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Faelcind Il Danach Peralogue | joined 07 January 2005 | 51 posts

This time I got a question... posted 07 January 2005 in Author Q & AThis time I got a question... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Well I am an american and Have purchased the first two books went to vancouver BC to get the second. Don't know what sales figures are but you have great buzz in online community I hope that will help. view post

Congratulations! posted 07 January 2005 in Author Q & ACongratulations! by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Just wanted to say I don't know about the reveiwers but while I really enjoyed TDTCB, TWP just blew me away it was addicative. view post

Your top 5 fantasy series... posted 07 January 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Top four finished Series
J.R.R Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings
Robin Hobb: Farseer Trilogy
Guy Gavrial Kay: Sarantine Mosiac
Patricia A. Mckillip: Riddle master of Hed

Top Two unfinished

George R. R. Marting: A song of ice and fire
R. Scott Bakker: The prince of Nothing

I never thought I would say it but both of those last two could end up on par with tolkien have to wait till there done before I rate them completely though. view post

Kellhus, Achamiam, and Emotion posted 07 January 2005 in The Warrior ProphetKellhus, Achamiam, and Emotion by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I think Kellhus is related to normal humans sort of the way a Pit bull is related to mutt, or thouroughbred to a pony, furthermore he is not just any thouroughbred he is Secretariat. Imagine if you will a race between a bunch of ponies and secretariat that is the situation world born men face in Kellhus. Thought I still think catching and breaking swords a little hyperbolic.

Anyways I think he most amazing thing for me personally was how Bakker was able to make me at least like Kellhus in chapters from, Akka or Esemenet's perspective even thought I knew how inhuman he was. Very convincing writing.

I was just thinking about my analogy. That would make Cnaiur a wolf wouldn't or as an equid the the exceptional swift Onager(perhaps not as good an analogy). view post

A linguistic question posted 07 January 2005 in Author Q & AA linguistic question by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

This probably not that interest to most but I had to ask. I noticed among the Galeoth there was tribe called the Nangael. Were you aware that nan means the in gaelic so Nan gael in gaelic translates to The gael. I use to belong to gaelic soceity called Slighe nan'Gael the crowd of the gael. view post

A linguistic question posted 07 January 2005 in Author Q & AA linguistic question by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Thanks for the welcome. It didn't break the spell for me I thought it was cool. I just wanted them to kick a little more butt for my gaelic pride you know <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> . view post

Best Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! posted 08 January 2005 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

The red wedding in ASOIAF for sure, ned losing his head was pretty powerfull too. I loved the end of Tigana also. view post

A linguistic question posted 08 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AA linguistic question by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

<!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> yeah you see if you need to put the fear of god into the Fanim forget the Agmundrmen and Auaglish send in some nangaelish women in a mood. view post

Now Reading... posted 15 January 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Darwins Radio by Greg bear interesting idea pulp writing. And huge load of text books. Physiology, vert Biology, chem, and cellular and molecular bio. view post

This time I got a question... posted 31 January 2005 in Author Q &amp; AThis time I got a question... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I have no problem with the use of different forms of the language in hip hop proper english is just the vareity spoken by the elite. Languages are dynamic, constantly changing. The problem in hip hop is the lack of creativity, I don't care if they say aks instead of ask but when a song containing only three words (ass, and, titties) can become a radio hit lyrics clearly don't matter anymore. Which is a shame because that that is what made hip hop vital and powerfull in the first place, having rythmic as opposed to melodic lyrics allows you to pack allot more lyrics into a song. Hip hop was orginally about clever word play and at its best social comentary. Now its most about bling, b!tchs and big cars, and flowless wonders like DMX are major stars, its ridiculous. Guys like Mos Def can still bring it but I 95 is hip hops equivalent of what happened to rock in 75. The genre, stagnanted, become co-opted and stopped having anything worthwile to say. view post

