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About Jerol

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    The Artist Formerly Known as Dagger
  • Birthday 09/11/1957

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    a lonely, distant corner of North Dakota
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    Reading (Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Mysteries/Thrillers, Historical Fic, general literature), writing, exercise, music, complaining about Minnesota sports teams.

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  1. Jerol

    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Dammit, Wert. These posts make me want to reread these books and I just don't have the time for it. I haven't even gotten to Esslemont's stuff yet. One caveat about Memories of Ice, which is my favorite book in the series: The Mhybe. She may be my least favorite character of the series with her incessant whining and complaining. I can't think of a character I have hated more but then again, I've never read a Goodkind book.
  2. Jerol

    Rothfuss XIV: The Slow Regard of Luna Lovegood

    Rothfuss has conveniently forgotten that in the sixties the Flower Children were pretty much certain that the Hobbit's leaf was actually the noble weed. Not that they needed further encouragement to smoke the stuff.
  3. After digging into Sharp Ends I'm wondering when Joe is going to revisit Shev and Javre. Given the size of the trilogy and the amount of work it will talk (copy-editing, publicity tours, etc) I fear I am in for a long wait.
  4. It's in my read pile but I have yet to get there. It did seem to get a lot of positive attention and the concept is intriguing.
  5. Jerol

    FIRE AND BLOOD Volume 1

    Is this where I post this update? http://georgerrmartin.com/notablog/2018/04/25/fire-blood-on-the-way/
  6. Jerol

    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    I would love such a book but trying to make sense of the magic system, like the Malazan timeline, is a pathway to madness.
  7. Jerol

    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Just in time for Christmas, Thanks!
  8. Jerol

    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Anyone have an idea about the second Korbal Broach and Bauchelain collection - Amazon US says it's out of print.
  9. Jerol

    Pet-Peeves in Novels?

    Rowling has said that HP is not a Gary Stu - if any character is a representation of JK it's Hermoine. And she's not idealized enough to fit the template. I started re-reading Altered Carbon while waiting for my wife to agree to watch the series and man, Kovacs really is a Gary Stu. I've read a number of Morgan's books and his obsession with overly macho uber-warrior boner-waving protagonists has grown thin with me. The only dream sequences that work for me are Martin's and even those get a little confusing for the reader. That's probably a feature rather than a bug. Info dumps - bad. I remember reading this acclaimed space opera and right in the middle of the climatic battle, the author had to veer off and explain how this one particular weapon worked. SHOW, NOT TELL DAMMIT! That image is freaking awesome! Well played sir!
  10. Jerol

    Goodkind 54: How to Revive a Dead Dick

    Came here hoping that this cover fiasco was being discussed. You folks do not disappoint. This is ridiculously unprofessional and downright rude. The artist is just following the guidelines given by the art director and authors just shouldn't die on this hill. And it Tairy dies on a hill I hope it is because someone punched through his body and ripped out his spine, followed by a little girl kicking him in the face, and then being buggered by an evil rooster. It's only fair.
  11. We watched the first two episodes and found it pretty damn entertaining. I'm rather jonesing for the next one because we were left with a cliffhanger and it's been years since I read the first book.
  12. OK, this will help my irrational rage at this change.
  13. Hmm, with Christopher Tolkien no longer being a roadblock that might open up all of the properties. If I were Amazon/Bezos I'd secure WETA for effects and costuming immediately. Then start shopping for writers and directors. There's a host of fantasy authors that would love a crack at some of these tales. And I'd definitely approach Guillermo del Toro and Patty Jenkins with the question "which of these stories would you like to tell".
  14. It might be a sign that this forum is slipping if I can go four pages without seeing the name Richard Rahl/Cypher
  15. Jerol

    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    Rats, they want a word count under 90K. I had to kill a lot of darlings to get under 120K and I don't think the piece could withstand any more carnage. Nonetheless, thanks for posting and good luck to anyone who sends in a submission.