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posted 06 Jul 2004, 12:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Been going through a selection of my old albums recently including Sisters of mercy, Fields of the Nephilim, Bauhaus etc. Forgot how good they were (and yes I did buy them first time round. lol) view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 12:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ive also got singularity sky in my to read pile :) Have read Etched City and looking forward to I think its going to be called Black Dog which will hopefully be out next year. Really want Iron Council now but suppose will have to wait :( Other than that about to read The God Squad, not a fantasy novel rather one based on a true tale about a guy who's mother dies, father commits suicide and he's left to be raised by Nun's. Ive been told that its very harrowing. view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 12:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Just turned 29 about 10 days ago. Really not looking forward to the 30th as it will make me feel old :( Mind you its not how old you are its how old what you feel isnt it? :) That and the fact that Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional :D view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 12:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get here? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Followed the Malazan board link, Holy Name Dropping although have to be honest and say that I did visit here when it was initially being set up after reading the novel months ago. view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 12:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionI have an illness by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

You read a couple of books in a few days and claim that you need to get out more? I really wouldn't worry about it, now when you hit reading 15+ books a month and go out with the mrs, meet your freinds then you have something to worry about....... hang on a mo, eeeerrr, perhaps you dont need to worry about anything, its perfectly normal. lol :P view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 12:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I enjoyed the films and found out recently that Daniel Day Lewis was initially intended for he role of Aragorn. Mind you dont know if he'd have pulled it off, what with his age. lol Still have to say Viggo did a damn fine job. Did however get annoyed by Sam, just didnt seem right for the part. Ian Mac did a great job with Gandalf and the scenes with Chris Lee I thought were perhaps some of the best in the films. Other than that I thought that the cast were very well done and would also like to give special mention to the guy who played the dwarf (Rhys Davies as I thought that he was a cracking character with the humour in the dark moments) and Andy Serkis for his wonderful portrayal of Gollum. :) view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 12:07 in Literature DiscussionStephen Erikson's Books by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I think that Consult hit the nail on the head, the fact that you can reread the novels and notice something new each time, I also like the way in which the world is in chaos with each character trying to do the best for their nation as well as the way in which each army operates differently. Really looking forward to the next novel. view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Works quite well although have to say that the subject box can be a little hard to differentiate from. Still that said it does look good and is definetly an identifyable mb. Good work! view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 13:07 in The Warrior ProphetRelease Dates by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Looks like the UK release date has been delayed until March, at least thats what Ive heard :( view post


posted 06 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Nothing view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The space line when you get the option to write a subject into it. Same if your not logged in with the name however the space where you get to write the message is fine. Just thought that it was a little hard to see. Still does look good the whole thing :) view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Bonnie (Sheepdog names) view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im the mean average I think its called. Strange that ! lol view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im looking forward to quite a lot of deleted scenes, strange that the Gandalf battle against the Witch King was deleted from the film but stayed in the game and the advert. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 02:07 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im quite interested in it. I really want to improve my writing technique, one of the main things that I have a problem with is writing Speech for characters. Writing a sword fight I find easy to do, which most people would find hard but making it believable is something I can visualise, just the characters speech just doesnt sound right when read back. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 12:07 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Seems good, perhaps it'd be a great time to get ready to roll on the idea. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 22:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

yep, its ie that I use. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 22:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Aldarion, I think perhaps you forgot Jonny Cash. :lol: Seriously though also been listening to some other stuff recently, as Ive been reading a few fantasy novels Ive had stuff by Clannad, Caroline Lavelle playing and have to say it enhanced the reading. Also quite like Sonne by Ramstein. view post


posted 07 Jul 2004, 23:07 in Writing TipsWorld-building by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Map wise I tend to draw them on the computer using photoshop, then I sketch in the basics such as mountains and rivers, lakes etc. From that you can generally figure out where to place settlements and forrests and carry on the planning. Other than that I then start to build the world by asking simple questions : 1) Climate 2) Are the religious or have they done away with it? 3) What sort of ruling system do they have are they like Rome and have a senate or do they have Royalty 4) How advanced are they? What sort of technology is available 5) Is there a feudal system with people curently warring on another or do they all live in relative peace? After that you can develop the individual peoples and then look to the principle character. Hope this helps Gareth view post


posted 08 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ok will keep an eye on it and think about the writing, :D view post


posted 08 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Writing TipsWorld-building by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

You hit the nail on the head there Sovin, yes it is time consuming but think about how easy it is to edit and your not left with masses of rubber marks, I have used the letter V in the Vivaldi font (which can be found on a vast amount of free font sites) and then inverted to make mountains, works quite well, gives a sort of tolkien style to it. Cant remember if it was a capital or lower case but if you do it you'll see what I mean. view post


posted 10 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

To be honest Ive read the first two and saving the next two (book 3 being released in two parts) for when a confirmed date is out. Still I suppose thats the way it goes. Will probably reread but feel that Ive taken all the info available already in and if Im honest if theres nothing new to gain whats the point of reading them again? view post


posted 10 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Series for me are 1) David Gemmell novels (can count them all in really as there is a way to interlink the whole lot as according to DG theyre all set in the same world at different times.) 2) Steven Erikson : Malazan series 3) R Scott Bakker (not sure if I can count this as Ive only read one novel at the moment, have to wait until March for the second one :( ) 4) Sarah Ash : The Tears of Artemon series 5) Stephen Kings Dark Tower series 6) Robin Hobbs Fool series Thats about it for the mo, dont tend to read many series :) view post


posted 10 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I got sent the three lord of the rings film soundtrack for my birthday a couple of weeks back, have to say that Ive really enjoyed them, my fav has to be the music for Return of the King, with Billy Boyd and also Viggo with his elven acceptance speech. view post


posted 10 Jul 2004, 00:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionI have an illness by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Theres no such thing as a life out of books. lol To be honest the thing that I like about this particular line of books is the fact that theyre a good way to escape modern life and giving you a sense of justice. view post


Week One : Drosdelnoch posted 16 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One : Drosdelnoch by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The skies were overcast, much more different to the way that they had appeared last time he had been here. Then the weather had unleashed itself with a torrential rain that seemed to drown out the emotions of the mourners at his wife’s funeral, as if the immortals that watched over them all had wept at her passing. Passing through the gates of the graveyard he walked calmly past the willow drinking from the pond that flowed nearby, slowing to a stop by a simple carving of an Iris, which marked where she lay for eternity. The carving had taken sometime but the sicker that she had become the more time he spent pouring his energies into that one loving thing that he could do for her, it had initially intended to be a new bedhead for her but as the days dragged into months it became clearer that she would need no such thing and he resigned himself to present her with as much of his love as he could to look after her in the hereafter. Looking down he saw that a number of weeds had begun to grow and he lowered his large frame to the ground in order to be able to remove them. As he pulled each one up, he remembered happier times, such as when they had first met and the fun that they had when it emerged that her name had been Iris, he’d always called her his flower-girl after that and the name had stuck throughout the years and such happy years they had been, the fact that they’d never had children never bothered him, he had been content just having her by his side as they meandered away the years growing contented in each others company. His former life had become a thing of the past and if anyone had enquired about what he had done before he met her he always told them that he’d been a farm hand in the north before the plague had hit hard there. The fact that no one could check his story gave him peace of mind as he didn’t want any to know of his true past, that of a brigand, never staying in one place long, just long enough to earn enough money to travel further away. Occassionally people would pass through and throw shifty glances his way trying to look at him from different angles but the beard he had grown had disguised a number of scars that marked him out and he’d been here for so many years now, if anyone asked he’d always been there. “Ive come to see you, to tell you that I wont be around for a while, Fleur.” Started Marquis, “my brother has written from the north and asked that I go and help him as he’s managed to get into some trouble. So I may be sometime, but I don’t want you thinking that I’ve forgotten you. I’ve asked young Borin to keep an eye on things for you, you remember him don’t you, he’s the one who fell in the river five years back and couldn’t get out for falling in the mud. How you laughed at him then, all covered head to toe like a happy pig.” Remembering her laughter brought a tear to his eye and he casually wiped it away before continuing to tell her that he hoped the trip wouldn’t keep him long and that he’d bring her something special back. But to show her that he loved her, he gave her a parting gift before he set off. Digging a hole near to the headstone he opened up his bag and brought out a plant that had traveled halfway across the continent just for her. Although she would never see it, he knew that the thought alone would have made her happy. After bedding it down he walked to the shallow pond and scooped up some water carrying it back to her grave and let it slowly dribble through his shovel like hands giving the plant much needed life giving water. Hopefully when he returned the flower would have taken and given his wife a much happier looking resting place. Standing he turned around and began walking back to home that they had shared in order to pick up his traveling bags for the long journey north, he didn’t look back afraid that if he did so he wouldn’t be able to bring himself to leave. Staring back from the kirkyard a lone Iris fluttered gently in the breeze, seemingly listening to the music of the wind. view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One: Wil by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I don't think that it was too short quite a bit of emotion is put into the scene and the way in which the subject matter was portrayed is quite touching, personally I thought that sometimes less is more and with the way in which you handled the manipulation of it puts it into a context that all can connect with on a personal level, after all how many times have you gone through a grave yard and seen the results of vandals upon what many would see as someones last place of respect. Nicely done! view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One: Gurgeh by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I think that this shows a great way in which different people look to a subject matter, although with this I would be interested to see how the scene would develop. Does the character know that he's dead? What does he think is happening? Why is he still here? But for me this is always a sign of a well planned peice of writing, if you can get the reader to ask a large number of questions then you know that you've hooked them. Im looking forward to see how your writing develops over the course of this. My piece Im sad to say was written more as a bit of a rush to get something done although I had planned pieces of it prior to going to sleep on a couple of nights. This shows how well a bit of writing can be portrayed as well as developing a theme that could easily lead on to a longer project. Nice work. view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One: Replay by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

