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The Consult Candidate | joined 01 June 2004 | 21 posts


Now Reading... posted 01 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by The Consult, Candidate

I am currently about 50 pgs from the ends of Midnight Tides, and about halfway through TDTCB.

Both great books! <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Stephen Erikson's Books posted 01 June 2004 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by The Consult, Candidate

I think the greatest part of the Malazan Books is the ability for you to re-read them several times and still be able to pick up more info each time.

I have read the series through 4 times, and every time there is something that you didn't notice before that gives you a deeper insight into the plot/world etc.... It just leaves you begging for more! view post


Moenghus = Mallahet? posted 10 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeMoenghus = Mallahet? by The Consult, Candidate

I believe that Maithanet is part of, or at least allied with the consult. My main reason for this are the deaths of the informers that Achamian was using to gather information. Those 2 deaths were Geshrunni (who was killed by the consult after telling Achamian of the war between the Scarlet spires and the Cishaurim) and Inrau (killed by the consult after spying on the Thousand Temples for Achamian).

Now why would the consult want these 2 informers dead?

So here's my theory...

The consult have been tracking Achamian, (as seen by the skin changer in Momemn) and are trying to prevent him getting any info on the Scarlet Spires and the Thousand Temples...the 2 main factions of the holy war....lead by none other than Maithanet. The consult/Maithanet don't want Akka gettin to the heart of the matter because that very heart is the consult.

Couple this with the fact that Maithanet can see the Few, though Akka cannot see him...and this leads to another mystery, maybe some form of Nonman sorcery?

What comes to mind now though is why doesn't the consult just kill off Akka? Well perhaps Akka is actually too powerful.
There is some evidence to this effect....on pg 490 Eleazaras is reflecting on his meeting with Akka and thinks that Akka would have been able to stop him had he tried to stop the riot with sorcery. He then goes on to think that he had been cowed by a mere Mandate field spy.

Evidence that Akka has a bit more power at his disposal than it seems? view post


Names and Pronunciation posted 11 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeNames and Pronunciation by The Consult, Candidate

Hi all <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Just thought i'd remark on the rather complex names and pronunciation in TDTCB. I don't think all the hard names are really necessary, and they make the book slightly more difficult to read...

Don't get me wrong, it takes nothing at all away from the story (which is incidentally one of the best i've read:D) but i just find it rather annoying sometimes...having to stop mid-sentence to try and work out the pronunciation. I think my main problem is not be able to understand all the symbols above the vowels....

What do you all think?

Oh, and feel free to explain the pronunciation of some of the harder names if you will <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Names and Pronunciation posted 13 June 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeNames and Pronunciation by The Consult, Candidate

That is a most excellent idea:D view post


Now Reading... posted 16 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by The Consult, Candidate

that last post was me <!-- s:roll: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_rolleyes.gif" alt=":roll:" title="Rolling Eyes" /><!-- s:roll: --> view post


Release Dates posted 26 June 2004 in The Warrior ProphetRelease Dates by The Consult, Candidate

Could anyone tell me the release date for WP in Australia?

I think it usually corresponds with the UK release but i'm not too sure.
Can anyone confirm this?

Thanks in advance <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Now Reading... posted 26 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by The Consult, Candidate

Currently halfway through Royal Assasin by Robin Hobb.

Great so far (especially the ending of the first book) but it can be a bit slow in some parts...still has enough action, but nothing that really moves the storyline along.

Other than that, it is a very enjoyable read so far.

Anyone read Ian Irvines Three Worlds Cycle? I have ordered the first 2 books, as the series got some good reviews, and he's an aussie like me <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> . Opinions welcome. view post


Ages posted 29 June 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by The Consult, Candidate

Turned 21 2 months ago <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

hmmm, thought there'd be more young'uns here.... view post


A Game of Thrones posted 09 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by The Consult, Candidate

Undeniably one of the best fantasy series out there at the moment, with lots of twists, turns and deaths to really keep you guessing. I think a Storm of Swords is my fav in the series so far, followed by A Games of Thrones then a Clash of Kings.

I also love the parallel story lines he has happening at the moment, and i'm really curious as to how these plots will become entwined.

Only one gripe....how loooooooong do we have to wait for Martin to get his act together and finish A Feast for Crows?

Overall though, Martin is definately in my top 5. view post


Your top 5 fantasy series... posted 09 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by The Consult, Candidate

Hi all.

Thought it would be interesting to see what all your fav series are.
Mine are as follows...

1) Steven Erikson (Malazan Book of the Fallen)
2) R.Scott Bakker (Prince of Nothing)
3) George RR Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire)
4) Robin Hobb (Farseer Trilogy)
5) David Gemmell (Rigante Novels)

Pretty standard list for me....

Special mentions go to RJ (well...for the first 6 WoT books, forget the rest...), Stephen Donaldson and Frank Herbert for his Dune books.

Bye for now! view post


A Game of Thrones posted 09 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by The Consult, Candidate

I too cannot seem to be able to re-read these books.... I think it is mainly due to the fact that there is no new info or plot insights to gain by re-reading them.

These books a pretty in-your-face....nothing is left to the imagination.... its just told how it is.... view post


On the subject of Chorae posted 11 July 2004 in Author Q &amp; AOn the subject of Chorae by The Consult, Candidate

I would have thought there would have to be some actual physical contact between the chorae and magic users for them to have any effect.... view post


Sex posted 12 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by The Consult, Candidate

Yes please!!! .....oh wait...... <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: -->

Male view post


Your top 5 fantasy series... posted 14 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by The Consult, Candidate

I've been trying to get my hands on the Black Company series for a while now but havent been able to find them at any bookstore. I dont think the books are readily available in oz... <!-- s:( --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_sad.gif" alt=":(" title="Sad" /><!-- s:( -->

Are they as good as everyone says? view post


reading posted 22 July 2004 in Off-Topic Discussionreading by The Consult, Candidate

I'm about 100 pgs into Cavern of Black Ice and i think i am the most impressed i have ever been with a book after only a few chapters.... <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D -->

She writes brilliantly, and there is plenty of mystery and intrigue that makes the book very hard to put down. view post


reading posted 23 July 2004 in Off-Topic Discussionreading by The Consult, Candidate

I love the front cover of A Sword of Red Ice....one of the best i've seen for quite a while...

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First Word that Comes to Mind posted 23 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by The Consult, Candidate

Limestone view post


So, what are you all doing with your summers? posted 28 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionSo, what are you all doing with your summers? by The Consult, Candidate

Additionally, I've made it my goal to teach myself calculus


<!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> I did calculus for 2 years and all it gave me was a 2-year-long headache.... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

As for my summer....its still 6 months away, so i havent planned that far ahead!! <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post


Now listening to... posted 29 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by The Consult, Candidate

NP: The Whites stripes - The Big Three Killed My Baby

GO Stripers!! view post


Now listening to... posted 05 August 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by The Consult, Candidate

Pearl Jam - I Got Id.

This is one of my fav PJ songs.....any fans here? view post


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