Earwa Related babble... posted 03 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I have made that comment myself a number of times Scott. So I will try to explain what it is that I mean by it. Your right that it is about having some one to root for, but that doesn't mean that charecters can't be multidimensional or on different sides. Tyrion Lannister is likeable charecter to most people despite being on the wrong side in ASOIAF. Its hard to pin down what exactly makes a charecter likeable but I think it boils down to creating some sort of emotional/pyschological connection with the reader which forces an emotional envolvement in the story and makes the story feel more real. If charecter seems like someone you could be freinds with, or perhaps reminds you of struggles you yourself have it creates connection. It gives them another dimension. While ever charecter having a side creates an admirable complexity if nothing draws a reader to a particular side then the conflicts factions have less emotional resonance.

I will continue to use Martin as an example because he is the only author I enjoy more right now. I think Cnaiur and Sandor are an interesting comparision. They seem like quite similar charecters even down to their description(big burly, dark haired, scarred), they are both Brutal men who reject the values of "Civilization," they are both morally ambigious and deeply conflicted and both show signs of more senstive inner personality that is reacting to a harsh world. However I find myself rooting for sandor, able to get into his head somehow. His intereactions with Sansa, the story of his scarring, his reaction to the fire during the riots in kings landing all give him a vulnerability that seems to reveal a "good" heart underneath the twisted exterior. Many people root for his redemption. At times I found myself wanting to root for Cnauir as well especially compared with the complete alieness of Kellhuss, but then he beat Serwe or consider raping somebody. He is to maliciously cruel and alien to truly understand for me.

Now what a person finds likeable depends on who they are and what charecteristics the admire in them selves. I try to be as compassioante and kind a person as I can, I am vain of my intelligence and physical charecteristics, and am very strong willed. Robb stark was one of the most likable charecters for me because I felt a connection with him he reminded me of myself and my older brother as well. This made his death very powerfull for me.

With all that said I think your charecters are something at least as important as likable, their fascinating. I can think of many more likable charecters who where much less complusively readable because they were not nearly as interesting. Kelhuss, and Cnaiur are among the most engrossing charecters I have read because they are both incredibley alien and at the same time multidimensional. view post

AMERICAN POLITICS... posted 03 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I think the election of George W. Bush was an international disaster. I voted for Kerry and I actually liked much of his platform. It was not a major issue in the Campaign but I think people will look back on the last two elections and consider then battles over the future of energy systems. Both Gore and Kerry were for movement to hydrogen economy within twenty years, and the money bush has spent on warring in the middle east could have easily been spent building the infrostructure for hyrdogen economy, researching sustainable ways of reproducing it. The fact that we as nation elected imbedded oil interests to office twice and thousands have people have died to allow them to continue to line their pockets is incredible depressing to me. view post

Do you believe a God exists? posted 03 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I do not beleive in god. I find it a concept which offers no explanatory power and no true comfort. view post

Top 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan posted 03 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionTop 10 (or so) Ways You Kow You're an R. Scott Bakker Fan by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Thats really funny. I guess I must be star war fan because I allways see Cheney as emperor Palpatine in fat suit. view post

Earwa Related babble... posted 04 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I wouldn't really call it flaw in your work but I wouldn't say one work is deeper or less deep the then other. Personally, martin is more of emotional experience and this makes it feel more real, while PON is profoundly cerebral it fascinates my mind. What you are doing with your charecter is very bold and fascinating and clearly rooted in philsophical issues I wish I understood. I would say that I might enjoy the novel better if their were more likeable charecters people to connect with. While I appreciate moral ambiguity I beleive that most people are actually good at heart, and if given the right upbringing(and sometimes without it) will try to live by the golden rule. I think that that element of compassion and empathy is an inate charectertistic of most people and one celebrated by most cultures to some degree. For me personally the relative lack of this element among the main players in PON makes it less accesible. As I said before In some way they feel less real. That is just my personal perception and I would not encourage you to change your style because it might be more accesible to me and other people. You have to right what feels true to you. view post

Earwa Related babble... posted 05 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I hate to come on your board and criticize you Scott I honestly think your work is likely to end up among the five or so greatest fantasy series of all time. Still I am really glad you find it constructive criticism. I know that’s something I always want with my writing.

