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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 07 Mar 2010 :  00:51:53  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

No.

It was my first time.

I plan on reading more STAR WARS novels now.

You might want to research which novels you want to read first -- especially if this is your first time with SW EU fiction.

And while I do advocate a completely and thorough reading of every book published, I will note that some are entirely more fitting and worthwhile reads, than others. But, again, this will depend upon your own personal interests when re: the SW universe. Some readers have often disliked the prevalent nature of the Jedi and/or Sith in almost every novel. While other fans have cared more for bounty hunters and other assorted scum featuring as primary protagonists.

This is only a narrow sampling of character-types, of course. The novels generally tend to offer plenty of diversity in terms of actual main and support characters. But I thought it worthwhile to point out how some portions of the readership consider the books.

Your mileage will undoubtedly vary.

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Brimstone
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 07 Mar 2010 :  04:13:35  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Trust me I have heard about the 'Bad' novels.

I like it all sofar.

I figure I will finish Crosscurrent, then it will be time to start Avenger, hey?

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words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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skychrome
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Posted - 17 Mar 2010 :  12:59:59  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, could you shed some light on when we can aproximately expect so see Godborn on the shelves?

And will you also write Godbound and Godslayer as originally planned?

"You make an intriguing offer, one that is very tempting. It would seem that I have little alternative than to answer thusly: DISINTEGRATE!" Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick 625
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 18 Mar 2010 :  14:24:40  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Paul, could you shed some light on when we can aproximately expect so see Godborn on the shelves?

And will you also write Godbound and Godslayer as originally planned?



SC,

The release date is still being finalized. And yes, I'll be writing the whole Cycle of Night trilogy.
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Brimstone
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 04 Apr 2010 :  04:14:44  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Happy Birthday Paul!

Your 29 now?

Any word on when the first novel will be released?

EDIT: Its still the 3rd of April here in Texas.

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
Alaundo of Candlekeep

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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 05 Apr 2010 :  17:37:41  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

Happy Birthday Paul!

Your 29 now?

Any word on when the first novel will be released?

EDIT: Its still the 3rd of April here in Texas.



Thanks, Brimstone. Much appreciated. No word on released dates. I'll definitely post when I know. I'm guessing next year, though, to be honest.
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sfdragon
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 05 Apr 2010 :  20:35:17  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
happy belated birthday If I missed it Paul.

maybe WOTC will give you a birthday present and keep the same release date or give you one close to it.... one can dream.

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Elfinblade
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Posted - 05 Apr 2010 :  22:23:33  Show Profile Send Elfinblade a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
maybe WOTC will give you a birthday present and keep the same release date or give you one close to it.... one can dream.


What he said :)
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skychrome
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Posted - 06 Apr 2010 :  00:58:34  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Elfinblade

quote:
maybe WOTC will give you a birthday present and keep the same release date or give you one close to it.... one can dream.


What he said :)



So do I! And Paul: late happy birthday! Be there many many more to come!

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Jakk
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Canada
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Posted - 07 Apr 2010 :  23:15:32  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul,

I finally got around to reading... all of it. The Erevis Cale trilogy and the Twilight War trilogy. Simply brilliant... can't wait for the Cycle of Night.

A quick question about the end of the Twilight War trilogy, without spoilers... is the apparent mother-child relationship in the last few pages for real?

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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Brimstone
Great Reader

USA
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Posted - 08 Apr 2010 :  04:10:38  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's a mind blower, huh?

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
Alaundo of Candlekeep
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Jakk
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 08 Apr 2010 :  04:40:45  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just a bit, yeah... I'm putting together a genealogy of the Faerunian pantheon, and the more canon relationships I have, the fewer things I need to make up.

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

804 Posts

Posted - 08 Apr 2010 :  15:39:57  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Jakk

Paul,

I finally got around to reading... all of it. The Erevis Cale trilogy and the Twilight War trilogy. Simply brilliant... can't wait for the Cycle of Night.

