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PaulSKemp
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 23 Apr 2005 :  17:23:54  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Paec_djinn

Paul: I just had a look at Midnight Mask's cover art and I was wondering if you could comment on it and if you could reveal what the artifact at the bottom left of the book.



Paec Djinn,

I believe it is supposed to be a rendering of a magical compass that appears in the novel.
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Proc
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Posted - 27 Apr 2005 :  06:22:51  Show Profile  Visit Proc's Homepage  Click to see Proc's MSN Messenger address Send Proc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
SPOILERS FOR WOTSQ:RESURRECTION!!











I just finished reading Resurrection, and I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I couldn't put it down, and read the whole thing in less than 2 days. (Though I know that a friend of mine read the whole thing in about 4 hours, starting at 2:00am )

As others have said, I was dismayed at the death of Pharaun. I had thought him to be the ultimate survivor - while others schemed and plotted he always seemed to come out on the winning side.

Lots of good gruesome turns of events, and I was able to generate a very vivid picture of the Demonweb Pits. As someone with a slight (inherited from my mother)touch of arachnophobia, it gave me more than one shudder.

You have quickly become one of my favourite authors, and I eagerly await the release of Midnight's Mask.

"May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house."
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 27 Apr 2005 :  13:37:23  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thank you, Proc. I appreciate the kind words.
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Lameth
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Germany
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Posted - 27 Apr 2005 :  23:51:56  Show Profile  Visit Lameth's Homepage  Send Lameth an ICQ Message Send Lameth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for Resurrection. I like the book very much, and read it in 2 days.
Good work.
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Freakboy
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Posted - 29 Apr 2005 :  16:37:03  Show Profile  Visit Freakboy's Homepage Send Freakboy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
WOTSQ SPOILER ALERT***********************************************












Hi Paul,

I have said as much in other threads, but wanted to stop by and thank you for the great job you did on Ressurection. There were a few parts that stood out to me as really amazing writing.

-The final conversation between Alisza and Phauran

This really highlighted the depth of both of these characters and actually brought a small tear to my eye for them

- The summoning of the Klurichir

I have the Fiend Folio and have obviously seen pictures of this horrow of a Demon, but you brought it alive in a way that made me shiver at the thought of it. I am planning a Klurichir encounter for my high level party and when they run into it I plan on using your description from Ressurection almost word for word to let them know what tbey see.

- The interplay between Danifae and Quenthel

Really awesome writing here in that they played off of each other so well and you really did a good job of highlighting the subtle nature of Drow interaction

Those are just a few things that stood out to me. I will say that I was disappointed Phauran died because he was my favorite character from the series but I was thrilled you left him a "back door" to come back with by having Alisza find his finger and ring. You did a phenominal job concluding the series and this book is definately on the must read list for everyone I talk to about it.

Thanks again!!!


Edited by - Freakboy on 29 Apr 2005 16:38:03
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 29 Apr 2005 :  17:27:29  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Freakboy

Hi Paul,

I have said as much in other threads, but wanted to stop by and thank you for the great job you did on Ressurection. There were a few parts that stood out to me as really amazing writing.




Thanks, Freakboy. The scenes you mentioned are among my favorites.

The release of this book has been an interesting experience for me. Some people love it, some hate it. There doesn't seem to be much in between. I think that may be a function of the expectations brought to the book by the reader and whether those expectations (from a metaplot perspective) were met. This is my first book where that has occurred. Generally, readers have evaluated my work on the merits of the writing itself, rather than on the basis of whether or not the metaplot turned out the way they wanted (of course maybe that's just because the Cale books don't have a metaplot, as such).

Anyway, I'm glad you're one of those who enjoyed it. I hope, in the end, that the folks who enjoy it outnumber those who don't.

Thanks again.

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 29 Apr 2005 17:53:16
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Alaundo
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Posted - 29 Apr 2005 :  18:05:13  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

I hope, in the end, that the folks who enjoy it outnumber those who don't.



Well met

Oh i'm sure that there are many many who will enjoy the novel, Paul, fear not

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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 29 Apr 2005 :  18:09:54  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alaundo

quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

I hope, in the end, that the folks who enjoy it outnumber those who don't.



