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    Quote Originally Posted by LJ3 View Post
    Nice!
    Mabinogion is Welsh mythology right?
    Yep, even includes a bit of King Arthur as well.

    After having experienced Fate, it's always bemusing to read Arthurian stories and imagine Saber in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lycodrake View Post
    Finally got my hands on some Terry Pratchett due to Christmas gifts from family - Color of Magic and Mort.
    Those are good if a little primitive, the golden age of discworld starts in Wyrd Sisters IMO
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    Reaper Man, I'd say.

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    That said, it's good to try and read the novels in order.
    My fanfics:
    The Gift (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot)
    - A duel between Cú Chulainn and Scáthach.
    Passion Acknowledged (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) (Lemon) - Shirou and Shinji finally acknowledge their feelings.
    He Was a Good King (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A short exploration of Beowulf's character as a hero and a king.
    A Fairy Tale of Love and Death (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A meeting between Scáthach and King Hassan in the distant past.

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    I tried that, got stuck somewhere and never read the rest.
    Better to just pick up whichever tickles your fancy, I think.

    Oh, and The Nation, everyone should read The Nation.
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    Just found out that Christopher Paolini put out another book set in Alagaesia (The Fork, the Witch and the Worn) while Philip Pullman is revisiting the multiverse of His Dark Materials in a new trilogy, titled The Book of Dust.
    I am torn between being elated and really, really scared about how they'll measure up.
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    ...Let's hope he's improved a lot since Eragon.
    My fanfics:
    The Gift (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot)
    - A duel between Cú Chulainn and Scáthach.
    Passion Acknowledged (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) (Lemon) - Shirou and Shinji finally acknowledge their feelings.
    He Was a Good King (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A short exploration of Beowulf's character as a hero and a king.
    A Fairy Tale of Love and Death (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A meeting between Scáthach and King Hassan in the distant past.

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    Wonder if he will come out and admit eragon is gay
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    Didn't know that was a thing, I stopped reading midway through the second book.
    My fanfics:
    The Gift (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot)
    - A duel between Cú Chulainn and Scáthach.
    Passion Acknowledged (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) (Lemon) - Shirou and Shinji finally acknowledge their feelings.
    He Was a Good King (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A short exploration of Beowulf's character as a hero and a king.
    A Fairy Tale of Love and Death (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A meeting between Scáthach and King Hassan in the distant past.

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    Pretty sure Eragon spent the entire tetralogy being various stages of starry-eyed about Arya, and if memory serves he even (much to the pleasure of the shippers and disdain of anyone with a functional brain) got together with her at the end, so no, that is almost certainly not a thing.Anyway, I picked up The Fork, the Witch and the Worm, so I'll share my impessions when I'm done.

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    Also Spoony, I'd say the third book is by far the best and the ending of the second isn't that bad either.

    First chapter of TWTWATW deals with Murtagh helping a little girl and dueling seven thugs with a (magically strengtgened) fork. Not that bad, though nothing to write home about either.
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    Actually he didn’t get together with her. More importantly it’s more of a fan joke then anything due to paolani spending more time describing orimov’s hairless groin or him and his cousins tearing clothes off themselves and each other then he ever did actually describing the elf.

    through 4 books she gets maybe 3 lines of actual description and even now nobody really knows what she is supposed to look like
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    The best part of Eragon was his cousin.

    I do remember enjoying the third book a lot at the time though.

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    Weird, I was sure that
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    they got together when their dragons did. Though the new book showcasing Eragon dealing with Dragon Rider paperwork but no mention of Arya corroborates this.
    Anyway, the third book had it all: Political insights on the inner workings of the Rebe- the Varden, intrigue, straight up human fighting from Roran and the gang, and superhuman fighting from no-longer-a-whiny-birch Eragon.

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    Also, Arya DOES get a lot of lines describing her "unearthly beauty", it's just that they're pretty light on actual physical features.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deathhappens View Post
    Though the new book showcasing Eragon dealing with Dragon Rider paperwork
    Incredible
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    That time they checked out that hot guy they were just admiring his watch, yeah?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SeiKeo View Post
    Incredible
    It's a rough job but someone's gotta do it.


