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posted 01 Oct 2004, 01:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by neongrey, Peralogue

Would it be a sin for me to say I sat through about half of ROTK wishing it would just be over soon? view post


posted 01 Oct 2004, 02:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionMindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows by neongrey, Peralogue

nedon bghdcrfewyu ... heh. I was doing really good to start! view post


posted 04 Oct 2004, 08:10 in The Darkness That Comes Beforeodd by neongrey, Peralogue

Took a class on phonetics a while back, back when I had a university career, and we discussed this sort of Canadian raising, ie, we tend to make out vowels in certain combinations with our tongue higher in our mouth than other people. Long story short, while (on the whole) we don't say 'aboot', the sound from us is closer to aboot than other people who try to say about. Let's not go into Americans, the word 'caught', and the open o. Bizzare trivia of the second: my 's' sound is made only out of the left side of my mouth. This qualifies me as 'weird'. From the teacher who'd use star trek for examples in class. Not that I mind star trek. view post


posted 04 Oct 2004, 18:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by neongrey, Peralogue

I swear, I'd never thought I'd ever support cutting material in a book-based movie, but if ROTK had been any longer, I'd have cried. I felt it [i:4wnheohk]really[/i:4wnheohk] dragged near the end, the last forty-five minutes or so. Was yawning as Frodo and Sam clung to the rock. Saying to myself, 'Okay, you can end it here.' I wonder what I'd think of the books now... haven't read them in years. view post


Prelude posted 04 Oct 2004, 22:10 in Member Written WorksPrelude by neongrey, Peralogue

Looking for thoughts on this, particular on the following notions: Too much information with too little explanation? Do you feel a need to immediately follow up with these characters, or if the plot started up following a different set of characters, would this be satisfying? Anything else, as well, besides those immediate concerns. Says I can't attach files, so, as it's fairly brief, I'll be posting it in a reply to this. view post