A quick question about the end of the Twilight War trilogy, without spoilers... is the apparent mother-child relationship in the last few pages for real?



Thanks, Jakk. I'm pleased that you dug on the series.

And yes, the mother-child relationship is real.
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Alisttair
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Canada
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Posted - 08 Apr 2010 :  15:49:02  Show Profile  Visit Alisttair's Homepage  Click to see Alisttair's MSN Messenger address Send Alisttair a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage Some readers have often disliked the prevalent nature of the Jedi and/or Sith in almost every novel. While other fans have cared more for bounty hunters and other assorted scum featuring as primary protagonists.


My brother is one such. He prefers anything about the bounty hunters and anything about Red Squadron/X-Wing pilots.

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skychrome
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Posted - 16 Apr 2010 :  16:00:23  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, I have a question regarding the end of Shadowrealm:

As Cale prays to Mask, his soul is counted as one of the faithful and is thus supposedly recovered by Mask from the fugue plane.

But as Mask "dies" later, what happens to Cale's soul (and basically all other faithful souls in Mask's domain)?

"You make an intriguing offer, one that is very tempting. It would seem that I have little alternative than to answer thusly: DISINTEGRATE!" Vaarsuvius, Order of the Stick 625
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 16 Apr 2010 :  16:05:42  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Paul, I have a question regarding the end of Shadowrealm:

As Cale prays to Mask, his soul is counted as one of the faithful and is thus supposedly recovered by Mask from the fugue plane.


Is that what happened? You sure?
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skychrome
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Posted - 16 Apr 2010 :  16:42:59  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Paul, I have a question regarding the end of Shadowrealm:

As Cale prays to Mask, his soul is counted as one of the faithful and is thus supposedly recovered by Mask from the fugue plane.


Is that what happened? You sure?


Ok, yes I know that Mask is not really dead. But at least he will not be present for a defined period of time (before Vasen brings him back??).
So what happens to his faithful souls in the meantime? Home alone without parental/godly supervision?

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skychrome
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  03:37:02  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, could you give Brennus some nice parts in the upcoming trilogy? Since I read Continuum he has become my favorite realms character and I would love to see more of him.

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  19:13:36  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Paul, could you give Brennus some nice parts in the upcoming trilogy? Since I read Continuum he has become my favorite realms character and I would love to see more of him.



SC,

Brennus has an important role to play in the Cycle of Night.
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skychrome
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Posted - 21 Apr 2010 :  23:33:24  Show Profile  Visit skychrome's Homepage Send skychrome a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

quote:
Originally posted by skychrome

Paul, could you give Brennus some nice parts in the upcoming trilogy? Since I read Continuum he has become my favorite realms character and I would love to see more of him.



SC,

Brennus has an important role to play in the Cycle of Night.


Great! Thanks for the answer Paul! And congratulations again for how you portrayed him in Continuum. You really did a masterpiece with that short story!

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Ergdusch
Master of Realmslore

Germany
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Posted - 09 May 2010 :  21:47:23  Show Profile Send Ergdusch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Paul,

I have a question regarding a rather minor character of yours from a book of yours published 7 years back. However, I hope you might give me some info on him none the less.

Alkenen the peddler is featured in Twilight Falling on p. 32 et seq. I was wondering if you have any further information on this character, i.e. on backround, personality, abilities, his business contacts or traveling routes, etc. Esp. cormyr-related contacts would be of great interest to me.

Further I was wondering, if Alkenen is able to detect magic himself or if a friend or associate would check his goods for magic from time to time. Or could it be that Alkenen regularly sells magic items without him knowing so?

Thanks in advance for your answer and best regards,

Ergdusch

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Sandro
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New Zealand
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Posted - 10 May 2010 :  09:50:27  Show Profile  Click to see Sandro's MSN Messenger address Send Sandro a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Paul,

I just finished reading The Twilight War trilogy (though I do admit I read it more for the presence of the Shadovar than any other reason ), and it was absolutely astounding -- but you've heard all that before. Still, it bears repeating. I haven't read books that caught my attention and imagination so much in a long time: it felt good to get lost in the Realms again.

