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posted 04 Jul 2004, 15:07 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by saintjon, Auditor

For me it's the opposite. In The Darkness That Comes Before his actions were what made him out to be er 'questionable' to me, whereas I think his motive might be a respectable enough one. Well when he first left Ishual he was thinking to himself "I shall dwell in the house of my father." Now that could just mean that he's going to hang around after he kills him, but I don't think so. He seems (and even more through the second book) like he yearns for his father in a different way. After all, neither of them can go back to Ishual, and an island of Dunyain in a sea of deluded animals would probably start to appeal to him after awhile. Also, going out into the world and blindly following the Dunyain mission to the letter kind of goes against what the dunyain are about anyways. Why shouldn't he (or what he wants to do) come first? Anyways, for me de-valuing everyone around you because they can't see what you can does not a good man make. Even the ones he supposedly decides to "help out", he only shows them enough of what the Dunyain understand to make them need/want him even more. In the prologue the monk who found the Anasurimbor says crimes will continue "only so long as men are decieved", well I fail to see how being decieved by history is worse than being decieved by Kellhus. view post


posted 04 Jul 2004, 15:07 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by saintjon, Auditor

Yeah Achamian pointed out as much in the first book. *********SPOILERS******************** What I'm curious about is how is Akka going to act around Kellhus now? He really got a good kick in the teeth as to how full of BS the dunyain is, would he still show him the Gnosis? I for one hope not. If Kellhus had that kind of powe his shortest paths would become about as short as nuclear war. I kind of hated Esmenet at the end but in retrospect it's not her fault she caught the attention of such a viper. Here's a question: How is the Holy War going to handle it when Kellhus reaches shimeh and forsakes them all to consult with a ranking Cishaurim? He could probably pull it off without them knowing but still, what a heartbreak for them. Achamian's my favourite character but Cnaiur is just way too cool. Every fight he gets into he's like a suicidal bull in a china shop. It's hard to picture him without wondering what kind of guy it would take to not be intimidated by his displays. In answer to the earlier question I think Golgotterath was built around the meteor, which brought the Inchoroi (which I'm quite sure is what that big evil thing in the final chapter was) to Earwa. What I really want to know at this point is what the Nonmen actually are??!! Aside from Kellhus I think they're the biggest wild card in the story. view post


posted 04 Jul 2004, 16:07 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by saintjon, Auditor

Can't really say Cnaiur speaks for the Scylvendi as a whole seeing as he's the one who was taught to question tradition. Also, the way Kellhus explains them, I can easily see the Scylvendi worshipping Mog-Pharau. After all, they are all about actions, and the swazond show you carry the weight of the momentum you stopped when you killed the man. as Kellhus says "to them he (Cnaiur) is the pebble that has become an avalanche" as the reason the Scylvendi held him high (although they snickered at his back at his back the whole time). Well imagine how much of this momentum the No-God, who destroyed the armies of Kuniuri at Golgotterath and other nations besides, would have. If actions are what matters to the Scylvendi that says that impact matters to them, and what could you possibly attribute more impact to than a god who slays nations? view post


posted 04 Jul 2004, 16:07 in The Warrior ProphetAbout the books by saintjon, Auditor

Well that's a pretty reassuring vote of confidence to be sure. The last thing I needed after tearing through the Warrior-Prophet was to be reassured however. Your brother has written the first book I've ever read where the "spell-caster" character was my favourite. I've said many times that George RR Martin made knights cool to me again, and now your bro has done that for magic-users. My gratitude goes out to him. view post


posted 04 Jul 2004, 18:07 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by saintjon, Auditor

I thought it was the Inchoroi who were from another planet, and when they showed up they got into it with the nonmen. Gah now I'm all fazuggled. view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 16:07 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by saintjon, Auditor

Thank you for the compliment. Even if Kellhus did use his abilities truly for the greater good of those around him the idea of him still scares the bejeezus out of me. view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 17:07 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by saintjon, Auditor

I feel a re-read coming on as soon as I get the first one back from my cousin :? view post


posted 05 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by saintjon, Auditor

When I see a quote like "out-tolkien's tolkien" I figure it's just as likely the guy didn't even bother reading the book. It's like, "Oh what, they need a positive blurb eh? Hold up a sec." *scribble scribble scribble* Now here's a quote for TDTCB that's on the cover of The Warrior-Prophet that would catch my eye (although at that point it didn't really matter, after the first one nothing was going to STOP me from reading it.) "Bakker has created an epic fantasy that feels new, feels like it's moving toward a larger meaning than most generic fantasies can never dream of. The Darkness That Comes Before is a fascinating, forceful debut." BTW, the Penguin covers are just too friggin sexy. I want to find a big old trade paperback for the first novel now too, or better yet get the series in hard cover. The writing is more suggestive of middle-eastern old school holy writings than "elven script" to me. My little brother reads like pigs fly and even he was looking at the Warrior-Prophet with considerable interest when he saw it on the couch. view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by saintjon, Auditor

LOL at the stalker comment! Cool thanks for the tip. Btw, I meant to say in my last post that I also heard about The Darkness that Comes Before from Rob/Fitz over at sffworld. I don't know if you go there ever, but he gave it a really strong recommendation. view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 05:07 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by saintjon, Auditor

Oh I dunno about that so much, he sort of moves in the trappings, but the way he worked Lleweth over was pretty harsh. view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 05:07 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by saintjon, Auditor

Yeah you guys plead a good case. I wonder if there are enough Scylvendi left for it to make a difference though whether they worship him now or not. view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 05:07 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by saintjon, Auditor

*********more spoilers******************* By the by I thought that big beastly thing at the was an Inchoroi. I think Achamian was the one who said that the Consult was trying to rediscover them or follow in their footsteps or some such, but he only has the knowledge of a Mandate Schoolman. Although the Mandate knows more than anyone else about the Consult their knowledge is limited. I don't know, maybe the Consult leaders have just really messed up their own genes or something. Has there been a part yet where a description of bashrags was provided? view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by saintjon, Auditor

He is indeed, usually over at sff when I'm getting largely ignored he'll point out when I have a point about something. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 18:07 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by saintjon, Auditor

They are the Inchoroi Brothers, Don't get along with others They'll whine, they'll b!tch They'll screw you if you're rich They may not go down in history But they'll go down on your sister (Indulgences of a NoFX fan, although those last 2 lines seem appropriate to the way they behave in general) view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 04:07 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by saintjon, Auditor

