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  1. Lavaliar

    I'm Back!

    Well, it's been a few months. I've been busy but I'm back to full-on WOT-Mania! At the moment I am: 1. Reading Book 4 2. Listening to Book 2 3. Re-reading the EOTW comic Has anyone heard the news about Shannara? Elfstones of Shannara is being developed as a television series ala Game of Thrones. This should really put a fire under whoever has the rights to WOT, I think. I'm very jealous that GOT fans have their own magazine. I want my WOT magazine! In other news: My epic fantasy novel Carrot Field recently had its first review: http://www.sffworld.com/2013/12/carrot-field
  2. You can only paint a replica if it is not the same dimensions as the original. If it is the same dimensions, it is illegal.
  3. Well, I'm in Book 4 now and I've hit the first gen-u-ine romantic scene! Between Elayne and Rand. Over the years, before I even started reading the series, I've been reading different views and responses to WOT. While RJ was still alive, the biggest complaints had to do with the slowing down of the narrative and the lack of any end in sight. Since BS took over, criticisms have shifted. In a way, as more fresh voices have read the series, criticism has become more wide ranging and also more specific. Inevitably, with any huge work of art, after the author dies critics start looking for weak
  4. I think that most genre readers have been sophisticated enough, for a long time, to understand that there is no such thing as "absolute good" and "absolute evil" in war. I think it's kind of redundant to have so many stories pointing out something so incredibly self apparent. Especially as a supposed "corrective" to Lord of the Rings or other fantasies; it shows that many people haven't read LotR's very carefully. I am actually dismayed by the very vocal sectors of Fandom that want to see Star Wars through the eyes of Imperial Officers etc. It seems we can't stomach the idea of goodness an
  5. That's crazy! I guess copyright law isn't universal. I'm glad the Tolkien Estate has a tight grip on all of this. Can you imagine of Amazon opened Middle Earth to their inane fan-fic program?
  6. So far, Book 4: Moiraine Aviendah Min Padan Fain Lan Loial Rand/Mat I'm kind of enjoying the Aes Sedai parts more than the "hero's journey" parts, at this point.
  7. Wow, that's about as bad as it gets. You can download a translation (official) online and it's just really bad PC fanfic that completely, purposely misunderstands Tolkien. Blech!
  8. It has taken me a while to get used to Michael Kramer's unusual cadence but I'm now hooked. I had EOTW on in the car all day. I'm not an audio book fan, I'd rather read a book at home & listen to music in the car. But now that I'm used to the narrator's voice, it's a real treat. There's so much woven into the text, every time you read or hear it, you uncover new layers. I definitely want to listen to the whole series now but only after I've read each book.
  9. Here is a good resource for keeping track. http://www.encyclopaedia-wot.org/ Very nice thank you!
  10. It's not the only thing I'm reading (!) I'm also reading WOT rather slowly, I also write novels. So yeah, it's a lot of side characters to keep track of. Some of them I remember or half remember when they crop up but not if they were mentioned once in EOTW or TGH. I imagine it only gets more dense as it goes on . . .
  11. Well, I'm back on track after a long detour! I finished TDR months ago but a lot of things got in the way since then. Now that things have calmed down some, I can immerse myself again. Query: Is TSR the only WOT book not to have a Prologue? Just a general question: I'm starting to feel the "burn" with all of the characters running around, has anyone kept notes while reading the series? Did it help? I'm thinking of starting a journal of notes to go along with my reading just to keep things straight!
  12. It was the craziest blind luck ever. Right now they're fetching $550.00-750.00 but I've seen these go for much more. Just seeing his own handwriting inside the book really gets me jazzed. I never got to meet the man.
  13. So I went to the library yesterday and found this on the $1.00 book shelf: Eye of the World Hardcover w. dust jacket 1st Printing 1st Edition Autographed Dated (1995, South Carolina) Condition: Mint I'm still pinching myself. I can't believe my luck! * * * * I'm about to start Book 4. The past few months were pretty intense & I got sidetracked.
  14. I'm on a similar journey, I just finished book three!
  15. Character & World Building As very writer knows, without strong characters a story is dead. It’s dead to the author, who won’t be able to do anything with their story, and it’s dead to readers, who are unable to invest themselves in the narrative. I’ve read more nonsense about character-building than any other aspect of writing. For the benefit of the inexperienced writer, I’ll pass on a few things I’ve learned about developing strong characters: Process: Writers, especially new writers, love process, mostly because it’s not writing but it allows them to say that they’re “working
  16. From what I've read so far (1-3) I'm not getting a "kinky" vibe. But I haven't gotten that far yet. Skipping through one of the later books I happened upon a spanking & it seemed like something out of the Quiet Man (old movie) to me, nothing even remotely kinky. I also didn't feel like the Seanchan stuff in TGH ever crossed over into being voyeuristic, it just seemed like an attempt to create a logical antithesis to the Aes Sedai.
  17. Hmmmm . . . to begin with, someone specifically asked me to keep posting reactions! And it hardly seems like there's a lot of heavy traffic around here. Also, I've only started one thread per book. Sorry to bother
  18. Lavaliar

    I'm Published!

    Thanks guys (and gals)! It's an exciting time. I can't wait for the "real" book in Sept. either ;)
  19. Well, the day has arrived! My epic fantasy, 19 years in the making, is at last available! http://www.amazon.com/Carrot-Field-ebook/dp/B00D5Z4N28/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=GKXLJZ16EMPK&coliid=I1AH1ADDIV3DUP It can only be read as an Ebook for now. The print editions will be available in September. But I am now an officially published author!
  20. I certainly enjoyed it! Old school prog metal! I used to sing this stuff myself back in ye olden dayes!
  21. Holy Cow ---- Perrin's dream after he meets Faile!!!
  22. I know her only by name & notorious reputation! But I loved her first scene & I liked her introduction. I guess I'll wait & see how I feel about her later!
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