A writers influences can usually be seen in the way that they approach a subject, I think that what you've done is set a scene quite clearly that requires further development, leaving it on a hook about but who was the man in black. As mentioned in another critque parts of the speech seemed to want to head in one direction but seemed to have been slightly dashed, although I loved the way in which the whole piece has been set out. I personally have a had time writing speech for characters and feel that parts of it are clunky when I do it, you seem to have the right idea with it as the characters appear to be interacting quite well. Keep up the good work. view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Member Written WorksWeek Two Scene Nominations [CLOSED] by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I think it depends upon what people wish to develop, all have intrigueing ideas behind them so I'm going to find it hard to pick a fav but would perhaps suggest something a little more upbeat from the last subject after all we dont all want to turn into Morrisey. lol view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 16:07 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im pleased to see the amount of submissions that have arrived. Sorry I havent been about for a few days but really wanted to get it written without any outside influences working thier way in. Anyway all the best all Gareth view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 16:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im going to be reading Kushiel at some point soon, just got a copy of The Briar King and thats gone to the top of my to read pile. What can you tell me about Carey's work? Is it more a sort of girly series or is there something for everyone? view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 16:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Currently reading The Briar King by Greg Keyes but have quite a few others to read including Shadow Warrior and The Druid King, not sure what order to read those two in :) view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 16:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ive been subjected to just about every Aha album ever released. My better half thought it would be a good idea to "educate" me. also been listening to The Wall by Pink Floyd view post


posted 16 Jul 2004, 16:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

repugnant view post


posted 17 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The whole thing differs from country to country, in the UK we abolished it nearly 40 years ago (not sure on the dates) but its not just one murder that gets you life imprisonment its several, a life sentence over here means I think about 15 years minimum before parole. Value on a life? Not sure how you value a life, do you value it over the course of income over a lifetime for what theyve lost and pay that or is it a certain amount of cash. Personally I think that the world values life as cheap although to each individual its priceless. If your worried about the cost of paying for someone to stay locked away for the rest of thier natural life (wondering if there is such a thing as unnatural life) then why not give them a chance to earn thier freedom in the army such as so many "suicidal missions". Its been done in the past, look at a number of the lads shot for cowardice during the first world war, a number of them were given the chance to avoid it by taking such missions and a number survived. Its also had success in medieval times, although quite how it would work today is unknown. The french also gave a lot of Germans the chance to either be hung or join the foreign legion, a number did so and survived to old age. As to the death penalty it may be a "cheap" way of disposing of societies misfits but personally Im against it, not just for those who are later proved innocent but also the fact that there is really no fool proof way of killing them cleanly, in fact, if theyre going to be killed anyway, why not wheel them into an operating room and remove the organs, that way some people benefit from the death. Also you cant have one rule for some and another for everyone else, everyone has to be treated equally for deterants to work. view post


posted 17 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Philosophy DiscussionAyn Rand by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Personally I feel that the being true to yourself philosophy means just that. As long as you live your life so that everytime you look in the mirror you can be happy with what you see then your doing it right. Probably simplified the whole thing but thats the way I look at it. view post


posted 17 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Introduction to philosphy, not really had one, I have read books such as Sun Tzu's art of war which is quite an informing novel, however the only other philosphy that Ive been exposed to is ones that have appeared in either novels Ive read or programmes that Ive watched such as Sharpes constant quoting of Voltaire. But thats it really. I tend to regard philosphy as lifes experience put into words by the individual. view post


posted 17 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Philosophy DiscussionFree Will by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Do you have free will, yes to a certain extent, as long as you follow your own beliefs and look at everything to a certain degree as the propeganda that it is and then make your own decision then thats fine. However if you look at each thing as the way in which youve been brought up then your a product of your times and have been influenced by others to form up your own conclusion of what you think. So really there is no such thing as free will if you look at it that way. view post


posted 17 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Literature DiscussionBabylon 5 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I havent read any of the novels although I did watch the tv series, quite interested to see how the crusade series will play out when it hits the UK tv screens, however black armbands at the ready as Richard Biggs has died of a suspected heart attack view post


posted 17 Jul 2004, 14:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I ve read the first two and been saving the next one (both parts) until its known the release date of FfC's. So at this rate may be waiting another couple of years to read them :( view post


posted 17 Jul 2004, 21:07 in Philosophy DiscussionIs the idea of a "god" inherent in our minds? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

But technically speaking were the ideology of god/s mainly brought to the fore in a way to control the masses? The reason that I wonder this is that in the name of christianity the poor were always told that if they did what was required of them in the name of the church and thier sovereign then a place in heaven was assured, it mattered little that they had nothing, the thought that they gave what they could would assure them a place. Its also quite easy to use the concept of a deity to launch the controling powers wars. IE, god is on your side, they are the devils children and will do evil things to you and yours if we dont stop them. Looking at that realistically, it sounds much better than saying, right lads, theyre just like you, I want more of thier gold and lands so that Im better off, right, get em. Probably gone off at a tangent but still a point that I think is worth mentioning. view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Member Written WorksWeek One : Drosdelnoch by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Thanks for the comments, I probably will go into the editing of it at some point, too many years having to write dissertations and stuff like that, so will have to learn to change it a bit. Will try to follow advice on the next one. view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Member Written WorksWeek Three Scene Nominations by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I would like to nominate a fight sequence view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I did film and Media studies, my bros is now an art teacher and my sister has gone on to do an MA in English Lit. As to book shelves gave up after 3 of them and used them to build a book wall, lol only way I could stack them all and it doesnt half keep the room warm. view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

sentiment view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionHappy Birthday Aldarion! by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Least your being quite gracious about it. Hate to think what I'll be like on my 30th next year. Still getting quite a good laugh as I tease my better half that Im in my 20s and shes in her 30s. view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionThe LOTR Films by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Not too sure whats being added although I have heard that Sarumans raising of the shire is going to be added. Yep watch dead ringers quite a lot as I like jon Colshaw (sp?), there was also a sketch with Gandalf getting smited by Saruman and keeps coming back as different colours, saying that he had his dulux colour chart. lol also they had one with there being a love story with gandalf and saruman sort of film skit, was really funny. view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Literature DiscussionBabylon 5 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Sci-fi channel is also about to reshow it :) view post


posted 20 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

To be honest I thought the same when I read the books, although have to say that I think that it works better without it actually being said but hinted at. view post


posted 21 Jul 2004, 09:07 in Off-Topic Discussionreading by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I've only read her word trilogy which starts with the Baker boy. Finished reading The Briar King, currently reading Tall Stories by Tom Holt and will be reading the Druid King shortly. :) view post


posted 21 Jul 2004, 22:07 in Philosophy DiscussionAyn Rand by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