Wow do I ever hear you there Legatus. Achamian's my favourite. Something about the multi-pronged torture of life as a Mandate Schoolman, and the conflict of potence and self-doubt that exists in him. His love/hate relationship with sorcery adds some extra kick to him. My second favourite is Cnaiur. The guy's like an ultra-violent duck, unapologetically brutal on the surface and paddling like hell underneath. There are few characters in any story whose fight scenes I've enjoyed so much, Cnaiur makes himself undeniable. My God, how do you stand before a spectacle of war like that and have anything left to attempt to be the one he demands. I think one thing that makes these characters so memorable to me is the inner struggles their own compassion causes them. For Cnaiur and Kellhus it doesn't come out so much until the second book, but Achamian has his issues about using Inrau and being worthy of Emenet, Esmenet sometimes can't help but fling her profession in people's faces (to protect them from herself maybe? too painful to believe they could think more of her? or to protect them from being associated with her?) view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 05:07 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by saintjon, Auditor

The creepiest No-God moment in TWP was when Kellhus saw him hanging from that circle. Suppose the Dunyain are diametrically opposed to what the No-God embodies. The Logos brings Kellhus to certainty when it's working it's magic in him. The No-God, with the constant questions about what others see, the demand to know, seems to imply that uncertainty is a big thing with... whatever the No-God is supposed to be. I think that since hanging there tied to a corpse kellhus cared about was his most uncertain moment in the book the re-assertion of the suppressed animal (he lost control of his face and wept!) in him opened him up to some awareness of Mog-Pharau maybe? My best guess is that Mog-Pharau therefore is an embodiment of disharmony between the animal and the the intellect (hands folded like a monk, legs hunched like a beast) and that the Dunyain might do better to harmonize the animal and the intellect instead of trying to suppress the one with the other. Is the No-God also the Darkness that Comes Before? The fear that springs up in the trackless waste between people, driving them to live like they're living an endless conflict? view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 05:07 in The Warrior ProphetApocalypse Now by saintjon, Auditor

Yes at first magic threw Kellhus for a loop too don't forget. Also, the fact that he wept for Serwe, lost control of his face, shows that not all chips have fallen in Dunyain favour. Cnaiur is becoming something outside of his understanding, as evidenced by Kellhus' reaction when he emerged from the sea. It reminds me of Tommy Lee Jones' speech in Men in Black, which ended with "Imagine what you'll KNOW tomorrow." view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 05:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtLike father like son? by saintjon, Auditor

That sounds very likely Replay. It's possible that Achamian deducing that Kellhus could see the Consult spies all along would be just as much of a barrier in his mind to teaching Kellhus the Gnosis as the usurpation of Serwe. There aren't a whole lot of mental barriers that rascally rabbit can't dig his way under though. view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Author Q & AWomen In the Three Seas by saintjon, Auditor

***********more spoilers******************* No you definitely have a point there about the inchoroi. The only 2 Inchoroi we've seen in the act didnt' leave anything (damn my western prudishness) where it would cause a reproductive effect. Several reasons they would've wanted to avoid that with Esmi, but with the one at the end of TWP, having his way with a captive, the opportunity was definitely there. I did notice part of the revolutionary appeal Kellhus was building for himself was his elevation and esteem of women. Is it just me, or is that part of how he wound up investing part of himself in Serwe, part that made him lose the control he'd had since a child? view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Author Q & AOn the subject of Chorae by saintjon, Auditor

Hm, if I were a sorceror I'd try a similar effect to Akka dropping a building on people's heads, maybe make a gale-force wind and try to at least lessen the range. Then again, although Earwa's magic-users are a potent bunch, I have no idea what kind of effort it would take to whip up a wind that strong in response to a volley. view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 06:07 in Author Q & ADunyain by saintjon, Auditor

would it be a spoiler to ask what sort of role the Dunyain had before they found Ishual? I'm guessing they opted not to choose sides in the Apocalypse, laid low and defended themselves when necessary. Were they persecuated by the Norsirai, or wanderers by choice? view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Author Q & AWomen In the Three Seas by saintjon, Auditor

At the same time there is a pretty big faction of fantasy afficionados who will love you like a brother for doing it. For my part, the Consult being sexual deviants at large doesn't make a pleasant reading experience, but they're the villains and it goes a long way reinforcing the general creepiness/danger they represent. Wow being told you're a crafty bugger by someone who's got you pretty bamboozled with their protagonist is quite a compliment. Thanks! view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Author Q & AOn the subject of Chorae by saintjon, Auditor

Yeah I was being a bit of an RPG twink even bringing it up lol. Forget what I said! The Schools are dominant enough!!! :shock: view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Author Q & AWomen In the Three Seas by saintjon, Auditor

I like my fantasy deep and my wings medium, myself lol. I read in Men's Health you can get stoned (or at least buzzed) on your own pheromones your brain will kick out if you eat something REALLY spicy, but not knowing where the threshhold of this chemical safety net is I don't want to trial and error it. Kind of a wuss that way, I have eaten my way through some pretty vicious curries though. view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Author Q & AOn the subject of Chorae by saintjon, Auditor

LOL! I moved from being influenced by reading the Warrior-Prophet straight into 8-bit theater. Red Mage is secretly my buddy Eric in disguise, I know it! view post


posted 15 Jul 2004, 16:07 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by saintjon, Auditor

I think it allows ASoIaF to resonate more strongly with my life that at the beginning of A Game of Thrones we are presented with a world that's all but dead to magic. Martin has made it so that we, the readers, are on as much of a quest to find the magic in his world as his characters are. Over at sff people were posting ideas of what they thought the story was about, and I had to point out that above all I thought it was about magic returning to a mundane world. view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by saintjon, Auditor

I guess some people just aren't into it like that though. I've been in about... oh.... 10,000 discussions :wink: over in sffworld about ASoIaF and I was always surprised that so many people thought Bran's chapters were boring. He has been removed from much of the intrigue of the other plots, but he is the character who is being tied most strongly into the deeper veigns of magic and myth in the world. The original crow dream in A Game of Thrones just blew me away. Ditto Jojen's story about the crannogman who went to the great tournament at Harrenhal. So definitely I enjoy reading his chapters. I think I wouldn't be a very good critic, it seems I'm easily pleased compared to so many people, but there aren't any PoV's I feel Martin has failed to deliver on at some point or other. view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by saintjon, Auditor

Although I haven't attempted to re-read the whole series I have found it rewarding to go back over certain parts from time to time, probably the part I've gone back to most are the last few chapters about Arya in A Storm of Swords, although a few times I have gone right back to AGoT to read some parts about Ned (my favourite character ever, I've taken flack for it but I don't care). view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by saintjon, Auditor

Well, I read the Art of War, The Book of Five Rings and the Tao of Pooh if that worth anything :shock: Seriously, I'll sit and ponder and discuss and whatnot but in the academic philosophical world I'm pretty lost. Guess this will be my lurkin' forum around here! view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 01:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by saintjon, Auditor

