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  1. Conan was actually born on a battlefield. Literally. Gerald Tarrant, the Hunter, from CS Friedman's Coldfire Trilogy would be a contender too, I think.
  2. While I respect anyone's opinion and their right to disagree, I respectfully submit that Conan would chew every last one of these up and spit them out as an aperitif. Seriously, the man is made of steel springs and whalebone. The stories say so! 8)
  3. i highly recommend these books. i've actually read the Farseer more times than the wheel of time.
  4. now that's interesting. long wait though. may try that link of yours, though, as $20 is a pretty good deal these days. soldier sun was depressing in the sad-sackedness of the protagonist. it was pretty hard to get through, and i'm a big fan of hobb. kennit was one of the things i abhorred most about the liveship books. also althea, malta, brashen... i basically read the story simultaneously appreciating its importance to the setting but hating just about every character with a white hot holy wrath.
  5. see, i pictured him sitting at home with a hooker to the left, a fifth of scotch to the right, a straw and razor on the mirror in front of him, and a little blood tricking from a nostril, yelling "WHOOOOOOO-EEEEEE!!!!! YES SIR, I AM ONE ONE AWESOME MOTHER$#%%%$ HOT DAMN AM I COOL!" but that's just me.
  6. i actually ended up watching the first 20 minutes or so..... i giggled the whole way. it fully met my expectations.
  7. That's right, Kaz, he was the greatest king Aquilonia ever knew. Aquilonia was the jewel of the west. This is all aces, folks.
  8. i think i'll just hug and kiss some nice poisonous snakes instead, thanks. 8)
  9. oz, i started buying platforms... though i'll have to go up soon i think; the 5 inchers are not quite doing it anymore.... that's a tough question, alys. they both have their merits. and you will prob'ly need as big a stick as i will to beat off the boys.
  10. See, I think Swamp Thing would be a good tempering agent against Conan's more.... ardent..... attitudes towards international policy.
  11. Alright, Alys, it's a cute-off. 1...2...3...Go! http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i146/th3d00d/MaeveLeaves1.jpg[/img] http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i146/th3d00d/MaeveLeaves4.jpg[/img] The wife: http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i146/th3d00d/MaeveLeaves7.jpg[/img] As close to a pic of me as we got that day: http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i146/th3d00d/MaeveLeaves6.jpg[/img]
  12. Now I'm not American, but I saw this and thought it should be brought up. An alternative to the usual suspects has finally been offered: http://blog.newsarama.com/2008/10/24/change-we-can-believe-in-and-maybe-fear/ Tell me you're not tempted; c'mon, I dare ya!
  13. i often have trouble coming out even at the saturday night poker game.... ain't no way i'm goin' to vegas without a foolproof plan to cheat.
  14. i plan on presenting a solid economic plan to the board: let's win the lottery.
  15. i saw that! i remember reading an article a few months ago saying the series might be discontinued, or at least not released in english in NA, i was pretty stoked to see that it was finally out..... i'd have ordered it already by my wife/CFO has issued edicts to limit frivolous spendings..... it's killin' me, man.
  16. for something a little different, try "you suck: a love story" and "bloodsucking fiends" by christopher moore. they're comedies, though i've only read "you suck." it was a'ight.
  17. nah, it won't be a galactic surge. on the morning of january 1st, 2012, everyone in the world will coincidentally put ketchup on their scrambled eggs for breakfast, and that much concentrated wrongness will tear the fabric of reality, ending the world as we know it. 8) the collider will create a black hole to try and expel the grossness from the world, and all will be chaos and woe.
  18. third-rate though he is in adult terms, i think eddings makes a good primer for the very young, like 10-12. especially the belgariad et al, as they are slightly less gruesome than the elenium etc. i loved the series, when i was 11. i can't bring myself to read more than a few pages now, though i don't actualy remember the last time i picked one up. nevertheless, i've still got my old copies, ready for when the littlun gets old enough to read it (if she's interested of course).
  19. Meh, I wouldn't take it too seriously. I doubt they ever expected for an actual author to ever read it. It was mostl likely something they did to amuse themselves, and it's still just sort of languishing forgotten on the net. And besides, there are way more vociferous detractors to the Wheel of Time than these guys. These guys at least made some valid points, unlike any number of anti-Jordan criers I've seen around.
  20. i'm inclined to agree with Lemno. i actually checked out some of the other stuff on there, and it was pretty funny, even when they were making fun of books and movies i really like. say what you want, they're pretty astute.
  21. i guess that would do it. :P gonna go check that out right now...... and i'm back. i'm going to withold complete enthusiasm for now; hopefully this won't fold like New Spring did.
  22. that is an interesting prospect; where are you pulling your info, kadere?
  23. mmm, thanks for the condescension, bobby, and reminding me why i don't come around the book discussion boards anymore. take 'er easy, guys.
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