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Fallen King (Cirian War Saga) by Eric Lorenzen: A Review

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     “Fallen King” is the first book in the Cirian War Saga. Set in the land of Na Ciria a horrible invasion is taking place. Demon led forces are intent on taking over the land, betrayal lurks around every corner and heroes have feet of clay, but exhibit valor and honor in the face of evil.
    And that is about all the spoilers you will get from me as I hate to ruin a good book for people by telling too much.
    What you really want to know is, “Why should I read this book?”
    Let me give you three good reasons.
    First, the narrative draws you along. From one compelling scene to another you are taken into the storyline and not allowed to rest until you reach the end. Even then, you are waiting for the next book to find out what happens next. For me, this is always the sign that a book has captured my imagination. This is the type of book that you don’t really want to put down until you have finished it.
    Second, the heroes are human. By this, I mean that they are not grossly over caricatured characters as are sometimes found in fantasy fiction. These are real people with real flaws that we can relate to. They suffer from doubt and weakness. As I said, they have feet of clay. But, they also exhibit valor and courage under pressure.
    Third, the world that Eric Lorenzen has created here is well realized and thought out without being all revealed at once. I felt that I was immersed in the world while all the time discovering more about it and it’s past. It leaves you wondering what happened before without revealing too much before you are ready for it. I don’t know if that makes any sense to anyone but me, but I don’t want to have too much explained to me all at once while still feeling the author knows his destination.

 

    I highly recommend this book to lovers of fantasy fiction. Buy this and read it.

#Sketches for an #AngloSaxon themed #chess set

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The Queen
The Queen
Rook, based on a Mead Hall/Great Hall
Rook, based on a Mead Hall/Great Hall
Bishop
Bishop
The King. (Based somewhat on a medieval illuminated manuscript drawing of Alfred the Great)
The King. (Based somewhat on a medieval illuminated manuscript drawing of Alfred the Great)
We had a  2 hr. class at work on soft starters. I am bad about doodling while people are talking (although I am still listening, honest) This was where my mind was going on the set.
We had a 2 hr. class at work on soft starters. I am bad about doodling while people are talking (although I am still listening, honest) This was where my mind was going on the set.
The Knight
The Knight
The Pawn
The Pawn

I had this idea to create a chess set with the pieces themed on Anglo-Saxon designs.

I am working on the designs for the individual pieces right now. I plan on spending this weekend finishing the rough piece designs.

Any blank spaces on my pieces, will probably be filled with designs that wrap the piece, but I feel it will be easier to work on those on the actual piece seeing as how they will wrap around.

God willing, I will finish the king, queen, bishop and rook this weekend.

As I finish each piece, I will place a sketch photo here. These are rough sketches and will be subject to change and addition as I go forward. I expect the finished product to look somewhat different as my hands and mind work it all out into a finished product.

Once I have my piece designs done, I will be buying a new wood carving set (my old one got lost in moving at some point). Then I plan on starting to carve each piece and I will have individual posts for each.

Linkage- February 9, 2014

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links“Progressive Christianity is strange. It complains about the culture wars and then goes on to see every problem on the outside, never looking in.”~ Matt B. Redmond

 

 

 

You can’t make this stuff up. A worker in Oregon sues because of being referred to as a pronoun. 

 

 

 

Polaris is getting brighter.

 

 

 

The problem with the Young, Restless and Reformed crowd.

 

 

 

Building on the segmented sleep article, comes dreams.

 

 

 

Who was D.B. Cooper, a detective claims to know.

 

 

 

“When a man is lying in a shell hole, if he just stays there all day, a Boche will get him eventually. The hell with that. My men don’t dig foxholes.”- General George S Patton

 

 

 

President Obama calls for the release of Saeed Abedini from Iranian prison.

 

 

 

Al Mohler says the Ham on Nye debate was about conflicting worldviews.

 

 

 

“From the images in the video, you’d think they were looking for an escaped murderer or a house full of hit men. No, none of that. They were looking for a few people suspected of credit card fraud. None of the people they were looking for were inside of the house, nor was any of the stolen property they were looking for. They did arrest two houseguests of the family on what the news report says were unrelated charges, one for a probation violation and one for possession of illegal drugs.” ~Radley Balko

 

 

 

The Road to Emmaus, On the Plains and Woman in Profile

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"Road to Emmaus", Ebony pencil on sketch paper
“Road to Emmaus”,
Ebony pencil on sketch paper
"On the Plains", Ebony pencil on sketch paper.
“On the Plains”, Ebony pencil on sketch paper.
"Woman in Profile", Graphite wash on acrylic paper.
“Woman in Profile”, Graphite wash on acrylic paper.

 

 

Linkage- January 23, 2014

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Virginia AG declines to defend Gay Marriage Ban. Our republican form of government has turned into a sham. People can vote for something, only to have it overturned by courts or politicians. We now, effectively, live in an oligarchy, where the few powerful impose their views on the rest of us by fiat.


