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Ok, so I finished this a week or so, been wandering around the threads a bit and gathering my thoughts.

Overall I thought this was a great conclusion to the Aspect Emperor and I will do a review for it, I think it deserves commercial success if only so we get another series and Bakker gets to write it. It didn't happen at all like I thought - I expected some sort of reckoning with the Judging Eye but I think that's part of the next series story now.

The dragon vs high ninja witch was awesome. The stamping foot and cracking a Horn was awesome. The whole battle and strategy was awesome and had me consulting the maps - which were also awesome. Awesome is a good adjective to describe this book.

I think Kellhus did indeed go mad, it was his very madness that allowed *him/Ajokli* to use Outside Will is Reality shenanigans for the old appearing heart flourish and probably from then on Kellhus was broken, at least just prior is when we first see him hear the voice of Ajokli. 

However when *Cnaiur/Ajokli* couldn't see him I wondered how mad he actually was, mad enough to make himself a Decapitant in this world and a head on a Pole in the Outside fueled by Believers. It's an interesting subject, especially as we lost Kellhus PoV so early.

So it may be that Kellhus has protected as many souls as he can but I don't really think that, I think he was tricked and my heart is broken for it. I also think Kellhus is the reason that Ajokli sees more than the other gods.

Oh Bakker you are horrible.

Literature / Yearly Targets (2017) - Totals and Specifics
« on: January 06, 2017, 02:36:59 pm »
Happy New Year!

So we have another year to push our boundaries, read old favorites and embrace potential new ones.

I will post the new targets on the second page of this thread and will post last years results below (will be updating more later)

     ----- Results for 2016 Reading Challenge! -----

---- SilentRoamer ----

Totals: 14/20
Frank Herbert: God Emperor of Dune - Completed 19/01/2016
Peter F. Hamilton: Abyss Beyond Dreams - Completed 10/02/2016
Roger Zelazny: Guns of Avalon - Completed 20/02/2016
Roger Zelazny: Sign of the Unicorn - Completed 03/03/2016
Roger Zelazny: The Hand of Oberon - Completed 21/03/2016
Roger Zelazny: The Courts of Chaos - Completed 28/03/2016
Dave DeBurgh: Betrayals Shadow - Completed 08/04/2016
Brandon Sanderson: The Alloy of Law - Completed 14/04/2016
Robin Hobb: Farseer #2: Royal Assassin - Completed 05/05/2016
Robin Hobb: Farseer #3: Assassins Quest - Completed 06/06/2016
Robert Heinlein: Starship Troopers - Completed 10/06/2016
R. Scott Bakker: The Great Ordeal - Completed 05/07/2016
Richard Mathieson: The Shrinking Man - Completed 09/11/2016
Richard Mathieson: I Am Legend - Completed 28/12/2016

---- Madness ----

Totals: 8/25
Jonathan L. Howard: Johannes Cabal: The Necromancer - Completed 11/01/2016
C.J. Cherryh: Gates of Ivrel - Completed 11/01/2016
Daniel Abraham: The Dragon's Path - Completed 23/01/2016
Dan Hurley: Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power - Completed 27/01/2016
Mark Lawrence: Prince of Fools - Completed 30/01/2016
Benedict Carey: How We Learn - Completed 03/02/2016
Glen Cook: The Black Company - Completed 10/03/2016
Charles Duhigg: Smarter, Better, Faster - Completed

---- Wilshire ----

Totals: 17/10
R. Scott Bakker: The Great Ordeal - Completed - Reread
Asimov's original foundation trilogy  - Completed
Steven Erikson: The Dust of Dreams - Completed
Steven Erikson: The Crippled God - Completed
Patrick Rothfuss: The Wise Man's Fear - Completed
Startide Rising remains on my bookshelf, unread, so I'd like to get to that.
R. Scott Bakker: The Warrior-Prophet - Completed 04/03/2016
R. Scott Bakker: The Thousandfold Thought - Completed
R. Scott Bakker: The Judging Eye
Terry Brooks: The Sword of Shannara - Completed
Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora - Completed
Courtney Schafer: Whitefire Crossing - Completed
Isaac Asimov: Caves of Steel - Completed 13/10/2016
Robert Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land - Completed 20/10/2016
Brent Weeks: The Way of Shadows - Completed 22/10/2016
Brian McClellan: Promise of Blood - Completed 08/12/2016

