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« on: December 22, 2005, 12:48:38 PM »

After much deliberation the 3 winners of the Halls latest competition have been decided. The winners were decided by Syrion, Dreeken and Myself. We each picked 5 entries from the 19 which were submitted. Below are the results.

3 Votes
Lord Llewdak - Grand Prize Winner
2 Votes
Darkon - Runner Up
Bolder Blood - Runner Up
1 Vote
Alrin
Orca239
Tal
Rabid
Great One
Thufir
Nylaere
Wolf

Thanks to everyone that entered, there were many high quality entries and it was very hard to pick a winner. Can the 3 winners please PM there full real name and address where the prizes can be sent.

Just a reminder that the Grand Prize winner will receive - The Wood Boy Graphic Novel, Raymond Feist Posters (Wood Boy and Magician), Hedge Knight Graphic Novel, the 2 issues of Robert Silverberg comics, all the Dragonlance comics and up to the most current Robert Jordan New Spring comic released.

Runner up X 2 will each win: The Wood Boy Graphic Novel and Raymond Feist Posters (Wood Boy and Magician).

Below are all the entries received with the 3 winners at the top

[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]Lord Llewdak – 100

"Raymond E Feist, since Magician, has always been a master at combining high fantasy with grim realism and has created some of the most vividly portrayed characters in Fantasy. He takes us from the microcosm of human emotion to the macroworld of wars between mighty nations. In Midkemia he takes us from local politics to vast halls of kings, from commerce to espionage, intrigue and mystery. He takes us to the Gods and beyond.

Reading Feist is like taking a journey through every walk of life. And it is a wonderful voyage. I have enjoyed every step of the way."[/quote]

[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]Bolder Blood – 96

The Works of Raymond Feist.

As a teenager reading was more of a punishment than a thing to enjoy. I reluctantly picked up Magician and began to read it with lacklustre enthusiasm. Mear pages into the book I was hooked. Ray is abled to get to the heart of the matter, skipping all the flowery description that some writers bulk up their books with. Feist is easy to read and it feels like he is guiding me through my own story instead of imposing his image of things on me.

Feist turned me into a reader.[/quote]

[!--quoteo--][div class=\'quotetop\']QUOTE[/div][div class=\'quotemain\'][!--quotec--]Darkon – 100

Apparently Feist books are considered “so good”. Funny, I thought they were average fantasy.

However I have to admit, anybody being able to pull me into a story within four pages, did a pretty good job.

Anybody being able to write such a story for a few books, is pretty damn impressive.

Making me feel sorry for the death of characters is quite awesome.

Pulling this off with multiple people all over the world, who therefore even created a forum community to discuss these same books in peace and harmony… then I must conclude: Feist wrote some pretty brilliant [/quote]

Wolf - 97

Raymond E. Feist (REF) introduced a new interest for me. That new interest is the joy of reading fantasy. I was hooked from the very first sentence of Magician, “The storm had broken”. Pug, Tomas, Nakor and many others became front line characters in my imagination. I was addicted to fantasy as created by REF. I have since read fantasy works of other authors always using REF’s works as a base of comparison and have yet to find any that can compare in his descriptions of cultures, convoluting known history into his fantasies and mentally painting landscapes.

Alrin – 99

I think Ray's books are so good because of the genuine affection Ray elicits from his readers in regards to his characters. I remember reading Magician for the first time and falling in love with Pug, yet chapters would go by without a mention of him but still I'd find myself eagerly awaiting each line. And then it dawned on me: I loved ALL the characters. Ray managed to make me feel for every character without me even realizing it, and that's the mark of a truly great author and definitely one of the hallmark's of a great book.

Heathfoder – 96

Feist has the ability to take small slices of life and bring them back to us. Those feelings that we wish we could feel again, those kisses that linger on the edge of forgotten memory, the dryness of the mouth as death pursues. He is the leader of this parade of the unknown and yet familiar. A tour guide to that dream that left us smiling and happy and of which, we have no memory. These books are not bound paper, rather electrical worlds whose sparks speak of sword hitting sword, hearts broken and worlds colliding.

Great One – 100

I love Ray because he is a truly great writer. I have been reading his work for roughly the last 5 years and have enjoyed every piece he has released. From Magician, where I first met two of my favourite characters in literature, Pug and Tomas, to being introduced to great new characters like Talon of the Silver Hawk in his newer work. The characters really do take on a life of themselves and make fans, like myself, want to read more about them. The incredible magic in the books would never be the same if it wasn’t for Ray.

Gorath – 94

Feist books are so good because they delve into the politics of the worlds and they also explain about the other races a bit (Empire series, Honoured Enemy) unlike Lord Of The Rings which just says things like, Trolls are generally stupid, etc. etc. He also goes right into the battles, not like other authors which just repeat, parry, step, thrust. Instead it's, "he tried a flanking manouver, which involved parrying and riposting on his now undefended side" (not actual quote) and they are just great books in general for just about every reason.


