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Writing / Re: Two Sentence Scary Stories
« on: November 24, 2017, 04:29:58 am »
I lost my hearing during the war, but I can still remember the screams of the dying. I'd endure it all again though if it would just stop them whispering to me now.

Writing / Re: Viramsata II
« on: August 15, 2017, 12:04:52 am »
Quote from: Camlost on August 13, 2017, 07:21:11 pm

    Damn you, Madness. How am I supposed to maintain my liminal relationship with the forum when you go and start a thread like this?

Fish, meet lure ;).

This is a doubly painful post for me because I often berate fishes' intelligence for sticking sharp things in their mouths simply for being in front of them. It would appear my gills are showing..

Writing / Re: Viramsata II
« on: August 13, 2017, 11:21:11 pm »
Damn you, Madness. How am I supposed to maintain my liminal relationship with the forum when you go and start a thread like this?

Literature / Re: Patrick Rothfuss
« on: July 22, 2016, 06:55:36 am »
Camlost, your theory on the chest, please?
I have a loose remembrance of what it was and I'm going to reference Wilshire's post as it touches on some important details.
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Author Q&A / Re: [TGO SPOILERS] Cant of Translocation
« on: July 22, 2016, 05:54:24 am »
Standard theory is that the exhaustion is a pretense he puts on to hide his full strength.
I guess I always had that in the back of my mind, but it seems like such an easy out that I wanted to believe otherwise. Kellhus is a meta-gnostic badass, there's no two ways around that (that is a poorly hilarious unutterable joke for anyone who cares lol), but I want something of a limit to his capabilities..

I've been doing a little more reading into your suggestions and I am excited and impressed. Bryce Canyon looks fantastic! I've never done any desert hiking (I think that probably counts as such), nor have I covered as much elevation changes before, but I definitely want to get in there and see some of those canyon shelves.

I am open to tourist stops too. I mean, they are stops for a reason lol.

It sounds like there are more Redwood forests spanning the west coast than I had imagined. If at all possible, I think I might stop in for a day or two to check out the General Sherman tree (largest redwood in the world). I also encountered an article in Backpacker magazine years ago that described an exclusive, secret hiking destination known as the Grove of the Gods. It would be a highlight of my trip if I could pull that off too

Best be back in time for Zaudunyanicon 2017 ;)
The plan is for it to be the final celebration of the trip/ The homecoming if you will :D

Stay up north, go through the Dakota's, see some national monuments, Spend a week in Yellowstone, head through bryce canon, stop by some rocky mountain trails, redwood forests in oregon, maybe crater lake, down through cali for some vinyards and grand canyon.
I can definitely get behind Yellowstone park and the Rockies' trails. I was kind of hoping that Cali would the the south-western-most terminus of my journey, so I'd like if I could avoid recovering ground following that; although that doesn't preclude some Redwood forests in Oregon on my way north. Have you been to any aforementioned landmarks yourself?

P.S. Also, thanks to whoever clarified my attempt at a post title

[EDIT:The other thing to note, and it tends to escape my planning as well, is that since I'm traveling solo, any ground I cover moving away from my car either has to be recovered or looped back. I'm used to multi-day hiking trails, but I've only encountered a few which make accommodations to get people back to trail head.]

Literature / Re: Rec Thread
« on: July 18, 2016, 11:43:30 pm »
The Obelisk Gate due on August 16th of this year.

I'm pretty excited too and I really hope we get more back story on the Tablets and other things ancient...
I'm really excited for the second installment, but as much as I appreciated the main character, I found myself longing more for the secondary character (I can't remember his name right now) than the main. I'm equally interested to see where things go from here--the ending of Fifth Season that is--as I am curious to discover more backstory leading up to said events. Jemisin pulled off a really good bate for the next book in my opinion

Literature / Re: Steven Erikson (The 3.5 million word journey?)
« on: July 18, 2016, 10:36:25 pm »
Just trying to catch up on months of posts:

Gardens of the Moon is so deep media res that I'd argue you can't appreciate it until several novels later; it's a slightly different reading experience from TDTCB, but rewarding all the same for different reasons.

I'd agree with most that Esslemont is not the same caliber of author that Erikson is at the time his novels reached publication, but I would argue he has made greater strides than his counterpart in subsequent novels. That said, I've always had a soft spot for Esslemont because Erikson left the Empire behind in his storytelling, and that has been one of the blindspots that I've been most curious about. As Madness mentioned, I only made it to the end of the ninth installment in the series, Dust of Dreams, but I can confidently say that when I go back to finish the series as a whole that I will include Esslemont's subsequent novels in my reading list.

I've said before the Toll the Hounds was one of the best novels in the series--and I stand by that--but I'd argue that Return of the Crimson Guard should be attached to that simply for all the shit that goes down in that novel but is overlooked in the understandable race to finish the Malazan series.

