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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. I usually find the trope of "vanished race/people of technical superiority" to be fascinating but I understand if others mileage varies. It just seems that living in the shadow of former greatness is more compelling than being in the peak of that civilization.
  2. I made space in my shelves for this book a long time ago. The space ended up getting filled in (I have too many books - good problem to have). And now I have to create that space again. Damn you, Scott!
  3. The old thread is closed so I'll start this one. Per Scott's Twitter account: IMPORTANT NOTE. Please read. *Ahem.* Yes, I have completed a draft of THORN which will now go to my editors for consideration and planning. This is not a formal announcement of a release date. There will not be such an announcement for a while yet. Please stay tuned!
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    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.
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    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.
  6. 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.
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    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.
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    Malazan: High House Shadow edition

    Just in time for Christmas, Thanks!
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    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.
  10. OK, this will help my irrational rage at this change.
  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".
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    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.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    I've had a Harry Potter story in my head for a number of years but I'm just not going to spend the time and energy to put down on paper what is essentially me just screwing around with three characters that someone else created.
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    The Magicians - SyFy [SHOW SPOILERS ONLY]

    Wow, we are parting from the books at lightning speed. I'm getting a little confused and it's possible I can no longer remember what bits might actually be in the books. At this point it's almost a piece of really good fan fiction; someone read the books and came up with alternative adventures for the characters with some loose inspiration from the books. I don't have a problem with that. There were some things I didn't like in the books that we've done away with, like the whole endless voyage to that island. When Eliot is reprimanding Q for giving up the button and Alice bursts in and then back out, the look Eliot gives Q was priceless. And their encounter with Umber was fun, especially the Law & Order bit and Umber explaining the order/chaos balance between himself and Ember. Interesting too that Reynard was Persephone's son. I guess I had suckered in to the notion that she was his lover. I'm a little irritated that the little asshole got to live and that his mother didn't do some sort of handwave to restore more of the damage, like bring John and his wife back. Kady got totally screwed in my opinion and I don't think the "best bitches" are going to survive this. Q is finally doing the maturing he did in the books. He confronts Mayakovsky, chews out Umber, and does his damnedest with Alice. So I should give the show some credit for sticking to one of the central themes of the book: gifted, precocious kids need to grow up too.
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    Boarders Writing a Novel Part 15

    A quick question about formatting: I have noticed that many agents require you post a sample (or a complete story) in an email and they refuse attachments. Copy and paste into something like Gmail really strips and mangles any attempt to format. So does strict double-spacing, margins, etc. matter when submitting by email?