Since 1997, you’ve been coming to BarnesandNoble.com to discuss everything from Stephen King to writing to Harry Potter. You’ve made our site more than a place to discover your next book: you’ve made it a community. But like all things internet, BN.com is growing and changing. We've said goodbye to our community message boards—but that doesn’t mean we won’t still be a place for adventurous readers to connect and discover.

Now, you can explore the most exciting new titles (and remember the classics) at the Barnes & Noble Book Blog. Check out conversations with authors like Jeff VanderMeer and Gary Shteyngart at the B&N Review, and browse write-ups of the best in literary fiction. Come to our Facebook page to weigh in on what it means to be a book nerd. Browse digital deals on the NOOK blog, tweet about books with us,or self-publish your latest novella with NOOK Press. And for those of you looking for support for your NOOK, the NOOK Support Forums will still be here.

We will continue to provide you with books that make you turn pages well past midnight, discover new worlds, and reunite with old friends. And we hope that you’ll continue to tell us how you’re doing, what you’re reading, and what books mean to you.

Reply
Author
ConnieAnnKirk
Posts: 5,472
Registered: ‎06-14-2007
0 Kudos

Off-Topic Cafe

Here's the place to post messages of conversation that do not quite fit within the realm of the book's discussion threads. Have you found some related websites that you'd like to recommend? Do you want to chat with fellow club members about an unrelated topic? Here's the place.
~ConnieAnnKirk




[CAK's books , website.]
Frequent Contributor
BarbaraN
Posts: 519
Registered: ‎11-08-2006
0 Kudos

Daemon Icons

My Daemon turned out to be an ocelot. I thought I would change my icon to match my Daemon but there isn't anything close to an ocelot. Is a possible to get more animal icon choices?

Personal Daemons can be found here: http://www.goldencompassmovie.com/

Barbara and Elberon
Frequent Contributor
Posts: 213
Registered: ‎07-10-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Daemon Icons

Haha, ^_^, Rubber Ducky doesn't QUITE resemble Ocelot...

Perhaps...is there just a cat in the avatar bank thingie?
Frequent Contributor
BarbaraN
Posts: 519
Registered: ‎11-08-2006
0 Kudos

Videos of the movie

Some more youtube trailer videos to watch while you are waiting for the discussions to start. Some are movie trailers or excerpts from the movies, some are behind the scene type videos, and some are fan produced videos. The address showing the whole list is much too long for me to post so I have only posted a few samples below. Click on the link "See all videos" to the right of the video viewing area from any of the below links for the very long list.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tc9gD1dsL9Y

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58X4o_41Frc&mode=related&search=

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NOOXHLpdww&NR=1

Barbara & Elberon
Frequent Contributor
BarbaraN
Posts: 519
Registered: ‎11-08-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Daemon Icons



RiftDoggy wrote:
Haha, ^_^, Rubber Ducky doesn't QUITE resemble Ocelot...

Perhaps...is there just a cat in the avatar bank thingie?




They only have a leopard and a very tame-looking domestic cat. I guess the cat will have to do for now, though it is nothing like an ocelot. So far the animal selection doesn't have any of the daemons assigned so far except for kreacherteacher's mouse daemon, Calanon.

Barbara & Elberon
Inspired Wordsmith
Kreacherteacher
Posts: 1,234
Registered: ‎07-24-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Daemon Icons



...the animal selection doesn't have any of the daemons assigned so far except for kreacherteacher's mouse daemon, Calanon.

Barbara & Elberon




Cool, I'll have to go get it.
Inspired Wordsmith
Kreacherteacher
Posts: 1,234
Registered: ‎07-24-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Daemon Icons

I thought it would have bigger ears. I do love a mouse with big ears. :-)
Contributor
moniraq
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎06-02-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Daemon Icons

I settled for this funky little lion. You can't even tell he's a majestic animal, doggonit.
http://360.yahoo.com/moniraq
Contributor
moniraq
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎06-02-2007
0 Kudos

New Read

I'm reading a new series by Stuart Hill called "The Chronicles of Icemark". I've only just read the first book entitled, "The Cry of the Icemark" and it was pretty good.