Anyways my two cents for what it's worth is that I don't find Acha very likable because he seems morally week, he generally has the right desires, but does not follow with the right actions, he has good reasons for his inability to commit to right action but his self pitying personality makes him hard for me to identify with. He seems indecisive and week, I also found his obsession with his students to be slightly disturbing.

Esmenet is the most likeable character in the story for me. Yes she makes mistakes but in general seems to deal with them in way I can identify with.

As for human nature I am actually an anthropology student formerly cultural now biological so this is right up my alley. I think you have it inverted. I think the our basic human nature is that of kindness and compassion its what we all want and what cultures with the least stress tend to act like (the Mbuti pygmy are great example of this I love Colin Turnbulls ethnography of them “the Forest people”). While I agree with you in that I think Violence is very much a part of our heritage and especially for men I think we still retain much of our better nature even when we turn to violence

Even in the most violent of times people still retain a degree of their innate compassion. History is full not just of brutal episodes but also people who responded to those brutal episodes with compassion, look at all the stories of Europeans putting their necks on the line to protect jewish freinds or even strangers during the nazi period.

It's funny that you mention the statistic on pre literate societies. I have used that in arguments myself but I think it is slightly misleading because of the information we have. Basically by the time we encounter most pre-literate societies well enough to have good information on them they are usually stressed by competition with more developed societies. Still I have read many ethnographies in my studies, and for the most part I have been struck by the commonality of human nature across cultures. Even in the most violent societies I have read about I always saw glimpses of that common compassion except perhaps among the Ik who Colin Turnbull wrote about in mountain people which is stunning book to read BTW.

We have a natural capacity perhaps even a desire for violence as well (what are sports really), but I don't think that the expression of violence prevents people from wanting to express compassion and kindness, and to desire these expressions towards themselves. History shows that in times of stress, among soldiers for instance as well as developing the capacity for extreme violence people would also reach out for connection and develop powerful bonds. I think Tolkien for instance was very much inspired by the friendships he formed and saw in the trenches of world war I in his writing, take the friendship between Frodo and Sam for instance. Furthermore I think that giving into that extreme capacity for violence carries heavy psychological burdens. I have noticed for instance that in the warrior societies I have studied the belief in ghosts is very prominent and many rituals are enacted to escape their influence and cleanse warriors of the deaths they have caused. In my own writing this is something I am very interested in exploring, how good men(and women) can not only be violent but enjoy it and the affects it has on them. I think the Unforgiven was great movie exploring this issue. William money was an amazing character showing the ability of people to carry that dichotomy and the affects it had on his pysche.

That is the element that doesn't quite feel real to me. That the characters seem to lack some of that common human kindness I perceive, and don't totally seem to carry the costs of their actions. It’s an unfair criticism in some ways because I think all the human elements I mentioned above are there to some degree. Acha clearly wants to be kind and needs connection, Esmenet, Xin, and even Proyas too. Cnaiur is clearly unhinged, though how much of that is the effect of life of violence is hard to tell.

I suppose that part of that perception on my part is because the story revolves so much around Kellhus and Cnaiur. Its funny because I think Kellhus is one of the best-written and most terrifying characters in fantasy and yet in some ways he makes it hard for me to buy into the world of Earwa. I was amazed when I found myself liking Kellhus when seen from someone else’s perspective in TWP, and thought that showed incredible skill in writing. On the other hand though I find Kellhus’s complete inhumanity hard to believe, for me it seems like you have to accept the blank slate model of human nature to accept his complete conditioning, which is not consistent with my studies of human biology or my own beleifs. view post

Earwa Related babble... posted 06 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Glad to help Scott I love this sort of discussion to. Anyways I don't think I said your charecters completely lacked compassion just that I felt it was an element that was under devoloped in your world. I enjoyed TWP signifantly more then TDCB partly because Acha, Esmenet, Xin etc gave it a more human feel, and I liked the possible cracks I saw in Kellhus's inhumanity too though I suspect those you will use those in different direction most of us will expect.

