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  1. This is a movie plot twist, but in "Now You See Me", I was NOT expecting Mark Ruffalo's policeman to be the actual Fifth Horseman! Whoever came up with that twist was a genius - I had so many theories about the Fifth Horseman's identity, but the policeman was never one of them. In Jostein Gaarder's "Sophie's World", I initially thought Sophie and her friends were all living humans, but it turned out they were all characters in a book within a book. o_O Toward the end of the book, Sophie and her friend Alberto manage to escape their author's mind.
  2. "Wake me up if we're about to die." - A Song of Ice and Fire (George R. R. Martin) "As long as you know who you are, does it really matter what other people think about you?" - Aldur, from Belgarath the Sorcerer (David Eddings) "I've looked at the world for quite a few years now and I've found that if I don't laugh, I'll probably end up crying." - Silk, from Demon Lord of Karanda (David Eddings) "My Lord, I find thy face apelike and thy form misshapen. Thy beard, moreover, is an offense against decency, resembling more closely the scabrous fir which doth decorate the hinder portion of a mongrel dog than a proper adornement for a human face. Is it possible that thy mother, seized by some wild lechery, did dally at some time past with a randy goat?" - Mandorallen, from The Seeress of Kell (David Eddings) "Did you want to argue about something in particular or did you just want to start yowling and sort of make it up as we go along?" - Garion, the Belgariad/Malloreon (David Eddings) "Balderdash!" a deep voice roared. "I'm pleased to meet you, Professor Balderdash. My name's Itagne. It was good of you to introduce yourself. Thanks awfully, old boy." The laughter was tumultuous this time. "Fast on his feet, isn't he?" Itagne heard Ulath murmur to Bevier. - The Hidden City (David Eddings) Hatter: Young lady. Alice: What? Hatter: When I look at you, I remember the woman who broke me. You have her precious face. She was painfully kind... and a greater woman than you. Alice: *pause* That is annoying!! Hatter: Right? Alice: And you're... kidding, right? Hatter: *immediately* Of course I am. - Mad Hatter (Blood Dupre) and Alice, from Alice in the Country of Hearts (one of my favorite manga series) PS. I know I have way too much from Eddings, but his witty humor is just so irresistible.
  3. Beldarius

    Dragon Stories

    Dragonlance: I've read practically every book written by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (I can count around 17). My personal favorite book in the series is actually "The Dragons" by Douglas Niles (part of the Lost Histories cycle). Tolkien: Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, Silmarillion, The Book of Lost Tales. I've read them all. And yes, there are dragons in Tolkien's stuff (Ancalagon, Glaurung, Scatha and obviously Smaug). David Eddings: there's one bestial western dragon in The Belgariad and Malloreon. ...Klael from the Tamuli is technically a dragon (it looks like one on the official cover). The Brothers Lionheart (Astrid Lindgren): one of my favorite fairytales, by one of my favorite fairytale authors. Astrid Lindgren was a genius who wrote about difficult subjects like death and love, but always made them easier for kids to understand (I laugh at Americans who always edit deaths in children's literature, changing them into something like "he moved away!"... overprotective buffoons). As for the dragon in this book, there's one called Katla as the monster of the story. The Neverending Story (Michael Ende): there are two dragons here, Falkor and Smerg. I actually found the book rather boring (though I loved the movie a great deal). The Spearwielder Trilogy (R. A. Salvatore): there's a villainous dragon called Robert in this series. A Song of Ice and Fire (George R. R. Martin): though I haven't read past the second book. The novels are bricks and the changing of POVs is a bit tiring... Harry Potter (J. K. Rowling): I've read books 1-5 (and seen the movies). Eragon (Christopher Paolini): only read halfway through the first book. Dragon Tamers (Emma Maree Urquhart): I've read the first book in this series and loved it. Emma was only 13 when she wrote this book and imho she has more talent than Paolini does. Dragonology: I read "The Dragon's Eye" novel and liked it, too. I wish I knew who the actual author of the series is. Dragonrealm (Richard A. Knaak): I've read the first book in the series, called "Firedrake". I wish somebody took up the rest of the books and translated them into Finnish. The Illustrated Book of Myths (Neil Philip): there are quite a few dragons in mythology. I got this book when I was around 10 years old and I still read it every now and then. I've been a mythology fangirl for such a long time~ (My newest purchase is The Mabinogion. <3) Myths & Legends (Philip Wilkinson): I got this book recently, due to aforementioned mythology obsession.
  4. The Sorrows of Young Werther by J. W. von Goethe (read it at Project Gutenberg if you wish) This book has such intense emotion in it that even I felt affected by it (I'm actually rather emotionless). Werther's growing heartache is incredibly powerful and you can't help but feel sympathy and pity for him. ...And the ending easily had the most emotional impact. Let's just say it's an unhappy ending for Werther and leave the spoilers at that.
  5. I'm surprised at the lack of Twitards on this thread. Anyway, I chose Eragon. Mainly because I've never read Twilight (and I'm never going to, thanks to all the horrible excerpts I've seen and Edward's stalker tendencies - stalking is not love, it's creepy). That said, I don't really like Eragon, either. I LOVED the movie (Garrett Hedlund was great as Murtagh), but the book was incredibly boring. I couldn't get halfway past it. ...See, I've been a David Eddings fangirl for 13 years... Eragon's plot is SO similar to that of the Belgariad that I eventually went "OK, rip-off. Not reading this again." and dropped it. And yes, the Belgariad is far older - it predates Eragon by 21 years (in fact, the first book in the series is six years older than me).
