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Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:55 am 
 

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Al did you ever get to Waylander III?  Can't remember the proper name.  I don't remember much about it except Waylander goes down, taking all the bad guys with him.  Not as good as the first two but like all of Gemmel's stuff, not as good is better than most.

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ah you know what i got em mixed up. the 2nd one is where he hides away and the king sends some horrors after him or something isnt it - forget now....

then the third one is where he is in a village and he is well respected and he has a daughter? who is super-duper with the sword n stuff and its summit to do with demons and he dies in the end...

i got it about right-ish? :)

must go back and pull em out - prb about time they got another read anyway.

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:06 am 
 

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ah you know what i got em mixed up. the 2nd one is where he hides away and the king sends some horrors after him or something isnt it - forget now....

then the third one is where he is in a village and he is well respected and he has a daughter? who is super-duper with the sword n stuff and its summit to do with demons and he dies in the end...

i got it about right-ish? :)

must go back and pull em out - prb about time they got another read anyway.

Al


Bingo, that's the one.  I'm with you Al, I'm going to pull out the Druss series today and read them in chronological order, instead of the order written.....never done that. Also, have to finish the Rigante series, I have the last two books left, Unfortunately since he's not writing anymore I'll have to devour these slowly to savor.....

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:13 am 
 

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I have been rather slack in reading novels for the last couple of years Im sure I'll pick some of his up in time... I almost had a heart attack though  and thought you meny David Gerrold, I send him an email only last week seeing if he was ever going to finish his Chtorr books! (Chtorr!) as it hadn't been updated for ages.... I've been waiting 20 odd years for the series to be finished...

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I'm with you Brette. I never picked up his Chtorr series when it came out because I thought "I'll wait till it's finished". And now 20 years later.....
 The one I worry about is George R.R. Martin.  Four books into a 7 book series (with book five due this winter I think), and he's not getting any younger.  I think once he's done with that I will NEVER start a trilogy/series again until the author is finished, so I don't have to worry he'll keel over and spoil the entire thing.. 8O  That's why I'm leaving the new Stephen Donaldson trilogy alone until he's done.

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:18 am 
 

Badmike wrote:  That's why I'm leaving the new Stephen Donaldson trilogy alone until he's done.

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Smart move there . . . I was so excited when it came out . . . and now?  2-3 years between books just sucks!

But the first book was so good . . . and, of course, it ends making you deperately want to read the next book . . . but it just isn't there.  :(


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Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:40 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:
Bingo, that's the one.  I'm with you Al, I'm going to pull out the Druss series today and read them in chronological order, instead of the order written.....never done that. Also, have to finish the Rigante series, I have the last two books left, Unfortunately since he's not writing anymore I'll have to devour these slowly to savor.....

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gotta say tho, i wasnt too fussed on that Rigante series...it was ok like, but just not like his first books....

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Post Posted: Wed Sep 06, 2006 11:20 pm 
 

Hey, if you want to recommend reading Gemmel's work.....how about not revealing the ending to the novels here, on this site?   :x

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:26 am 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Hey, if you want to recommend reading Gemmel's work.....how about not revealing the ending to the novels here, on this site?   :x

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Well, with Gemmel, it's not IF everyone will die, but HOW they die that makes the books so great. It gets to the point when one of the main characters DOESNT die it comes as a pleasant surprise......

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:10 am 
 

beasterbrook wrote:I almost had a heart attack though  and thought you meny David Gerrold ...

Slight tangent: anyone here read Starlog Magazine back in the day? I've been filling in my collection (actually, my goal is to collect every single issue ... bwahahaha!) and I've found Gerrold's monthly columns from the '70s and '80s to be pretty interesting. And by "interesting" I mean "off-the-scale pompous."

I know practically nothing about the man, and I was barely able to finish the first Chtorr (or however it's spelled) book. Is he known for being ... uh, let's say "outspoken" ... or are those old columns just getting under my skin for some reason?

