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  • Birthday 07/29/1973

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    Science Fiction and Fantasy (both written and on film/televison), watching YouTube videos (educational: science & history; entertainment news), watching science and history documentaries, trying to ignore American politics and smoking as much cannabis as I possibly can. (It do be legal here, ya know)

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  1. Yeah, I don't get the hate people have for that relationship. Last time I did a re-read of the series (in the couple months leading up to the release of aMoL) I counted all the chapters in that certain Perrin/Faile storyline that everyone complains about in the middle/late middle books, part of that "slog" as some refer to it, and the whole thing didn't really last that long. I could be wrong, since it has been years and lots of self inflicted memory problems, but that whole thing only lasted like a dozen chapters or so IIRC. Someone could/should probably check their copies and correct me (I don't know where mine currently are, moved a few times and numerous boxes of books are still in storage). Sure, those chapters were spread out over a number of books, and thus something like ten years of real time while the books were still being written, which made it seem like forever as we were reading it while the books were coming out, but when you read it all at once, it doesn't really take that long, IMO. But to be honest, I can't really be sure of the number of chapters, I just remember that it wasn't that many, relative to the number of chapters we get in any given WoT book. And in my opinion, this romance was far more believable than any other romance in the series, and far more developed. The two romances that first blossomed in The Eye of the World felt unearned to me, the four-person romance quadrangle was just plain silly IMO, the one between a young idealistic Aes Sedai and her eventual Warder was groan worth (reminded me of Anakin and Padme on Naboo in Attack of the Clones in fact). The prophesied romance, well, that one was odd and often fun to read. I don't really have complaints about that one. The one that is hinted at, involving a certain funny-hat wearing man and a formerly high-ranking woman brought very low, that's kind of adorable. (Did I keep those vague enough to avoid spoilers???) But it's Faile and Perrin that get's me ever time I read the series.
  2. Well, thank you 😎 And now I know we "@" people. Coolness. DM has all kinds of new functionality I didn't know it had!
  3. Well, there are some series in there I have never heard of: Ranger's Apprentice, Wingfeather Sagaand, Kinghts of Arrethtrae and the Kingdom series. Will have to look into these. I haven't read any of the Prydain stuff in more than 30 years (oh god! I'm old!), and only have a dim memory of reading them. Same goes for the Narnia books (even though I had reread them all several times by the time I was 8 when I then finally made it through The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and thus began this long journey through Lands Fantastical). I haven't read Paolini, been warned off of it by many, though I have heard lately that the later books after Eragon are actually pretty decent. And, as embarassing as this is to admit: I have never read any Harry Potter stuff. Well, except for the last sentence of the last book, when it first hit the book stores. Don't remember that sentence, but I remember opening the book and reading the last line. I have however seen all eight films and enjoyed them, though I honestly don't remember them all that well. Really could not win a Harry Potter Movie trivia contest, that is for sure! I do know Pottermore sorted me into Gryffindor, but I am not one for any form of tribalism. I don't recall my Patronus though (not even sure what the heck that is, to be honest LOL). For the character do actually know, you have some great pics! Gimli son of Gloin was a favorite of mine as a kid, and is handily in my top 50 I would think if I attempted that list, but there were others that just ended up beating him out. (As much as I have always been a fan of Jon Rhys-Davies, I didn't like the way they adapted Gimli to the big screen in Jackson's films, they made him the butt of the joke almost the entire time, something he was not in the books; one of my rare complaints of those movies). Talmanes is one of WoT's greatest side characters in my opinions, and I look forward to seeing how they handle him on the show. Edmund Pevensie is a great character from Narnia, probably one of the best Lewis created for that realm, and one of the few truly flawed characters the Chronicles of Narnia had. But the choice you had for a "Coulda been" of Galad is pretty daring, but awesome as well. Too many people can't stand him, but he is actually, I would now argue, a great character. Daniel Greene has a nice character examination that I just watched recently, that really made me think about Galad all over again. I never actually hated Galad, like some do, but I hadn't really seen his true value as a character, at least not to the point I do now, until I watched that video. Daniel runs a great YouTube channel that has a strong, but not singular, focus on The Wheel of Time. Check him out. And while I am at it, I would also like to suggest Nae'blis' channel, which is growing steadily. His channel is entirely focused on The Wheel of Time. Here he has a great video on what we know about the upcoming show so far. Thank you for playing, King Rodel. Now I have some new books and authors to look up (half the point of me starting this thread in the first place😎)
  4. I can kinda see your point on the Whitecloaks. Kinda. Totally agree on the Questioners though. As to the Aiel, yeah, they are bigots and hypocrits, that I won't deny. In fact, I've argued that with my friends in the past. I have many issues with the Aiel, and that is just one of them. This I will totally agree with, for the most part. I do think the Aiel should almost all tend towards being taller than most of the other characters, the Cairhienin should tend towards being shorter. And Rand should definitely be on the tall side (the actor should be 6', 5'10" or 5'11" at the least, but expecting 6'5" is ridiculous IMO). Mat and Perrin should be tall-ish, and Sammael and Demandred should be shorter than Rand. And Verin and Tuon should be short. Other than that, I have no set height requirements in my mind for the actors (although I do think I stumbled upon the perfect Verin Mathwin, who actually happens to be the 5-foot-even as described in the book: Imelda Staunton who played Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter movies; and she could definitely play "grandmotherly"). Another Unpopular Opinion that just occurred to me: I don't think it is totally necessary for the show to portray the "ageless look" of the Aes Sedai. If they do, whether through make-up and/or CG, great. But I don't think it is required for the show to represent the story of the books well.