But the nazi's that you refered to had the ideology that hitler implanted into the country. Above all else he was a great politician, how else could such a guy build up a nation from nothing and pass the blame for their failure onto the generals of the first world war. What needs to be looked at here is that after the first world war Germany was more than knackered, he gave a large number of people a dream that each man, woman and child had a chance to help build, when goals were reached the people could see what they had achieved which gave a large number the faith in thier society. I dont agree with the way in which it was done just pointing out that the people were cleverly manipulated into following an ideology. view post


posted 22 Jul 2004, 10:07 in Philosophy DiscussionAyn Rand by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I know what you mean Aldarion, Ive had to do quite a bit of research on them as well, read everything from the Nazification of Art through to having to research things about the war units, there was even a British SS unit which few will admit to. Its even a little known fact that captured British troops were advised to join the SS programme by thier commanding officers. Now before people wonder why and bollo*ks, it was due to the fact that if you went onto the "reeducation" programme, before your true sympathsies were revealed you were well fed, so gave them the chance to build up some much needed nutrition. Incidently the British SS unit was wiped out after capture by the allies through hanging. Funny the weird info that you pick up. view post


posted 23 Jul 2004, 15:07 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The concept of a male god is really a more modern thing, if you look back into the ancient religions you'll find that the top dog is more a female deity. still each to thier own. If your talking christianity I just dont believe that a married woman had a "daliance" with a supreme being and gave us jesus. Dont swallow that one one bit. Look at it in modern terms with these people most of us regard as nut jobs saying that theyve had sex with aliens, could have been the same sort of thing back then. Religion I think is a personal thing that everyone comes to terms with in thier own ways, Im more of a follower of the pagan ways, I find them more believable and the stories that accompany them I feel add a certain romantasism with them. The problem you get is that history is written by the victors and the press that large numbers of pagans got was for that reason negative propeganda, so really you have to take things like history as just that. Few people are aware that there was a resistance fighting William the Conquerer for over five years after the 1066 battle. Still thats a little off the subject, as to one supreme being, I dont think so. As to the possibility that the earth is a science project for a more advanced sentient lifeform I could see that. view post


posted 24 Jul 2004, 19:07 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Will probably pick up the two parts of book 3 shortly. view post


posted 25 Jul 2004, 22:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Now reading Alexander by Pressfield, cant say that Im too impressed with his writing at the moment, will have to see what else arrives in the post to see if theres anything to tempt me. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

or root rock is perhaps the more modern term lol. Listening to Capercaille at the moment, a slight change, also have a few compendium albums from my mispent youth to see what I remember when I put them on. lol Will probably have a good rumage through the record boxes to see whats hidden that Ive not heard for a while. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Catholic view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Just wish I could redo my degree but I cant afford it. Too skint, still in a few years time I may just do that and get one in computer sciences just so the programming Ive taught myself will be recognised. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionSo, what are you all doing with your summers? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Same thing I do everyday, try to take over the world. lol Chasing the kids Clarkesworld? Is that for money that they owe you, to get the car keys back or just for fun? lol As far as I know you spend years ferrying them about as a cabbie, then just as theyre getting ready to leave they nick the car and you dont get to go where you want. Hours of fun. lol view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Still its not how old you are its how old you feel as they say. lol Just remember Growing Old is mandatory, growing up is optional. :D view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Literature DiscussionDan Brown by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ive read these two but not read his others. Have to say that I enjoyed them but I read them back before the hype kicked in so I wasnt influenced like some others have been. I did however find that I was trying to figure out the puzzles before the book revealed the answers and was getting quite good at it towards the end. Ive also lent them to my mum, sister and my Grandad, all have enjoyed them so far (although my Grandads only read the first one.) As to the cliff hangers quite enjoyed them, although I can see others points that it does get a little bit annoying with a number of chapters hanging on like this. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Literature DiscussionErich Von Daniken by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I havent yet read this author although I do tend to read quite a few novels that look into the truth of things such as the significance of the placeing of the egyptian pyramids, in additon to this also read books such as the Tomb of God which I quite enjoyed although the maths got to advanced for me. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 13:07 in Literature DiscussionIlium by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ive heard quite a few good things about this but like some others Im waiting for the second part to be released so I can enjoy the novels together. view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 14:07 in Literature Discussiondark tower? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I read the first three years ago and will have to dig them out and reread before i pick up the two latest. Cant remember to much what happened although probably a few pages will remind me what had happened. Still Im funny like that. lol view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

weights view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Off-Topic DiscussionSo, what are you all doing with your summers? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

worrying that a couple of members could be grandparents before long, lol. Just think it takes you years to get away from taking your own kids to the beach, then they leave and you think great, peace and quiet, they then turn up with thier own kids and expect you to take them to the beach. lol view post


posted 26 Jul 2004, 18:07 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Not sure who my fav is, I really like the schemers who appear in novels as well as the spy type characters, with this novel however each character has a hook that makes you interested in them. Too hard to pick. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

To be honest with you I thought that he started off promising but in the later books it seemed to be more of a way of spouting off his philosphy and to that end I won't forgive an author. If you wish to write a philosophical book do that just dont disguise it. If I get the chance I may go to one of his signings but other than that I wont read an interveiw with him due to his long winded answers that just promote ego. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 17:07 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Its good to see that your using your talents to help kids Gran, will probably look at doing something similar myself although wouldnt mind teaching kids at an early age to enjoy learning, I think thats where most of the problems lie in todays world, if you instill in them early enough a love of learning then I think it would aid them in the future with exams and so forth. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Literature DiscussionDan Brown by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I can understand about having novels that youd never get round to reading, I have the same problem but I just work on a simple rule, if they cant grab me in 50 pages then its not worth the effort, Ive lost track of the amount of what I would consider crap thats managed to get published, at some point I hope to get one out there but until that day I'll keep reading whats there and formulate opinnions. Thats one thing reading a vast amount of books of different genres does it leads you to think about how you would improve them, this also develops your own writing ability. To give an example the other night I watched the Twilight Zone (the one with the time traveling woman who went back to kill hitler as a baby.) Now this was wrong for a number of reasons, firstly they claimed that she was ideal candidate for the travel due to her genes, then they had her acting as the housekeeper/ nanny for the Hitlers. Now it was wrong due ot Hitler growing up without a father, secondly his fathers name wasnt hitler, that was his mothers maiden name. Anyway at the end of the tale they had the woman jumping off a bridge and drowning herself and the baby. The housemaid then buys a gypsy baby and passes that off as the Hitlers own. Now if I had done that episode I would have had it so that the father killed the mother, caught the timetraveler killing the baby and then made her his wife and she bore the real hitler, changing the dob to the dead childs, that way it would have made more sense with the genes at the beginning and thus offered up questions about who had funded the programme originally. But thats me, I rethought the plot and changed it to how I would have done it but thats due to the amount I read and knowing how I would have liked it to develop. As to Dan Brown he may be a bit of a hit at the moment but I think his novel will lead people to question things a bit more and as such inspire research by the average joe on the street. Due to this I think that its a great novel, it may not stand the test of time but how many books do? view post


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

I am planning to pick up these novels at some point as i started on Salvatore years ago with the original Drizt trilogy. Funnily enough I also have an upcoming interview scheduled for the forthcoming release of his next novel so any questions please let me know. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Literature DiscussionDont be ashamed (Harry Potter) by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

To be honest with you Ive never read them, I do own a couple due to picking them up at Carboots for resale value at a later date, I do intend to get round to them at some point I suppose but alas the reading pile doth groweth so theyre on a back burner. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Literature DiscussionBabylon 5 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Its probably also repeated again later on in the week. lol view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in ReviewsChina Miéville's Iron Council by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Just waiting for my copy to turn up :) view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Philosophy DiscussionStatistical Sprirtuality by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

But thats the whole thing with a statistical spirituality, I think most people have had some sort of experience with this, for example my better half goes to her best friends grave and I sit with the Radio on, she only stays for about 10 minutes at a time and usually within that timespan either her friends fav RHCP track comes on or her fav Nirvana track. Now people would take that as a sign but according to statistics you'd think well it has to happen at some point. The interesting point of this is she only goes rarely and as such the bookies wouldnt give you odds on it. I myself have been sitting and thinking about past relatives and lo and behold a familiar scent strikes my nostrils, now my better half could be sitting nearby and smell the same thing, odds are it doesnt happen. yet again it could be the wind blowing stirring up carpet fibres with a similar scent yet I associate it with something else. Add onto that yes you do have things like rainbows that make you think or remembering things such as fishing trips and yet you think that you can hear them. The whole thing is, is it just statistics playing off or is it something more. Thats the question that more science based thinkers believe but technically it could be a sign. Such portents in ancient times depicted for either good or ill the fate of people. Could it also be that in modern times we try to write this off as a "one in a million chance" or is it a case that we've just lost our spirituality. That perhaps is the more important question. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Philosophy DiscussionCan we really tell history "as it was"? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The problem with this argument is that History is written by the victors so speaking as one who looks back at history all that we know is tainted. For example would Diana Princess of Wales be considered a deity if footage of her funeral were discovered in 1000 years with no reference to it on file? That is a question perhaps best argued by philosophers more adept at the subject than me but hopefully it raises and interesting point. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThings I will not accept in an argument by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I'll let people get away with most things in an argument, one thing that I dont accept is the quickness that some change from trying to argue thier situation through to trying to prove it via combat ie fist fights. Now I'll admit Im not one for pussy footing about in a situation like that, however I also dont like people who believe volume makes right either, if you cant argue the case articulately and calmly dont try to force you doctrines on me. Thats me though, I know that Im not clever enough to be able to quickly change a discussion round or glibly through a witty retort in, but just like to add my own philosphy in it as I see it. Probably looking at it, its what most people would say is a "farmers" or "simplistic" philosophical pov. But at times thats what I feel it boils down to in a nut shell. view post