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:14 am 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:Slight tangent: anyone here read Starlog Magazine back in the day? I've been filling in my collection (actually, my goal is to collect every single issue ... bwahahaha!) and I've found Gerrold's monthly columns from the '70s and '80s to be pretty interesting. And by "interesting" I mean "off-the-scale pompous."

I know practically nothing about the man, and I was barely able to finish the first Chtorr (or however it's spelled) book. Is he known for being ... uh, let's say "outspoken" ... or are those old columns just getting under my skin for some reason?


What issues of Starlog are you missing? just saw a small pile down the road yesterday thats all??

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:26 am 
 

Actually, I'm looking really good on Starlogs if this auction ends up on a happy note:

First 205 issues

Unfortunately, I've recieved fewer than half of the issues to date. In fact, I've had to open up a PayPal dispute, which I really didn't want to do.

For the other issues, I'll just get them on the cheap from U.S. sellers. It's not a gaming magazine, but if anyone is interested, Starlog is definitely a buyer's market right now. :)

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:50 am 
 

now thats a good price.. !

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:05 am 
 

Apparently the seller thought it was too good a price.  From what Axe says, he has only gotten a portion of the auctioned items.

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 4:08 am 
 

Xaxaxe wrote:Slight tangent: anyone here read Starlog Magazine back in the day? I've been filling in my collection (actually, my goal is to collect every single issue ... bwahahaha!) and I've found Gerrold's monthly columns from the '70s and '80s to be pretty interesting. And by "interesting" I mean "off-the-scale pompous."

I know practically nothing about the man, and I was barely able to finish the first Chtorr (or however it's spelled) book. Is he known for being ... uh, let's say "outspoken" ... or are those old columns just getting under my skin for some reason?


The guy has made an entire career off the Star Trek "Trouble With Tribbles" episode.  In Trekkies minds, this places him in a pantheon along with the original cast members, Gene Rodenberry, Alan Dean Foster, and others.  Like Shatner (who has done other worthwhile things since) he has become quite self obsessed (having adulatory Trekkies slavering over your every word does that to you, apparantly).  Having said that, I really like the Chtorr series...so far.  But this series is also one of the main reasons I really, really like to wait until a series is finished before I start reading.  Case in point, Gerrold has NOTHING so important going on in his career the last 20 years to have an excuse for drawing this series out as long as he has.  I truly believe he has no idea where it's going or how to end it (I had this suspicion with Cook's Black Company series for awhile also).  Even if this was true, how can you not think up something in the 5+ years between books???? 8O

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:29 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:The guy has made an entire career off the Star Trek "Trouble With Tribbles" episode.

That actually confirms something that I suspected, as "Trouble" is mentioned quite often in his earlier columns.

The guy definitely has an "I'm Chevy Chase and you're not" kind of thing going on. IMO, Harlan Ellison can pull that sort of thing off; David Gerrold cannot.

No offense to any Gerrold fans; he's just not for me.

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Post Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:17 pm 
 

Was hoping for more in the Penn State - Notre Dame game, but, ah, well...my guess is they (PSU) will go 8-4 this year.  :(


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Post Posted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:08 pm 
 

The whole state of Pennsylvania has bad football karma.


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Post Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 6:58 am 
 

Well I'm happy cause they are in the Big Ten. Wisconsin 2-0 (fill up on the meaningless games, then we play the REAL games).

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Post Posted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:29 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Apparently the seller thought it was too good a price.  From what Axe says, he has only gotten a portion of the auctioned items.

Well, this turned out to be strange.

I just got the second (and much bigger) box, literally weeks after the first had arrived. The box was wrapped in this sort of orangish-red USPS tape that read "Rewrapped ... Repackaged" over and over again. I guess the box either split open or was in danger of splitting.

And to keep this discussion just barely on a D&D topic, I'll add that I now own more Starlogs than Dragons! I'll be reading David Gerrold columns for the next six months. :)

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