I also agree that you can't really evaluate a person's worth, just because there'd be so much conflict over who gets to hold the measuring stick (or put the numbers on it in the first place). My grandma isn't a scientist, or an artist, or anything like that. But, her husband died when she was relatively young and she was left to raise 6 kids with no money. There isn't a single person among my aunts and uncles who could tell you how she did it. She's a hero. There aren't going to be any public awards for her, no gala dinners celebrating her accomplishment, but she made a contribution of preserving her family through a very difficult time. I don't think most of the people who would attempt to establish that sort of worht of a life on her would take that into account. They'd see an old retired woman, with little money and little to show for her life beyond a family of fundamentally decent people. I think for many criminals it is easier to die anyways, and for some of them life in prison becomes just that, their life. I think we need to think outside the box a bit, I mean, no one's going to reform if they don't want to, anyways. We need to always be thinking of a better way to get through to these people so they will want to improve their lives. Good point about forgiveness, but there is still the duty to protect the people of society. view post


posted 17 Jul 2004, 05:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtLike father like son? by saintjon, Auditor

Don't forget the months of pretended friendship where he could have shown everyone that Akka wasn't a kook and instead followed his own agenda. I would be disappointed in Akka if he didn't hold a huge grudge at this point. I COULD see him cave, given his estimation of Kellhus' importance and his newfound devotion to the Mandate, but I REALLY don't want him to. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 01:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by saintjon, Auditor

Actually, no one has come directly out and said that Rhaegar raped Lyanna. Robert would get all worked up from time to time and say he couldn't forgive him for what he did, but Robert was the guy on the other end of things, and he also could've been referring to the fact that her dying in childbed giving birth to his son could definitely be construed as Rhaegar's fault. I'm not sure if you've Clash of Kings or Storm of Swords yet but there are scenes in those books that further support "The Theory" view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 01:07 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by saintjon, Auditor

Read American Gods and liked it very well. The most interesting god IMO was Czernobog, and all I've been able to find about him was a little half page in this huge mythology book they had at Chapter's, so I wonder where I could read more about him. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 01:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtLike father like son? by saintjon, Auditor

It's too bad for Akka that Cnaiur thinks he's only slightly less valuable than horse crap. view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by saintjon, Auditor

I would prefer to think that free will exists, but if someone were to prove to me that it really didn't, it wouldn't change how I live my life. This is all I've got, I wouldn't throw it to the wind just because I found out how much of a grip biology had on my actions. Whatever an identity is composed of, it's still an identity right? view post


posted 19 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by saintjon, Auditor

I wonder that so many people chalk religion up to a need for explanation. I mean, in my experience I have also had moments of awe. A really amazing sun shower isn't a big deal scientifically, and it hasn't really left me wondering about the meaning of it, but nonetheless something like that can be moving. The natural world, IMO can do more than baffle or confuse to persuade you of the existence of something more. Sometimes the world assails you with poetry instead of questions I guess. view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by saintjon, Auditor

For me it was the other way around, Dark Tower was my foray into Stephen King :). I love these books. Roland embodies (particularly in the Drawing of the Three) such a stark, unapologetic, IMMORTAL! I don't know how King pulls off this conflicted, guilty man who nonetheless cannot hate himself. Roland's almost like Don Quixote meets Clint Eastwood. The other characters all have their appeal as well, and the story just such an interesting mishmash! I can't wait to read the end, really. view post


Fight! Fight! Fight! posted 20 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Author Q & AFight! Fight! Fight! by saintjon, Auditor

I just wanted to say that the battles, small-scale and large, are pretty exciting and hard-hitting (especially in the case of Cnaiur). The first big battle in The Warrior-Prophet struck a very nice balance between personal immersion into the chaos while still giving a sense of the tactics of the larger battle going on. My question is what experiences or inspiration do you draw on? You mentioned a historical book, Iron Saints and Iron Men I believe, that inspired you in the Holy War aspect, how much of the military aspect did it lend to The Warrior-Prophet? view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Author Q & AFight! Fight! Fight! by saintjon, Auditor

I gotta say also that Kellhus' battle with the Sranc in the The Darkness prologue reminded me of Neo at the end of the original Matrix. The way he seemed to just kind of slide into his own supremacy. The comparison between the challenge of the Sranc and that of the Nonman made the Nonman pretty intimidating too. I read a book about the Crusades for a high school history essay, I don't think it was the same one. It too offered a pretty jarring account of the battles involved. The thing that struck me the most about it was the mental picture you're left with, of these grizzled, defiant men of the First Crusade. They must have been the most intimidating enemy. view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 16:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by saintjon, Auditor

Well for me it all became simple when I figured God isn't perfect after all. A perfect being would be self-sufficient and wouldn't need us at all, for anything, and certainly wouldn't care (as God is shown to most certainly care in the Old Testament) whether we gave him the glory or not. Fits of righteous anger do not a perfect being make. I'm not claiming to be able to understand something that goes beyond human comprehension, but honestly, God as presented in the Bible makes a lot more sense if you drop the demand that God be perfect. As for evil, well if you think that God wants us to learn something why should God hand us a world without challenge? There are children with character and there are spoiled brats. Also, since I believe that God isn't perfect, I think God (whatever It is) is learning from us too. Like I think I must seem pretty omnipotent and unfathomable to an ant, but scientists study ants to learn from them don't they? Free will wherein you always choose the good isn't free will at all, whether it's reason whipping you or some deep genetic predisposition. view post


posted 21 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by saintjon, Auditor

I meant that no one had come right out and said that Rhaegar raped Lyanna AS OPPOSED to her falling in love with him and going along with it. view post


posted 21 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by saintjon, Auditor

Well to me, perfection is where something has the kind of perfect balance that can't happen in existence. Like for me, I conjured this out of some ideas on chi and stuff, there's always this interplay of opposites, there's an equilibrium but not a static balance (which would be immutable I guess). I don't think perfection can happen because to me existence is a progression that relies on that interplay of opposites... man I confuse myself trying to explain this sometimes. Anyways, I would say that given God's ascribed behaviour in the Bible God is somewhat mutable, God has moments of temper and immense calm. Also, if you consider how many miracles are attributed to God in the Bible and how many in the modern day, it would seem that God's behaviour about the world has changed a bit. I guess I reached a point where the theme of the Bible was saying that God was perfect but the content was saying something else entirely. I don't know if I'd chalk perfection up to all those omni's either, there are animals with less at their disposal than us to whom we probably could seem fairly omnipotent, but we know well this doesn't make us perfect. I don't claim to understand how great God is in lieu of being perfect, I just don't see the perfection. OH OH OH before I end the post, Aldarion your perfection model of being whole and immutable, an awareness that was truly whole, why would it need us? Or want us even? I hope I'm not coming across as preachy, I'm just trying to share this aspect of my personality I guess. view post


posted 21 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe problem of evil by saintjon, Auditor

Oh certainly it's possible Grantaire, it's just not my understanding. Since to me perfection lacks nothing, therefore has no needs, therefore a need to change would make it imperfect. Typing these things I feel like perfection's parole officer, like if this notion is gonna strut around and be all that I'm not letting it off the hook because of a changing circumstance! Something really perfect would have to leap beyond subjectivity too, another thing that kicks perfection right out of existence for me. I'm kind of biased against the idea I guess :D. I like the idea that nothing can be, that things aren't supposed to be perfect, it lessens the impact that nothing is or can be. It's really convenient to throw the word around too (I do it all the time) when appropriate, or proper or even ideal are a little more accurate. (this is the perfect spot to watch the fireworks from!) view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Literature DiscussionR.A. Salvatore's DemonWars Saga by saintjon, Auditor