I very well be mistaken, but I have been under the impression that Esslemont has two novels post-TCG? With that said, and it might have been mentioned previous to this, I'm fairly certain I've read in Erikson interviews in the past that the Malazan series as a whole isn't necessarily meant to satisfy conclusions. My impression from what I've read--I really wish I had a link right now--has been that the whole of the series was simply meant to be a window in time of the "Malazan universe".


Literature / Re: Patrick Rothfuss
« on: July 18, 2016, 09:56:17 pm »
I, personally, am a fan of the Kingkiller Chronciles thus far. I think Name of the Wind will be a book people look back on after the series has finished and consider it as something greater than it has been up until now, not considering all the praise it has received thus far. There is a lot of story and world building going on subtextually.  That said, I think my appreciation for the series has been that I identify it as a narrative of narratives. As MG already mentioned, those stories about the world are of interest in and of themselves and I would argue that they are indispensable from the story as a whole. The whole thing is storytelling all the way down. Pat does some really interesting twisting that undermines a lot of the notions that surround first-person narration.

MG also touched on the "dark fantasy" element as well. I absolutely agree with him that it is not dark fantasy persay, but like Wilshire said, it certainly falls into a category of tragedy that belies its almost whimsical, poetic narration.

I'll be the first to say that the second was not as good as the first (I found it to be less cohesive than the first), but I'm holding out for the third to pass final judgment on the middle tome.

It was a few years ago when I read it, but if I remember correctly he was an expert musician, an expert actor/orator, an expert at whatever lab work he was doing (can't remember what exactly), and without going into too much detail he was unusually gifted at a certain type of magic.
As Wilshire mentioned, it is made evident very early on in the text that Kvothe is something of a prodigy, but aside from that, I think that Rothfuss does a very good job in attributing Kvothe's abilities not only to innate talents but also to his environment. His abilities as a musician, actor, storyteller, and the like are attributed to his native heritage as an Edema Ruh (sp?) as opposed to him simply being a genius child.

In regards to his magical/sympathetic prowess, he was fortunate enough to have Abenthy travel and tutor him during his formative years as a child and then later
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If anything, his ingenuity in later years surpasses his "genius";
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Fuck, looking at the post preview, the amount of spoiler tags makes this look terrible to read, but I figured better more than less..

This is far from TSA related, but thankfully this subcategory seems to be the appropriate place, I'm thinking about taking a road trip across the country. I'm hoping I might solicit some advice and/or recommendations from the folks here for things worth stopping for or seeing.

To give something of a perspective on my potential trip: I live in London, Ontario and I'm hoping to coordinate the beginning of my trip to include a favourite music festival (Dark Star Jubilee) before hitting the road. My end game is to hit California, do a few hiking trips there and then drive up the west coast back into Canada and journey my way home from there.

So the most direct route I can tell from looking at a map is to hit Michigan, Ohio (festival is in Thornville), and then cut West across the country. There are at least a dozen states I could hit between Ohio and California along the way. Is there anything I shouldn't miss? It's easy to check state tourism sites, but I consider those tertiary resources compared to firsthand experience.

[EDIT: I realized it might be worth noting that my trip would be beginning around the end of May; whether there are music festivals, cultural events, state celebrations, or what have you that are time sensitive, I'm just hoping for any feedback to better organize my meanderings]

[EDIT Madness]: For title.

Author Q&A / [TGO SPOILERS] Cant of Translocation
« on: July 07, 2016, 01:46:17 pm »
How is that Kellhus practically collapses with exhaustion after arriving in time to confront the leader of the Cult of Yatwer, yet he departs from Dagliash for Momemn and is still able to confront both Meppa and Malowebi upon his arrival?

Author Q&A / [TGO SPOILERS] In the Pursuit of Oblivion
« on: July 06, 2016, 07:27:01 pm »
Do the Nonmen strive for oblivion in life or death?

In either case, how is the Amiolas a punishment? Surely, a soul in limbo is as close as one might get to actual oblivion?

General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: May 04, 2016, 12:26:51 pm »
Because Rick and Morty is possibly the best cartoon, I thought I mention I found this: Pocket Mortys for mobile. Hilarious spoof of pokemon via Rick and Morty
Found that a few months back too. Great for a few spare minutes, any amount of extended play gets tedious.

If you want a real game, check out Jerry's Game also from Rick and Morty. It's nihilism incarnate

Writing / Re: Brandon Sanderson Creative Writing Lectures
« on: April 04, 2016, 05:31:49 pm »
I remember watching these years ago. I think it was probably around the period that they were first recorded. I'm interested in checking out the latter years. Shitty that they couldn't just string the full lecture together and subdivide it in video.

That hat though  :)

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