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Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: August 20, 2009, 03:37:03 AM »
Oh I didn't realize you posted this here too.  I responded on the actual review to your comment..

Think of it this way.  If you have any experience with playing RPGs you will know a rule of thumb for a GM is to put the characters in a position that their strengths are mitigated, or focus on their weaknesses.  For example, if you have a character with wings, put them in a building, cave, etc. where that character can't fly.  If you have a mage with 5 fire spells, make 6 monsters attack.  It adds more conflict, and more interest and forces the player to think a bit more.

I feel like this could have been applicable somewhat.  Vaatzes obviously is a master engineer, which is really, really cool, but he has no conflict.  He just breezes through everything manipulating those around him, with hardly a thought or effort.  BORING.

Basically, I appreciate your comment about the pomposity.  A lot.  I think the story could have been absolutely magnificent if Parker had focused on that, but then had Vaatzes discover that he was wrong and COULD NOT manipulate people the same way he does his machines.  That would have been a much more interesting story.

Dan Wells / Re: WorldCon and World Fantasy
« on: August 20, 2009, 02:50:53 AM »
Rob's gonna be pissed!

Dan Wells / Re: WorldCon and World Fantasy
« on: August 19, 2009, 02:18:25 AM »
I call dibs on sharing a bed with you BG.  Rob was too busy moping last time to spoon me, and this time I think he will be too busy day-dreaming.

Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: August 17, 2009, 01:10:03 PM »
Lord Slamel?  I suppose.  I am pretty villianous.  Just ask Dan about my character traits if I were to be made an RPG character.

Can that be a the forum rule? "We don't talk about Goodkind."

If Bakker had a monkey he would name one of them Terry and try not to look at it.  Sounds like a good forum rule to me.

I personally think the scariest villian in WoT was Perrin's beard.  But that incredibly engaging rivalry was concluded early on, leaving us with only Nynaeve and her braid.  A tragic waste of conflict in my opinion.  However, at least we got a dozen pages or so of the battle between Perrin and his facial hair.  The very epitome of Epic Fantasy.  I heard a rumor that one of the side story novels Jordan was planning to write was about the travels of Perrin's beard after it's disgraceful defeat.  I, for one, vote yes on that.

Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: August 17, 2009, 04:00:28 AM »
Oh please.  Sammael has nothing on me!

Books / Re: Book Review Site
« on: August 16, 2009, 12:34:49 PM »
Now i must ask, with the name of the blog, being what it is, who is the target? Are you mocking yourselves, Senator Clinton, or the biggot who yells at children who play on his lawn?

The name originated from a conversation I was having with a journalist who is obsessed with Stephen King's The Stand.  I took the position of trashing the book, and the other guy called me a Pretentious Literary Elitist.  Steve and I thought it was hilarious and both of us knew it was true, so we figured why not admit to our awesomeness and tell everyone just how awesome we really are.  As much fun as it is to make fun of Sen. Clinton and that bigot, we are really just mocking ourselves.

By the way, to echo Steve, thanks to everyone for the support and compliments for the website.

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