---- Alia ----

Totals: 12/10-15
Yuval Harari Sapiens: a Brief History of Humanity (non-fiction, antropological, started it in January, so far fascinating) - Completed 06/02/2016
Brunner Stand on Zanzibar (there are some classics I sadly missed) - Completed 21/03/2016
Glukhovsky and maybe Metro 2035 (His Metro series was translated into English, I'm not sure about this one)
Danielewski House of Leaves (in Polish translation, sometimes I'm lazy, it's due to appear in April)
And some works in Polish, not translated, among them certainly a new novel by my high-school friend, due to appear in March.
Olga i Osty by Agnieszka Hałas - Completed
Czytanie z wnętrzności by Wit Szostak - Completed
Łzy Diabła by Magdalena Kozak (military s-f) - by the way, her first novel, Nighter is available now in English: - it's about vampires in special forces, fun read. - Completed
Wilki by Adam Wajrak - Completed
Pawel Majka: Pokój światów - Completed
Amy Stewart: Wicked Plants - Completed
Peter Wohlleben: Hidden life of trees - Completed
Brunner: Sheep Look up - Completed

---- mostly.harmless ----

Totals: 5/35
Kieran Shea: Koko the Mighty
Robin Hobb: Fool's Quest
Robert Charles Wilson: Spin
Jenny Lawson: Furiously Happy
Adam Christopher: Made to Kill

---- MSJ ----

Totals: 15/20-25
R. Scott Bakker: The Warrior-Prophet
N.K. Jemisin: The Fifth Season
R. Scott Bakker: The Thousandfold Thought
Daniel Polansky: Low Town - Completed 05/03/2016
R. Scott Bakker: The Judging Eye - Completed
R. Scott Bakker: The White-Luck Warrior - Completed
R. Scott Bakker: The Great Ordeal - Completed
Mark Lawrence: The Prince of Fools - Completed
Mark Lawrence: The Liar's Key - Completed
Ian Esslemont: Dancer's Lament - Completed
Mark Lawrence: The Wheel of Osheim - Completed
Luke Scull: The Grim Company - Completed
Luke Scull: The Sword of the North - Completed
R. Scott Bakker: The Great Ordeal Reread - Completed
Max Gladstone: Three Parts Dead - Completed
N.K. Jemisin: The Obelisk Gate - Completed
Anthony Ryan: Blood Song - Completed

---- Bolivar ----

Totals: 4/13
R. Scott Bakker: Prince of Nothing Completed
R. Scott Bakker: The Judging Eye Completed
R. Scott Bakker: The White-Luck Warrior
R. Scott Bakker: The Great Ordeal
Daniel Abraham: The Spider's War
Maurice Druon: The Lion & The Lily
Maurice Druon: The King Without a Kingdom
Steven Erikson: The Bonehunters
Steven Erikson: Reaper's Gale
Ian C. Esselmont: Night of Knives
Andrzej Sapkowski: The Sword of Destiny

---- rhizome ----

Totals: 4/?
Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun - Completed

---- Redeagl ----

Totals: 3/?
Anthony Ryan: Raven's Shadow Trilogy - Completed

---- H ----

Totals: 8/?
Chuck Palahniuk: Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey - Completed
R. Scott Bakker: The Great Ordeal - Completed
James S. A. Corey: Abaddon's Gate (Expanse Book 3)  - Completed
James S. A. Corey: Cibola Burn (Expanse Book 4) - Completed 31.10.2016
N.K. Jemisin: The Obelisk Gate - Completed
Josiah Bancroft: Senlin Ascends - Completed
Josiah Bancroft: Arm of the Sphinx - Completed
Jonathan Haidt: The righteous mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion - Completed

TGO ARC Discussion / [TGO SPOILERS] Gateway Drug
« on: July 04, 2016, 07:55:41 pm »
Recent fears have been found true. Ingestion of Qirri (the Street name for Nonman ash) have led to it being consumed in the fastest possible way - snorting.

Remember kids - Snorting Qirri is not good for the health (well it may be but that's besides the point).

Stay clean.

TGO ARC Discussion / [TGO SPOILERS] The Tall and Ciogli
« on: July 04, 2016, 07:42:44 pm »
Ciogli was indeed a huge mountain of a Nonman.

Love that the Tall exist and my crazy little theory about this being little is correct. :)

Anyway they mentioned Ciogli so we may yet see him!

Author Q&A / Titirga's Grasping
« on: June 22, 2016, 05:12:40 pm »
Had Titirga grasped the Psukhe or was it something less literal?