  6. It may just be me, but I found that book incredibly boring. The movie however was spectacular. As for me, I just finished re-reading The Sorrows of Young Werther. It's a nearly 250-year-old epistolary novel written by J. W. von Goethe. I'd never read an epistolary novel, or such an old book, before taking this up and I haven't regretted it since. I ADORE this book so much it isn't even funny. I'm not a very emotional person, but the emotion in Werther's "letters" is so intense that even I felt affected by it and was utterly drawn in (the ending actually had me feel heartache and pity poor old Werther).
  7. Well, I always end up in Ravenclaw when I take tests. It sort of fits me since I'm actually rather smart (with an IQ of 135, no less). And the fact I've been getting second best grades in English at school since I was 12, without actually reading for exams. Heck, I got grade 9 in English all the way through elementary school, high school and vocational college. I also got a place in university to study English translation, but I decided not to go. Translators have a terrible job market.
  8. My favorite books were all written by David Eddings~ >///< He's been my favorite author for 13 years - he started my fantasy literature obsession when I was 12 and I love him for it. Belgariad - Very diverse characters, incredibly witty humor (Dave was famous for this), captivating plot even if it's cliché. Malloreon - Same characters as above, but matured (Garion was 16 by the end of Bel, and 30 by the end of Mal). Elenium - Diverse and interesting characters, humor is slightly darker (nearly reaching gallows' status), and the overall story and atmosphere are more mature than Bel/Mal. Comes with a nearly completely adult cast, with the main characters being at least in their early 30s (Berit and Talen are exceptions). The main villain Martel is my top favorite character in any fantasy book. Tamuli - Has the same cast as Elenium, but this takes place six years later and has different villains. One of my favorite witty moments actually happens in this series - Itagne and his "Professor Balderdash" comment.
  9. Sign me up~ I needed a kick in the butt to start reading books and this is the perfect place to start. <3
  10. Happened to me once - I named two of my dragons after my friend's science fiction characters, Alayn Crane-Jenison and Cavary. They're basically a couple in my friend's original story so I decided to pair the two dragons... And then I noticed somebody named their offspring "Alyan Cavary".
  11. I, Beldarius, agree that if it has a face, it has a name. I have a few unnamed hatchlings, but rest assured, I intend to name them once they develop genders. I hate seeing unnamed dragons (most of the dragons I've bred are unnamed thanks to lazy owners).
  12. Why do my Bronze Tinsels get the weird codes? The one I bred just now is "Bp3ds". 3DS? What's the bp stand for? Bulletproof gaming console? ...Wait, what?
  13. Oh good lord. x'D The Bronze Tinsel I just bred has the code "dui3D" (messed caps). A 3D movie of alcohol abuse lessons?
  14. I was going for a Dark Myst Pygmy in the cave just now... then I accidentally caught a Misfit. ...I took one look at the code and died. It was "Yamms". X'''''''''''''''''D (Anyone up for porridge?)
  15. I caught a '11 Halloween with the code "grcNb". ...Either it's "Garcia noob" or "garlic noob".
  16. I killed my extra Bluna just now... and it turned into a Zombie. Now I have a male and female one. That's good enough for me~ Kind of odd how both Taira and Ferghus were the only dragons I killed, and they both transformed (Taira in '11, Ferghus in '09). Talk about luck.
  17. Not really bosses, but still enemies you need to fight. These things are from Sacred, one of my all-time favorite RPGs. These just look so freaky I always cringe when I have to fight them... Wyvern Insect Larva Cave Fish and spiders (especially the cave fish and Tarantula Mortis. This thing was as big as a friggin dragon. ...Shelob, that you?) Skeleton Mage (This thing has horns growing out of its skull! I'm getting flashes back to the Horned King from The Black Cauldron! DX) Oh, and the 2nd final boss in the whole game, Shaddar. He's just plain creepy. See here (he's the summoner). Anducar from the expansion is even creepier, though (he's pretty much the boss of all demons).
  18. I'm from Finland. It's that country east of Sweden. No, not Russia. The other one - the smaller one with the lakes, forests and Santa.
  19. Suikoden Tierkreis is easily my favorite DS game. I enjoy the plot, the characters, the world, the fighting, the quests, the graphics, the music and EVEN the craptastic English dubbing (I fell for Conon, one of the villains - his dub VA is incredibly good compared to the rest. Asad is awesome, too.). ...I bought the game some time ago and I also downloaded a Japanese rom with English subs (I don't think it's illegal if you already have the game?). Frankly put, most of the Japanese voices are fantastic compared to the dub. But for some reason, they managed to find a few dubbers who are better than the original ones! O_o; ...Like Dirk. The Japanese one is very lackluster (...the voice actor is really good and prolific and one of my favorites so it was a shock for me) and the English one sucks in dialogue scenes... but when he turned evil, laughed like a maniac and jumped out a window, the English one drew the longer end of the stick. He NAILED that scene. ...I know Katsuyuki Konishi can do a better evil laugh than he did, though... I'll never understand what went wrong with his performance in this game. :\
  20. ...Oh lordy. I forgot this topic. My new blue spotted eggs (dunno what they are yet, I'll find out once they hatch) have the codes "hire6" and "s7YEp". I think I'll name the latter one "S Club 7". My Seawyrm Pygmy apparently dislikes somebody called "TK", considering his code is "GRRtk".
  21. I got a 7th gen Dorkface from my friend two years ago. It's part of a Star Wars Dorkface line maidmarian started. 7th gen, Red Kyp Durron Dorkface, male :3 Kyp is my favorite SW character so the name was a given~ I got pretty lucky because Kyp's lineage is really clean and short. It's easy to figure out what goes where.
  22. I got my Zombie last year by killing my adult Stone. *shrug*
  23. Yup, Gwilenhin. :3 She was one of my first dragons to boot.
  24. I'll sign this. :l I've had my only scroll since September 2008. I mean, why the hell would I even NEED multiple scrolls? That's ridiculous.