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Erebus the Black

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  1. His name is Josh Lyman in the show, actually, and he's named for a minor character in Doonesbury who predates The Rainmaker.

     

    —Alorael, who still has some Banks to go. He's thinking that maybe Culture novels are best in small infusions, not in bulk.

     

    Cool, so I guess they both borrowed from the same source :)

     

    -What is Banks's full name?

  2. Jus tfinished reading Jhon Grisham's "The Rainmaker" which emphasizes exactly why private insurance companies cannot be trusted.

    And his "The Firm" which will make me wonder next time anyone offers me .

     

    Another thing that popped up in Rainmaker was the name of one of the lawyers, which was Joshua Stone Leyman (sp?), which reminded me of amother place where I heard that name, and after several weeks of head racking it finally hit me it was from the TV series "the west wing" (minus the Stone) where I guess the producers/writers decided to borrow that name for the US deputy chief of staff.

  3. I've just started reading American gods, I'm at about chapter 4 and already enjoying it, Gaiman is truly a writing genious.

    However reading this does make me wonder if novelists get payed for hidden commercials like movies do, or are all the references to specific brand names are just there to improve the atmosphere?

  4. Just finished rereading "the hobbit" and also found in the library a dual book of robert asprin and finished reading "myth directions", hilarious, absolutely hilarious. Now I start the second story "hit and myth". I just love how he starts each chapter with a short (sometimes fake) funny quote such as "That's funny, I never have any trouble with service when I'm shopping" -K. Kong.

     

    And here is also another curious excerpt from "the hobbit"

    (it comes right before

     

    the telling of what happened to Thorin when the wood elves captured him

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    Originally Posted By: J.R.R.T.

    These [The wood elves] are not wicked folk. If they have a fault it is distrust of strangers. Though their magic was strong, even in those days they were wary.

    They differed from the High Elves of the West, and were more dangerous and less wise. For most of them (together with their scattered relations in the hills and mountains) were descended from the ancient tribes that never went to Faerie in the West.

    There the Light-elves and the Deep-elves and the Sea-elves went and lived

    for ages, and grew fairer and wiser and more learned, and invented their

    magic and their cunning craft, in the making of beautiful and marvellous

    things, before some came back into the Wide World.

    In the Wide World the Wood-elves lingered in the twilight of our Sun and Moon but loved best the stars;

    and they wandered in the great forests that grew tall in lands that

    are now lost. They dwelt most often by the edges of the woods, from which

    they could escape at times to hunt, or to ride and run over the open lands

    by moonlight or starlight; and after the coming of Men they took ever more

    and more to the gloaming and the dusk.

    Still elves they were and remain, and that is Good People.

     

    Faerie? Is there another reference to West-Earth with that name? Light Elves? Deep-Elves? Sea Elves?

  5. Originally Posted By: Goldenking

    Of late, I have been reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. It's a simple little story, but I'm enjoying that simplicity and easy writing style, for now. Philosophy and theory is interesting, but it's nice to have a breath of fresh air every now and then.

    I read that a while back ( I think its even posted on the wall here somewhere). To me it felt more like a philosophy for a dime sort of book (you know, like who moved my cheese or the monk who sold his ferrari), still enjoyed it though it didn't leave much of an impact.
    Just that we are on the same page here, it's the one starting with a kid meeting king solomon, right?
  6. Originally Posted By: Paint Quality Monitor
    —Alorael, who is most impressed that Terry Brooks is still getting published in a market saturated with bad fantasy and not too devoid of good fantasy.

    They even made a Shannara computer game smile
    Do you recommend reading the series?
  7. Originally Posted By: Tyranicus
    Originally Posted By: Erasmus
    Originally Posted By: Randomizer
    Both have a forbidden romance between the descendant hero and a woman with divine origins.

    Could you refresh my memory?
    Aragorn and Arwen.


    Arwen isn't from divine origin, just not human.
    It would be like saying a dinosaur was divine because it came before the crocodile. There are three classes of divinity in LotR, and elves are not one of them (in case you're wandering the classes are Iluvatar, Valar and Mayar).
  8. Originally Posted By: Actaeon
    Sophie's World fits two of those criteria, but I'd be curious to here what it actually is.

    No, you got it right.
    Originally Posted By: Micawber
    Originally Posted By: Master1
    Then again, LotR is based on Wagner's Ring, so I'm reading a fanfic of a fanfic?


    I'm not sure how much Wagner's Ring cycle is really the basis of LOTR, but as it happens the cycle is itself based on the Nibelungenlied,

    I always thought that LotR was directly fanfic'd from Norse mythologies so that would (for me) return it back to fanfic^2 (with all the dwarves and runic writing and the last gods walking the earth(Ea))

    p.s. are you sure about the Nibelungenlied? I just wikied it and the story seems more akin to the Illiad than to LotR? (which would make it in your eyes fanfic^4 smile )
  9. After finishing a game of thrones I have found myself unable to continue with the series, so I have moved to lighter reading in the form of Teckla by Steven Brust.

     

    I would be very grateful to anyone who could PM me a step by step summary of what else happens on the wall and north of it, as that is the only thing I still find of interest (I don't have the stomach for all the intrigue happening to the south). Also who and what is the importance of Jon's mother?(in PM) And who did Arya see Iliriyo speaking with in the cellar near the dragon skulls?

  10. How about a Darths & Droids movie?

    Oh wait... laugh

     

    Originally Posted By: Dintiradan
    but all told it adds up to less than ten minutes of screentime.

    FYT

     

    About aGoT: I don't know if it's because I've been reading it during guard duty but I've found it to be quite disappointing, plus I'm at about page 600 and no rape yet (Unless you take into account the statutory rape of Danny which was consensual and which in that world is considered less as rape and more as politics) so why Rape Rape Martin?

  11. WOW!

    Incest, pedophilia and pedicide all in the first 100 pages (no rape yet but I'm not holding my breath).

    I wouldn't let any person under the age of 15 (and many over 15) to read it.

     

    About the wheel of time series: I liked the stories until the first battle between the protagonist and the first big bad, where they go around and start flinging at each other a spell which is supposed to remove the object it hits and all the effects it had on history; which basically should have caused a huge change on the fight as it goes along, and eventually someone is hit and everything he has caused, the wars and atrocities he had committed, remain unchanged as if the spell is a simple boom spell.

     

    After this I lost all faith in the series, I kept reading a few more and then stopped.

  12. If we are already on the subject of altering books, what do you think/feel about the company which decided to remove the word "nigger" from Twain's (Clemens) books and the act of the removal itself?

    Personally, I don't think it's a good idea, especially with Twain which was so pro AfAm and used it/his books (as the case may be) to ridicule those who belittled AfAms and Africans in general.

    (And should we open a separate thread for this?)

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