Note: Brian is no longer a member of this group.
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Sep 23, 2009 05:32PM
Just finished with Dean Koontz's Frankenstein series and Terry Brooks Princess of Landover. Am trying to finish A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin so I can get to the next one!
Where's the Stew? Or, Fantasy Food (51 new)
Mar 01, 2009 08:19AM
If you want a writer who has a knack for describing food, Brian Jacques, is one of the best. In his Redwall books, in which all the characters are woodland animals, he describes the most wonderful sounding dishes and drinks, although most of the ingredients would probably a human sick.lol
Feb 19, 2009 09:29PM
I apologize if my comments may have gone too far and off topic. I have been holed up in my home for several days. Nothing to do. Cabin fever. Maniacal dylerium due to prolonged bordom. trying to read 4 different books, none of which has grabbed my interest, yet. All excuses aside, what really attracts me to Fantasy is that, for the most part, you are stepping into the unknown; into totally foriegn worlds with no preconceptions as to the rules of law or nature. Meeting interesting and/or amusing characters, be they human or otherwise. Going on adventures where anything is possible, within the constraints, rules,and natural laws that define these worlds. I am always looking for the next book/story that is well written enough for me to be able to immerse myself in the story, not thinking about why the author did this or that because all my concentration is on the next sentence, the next event.
Feb 19, 2009 05:08PM
Feb 19, 2009 04:42PM
Viktoria, As far as I know the laws of physics were not legally created or codified by any government that I'm aware of, but I could be mistaken. My statement that existence is defined by the laws of reality is a true statement. That which exists must be real. And there can be no existence without reality. It's just that I get a little irritated when someone makes statements as fact that good and evil do not exist, and that because humankind created these ideas they should be considered preposterous, especially by someone who purports himself to be a realist. And I agree that we are way off topic.
Feb 19, 2009 12:58PM
Laws are not parallel to morals and good. They define the boundries of what is considered moral and good. Existence is defined by the laws of reality, therefore the only place where these laws can be said to not exist is in fantasy. This leads me to conclude that the world you inhabit, if there is no right or wrong, good or evil, is a fantasy. LOL
Feb 19, 2009 09:07AM
Good or evil, right or wrong, reality or fantasy. These are words that are used to define theoretical ideas based on the perceptions or experiences of individuals or groups of individuals. As I stated earlier each is fluid and changes with the point of view of these individuals or groups. It was a common belief at one time that the world was flat. That was considered a reality until the experiences of a few strong willed individuals proved it to be wrong. A fantasy. The ongoing wars between Musslims and Jews is the product of the perception that the other is evil. But the wars, the indicrimanate taking of lives by either side is evil, in my opinion, no matter the point of view. To say that good and evil do not "exist" as fact is to say that there is no right and no wrong. And yet I understand that, though these theoretical ideas change as time and perceptions change and knowlege increases, there must be some way of defining these ideas so that individuals have a way of understanding the limits of right and wrong, thus laws. And if humans are not the true arbitors of these limits, then who would be? Vulcans? ;2)
Feb 19, 2009 06:36AM
Now you're beginnng to sound like an anarchist. The definition of right and wrong is fundamental to the establishment of a moral society. Yet these boundries are fluid and change with the perception of each individual. What might be considered right for one is wrong for another. Yet the delineation of these precepts must be established for the framework of a true society, where the rights of individuals are defined so as to allow for the "greater good" of all. To deny the basic tenets of right and wrong is to deny the existence of good and evil which is inherent in the makeup of all individuals.
Feb 18, 2009 06:06AM
Thanks. As I said, I bought the first three books, so I plan on reading them all. I guess he's using most of the first book to bring this myriad of characters into the plot and setting the stage for the action to come. I'm just used to the delineation between the good guys(Starks or Lannisters? I haven't figured that out yet) and bad guys(Targaryens?, and I'm not so sure about King Robert) to come a little quicker. But with the number of characters being introduced so far I guess I just need to be patient and keep reading, so I'll press on and hopefully It'll become a little clearer.
Feb 17, 2009 07:15PM
Almost 200 pages into Game of Thrones and I still don't know who the main character is!! I've read all this stuff about how good these books are, so I bought the first three in the series. Now I'm beginning to wonder. Does the pace pick up any because I'm really struggling to stay interested?
Feb 17, 2009 06:59PM
I just hope they do a good job on it and keep it somewhat close to the original storyline. I wish they would do Kingdom for Sale series as a movie.
Sword of Truth (45 new)
Feb 17, 2009 06:53PM
This is one of my favorites. Although some of the books drag a little, such as Temple of the Winds. But most of the books are very good.
Feb 17, 2009 03:22PM
Dark and light do pertain directly with evil and good. These terms relating to good and evil come from the natural human fears related to night and day.
Feb 17, 2009 09:19AM
Feb 14, 2009 08:00AM
I've read a variety of books from Historical Fiction, such as The Kent Family Chronicals, to Straight Fiction such as Clive Cusslers Dirk Pitt series, Science fiction, Horror and Fantasy. Fantasy is my favorite because of the myriad types of characters and worlds that can spark and invigorate the imagination. I believe Fantasy allows one's own mind to create the images of these characters and worlds and makes the story different for everyone who reads them because everyone is going to "see" them individually. It allows me to do some of the creating right along with the author, because although the author might discribe the character or world it is my own imagination that has to create the pictures. That also partially explains why I'm sometimes disappointed in movies or tv shows made from fantasy books I've read. I've already developed my own idea of what or how a character will look and act like and someone else's interpretation clashes with my own.
Feb 09, 2009 03:49PM
What they've done with the Legend of the Seeker is a travesty. Whoever in the Nine Hells is writing the scripts for this TV series should be drawn and quartered. The sisters of the light appointing Kahlan as the Mother Confessor!!! And who the heck was this other Mother Confessor they came up with. Kahlan was THE LAST mother confessor from the start of the books. Darken Rahl had murdered all the others. AHHHGGGGG!!!!! I'm Currently reading a Game of Thrones so I definately will not be watching HBO's version until I finish it.
Stand Alone Fantasy Recommendations? (169 new)
Feb 02, 2009 01:53PM
Alphabet Soup, Anyone? (21 new)
Feb 02, 2009 06:03AM
Maybe R.A.Salvatore will get wind of your "Z" problem and get an idea to write a prequel to the LoD. A story abaout Drizzt's father Zaknefain, who, from reading about him in Homeland, was somewhat conflicted himself. He could call it "Zaknefain, Sire to a Legend". Well... maybe not. ;2]
Jan 31, 2009 12:31PM
There's no need to read or reread the Silmarillon before reading CoH. But I thought it was interesting to go back and reread the Sil afterwards. Then again I'm a Fantasy nut and I really enjoy Tolkeins' style of writing.
Question about Prologues (44 new)
Jan 30, 2009 03:34PM
I'm wondering if sometimes these prologues aren't also used as hooks or teasers. I know that information about the story appears on the dustcovers of hardbacks and rear cover of paperbacks, but I usually read either the prologue or part of the first chapter, usually 5 to 10 pages, to see if it peaks my interest. It also allows me to get a better idea of the style of writing contained in the book.