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Mats Candidate | joined 26 August 2007 | 15 posts


great reads in fantasy? posted 26 August 2007 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by Mats, Candidate

I generally tend to find the fantasy genre of being an extremely unrewarding genre of literature, as it is absolutely brimming with absolute garbage, such as Goodkind, Feist, Hayden, Eddings and so on and so forth. In other words, writers with absolutely no vision beyond their banal sense of adventure and shallow political views.

In fact, I have only read works of four authors that in their own ways transcended the genre and became something great. Unfortunately, chances are you all know them already...

J. R. R. Tolkien
George R. R. Martin
Robert E. Howard
and lastly, our very own R. Scott Bakker view post


Raymond Feist: Riftwar Saga posted 26 August 2007 in Literature DiscussionRaymond Feist: Riftwar Saga by Mats, Candidate

Waste of time. The guy is completely unable to create more than one single persona, so he just used one and gave it thirty different names. Extremely tedious. If you want some mindless indulgence with quick-paced action, it might be worth your while, though. view post


Favorite books/series posted 26 August 2007 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Mats, Candidate

All time favourites:

Ernest Hemingway - The Sun Also Rises
Charles Dickens - Great Expectations & David Copperfield
Tolstoy - War & Peace
Homer - The Iliad
Steven Pressfield - Gates of Fire
George R. R. Martin - Song of Ice and Fire
Nabokov - Pale Fire
Tolkien view post


Moënghus won by losing, fooled everybody posted 12 September 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtMoënghus won by losing, fooled everybody by Mats, Candidate

You are also all forgetting that M. did have thirty years to hone his skills out in the real world, thus giving him a lot of experience with the skin-spies, other magicians, etc. If anyone would know how to circumvent their senses, it would be him. view post


great reads in fantasy? posted 13 September 2007 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by Mats, Candidate

Indeed, C. S. Lewis is not to be underrated, as a stepping stone for the young'uns, if little else. view post


R Jordan passed away posted 18 September 2007 in Literature DiscussionR Jordan passed away by Mats, Candidate

Quote: "Harrol":2howdw05
It is a very sad day to me. I feel sorrow for his family.[/quote:2howdw05]

I feel sorrow for myself for having suffered through thousands of boring pages and now chances are I wont' even know how it ends! view post


Erikson Neophyte posted 27 October 2008 in Literature DiscussionErikson Neophyte by Mats, Candidate

The thing that elevates Erikson above the cookiecutter rabble we've come to expect from the fantasy genre is not his "advanced magic system" or even scope (let's face it, he's just one of many who have been allowed to write as much has he has, and there's a reason for that), it's his character developments. He introduces them as subtle little mysteries, rumours even, which are built upon layer by layer - so deftly that you hardly even think about it! - until they've become people that are so achingly real for better or worse. A character you barely give a second through could very well turn out to be your favourite a book or two later and that's fucking exciting. view post


Who would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? posted 27 October 2008 in General DiscusssionWho would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? by Mats, Candidate

Not that I in any way would support a Prince of Nothing movie adaptation, especially not by any American company - might as well just rape Mr. Bakker squarely up the pooper - but even if this dire prospect were to come true, it's pretty obvious that Kellhus ought to be played by the epic Christopher Heyerdahl.

Achamian may have been done justice by an ageing, chubbier Gunnar Björnstrand, but he went and kicked the bucket so... view post


the decapitating adventures of the merry chainswhore posted 03 November 2008 in Member Written Worksthe decapitating adventures of the merry chainswhore by Mats, Candidate

A big fucking HAHAHA at someone supposedly lecturing on what "true metal" is supposed to be, and then dismissing Manowar. Listen to "Into Glory Ride, "Hail to England" and "Sign of the Hammer" (where the Gods invented and perfected EPIC TRUE FUCKING HEAVY METAL!) and if you're not a complete idiot, maybe you'll be worthy of anything but rolling around behind the urinals at Wacken.

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just wanted to share with you guys... posted 07 November 2008 in Off-Topic Discussionjust wanted to share with you guys... by Mats, Candidate

I liked the Darkthrone singlet... view post


Now Reading... posted 07 November 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Mats, Candidate

Finished Neuropath a while ago (thanks for depressing me the fuck out! <!-- s:x --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mad.gif" alt=":x" title="Mad" /><!-- s:x --> ), which was quickly followed by Cormac McCarthy's The Road (which certainly didn't help).

Two excellent books in their own right. I especially appreciated how McCarthy utilized this broken, stale prose as a metaphor for a broken, burnt world. A master at his craft, indeed. view post


the decapitating adventures of the merry chainswhore posted 14 November 2008 in Member Written Worksthe decapitating adventures of the merry chainswhore by Mats, Candidate

High five! You cannot claim to like &quot;true metal&quot; and not, if nothing else, at least acknowledge Manowar's importance on the genre.

Wimps and poseurs, leave the hall! view post


The Judging Eye posted 14 November 2008 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by Mats, Candidate

Excerpt from the new book found at Pat's blog.

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Now listening to... posted 21 July 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Mats, Candidate

Mostly churning through my old Rush LPs these days, with some sprinkling of King Crimson and Running fucking Wild (!!!). view post


Now Reading... posted 21 July 2009 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Mats, Candidate

Recently started reading Simmons' Ilium, which, halfway through, is promising to be an ultimately satisfying read, as Simmons always is. view post


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