I've read them all up to Transcendance and it was really the only one I didn't get too much out of. First trilogy and Mortalis had some great stuff. In the first book when the stones fell Salvatore hit on something pretty profound I think. I remember that part really grabbed me. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by saintjon, Auditor

I love how he treats the genre like a pair of flipflops. One sentence he's writing fantasy the next he ain't. I've heard he's cool in public but I could care less having read some of the garbage he spouts online. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 05:07 in The Darkness That Comes Beforeodd by saintjon, Auditor

Well Scott speaks some mighty fine english don't he? (not to mention his writing) My definition of Canadian would involve the fact that we "colour" our spelling with the letter "u" from time to time :D. BTW, whenever Canada comes up online I always have to set the record straight that I have NEVER heard anyone (jokes and pretend speak aside) in this country say "aboot". Or "doot" for that matter. The dream is over! :P view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Philosophy DiscussionCan we really tell history "as it was"? by saintjon, Auditor

Well on the one hand isn't your perception one shade of "what it was like to be there?" I say no to the topic question. Even if you had all the facts down pat, the people writing the history would never be privy to everything going on with the people in power making the plays. I mean, you could be the spouse of some world leader and now know EVERYTHING about why they act the way they do, or in some cases the REAL reason a decision was made. Just think about how many different interpretations there are of fictional works. Also you have to take into account that history is written by the winners. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 05:07 in Philosophy DiscussionStatistical Sprirtuality by saintjon, Auditor

Reminds me of Tao of Pooh. No sense pondering what would have happened if you'd been 5 minutes earlier, you weren't and the best that could have happened did, because it always does, because it's what happened after all lol. The bit about no meaning beyond what we attach to things reminds me the Tao too. In Tao it's a source of comfort because it's supposed to free you up to appreciate things for what they are, instead of what you think they should mean (good advice for some people who have been unhappy with LoTR I think :D ). I'm not sure if that really contributes anything, I just saw a simlarity so I thought I'd point it out. Well, I thought maybe some of the reasons Tao brings comfort might be a bit of an answer to Scott's wondering how looking at the world like that can be a consolation (although now that I think of it you guys could be using that word in a different way than I understand it, seems to happen a lot around university types :?) view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Literature DiscussionR.A. Salvatore's DemonWars Saga by saintjon, Auditor

Man he's got such a cool attitude about the whole thing you know? I PM'ed him some when he started hanging out at sffworld a while back and I was mega-impressed with the way he responded to me: pretty much like any guy you'd send a pm to. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in The Darkness That Comes Beforeodd by saintjon, Auditor

Too true! I hate how MS word always tells me I'm spelling wrong. view post


posted 04 Aug 2004, 23:08 in The Darkness That Comes Beforeodd by saintjon, Auditor

Seriously? Where were they from? It's a big country but I've been all over Ontario and never heard it once outside of jokes. view post


posted 08 Aug 2004, 05:08 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by saintjon, Auditor

I loved the Covenant books, although I certainly didn't love Covenant. The end of the second book (the very end) was when I had to re-evaluate my opinion of him, because that more than anything was the point where Donaldson really took the gloves off and pounded you with how much believing in/loving the Land could cost him, and I started to feel crummy that I'd just written him off for his Unbelief. My take: first book so-so, challenging read, lots of slow moments second book: WHAM! third book: I can't take it anymore but I love it so much... 2nd trilogy: wow Donaldson must not like any of these people he writes about very much lol view post


posted 08 Aug 2004, 05:08 in The Warrior ProphetKellhus, Achamiam, and Emotion by saintjon, Auditor

Proyas seemed plenty moral too, but his morals are based on the strict religious side of things. Yeah maybe Kellhus' progression through the story will be partly learning to reconcile his humanity with his beliefs, or maybe the failure to do so will unleash the no-god in some way (that vision he had was way creepy). view post


posted 08 Aug 2004, 05:08 in The Darkness That Comes Beforeodd by saintjon, Auditor

I love maritimers! lol If there's anyone in Canada who could go around perpetuating a crummy stereotype like "aboot" and I wouldn't mind it's them :D view post


posted 11 Aug 2004, 13:08 in Author Q & AJust a totally stupid question, but I have to ask! by saintjon, Auditor

I liked the Spanish Inquisition myself, especially when they showed up a split second too late to deliver their catch phrase at the end. :D view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 02:08 in Author Q & AJust a totally stupid question, but I have to ask! by saintjon, Auditor

The upper class twit competition was pretty good too, by the way those philosopher lyrics are hilarious! I always had a thing for the Dennis Moore sketch too lol. view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 02:08 in Author Q & AWhat do you listen to? by saintjon, Auditor

Don't forget A Simple Plan for Sounding Like Whiny 8 Year Olds with Scraped Knees. Or Avril, the most hardcore of them all :roll: view post


posted 18 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Interviews and ReviewsWell Scott, you wanted some discussion of your Interviews ;) by saintjon, Auditor

Just from quotes from Stover I"ve seen around and the "interview" at the end of Heroes Die I'd say he definitely does have an attitude, but whatever. I've only read his Acts of Caine books published thus far and they are definitely excellent reads. edit: I'd say it's more obvious that HE has never read Scott :P view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 02:08 in RPG DiscussionFormat? by saintjon, Auditor

The trouble is, if you want graphic representations unless you wait until more books are out to start your concepts you may be in trouble, as Scott seems to prefer the idea of revealing visual detail only as the story progresses. There are 2 novels out already and the Sranc are still fairly open to interpretation, if you catch my drift. You would almost have to get a concession from scott to describe what nonmen, bashrag and some other story elements actually look like. I like the idea of graphics but unless we're going to wait a long long time we'd have to get more detail from Scott. view post


Horses! posted 19 Aug 2004, 02:08 in RPG DiscussionHorses! by saintjon, Auditor

If I have one gripe with rpgs at large it's the nonexistence/ ignorance/ impotence of horses. If we're collaborating on a game to really show the 3 seas life I think if it's at all possible we should try to get mounts in there. It seems extra important given the appropriate role Scott has given them in the Prince of Nothing. Scylvendi, Fanim and Shrial Knight peeps in the game would lose a major defining characteristic if there are no mounts. Obviously it's not an easy thing to work out, mechanics and graphics wise or it wouldn't be such an absence, but if we could work out a way to make horse culture/combat part of this game that will be a huge success. view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 02:08 in RPG DiscussionCharacter Classes by saintjon, Auditor