Robert De Longville – 93

There are many reasons why I love Feist's books more than most other fantasy books. This is mainly because they do not strike me as being fantasy.

Ray can bring a character to life, give it a face, depth, smell. He makes me feel like I know them personally.

And his storylines are easy to like yet there's always plenty mystery. On all fronts, on both micro and macrolevel, his reasoning is sound.

Anyone that creates a Jimmy, an Arutha and even a Hocho, can only be loved above all.


Ashen Shugar – 91

What I enjoy about rays works are the scenes he sets he doesn't bore with details but he doesn't leave things too plain. I like the depth he gives characters and how he can give such different personalities to such a variety also he knows when its time to part with one. It's great that his new characters aren't just copies of his older ones like a few other authors. and I love how he writes several smaller plots and has them lead into the main one, keeps the books exciting.

Thufir – 99

Anybody can create a world it is a simple matter of geography, but few people can truly populate with interesting characters that capture the imagination. They are what we want to be with power to change the world, but they our also us. They have ambitions, dreams, they fight and love. The characters are captivating through their depth and become alive as he writes them in the pages of his books. They become old friends we worry about and laugh along with. We follow their adventures breathlessly hoping they will once more save the day and pull through intact.

Mara of the Acoma – 97

Entering Ray’s worlds, there lingers an elsewhere totally unobtainable atmosphere. The Rift renders anything possible and allows the reader to travel in time and space, appropriating himself both landscapes and characters.
Depending upon the notions of Good and Evil inherent to one another, we can be Pug but also Macros, Miranda, the Emerald Queen or Mara.
Dramatis personae have their own qualities and defaults, with some “leitmotiv” to be remembered by, like Nakor and his oranges.
Neutrality is unknown to Ray’s heroes, still Power is always present be it in men or women, though Justice always wins.

Petra1617 – 63

I think Ray's books are so good because i can dream away when i read them. Every time he introduce a new character, the new one is interesting and has an own personality, i think that is really special. And almost all his books took place in midkemia, but they are never boring, i just want to know more about the new piece!

Tal – 100

The books “flow” smoothly through epic storylines rich in detail, but not dwelling on minor aspects of each scene. It’s possible to visualise the characters, and their surroundings, but not be overwhelmed by small details.

Midkemia has a great sense of realism the many other fantasy worlds do not. Instead of everyone dying in battle (or not at all), Midkemians die of sickness and old age. They also have true human emotion. Take the death of Pug’s family members, or Mara’s. They show actual grief, instead of “I don’t care. He died for his country.” I find this infinitely refreshing.

Orca239 – 99

Raymond Feist’s books are wonderful because they’re always interesting, even in the beginning of the books! The world he created is incredibly deep and I feel like I actually know the characters. When something happens, I feel happy or sad right along with them! The plots of each book work into each other so well that it’s not like separate books, but one gigantic story. Even when the story shifts to other people, things tie in with characters from other books. Feist’s books are so compelling, so dramatic, and so amazing that you can not help but love them!


Dacilion – 152

It was WAY BACK in the 80s (1986 I think)

I was heavy into Tolks, Howard, D&D all that stuff

I used to go regularly to my one and only local foreign language bookshop, and there I used to find the earliest game book with paper and dice - Warlock of FireMountain, and the like.

Someday appeared on the stand, by some stroke of Ruthia's own luck, a big book of 700plus pages, for a reasonable price. I bought it just to have something lenghty to read,
and got a revelation!
In it was everything I was looking for at the time: epic scale, exotic cultures with a medieval basis, intrigue, sword and sorcery

Never stopped reading Ray's ever since, because his particular recipe evolved along with my personal tastes.

The book was... Magician, first paperback english issue, and even though I'm now bordering on 40, that battered edition never left me.

Nylaere – 98

What Raymond manages to do in his books, is bringing them to live right in front of you. He’s not just a writer, typing flat words on a piece of paper, he picks his words carefully, combines them and creates a magical combination. Words put together like that, made into a book just have to be good, it’s like an addiction, once you’ve read one, you’ll want them all. Just to experience the kick of living a story again. He captures the essence of a good story in letters, and thus captures a piece of our souls forever.


Rabid – 100

The main points that kept bringing me back to rays books, kept me sitting on the edge of my chair just waiting for the next release, was the range of emotions ray could invoke within me within half a page. He brings visions of grandeur and beauty, beauty both in destruction and creation.
The simple enormity of his worlds thought out and scribbled down to the smallest details, yet always leaving something to wonder about, will often keep me awake in bed with my imagination running wild.
What do I love about ray’s books? There’s plenty left to the imagination.