I think the way the book focuses on the holy war without allowing us to root for oneside is brillant

As for Kellhus as a student of evolutionary biology two thousand years doesn't seem that long to me, but I have give you a pass there, a reader has to excercise some suspension of disbeleif, and Kellhus is way to interesting to let something like that bother me. If I let me self be too critical I would be to irratated by Martin's Eight foot tall agile warriors, Hobb's beleif in the positive ecological effects of completely invincible rapacious predators, and numerous other issues to read fantasy at all. view post

Earwa Related babble... posted 06 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Selection can only work on the variation that exists with in population, you won't for instance be able to breed dogs with bones made of gold because there is no variation in that direction there to begin with.

I think you could breed some incredible intelligent and atheletic human beings its the lack of emotionality that I find unlikely. I beleive their pretty deeply rooted in the chemisty of the brain, but then Kellhus shows signs that his lack of emotionality is a cultural learned fascade. I am very curious to see how you that line plays out in the story. view post

Earwa Related babble... posted 06 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I got to add I love this forum, that we can have these kinds of discussions and these books because they inspire conversations like this. view post

Earwa Related babble... posted 06 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I was actually thinking about dogs as I read that posts wolves and canids in genereal are specially interest to me and I think its amazing how much less variable there personalities are compared to their physiques looking at their skeleton you would think you had several species but while you have different personality profiles for different breeds their all variations on the same template. I considered the sociopath argument to but its not that they don't have emotions its that the can't project them or empathize. I think breeding sociopaths would be enormously difficult because they would be impossible to unite to one purpose, and damn likely to kill each other.

But yes it is a Fantasy novell, and I don't think you abusing that fig leaf and all I am just a very critical person <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> view post

Earwa Related babble... posted 07 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

No there is absolutely no breeze Scott, no one wants to see what's under the fig leaf, back away from the fan!, and for gods sakes puts some clothes on man <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> . view post

Earwa Related babble... posted 07 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; AEarwa Related babble... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Entropic Existence(great name BTW) I think you would have to have a pretty exceptional genetic make up to train someone to be as emotionless as Kellhus but I agree that especially with systematic training system devolped for 2000 years you could defineatly devolop some pretty twisted humans. view post

just read the book.... posted 12 February 2005 in The Darkness That Comes Beforejust read the book.... by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I came to the prince of nothing like an unbroken horse to its masters hand. I first heard about it on the song of ice and fire board I frequent were it was praised greatly. I read the prologue but wasn't convinced it was interesting but was hard for me to get into and it wasn't available anywhere nearby.

By the time It was in stores near me I was very leary because I had bought the two other most highly recomended books on that board, Gardens of the Moon and Perdido Street station and absolutely loathed both of them. On top of that the other last book I had bought was Robert Newcombs, the fifth Sorceros (probably the worst fantasy novel of all time). I was almost put of buying fantasy all together. I was also poor enough that getting a hard cover was an investment.

I just kept picking it up and reading peices untill I finally broke down, It was about the sixth time I had picked it up and I was somewhere past Kellhus's abandonment of Leweth before I actually bought the book. It was great way to end the streak of bad luck I had had. view post

Stephen Erikson's Books posted 17 February 2005 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I can't imagine trying to slog through Steven Ericksons prose more then once, my head hurts just thinking about. Like many others I bounced hard off of GOTM. People have told me to give it a second chance but there really wasn't a single thing I like about GOTM, and nothing I have heard of the following books convinces me they are much better. The charecters seemed like D&amp;D charictures, ever one more powerfull then the last, the charecters actions were almost completely random and the prose, Ouch. view post

so what is Scott Bakker reading? posted 22 February 2005 in Author Q &amp; Aso what is Scott Bakker reading? by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Have you read Robin Hobb, Scott. She is the other no brainer recomendation for me along with martin. view post

