anyone, I keep it a private relationship between the deities that I do worship and myself.

I think religion is a good thing, it helps inspire many people to be someone better, to help others, etc. However there's always a flipside and it's sad that we have such extremists today in the world. Like Pat Robertson and other supreme asses of the Christian right or Islamic militants who decide to kill all the infidels.

In general, I just try to be a good person and be nice to people. view post


hobbies? posted 05 April 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionhobbies? by xhaldur, Candidate

I draw and write quite a bit....and usually everyweekend I work on my silversmithing (i like to make charms, etc)

I also play games like World of Warcraft and Call of Duty 2. Outdoors I do paintballing and football with the every-so-often hiking trip view post


Poll: What would you be in prince of nothing? posted 05 April 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionPoll: What would you be in prince of nothing? by xhaldur, Candidate

i'd like to be a scylvendi...i just love the passion and fierceness of the scylvendi. view post


Why read fantasy? posted 05 April 2006 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by xhaldur, Candidate

The Wheel of Time and the Belgriad sucked me into Fantasy, never looked back. view post


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