posted 30 Jul 2004, 18:07 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

That quite clearly brings up an interesting point, when its been researched it has been found that the majority of serial killers have suffered brain trauma at some point and that part of the brain has died, due to this it effects their morality in the situation, should they be treated different due to the fact that they have brain damage or is it more of a case to argue that they'll never get better so what does it matter. In additon to this, how do you value a life, in medieval times everyone was worth the same with the damage inflicted payed out accordingly, in this day and age do you place it on the percentage of what they'd earn or is it a case of everyones equal. For example would an unemployed person be considered worth the same as an executive or would it just be a case of tough luck he earned his place. But likewise could it be argued that the orignal owner placed his son with no qualifications in charge just because he started the business and treated him as a figurehead. Would he be worth the exec who worked his way up wage wise or would he be considered the same as an unemployed person but was just lucky due to circumstance. Hopefully this will have raised some interesting points. view post


posted 01 Aug 2004, 14:08 in Literature DiscussionDan Brown by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Lost Louis, lol technically you could list any book as plaguarised as there has always been another out there already with a similar plot line. You have a brother in a murder tale killing his brother and its cain and abel. Tolkiens lord of the Rings has parts of Beowulf in it etc. view post


posted 09 Aug 2004, 19:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

There are those who believe that what is termed as "life" is "training" for what exists after. Not so sure if I beleive that myself but it does offer an interesting perspective. view post


posted 09 Aug 2004, 19:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im waiting for my latest selections to arrive, I know that Parcelforce have a package for me to sign for but the damn people that work for them are chimps, they claimed that they tried to deliver today but said I was out, If I was out I'd like to know where as Ive been in all day. Will have to camp in the garden if its nice tomorrow and keep an eye out. view post


posted 09 Aug 2004, 19:08 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I have to blame my Dad to be honest, he introduced me to Gemmell just under 20 years ago, and from there I went through his collection of books which had everything from Lieber to Tolkien onwards. Its all his fault, then when I started getting books he started nicking them off me. Now my collection is getting ridiculous and he cant keep up, still will keep him amused and when he gets bored he just asks for a list of what I have or goes into a book shop, looks at what he likes then asks me if I have it, every so often I take a bag full of novels for him which he then reads and I get them back a few months later and then lend him another bag full, the rate Im going he can be reading for the next 40 years and still have a loads left to go through :) view post


posted 09 Aug 2004, 19:08 in Literature DiscussionThe Chronicles of Thomas Covenant by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I have all seven of the two trilogies (before you say but that makes six there was an additional mini that was released for the end of book 5 of stuff that was cut out.) Just getting ready to start them. view post


posted 09 Aug 2004, 19:08 in Literature Discussionshadowmarch by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I have it down as the end of October beginning of December if that helps, will hopefully get a copy a little earlier. view post


posted 10 Aug 2004, 12:08 in Literature Discussionsarah ash by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Hi, Im including the book back for both novels as well as my reviews, Lord of Snow and Shadows Seemingly always the outsider, Gavril Andar - an impoverished young painter - yearnes to join the privilaged circles of Muscobar polite society. However, unbeknownst to him, he does have royal blood in his veins: the dark and powerful blood of a father he never knew - the Drakhaon, ruler of the isolated northern kingdon of Azhkendir. And when the Drakhaon is brutally murdered, an unwilling Gavril is forced to take up the mantle of both his fathers rule - and his power. For blood will out. And the Drakhaon's carries within it a taint that gives its bearer access to awesome, unimagined magics - but at a soul-shattering price. Now trapped in this bleak, mist-shrouded land full of superstition and racked by bitter rivalries, Gavril faces an awesome task. He must find his father's killer and unite his fractured kingdom against those who see it as weak, defenceless and ripe for invasion before he pays the price of kinship and succumbs to the dread curse that uncoils within him... Richly imagined, full of intrigue, magic and dark romance and boasting a cast of superbly-drawn players, Lord of Snow and Shadows is the first book in a thrilling new trilogy and marks the triumphant return of one of fantasys most original and exciting voices. Review of Lord of Snow and Shadows Having never heard of Sarah Ash before picking up this novel I was a bit dubious about how the novel would progress. I shouldn't have had any worries, the tale has something for everyone, whereas some authors deal in the plain theres the objective, charge, kill, maim and capture against all odds against the forces of evil, this novel takes the time to introduce each character giving the reader the chance to identify and have a certain understanding and feeling for the characters individual plights. Demonstating something that may authors miss, the concept that every character is neither black or white but many subtle shades of grey. We get drawn into the tale following the plight of a love sick painter who has a tender, caring side, kidnapped by followers of his father to take him to his birthright and forced to become something against his nature fighting all the way against not only what his kidnapper followers want of him but also against the beast within. In addition to this there is not only the right proportion of violence to keep any reader happy but also the moral implications are brought into how it affects the character with just a dash of romance. Hidden within this tale there is blood fued against a rival family, traditions to be obeyed and a violent conflict not only against his enemies but internal against the demon. For any wondering whether to buy this book, please have your worries brushed aside, as when you pick up the book it will be difficult to put down. I cant wait for the next instalment. Prisoner of Ironsea Tower 'The emperor’s tears will unlock the gate...' Eugene of Tielen has won the five Tears of Artamon, the legendary rubies which entitle him to be crowned emperor of the five countries of the ancient divided empire of Rossiya. But on the eve of his coronation, when the rubies are brought together for the first time in the imperial crown, a strange phenomenon occurs: a crimson beacon of light shoots up into the night sky from the five jewels. Is it a good portent - or an evil omen? Eugene has consigned his defeated enemy, Gavril Nagarian, to a living death in the bleak Ironsea Tower. But other sinister forces are at work, infiltrating Eugene’s new empire, stirring the people he has conquered to revolt. Eugene will not be satisfied until he has enslaved a Drakhaoul, the daemon spirit that made Gavril such a formidable opponent. Obsessed with gaining the arcane knowledge that will lead him to his goal, he seeks out Kiukirilya, the Spirit Singer, forcing her to undertake a perilous journey into the world of the dead. Gavril, subjected to the cruel experiments of Director Baltzar in the Ironsea Tower, is equally obsessed: with escape. The opportunity, when it comes, faces him with an impossible choice. He has dreamed of returning to his peaceful life as a painter in Smarna. But if Eugene is successful in his quest for daemonic powers, he will become a monster. And the only man capable of stopping him is Gavril Nagarian. Review of Prisoner of Ironsea Tower The second novel in the Tears of Artamon series this novel had quite a lot to live up to. In the first we were treated to a whole new world and given the chance to view it through fresh eyes as the lead protagonist took us through his trials and tribulations as the tale unwound. This novel continues with the same excitement that was portrayed thoughout the first and even develops the lead characters sensitivity as he struggles against the dark nature of his own personal "demon". Each of the other characters that were introduced in the first novel were additionally added to and have left the final part of the trilogy quite a lot to live up to. If youve not read the first novel of this series pick it up and you'll soon be hooked with the second part living up to the full potential that this tale had to offer. You'll soon become a fan of Gavil Nagarian as the hooks that exude from the character will embed themselves so deep you really will find it a long wait for the epic finale of the series. Hope this helps ya Gareth view post