    Finished the book, not that it was particularly big ('round 300 pages, including a teaser of the first chapter of Eragon for some unfathomable reason). It's essentially an anthology of three loosely connected short stories: Eragon is busting his ass trying to set up the new Dragon Rider stronghold, so the Eldunari show him a vision of the outside world to cheer him up (Murtagh's story); Angela drops in with Elva in tow and gives him parts of her memoirs (apparently she writes them out of order) so we get some musings from her written by Angela Paolini for the second story; some dwarves die in an accident so we get an ancient Urgal myth/story. As for the wordbuilding, all we get is that
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    Nasuada is now Queen, though we're not told the details, and Arya is also Queen back in Du Weldenvarden for some reason (I guess Islanzadi stepped down? I don't remember her dying in Inheritance).
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    I heartily recommend the graphic novel "Three", by Kieron Gillen (the same guy who wrote the Kid Loki stories for Marvel). It's a damn good story on its own right, but it also completely overturns that awful pro-fascist piece-of-shit graphic novel "300", by Frank Miller, which got adapted into an even worse (and somehow even more imperialistic) movie by Zack Snyder by working off actual History.
    My fanfics:
    The Gift (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot)
    - A duel between Cú Chulainn and Scáthach.
    Passion Acknowledged (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) (Lemon) - Shirou and Shinji finally acknowledge their feelings.
    He Was a Good King (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A short exploration of Beowulf's character as a hero and a king.
    A Fairy Tale of Love and Death (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A meeting between Scáthach and King Hassan in the distant past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpoonyViking View Post
    I heartily recommend the graphic novel "Three", by Kieron Gillen (the same guy who wrote the Kid Loki stories for Marvel). It's a damn good story on its own right, but it also completely overturns that awful pro-fascist piece-of-shit graphic novel "300", by Frank Miller, which got adapted into an even worse (and somehow even more imperialistic) movie by Zack Snyder by working off actual History.
    I'm up for anything that portrays Sparta as the fascistic battle-crazed hellhole it was in reality, but how was the 300 movie imperialistic? Wasn't the whole story about defending yourself against an empire?

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    I get what you're going for my dude and keep fighting the good fight, but you literally can't call a society from 600 BC fascist that's the worst kind of historiographical mistake, the Spartans are at least a few centuries removed from 1789 let alone the 20th century
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    Quote Originally Posted by RoydGolden View Post
    I'm up for anything that portrays Sparta as the fascistic battle-crazed hellhole it was in reality, but how was the 300 movie imperialistic? Wasn't the whole story about defending yourself against an empire?
    It was a story about a society seemingly composed entirely of white-skinned people fighting against a Middle Easterner-coded society supposedly in the name of "freedom", with the Spartan queen spouting one of the Bush administration's catchphrases ("Freedom isn't free"). Zack Snyder couldn't have made the parallels with the War on Terror clearer than if he had tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Five_X View Post
    I get what you're going for my dude and keep fighting the good fight, but you literally can't call a society from 600 BC fascist that's the worst kind of historiographical mistake, the Spartans are at least a few centuries removed from 1789 let alone the 20th century
    Yeah, but this is an informal post in an informal context, not an article or similar. I'd say using "fascistic" as shorthand for "totalitarian, ultra-militaristic, xenophobic and eugenistic society" is fair.
    ...I say, while remembering all the times I pedantically pointed out historical inaccuracies when discussing the Arthurian mythos in this forum. Hrmph. You're right, there's merit in accuracy.
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    My fanfics:
    The Gift (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot)
    - A duel between Cú Chulainn and Scáthach.
    Passion Acknowledged (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) (Lemon) - Shirou and Shinji finally acknowledge their feelings.
    He Was a Good King (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A short exploration of Beowulf's character as a hero and a king.
    A Fairy Tale of Love and Death (a Fate/Stay Night one-shot) - A meeting between Scáthach and King Hassan in the distant past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skull View Post
    As a birthday gift to me from me I finally bought my own copy of this.



    Now I don't have to walk to the library every time I want to re-read it.
    I might get myself a version of this once I finish Le Morte d'Arthur. However, I still gotta reread the Ramayana and Mahabaratha, so...
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    Really, all 3 of the romances in F/SN are 'for want of a nail' kind of situations.
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    You mean because Shirou winds up falling for the first of the three that he Nailed?
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    I dunno why rin gets so much flack for actually being an equal partner in the routei mean, don’t get me wrong, seibah fo’ life and all, but seriouslysaber ends up doing the lion’s share of the work so it’s not really an equal partnership, and Sakura was damsel in distress, UBW is the only one where you have two people who use their strengths and shared feelings to compliment and overcome each other’s Weaknesses to achieve their goals, and for some reason that makes rin less of a heroine?dah fuck is that logic?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpoonyViking View Post
    It was a story about a society seemingly composed entirely of white-skinned people fighting against a Middle Easterner-coded society supposedly in the name of "freedom", with the Spartan queen spouting one of the Bush administration's catchphrases ("Freedom isn't free"). Zack Snyder couldn't have made the parallels with the War on Terror clearer than if he had tried.
    I agree that was probably Snyder's intent, but it doesn't really hold up to scrutiny. The Persian Empire was a massive military juggernaut that went around invading and subjugating other countries in the name of spreading "freedom" and "civilization". If you were to draw a serious analogy between the Greco-Persian War and the War on Terror the Persians wouldn't be Al Qaeda or whatever, they'd be America!

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