  5. Here's a little exercise in seeing what fellow posters tastes in not just characters but also authors and books are. My tastes and preferences will be glaringly obvious, even though I have read many many authors other than those whose characters are included here. I've been making these ranking lists just for fun lately, and I have a whole slew of them for different categories, but for now let's just talk about favorite Fantasy characters. Perhaps I'll try other lists another time. So for now, how many do you know, do you like? Any you don't know? Here are my Top 20 Favorite* Characters from Fantasy Literature 1 Matrim Cauthon - The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) 2 Jaime Lannister - A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin) 3 Ary Stark - A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin) 4 Samwise Gamgee - The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) 5 Sandor Clegane - A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin) 6 Mara Acoma - Empire Trilogy (Raymond E Feist & Janny Wurts) 7 Thom Merrilin - The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) 8 Tyrion Lannister - A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin) 9 Aragorn son of Arathorn - The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) 10 Davos Seaworth - A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin) 11 Egwene al'Vere - The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) 12 Aviendha - The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) 13 Jimmy the Hand - Riftwar Saga (Raymond E Feist) 14 Gollum/Sméagol - The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) 15 Brienne of Tarth - A Song of Ice and Fire (George RR Martin) 16 Paksenarrion Dorthansdotter - The Deed of Paksenarrion (Elizabeth Moon) 17 Nyneave al'Meara - The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) 18 Meriadoc ("Merry") Brandybuck - The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) 19 Pug of Crydee aka Milamber - The Riftwar Cycle (Raymond E Feist) 20 Gandalf/Mithrandir/Olórin - The Lord of the Rings (JRR Tolkien) Honorable Mentions (in no particular order) Juilin Sandar - The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) Raistlin Majere - Dragonlance Chronicles/Legends (Tracy Hickman & Margaret Weiss) Verin Mathwin - The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) Elayne Trakand - The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) Kaladin Stormblessed - Stormlight Archive (Brandon Sanderson) * Not necessarily good characters or heroes, can include antagonists. (Coulda beens) Shallan (Stormlight Archive) Vin (Mistborn) Kelsier (Mistoborn) Boromir (Lord of the Rings)
  6. In my case, I like Faile and the whole storyline with her and Perrin. I've rarely encountered anyone else who does. And I love Egwene. Anyone else care to admit to their unpopular WoT opinion(s)? (I'm sure this post has been done a hundred times since the site went live all those years ago, but I figured I'd give it another go)
  7. Then Geeky Hippie can most certainly be deleted. Don't want any issues, and I don't plan to use it any more anyway.
  8. Thanks Dar'Jen and Taymist! I'm also happy there are no restrictions on having multiple handles (some sites do that oddly enough), I've gotten in trouble at one for that, not having known it was a violation of their rules (it was seriously buried in their Terms of Service). I'll have more time to do some posting this weekend hopefully. See y'all then.
  9. Hey all, this is the gent formerly/temporarily known as Geeky Hippie. I had given up hope on this account being unlocked after seven years of disuse, but today I finally heard back from Jason and we got things worked out so that I could log back in to it. So the account I had created to replace it (Geeky) is not needed. Thanks for the greetings all! I'm just glad to have my "online name" back (imlad is short for imladolen, or actually now I use imladenol; it's my admittedly bad attempt at translating my given name of Glenn into Tolkien's Elven language back when I was 15 or 16, but I keep switching the last two syllables around). So while you won't be seeing post from "Geeky Hippie" you will be seeing them from me. Now, someone hand me a light...
  10. I have always felt it was a toss up between Moiraine and Lanfear. I understand the arguements for Graendal, but I just don't buy it. Whichever one did it (between Moir and Lanfear) I believe they did it with the aid (one way or another) of the *Finns.
  11. I was around way back, years and years ago. Never did post that much around here, usually over at wotmania.com, and it has been years since I did post anything here. I don't think many will remember me, but alas, I probably won't remember any of you either from back then. I've been posting stuff online about the WoT for a very very long time (I remember going to my friends house and using his Prodigy account to talk about WoT on their Bulletin Boards there, back before The Dragon Reborn was published!! I used to go by the name of Bayle Domon there). Anyways, just wanted to stop in and say hi all. And for your role-playing gamers out there (I mean real Role Playing, where you take on the role of a character, not that silly stuff using a computer or game console) I have posted a list of questions to ask yourself as you create a characters background story. This list is for the most part appropriate for any game setting although I created the list for characters in an "A Game of Thrones d20 based RPG." Have a great life!
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