Could I suggest that there be a limit on class available based on your nationality? it would probably only come into play when you get into the more specialized uper-tier classes. For instance a Fanim Shrial Knight seems unlikely at best. If the Scylvendi are to be playable they'd probably be the most limited in this sense, being so perpetually geared for war. Since a merchant class was suggested could we have the door open for tradesmen? No one wants to make horseshoes all the time but if you were highly qualified and could make weapons, siege equipment and stuff that would be wild. view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 02:08 in Writing TipsWhat area of writing are you good at? by saintjon, Auditor

I'm really good at loading emotion into something. I'm bad at the actual act of sitting and writing lol. view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 02:08 in Writing TipsGreat News - and please post what work you are all doing. by saintjon, Auditor

I have ideas and like 2 pages typed of a story called The Eyes of Eternity. I thought of this one day when I was at the mall and I looked at this infant girl's face and she had these amazing, wide-open eyes that looked like a lot more than you would expect to find in the face of a child. Like in the absence of any kind of deeper thought or distraction in them I was seeing something More. I immediately wanted to make this kind of humbling dimishment part of my story, a central theme. Eternity stares at you with the sky-blue eyes of a child. Basically I want to tell a story where the protagonists champion progress, rather defend the old, which is lost anyways. My world has magical races and such, but good luck finding them. The majoy societies of them were wiped out long ago, kind of like the conquistadors and Central America, or South America or whatever (some of my history is kind of vague, shoot me! I'm making stuff up an yways lol). I haven't drawn any maps but the core setting thus far is the aftermath of a war wherein a progressive nation, ravaged by plague is afterward divided between 2 empires. Oh yeah and I want low- tech guns. Extremely rare but present, and they make a fun running battle a la Last of the Mohicans. The problem is I only really have 1 character fleshed out recognizably thus far, and he won't make it through the wh ole story. AAAAARGH! view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 13:08 in RPG DiscussionFormat? by saintjon, Auditor

good points all for sure. view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 13:08 in RPG DiscussionHorses! by saintjon, Auditor

I heard back in the day they wanted to have mounts for World of Warcraft but that about all I've heard. In FFXI you have chocobos but they're jsut for fast combat-free transport (cop-out IMO) view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 13:08 in RPG DiscussionCharacter Classes by saintjon, Auditor

lol I've never actually read any of their rules but 3rd ed barbarians might be worth checking out as well, definite point about the ranger though, although you'd have to scrap the nature magic at higher levels I guess. I'm curious as to whether had anything like a shaman or anything. Nothing of the sort comes to mind however. Yeah I didn't mean like totally shoehorn whole nations just kind of put up some broad hedges. LOL I suppose it will probably make the game more immersive to make NPC's racist towards characters of certain nations :D. view post


posted 20 Aug 2004, 15:08 in RPG DiscussionHorses! by saintjon, Auditor

You can also apply the extra momentum of moving with over 1000 extra pounds beneath you to a damage bonus IMO, so long as you're moving. Being able to attack downwards is usually a further advantage, although one that would be nulled against other mounted combatants I should think. view post


posted 20 Aug 2004, 23:08 in RPG DiscussionHorses! by saintjon, Auditor

which makes a decent motivator for a bunch of players to make Nansur legionairre type characters and gang up with polearms :D. view post


posted 23 Aug 2004, 01:08 in The Darkness That Comes Beforejust read the book.... by saintjon, Auditor

I read the book on the basis of some really outstanding praise so I had an expectation that it would be good, but I can definitely relate to how much you liked it! view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 03:08 in Author Q & ADo You Play Any MMRPG's? by saintjon, Auditor

There was a game that came out about the same time as Axis and Allies called Samurai Swords that was very good as well. That A Game of Thrones Board Game is very good also, and no dice involved whatsoever. Forcing you to feed your armies instead of just recruiting is a cool move I find. view post


posted 20 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Philosophy DiscussionBattleground God by saintjon, Auditor

"Are these the nazis, Walter?" "These men are nihilists Donnie, you have nothing to fear from them." that's my favourite line from that part, really walter cracks me up through the whole show. Another good line from him about the german porn stars: "Say what you want about the tenets of national fascism, at least it's an ETHOS!" Jesus is my favourite though. view post


posted 03 Nov 2004, 05:11 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSerious TTT thoughts, predictions, ideas... by saintjon, Auditor

I think Cnaiur killed said kid didn't he? There was some comment about no limit to the babies he'd strangle, and he had a knew swazond over his throat. view post


posted 04 Nov 2004, 01:11 in The Warrior Prophet"burning" TWP (amazon review) by saintjon, Auditor

I guess the appropriate proverb here would be "if you can't take the power-hungry rapists get out of the unsanitized fantasy books". Just kidding, although that is kind of funny. Like I can see what she means about the outlook of the stories being pretty bleak but that seems like a pretty reasonable con for a story about an impending apocalypse to have. I don't how in the blue f*&k she could read anything about Akka and not get a dose of humanity and kindness though. Some people. view post


posted 04 Nov 2004, 01:11 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSerious TTT thoughts, predictions, ideas... by saintjon, Auditor

YOu guys think cnaiur would give himself any swazond without someone else's life to show for it? As far as a failed suicide attempt, wouldn't that be ironic given how good he is at killing other people. For my part, I'll believe Moenghus the younger is still alive when I see him that way in the next book ;) view post


posted 04 Nov 2004, 23:11 in Author Q & AMr. Bakker... by saintjon, Auditor

PM's are pretty much the same aren't they? view post


posted 04 Nov 2004, 23:11 in Author Q & ACouple of quick questions by saintjon, Auditor

Kind of ironic that sorcerors can't create/produce anything with their power given that they're chained to semantics lol. view post


posted 04 Nov 2004, 23:11 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWhat is the Thousand-Fold Thought? by saintjon, Auditor

Blast this stupid thing! that was me. Sorry to go off the topic of the thread but all that about the consult jumped at me suddenly and I had to type it. view post


posted 04 Nov 2004, 23:11 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by saintjon, Auditor

So what'd you guys think of book 7? I thought it was a blast, it seems like he saved a lot of good stuff so the final book would be one to remember. view post


posted 05 Nov 2004, 22:11 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by saintjon, Auditor

I think the fact that he wrote 3 at once for a change had a definite impact. All the years between the other ones I think lent them a more self-contained feel. I was happy with the second half of the series as a whole but I can see where you're coming from. view post


posted 06 Nov 2004, 03:11 in Philosophy DiscussionAMERICAN POLITICS... by saintjon, Auditor