posted 04 Oct 2004, 22:10 in Member Written WorksPrelude by neongrey, Peralogue

The rain was stopping and the sky was clearing. The stars were coming out, glimmering angels in the faintly-visible sky. On a wide balcony, in a side-tower to the castle of Jesme, a man stood untouched by the remnants of the rain. The showers simply parted around him as he stared up at the sky, a glass in his hand. He stood stock-still, never raising his drink to his lips, never brushing away the prematurely white strands of his bangs away from the corners of his eyes. The closest thing to any movements about him were the slow, deep breaths he was taking, sending his silken coat swishing about his legs, and an odd shimmer to the copper circle scribed dead-centre in his forehead that brightened as the parting raindrops fell to the ground. The only light nearby was faint, coming from the rooms behind him, past a glass door leading off of the balcony. As the clouds in the sky finally began to part, the last of the rain dripping to the ground, the man, the boy slowly raised his glass to his lips, draining it. And the coppery circle that was the only mark on his ghost-pale face went dark. He lowered his hand, glass dangling loosely from his bare fingers. And was still for a few moments longer, before lifting his other hand, curling it for a moment to adjust the fingerless glove, before straightening the rose threaded through the buttonhole of his left lapel. Behind him, the door opened. He tilted his head forwards at the noise, loosely-tied tail of hair rising up his back, the tapered ends going so high as an inch or two below his shoulder-blades. He made no other move, made no other noise. A few moments passed in silence, the door or behind finally falling shut with a faint 'click', before the man with the long white hair asked quietly, in a voice that reinforced his youth by its pitch, 'What is it, Frederich?' The man known as Frederich padded silently further out onto the dampened balcony. He wet his lips after a few more moments of silence, before saying at last, 'Sir. You could set someone else to watching, sir. You don't have to be here.' Sir lowered his head further, taking his gaze from the sky as a chuckle burbled over smiling lips. 'You're right. I don't have to do this. Should be in the warm with the rest of them, drinking hot wine and complaining about the weather on the southern coast, should I, then?' Dirty brown bangs bounced in Frederich's eyes as he shook his head. 'Aaron, sir... you're just giving too much credit to that... that...' Silence, as Frederich trailed off without finding an appropriate word. Aaron lifted his gaze, his eyes curiously bright blue in the faint light. His tone gently chiding, he said, 'To Lord Arian's secretary. To the... diviner. She has not been wrong yet. If she claims the coming of angels, Frederich, it is all our place to have our eyes upon the sky to see when they fall. If anyone claimed such a thing, I would watch. When she claims such a thing, I listen. So should we all.' Frederich did at least look a bit abashed, for a moment or two before speakng again. 'Right or not, sir, I mistrust her. She makes me... uncomfortable.' 'Does she.' Aaron walked slowly over to a table at the back of the balcony, boots softly thumping against the ground. He set his glass down, then glanced up at the sky again. The sky had cleared and the moons were rising. 'She is not a comforting person, no.' Mud-green eyes followed Aaron's path to the table, before Frederich slowly strode out to the railing. It only came up to his waist, but he was a tall man; the same marble construction would only reach Aaron's chest. 'I find her difficult to look at for any length of time, sir. And her voice is... not right. It doesn't sound... real.' Silence. Then, the clink of glass on glass, and pouring liquid. The sound of another liquid being poured into the first. Aaron turned away from the table, now holding a glass full of a sickly green liquid, shimmering faintly in the dim light. He padded out to stand beside Frederich, resting his other hand on the railing, looking back up at the sky. 'And her eyes, sir... that's not natural. You can't even -see- them.' The sky cleared a little more, leaving the stars twinkling brightly above, and the moons continued their ascent. 'They're in the middle of her face,' Aaron said, but he was more than half-mumbling. Frederich quickly rocked back on his heels, then spun on them to face Aaron directly. 'Sir. My -Lord-. Aaron. You know, you -know- that's not what I mean. I know she doesn't sit any better with you than she does with me. You may be able to set aside whatever concerns you may have, but I -wish- you wouldn't do the same to mine. Sir...' Slowly, Aaron turned with a soft swish of silk, eyes slowly gliding up Frederich's chest to meet his face. Huge blue eyes stared unblinkingly at muddy green. Expectantly. Waiting. Finally, Frederich broke the silence, finishing with, 'Sir, I trust you more than anything, but I can't stand it, being left in the dark like this. You've got to know that. Especially when it's got to do with those... fanatics.' Silk swirled again as Aaron looked back up at the sky, but his eyes closed a moment or two afterwards. His voice was not more than a whisper as he said, '... an interesting sentiment from a knight in the service to the Holy Church.' The air from Frederich's sigh was forceful enough to cause Aaron's long bangs to stir against his cheeks. 'Please don't play High Inquisitor with me, sir. There's a reason you don't have the job in the first place.' Aaron's eyes flickered as he turned his attention back up to the sky. 'You trust me?' 'Yes.' The answer came without so much as a second's pause. He did not ask anything such as 'how much?' or 'unconditionally?'. That, he felt, was implied by the question being asked in the first place. You did not need to ask, if someone trusted you enough to, say, feed their pet, or hold their keys. If trust at that degree was in question, then it was not present at all. 'Then trust me that I can't tell you why. Have faith, in me, if not in God.' Frederich lifted his eyes to the heavens, searching for where Aaron had focused his eyes. 'Sir...' 'Trust me in this, Frederich,' Aaron said quietly, not turning his head from a fixed point in the sky. 'As you've never trusted me in anything before.' A meteor shot through the sky. Aaron's eyes held fixed for a moment, before following the path of the streak of light. 'And... Frederich.' You would have had to be looking in exactly the right place to see it, a split second before the meteor streaked downwards, towards the north and west. Aaron had been looking in exactly the right place. And after the meteor fell, after the star winked out of the sky before it, Aaron whispered, under his breath, an epithet that no gentleman had any right to say of a lady. 'Yes, sir?' 'Go to Lord Arian and his secretary. Inform them... Marina has fallen.' view post


posted 06 Oct 2004, 15:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionBad, bad book. BAAAD. by neongrey, Peralogue

If you're only on book five, that's why you're not understanding the complaints that very little happens in each book. It's really only after that point where the series reduces to one to two plot points per very large book. view post


posted 07 Oct 2004, 02:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

Poodle. view post


posted 24 Oct 2004, 19:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

Sex view post


posted 24 Oct 2004, 19:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionPolitical Affiliation? by neongrey, Peralogue

I vote Liberal to keep the Conservatives out, but secretly wish I could vote for the Green party. Which is pretty much what everyone I know did last election, too. view post


posted 28 Oct 2004, 18:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

maniac view post


posted 05 Nov 2004, 19:11 in The Warrior ProphetRelease Dates by neongrey, Peralogue