Reveiw of The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell posted 12 Aug 2004, 18:08 in ReviewsReveiw of The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Having just finished this novel thought that Id best submit my reveiw here so here you go : With a sudden boon in recent years of the Historical Fiction genre, the quality of writing has gone from strength to strength, but how well does the latest from, who many would perhaps describe as Britain's Historical Fiction King live up to the other novels that are vying for the publics money. Having been a fan of Bernard Cornwell since I picked up his Starbuck Chronicles and watched the Sharpe TV series Ive always looked to what was coming out and eagerly anticipated his next release. However for a number of years Ive yearned for him to get back to the days of war within our green and pleasant land and write something akin to his Warlord (King Arthur) series and here it is. This novel follows the exploits of Uhtred, a Noble born Saxon captured by the Vikings during a seige of York and takes us through how the principle character is treated and raised by this warrior people which also shows the menial side of the Danes when they weren't at war, a great boon in my book as if Christian accounts are to be believed they were just bloodthirsty pagans out for Pillaging and Gold but as usual Cornwell reads between the lines and gives us a clearer picture of the society behind the myth. The novel takes the reader through a time of turbulence when the Danes had captured a great part of England and Alfred "the Great's" Wessex was the only surviving Christian Kingdom to face the might of the invaders (hence the title). But how would this war be described as well as brought to a modern audience. As with all of Cornwell's work the battles are clearly drawn up with research into historical documents purporting to those times used where possible, other than this the years of strategy that are under Cornwell from his previous books lead him to what perhaps is some of the best guessed and what I would term more beleiveable war descriptions to grace a novel. But what else does this epic offer? When I began reading this tale, I found myself making comparrisons to what I would decribe as one of my favourite films of all time, The Vikings, which stared Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis. I loved the way in which the foes were described from the first few moments when one of the Danes did the Oar dance to show thier dexterity and balance which gave the reader a great sense of belonging as well as allowing them to sympathise with the "enemy." This also allows the reader to see the more human aspect of the foe as well as demonstrating that neither one is either "evil" or "good" but a general shade of grey inbetween the covers. Add onto this and you also discover that throughout the novel, all characters were given humanising traits such as Alfred's affliction of what some historians suspect was Crohns Disease which then gives the reader perhaps a fuller flavour of the times of our ancestors. Indeed in the Historical note Cornwell also describes that the principle family line of the protagonist are his ancestors, although we do note that he did give them their lands a few years earlier to make the novel peice together better and allowed us to see the conflict as it was fought. I do hope that another novel follows as unlike some authors not all threads are tied up with a nice pink bow in the last few pages, which yet again is an attestment to Cornwell knowing that not all problems are sorted in a short time but can take a great many years to acheive the fulfilment of what would seem like a simple quest. For this he has to be commended. On the whole if your a fan of Cornwell's earlier Warlord series then this currently singular novel is deffinetly for you, if you like his other stuff, you'll like this one as well. As a new reader to the genre you really cant pick a better book to start with. Perhaps what really needs to be said here though is the fact that from when the novel was announced I had been looking forward to it and my reading consumption is such that if I'm not a fan of a book within the first 30 pages I'll put it down for a later date. This one I picked up and finished at 5:48 GMT, and as such can be no greater praise for an author than a readers sleepless night as they can't wait to discover the fates of the characters involved. Long may the fates weave a web with the destiny of Uhtred. view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 22:08 in ReviewsReveiw of The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I thought that it probably was but couldnt find reference to that in the arc, still I think that you'll find that its worth the wait. view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

In leymans terms and in a nut shell whats the difference steve between the doctrine of your church and say the church of england? view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Philosophy DiscussionHuman Hunger by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Thats the problem with mankind what one has all want. Still you'd think that the hippy would have known better, for what he paid for he SUV you'd have thought that he'd have gone for a Jag. lol The other thing is that I think that if we're encouraged to work hard so that we can buy these "luxury" items and that makes us easier to control by governments as well as increasing thier budgets. One of the things that the UK Government is thinking about doing is increasing fuel tax. Which is great because the damn MP's dont have to pay for the fuel as they can claim it back on government expenses. The bloody stupid fools. Still have to laugh at one guy from the Irish Parliment. They voted to ban smoking in public places such as pubs and this guy was in favour of it. He then got a massive fine and threatened with Jail time when he couldnt light up in the Members bar. The bloody numbnut. view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Philosophy DiscussionCritique this phrase by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

As far as I understand the statement and I could be wrong its just saying that the Fantasy Authors are writing hidden messages within thier work that refers to the situation in which they are living as a message to future generations. Much in the same way the McCarthyism was used in a large number of 1950's film such as Forbidden Planet (the AI in the film was shown to be a giant red bear in the lasers.) I really think that this is cobblers, you could look at any peice of writing and claim to see hidden messages. Tolkiens Lord of the Rings is still thought of to highlight the second world war. In a limited leatherbound edition of LotR there was a special foreward by Tolkien that denied it saying that the novel was written before the second world war and that he'd been using a large number of notes to write the novel as he wanted. Its just jumped up little twits that seem to constantly go on about this. view post


posted 13 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Philosophy DiscussionMy odd perspective on myself and the universe by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Life is wondrous is you manage to keep curious about things. The trouble is too many are getting caught up in the minor mundane to stay wondering at things as a whole. The world needs to look more and ask questions rather than just stay occupied with the small things. If we think big we get bigger, we understand more. I half wonder if this is why we dont seem to have developed as much over recent time when you consider the mass leap forward that was made during the industrial revolution. Medicine as well doesnt seem to have made any massive leaps forward for the last 40+ years. Still just my opinnion. I just dont understand why robotic limbs arent available for people, they seem like one of the simplest things to build and if they can get images (however primitive they are currently) through to the human mind, why cant it be adapted to a limb. view post


posted 13 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Philosophy DiscussionCritique this phrase by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Well there are many interpretations that claim that the original was mistranslated, lol. There is also thinking that there is a hidden code within for those with eyes to read and ears to hear that could be understood. The deadsea scrolls seem to support this to a certain extent. There you go is that controversial enough for you? As to an author having no say about the interpretations made about thier work, why shouldnt they, if the people think that there is a message hidden then the author has a right to argue against it. The whole thing is that its thier belief, perhaps it could be better argued that spiritual messages that the authors believe in are passed on through thier work. After all how long will it take for the cults to follow this route. After all there is a Frodo Live cult as well as probably some others. Who knows maybe religion will become a franchise supported by companies. The whole thing that needs to be looked at is that its just one persons opinnion, you could also argue that fairytales contain hidden metaphores for the time that they were written. In fact all fiction contains hidden meaning not just a specific genre. view post


posted 13 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Philosophy DiscussionHuman Hunger by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Just quite a simplistic formula. The more money you earn, the more money the government gets in taxes. You go and spend your money on luxury items such as widescreen TV's for example and the government gets the VAT. The more working the less money that the government hands out in benefits to people and thus the more money they have to spend, which in turn gets more money for the government as those people are then paying the government money out of the thier wages as tax and then buying more luxury items. Thus the more items available the more money the government gains and the more control there is to be had over the people by occupying thier thoughts with the luxury items. view post


posted 14 Aug 2004, 15:08 in ReviewsReveiw of The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Then you'll definetly go for this novel Steve. It follows some similarities in the constructive writing (probably a strange thing to say considering its the same author but I found his Grail Quest series written in another perspective and it was the Arthur writing I enjoyed) and the character perspective is similar as well. I think its something that once picked up will be hard to put down, it definetly was for me. view post


posted 14 Aug 2004, 15:08 in Philosophy DiscussionMy odd perspective on myself and the universe by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Another argument that could be made with autistic people is that thier life is restricted in so many ways that the senses that they do possess become magnified, ie some are artists that create wonderous pieces of work, others are brilliant at mathmatical problems. I dont doubt that others have gifts in other areas but perhaps at times it would be better to look at the world through thier eyes in order to see the wonders to behold of everyday life. view post


posted 14 Aug 2004, 15:08 in Philosophy DiscussionDo you believe a God exists? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Thanks for that Steve, some people get way too touchy when asked a question that isnt asked out of malice but of curiosity. Im more of a pagan than a christian as thats the closest system that I feel that I can relate too, plus theres a massive amount of feast days, opportunities to get drunk with other likeminded individuals, lol. Other than this I prefer thier concepts of death and the celebration of it as well as the concept of sharing a meal with the dead on All Hallows Eve. Still thats just me. view post


posted 14 Aug 2004, 15:08 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Rewatched Flight of Dragons the other day when it was on one of the kids channels. Not as good as I remember but still worth watching. view post


posted 15 Aug 2004, 06:08 in Literature Discussionsarah ash by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Sarah Ash has written a number of books with Gollancz I think, the Tears of Artamon is just her latest set of novels but with Transworld, I think that its her first series and as such is something Ive enjoyed. view post


posted 15 Aug 2004, 06:08 in Literature DiscussionDan Brown by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ive read quite a few novels on the hidden meanings in the art of a number of artists, as a starter its not a bad book to begin with AJ. view post