I'm also trying to get my hands on a book called "Tunnels" by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. Anyone read either of these?
http://360.yahoo.com/moniraq
Distinguished Bibliophile
Nadine
Posts: 2,456
Registered: ‎10-30-2006
0 Kudos

Movie

I have noticed twice already in The Golden Compass that Mrs. Coulter is described as having black hair. In the movie trailers she definitely is a blond. I saw the movie trailer first and maybe that prejudiced me toward the blond hair but I think that suits her well and kind of goes along with her golden monkey daemon.

I'm curious. Does anyone know the name of Mrs. Coulter's Daemon?
Frequent Contributor
Vampyre
Posts: 776
Registered: ‎07-06-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Movie

I could have sworn I saw the monkey's name once but I don't remember what it was or if I even really saw it.
V^^^^V
http://vickipettersson.proboards51.com/index.cgi
http://primatechpaper.yuku.com/
Distinguished Bibliophile
Nadine
Posts: 2,456
Registered: ‎10-30-2006
0 Kudos

Golden Compass Haiku

I wasn't sure where to put this but I thought this was an interesting site. Haiku about the The Golden Compass. http://www.darkmaterials.com/golhai.htm

I thought it might be fun if we tried our hand at writing a little verse related to the book or of our own personal daemon. Those of you who don't have your own personal daemon can go to http://www.goldencompassmovie.com/ and find out what animal your's is and the animal's name. Some of you might have already decided on your own what your daemon might be. Now what can I say about a chimp?



----------------------
Distinguished Bibliophile
Nadine
Posts: 2,456
Registered: ‎10-30-2006
0 Kudos

Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Window on Our World

Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Window on Our World

Renée

""I now view my long road as a search for truth in my own heart, in the world around me, and in the bigger questions of purpose and of existence. How does one define good and evil." --Drizzt Do'Urden
------------------------------------------

I'm not sure if this topic belongs here (it is kind of off topic) but your quote intrigued me (I am not familiar with the Dungeon series) along with your most interesting discussion in Religion or Science. Stories like HDM allow us to look at our own world from a different perspective. In many ways I think we find it difficult to look at some of our traditional beliefs through anything but our own rose-colored glasses. Things are too personal or we just take them for granted. SF&F says, OK this is a different world so don't consider it threaten to what you believe and pretend "what if" and then see how you would feel about these beliefs.

In HDM Government, science and religion seem to be all the same thing, or at least all under the same institution. Interestingly, the HDM world is not a Police State as you often find in such stories. People have remarkable freedom. It is just the core of thinkers and scientist seem to have a religious conviction and fear of their subject and its implications for what they hold in strong belief and the power of the government behind them to act as they wish.

The question I would like to put out is how certain incidences and revelations in HDM have caused you to look at our own world and, maybe specifically, your own beliefs in a different way. Even your side reading (or HDM Internet searches) may have unveil things you never really considered. These may not have necessarily changed your thinking but just inspired inquiry.

I don't know if it is appropriate to make this a separate topic. I will leave that to Connie to decide.
Frequent Contributor
Vampyre
Posts: 776
Registered: ‎07-06-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Window on Our World

Nadine, did you get that name from "The Stand" or something else?
V^^^^V
http://vickipettersson.proboards51.com/index.cgi
http://primatechpaper.yuku.com/
Distinguished Bibliophile
Nadine
Posts: 2,456
Registered: ‎10-30-2006
0 Kudos

Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Window on Our World



Vampyre wrote:
Nadine, did you get that name from "The Stand" or something else?




I'm afraid not. Besides Flagg isn't quite my type. This is probably more like me: http://pbskids.org/arthur/friends/nadine/index.html It was my mother's choice and I have no idea if something prompted her to it.
Frequent Contributor
Vampyre
Posts: 776
Registered: ‎07-06-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Window on Our World

Oh yeah, I forgot about her.
V^^^^V
http://vickipettersson.proboards51.com/index.cgi
http://primatechpaper.yuku.com/
Distinguished Bibliophile
Nadine
Posts: 2,456
Registered: ‎10-30-2006
0 Kudos

The Tao of Dust?