Anything on when the Canadian (ordinary) paperback will be out? Or is it out and I'm just shopping at crappy bookstores? I can't afford trade paperbacks. :/ view post


posted 05 Nov 2004, 19:11 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by neongrey, Peralogue

I work phone polls, so Bush's win absolutely didn't surprise me. It is, on the whole, things like this that make me glad I'm Canadian-- though I doubt I'd move or be more than saying I would, if I were an American. I probably would have ended up voting libertarian, myself, if I were an American out of a sense of 'oh, close enough', or for Kerry, following the old Canadian tradition of 'let's vote for the only other guy with a chance to keep this guy out', AKA 'the voting method that's kept the liberals in power ever since Mulrouney'. Which is what the problem is, I think. When I was doing the polls, there was a question along the lines of 'are you voting for this candidate because you want him in office, or because you want to keep the other guy out?' Bush voters, in my experience, which is of course a limited sample of a limited sample, were voting to keep Bush in office. Kerry voters were voting to keep Bush out of office. Which is where the key is, I think. Problem with voting to keep the other guy out is that you do tend to get the people who decide to vote for the person they would have voted for anyway, as I see it, at least. view post


posted 12 Nov 2004, 18:11 in Author Q & AScott, tell me this won't be your excuse for delaying TTT ;) by neongrey, Peralogue

Of course, he also says he's said that before. So I guess we'll see when we see. Of course, I'm going to have to wait until it comes out in paperback. :/ Meh, maybe I'll have my library fees paid off by then. view post


posted 22 Nov 2004, 02:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

Jet engine view post


posted 23 Nov 2004, 19:11 in Author Q & AThis time I got a question... by neongrey, Peralogue

Geez, I wish I had the money to be able to pooh-pooh mm paperbacks, instead of having to wait for them to buy. :/ view post


posted 28 Nov 2004, 22:11 in Tour and Signing InformationR Scott Bakker in the UK by neongrey, Peralogue

Any chance of you ever hitting Winnipeg when you do? view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 20:12 in Tour and Signing InformationR Scott Bakker in the UK by neongrey, Peralogue

Yay, now, if you can just manage to time it to coincide with payday, as well... ;) view post


posted 07 Dec 2004, 08:12 in Author Q & Acurious about something... by neongrey, Peralogue

Honestly, Evangelion was made up as it went along, as the director was undergoing a nervous breakdown, and I think it shows. Most of the transitioning is not good, and it's got a lot of references-for-the-sake-of-references, which... mm. I'd suggest Boogiepop or Lain over Eva (and both are 13 episodes, as opposed to 26), or in terms of truly unpleasant watches, Now and Then, Here and There is... interesting. On the other hand, if you just want to go, 'wait, what the fuck just happened?', you'll never do better than Utena. ... particularly the movie, which I -don't- recommend watching before the series, which is much longer than I think you'd be willing to commit for. On the one hand, back to Eva, I can't in good conscience call it bad, but I can call it not nearly as good as it gets credit for. view post


posted 10 Dec 2004, 06:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by neongrey, Peralogue

Shouldn't even be a religious issue. It's not like any of this is tying down religions of -any- nature and saying, 'you have to recognize these marriages in any way, shape, or form'. It's the legal things of it that are being permitted/not permitted. Anything else, I mean, would be a violation of the church/state separation you've got down there, right? ... of course, so would failing to legalize it for religious reasons, no? view post


posted 06 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnd now for something totally idiotic - BK v McDonalds by neongrey, Peralogue

I don't like the taste of the "flame broiling". McD. Though given the option (and I frequently am), I'll take A&W or Wendy's over both any day of the week. view post


posted 06 Jan 2005, 05:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by neongrey, Peralogue

I just picked up Kushiel's Dart, by Jacqueline Carey yesterday. About all I can say for it is that it's decidedly... meh. If I weren't up to my neck in library fees, I'd borrow, but now pay for the next two. As it stands, I'll probably buy them at some point, after I finish off buying other series I'm catching. view post


posted 21 Jan 2005, 09:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionSex by neongrey, Peralogue

Yes, please! Er... female. We do exist here, honest. view post


posted 05 Feb 2005, 06:02 in Author Q & ACharacter heights in Earwa by neongrey, Peralogue

