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Monday, June 10. 2013
The Dragon Reborn (Chapters 32-37) Posted by The Mad Giggler in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 22:52
We get some excellent chapters here. Mat's excellent adventure with Thom continues and we get some great scenes with Perrin.
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Monday, May 6. 2013
The Dragon Reborn (Prologue - Chapter 7) Posted by The Mad Giggler in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 23:51
After dragging his feet a bit with the first two novels, Robert Jordan really seems to have a grasp on where he wants to go as we start the third book in the saga. Chapter summaries...you know the drill. Continue reading "The Dragon Reborn (Prologue - Chapter 7)"
Monday, April 1. 2013
The Great Hunt (Chapters 24-29) Posted by The Mad Giggler in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 23:55
To be honest, I had to read these chapters a week in advance, but I didn’t get a chance to write up my thoughts fresh from completing them. Summaries and commentary below the fold. Continue reading "The Great Hunt (Chapters 24-29)"
Monday, March 18. 2013
The Great Hunt (Chapters 12-17) Posted by The Mad Giggler in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 23:59
Overall, I felt that this was a solid assignment. We get to learn a bit more about several characters besides Rand, along with doing a little more world building. Summaries and further thoughts below the fold. Continue reading " The Great Hunt (Chapters 12-17)"
Monday, February 18. 2013
Eye of the World Chapters 43-48 Posted by The Mad Giggler in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 21:24
I really enjoyed these chapters. There was a lot of good stuff packed in here. Some good revelations and thrilling action. I think I’ve probably said this too much, but I’m really enjoying this re-read. I definitely did not start reading this book in the same frame of mind as I’m finishing it. Chapter summaries and my further thoughts below the fold. Continue reading "Eye of the World Chapters 43-48"
Monday, February 4. 2013
Eye of the World Chapters 31-36 Posted by The Mad Giggler in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 18:55
Rand and Mat flee Whitebridge, all the while hoping to see Thom running up the road to re-join them. They don’t have money and they must rely on charity from strangers. This theme continues for five chapters as they alternately meet kind farmers who don’t want to get involved with their trouble and locals who want them as far from sight as possible.
They make a short attempt at earning their room and board as traveling entertainers, until they get trapped at The Dancing Cartman in Four Kings. They realize too late that the innkeeper would like to rob them, and as they put on their little show while trying to find an escape, they realize a rich merchant has a very specific interest in them. They escape miraculously (or so Rand believes) when lightning kills the Darkfriend and his accomplices, leaving the inn in ruins as they flee town.
They continue relying on charity for wagon rides while Mat’s eyes heal (he was blinded by the lightning) and Rand recovers from a sudden illness. Rand has horrible dreams. Another Darkfriend makes an attempt on their lives.
They have a close encounter with a Fade before lucking into another cart ride into Caemlyn. They receive much useful information about the Queen and her Aes Sedai advisor, Elaida.
They arrive in Caemlyn and are overwhelmed by the size of the city as well as the amount of people. They find refuge at The Queen’s Blessing where Thom had told them to meet him. They find a friend in the innkeeper, Basel Gill. They continue to learn about the political landscape of the city.
Mat sulks in their room while Rand meets an ent. Ogier the loyal ogre explains much about the world and reflects on how short human lives are. He also introduces the term ta'veren which will continue to be important as the series progresses. Loial basically tells Rand that he and his friends are going to screw a lot of people’s lives up before they are through.
My thoughts below the fold. Continue reading "Eye of the World Chapters 31-36"
Monday, January 7. 2013
The Eye of the World (chapters 7-12) Posted by The Mad Giggler in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 15:43
Summary of What Happened
Rand arrives in Emond’s Field with his ailling father and realizes that he wasn’t the only person to have a horrible night. We piece together what happened through talking to various villagers and Rand is told by Nynaeve that there is nothing she can do for his father. Rand decides to ask Moiraine Sedai for help.