The Tao of Dust

Just a bit of trivia. I was reading the Tao of Pooh and this little section caught my eye:

-------------------------------------------------

As he stated in his Tao To Ching (DAO DEH JEENG), the "Tao Virtue Book," earth was in essence a reflection of heaven, run by the same laws - not by the laws of men. These laws affected not only the spinning of distant planets, but the activities of the birds in the forest and the fish in the sea. According to Lao-tse, the more man interfered with the natural balance produced and governed by the universal laws, the further away the harmony retreated into the distance. The more forcing, the more trouble. Whether heavy or fight, wet or dry, fast or slow, everything had its own nature already within it, which could not be violated without causing difficulties. When abstract and arbitrary rules were imposed from the outside, struggle was inevitable. Only then did life become sour.

To Lao-tse, the world was not a setter of traps but a teacher of valuable lessons. Its lessons needed to be learned, just as its laws needed to be followed; then all would go well. Rather than turn away from "the world of dust," Lao-tse advised others to "join the dust of the world." What he saw operating behind everything in heaven and earth he called Tao (DAO), "the Way."

------------------------------

Well, it was that one sentence:

Rather than turn away from "the world of dust," Lao-tse advised others to "join the dust of the world."

I don't know if all this has any relevance but it is interesting how, when you put your mind on something, it seems to pop up all over the place.
Author
ConnieAnnKirk
Posts: 5,472
Registered: ‎06-14-2007
0 Kudos

Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Window on Our World

Hi, Nadine--Sure; your topic would make an excellent thread topic! Go ahead and copy and paste into a thread. If you need my help, let me know!

~ConnieK



Nadine wrote:
Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Window on Our World

Renée

""I now view my long road as a search for truth in my own heart, in the world around me, and in the bigger questions of purpose and of existence. How does one define good and evil." --Drizzt Do'Urden
------------------------------------------

I'm not sure if this topic belongs here (it is kind of off topic) but your quote intrigued me (I am not familiar with the Dungeon series) along with your most interesting discussion in Religion or Science. Stories like HDM allow us to look at our own world from a different perspective. In many ways I think we find it difficult to look at some of our traditional beliefs through anything but our own rose-colored glasses. Things are too personal or we just take them for granted. SF&F says, OK this is a different world so don't consider it threaten to what you believe and pretend "what if" and then see how you would feel about these beliefs.

In HDM Government, science and religion seem to be all the same thing, or at least all under the same institution. Interestingly, the HDM world is not a Police State as you often find in such stories. People have remarkable freedom. It is just the core of thinkers and scientist seem to have a religious conviction and fear of their subject and its implications for what they hold in strong belief and the power of the government behind them to act as they wish.

The question I would like to put out is how certain incidences and revelations in HDM have caused you to look at our own world and, maybe specifically, your own beliefs in a different way. Even your side reading (or HDM Internet searches) may have unveil things you never really considered. These may not have necessarily changed your thinking but just inspired inquiry.

I don't know if it is appropriate to make this a separate topic. I will leave that to Connie to decide.


~ConnieAnnKirk




[CAK's books , website.]
Author
ConnieAnnKirk
Posts: 5,472
Registered: ‎06-14-2007
0 Kudos

New Pullman Story Expected

There is news of a new Pullman story that is going to be published. It is called _Once Upon a Time in the North_. The story is related to _His Dark Materials_ in that it is a companion to _Lyra's Oxford_ and relates events that happened before Lyra's birth. See the announcement of this publication in _Publishers Weekly_:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6480616.html?nid=2286&source=title&rid=1772422372&
~ConnieAnnKirk




[CAK's books , website.]
Distinguished Bibliophile
Nadine
Posts: 2,456
Registered: ‎10-30-2006
0 Kudos

Subtle Knife

Do we begin the Subtle Knife next Monday? I wanted to finish up with the Golden Compass and get started on the second book.
Users Online
Currently online: 46 members 998 guests
Please welcome our newest community members: