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  1. Oooh. 1. Lord of the Rings (give it up for the originator) 2. Wheel of Time 3. Dragon Lance (you know you love it! 8) ) 4. The Dark is Rising 5. Threeway tie: the Prydain Chronicles (Lloyd Alexander's series), Chronicles of Narnia, and the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (I dunno if that counts as fantasy, LoL). I have to hang on to the things I loved as a kid, and those were definitely Dragon Lance, the Dark is Rising, and the High King. Plus, of course, Lord of the Rings. Also, has anyone ever read Lloyd Alexander's books?
  2. Jay-Z, Kingdom Come Lupe Fiasco, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor Nas, Hip Hop is Dead ^ Those are my three favorites this year. I know Nas' new cd isn't officially out yet, but I'm calling it as one of the best cds of the year. I'm also lined up to get John Legend's newest, "Once Again," his last cd, "Get Lifted," was a banger...stayed in my car's stereo for like a month straight. In rock news: Ehh, not feeling most of the shizz people are passing as rock these days. I liked Taking Back Sunday's single, "Make Damn Sure," and (this is completely out of the ordinary for me) I totally rock out to "Call Me When You're Sober," from Evanescence (a band I couldn't stand a few years ago). It looks like the new My Chemical Romance cd is going to suck it up, and I'm not a huge fan of the Killers. Slipknot, and all those boys: I don't listen to it. Period. One thing that's irritated me lately: Justin Timberlake working with Timbaland. It's so hard for me to continue hating Justin Timberlake when Timberland delivers him some of the best beats ever. It started with "Justified," and continues with this new "FutureLove SexSounds" or whatever it's called. "My Love" is my favorite non-Kingdom Come song right now. 8)
  3. I think Goodkind either doesn't know what he wants to say, or doesn't know how to say it. He throws in subtle (and not so subtle: see the reaction to Richard's statue in Faith of the Fallen) hints at the independence of man, allowing reason to rule, recognizing that each human being knows that his/her actions are the only right ones, etc. But I don't think the books are well enough centered around any of these theories to say that he's trying to put out one singular philosophy or world view. He might be more successful if he attempted to write an actual series of books, the way WoT is a series, instead of writing independent books that happen to relate to one another in a timeline. I think that bugs me more than anything else, really. I mean, I'm all about exciting endings, but I'm also interested in not rushing to the ending...it seems like Goodkind always rushes to the endings of his books, things just conveniently fall into place for no reason other than convenience. -shrug- Gee, I think I went off topic. My bad. :oops: [edit] Also, to respond regarding Ayn Rand and whether her ideas are well-founded: From what I understand Rand (and I see the trend in Goodkind, too) is a proponent of laissez-faire economics. Such a program can only work in the mind of an optimist, much like communism (I hear Rand was Russian). At their core, both sound like good ideas. However, in this world, neither can work, both for the same reason: human greed. Communism doesn't work because people are uninterested in actually sharing all they've worked for with the common good, and they've got the misplaced notion that freedom of mobility and self is essential to life. Laissez-faire economics has also failed. Unfortunately, without government intervention, the world ends up with "robber barons" instead of "captains of industry." Monopolies begin and are perpetuated due to unfair tactics by those in charge of them. Thus, laissez-faire market practices are only practical in an ideal world, where no man wants more than what he can actually do of his own will and by his own hand. [/edit]
  4. I really enjoyed playing on the WoTMud, I just got caught up on the Game of Stones site and haven't really played at WotMud. Once school's off for Christmas break, I'm sure I'll be playing all these games...WoTMud, this one, and Game of Stones (I'm majorly looking forward to the Version 2.0 upgrade, holla!) Unless, of course, I receive the PlayStation 3 that I'm so eagerly anticipating. Then I'll be playing PS3. Muahahaha.