Well met

Oh i'm sure that there are many many who will enjoy the novel, Paul, fear not



As far as I've found (from cruising a few authors' threads), the internet is not always the best reflector of actual reception -- it's overwhelmingly dominated by more negative reviews than positive, for some reason. The vast majority of readers just pick it up, enjoy it (or at least parts), and never mention it, much less hunt an author down online.

This is not, of course, to imply that we don't want to hear from you guys. By all means! Internet discussions are fun.

Cheers

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Kentinal
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Posted - 29 Apr 2005 :  18:15:28  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie


As far as I've found (from cruising a few authors' threads), the internet is not always the best reflector of actual reception -- it's overwhelmingly dominated by more negative reviews than positive, for some reason. The vast majority of readers just pick it up, enjoy it (or at least parts), and never mention it, much less hunt an author down online.

This is not, of course, to imply that we don't want to hear from you guys. By all means! Internet discussions are fun.

Cheers



Most of the negs are as best I can tell is the results that were not under the full control of Paul S Kemp. I have seen very few that critise the story as written, just not the story they wanted to hear because of its ending.

The hero did not win in the view of many, but that is not Paul's fault.

"Small beings can have small wisdom," the dragon said. "And small wise beings are better than small fools. Listen: Wisdom is caring for afterwards."
"Caring for afterwards ...? Ker repeated this without understanding.
"After action, afterwards," the dragon said. "Choose the afterwards first, then the action. Fools choose action first."
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BobROE
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Posted - 29 Apr 2005 :  20:11:51  Show Profile  Visit BobROE's Homepage Send BobROE a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Proc

(Though I know that a friend of mine read the whole thing in about 4 hours, starting at 2:00am )



That was me, and what can I say, it was a good book.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 30 Apr 2005 :  00:22:31  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

Most of the negs are as best I can tell is the results that were not under the full control of Paul S Kemp. I have seen very few that critise the story as written, just not the story they wanted to hear because of its ending.

The hero did not win in the view of many, but that is not Paul's fault.



Kentinal, I appreciate the sentiment but this is my book and I stand by everything in it. With the exception of the identity of the Yor'thae (which was predetermined), everything else in the book was either my own creation, or the result of a discussion in which I participated and a decision with which I agreed. So, whatever a reader liked in the book: ultimately mine. Whatever a reader didn't like: ultimately mine. I'm content with that.

At least with regard to the internet audience, this is obviously a love it or hate it book. I'm content with that too. In fact, it's somewhat enjoyable in a way, in that it at least is evoking emotions.

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 30 Apr 2005 00:26:41
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Ethriel
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Posted - 30 Apr 2005 :  01:42:38  Show Profile  Visit Ethriel's Homepage  Send Ethriel an AOL message Send Ethriel a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Paul, if you were offered the chance to write more about the characters such as Nimor, Dyrr Pharaun, Vhok and the like, would you? You left a LOT open, after all. *And with those endings, I doubt we've seen the last of any of those guys...'cept maybe Dyrr.*
Think Aliisza is REALLY fickle enough/cares about Raun enough to bring him back?
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Lord Rad
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Posted - 01 May 2005 :  11:48:05  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just finished Resurrection... and you can notch up another person on the list of those who LOVE the novel!

WOW! Absolutely fantastic! I overdosed on drow some time ago when reading RAS Drizzt novels so was a bit dubious about starting this series (it all seems so long ago now), but it's been great! Obviously the author of the last book in a six book series is going to be under a lot of pressure but when I heard that Paul had taken on the task after Mel Odem pulled out I had every faith.

I'll give a more detailed review over in the appropriate thread in the Novels section, but just wanted to stop by and state how much I really enjoyed this novel. MANY thanks Paul for giving me so much enjoyment from a highly anticipated novel. A great story, a great ending and excellent writing style.

10\10

Lord Rad

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Lord Rad
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Posted - 01 May 2005 :  11:51:38  Show Profile  Visit Lord Rad's Homepage  Click to see Lord Rad's MSN Messenger address Send Lord Rad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp

The release of this book has been an interesting experience for me. Some people love it, some hate it. There doesn't seem to be much in between.



