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Literature / Re: Book Recommendation compendium
« on: July 31, 2018, 02:43:03 am »
I've been on the hunt for books with characters similar to Proyas. Looking for some recs.

Oddly enough, Ganeos Paran(Malazan) reminds me a little of him. Only Paran is not quite as emotional or religious. So for him, there's no faith to break. Heh.

Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: July 28, 2018, 08:41:43 pm »
31% in Memories of Ice and I can only say..."JESUS CHRIST." I don't think I've ever read anything like the Pannion Domin. I don't count something like Warhammer 40k. I haven't even read them in action yet and they still sound horrifying. The criminal rulers in Saltoan aren't really looking into WHY their people would turn to the Domin. I don't think the info war will help if people are desperate for an escape and they seen an opportunity. The Domin clearly preys on the vulnerable and cities like Saltoan will have plenty such people. The Crippled God does the same.

Speaking of which, I actually adore the Crippled God. So unabashedly wicked and given what happened to him, I can't say I blame him.

Quick Ben had an interesting question about survival. Personally, I think it's both a right and privileged.  The former has to be enforced, the latter is either earned or given.

ADORE the Grey Swords. The leaders seem like wonderful leaders, especially the Mortal Sword. He actually reminds me of the Kurgan. That is, if the Kurgan wasn't a violent sociopath.

Kruppe <3

The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB CHapter 15
« on: July 15, 2018, 08:28:19 pm »
World Cup and Dark Souls kept me from posting this one. Anyway, this was one of the most intense chapters I have ever read, like EVER. Proyas/Xinemus/Achamian remain as my favorite interactions due to the intensity and complexity. However, after reading this, I spent quite awhile being VERY angry at Proyas for being so needlessly nasty. I even went so far as to say this:

" Oh man…I had to stop at the “threesome” between Akka, Xin and Proyas. My god. I’m surprised Akka didn’t break down in tears. What a painful thing to read."


"Oh God. More pain. I spent over three hours thinking of the horseshit between Proyas and Akka. I even got teary-eyed for Akka. Right now, I’m hoping that Akka will find the courage to look Proyas dead in the eye and say this:

“There is no just god. If there was, Inrau would still be alive and you’d be dead.” And then just walk away. Like forever and leaving Proyas on his knees. Doubt that’ll happen."



I actually did think Mathinet was working for the Consult. It's understand why Achamian would think so too and it's understandable why he wouldn't be believed.

Literature / Re: YOU MUST TELL ME ... What else are you reading?
« on: June 23, 2018, 03:59:54 am »
Finished Deadhouse Gates(Duiker is my lord and savior) and am now on Memories of Ice(6%).

The latter has quite the strong start and it's pretty clear early on just who the primary antagonist is going to be.

The Almanac: PON Edition / ARC: TDTCB, Chapter 11
« on: June 18, 2018, 12:49:57 am »
Reason, Ajencis writes, is the capacity to overcome unprecedented obstacles in the gratification of desire. What distinguishes man from beasts is man’s capacity to overcome infinite obstacles through reason. But Ajencis has confused the accidental for the essential. Prior to the capacity to overcome infinite obstacles is the capacity to confront them. What defines man is not that he reasons, but that he prays


This one finally has a longer POV for Proyas as he stumbles around a boat like the Shockmaster. He meets up with Xinemus(love the interaction between these two) and Conphas(loads of fun). It's this chapter that made me realize that Proyas reminds me a little of a Caitlyn Stark: smart, but foolish.

The Almanac: PON Edition / ARC: TDTCB, Chapter 10
« on: June 10, 2018, 11:24:01 pm »
It's Sunday and my favorite chapters are approaching as they involve my baby and imo, some of the best character interactions in the entire series. Will say more after I get done with Chapter 9. We got time though, so it's all good.

How should one describe the terrible majesty of the Holy War? Even then, still unblooded, it was both frightening and wondrous to behold, a great beast whose limbs were composed of entire nations—Galeoth, Thunyerus, Ce Tydonn, Conriya, High Ainon, and the Nansurium—and with the Scarlet Spires as the dragon’s maw, no less. Not since the days of the Ceneian Empire or the Ancient North has the world witnessed such an assembly. Even diseased by politics, it was a thing of awe.


The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 6
« on: May 17, 2018, 06:56:41 pm »
Very true. At least Akka doesn't seem to have faced the same kind of prejudice over the relationship he had with his cellmate Sancla (and other male lovers he might have had). (Mentions of Akka's bisexuality do seem to disappear completely after PON, though.)

No, but then again, he wasn't raised by the Scylvendi. Proyas does face similar prejudices as Cnaiur, but not as openly and it's only evident in TAE.

I wish someone who had read both TSA and Berserk would make a short crossover comic or something. Griffith meeting Conphas and/or Kellhus, Cnaiür meeting Guts...I'd love to see that.

