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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

    The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter...Theodora Goss

    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.
  2. 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/
  3. 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.
  4. Jerol

    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Just in time for Christmas, Thanks!
  5. 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.
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. OK, this will help my irrational rage at this change.
  10. Jerol

    Iron Maiden. Discuss.

    I saw them in St Paul this year and it was a fabulous show. Louder than hell, I had to wear plugs but that's the state of metal these days. Bruce was hitting the high notes right from the start and his energy level was stupendous. The set was wonderfully cheesy but hey, that's Iron Maiden. They played every note like it was going to be their last and at an age where most of their peers are phoning it in that's saying something. As far as what to buy, the run from Number of the Beast through Seventh Son is astonishing and those two punkish albums that proceeded it are um..killers. Book of Souls is overly long but I don't know where I'd cut it. Certainly not the eighteen minute "Empire of the Clouds" - it's about a freaking airship!
  11. 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".
  12. Jerol

    Star Trek: Discovery

    Oh, and another few things that bugged the living hell out of me. The carving of the Federation symbol into the sand was just ridiculous. A, the Captain should have said what she was doing; B, a simpler symbol would have been less time-consuming considering their dire circumstances, and good jebus, did they actually show a space ship INSIDE the planet's atmosphere. Didn't our relentless mockery of this on Star Trek: Into Dumbness cure these writers of that trope?!
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    I have to say I'm rather under-whelmed to the point where I'm not going to cross a paywall to follow it up. Maybe it gets better but I just don't need another streaming service. And I'm aghast at the amount of time CBS milked for ads. I kept switching channels to the football game and you could watch a few plays, come back, and it was still a parade of ads for Young Sheldon. Among other issues I was bothered by: retcon of Spock having an adopted sister, adopted sister behaving in a manner quite illogical, speaking of logic there was a lack of it in the plot, two steps forward by having two female leads and one step backward for having one of them run through the ship in her white underoos, two steps forward by having two leads who are PoC and one step backward for having the Big Bad of the season be Black Klingons, the way the show treated Klingons in general ignored the established canon plus the ornate beacon was ridiculous and so was the fancy bat'leth, and just everything about Death Guy.
  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.