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 Favorite Characters in Literature?, That means they have to come from a book
Col. Radec
 Posted: Jan 20 2011, 10:43 AM
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The Books Forum needs another topic badly. Must admit I'm not terribly surprised, however. Guess I should be the one to start this. Here goes...

Who are your favorite characters in literature? I'm usually hard-pressed to say, but so far, I've decided on three:


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Number one and my Top Favorite is from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.

His Grace, The Duke of Ankh, Commander of the City Watch, Sir Samuel Vimes. A slightly tarnished walker along mean streets, and like all good cops, he knows exactly when it's time to be a bad cop. Don't get on his bad side.

Sam Vimes.


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Second is from F. Paul Wilson's Repairman Jack series.

The underground mercenary "Fix-It" man with the anonymous appearance of an ordinary joe who could be anybody's brother, Repairman Jack. When there's no help, and no one's listening... call Jack. He'll take care of it. For a price.

Repairman Jack.


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Third is from Stephen King's Dark Tower Series.

Roland Deschain of Gilead, a tortured gunslinger on an impossible mission that encompasses all of his life, the soul-searing goal to find The Dark Tower. Join him, or stay off his path. But be warned, he brings death with him, even if he doesn't want to. Do ya kennit, sai?

Roland.

How about you guys?
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Rick Grimes
 Posted: Jan 20 2011, 04:13 PM
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My only standouts are Robert E. Howard's Conan the Cimmerian and Kull of Atlantis.

QUOTE (Col. Radec @ Jan 20 2011, 09:32 AM)
The Books Forum needs another topic badly.

Indeed it does.

Edit: And just after putting one up myself, the site crapped out and apparently it didn't get posted... mad.gif
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Col. Radec
 Posted: Jan 21 2011, 08:39 AM
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There's always the option to repost, Spartan. smile.gif

BTW, Conan's a real bad-ass! What do you think of the remake coming up?
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Rick Grimes
 Posted: Jan 21 2011, 04:23 PM
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QUOTE (Col. Radec @ Jan 21 2011, 07:28 AM)
BTW, Conan's a real bad-ass! What do you think of the remake coming up?

I think it looks great from what I've seen in terms of screenshots and backstage photos. I thought they made the right choice by casting Jason Momoa (of Stargate: Atlantis fame) rather than some Hollywood big shot. I don't really care for Conan being portrayed as living during the existence of the Empire of Acheron (which existed and fell 3,000 years before Conan's time, as told in Hour of the Dragon), but I'm willing to give it the benefit of the doubt.

The Schwarzenegger movies will always have a special place in my heart though. cool.gif Well, maybe just the first one... the second one was pretty full of suck. dry.gif
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 Posted: Feb 14 2011, 06:05 AM
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Female: Marquise de Merteuil, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Male: Hollywood, Break On Through
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Col. Radec
 Posted: Feb 14 2011, 08:55 AM
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Awesome choices, Risky!

Merteuil... I liked it when Sarah Michelle Gellar played her in Cruel Intentions . biggrin.gif

Aw yeah, Hollywood! The soldier narrator from Pugilist at Rest, right? Well, I mean the overall book where Break On Through comes from, LOL. I always loved it when Hollywood spazzed on and on about the Purple Zone, and his teammates were such riots.

Remember Singh, and his Elvis hairdo? And Mason being so into himself? Honestly, though, they're nothing compared to Baggit. I don't know what was up with that guy!
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 Posted: Feb 21 2011, 06:58 AM
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You're a Thom Jones fan?! I loved how psychopathic Baggit was, it made his homicidal tendencies all the more colorful. When I first read this story, as a kid, a chill ran down my spine during the calling card scene. C'mon, tell me your skin didn't crawl when Baggit jumps Hollywood and whispers, "Your ass is dead, Marine." And then when Hollywood finds the area littered with Baggit's kills, mouths all stuffed with a SEAL death card? Just awesome. Shame Tim O'Brien gets all the Vietnam credit in academia.
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 Posted: Feb 21 2011, 07:15 AM
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Yup, read Jones's stuff, Risky! His tone and writing is always so entrancing, I feel like I'm getting acid flashbacks whenever I read his prose.

I loved the hell out of Baggit, that guy was twisted. I mean, at first, he's such an FNG and then, all of a sudden, he's this growling, sneering vet caressing his blade on your neck.

There was something haunting at the end, when neither Hollywood nor his teammate could remember Baggit's first name.
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 Posted: Feb 21 2011, 07:35 AM
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Did you hear Thom Jones has already penned screenplays for Cheyenne Enterprises? I'm thinking Tears of the Sun set in Vietnam...with Marines.
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 Posted: Feb 21 2011, 03:21 PM
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QUOTE (Relative Risk @ Feb 21 2011, 06:24 AM)
Did you hear Thom Jones has already penned screenplays for Cheyenne Enterprises?  I'm thinking Tears of the Sun set in Vietnam...with Marines.

Could be pretty cool.
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 Posted: Mar 3 2011, 06:30 AM
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QUOTE (Spartan198 @ Feb 21 2011, 05:10 PM)
Could be pretty cool.

Yes, the way Tears of the Sun should've been--without Monica Bellucci. Thank Christ Thom Jones can't write female characters to save his literary life.
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 Posted: Mar 7 2011, 05:05 PM
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Tal and Milla from the Seventh Tower series.
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 Posted: Nov 21 2011, 06:06 AM
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Well y'all know me... tongue.gif There is no greater character than Mr. Rhett Kinnecutt Butler!!! Except, maybe Miss Katie Scarlett O'Hara Hamilton Kennedy Butler!! tongue.gif tongue.gif
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