Edit: The False Sun is one of my favourite pieces of the series overall, I would like to read more Atrocity Tales set in the times of Antiquity.

Author Q&A / Wutteat Specs
« on: June 22, 2016, 05:05:13 pm »
How large is Wutteat from tip to tail?

How large is his wing span?

How much does he weigh?

Is Wutteats breath completely mundane or is it Sorcerous to some extent?

Literature / Yearly Targets (2016) - Totals and Specifics
« on: January 11, 2016, 02:56:46 pm »
Happy 2016!

Ok so with it being a New Year I wanted to start a new year long thread.

So would like you to post your personal reading targets:

How many books do you want to read?
Any specific books you want to read?
Any re-reads?

Personally I am going for 20 books (again) in total this year.

I will post individual reading targets on the next post and keep this updated if anyone is interested.

Literature / SilentRoamers new blog
« on: September 07, 2015, 11:23:19 am »
Hey guys,

As I think I told you all I have been working on a Wordpress blog. Still basic at the moment and a lot of work to do but it's about time I started getting content out there.

With 20+ books read a year and a lot of small and big screen SFF I should be able to put out regular content.

Would love it if some of the regulars over here subscribed.

All your feedback is welcomed and appreciated.

Philosophy & Science / The poetry of science - Dawkins and Tyson
« on: August 27, 2015, 11:32:59 am »
Watched the first 20 minutes of this yesterday and it looks very interesting.

Dawkins is a Biologist - more well known for his atheist literature.
Tyson is more Astrophysics and Cosmology.

Especially funny was Dawkins failure to comprehend Isotropy and Homogeneity and how this Cosmological Principle of the Universe leads to non preferential reference frames stating he may just have to "believe". Im not knocking Dawkins here I just found it funny.

Will watch the rest tonight and post the rest of my thoughts.

General Misc. / Bakker features in Top Lists:
« on: August 25, 2015, 08:42:07 pm »
Keeping with the flavour at the moment.

Bakker features in Top Lists:

Buzzfeed top 51 Fantasy Series - Ranked 38
Bestfantasybooks Best Fantasy Series - Ranked 23
Reddits Top Fantasy Novels of All Time - Ranked 25
Reddits Favourite Books - Ranked 154
SffWorld The Unofficial Top 20 Fantasy Series of SFFWorld - Ranked 14

Atrocity Tales / New Atrocity Tales - What would you like to see?
« on: June 04, 2015, 07:38:34 pm »
As the title says. Any time period from any PoV in Earwa:

My choices:

Some Sorcerous Battle between different schools in roughly PoN era.
Some Serwa scene where we see a seemingly stable half Dunyain PoV.
Something creepy involving cute little Kel.
Meppa going torrential.
Definetely something from the past ages, like The Breaking of the Gates or the early Cunoroi-Inchoroi wars.

Literature / Vernor Vinge Short
« on: March 12, 2015, 12:32:52 pm »
Found a Vernor Vinge short in Nature:

I thought it was a kookie little short.

Hey guys,

Was thinking about this recently and thought I would start a topic.

So which of your favourite novels would you like made into a film and for what reason?

I have quote a few that I would like to see visually but I will start with just the one - I nominate Rendezvous with Rama. I think it would be a phenomenally good looking visual, the interior of the craft with the "polar seas" and the great towers, the octospiders and the metallic sharks would be very interesting. Film would be slow moving with little action and stay true to the novel - I think the size and scale of Rama would allow some 2001: Space Odyssey type exterior shots and the interior could be fantastic.

Morgan Freeman has been trying to get this off the ground for a long time - hopefully this will eventually be made.

Literature / Audiobooks
« on: January 16, 2015, 11:26:11 pm »
I have tried listening to a few Audiobooks.


The dialogue sections are awful, the native accents of the speakers all seem to be this type fo affected american accent that I can't place. Maybe it's just me but I don't think I would ever be able to listen to a serious book on audio, it's like half the story is interpreted for you.


Literature / What you want to read this year - Totals and specifics
« on: January 13, 2015, 03:49:39 pm »
Ok so with it being a New Year I wanted to start a year long topic (besides my collated purchases thread)

So would like you to post your personal reading targets:

How many books do you want to read?
Any specific books you want to read?
Any re-reads?

Personally I am going for 20 books in total this year which is quite low considering in my younger days I could read 1-2 decent sized novels a week... alas family and work commitments do not allow this as a sustainable reading level so I have lowered it to 20.

I will post individual reading targets on the next post and keep this updated if anyone is interested.

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