Thant – 82

The work of Feist is so fascinating because Feist managed to catch the writer by beautiful storylines, epic battles and deep personages. The plotlines are simple enough to follow, yet deep enough to stay interesting. The age-old battle of good versus evil is written out nicely, focussing upon characters within the storyline, but without loosing the focus on the story. Details are described deep enough, yet not to deep to loose interest. The best description of the work of Feist is: brilliant.
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2005, 12:59:40 PM »

Congrats to everyone, especially the winners.

Everyone had a great entry, not just the winners, it's great to see the people from this forum getting involved, and doing well. Also, I notice that almost everyone had a different reason to, like the books, and I think that's great.

Fantastic job guys!! (and girls)

PS: Not sure why anyone would vote for my entry though...
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2005, 01:01:53 PM »

Well done to everyone who entered and congratulations to Llewsy, Boldar and D.
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2005, 01:14:20 PM »

Congrats and good job everyone
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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2005, 02:14:49 PM »

Yay!! I love you all!! Congratulations to everyone who participated, and thank you to our moderators and administrators for putting up the challenge and getting all the wonderful gifts organised.

Lol I love Darkon's entry the most - very cunning - if only it were 101 words long ... very job well done.
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« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2005, 02:59:40 PM »

Darkon, you own me one !  
Had I not somewhat forced you to enter, you wouldn't have been a winner !

Well done !

Lord Llewdak's is especially good to my own eyes !

Who were the voting people? The staff?  
What are the numbers after the names?

Anyway have a nice Xmas everyone !

Mara.

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« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2005, 03:01:17 PM »

I think the word "some" is a typo and should have been "something".

I'm not sure though after Mara told me to write I did and then rewrote it three times. XD

I thought I had taken out all impurities. Appearantly not.

Still, I won something....wow.

I like Thant's one. He used the same word in the end.
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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2005, 03:02:08 PM »

Mara

The numbers after the names are the amount of words used. Coe, Sy and I picked the winners. As we 3 didn`t enter the comp and could judge objective!

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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2005, 03:53:22 PM »

In the first line of this topic I say who judged the competition
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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2005, 04:51:55 PM »

Congrats Brody, darkon and Bolder. I hope you enjoy your prices.

 

P.S.: D, you must be happy you joined afterall ey?
And Dreekz, I tought you were gonna make yourself win?  
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« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2005, 05:05:17 PM »

Quote from: Thant
Congrats Brody, darkon and Bolder. I hope you enjoy your prices.
Lord Llewdak not Brody  
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« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2005, 05:26:38 PM »

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Lord Llewdak not Brody  

OOPS, I was typing to fast :S. I am pretty sure I was writin Llewy, not brody. Must have been mixed up with the boldar :S.

What can I say, I just had an exam  

So yeah, congrats Llewdy, D, and boldar

 
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« Reply #12 on: December 22, 2005, 05:39:30 PM »

Well done winners,
Im very pleased for you, must be a great christmas present.

Some very nice sentiments expressed throughout all entries.
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« Reply #13 on: December 22, 2005, 05:48:58 PM »

Quote from: Thant
And Dreekz, I tought you were gonna make yourself win?  


Well I tried but you know Coe, wouldn`t give me a break    Such a dreek tormentor!    


I also would like to say congratz winners, nice entries and overall the entries had/have a nice vibe in them!

REF should be proud of his fans!  
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« Reply #14 on: December 22, 2005, 07:01:43 PM »

Well done guys.  Nice entries from you all. Made me smile reading them all.
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« Reply #15 on: December 22, 2005, 08:22:54 PM »

Quote from: coeshaw
In the first line of this topic I say who judged the competition

Aouch, indeed you did Coe ! Sorry  Forgive me !

It'd be interesting to have the commentaries about ALL the entries by you 3 judges though, don't you think?

I'd like to kow for instance what was said about mine, and so on......  

Was interesting to read though, to get an insight into every one of you and your ideas of fantasy AND FEIST !
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« Reply #16 on: December 22, 2005, 10:53:15 PM »

Grats to the winners. Sad to see I got zero votes, as I had done my best to keep it as general as I could, bummer.

Good luck on the prizes, hope you enjoy them greatly.

Looking forward to the next comp, should be one every month...
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« Reply #17 on: December 22, 2005, 10:55:06 PM »

that stinks... i wasn't here to join the competion.. oh wells i'll just have to wait for the next one  oh and congrats to the winners and to the losers... umm... congrats?
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« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2005, 02:05:00 AM »

Quote from: Lady Mara of the Acoma
It'd be interesting to have the commentaries about ALL the entries by you 3 judges though, don't you think?

There are none, we read all the entries and picked our 5 most favoured, then it was a just checking who got the most votes. Llewy got votes from all of us and the runners up were both voted twice.
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« Reply #19 on: December 23, 2005, 03:31:48 AM »

Wow.  That was some good competition I was up against.  Everyone had great entries.  Thanks alot guys!
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