My position, as a Canadian, is conflicted. On the one hand, had Kerry won I'm pretty sure it would've meant a new ambassador to Canada. A definite plus (Paul Celucci or whatever his name is can go play on the freeway for all I care). However, given the way our respective economies have been looking lately, maybe after another 4 years of Bushonomics in America our dollar could be worth more than yours for a change. A tale I would tell my grandchildren. One big thing though is that I don't feel too safe getting all snide at the states for re-electing bush when north of the border we're now stuck with Paul Freaking Martin. Canada has like a leadership vacuum. Our political system is tailor-made to keep strong leaders out of leadership positions, it's garbage. I sometimes think that if we had a mind like Bismarck's at the helm for awhile we'd be a major world power inside of a generation. view post


posted 10 Nov 2004, 02:11 in Author Q & AA few questions by saintjon, Auditor

wouldn't the leg growing out of the cow's forehead be it's fifth? since this is kind of a nitpicketty thread and all :D view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 07:12 in Author Q & AScott, tell me this won't be your excuse for delaying TTT ;) by saintjon, Auditor

Scott, you get it published, I'll buy it. Any author who remembers things by release dates of Soundgarden (long live Kim Thayil) has me sold. view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 08:12 in Author Q & AThis time I got a question... by saintjon, Auditor

Well, I'm not sure if this can help in any way whatsoever, but I've always felt Nicole Kidman had a good line in that one movie where she said, "You're no one in this country unless you're on t.v." or something like that. Worked for Stephen King back in the day. It's really too bad you even have to worry about it. Kind of saddens me about this country in general that a great canadian author would have to worry about the consequences of not crossing borders. view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 08:12 in Philosophy Discussionwho should determine what is "right"? by saintjon, Auditor

Yeah if the masses don't like what the power tries to tell them you just get an overthrow. The trouble is when you get into different kinds of power. Some people's power derives specifically from their ability to influence the masses, like celebrities. but again, they can only go so far in a certain amount of time before the masses decide they don't like what they're hearing. view post


curious about something... posted 05 Dec 2004, 08:12 in Author Q & Acurious about something... by saintjon, Auditor

this may be one of the more lame questions you're ever going to get around here but I find myself very curious as to whether or not you've seen Evangelion and if you have what you thought of the ending. Basically for me both versions of the ending were a pretty messed up (but cool) onslaught of conceptual stuff which I'm pretty sure I'm only vaguely understanding. The reason I ask here in particular is the conflict at the very end of unification vs. identity seems like the kind of thing the mind that would give us kellhus would be right into. view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 17:12 in Author Q & Acurious about something... by saintjon, Auditor

Yeah it's a series of just over 20 episodes I think with a full length dvd that tells how the story ends. Only the Japanese could make such a professional show about giant mutant robot battles/ this lonely kid who (I think) resents everyone around him for making him care about them so much. And there's a really funny penguin who makes the occassional cameo. Definitely it was a show with some psychological underpinnings (although I'm pretty sure the penguin had nothing to do with that!) To say the stuff that happened at the very end was bizarre is like saying the ocean is wet. :D There was definitely some big ideas in there though! I ask most people who've seen it just what they thought was going on, thought you might have something interesting to say about it. view post


posted 05 Dec 2004, 17:12 in Author Q & AScott, tell me this won't be your excuse for delaying TTT ;) by saintjon, Auditor

As screamed by the half-mad, half-insane maniac Cnaiur no doubt. :D view post


posted 13 Dec 2004, 06:12 in Author Q & Acurious about something... by saintjon, Auditor

Well, it wasn't my favourite but I liked it pretty well. Any of you guys see Ghetter Robo? LOL it's so completely mental your brain makes the rest of you sleep on the couch for a month after. Case in point: one of the very first scenes features some security guards talking about a convict who's getting released to pilot a "ghetter", the following conversation ensues: "Isn't that guy a convicted murderer?" "Yeah but the guy he killed came back so now they want him to finish the job." this is really one of the show's more logical moments. view post


posted 13 Dec 2004, 06:12 in Philosophy DiscussionScience disenchanting the world. by saintjon, Auditor

I remember hearing once upon a time that during the cold war there were comparisons between the us and ussr as to how many times either country could nuke the planet with the amount of weapons they had. I think part of this was at one point they were figuring several hundred times over. Bio-weapons still have more potential as world killers in the long run if you ask me though. view post


posted 13 Dec 2004, 16:12 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by saintjon, Auditor

hmm most humourless race in fantasy... for competition I will put forth the Aiel, Tolkien's High Elves (the Grey Haven and Lothlorien ones as opposed to the Mirkwood ones), and those Unsullied Ones from Martin, well they're more an occupation than a race so disregard them if you want. Haruchai are about as funny as driftwood but that's some stiff competition right there! view post


posted 14 Dec 2004, 04:12 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by saintjon, Auditor

For me God is a process as much as anything. I've kind of bastardized ideas of chi and stuff and worked out that since everything's pretty cyclical in nature, in the revolution of planets, rise and fall of nations, life and death of organisms that there is something very divine about the continued revolutions of it all. If I had to symbolize this somehow I'd show a spinning yin-yang which according to the left hand rule sends movement out the one side, all the force involved in applying that to a universe and maitaining the equilibrium of it all is God for me. I can elaborate (although I forget this at about the same rate I puzzle it out) but that's the basic gyst of my faith. view post


posted 14 Dec 2004, 05:12 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by saintjon, Auditor

Well said! Unfortunately for Mr. Goodkind although you agree with his sentence the body of your post seems to be the opposite of the kind action he encourages. Isn't he all about deciding what's right and acting on it? view post


posted 17 Dec 2004, 05:12 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by saintjon, Auditor

well that was the impression I got from the few interviews and comments and things of his I've read. Have yet to check out his books. view post


posted 07 Jan 2005, 22:01 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by saintjon, Auditor

well, it really kind of tosses a bunch of genres into the blender, but the whole thing is so bizarre you can't really call it anything but fantasy. And it's awesome. view post


posted 07 Jan 2005, 22:01 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by saintjon, Auditor

Spoiler for The Wizard ******************************************8 when it hit home that Able was friggin dead. Didn't take long, but i ought to have figured it out at the end of the Knight really. ******************************************************** I hear you on all points so far, I dunno if anyone's read Kate Elliot's Crown of Stars the part with the giant fire angels was pretty friggin extreme, not to mention the utterly amazing coolness of Alain's journey through a lost world in book 5 (I think it was book 5). hmmmm what else.... that assassin war in Gardens of the Moon. Sweet. Vulgar display of power by Raiste was pretty kickass too. Specific moments from Prince of Nothing for me would be that first battle against the Fanim in the Warrior-Prophet, and the part where those Scarlet Spires threw down against Akka. view post


posted 07 Jan 2005, 23:01 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by saintjon, Auditor

I didnt' quite expect the list to look like this. The whole university thing isn't really my style... I'd say the Book of Five Rings is worth anyone's time to read though. view post


posted 23 Jan 2005, 01:01 in Literature DiscussionBest Kick-in-the-Nuts' EVER!!! by saintjon, Auditor

LOL never thought of it that way. view post


posted 12 Feb 2005, 04:02 in Author Q & ACharacter heights in Earwa by saintjon, Auditor

