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posts by Mats Candidate | joined 26 Aug 2007 | 15


posted 26 Aug 2007, 01:08 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


posted 26 Aug 2007, 02:08 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


posted 26 Aug 2007, 02:08 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


posted 12 Sep 2007, 03:09 in The Thousandfold ThoughtMoënghus won by losing, fooled everybody by Mats, Candidate

You are also all forgetting that M. [i:3a6gx1ad]did[/i:3a6gx1ad] 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


posted 13 Sep 2007, 13:09 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


posted 18 Sep 2007, 17:09 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


Re: Erikson Neophyte posted 27 Oct 2008, 14:10 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


Re: Who would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? posted 27 Oct 2008, 15:10 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


Re: the decapitating adventures of the merry chainswhore posted 03 Nov 2008, 04:11 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. Bloody amateurs... :roll: view post


Re: just wanted to share with you guys... posted 07 Nov 2008, 01:11 in Off-Topic Discussionjust wanted to share with you guys... by Mats, Candidate

I liked the Darkthrone singlet... view post


Re: Now Reading... posted 07 Nov 2008, 01:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by Mats, Candidate

Finished Neuropath a while ago (thanks for depressing me the fuck out! :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


Re: the decapitating adventures of the merry chainswhore posted 14 Nov 2008, 16:11 in Member Written Worksthe decapitating adventures of the merry chainswhore by Mats, Candidate

High five! You cannot claim to like "true metal" and not, if nothing else, at least acknowledge Manowar's importance on the genre. Wimps and poseurs, leave the hall! view post


Re: The Judging Eye posted 14 Nov 2008, 16:11 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by Mats, Candidate

Excerpt from the new book found at Pat's blog. http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/ view post


Re: Now listening to... posted 21 Jul 2009, 14:07 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


Re: Now Reading... posted 21 Jul 2009, 14:07 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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