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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 1:56 am    Post subject: A Lurker Revealed Reply with quote

Hi all,

I've enjoyed this site for quite a while, and finally decided to join in. I read my first 1st Chronicles book back in the 70's when I was in college. A friend loaned me a copy of TPTP and I read it, not even realizing that it was the 3rd in a series. I was a bit confused by some of the history, but enjoyed it a lot. I read LFB next, then TPTP again until I finally got a copy of TIW, which filled in a lot of questions. TIW remains my favorite of the 1st Chrons.

Every couple of years I did a complete reread of the 1st and 2nd Chrons, and once the third chrons came out, I do a complete reread before tackling the new book. I got TLD for Christmas and am just about to start my reread in preparation for that.

I was lucky enough to catch SRD at a book signing in Chicago when WGW came out and got an autographed copy. That's about my only claim to fame.

Anyway, I hope to put in my 2 cents as I reread, and hope I don't tread on too much well covered ground as I go. Please be patient, or at least don't smack too hard.

Cheers.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, that seems like a difficult way to read the First Chrons! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Want a newer "claim to fame" and a worthy adventure? Come to Albuquerque this June for Elohimfest to meet, talk and party with your fellow Watchers. The highlight is a dinner and conversation with SRD -- not just a production-line book signing, not by a long shot!
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Be Welcome to the Watch, SG.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello Soarback Grayhare! Wave

Sounds like you are another oldie like me. If this carries on we shall have to start a section for Old Aged Pensioners. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 02, 2014 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the warm welcome.

I figured I wouldn't be the only 'mature' Wink person here after seeing how many got into these books when they first came out.

I'm pretty hit or miss on forums. I generally don't get into them daily, so continued conversations are difficult. However, these books tend to be deep enough that discussion is helpful, and there's nobody around me who are into this series. I look forward to it.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Watch. Very Happy

You probably know everybody already. Very Happy

Go join in. We don't mind re-covering trodden ground...often many times. Very Happy

Go enjoy yourself.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:04 am    Post subject: Re: A Lurker Revealed Reply with quote

Soarback Grayhare wrote:
Hi all,

I've enjoyed this site for quite a while, and finally decided to join in. I read my first 1st Chronicles book back in the 70's when I was in college. A friend loaned me a copy of TPTP and I read it, not even realizing that it was the 3rd in a series. I was a bit confused by some of the history, but enjoyed it a lot. I read LFB next, then TPTP again until I finally got a copy of TIW, which filled in a lot of questions. TIW remains my favorite of the 1st Chrons.

Every couple of years I did a complete reread of the 1st and 2nd Chrons, and once the third chrons came out, I do a complete reread before tackling the new book. I got TLD for Christmas and am just about to start my reread in preparation for that.

I was lucky enough to catch SRD at a book signing in Chicago when WGW came out and got an autographed copy. That's about my only claim to fame.

Anyway, I hope to put in my 2 cents as I reread, and hope I don't tread on too much well covered ground as I go. Please be patient, or at least don't smack too hard.

Cheers.

Donaldson is certainly one of the greatest ever,but, if I reread as much as you did, I would never be able to find time to work in Terry Brooks, David Eddings, JRR Tolkien or Roger Zelazny. Oh... and Lovecraft; even though he was a short story writer in a different genre, I can't bring myself not to mention him.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to the Watch, Soarback Grayhare.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 7:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi Soarback Grayhare
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 06, 2014 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi right back atcha.

I earned my name on Monday- had to shovel ice and snow so I could get out of my driveway. My back is still reminding me of my folly.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 11, 2014 11:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Greetings - oh, one more Giant? Well, at least one did turn out quite acceptable for me here.
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Lord Foul wrote:
Greetings - oh, one more Giant? Well, at least one did turn out quite acceptable for me here.


I'm not sure I should be talking to you. My grand old mother told me never to talk to strangers, or evil lords of the underworld.

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LOL Oh you'll fit in just fine. Wink

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard, Soarback Grayhare! Anybody who posts in the "Covenant Walks Into A Bar" thread is awesome in my book! (Just please, PLEASE, don't ask me if I ride Ranyhyn. Eeek )
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Welcome, fellow newbie! Apparently, you've figured out the secret to decoding TC of TC....you start with the last book, then the first, then the last again, and then the middle....3, 1, 3, 2....aahhh, that explains much. But, really, processing SRD is tough enough, but to try and process it out of order? That's special. Ever play 3D chess??
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dondarion wrote:
Welcome, fellow newbie! Apparently, you've figured out the secret to decoding TC of TC....you start with the last book, then the first, then the last again, and then the middle....3, 1, 3, 2....aahhh, that explains much. But, really, processing SRD is tough enough, but to try and process it out of order? That's special. Ever play 3D chess??


3D chess? No way. 2D chess? Not much better.

I think the biggest problem I had with starting with TPTP is the visual that stuck in my head. I had the paperback version with the emerald green Colossus of the Falls scene. I still picture Elena as a green wicked witch of the west, and Giants as jolly green.
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I remember all those early paperback covers. They were great, but oftentimes misleading, as I would liken the book's title to what was being depicted on the cover, and that was not usually the case. And I believe that continues throughout all the series. Would be a fun exercise to recap all these early book covers and discuss what is being depicted on each of them. Maybe obvious, but maybe not always.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soarback Grayhare wrote:
Dondarion wrote:
Welcome, fellow newbie! Apparently, you've figured out the secret to decoding TC of TC....you start with the last book, then the first, then the last again, and then the middle....3, 1, 3, 2....aahhh, that explains much. But, really, processing SRD is tough enough, but to try and process it out of order? That's special. Ever play 3D chess??


3D chess? No way. 2D chess? Not much better.

I think the biggest problem I had with starting with TPTP is the visual that stuck in my head. I had the paperback version with the emerald green Colossus of the Falls scene. I still picture Elena as a green wicked witch of the west, and Giants as jolly green.

Well, that's stupid.
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