... does anyone know where I can get some platform shoes to wear to a possible book-signing in the future? :shock: btw, Kellhus is TALLER THAN CLINT EASTWOOD! holy crap man, that's something when you can look down at Josey Wales... and erm, I guess you are too... view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 03:07 in Author Q & AFavourite Sorcerous School? by saintjon, Auditor

I bet the Gnosis would steamroll those Cishaurim pretty handily so I took the Mandate. Pure and simple powerhouse dominance and a lifelong mission to give you purpose, friggin A man. view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 03:07 in Author Q & AThe importance of being Kellhus by saintjon, Auditor

Ah you tease!!! LOL Seriously I'm going to read that book in a week when it comes out. Anyways, I find Kellhus interesting as hell to read but, I dunno I used to say I don't like him (actually I'm kind of frightened by him). The story thus far sees to be bearing out my initial feeling that the his conditioning won't last in the real world as well as he might have expected. Well even in the prologue really you get a foretaste when he encounters magic for the first time. I think the big thing about Kellhus being an intelligent character is that he's actually very convincingly intelligent. Like so many authors will tell you how smart a character is and then they go and do a bunch of stupid things. Well for instance I just started Wizard's First Rule and what's ol' TG have to do but proclaim almost in caps even about how INTELLIGENT Richard finds Kahlan, then they proceed through several chapters of stupid decisions and I'm rolling my eyes. Kellhus consistently outthinks the world in general and his braininess becomes indisputable. I love the constant sparring (well I shouldn't say that because they're playing for keeps) between Cnaiur and Kellhus. I'd say Cnaiur is probably the second cagiest character IMO, actually I think his life would be easier if he weren't so smart. Akka I see as being more wise (but really he does have his folllies too) I find that interesting that you feel kellhus is beyond even you now Scott, like in terms of saying what he's all about. I dunno it seemed like he was starting to slip a bit throughout TWP, I'm hoping the next one will show him in some serious turmoil. view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 03:07 in Author Q & APsukhe vs The Gnosis by saintjon, Auditor

How did the Psukhe fit into the forms of thought as sorcery model again? It's more about a different level of perception than a different level of thought, isn't it? view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 04:07 in Author Q & AThis time I got a question... by saintjon, Auditor

[quote="Cu'jara Cinmoi":13rmeln0]Hmmm, what would I say to Oprah... The evil queen of sentimentalism incarnate. :twisted:[/quote:13rmeln0] Evil queen of sentimentalism incarnate meets the creator of the Great Anti-Sentiment.... Goddamn I would actually watch that episode of Oprah. The best would be one of those dinner parties, you could sit there sipping your drink and hit her with your pet fear of non-existant free will, I don't think I took that one very well overall but I know I did better than she would. view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 04:07 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeYour favourite character? by saintjon, Auditor

Seriously there aren't any characters in this story I DON'T enjoy reading about so all I'm left to go by is who I like the best, and that's definitely Akka. The parts that are most FUN however, are when Cnaiur really goes ape-shit on somebody. Like when he cuts loose with the "Who will take the knife to my heart?! WHERE ARE ALL YOUR STRONG MEN? KILL ME AND IT ENDS!" talk lol. Lord almighty, it's been a long time since anyone's wrote such a wonderfully maniacal violent psycho. view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 04:07 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeYour less favourite characters by saintjon, Auditor

Yeah Istriya's pretty aweful for sure. view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 04:07 in The Warrior ProphetBrood and whine by saintjon, Auditor

Um, you don't have to read very far into TWP to get one of the best battle scenes ever... Are we even talking about the same book here? view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 04:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSerious TTT thoughts, predictions, ideas... by saintjon, Auditor

yup, got a chance to do a re-read finally and I agree 100%. You guys see Kellhus gaining more and more power, I dunno as much as he makes temporal gains he seemed to be almost scrambling internally in some parts of TWP and then when he wept at the end, that whole Serwe experience totally kicked him out of his conitioning. I think the next book will have more of him learning the demands that world-born never learn to side-step. view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 04:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWill Esmi Cause Mandati/Warrior-Prophet Drama? by saintjon, Auditor

She's with Kellhus all the way from here on out, I can't see thigns going any other way. Either that or she'll learn enough to be Awakened or whatever like Cnaiur, and seeing the mask and costume she left Akka for will be destitute and inconsolable... again. view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Author Q & AThis time I got a question... by saintjon, Auditor

I think I'd like to see Cnaiur vs. Dr. Phil more than Oprah vs. Kellhus though LOL! view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Author Q & APsukhe vs The Gnosis by saintjon, Auditor

Okay I saw a different thread where you said that it turns on the intent of the user, and I remember one from way back where you said all the other schools are pretty much built on western philosophy, but there's something different about the way eastern philosophy looks at things and that is the big difference with the Psukhe or something along those lines. Gah I'm sure I've got it all garbled, if you don't want to say anything for fear of spoilers that's cool I'm just worried that I'm gettin it all wrong here or something. view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Author Q & AThe importance of being Kellhus by saintjon, Auditor

Whoah what's a podcast? Will we be able to catch it online? view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Author Q & AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by saintjon, Auditor

And that's how Mith got into the author acknowledgements again! LOL view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Author Q & ALocal Writing Groups by saintjon, Auditor

When would you say this disconnection happened, Scott? For me it was when the sculptors of the 1800s took all the hard-won freedoms Rodin took crap over all his career and made a bunch of publicly displayed wreckage after which THEY proceeded to dump on Rodin too. (I'm a little biased though, the guy's my all-time fave) view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Author Q & Aso what is Scott Bakker reading? by saintjon, Auditor

Hey Scott, listening to you talk about that Cheever thing reminded me of Stuart McLean's stuff. He's pretty sentimental (which I don't think is really your thing correct me if I'm wrong) but there's something very real and good about the people in his stories, and I find real and good can be hard to find sometimes. Whatever, was just wondering if you've heard any of his stories on the radio or read any of his books. view post


posted 01 Jul 2005, 17:07 in Author Q & ABakker vs. Kellhus in Cranium by saintjon, Auditor

weirdly enough the emperor still has his good ideas from time to time though. I can definitely see where conphas would be fun to write. I hate the bastard but he's definitely a great character. How does the rest of the challenge scale work out? Like Kellhus first then who? I imagine Esmenet could be a handful sometimes. view post


posted 07 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Author Q & Aso what is Scott Bakker reading? by saintjon, Auditor

100% agreed on that one! view post


posted 07 Jul 2005, 16:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWhat is the Thousand-Fold Thought? by saintjon, Auditor

I think there is a fundamental difference between Dunyain and No-God though. The definitive, empowering thing about the Dunyain is that they know EXACTLY what other people see. view post


posted 08 Jul 2005, 02:07 in Author Q & AExcellent pointers to promote TTT by saintjon, Auditor