Really? I'm very surprised to hear that. I have just been through and read all the pages in the Resurrection thread here at Candlekeep and see a lot of praise. I can't understans why anyone would hate the novel at all. Obviously there are going to be points which people don't like so much (such as the Pharaun situation), but that's nothing against the author or the book, but more on their love for a paticular character. Actions such as that merely make the book BETTER in a way. Getting such "ARGH!" reactions show that you made a lasting impact on the reader

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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 01 May 2005 :  14:25:44  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lord Rad

Just finished Resurrection... and you can notch up another person on the list of those who LOVE the novel!

WOW! Absolutely fantastic! I overdosed on drow some time ago when reading RAS Drizzt novels so was a bit dubious about starting this series (it all seems so long ago now), but it's been great! Obviously the author of the last book in a six book series is going to be under a lot of pressure but when I heard that Paul had taken on the task after Mel Odem pulled out I had every faith.

I'll give a more detailed review over in the appropriate thread in the Novels section, but just wanted to stop by and state how much I really enjoyed this novel. MANY thanks Paul for giving me so much enjoyment from a highly anticipated novel. A great story, a great ending and excellent writing style.

10\10



Thank you, Rad, Appreciated and I'm exceedingly pleased that you enjoyed the novel.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 01 May 2005 :  14:27:57  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ethriel

Paul, if you were offered the chance to write more about the characters such as Nimor, Dyrr Pharaun, Vhok and the like, would you? You left a LOT open, after all. *And with those endings, I doubt we've seen the last of any of those guys...'cept maybe Dyrr.*
Think Aliisza is REALLY fickle enough/cares about Raun enough to bring him back?




Ethriel,

Ordinarily I like to create my own characters, rather than inherit them. Still, the characters you named are excellent ones, and if I was going to write about a pre-established character who didn't originate with me, I could do much worse than writing about those you named.
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 01 May 2005 :  14:30:04  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Lord Rad

Really? I'm very surprised to hear that. I have just been through and read all the pages in the Resurrection thread here at Candlekeep and see a lot of praise. I can't understans why anyone would hate the novel at all. Obviously there are going to be points which people don't like so much (such as the Pharaun situation), but that's nothing against the author or the book, but more on their love for a paticular character. Actions such as that merely make the book BETTER in a way. Getting such "ARGH!" reactions show that you made a lasting impact on the reader



Rad, that phenomenon is true to one degree or another with all books, it's probably just more pronounced in a book like "Resurrection," where expectations were what they were. There is no right or wrong view of a novel, just subjective opinion. That's what makes threads discussing novels interesting.
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Krafus
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Posted - 01 May 2005 :  23:55:10  Show Profile  Visit Krafus's Homepage  Send Krafus an AOL message Send Krafus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello Paul,

You've mentioned that you considered letting Pharaun live. That makes me curious - were the other characters' fates (other than Danifae, as it's been mentioned it was planned to have her become the Yor'thae all along) also yours to decide? If so, then I'm really happy you killed Jeggred. It helps make up (somewhat) for the loss of Pharaun. Oh, and come to think of it, did you also decide the ultimate fate of the Yor'thae, or was it planned all along that she'd be subsumed by Lolth?
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PaulSKemp
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Posted - 02 May 2005 :  14:14:47  Show Profile  Visit PaulSKemp's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Krafus

Hello Paul,

You've mentioned that you considered letting Pharaun live. That makes me curious - were the other characters' fates (other than Danifae, as it's been mentioned it was planned to have her become the Yor'thae all along) also yours to decide? If so, then I'm really happy you killed Jeggred. It helps make up (somewhat) for the loss of Pharaun. Oh, and come to think of it, did you also decide the ultimate fate of the Yor'thae, or was it planned all along that she'd be subsumed by Lolth?



Krafus,

The only, and I mean the only, plot point that was predetermined was the identity of the Yor'thae. Everything else was on the table. There were no untouchable characters, as some folks seem to think.

Look at it this way: Hypothetically, you and I are having a plot discussion. You say, should character A or character B come through this? What about character C? After much discussion, in which we entertain all options, we decide character A will die and characters B and C will survive. We agree that the plot is best served that way.

