Saturday, September 13, 2008
Podcast - Liquid Wierd

I'm planning a blog about the wierd world of fanfic, but it's taking a while.

So to tide you over, here's a podcast that I did while I was off at Dragoncon.


Later,

pat

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Blogger Captain Joe said...

Pat, your beard is a vast achievement.

Dresden Files is required reading 'round these parts.

The word verification thing spelt my last name today - the internet is watching me...

September 13, 2008 4:11 AM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

Hey, hey Pat. I just finished re-reading The Name of The Wind. I have a theory, Is Bast Denna? I know, it sounds ridiculous but i just can't help but question, he seems overly concerned, protective and feminine for a dude-friend...Am i right?

Good Mornin' Cap'n Joe--love you vlog reviews by the way.

September 13, 2008 4:48 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Good evening, Malikelm.

Much appreciated.

September 13, 2008 4:51 AM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

Cap'n, what do you think of my little theory there? Any merit in that little thought perhaps?

September 13, 2008 4:52 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

Too early to tell, my friend. A lot of story to go, promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep, and all of that.... The idea has merit, yet my gut says no.

From what I understand of Bast, he is very much enamoured with young, fresh-faced farm girls. To suggest that this is a mere façade with undertones of liberal lesbianism, is both awesome, and yet, unlikely.

It's one more theory than I have though. I haven't the foggiest where Pat's going, but I can't wait to find out.

I definitely agree there's more to Bast than meets the eye, however, and that he has his own agenda (possible more than one).

September 13, 2008 5:06 AM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

True but a particular scene keeps rolling in my head.

In the end of the book Chronicler asks Bast what was in it for him? What was he getting from all this?
Bast's reply;

"...i just want my Reshi back..."

So i guess we are in quite the perdicament. Is Bast gay or is Denna lesbian? Hmm? the only way to keep things straight ironically is to give a little twist and wonder if they are actually the same person? Maybe Denna was never a Women? She does have a Past, that much is learned at this point. Also, Denna is, as Kvothe says, different from any other women...

Another thought, when Kvothe asked Diana if her name was Denna
the girl he met a few years back). Denna's reaction was that Denna was just a disguise she wore at the time...maybe she wasn't just being a hurt young women?

What say you?

Please make assumptions. Wonder. It's ok, i swear.

September 13, 2008 5:19 AM  
Blogger Captain Joe said...

I'll be the first to eat my hat if you're right, dude.

But I think Bast is just... Bast.

He has his own agenda, as we see it, to have Kvothe remember he is Kvothe. Whether or not that's misguided, or necessary, he does seem to be motivated by that most terrible of things... love.

Denna, on the other hand, I could never understand. She is far too elusive - and her fate is uncertain.

Heh, hoping for the best.

Time will tell either way, Malikelm. Awesome discussing it with you, mate.

September 13, 2008 5:28 AM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

Truly i am amazed at you content. You seem more than capable to wait.

Isn't it maddening?

Since you obviously don't jump at conclusions--heh probably all that investigator reading you've been doing with the Dresden Files? It'll make a sherlock out of you yet.

How about you if you throw a few sugestions at book reads based on these characteristics; not in a modern day set, "no elves with bows", and please, please, no dragons--not in the same sense that a dozen other writers have written them anyway.

I feel like i have read all that there is to read.

Oh, by the way, you should really check out the MISTBORN trilogy by a mister Brandon Sanderson--if you haven't already that is.

September 13, 2008 5:41 AM  
Anonymous LiquidWeird said...

Thanks for posting this up! Was a lot of fun!

Oh, and Malikelm, in the interview he mentioned Brandon Sanderson's books.

September 13, 2008 12:00 PM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

Really? I haven't heard it, but not by decision. Hey, do you have any suggestions on books i could read?

September 13, 2008 12:37 PM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

It is an arabic cultural characteristic that a beard is a man's pride just as much as the mane is a woman's beauty. Islamically though it is shunned upon for a man to shave his beard completely off--trimming and taming it is fine--just not completely. The scholars usually let the beard grow naturally in an attempt to follow the ways of the Prophet of islam(muhamed). That is wht Pat. Im a Religion major.

September 13, 2008 1:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to Malikelm's suggestion on reading material: Tooth & Claw by Jo Walton; it's a Victorian romance involving dragons.

-- coypup (Amy E)

September 13, 2008 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is the new book due?

September 13, 2008 9:13 PM  
Blogger Malikelm said...

The release date was originally april 7,2009. However i have heard that it has been pushed back to march:( Pat can confirm this...

September 13, 2008 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The thing I liked hearing the most out of this interview was that you do not plan on restating major plot points continuously "in case we forget". That is something that has always bothered me about a lot of series. I've always wondered if authors think that people didn't read the first 5 books and just picked up the 6th and didn't want them to be compeletely lost. Anyone who does that deserves to be completely lost in my opinion. I'm glad I won't have to skim the first 4 chapters of your next book.

September 14, 2008 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard the next book is already done and printed and he is just pushing back the release date one more day every time someone asks him about it.

September 14, 2008 9:40 AM  
OpenID jmath438 said...

Pat, love the book and the beard. Just thought that I would let you know that you spelled "weird" wrong on the title of this post. I'll let it slide this time.

September 14, 2008 11:35 AM  
Blogger julz said...

"The thing I liked hearing the most out of this interview was that you do not plan on restating major plot points continuously 'in case we forget.'"

Honestly, I think most authors do that for their own benefit. I can imagine that getting into the "groove" of writing a sequel would be easier if you recap the salient parts of the story thus far. Just an idea.

September 14, 2008 1:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, I think most authors do that for their own benefit. I can imagine that getting into the "groove" of writing a sequel would be easier if you recap the salient parts of the story thus far. Just an idea.

The author could just as easily keep notes.

September 14, 2008 9:18 PM  
Blogger marky said...

Interesting stuff as always Pat.

As far as the beard goes, I would direct you towards the thoughts of one William Shakespeare. "He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man."

September 15, 2008 2:53 AM  
Anonymous pdxtrent said...

Malikelm,

In the begining of NOTW Bast specifically mentions he has seen Denna, and coments that her nose is slightly crooked or some such. I think this implies that he is definately not Bast. Plus, there is no evidence that Denna is a fae of any kind and Bast definately is.

Just my 2 cents-

September 15, 2008 3:14 AM  
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September 16, 2008 12:01 AM  
Blogger Sedulo said...

I really enjoyed the beard discussion. However, fantasy authors aren't the only iconoclasts that are known for facial hair.

Behold these beards.

http://www.comcast.net/music/bestbeards/slideshow/view/

Enjoy!

September 16, 2008 12:01 AM

September 16, 2008 12:06 AM  
Blogger Peter Ahlstrom said...

Your Writing Excuses podcast from Worldcon is up now too.

September 17, 2008 2:26 PM  

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