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The Great Hunt

The Great Hunt continues the story that began with The Eye of the World.

Rand, Mat, and Perrin are three young men recently plucked from their quiet farming community and thrust into the center of events as the Pattern weaves itself around them... possibly in accordance with the ancient Prophecies of the Dragon, prophecies which describe a man who once broke the world and who will be reborn to do it again.

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Thu Apr 28 03:00:56 CDT 2005 by Matthew. Comments

The Eye of the World

The Eye of the World is the first novel in Robert Jordan's epic series The Wheel of Time. The series, which began in 1985 and presently spans more than 10 books, has been wildly popular ever since.

The author has described the first part of The Eye of the World as a homage to Tolkien's epic trilogy. Whether the series is worthy of that comparison remains to be seen, but there are certainly many elements that the initial part of both series have in common. Readers who find the similarity uncomfortable should remember that it was deliberately done, and that the pattern is broken about halfway through the book.

The story begins in the small farming village of Emond's Field, part of a loose community called the Two Rivers. It is a simple community, filled with simple folk content to raise sheep and grow crops. A hard winter is coming to an end, the wolves are hungry, and there are rumors of strangers in town -- a lady and her guard, and a threatening, silent man in a black cloak who prefers to lurk.

From that point on, things get complicated.

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Thu Apr 28 02:39:42 CDT 2005 by Matthew. Comments

Serenity

There's a trailer out for Serenity, the movie-length treatment of Joss Whedon's Firefly series.

Wed Apr 27 02:29:15 CDT 2005 by Matthew. Comments

Expanded Universe

Expanded universe is an odd collection - unlike every other author's volume of short stories you've read, EU is half author musings. It is almost as if Heinlein sat down to fill 500+ pages with social commentary, and used the short story format for about half of it.

If you are a fan of all things Heinlein you will doubtless enjoy this cross-section of his mind. If you were born in my parent's generation, say around 1950 (or earlier), you will likely find a lot of his essays more relevant than I did - for many of them were written in the shadow of nuclear weaponry, and his predictions for the future (of which there are plenty) were made while you were alive.

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Tue Apr 26 16:25:44 CDT 2005 by tsarren@infodancer.org. Comments

The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, Book 1)

The man in black fled across the desert, and the Gunslinger followed. Thus begins the tale of Roland of Gilead, and of his quest to save the Dark Tower that stands at the center of all realities. We enter Roland's quest partway through; he has left his father's court some time ago and now travels the desolate remains of his world, a world that has moved on. Crazed townfolk on the edge of survival, cunning demons with the power of prophecy, and dangerous environments will all test Roland's skills in this hauntingly beautiful story.

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Tue Apr 26 16:23:19 CDT 2005 by tsarren@infodancer.org. Comments

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is an early attempt to bring foreign films -- specifically, the Chinese kung fu fantasy -- to an American audience with high production values and more sophisticated plotting than the usual chopsui. It succeeds admirably, and was justly recognized with multiple awards.

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Mon Apr 11 23:22:44 CDT 2005 by Matthew. Comments

EarthSea

Ursula K Leguin's EarthSea trilogy broke new ground in the fantasy genre, and has truly earned a place of honor. Unfortunately, as with many television adaptions, the Sci-Fi Channel's attempt to bring that story to the television screen preserved almost nothing of that. Although the miniseries is less bitter and painful than Tehanu, it lacks the qualities that made the original trilogy such a wonderful creation. It also lacks the special effects to effectively carry out the magic that is such a vital component of EarthSea. Leguin herself has all but disowned the adaption, claiming that while she was offered a consultant's role, the end result was a story she could neither recognize nor prevent.

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Mon Apr 11 22:58:06 CDT 2005 by Matthew. Comments



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