Well, to 'portly', if nothing else, it seems to me that superfighting would be a very slimming profession... :P view post


posted 05 Feb 2005, 06:02 in Philosophy DiscussionIs Education the Magic Bullet? by neongrey, Peralogue

While I do think ignorance is the root of a lot of problems, I also figure that some people are just jerks. :P view post


posted 18 Feb 2005, 06:02 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by neongrey, Peralogue

Then your child was clearly too dumb to be alive. view post


posted 20 Feb 2005, 07:02 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by neongrey, Peralogue

Doesn't make it any less, either. A person's a person. Whether it's yours, theoretically speaking, should make no difference. Of course, in practice, you get emotional attachments and suchlike, but I stand by that: if I had a kid that was doing shit like that, I could, and would, if it came to being the only option, send them out on their ass, and when they died in a gutter, think the world a better place. It'd still -suck-. But that's beside the point. view post


posted 23 Feb 2005, 19:02 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

Elephant view post


posted 23 Feb 2005, 19:02 in Literature DiscussionFeast for Crows due this Summer by neongrey, Peralogue

I'll believe it when he posts it, myself. Edit: And there's no way that's 'published by' that time, anyway. Finished by summer, I could maybe see. But edited, printed, and shipped? It'd have to be finished -right- now, which we'd probably all know about, and then given a RJ-level hackjob edit, which I think no one wants to see. We've waited this long, so I know I, at least, can wait for however long it takes to properly edit a book of this size. view post


posted 23 Feb 2005, 19:02 in Literature DiscussionPrince Of Ayodhya by neongrey, Peralogue

I've gotten it used, and I've got to say, it's not enthralling me. The word choices I can live with (though the incongruity of 'abs' on the first page made me cringe in horror), but there's a lot of things that just turn me off. Things like having the main character walk by a mirror as an excuse to give him a description. That sort of thing. view post


posted 23 Feb 2005, 20:02 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by neongrey, Peralogue

No. I believe I was quite clear throughout all of that that I was speaking purely theoretically. It [i:3kqs5dx0]shouldn't[/i:3kqs5dx0] make a difference. view post


posted 02 Mar 2005, 20:03 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by neongrey, Peralogue

[quote="Echoex":359ny7o5]Age has nothing to do with it. You're expressing such a limited worldview. You're basing your argument on 'if's. "If I had a child..." "If that child knew the risks...". I'm not suggesting that you're wrong. I just think that you're putting the cart before the horse. I'm suggesting to you that you reconsider those statements until you have children (if you choose to). It's very easy to be so right-wing on this issue. It's the obvious moral high-ground. [/quote:359ny7o5] Perhaps child is not the right word. On the other hand, perhaps it -is- the word I want to use for someone who -would- be my child, who would be currently living under my authority. I never intended to imply age; the word child is more expedient than 'son/daughter'. [quote:359ny7o5]I, for one, could not consider the world a better place if something happened to my son. He would have to do something REALLY bad for me to ever turn my back on him. And over-dosing on drugs is not one such instance. Ex.[/quote:359ny7o5] Everybody in the world is someone's kid. One shouldn't be more special than any other just because it's yours. I have a certain fundamental lacking in human empathy, if you hadn't noticed. It's probably a good thing I think the world has enough brats in it without me adding to them. :P view post


posted 07 Mar 2005, 19:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by neongrey, Peralogue

A 40 year old man can marry a 14 year old girl, too, or at least screw her. That's an age of consent issue, not an issue of orientation. view post


posted 14 Mar 2005, 19:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by neongrey, Peralogue

Guh? view post


posted 14 Mar 2005, 19:03 in Author Q & AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by neongrey, Peralogue

Mud = online text rpg. The granddaddy of the massively multiplayer online RPGs that are running around now. Only still a million times better. Some of them are based on outside source material (like the one in question), and [url=http://www.avendar.com/:3ltxpgq4]some of them are based on original settings[/url:3ltxpgq4], etc. Implementor = the guy in charge Yeah, I MUD. :P view post


posted 14 Mar 2005, 19:03 in Literature DiscussionPrince Of Ayodhya by neongrey, Peralogue

I ended up giving up. Could not do it. Great idea, but... just no. view post


posted 01 May 2005, 09:05 in Author Q & ATrade Paperbacks? by neongrey, Peralogue