  5. It's hard to choose from artists in the 21st century...wow. I'll go with people I don't think anyone else will nominate, even though they honestly might deserve the award: The Roots Foo Fighters 8)
  6. I think Achilles was the original anti-hero, which probably places him high in the rankings. Right?
  7. I can't stand: June Jones, the fact that Liliha Bakery doesn't accept debit cards, tourists (the pushy, irritatingly rude kind)...in fact, rude people in general suck...50 Cent and Cam'Ron can both take a long walk off a short pier with a tiger shark waiting at the end of it...I hate Britney Spears, I hate her husband, I hate Paris Hilton. I hate that VH1 creates shows that attempt to make the not fabulously wealthy population feel bad about themselves (it hasn't worked on me yet, b!tches!). I can't stand that Justin Timberlake is no longer being as lame, so now it's hard to remember that I used to hate him and the boy band phenomenon he represented. I hate Bobby Brown for what he did to Whitney (I hear they're finally getting a divorce!). I hate people who don't watch where they're going when they're paddling for a wave, and then brain innocent victims and get mad at the victims...LoL, I hate law school...I love this thread.
  8. Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor. If you're not a rap fan, I could understand why you aren't interested in Lupe. But if you are...man, you should pick up this cd. It's ill. He's great at storytelling and imagery. This kid is going to be the next...Kanye, or something. Luuuuupe!
  9. I finished it a few days ago. I liked it. -shrug- I can understand why a diehard WoT fan wouldn't enjoy it as much, there aren't as many characters, so there's less intrigue etc., and parts of it are kinda predictable. But still, I enjoyed reading it, it was a quick read because it was entertaining. I'll be getting the second one tomorrow. :D
  10. Hawaii, born and raised. 8) Mclean, are you Maori? If you are, you and I are the only two Polynesians in this thread. LoL.
  11. I wanted to thank you all for your suggestions. :D And, in case y'all are wondering, I picked up "Wizard's First Rule" which is apparently the first in this "Sword of Truth" series. I tried to look for A Song of Ice and Fire, but I found Goodkind's book first (I guess he just put out a new one, "Phantom") so that's what I went with.
  12. I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of Lupe Fiasco's "Food & Liquor" cd. It should be iiiiiiiiill.
  13. As someone who hasn't spent much time reading the non-Frank Herbert penned Dune books, I suppose I'm not qualified as an expert. But I agree, there are many similarities between Dune and WoT. Maybe that's because there are such compelling stories in them...maybe compelling isn't the right word, maybe "common" is, they've got common themes. When you think about it, both Paul and Rand are Christ-like, or even Arthurian-type figures...a man, or "one of his line," coming back to fulfill his duty to protect the world, yada yada yada. People like the idea of a human being becoming more than a human being...prophecies wouldn't have been such a big hit if that fact weren't true. Also, in this day and age, it's commonplace to romanticize nomadic peoples and/or tribal groups. We recognize that they lead a different life; simpler, mystical and inspiring. I guess if I were a shrink, I'd say we like those kinds of cultures because they seem so much more civil..."uncomplicated" (whether that's true or not, it's something people like to imagine and read about). And with the Bene Gesserit/Aes Sedai comparison, that's like the images of Druids and other mystics that we've lost track of, but continue to fantasize about. -shrug- Anyway, yeah...the books are the same, but it's likely more because they have such common ideas and fantasies, not because one was necessarily inspired by the other (although RJ probably read Dune in his lifetime).
  14. I figure I'm gonna get gonged for this immediately, but everytime there's a reference to Mat's soon-to-be-cycloptic condition, I think these two things: 1. In these prophecies/dreams/whatevers, Mat is represented by one eye, because of the one-eyed fox medallion he wears (you know, the one that protects him from saidar/saidin flows). So, for example, when it talks about "one eye balanced on the scale" or whatever the reference is, I figure that's a reference to Mat himself being on the scale, or putting himself up for a wager. Maybe sacrificing himself for something. Or, 2. Mat will be forced to wager something he holds dear, and he'll put up the one-eyed fox medallion. So, in the same one eye on the scale hypo, Mat's medallion is being wagered against something. Either way, in my theories, he doesn't literally lose his eye. Instead, he either loses the medallion (and maybe his memory, which makes him the great general that he is), and deals with all those problems, or loses his personal wager, like...maybe he sacrifices himself, or something. I think he'd do it. As for that "half the light of the world to save the world" talk, I always figured he'd introduce the world to gunpowder, and the weapons that use it, thus clouding the world in turmoil and war...or, to be poetic, extinguishing the world's innocence/light. LoL. That's what I always thought, anyway. So, the references are all figurative speech for me...but then again, I didn't even realize that Mat's character was inspired by Odin. LoL.
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