posted 15 Aug 2004, 06:08 in Literature DiscussionIlium by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Thanks for that Alric, If I pick it up and read it before then I'll see ya there. view post


posted 15 Aug 2004, 06:08 in Literature DiscussionAnyone read American Gods, by Neil Gaiman? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I havent read this yet, although after reading the short story in Legend's 2 plan to now. Similar themes are explored in a couple of Tom Holt books I think although from what Ive heard probably not as well. An example of that would be his Ye Gods which has a Herculean Hero in the modern age. If your thinking of Holt I'd say to go for Portable Door, followed by In Your Dreams which I think are perhaps his best so far. view post


posted 15 Aug 2004, 09:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Will probably watch quite a bit on the BBCI thing on Sky, they give you a choice of what you want to watch by showing about five different things, yesterday watched the Boxing, some Gymnastics, the diving comp. Boxing wasnt bad, a bit slack in places but the punches were crisp. view post


posted 15 Aug 2004, 09:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I quite enjoyed the light ages, starting to get stuck with reading stuff, considering starting In the Name of the Rose by Eco as I quite enjoyed the film, however reviews about it tend to say you need a dictionary to hand as your reading. view post


posted 15 Aug 2004, 09:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

chronos view post


posted 15 Aug 2004, 09:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionQuotes by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Funnily enough around Veggies Bacon or chicken is the most likely to get veggies back into meat eating (if I feel bad I buy a chickem Kebab and stuff it in front of my better half who's veggie, needless to say I get made to feel worse for inflicting that sort of torture on her. Then watching thier faces as the smell of honey smoked bacon sweeps through the house is also a highlight.) "The Ballot is mightier than the Bullet" Abe Lincholn (Wonders if he ever changed his mind?) "Lets Shave him" Shrek 2 "Anne Robinson looks like Harry Potter in Drag" a tv critic view post


posted 15 Aug 2004, 09:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionSo, what are you all doing with your summers? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im currently wishing for a holiday, may have to see if I can arrange a Busmans one to london and visit the publishers, may even be able to get some of them to pay for it :) view post


posted 16 Aug 2004, 16:08 in Literature Discussionsarah ash by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Two of the titles that jump to mind are Songspinners and The Lost Child (although I do have Songspinners in a to read pile but get a little tied up with other newer releases to get on with.) view post


China Mieville posted 16 Aug 2004, 16:08 in Literature DiscussionChina Mieville by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Hi A/all, I've managed to secure an interview with China, does anyone have any questions that they would like asked of this author? If so let me know here and I'll do my best to include them. All the best Gareth view post


posted 16 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Tour and Signing InformationChapters? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I'm just hoping that Scott gets over to the UK at some point (big plea for the Manchester area, no one else is being subtle so I wont be, lol) Could always make sure that a Manc Tart is on hand (and before you worry about the mrs, its a pudding not the other sort, although they'll be available as well I imagine, lol) Just in case, huge appologies to the soon to be Mrs, just that the joke was there and I dont think anyone has the resolve to miss the opportunity. view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Literature DiscussionChina Mieville by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I'll be doing probably a phone interview by the sound of things so any other questions please get them written here by Fridayish. view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 18:08 in Tour and Signing InformationChapters? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I was refering to Scotts coming up nuptuals (unless Im very much out of touch here, which I could be lol) Im not fooli... brave enough to do that awful deed. lol Besides should such a thing ever look likely I have the SRS (Special Rescue Service) on standby to sweep into action at a moments call, after all you have to look after your buds dont you, lol. To call ring 0800 GET-ME-THE-HELL-OUT. lol view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 18:08 in ReviewsReveiw of The Last Kingdom - Bernard Cornwell by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The whole series was entitled the Warlord Trilogy, consists of : The Winter King The Enemy of God Excalibur Hope that helps. :D view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Philosophy DiscussionOn The Warrior Prophet by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

At last a reply I can comprehend and follow the full thought of. lol view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Not 100% sure if you have to or not, I had to although I think the whole idea of it is to partly show what you learned over the years of study. Thesis' are normally given a word count rather than a page number, I think mine was around the 20k mark. view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

feminine view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I tend to dip in and out at the moment seeing what options are available on the BBCi, just some of them today really havent been worth bothering with. For gods sake who wants to watch blooming table tennis. At least gymnastics, diving and volleyball all have a damn good reason to watch them, well two in some cases. lol view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat is/was/will be your college major? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The problem with history is that when I was at school we only got taught stuff that I thought was boring such as the industrial revolution. Now if I'd had Billy Connolly teaching me history I'd probably have stuck with it. I just like the way he conveys historical info to the viewer of his World Tour series. view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Imagine the fun you'd have if you were born on a leap year, what wonderful fractions that'd be. view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I dont understand any latin other than the family motto, aut pax aux bellum. Quite a good one to have really (I may have the aut and aux the wrong way round though.) :D view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

charms view post


posted 17 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionGay marriage: for or against its legalization in the US? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I really dont see the problem with it. After all if two people are in love why shouldnt they be able to show thier commitment before thier deity. The fact that it doesnt increase the religious population is probably why its been frowned upon for so many years by the religious bodies, after all in the Roman Catholic church after so many children you get a telegram from the pope. view post


posted 18 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Thats just the problem with all sports, the clubs with the most money can buy the best players and so makes it more uneven each time they play. But thats what happens, although it could be argued that the smaller clubs have a chance by selling the players. view post


posted 18 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

David Carradine view post


posted 18 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im currently reading Exiles Return and also Quicksilver Zenith. As to the family motto they were part of the Border Reavers (we invented words like Freelance and Blackmail) and originated from Scandinavia if you go far enough back. view post


posted 18 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

cricket view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 10:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

[color=red:3dr5hhok]ZOWIE!![/color:3dr5hhok] view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

gangster view post


posted 19 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Tree view post


posted 20 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Philosophy DiscussionMy odd perspective on myself and the universe by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Odds of having life on another planet I think are grossly understated. After all if you look at all the stars out there that are sun's means that there have to be planets and there should be some that capable of sustaining life. To think that this is the only planet that has life on it is ridiculous after all if the big bang theory is right there will be some planets that have a similar make up to ours. I think that it was worked out at some point and came out with a number in excess of 100 million planets capable of life. view post


posted 21 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

pyramids view post


posted 21 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionBook Club Talk by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im of the thinking that it should be nominations along with voting after, that way the most popular choices all get a fair chance. I would also like to agree with opinnion that monthly is fair enough as it gives everyone who wishes to participate the chance to pick up the book and read it. Probably also suggesting paperbacks only to be nominated as to buy a hardback could prove quite costly, plus also with a paperback if you wanted to get it from the library you'd have a fair chance of picking it up and those stateside and uk side have a fair chance of being able to get the same novel. view post


posted 21 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Satrianis not bad but I prefer his earlier stuff, if in the mood for guitar work sometimes go for Jeff Healy Band or Stevie Ray Vaughn (cant remember how to spell the surname currently, lol) view post


posted 21 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

About to have a China Mieville marathon, Perdido Street Station, The Scar and my copy of Iron Council finally turned up. :) WOOOHOOOO view post


posted 21 Aug 2004, 00:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionAges by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The time it tends to hit is when you hit the splits ie 30, 40 etc. Im dreading hitting the big 3-0 as thats when your meant to get responsible. Why??????? I dont want to be old although Im starting to notice differences ie when Im going near certain shops and thinking that top looks good, or who the hell would wear that? view post


posted 21 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

tower view post


posted 21 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow would you describe yourself? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Describing myself that can be quite difficult, I do have an evil sense of humour and should someone cross me I'll make sure that I get them back. Education Level is BA with honours but although I dont study I have been aiding a friend with thier MA as I do tend to read quite a lot and know where to find reference material that will aid in the persons work. view post


posted 24 Aug 2004, 06:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

pit (old horror film with vincent price in it called the pit and the pendulum) view post


posted 24 Aug 2004, 06:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

the colour of magic read by Tony Robinson, couldnt be bothered reading so went for plan b. lol view post


posted 25 Aug 2004, 21:08 in Literature DiscussionBooks that have induced a mindfuck by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I have read quite a few of the books on the list and own most of them, however I would say that perhaps the most disturbing was The Wasp Factory, still a damn fine read but nothing that totally fries the mind. As to books like Bloodline of the Grail thats just a book to read, doesnt do too much to the mind however I suppose it will do to those of religious sensibilities. view post


posted 25 Aug 2004, 21:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

signal view post


posted 26 Aug 2004, 18:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

unbalanced view post


posted 26 Aug 2004, 18:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

You'll enjoy that NP, although you'll start running to get the others and start getting annoyed waiting for A Feast for Crows. lol Still going through Mieville. lol view post