Origin of Morality posted 22 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrigin of Morality by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I don't think the capacity for faith and morality are really connected. To me from my sociobiology background, morality is essentially an evolved capacity to allow cooperative groups. In order to cooperate we need some ability to project the feelings of others to understand them and respond to them. The drive to do so in moral way is what allows us to live cooperatively. Without the understanding of the golden rule we would fight over food rather then share it, we would kill each other at a whim including out own children (crocodiles will). Faith is an outgrowth of our curiosity I think those things we can't explain we still desire explanations for and spirituallity has been they way such things were explained for most of human history. The important thing to remember is that evolution is not unidirectional there are competing strategies and multiple paths to success so people are variable, we have competive drives just as we have cooperative drives, their equally naturally, rape is as natural as romantic love, it may not be as effective a strategy and it certainly isn't moral or okay but it is natural. Morality is based on evolved responses that doesn't mean it is any less valid or that we shouldn't struggle for moral life. view post

Do you believe a God exists? posted 22 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

Agreed AJdeath and Echoex. I wrote a paper, I wish I still had a copy of once called "The danger of faith" I think that spirituality is a natural human response though not an inate or drive or necessity. I think religion is social institution that has arisen to take advantage of that response, as well a human gullibility in order to aid the powerfull in controll of the less powerfull, and to circumvent morality. Religions love to claim credit for morality saying for instance that christ invented the golden rule never mind that human societies could hardly function without it. It seems much more significant to me that the same religions that tell you to treat thy neibhor as thyself, explains all the exceptions to that rule that might help those in power, love the neibhor, unless he is foreign, heathen, gay, a woman or anything else the religion proscribes. view post

Origin of Morality posted 28 February 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionOrigin of Morality by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I don't think the connection works. Morality is matter of projection what hurts me hurts other people, when I cry it means I am hurt when they cry it must mean the same thing. Faith is not about extending our perception to understand players in our world that are like us but rather the things we can't understand at all.

I like your signature by the way I think I know what it means "True till Death"?. I studied scottish Gaelic but based on my very limited understanding the phrase didn't make any sense. I assume it must be irish, pretty cool. view post

Ong Bak Absolutely rules! posted 28 February 2005 in Off-Topic DiscussionOng Bak Absolutely rules! by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

You have all probably heard about it. Thai martial arts film has allready sweeped the world, getting its shot here in the states still on limited release, introduces Tony Jaa who is being crowned the new king of Martial arts films. As martial artist and gymnast I was awaiting this one very much, finally saw it last weekend and it was just incredible.

After all the wire fu movies that have come out recently as well as the decline in skills of Jackie and Jet seeing a really bad ass perform sans, wires, sans special effects was incredible refreshing. No that understates in completely. This movie was exhilirating it blew me away, it was an absolutely feast for the eyes seemed ever other moment I was ohhing and ahhhing and just genereally have paroxisms of Joy. You might have read the reveiws that said the plot was weaking and acting too, and I supposes its true, have you ever seen a true action film were that wasn't the case? Honestly the plott is much better then
the average such film, the acting is competent at least among the major players, the plot does its job and gets out of way. Then its just watching one of some of the most amazing atheletes ever getting put through their paces by an expert action director. Its beautifull, its brutal it blew my mind. Tony Jaa does things that just aren't human possible except that he does them. The fighting built around Thai boxing is genereally much more realistic and considerable brutal then the stylizied Kung fu you see out of hong kong and its awesome.

Theres not much more to say except this I do not buy films once is allways enough except in the rarest of cases Ong Bak is one such. I must own this film and watch it repeatedly. view post

Can someone clarify Postmodernism for me? posted 06 March 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionCan someone clarify Postmodernism for me? by Faelcind Il Danach, Peralogue

I haven't studied the philosophical history of it much but within anthropology its basically boils down to the idea that their is no objective truth and all hypothesis's are equally valid. The funny thing is this usually only applies as long as you subscribe to the same liberal social agenda of most post modernist. Keep in mind I saw this as uber liberals its just the intellectual dishonesty I find really irratating. view post


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