I like it too, especially your opening. It does have some spoilers but that gets hard to avoid at this point I suppose. view post


posted 12 Jul 2005, 04:07 in Tour and Signing InformationR Scott Bakker in the UK by saintjon, Auditor

That's still good news though really. I wish I would've gone Prince of Nothing bonkers in time for the Warrior-Prophet signings and stuff, I was actually living in southern ontario then. view post


posted 18 Jul 2005, 01:07 in Author Q & APrince of Nothing on TV/Big Screen by saintjon, Auditor

shinichiro watanabe could pull it off if anyone could, don't know if that's his kind of thing or not though. Regardless, there's no other big name anime director I know of right now who's that able or willing to depart from the traditional manga look, which really wouldn't work for this (facial expressions/anatomy being so central to the story, plus anime's always TOO CLEAN LOOKING!) These are weird times when an animted feature would cost less. To be honest, I'm not certain an animated feature that was done to the quality PoN deserves WOULD cost less. Animation is about as expensive as you want it to be really. Anyways, I'm not sure even if you could find someone who would be true to the material how well you could convey kellhus without hearing all that inner dialogue. I mean, you can only have so many inner thought voice-overs in a movie right? And where are they going to find a 6'3" adonis who can pass off genius intellect in Hollywood? I guess they're out there but are any of them acting? I haven't seen anyone like that. view post


posted 19 Jul 2005, 14:07 in RPG DiscussionHorses! by saintjon, Auditor

D+D focus is only on dungeons if you actually listen to the books LOL. view post


posted 19 Jul 2005, 14:07 in RPG DiscussionMy Two Cents by saintjon, Auditor

good points, all. I think the best thing would be to minimize the dice as much as possible, like the less dice that have to be kept handy to play the better. Also, Exalted has one of the most wonderful things ever, known as a stunt bonus. Encourages you to be more descriptive and attempt cool actions because the game master can adjudicate a bonus on your roll to do it, instead of getting a penalty because it's bizarre. view post


posted 19 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNoble Savagery by saintjon, Auditor

I would vote for Cnaiur but he's not really all that noble is he? view post


posted 19 Jul 2005, 16:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionPrince of Nothing Film by saintjon, Auditor

Ridley Scott!!! view post


posted 23 Jul 2005, 22:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionStarring "Insert Actor Here" as Kelhuss! by saintjon, Auditor

If Dolph Lundgren were to suddenly be an amazing actor he's big enough to play the part at least. view post


Easy = wrong? posted 23 Jul 2005, 23:07 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by saintjon, Auditor

Now I'm all for work ethics but there's so many things in life that are damn easy and are totally worth doing. I don't know where it came by that difficulty = merit but although in many cases it's true I don't think that "Nothing that was ever worth doing was easy." or whatever is the infallible axiom people make it out to be. Examples of easy things worth doing: Take a shower!!! Buy a crapload of socks. Jump off a bridge into a river somewhere (not in a suicidal way though). If you have a pet, well... pet it. Totally worth doing. I guess my BIG thing that's worth doing and is easy is just relax. view post


posted 25 Jul 2005, 21:07 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by saintjon, Auditor

[quote="Echoex":28p3tpty] Always hire someone who is smarter and lazier than you. He/she will usually find the simplest way to solve a problem. Ex.[/quote:28p3tpty] If I'm ever a manager of any sort that's gonna be the first tenet of my creed. view post


posted 25 Jul 2005, 21:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWill Esmi Cause Mandati/Warrior-Prophet Drama? by saintjon, Auditor

Well, what's the shortest distance for him? Feelings or no, he'll probably still live by the Logos cuz it's all he really knows how to do. I think if anything he'll be more protective and possibly more possessive of Esmenet. I dunno if that blurb says for 100% certain that he'll actually give up the Gnosis though. It just says he's compelled to, which although is a strong indicator doesn't necessarily mean he'll do it. I mean, take Caine from Heroes Die for instance. Circumstance compells that dude to do all kinds of stuff but he always does his thing anyways. view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 03:07 in Author Q & AeXXXtremely Important questions which require answers. by saintjon, Auditor

Cooch is a hell of a lot better than axe-wound... *vomits* view post


posted 29 Jul 2005, 03:07 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by saintjon, Auditor

Well, if you look at it fiction-wise, who wouldn't want Tehol Beddict taking care of things for them? view post


posted 04 Aug 2005, 23:08 in Author Q & ACnaiur's prowess by saintjon, Auditor

I'm sure there are members of other races who could take him, and I would guess that there are non-dunyain humans who could as well, I've been wanting to ask for awhile though who would win between Cnaiur and Yalgrotta? I'm not sure whether I'd rather this were a spoiler question or not! view post


posted 08 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Author Q & ACnaiur's prowess by saintjon, Auditor

I don't think there are many who could defeat Cnaiur, I think he'd definitely out-perform your average Zeumi sword-dancer, just compare how that Zeumi did against to how Cnaiur did. Sure they both got owned but Cnaiur is: a) the only world-born man who's been able to surprise kellhus in a fight b) also the only one to have struck him (IIRC he landed a punch or something, it's been a long time and I'd check this but I don't have my book) Also, Cnaiur doesn't seem to put much stock in a cool,rational style when he fights, he seems to get BETTER the more crazy he is. Well, when you think about the scylvendi practice their sword style from childhood. Kellhus is unimpressed by it's simplicity until he sees that it works very well coupled with power. I think when Cnaiur really loses it, well it's not like he'd be fighting with his mind much anyways, and the more worked up he is he probably gets a good adrenaline boost and a higher pain tolerance to boot. view post


posted 08 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Philosophy DiscussionEasy = wrong? by saintjon, Auditor

I'd recommend it, with a proviso that you're big on VAST stories. I've found the books to be consistently good and really great in some parts. Some people seem to not get into it because of the way the first book tosses you into the river without a paddle and others love it like no other, especially the ones who freak about the ending of the second book (which wasn't my favourite part of the series) Tehol is in Midnight Tides, the antics of him and his manservant Bugg are some of the funniest stuff I've ever read. In a nutshell Tehol is a financial genius of untold proportions, who sleeps on his roof to avoid company, wears a bedsheet as a skirt because he doesn't feel like buying clothes all while bemoaning Bugg's cooking, which has a tendency to be based on entirely inedible ingredients. view post


posted 08 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat philosopher suits you most? by saintjon, Auditor

Another vote for Lao-tzu, but as much as I love kicking back I'm not nearly as good at it as Lao-tzu is supposed to have been (if you believe that there actually was one man named Lao-tzu) view post


posted 08 Aug 2005, 00:08 in Literature DiscussionColdfire Trilogy by saintjon, Auditor

I liked them all, but the third book was the best IMO. A very emotional story IMO, and a great concept for a villain. view post


posted 08 Aug 2005, 22:08 in Author Q & ACnaiur's prowess by saintjon, Auditor

Even so, Mith, Cnaiur gets beaten like a child but that unit of Fanim got slaughtered like pigs... view post


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