posted 26 Aug 2004, 18:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Listening to now 10 followed by now 22 view post


posted 27 Aug 2004, 16:08 in Literature DiscussionProblems with Book Reviews by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Having read the blog I have to agree with the fact that I hate reviews that just basically tell you the whole plot, what is the point of reading the novel after that. Now I'll admit that when Ive written them before now I'm guilty of not going into great depth about some points (see my review of Cornwell's The Last Kingdom) but I deem mentioning things that appear on the back of the book as fair game, as refering to this doesnt ruin the readers enjoyment as odds are they read this before buying it (you do read the back dont you, not go for the pretty covers. lol) view post


posted 27 Aug 2004, 17:08 in Literature DiscussionWhen do you think Martin's next book will be released? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I was going to be optomistic and say March-June 05, although I think it may be closer to christmas at this rate. view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Book ClubOfficial Book Club discussion nominations by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I'd like to nominate Jeff Ford's The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque. Ive had that sitting on the shelf for a little bit and been meaning to get round to it. Other than that I'll also support Erikson's Garden of the Moon as Ive been meaning to reread that again. view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

escaping view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Now reading Ian Holm's Autobiography, quite slow and not particulally good if your going to read one would have to recommend Chris Lee's. view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Nothing to do with a Chilli or a curry I hope Alric, lol, Currently listening to Depeche Mode. view post


posted 28 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionOlympics... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I did fencing for a bit, was a bit of an anomaly at it though, I learned to use the blade left and right handed which made it difficult to judge me as at times I'd swap hands after a point which meant that they'd have to change thinking to attack. Then when they'd figured it out I'd swap back. I wasnt brilliant but good enough to progress through the uni's team. view post


posted 30 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

multitude view post


posted 30 Aug 2004, 22:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Listening to a cooking vinyl sampler. view post


posted 31 Aug 2004, 20:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

cypress hill view post


posted 31 Aug 2004, 23:08 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

drugs view post


posted 01 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Due to miths blank post Im going to go Bruce. view post


posted 01 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionMindless Amusement: Type your Username with your elbows by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

drfosdelnocvh Nearly right still thats the way it goes. lol view post


posted 01 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Currently listening to Greatest Hits of 1990. Interesting latin there Scarred, prefered pratchets Veni, Vermini, Vermui (I came, I got ratted, I threw up.) view post


Misheard lyrics posted 01 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionMisheard lyrics by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Just thought that I'd add this one, a good example is the Eurythmics : Its alright Babies come in bags I also recently heard Lou Reeds Satalite and misheard it as Savaloy for some reason, mind you shopping was on my mind Not forgetting the classic If you like peeing in the larder. view post


Kelley Armstrong posted 01 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Literature DiscussionKelley Armstrong by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ive read all her books so far, currently finishing Industrial Magic which has been a damn good read, have to say Ive enjoyed the whole series. view post


posted 02 Sep 2004, 11:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

antacids view post


posted 02 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

cake view post


posted 02 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Currently reading Industrial Magic, after that Juliet McKenna's Northern Storm, then Adam Roberts Snow followed by Demonstorm by James Barclay. view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 16:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Electric view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 20:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

boogie view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 20:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

going through some depeche mode albums view post


posted 03 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Literature DiscussionPrince Of Ayodhya by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Ive read one but that was a while back, demons of chitrakut, quite enjoyed it. view post


posted 04 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

axe view post


posted 06 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

unit view post


posted 06 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

crash test dummies - god shuffled his feet view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

enlightenment view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Finished Gaunts Ghost's The Saint, and Traitor General finishing off the latest Robert Earl novel, then onto Tanya Huff's blood Price Ian Irvines Alchymist Tom Holt's Fishy wishes Chris Bunch's The Last Battle Iain M Banks The Algebrist then a reread of Terry Pratchetts Going Postal Should take me all of two weeks, lol view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionA city within a building? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

To answer your questions. Set up as an eco dome, that way it should be self sufficient with its own water recycle filtered through the plants Powerwise I'd like it to be Solar although could also combine it with hydropower would pretty much sort it out. Building wise probably somewhere where thiers space available, as long as light penetrates then it would be possible to have it as an underwater city with the plants providing the oxygen. Positive effects would be that it would be expanding into unused land, negative wise difficult to get people to and from. view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionWhat other sites are you active on? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I tend to post on Dros Gemmell and Malazan Book of the Fallen, Sci Fantasy, other than that I occassionally look at others such as wot but quite restricted timewise. view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Back to the old now albums currently number 19, 22 and 38 view post


posted 07 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Literature DiscussionWhat subgroup of speculative fiction do you prefer? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I don't like to put myself into a box, if I read the back of a book and it piques my interest then I'll read it. Likewise I tend to avoid reading reviews in regard to a novel as I prefer to make my own judgements. Some who have had critical acclaim I cant seem to make headway with and just get board, others that have been slated Ive quite enjoyed. view post


posted 08 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionA city within a building? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

The hydro power idea would be more along the lines of a waterfall pushing a paddle round such as that on the side of a mill. As to the solar that could be built on a platform around the edge of the building so that the plants would get natural sunlight. If it was in a desert then an airlock would do it, if in the water probably a sub in docking facility. view post


posted 08 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

spirit view post


posted 08 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

lethal view post


posted 09 Sep 2004, 23:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

beckham view post


posted 10 Sep 2004, 14:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

pregnant (again) view post


posted 10 Sep 2004, 14:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

stop view post


posted 11 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Rock view post


posted 11 Sep 2004, 21:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

x-men view post


posted 12 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

freethinking view post


posted 13 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

white view post


posted 14 Sep 2004, 08:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

playtime view post


posted 14 Sep 2004, 08:09 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

To be honest with you I'd rather have bigger classes with professors who actually cared about thier work than what I had which was classes around 10--15, you ever wanted to find a prof out of lecture time you only could locate them in the pub, with other profs from thier department and then you'd get told to bugger off as they were busy. Then when you tried to make an appointment they didnt turn up and when the work was handed in whinged because you didnt see them about it. When one tried that on me I took my list of appointments along with excuses that had been posted on their door as to why they hadnt turned up. Needless to say I only managed to receive a pass mark for that piece of work although when another professor looked at it they couldnt understand why it was so low. view post


posted 14 Sep 2004, 08:09 in Literature DiscussionWhen do you think Martin's next book will be released? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Personally I just hope that its worth the wait. view post


posted 14 Sep 2004, 08:09 in Literature DiscussionTerry Goodkind engages in rape fantasy? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I know what you mean, I try every so often to read one of his books but the self styled idioms hidden within just begin to really bore me and it goes back to one side for another time. Will probably finish one of his novels somewhere around 2010 view post


posted 16 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

swan view post


posted 18 Sep 2004, 14:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Currently finishing off Paul Kearneys Mark of Ran and have to say that its been a damn fine novel, after that Im off on the next Anita Blake tale. view post


posted 21 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

knees view post


posted 21 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Literature DiscussionWhat would you say are the must-reads of literature? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

No didnt get the option, if we had I think all the profs on my course bar one would have been sacked and that one was only a hire in guy as the reg prof was off on some soul searching trip. Still if I were to go back into education I would probably do something with computers as thats the way of the future, the way that my course was done and the fact that it was done in film and media has left me feeling that my degree isnt worth the paper its written on. Never done me any favours in the job market. If I was given a three years course work as a job lot alongside the projects that needed to be written I could probably do it all in around 4 months. Im meticulous with research and can usually argue any of the course pieces from any angle. Ive written work for others doing them in English, Ive written Anglo Saxon papers, Ive even argued the runic alphabet for someone doing part of their degree of ancient studies. view post


posted 21 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Tour and Signing InformationChapters? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Dont worry Sol, just like poking fun. lol Still hopefully a trip to the UK is on the cards, Im still trying to find out when Steven Erikson will be attending the UK, five books down and still no sign, hopefully book six, perhaps organising a two author tour would be a good idea. view post