Plus, it's so much easier to stuff those in a purse. I have no idea how you boys can manage without them. view post


posted 02 May 2005, 03:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by neongrey, Peralogue

So they look exactly like a woman. They act exactly like a woman. In six months or a year, they're going to -be- a woman. I don't see a problem. view post


posted 03 May 2005, 05:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by neongrey, Peralogue

Obligation? No. I think it would be -nice- of them, if any real relationship came of it, but I don't see that they should feel they have to. view post


posted 09 May 2005, 18:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by neongrey, Peralogue

[quote="Echoex":3gew7iqj]So if you found out somehow, would you stay with that person? And answer honestly. It's easy to take the moral high-road and say "love is love", but the desire for humans to codepend on like-sexually oriented humans is too strong.[/quote:3gew7iqj] Depends on the circumstances, on how it was kept from me, and on how the relationship was going, and so on and so forth. In the end, if I did dump him, it would probably because such a majour, life-affecting event was kept from me, and not from something like 'he used to be a girl'. view post


posted 09 May 2005, 18:05 in Author Q & ATrade Paperbacks? by neongrey, Peralogue

Why, both, of course. view post


posted 17 May 2005, 08:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by neongrey, Peralogue

My morals are clearly different than yours. Please do not state my feelings are not 'real' simply because you feel differently. view post


posted 21 May 2005, 06:05 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat's up with Terry Goodkind... by neongrey, Peralogue

I beg to differ about Faith of the Fallen, though. I could barely finish reading it. view post


posted 13 Mar 2006, 20:03 in Tour and Signing InformationTentative Schedule by neongrey, Peralogue

Man, was kicking myself when I found out you were touring just now (got the book about two and a half hours ago, damn being poor) and I missed it. Oh well. At least you didn't even -come- to Winnipeg. (not that you want to come to Winnipeg around now. Dunno what it's being like over in London, but it's absolutely schizophrenic here. One day the snow's melting, the next day we're getting another foot. WTF? ) Oh well. view post


posted 16 Mar 2006, 21:03 in Author Q & ASpoilerful question about the trilogy's end by neongrey, Peralogue

[quote="Andrew":205igpn4]Come to Winnipeg Scott - dang but i'd like to meet you! Look for the short guy in a suit with curly hair![/quote:205igpn4] But do it after the snow melts. And I would totally like to support the 'come to Winnipeg' thing. Finished reading the book on the bus today, and... man, I owe you a beer. view post


posted 17 Mar 2006, 03:03 in Literature DiscussionEddings by neongrey, Peralogue

I have a hard time reading Eddings now, but I used to be quite thrilled with his writing. I was younger. Thing is, I do feel there's one specific area he's pretty good at, that being character interaction. His plots are, by his own admission, standard. The characters themselves are fairly pedestrian. He's a decent world-builder. But the intraction itself is... god help me, entertaining and readable. view post


posted 17 Mar 2006, 03:03 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read the Illuminatus trilogy? by neongrey, Peralogue

I want to, but I'm having trouble finding it. view post


posted 17 Mar 2006, 04:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by neongrey, Peralogue

Adrian Pasdar. The look might need a change, but he could absolutely act the part, I think, which is more important, considering the nature of the role. Buy/borrow/steal the DVD set of Profit. view post


posted 17 Mar 2006, 04:03 in Philosophy DiscussionNuclear Power by neongrey, Peralogue

[quote="Edge of Certainty":3l136l1l]WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION!!! and it's pronounced nu-kwee-lur! sorry, had to say that. You know, I was surprised to find out that America gets most of its oil from Canada.....watch out, Bush just might find weapons of mass destruction in toronto :lol:[/quote:3l136l1l] Alberta, that's where most of the oil comes from. So... Calgary, maybe. Mind, being a good, red-blooded non-torontonian, I would certainly not mind if Toronto got blown up... :P view post


posted 20 Mar 2006, 20:03 in Literature DiscussionEddings by neongrey, Peralogue

[quote="Randal":1hda2pbr]As for worldbuilding... well, let's just say that Eddings' non-fiction book on this subject was rates amongst the most hiliarious things I've ever read... unintentionally. It's so contrived it becomes silly.[/quote:1hda2pbr] Oh, it's pure formula, but it's decent. Not good, not great. But I wouldn't call it bad. I've seen bad, and it isn't bad. view post


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