Later, readers observe that characters B and C survived and deduce from that fact that character B and C were untouchable. Not at all. The survival of those characters is not evidence of their being untouchable. It is simply the end result, the outcome, of a deliberative process that actually entertained all options. Look at it another way:

SPOILERS FOLLOW









If Pharaun had survived and Gromph had died, the argument about untouchables would go the same way, but would apply to different characters (which demonstrates the argument's shortcomings). A host of folks would be up in arms about Gromph's death, and another host of folks would complain that Pharaun was untouchable because he was so popular and WotC is interested in creating another bankable character. Why or why did you kill of Gromph, who was such a great character? Etc.

To repeat: No one was untouchable. And no plot point except Danifae's role was predetermined. I hope that puts some of the speculation to rest.

Edited by - PaulSKemp on 02 May 2005 14:28:42
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Krafus
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Posted - 02 May 2005 :  15:35:30  Show Profile  Visit Krafus's Homepage  Send Krafus an AOL message Send Krafus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PaulSKemp
Krafus,

The only, and I mean the only, plot point that was predetermined was the identity of the Yor'thae. Everything else was on the table. There were no untouchable characters, as some folks seem to think.

Look at it this way: Hypothetically, you and I are having a plot discussion. You say, should character A or character B come through this? What about character C? After much discussion, in which we entertain all options, we decide character A will die and characters B and C will survive. We agree that the plot is best served that way.

Later, readers observe that characters B and C survived and deduce from that fact that character B and C were untouchable. Not at all. The survival of those characters is not evidence of their being untouchable. It is simply the end result, the outcome, of a deliberative process that actually entertained all options. Look at it another way:

SPOILERS FOLLOW









If Pharaun had survived and Gromph had died, the argument about untouchables would go the same way, but would apply to different characters (which demonstrates the argument's shortcomings). A host of folks would be up in arms about Gromph's death, and another host of folks would complain that Pharaun was untouchable because he was so popular and WotC is interested in creating another bankable character. Why or why did you kill of Gromph, who was such a great character? Etc.

To repeat: No one was untouchable. And no plot point except Danifae's role was predetermined. I hope that puts some of the speculation to rest.



Thanks for the answer, Paul. Glad to know everything but the identity of the Yor'thae was on the table. Btw, if Gromph had died, I think the arguments would have been at least a little different. In that case, an established pre-WotSQ character would have died. As it is, it seems that the "drow establishment" from R.A. Salvatore's novels (Lolth, Menzoberranzan, the pre-WotSQ Baenres) has made it entirely through the series, if not unscathed, then alive and likely to recover, which gave rise to the idea that some characters and places were off-limits.
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Octa
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Paul- I'm a big Ervis Cale fan and am wading slowly through the Spider Queen books, I spoiled them for myself by reading that Rylld and Phaerun both kick it, and they are my favorite characters other than Kaanyr Vhok.

My question is about the Cale books- Are you going to detail the origin of the Gith in the books. The BBEBG in the books is one of the founders of the race right, some genetic precursor of the latter day githyanki, or maybe (dare I say it) gith himself. Its been a couple of months since I read the series though so am I totally off base or on target, or did you already answer this in the previous six pages I haven't read???? Thanks,
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khorne
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Posted - 04 May 2005 :  20:16:47  Show Profile  Visit khorne's Homepage  Click to see khorne's MSN Messenger address Send khorne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Octa

Paul- I'm a big Ervis Cale fan and am wading slowly through the Spider Queen books, I spoiled them for myself by reading that Rylld and Phaerun both kick it, and they are my favorite characters other than Kaanyr Vhok.

My question is about the Cale books- Are you going to detail the origin of the Gith in the books. The BBEBG in the books is one of the founders of the race right, some genetic precursor of the latter day githyanki, or maybe (dare I say it) gith himself. Its been a couple of months since I read the series though so am I totally off base or on target, or did you already answer this in the previous six pages I haven't read???? Thanks,

Wasn`t Gith female?

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The Sage
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Yes, she was female.

And she just wasn't "one" of the founders of the gith races, but THE founder.

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khorne
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

Yes, she was female.

And she just wasn't "one" of the founders of the gith races, but THE founder.


Wasn`t Zerthimon rather big too?

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To the githzerai only.

Zerthimon is a legendary hero who githzerai fighter/mages worship. They call themselves "zerths". It is usually regarded by the githzerai as a religious sect.

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