R Scott Bakker in the UK posted 21 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Tour and Signing InformationR Scott Bakker in the UK by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Now having just read that he's currently in the UK and since I cant get down to london, Im hoping that he may decide to take a day out to Manchester, perhaps maybe do a signing at Waterstones Deansgate or some such thing. As I would love to get my copy of TDTCB signed. Probably being a little bit cheeky here but hey, you dont ask you dont get. lol :D :P :wink: view post


posted 22 Sep 2004, 17:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

clown view post


posted 22 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Somme by Ramstein, loved the old sound of it. view post


posted 22 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionThis is awesome! by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I take it its bill shatner, him from the Kelloggs adds at the moment? If your looking to sink low go for the infamous Leonard Nimoy's Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. lol view post


posted 22 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Author Q & AOther authors you enjoy by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Interesting series of posts. Have to say that the authors mentioned have been a damn fine read for me, wondering how many others have managed to try Paul Kearney as his Mark of Ran novel was highly entertaining. My question at the moment is : Having come across other authors premises for their novels, have thier been any that you've been looking forward to and when theyve landed and you start to read them, then thought why the hell was I that excited about this novel? If so who' novel and why the disappointment? view post


posted 22 Sep 2004, 18:09 in Author Q & AAutographed editions by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im still waiting for TWP to arrive. Still only around 5 months left. view post


posted 23 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

corpse view post


posted 23 Sep 2004, 19:09 in Tour and Signing InformationR Scott Bakker in the UK by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

is the windsor book fair in the UK? or is it in Canada as well? Just hope the UK publisher will get you over to the Uk at some point either that or send me the addy to post my copy to in order to get it signed please. lol view post


posted 25 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Literature DiscussionAny horror fans here? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I quite enjoyed Lovecraft, went through most of his works at some point, also go through Graham Masterton and Shaun Hutson, just depends who IM in the mood for really. view post


posted 25 Sep 2004, 22:09 in Literature DiscussionWhy read fantasy? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Book are always a good thing in my opinnion, although if you listen to my better half I spend too much time with my nose in a book. I tend to prefer reading to watching tv as theres generally not much on. But thats just my opinnion. Then again theres times when I dont pick up a book for about a week, rarely though, still I have a massive collection that in all honesty needs to be culled at some point shortly. view post


posted 28 Sep 2004, 16:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

bombshell view post


posted 28 Sep 2004, 16:09 in Book ClubA Game of Thrones book club discussion open by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

For me the main thing that I liked about this book was the characters mortality. the author wasnt afraid to kill people off and for many people it was a shock when one who was built up to be a major player gets his napper lopped off. I also have restarted the series again after I picked up the third book in the series. view post


posted 29 Sep 2004, 00:09 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Horatio (long story but quite funny) view post


posted 30 Sep 2004, 15:09 in Literature DiscussionAny horror fans here? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Shaun Hutson can be a little bit on the repetative side and reuse phrases quite alot like drew in breath. He tends to be more your sort of gory horror writer, some of his tales are quite good whilst others just seem to be short stories drawn out way too long. If your going to try him I'd suggest Relics and Shadows which is two of his books in one. view post


posted 01 Oct 2004, 22:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

missing view post


posted 08 Oct 2004, 22:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

ugly view post


posted 26 Oct 2004, 18:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Hi A/all, Currently reading Conn Iggulden's Emperor : Field of Swords which is as good as the previous two so far. After that Im sticking to the Roman theme and reading Pride of Carthage. view post


posted 26 Oct 2004, 18:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

emotion view post


posted 29 Oct 2004, 00:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionMalazan.com by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Just to let you know Anor277, I havent been able to get into it either. Last Ive heard theyre trying to fix it but Ive only heard this from Mith who's a regular there. view post


posted 29 Oct 2004, 00:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Dakrul, I really enjoyed Tannequil and looking forward to the last part of this series. (As yet still untitled.) Nearly finished Field of Swords. view post


posted 29 Oct 2004, 19:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionMalazan.com by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Just so you dont have to wait for it Anor277 heres the book back for you. The seven Cities Rebellion has been crushed. Sha'ik Slain and now the Malaz 14th Army face one last rebel force, holed up in the city of Y'Ghatan. But this is a place of foreboding, for here, long ago, the Empire's greatest champion, Dassem Ultor, was slain and a tide of Malazan blood spilled. But elsewhere, agents of a far greater conflict have made their opening moves. The Crippled God has been granted a rightful place in the pantheon. The groundrules have changed, irrevocabley, terrifying. And the prize? Nothing less than existance itself.... I knew about the book back as I was the one who posted it initially. As to the sites problems I think that it could partially be due to running out of webspace with others trying to post at the same time, so really its due to cutting a big chunk of the spam off the board. Im hoping that it will be back on Monday. view post


posted 29 Oct 2004, 19:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionFirst Word that Comes to Mind by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

spectrum view post


posted 29 Oct 2004, 19:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I've finished Field of Swords and now started the Pride of Carthage novel, its starting out quite well so will let you know how it develops. Other than that I'll be on the Thackery book of Discredited diseases which is really a bathroom book, from what Ive seen so far of it its quite an interesting novel (edited by VanderMeer). Then Im on to the Cecilia Dart Thorton book Iron Tree book one of The Crowthistle Chronicles. view post


posted 29 Oct 2004, 19:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionPolitical Affiliation? by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

To be honest Ive been watching the run up to the elections quite a bit as Im quite interested in the way its going, Ive also noticed that there is a bit of controversy surrounding Chaneys firm's clean up of Iraq with the contract not being tendered and just given directly to them. Funny how these thing occur when it seems to be voting time. Thats one problem that I have with politics, I hate the mud slinging. I also think that it would be a better system if it wasnt really just a two horse race, there should be a few others that the people can vote for, that way it could throw a spanner in the works and the people could then put the policies that they agree with into the seat of power. view post


posted 29 Oct 2004, 19:10 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Having started rumaging through the old collection Ive found my old Def Leopard originals and gone through them, also been back to going through Fields of the Nephilim. Ahh the good old days. view post


posted 07 Nov 2004, 19:11 in Literature Discussionshadowmarch by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Im currently 200 pages into the novel and to be honest with you Im really enjoying it. There have been a couple of bits that have niggled me but other than that Ive been enjoying the novel. view post


Announcement from Orbit in regard To R Scott Bakker posted 25 Nov 2004, 23:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnnouncement from Orbit in regard To R Scott Bakker by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Hi A/all, Just to let you know that Ive had a mail from Orbit telling me this, looks like us UK readers will have to wait until Summer, for the Warrior Prophet. Heres whats known : "Yes, last but by no means least, I am pleased to announce that Orbit has bought the rights to R. Scott Bakker's The Prince of Nothing trilogy from Simon & Schuster UK, beginning with the mass market paperback edition of his first novel, The Darkness That Comes Before. "Scott was the first author I acquired as editor of Earthlight, so I’m delighted that we've been able to come to an agreement with S&S, and am very much looking forward to working with him again." Look for The Darkness That Comes Before and The Warrior Prophet to come out in close proximity next summer. Unhappy Brit, Gareth view post


posted 26 Nov 2004, 14:11 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Currently reading the War at Troy, shaping up quite well view post


posted 06 Dec 2004, 17:12 in Off-Topic DiscussionAnnouncement from Orbit in regard To R Scott Bakker by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Part of the problem is that its still listed in the Simon and Schuster Jan-June 2005 catalogue in which it states that its out Feb 05. Will have to wait. Mind you the bright side is by the time that Ive finally got my hands and read both novels (the first for the 4th time) then the final part wont be far off. I'd also be interested to know what Ray has to say on the matter and if the Uk release date for the third part will coincide with the release in the rest of the world. view post


posted 06 Dec 2004, 18:12 in Book ClubSorry I haven't done anything this month, I've been busy. by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Perhaps something like Death of an Ancient King ~Laurent Gaude. Have to say its shaping up well and only 256 pages. It has been released in English but Im currently reading the french version as I like to translate it myself. view post


posted 06 Dec 2004, 22:12 in Tour and Signing InformationR Scott Bakker in the UK by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Hi, Just wondering whats going to be happening now that Orbit's taken over the printing of your novels. Are they planning anything special as I know that they will be printing TDTCB around a month before TWP. Will you be doing anything in the UK? Ive just been getting annoyed as Ive been waiting for TWP, Simon and Schuster still have it down as a Feb release, although they admit that the contracts now changed Publishers. Still as a bright side by the time TTT comes out the UK may only just have TWP available. lol view post


posted 08 Jun 2005, 17:06 in The Warrior ProphetRelease Dates by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Just thought that I'd bring this up to date. The UK edition of tWP is out in July, my copy landed today. Now I finally have chance to catch up. :P view post


posted 08 Jun 2005, 17:06 in Tour and Signing InformationR Scott Bakker in the UK by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Finally get to read the second part, Orbit in thier wisdom have published the two novels in the series in successive months. Now all we need to do is start pro RSB mailling them to see if its a possibility. :lol: view post


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