C.T. Phipps

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  • Birthday 12/19/1980

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    Ashland, Ky
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    Being married to my beautiful wife. Writing. Urban Fantasy. Horror. Sci-fi. Epic Fantasy. Horror. Zombies. You know, the usual.

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  1. Audible is having a "1st in a series" sale with lots of great authors available for just $5 on audiobook. Now's the time to pick them up. https://www.audible.com/ep/FirstInSeries2018 My book, THE RULES OF SUPERVILLAINY, is one of the ones featured. https://www.audible.com/pd/Fiction/The-Rules-of-Supervillainy-Audiobook/B016X128EK
  2. I love Ciri to death but she's suicidal and kind of stupid at various points in her life. Rarely is a heroine suffering PTSD and also a person who committed war crimes as a teenager.
  3. Well, Ciri is the protagonist and Maguffin by Blood of Elves but the short stories are where most characters begin.
  4. Eh, the back and forth between producers who want X product and the directors who want to do it their way is as old as time and not always something on the artist's side. Famously, Spiderman the Musical was an enormous cluster**** because the directors wanted....a musical about Spiderman and they wanted to do an artistic story about the medium of storytelling where Spiderman meditates on being a fictional character.
  5. Honestly, I'm a bit on their side where Sam didn't want to deliver the product they asked for. The Sandman and Hobgoblin plots weren't great.
  6. In the case of Sam Raimi it was more like this: Sam: Okay, I have this big story about revenge and forgiveness all set up. Executives: We want Venom and Gwen Stacy in this movie. Sam: Wait, what? That makes no sense. Executives: I'm sorry, is 100 million dollars not enough for you! We had this conversation. Sam: I hate venom and I had Mary Jane the entire time. Executives: Just do it. Sam: *inserts them and makes almost no changes to his film*
  7. Well, at least we'll have an ending.
  8. Re: Iago Well the thing about Iago is he actually doesn't do the majority of the horrible shit which ends up destroying Othello. Yeah, he frames Michael and Desdemona but he's not really someone who is taking that many risks. It's also not really that difficult for him to get Othello to turn on his bride because he's naturally a suspicious and resentful person because--well, he has reason to be except to his wife. Slander is the cheapest form of destroying someone. Re: Kvothe I'm probably never going to have this confirmed but I do like the idea Kvothe is meant to be completely full of himself. He thinks he's telling the unvarnished truth about himself but the fact is he's so naturally full of himself that he can't help but see it all through the perspective of himself as the world's most awesome man. Then again, maybe I've giving Rothfuss too much credit.
  9. I took three Shakespeare classes and got to read and watch the text both that it's not really a mystery. People have tried to make Iago supernaturally evil or bring a new interpretation to him but he's actually 3-dimensional in his motivations as is. 1. Iago thinks Othello slept with his wife. I hate the Moor; And it is thought abroad that 'twixt my sheets He has done my office: I know not if't be true; But I, for mere suspicion in that kind, Will do as if for surety. 2. Iago hates the fact Othello is in charge of him. 3. Othello appointed Michael above Iago despite the fact the man is underqualified. 4. There's a surprising amount of racism for the 17th century that is straight upfront a large part of why Iago hates him. I actually considered doing a version of Othello set in the New York City police department based on this. But, honestly, none of these are particularly bad motivations for framing a superior officer's wife for adultery with another superior officer in hopes of taking them all out. It's arguably better motivated than Littlefinger, his obvious descendant.
  10. I never had too many issues with Iago but I viewed him as motivated by petty jealousy and racism. Nothing supernatural needs to be said about a guy who dislikes a rich foreigner marrying above the lowly guard's station.
  11. God send her to distant shores where JRR Tolkien and Lewis await.
  12. Well, as a criticism it's merely the fact we have these big huge "revenge" plots of Kovacs that I think don't really add much to the character other than shock value. He's an Envoy and that means he's meant to be an incredibly deadly sociopathic killer who is also a master social engineer. The reason we like Takeshi, though, is that he is a champion of the underdog and the people he goes against are worse. I think Richard K. Morgan goes overboard in those instances trying to make his overthetop violence feel emotional and justified. But that's just me. Again, YMMV. I felt like the character in the first book was more enjoyable because he seemed a little more proportional in his rage.
  13. The mass murder at the end of book 2# basically seemed pointless as well as directed solely by Takeshi's bloodlust. He's wiping them all out, people he fought with, in a permanent horrific manner because they killed someone else he fought with in a permanent horrific manner. Similarly, the people he teamed up with have generally done equally awful things and he doesn't kill them. His whole "kill an entire religion" plan in Book 3# also falls apart the moment one remembers the person he's avenging was part of it too.
  14. My Lucifer's Star, Wraith Knight, and Straight Outta Fangton novels are now available on Kindle Unlimited. I don't expect them to blow up but I hope it'll add to the review core.
  15. Here's my short rundown: I *LOVE* Altered Carbon and think it's one of the best cyberpunk/sci fi novels I've ever read. It's amazing and fun with great characters as well as a stirring protagonist. I think the books after it are progressively worse and get worse as Richard tries to recapture the edginess and power of the original but only really makes Takeshi look insane. Which, fair enough, he may be. A Land Fit for Heroes is something I clock as excellent fantasy but I also think it does run into the issue of grimdark which is the protagonists are such assholes it's hard to really care about their success at times. I also felt the ending didn't really work for me. I can't quite put it into words but while Abercrombie and Lawrence's endings were amazing and heartbreaking, this one just felt kind of stiff.