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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 10 Sep 2012 :  10:26:26  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

People who dig wizards should also check out the Harry Dresden novels by Jim Butcher, the novel The Phoenix and the Mirror by Avram Davidson, and A Wizard of Earthsea and its sequels by Ursula K. LeGuin.



Ooh, the Dresden Files, good call. Harry is definitely my favorite wizard, and I'm eagerly looking forward to Cold Days. I'm also eagerly looking forward to when we find out more about Mac, because that guy simply isn't a vanilla mortal.


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Well, as a semidivine entity, in "Demipower or Magibabble?" he's about halfway between.

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Dresden, or Cugel the Clever, Drusas Achamian, Iskaral Pust
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Berlgareth is a longtime favorite of mine ...and how could I forget Dresden, I love those books. Harry Dresden is the reason I switched to eBooks. Once I read the first, I had to read them all.

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Kno
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Posted - 12 Sep 2012 :  13:35:17  Show Profile Send Kno a Private Message  Reply with Quote
hard to tell - Dumbledore was gay, Elminster perv, Gandalf celibate

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Kno

hard to tell - Dumbledore was gay, Elminster perv, Gandalf celibate



And what does any of that have to do with anything?

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quote:
Originally posted by Kno

hard to tell - Dumbledore was gay, Elminster perv, Gandalf celibate



And what does any of that have to do with anything?



Probably nothing other than showing that Kno is a bitter reader

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Cugel the Clever was a mage? It's been decades since I read the stories about him, but I don't remember that.
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quote:
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Kno

hard to tell - Dumbledore was gay, Elminster perv, Gandalf celibate



And what does any of that have to do with anything?



Probably nothing other than showing that Kno is a bitter reader

Okay, we really don't need to go down that path.

Let's try to remain courteous and civil, eh, and move on?

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Thauranil
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I really liked the character of Jonathan Strange. A perfect ,English gentleman of a wizard.
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Wooly Rupert
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I really liked the character of Jonathan Strange. A perfect ,English gentleman of a wizard.



I quite enjoyed that one, myself.

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Thauranil
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quote:
Originally posted by Thauranil

I really liked the character of Jonathan Strange. A perfect ,English gentleman of a wizard.



I quite enjoyed that one, myself.


Yes its quite a pity that there were no more books written in that series or another other by Ms. Susanna Clarke.
I for one would love to read more of her alternative Britain with its rediscovered rich history of magic.
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Drustan Dwnhaedan
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Elminster got my vote, if only for the fact that The Simbul wasn't an option. (Why isn't she on the list?)
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charger_ss24
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Posted - 04 Sep 2013 :  17:46:35  Show Profile Send charger_ss24 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Drustan Dwnhaedan

Elminster got my vote, if only for the fact that The Simbul wasn't an option. (Why isn't she on the list?)



I too, voted Elminster and his eversmoking pipe. Only because Robillard wasn't on the list. That guy is a bad ass.
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jornan
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Elminster received my vote...although I must admit that even after all these years of fantasy reading I still cannot get through LotR. I watched the movies though! Ha.

As for Dumbledore, you could combine him and all the other Potter Mythos wizards and pit them against Elminster and maybe you would have a fight on your hands....I would very much like to see that eradication.

I thought Harry Potter books were OK, don't get me wrong
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Entromancer
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I feel Dumbledore is the better character, but let's not stand on ceremony here. We know the best wizard is Jace. Always bet on Jace.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 05 Sep 2013 :  23:39:19  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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I feel Dumbledore is the better character, but let's not stand on ceremony here. We know the best wizard is Jace. Always bet on Jace.



I have no idea who Jace is.

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Ayrik
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Rincewind. Absolutely no contest, although technically he's a "wizzard".

Although Merlin was certainly the most accomplished, in my mind, given his legendary abilities to consistently work great magics on our own no-magic-or-low-magic world. The other guys all got it easy in that regard. Being a fiend-sired half-immortal is just a bonus.

And the Wizard of Oz certainly had a good gig going, too bad he was ultimately revealed as a bombastic incompetent.

I've always been inexplicably fascinated by the mythology of the Telchines. But most people've never heard of 'em.

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Drustan Dwnhaedan
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Posted - 06 Sep 2013 :  05:25:48  Show Profile Send Drustan Dwnhaedan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ayrik

Rincewind. Absolutely no contest, although technically he's a "wizzard".

Although Merlin was certainly the most accomplished, in my mind, given his legendary abilities to consistently work great magics on our own no-magic-or-low-magic world. The other guys all got it easy in that regard. Being a fiend-sired half-immortal is just a bonus.

And the Wizard of Oz certainly had a good gig going, too bad he was ultimately revealed as a bombastic incompetent.

I've always been inexplicably fascinated by the mythology of the Telchines. But most people've never heard of 'em.


Dang, I can't believe I completely forgot about Rincewind! He should definitely be on the list!
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 06 Sep 2013 :  05:53:02  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
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Rincewind. Absolutely no contest, although technically he's a "wizzard".

Although Merlin was certainly the most accomplished, in my mind, given his legendary abilities to consistently work great magics on our own no-magic-or-low-magic world. The other guys all got it easy in that regard. Being a fiend-sired half-immortal is just a bonus.




It's possible that our world isn't low magic -- it could be that knowledge of how to access it has been lost or suppressed.

There's plenty of magic and things that go bump in the night in the Dresden Files books, for example -- but even some of the people that have seen Harry in action don't believe he's doing magic.

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Entromancer
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quote:
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I feel Dumbledore is the better character, but let's not stand on ceremony here. We know the best wizard is Jace. Always bet on Jace.



I have no idea who Jace is.



Jace the Mind Sculptor, a planeswalking telepath from the Magic: the Gathering tcg and novel line. He's the bane of competitive players everywhere.

Aside from Jace, I'd say Randall Flagg was an excellent wizard.

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quote:
Originally posted by Entromancer

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Entromancer

I feel Dumbledore is the better character, but let's not stand on ceremony here. We know the best wizard is Jace. Always bet on Jace.

I have no idea who Jace is.
Jace the Mind Sculptor, a planeswalking telepath from the Magic: the Gathering tcg and novel line. He's the bane of competitive players everywhere.

Aside from Jace, I'd say Randall Flagg was an excellent wizard.
I love Jace, and in MtG, he’s indeed the best—though I’d say equal to Tezzeret in terms of skill, magic, and artifice. Cross-setting-wise, hmm, I wouldn’t say he’s the best. My vote still goes to Pug, the wizard who literally chopped the moon.

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Alruane
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Elminster Aumar. Definitely.

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The Arcanamach
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El, though Gandy was close. El is a grumpy old man without being spiteful, pretty much cares for everyone and can kick deific arse when needed.

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I do believe that was put in the best proper terms, Elminster has it all.

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