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Sephiroth Commoner | joined 13 June 2006 | 7 posts

Ian Irvine posted 13 June 2006 in Literature DiscussionIan Irvine by Sephiroth, Commoner

Has anyone read 'The View From the Mirror' series, or 'The Well of Echoes' series by Ian Irvine? They're very original good versus evil or anything like that. Also, very depressing at times. view post

World-building posted 22 June 2006 in Writing TipsWorld-building by Sephiroth, Commoner

As a final year student of Geography at University, i find it extremely hard to draw maps...Why does a Geographer find it hard to draw maps?
It's because I know too much about geography thats why, and I always find my maps becoming jumbled to the point where most people will find them to be nothing more than a big mess, because I find myself wondering where the plate boundaries are, is it a constructive or destructive margin? are these fold mountains? why is that island there? what kind of rock is the parent material under the soil? and loads of other questions that no one else actually gives a hoot about.

I know this defeats the whole purpose of making a 'fantasy' world, and I suppose its ok if your world was created by Gods and magic and so forth, but some authors dont have a damn clue what their doing. Eddings' 'the Dreamers' series shows how stupid some maps are; there's an ice shelf on what would seem to be the equator of the world!

My point is, it helps to think scientifically to make a good map. (in my opinion)

My rant is now officially over. view post

Favorite books/series posted 04 July 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Sephiroth, Commoner

Well, the Wheel of Time will always be my favourite as it was what got me into reading fantasy.

However, I'm a massive Ian Irvine fan as well. I know a lot of people don't particularly like his books for their own various reasons, but I think that his approach to fantasy is a much needed breath of fresh air, as most fantasy writers seem to have an 'art and humanities' background. Irvine is a scientist, and his outlook on fantasy is somewhat different from most writers, and IMHO the genre needs more authors like him.


Bram Stokers Dracula
Anything by HP Lovecraft
Paradise Lost (dear god, that is one hard, yet rewarding read, took me half a year to finish the damn thing)
Hitch Hikers Guide to the Universe
The Ulster Cycle

non fiction:

The Golden Bough by James Frazer
The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene

Oh, I almost forgot; all those wonderful poems by Lord Byron. view post

great reads in fantasy? posted 23 August 2006 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by Sephiroth, Commoner

While searching through the mountain of recomendations Amazon gives me I noticed a series called The Wars of Light and Shadow by Janny Wurts...anyone know if they're a good read?

Um...not many people here would agree with me, but I think that Ian Irvines books are good...sure they aren't as gritty as Prince of Nothing....but its grittier than the likes of the Wheel of Time...kind of somewhere in the middle. view post

great reads in fantasy? posted 24 August 2006 in Literature Discussiongreat reads in fantasy? by Sephiroth, Commoner

Ian Irvine has written two fantasy series'...a third one which has been started and the first book is out next week.
It's all kind of one big series, with characters from 1st one appearing in the 2nd, and I assume the 3rd one.

The View from the Mirror - Book one is 'A Shadow on the glass'

The Well of Echoes - Book one is 'Geomancer' set 200 or so years after the events of The View From the Mirror books.

The Song of the Tears (the new series)- Book One is 'The Torments of the Traitor' (called 'The fate of the fallen' in the UK) and is set 10 years after the events of The Well of Echoes view post

enigma...? anyone? posted 30 September 2006 in Off-Topic Discussionenigma...? anyone? by Sephiroth, Commoner

I like Enigma.....though Voyageur was a bit crap. view post

Mythology anyone? posted 29 October 2006 in Off-Topic DiscussionMythology anyone? by Sephiroth, Commoner

Hero: CĂșchulainn the Hound of Ulster

God: Lir

I also have a fascination with the Nephilim. view post


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