This happened today. It made me happy!

 

A melon exploding by firecracker in slow-mo…a must see!

 

Can a God of Love have Wrath? and a great article on abortion and single-issue voting both by Derek Rishmawy.

 

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” ~ General George S. Patton

 

The “Mystery House” in Raleigh, NC. 

 

Alright…I am just going to say it. Has no one in the Pentagon ever watched the Terminator movies?

 

“That guy’s brain is a bag full of cats. You can smell crazy on him.” ~Bruce Banner

 

ACA site can be hacked in four minutes.

 

The Mars mystery rock.

 

Building a greenhouse for $50.

 

Drilling your own well.

 

Joel Osteen says you should be following Old Testament dietary laws. I really shouldn’t expect him to really know the bible though.

 

“People need to know what God’s law says, but we need to remember that the law cannot produce obedience to itself. When we center on the law—which is what we do when we center on how to’s—it is like cracking a whip over a dead body. Ain’t no amount of whip-cracking that will raise a dead man up.” ~Jared Wilson

A link to Musings of a Southern Man

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A link to my blog, Musings of a Southern Man.

I will probably share some articles between blogs and some will only be on one or the other.

Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Listen?

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See, actually this is a “freedom of listen” conversation.
Everyone knows that A&E can hire and fire who they want.
But then comes, the “freedom of listen”, because they fired someone people actually want to hear.
People are exercising not only their “freedom of speech” to talk about A&E, but also their “freedom of listen”
People realize they don’t have to listen/watch A&E as punishment.

See, Phil is real. He may be on a reality show, but what you see with Phil is what you get.
People see genuineness and they respond to it.
People see conviction and they respond to it.
People see truth and they respond to it.
Phil could give less of a hoot whether he is on TV or not.
People respond to that too.

This is why people are up in arms and exercising their “freedom of listen”.
Without Duck Dynasty, 14 million people just flip over to something else.
They see a genuine person being shafted and they say let’s stand with him.
When they see the family say that life without the TV show is fine with them, they say “Yes!”
Genuineness is a commodity that is much lacking today.
Phil Robertson has it.

A few thoughts from my heart about Saeed Abedini #freesaeed #savesaeed

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I have something to say about Saeed Abedini,

I have been to war twice and I don’t consider myself a coward.

But, what Saeed did is real bravery.
What Saeed did is to spread the gospel of our Lord to a land where he knew death could await.

“We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

Saeed took this and said “Yes and Amen”

I pray that if I am ever put in a similar situation that I shine forth the light of Christ like Saeed Abedini.

I pray that those leaders, who call themselves Christian, who ignore his plight, who give a brother no aid or comfort in his imprisonment for the Lord…I pray that the Lord would deal with them as befits their sin.

Tweet the #Administration Wednesday About #freesaeed #savesaeed Share This and Get the Word Out!

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Got some Twitter accounts that might be useful to contact about Pastor Saeed Abedini’s plight.

Not as professional as I would like with pre-composed tweets, but hey, I do this in my free time between work and home life.

Some of these accounts don’t have a lot of followers, relatively speaking, so a lot of tweets to them may make a difference.

Remember, be respectful and mindful of Pastor Saeed’s welfare.

 

Here is a list, go to the page and send a message to them:

President of the United States, Barack Obama

https://twitter.com/BarackObama

Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden

https://twitter.com/JoeBiden

First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama

https://twitter.com/MichelleObama

Organizing for Action

https://twitter.com/OFA

Secretary of State, John Kerry

https://twitter.com/JohnKerry

State Department

https://twitter.com/StateDept

State Department, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

https://twitter.com/State_DRL

State Department, Humanrights.gov

https://twitter.com/HumanRightsgov

State Department, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

https://twitter.com/IRFAmbassador

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom

https://twitter.com/USCIRF09

State Department, Office of the Under Secretary of State for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights

https://twitter.com/civsecatstate

Once In a Lifetime- Talking Heads

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You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack
You may find yourself in another part of the world
You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile
You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife
You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
You may ask yourself, how do I work this?
You may ask yourself, where is that large automobile?
You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful house
You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful wife
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Water dissolving and water removing
There is water at the bottom of the ocean
Remove the water, carry the water
Remove the water from the bottom of the ocean
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, into silent water
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground
Letting the days go by, into silent water
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
You may ask yourself, what is that beautiful house?
You may ask yourself, where does that highway lead to?
You may ask yourself, am I right, am I wrong?
You may say to yourself, my god, what have I done?
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
Into the blue again, into silent water
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground
Letting the days go by, into silent water
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was

Time isn’t holding us, time isn’t after us
Time isn’t holding us, time doesn’t hold you back
Time isn’t holding us, time isn’t after us
Time isn’t holding us…
Letting the days go by, letting the days go by, letting the days go by, once in a lifetime
Letting the days go by, letting the days go by, letting the days go by, once in a lifetime