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selfnoise Commoner | joined 17 February 2006 | 8 posts


Wraeththu series by Storm Constantine posted 17 February 2006 in Literature DiscussionWraeththu series by Storm Constantine by selfnoise, Commoner

I read the first trilogy years ago and found it to be tremendously compelling, if a little rough around the edges. The subject matter (hermaphrodites) makes it a little too out-there to ever get a big audience, but everyone I've ever recommended it to has liked it. view post


Any Wolfe fans? posted 17 February 2006 in Literature DiscussionAny Wolfe fans? by selfnoise, Commoner

I absolutely love his short stories. Some of the best ever written in the fantasy field, with only a few rivals (Avram Davidson is one).

His novels I'm not so wild about. I do think highly of the Book of the New Sun, and what little I read of the Latro and Wizard Knight books was pretty impressive, but I just don't enjoy his prose style over lengthy narrative. Just doesn't mix very well in my mind. view post


Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn posted 17 February 2006 in Literature DiscussionMemory, Sorrow, and Thorn by selfnoise, Commoner

I read these in high school and really enjoyed them, but they do feel like books that wouldn't really stand up on a second reading. They do beat the hell out of most other airplane fantasy.

I hadn't heard any anecdote about them inspiring GRRM. If you want to read a series that clearly inspired the man, try Jack Vance's "Lyonesse". There are certain... debts. view post


Favorite books/series posted 17 February 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by selfnoise, Commoner

My essential fantasy authors-

Jack Vance - Totally unique and beautiful style, almost always pitch perfect. A delightful distraction from the world. Most of his novels have lasers and spaceships, but are fantasy.

Ursula K. LeGuin - Like Bakker a keen student of humanity, but such a completely different author. The Earthsea books (well, the earlier ones anyway) are simple, beautiful, and as deep as you want to dig.

Avram Davidson - A crazy mother****er, and I mean that in the best possible way. Fantastic short stories and a wide range of novels, some very good. His best is "The Phoenix and the Mirror", which is probably the best fantasy novel I've read for pure enjoyment.

John Crowley - Not a pure fantasy author, but he sneaks in due to having written Little, Big. Which I find difficult to describe, but I do think it's sort of the keystone in terms of understanding what's possible in the genre. Also, his short novels (collected in Otherwise) are excellent.

Jeff Vandermeer - A new guy, but everything he's written so far (City of Saints and Madmen, Veniss Underground) has totally blown me away. Kinda like Bakker! view post


Pixellated Map?!? posted 17 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtPixellated Map?!? by selfnoise, Commoner

Yeah, I've got it too. Probably won't return it, as I think I have the same map in his other 2 books. view post


What philosopher suits you most? posted 21 February 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat philosopher suits you most? by selfnoise, Commoner

Another vote for (the somewhat mythical) Lao Tzu.

If we're restricted to the Western Canon, I'd go for Lucretius or Plutarch (if either man actually counts). And Plato... I find that most modern philosophers are just restating or overcomplicating Plato. view post


What philosopher suits you most? posted 21 February 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat philosopher suits you most? by selfnoise, Commoner

I visited Hume's grave once. That said, the whole Hume-Kant-Hegel love connection didn't do much for me in college.

OTOH I think Hume does belong on the above list. view post


Mass-Market Paperback posted 22 February 2006 in Author Q & AMass-Market Paperback by selfnoise, Commoner

People like trade paperbacks, and they provide a greater margin of profit. They're here to stay, sorry.

I find them easier to read from but harder to carry, so it's a bit of a wash. view post


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