Moiraine heals Tam and Rand learns that he may have been a target of the Trolloc assault. He also learns a little more about his father’s sword, further muddying his vision of his past.
Rand agrees to leave town and is able to talk briefly with his father about it before the group attempts to sneak out by night. Moiraine is confronted by superstitious villagers and she throws their proud (but forgotten) heritage in their faces. They shamefacedly return to their homes.
Rand, Lan and Moiraine join Mat and Perrin in the stables, only to learn that Perrin is terrible at this adventure business and fails to uncover Thom Merrilin hiding in the loft. He and Mat also fail to conceal their movements from Egwene. The fellowship of seven leave the Shire only to be pursued by a Winged Nazgul.
With the aid of magic, the party flees across the countryside to Bucklebury Ferry.
The party crosses the River Taren with the aid of some well-compensated ferrymen after which Moiraine destroys their livelihood. They find a secret hide-out prepared beforehand by Lan. Moiraine and Egwene go have a conversation about the One Power and Rand witnesses Egwene channeling for the first time.
My thoughts below the fold. Continue reading "The Eye of the World (chapters 7-12)"
Sunday, December 2. 2012
Happy Peter Nash Day Everyone Posted by The Mad Giggler in Podcast at 12:16
Just wanted to get some quick pictures up today. We'll have more tomorrow as we celebrate this great day at the office.
Thursday, March 1. 2012
This is a x-post from Winged Wolves.
So apart from spending most of my day either working or wrangling four children, I generally have an hour or so to myself. I’ve spent a lot of time since last November playing Skyrim on my XBox (which could probably be a post for another time.) I also play other video games (including spending a lot of time with Anne and her siblings playing League of Legends together) and have even instigated XBox Friday at work, but really I’m using this piece of the internet to talk about how my love affair with comic books as been rekindled.
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Wednesday, January 5. 2011
Let's Talk Start-Ups Posted by The Mad Giggler in Personal Entry at 09:30
I recently had a conversation with Radar about Mr. Ancient of Days and thought it resulted in an interesting idea.
So here's your chance to give feedback (as objectively as possible) on what you liked about I-N-S. Also if you have something you didn't like but have a possible solution for preventing or fixing that, I am interested in hearing that. My one concern is that this not turn into an attack post on You-Know-Who. Continue reading "Let's Talk Start-Ups"
Friday, December 3. 2010
Last spring after some discussion, Daboo gave our old labrador-mix mutt (some of you knew and hated Ford) back to her mom and we adopted a German Shepherd puppy. We named him Brashen (after the character in the Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb) and we call him Brash.
I'd always loved German Shepherds and admired their intelligence and versatility. When I was a kid, I learned that they've been trained as guide dogs for the blind; since then, I've learned they are also used to sniff out narcotics, apprehend individuals in cooperation with law enforcement officials, and of course for sheep herding. They are also my favorite looking dog. I have posted some images of him as a puppy here on Winged Wolves.
Daboo was willing to get a German Shepherd on the condition that she be able to train him to do something useful. She did some poking around and found a club here in Utah that does Schutzhund training (Wasatch Hundesport). She joined the club and quite enjoys spending her Saturdays out doing tracking, obedience, and bite work. Continue reading "Brashen"
Thursday, December 2. 2010
Happy Peter Nash Day Posted by The Mad Giggler in Personal Entry at 06:43
All hail our shiny-domed tv overlord! May his golden smile bless us always and grant us longer lives!
Long Live Peter Nash!
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Remember whenever you forget to celebrate Peter Nash day, Joey kills a kitten!
Wednesday, August 18. 2010
Wednesday, July 7. 2010
On a Less Rainbow Filled Note Posted by The Mad Giggler in Stories at 08:44
Dig out that World of Warcraft fan fiction guys:
Blizzard Entertainment is proud to present the 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest! Once again you're called to action, to use your wits and strength, to compete for the ultimate prize.
Wednesday, July 7. 2010
For those of you who may have missed this, I present: Crazy Double Rainbow Guy
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