I eagerly await Godborn, now, and am beyond thrilled at hearing it's back on (and this time, not just because it'll have Shadovar in it). I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for the Erevis Cale trilogy omnibus, as the originals are desperately hard to find down in this corner of the world.

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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 10 May 2010 :  19:55:45  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sandro

Hey Paul,

I just finished reading The Twilight War trilogy (though I do admit I read it more for the presence of the Shadovar than any other reason ), and it was absolutely astounding -- but you've heard all that before. Still, it bears repeating. I haven't read books that caught my attention and imagination so much in a long time: it felt good to get lost in the Realms again.

I eagerly await Godborn, now, and am beyond thrilled at hearing it's back on (and this time, not just because it'll have Shadovar in it). I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for the Erevis Cale trilogy omnibus, as the originals are desperately hard to find down in this corner of the world.



I appreciate that a great deal, Sandro. Thank you kindly.

Paul
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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 10 May 2010 :  20:07:47  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ergdusch



Alkenen the peddler is featured in Twilight Falling on p. 32 et seq. I was wondering if you have any further information on this character, i.e. on backround, personality, abilities, his business contacts or traveling routes, etc. Esp. cormyr-related contacts would be of great interest to me.

Further I was wondering, if Alkenen is able to detect magic himself or if a friend or associate would check his goods for magic from time to time. Or could it be that Alkenen regularly sells magic items without him knowing so?


Ergdusch,

You're forcing me deep down the memory hole here, brother.

In my conception, Alkenen was what we might kindly term "touched," or what we might ungenerously call "nuts." He was about two degrees of separation from the crazy street preacher who shouts at clouds.

Given his state of mind (probably caused by either a head injury, narcotic usage as a younger man, or both) he didn't have much in the way of established routes, instead traveling the heartlands along whatever roads struck him as appropriate from moment to moment. In a way, that's helped his trade, in that he's been able to procure some true oddities from some out of the way places (it's also put him in considerable danger several times). Of course, he eventually tended to find his way back to the various cities/towns that served as the anchor points of his wanderings (Selgaunt, Saerloon, Daerlun, etc.).

He could probably spin a few interesting tales about life on the road if one could tolerate considerable tangential digressions during the telling. He's also a wealth of information about back roads and little known villages throughout Sembia and eastern Cormyr. He's got a lot of leagues under his boots and could be an extraordinary contact for a group of adventurers in the area.

He probably doesn't check his wares for enchantment with any regularity (again, owing to his state of mind and the fact that, deep down, he's really not so much a profiteer as a bit of a crazy old coot afflicted with wanderlust and a taste for oddball items). So sure, he could easily sell a magic item in ignorance.

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 10 May 2010 20:09:37
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Dennis
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Posted - 11 May 2010 :  04:27:44  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Sandro

Hey Paul,

I just finished reading The Twilight War trilogy (though I do admit I read it more for the presence of the Shadovar than any other reason ), and it was absolutely astounding -- but you've heard all that before. Still, it bears repeating. I haven't read books that caught my attention and imagination so much in a long time: it felt good to get lost in the Realms again.

I eagerly await Godborn, now, and am beyond thrilled at hearing it's back on (and this time, not just because it'll have Shadovar in it). I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for the Erevis Cale trilogy omnibus, as the originals are desperately hard to find down in this corner of the world.



Hmm, I thought most people here are sick and tired of the Shadovar. Don't want to drop names, though. I'm glad you're not, for like you, I read the Twiligh War Trilogy primarily because of the Shadovar (and because of Paul's style, too). I think they are the most interesting, complex, and fascinating villains ever created. They also remind me of the primary villain in my book (which I am still editing). Anyway, I am also looking forward to Godborn!


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