Oh wow! That would be pretty cool, especially if it turns out that they somehow shared the same world.

The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 6
« on: May 17, 2018, 05:18:09 pm »
I was actually shocked that people would be so openly disrespectful to CNAUIR of all people. This is a guy who could kill pretty much everything in his path and yet they're calling him a "faggot weeper"? A guy like that should be able to wear women's clothes and press wild flowers and STILL command whatever the hell he wants to command.

Yea, toxic masculinity indeed. It affects a couple other men too. And I do think Bakker is trying to show how patriarchy (and anti-gay sentiment) can be as damaging to men as it is with women.

"War is Intellect" is my favorite quote. :) I was inspired to make some Griffith graphics based on that quote. Nevermind, of course, that Conphas and Griffith are two entirely different characters. Still, I can see Griffith saying it.

Here's the album:

The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 5
« on: May 12, 2018, 10:49:10 pm »
Does that make Cnaiür the Guts of TSA?

I actually think that. In fact, a lot of Cnaiur scenes make me think of Guts, especially the imagery. It made me wonder if Bakker ever read Berserk. His answer? "No. Sounds cool though." Heh.

I do know that, but it seems so strange that her family's contribution to the marriage would be the burning of the Harem, don't you think? It's possible that Bakker did mean bride price. It makes sense that you'd have both Istriya's family paying the customary dowry to the Ikurei family and Istriya then asking her husband to have the Harem burned. I can definitely imagine the Emperor being so in love with/easily manipulated by his beautiful young wife that he'd do that for her, making the statement that she would be the only woman in his life.

Yup. I think Bakker meant bride price too. I would just love to know more about this.

This is kind of a tangent, but I've been toying with the idea of making a "top x" (was thinking of top 10, might end up being more) female characters in TSA I'd like to know more about. Characters that seem like they'd have interesting backstories just from the tidbits we get. If I ever get around to doing that in the near future, I'll post a link somewhere

I'd be interested. Especially about Proyas's mother as she was considered "legendary" and probably the reason why he turned out the way he did. Female consult members too, like Ieva.

The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 5
« on: May 12, 2018, 07:21:13 pm »
Check Istriya and Xerius' ages in the glossary or the wiki. She gave birth to him when she was ~14. Now imagine a newly wed Istriya, at most 14 years old (assuming she had recently turned 14 when she was married and that Xerius was conceived very shortly afterwards), forcing her husband to burn the Imperial Harem for her sake.

Actually, dorwy is what the bride brings into the relationship. So, I read it as the burning of the Harem was what she/her family did to pay their way into the Imperial Family. Bride Price, otoh, then yea, the Emperor would have paid that price. Whatever the case, yea, Istriya was very interesting to say the least.

Istriya really was a force to be reckoned with. I wish we could have met the real one, especially when she was still in her prime. Just another thing that makes me wish for a PON prequel of some sort, even if it was only a short story or something...

Yup. Bakker was trying to say that some women still had a great deal of power despite the disadvantages they were forced to have.

I can't wait to get to the Xinemus/Achamian chapter.

The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTCB Chapter 5
« on: May 09, 2018, 10:15:19 pm »
Every time I see Conphas, I picture this:

He's quite similar to Berserk's Griffith, imo.

Anyway, Xerius is certainly smarter than people give him credit for and I actually enjoyed him a great deal. Excellent comic relief. Birds don't care about your station. LOLOL! Loved his mother too. Wish there was of her, despite how she treated him.

General Earwa / Re: POV's in TGO/TUC
« on: April 27, 2018, 03:19:10 am »
Second person tends to give a narrative an ethereal feel. I used to despise it, until I actually read a fanfic that used second person.

The Almanac: PON Edition / Re: ARC: TDTDCB Chapter 3
« on: April 25, 2018, 11:29:31 pm »
This is one of those examples of the "Mandela effect" for me. I thought Proyas yelled at Achamian here. He didn't, but he was very angry. From the moment his name was even mentioned, I knew that he would be a favorite character for me.

I guess this is why some people read books again. Anyway, when we first meet my baby, he is weeping. Yea, he's meeting the Shriah, but Proyas was never afraid of shedding tears.

As for the Shriah, yea that was creepy how he noticed what Achamian was. I actually thought that Maithinet was Consult. Seemed obvious to me at the time, especially given what he asks at the end.

"I submit to your Word, God. I commend my soul to the fierce task that you have laid before me. I shall make a temple of the field of war."

Okay terrific!

The Darkness That Comes Before / Re: My live reactions from Tumblr
« on: April 23, 2018, 06:30:28 pm »
Thank you. :)

General Misc. / Re: Video Game Thread! What are you playing?
« on: April 04, 2018, 06:27:20 am »
I've been really addicted to Dragon Quest Builders lately. ]

I know how that feels. :) I played it after well...TUC went south so I could feel better.

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