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posted 03 Jun 2006, 10:06 in The Warrior ProphetThe Warrior Prophet in Australia? by professor plum, Peralogue

It's out here (in New Zealand, mind) now — I've seen it in Dymocks. TTT is apparently not out here until the end of [i:2uu1dn41]July[/i:2uu1dn41]. I'd thought it was due at the end of May, but when I called a local bookstore on Wednesday they gave me a date of July 31st. I ended up caving in and ordering the trade paperback from Amazon.co.uk. It cost me an extra $10 or so, but that's fine — I was fed up with waiting. Plus it arrived today via standard international post, which is nice. I haven't even finished my re-read of TWP yet! view post


posted 07 Jun 2006, 10:06 in Literature DiscussionDan Brown by professor plum, Peralogue

[u:iz25c3oq]The Da Vinci Code[/u:iz25c3oq] was hilariously bad. Well-paced, but then, so are trains right before they wreck. :P My favourite line: “A sea of blue police lights and sirens erupted at the bottom of the hill and began snaking up the half-mile driveway.” Oh dear. Sadly none of those howlers translated into the film adaptation. Whatever you do, don't let anyone drag you along to see it... view post


posted 26 Mar 2007, 04:03 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]The Aspect-Emperor by professor plum, Peralogue

I don't have TDTCB on-hand to check, but beneath Ishüal lie the "Thousand Thousand Halls", correct? (Where those Dunyaïn "tainted" by Moënghus's sorcerous dream went to die.) That [i:gyj4ffny]has[/i:gyj4ffny] to be a Mansion. view post


posted 23 Apr 2007, 01:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... by professor plum, Peralogue

Long post follows. Could be a load of bollocks. You have been warned! [b:1ed6xh2c]What do we know about the No-God?[/b:1ed6xh2c] His presence in the World prevents live human births (I recall a mention of "the great cycle of souls" being interrupted). He can control Sranc, Bashrag and Wracu "as extensions of his own will" ([i:1ed6xh2c]No-God[/i:1ed6xh2c], Encyclopedic Glossary, TTT). His armour is a carapace adorned with chorae, surrounded by a giant whirlwind. He seems either ignorant to his own nature or inordinately focused on others' perceptions of him ("WHO AM I?"; "WHAT DO YOU SEE?") — I would assume the former, given that he has a habit of killing those in a position to answer his questions. :) The theory I'm toying with at the moment is that these attributes point to the No-God being the repository of souls, torn from the Outside and trapped within the Carapace via the Aporos, conveniently acting as both a defense and a prison. This theory seems (to me, anyway) to satisfy the "why?" questions about the No-God: [b:1ed6xh2c]Why are there no live human births?[/b:1ed6xh2c] Easy: having a soul is necessary for human life. If all the souls are locked up in the Carapace... [b:1ed6xh2c]Why is Mog-Pharau ignorant of his own nature?[/b:1ed6xh2c] Perhaps because self-awareness is new to him. Soulled beings in the World are self-aware, and quite possibly they are in the Outside, given the stuff about demons binding summoners for eternity after they bite the big one. But are they ever coerced into a single entity? Alternatively, Mog-as-Oversoul, residing in the Outside, may have always been as unknowing as we see him in the books*. Either way, as yet we still have no idea how the Consult bound him. [b:1ed6xh2c]Why can he control Sranc, Bashrag and Wracu?[/b:1ed6xh2c] They are unsoulled. If Mog-Pharau is a vast bank of souls, given fledgling sentience by virtue of being thrust into the World... you can see where I'm going here. Put a bunch of Sranc near him and he can use his Soul Power (apologies to the late James Brown) to override their animal impulses — perhaps the mechanism involves assigning one Mog-Soul per Sranc. Why can't he do this to humans? They have souls, and while we know souls can be compelled via sorcery, we haven't seen anything to suggest that they can be overridden by other souls. On something of a tangent, perhaps the Plains of Mengedda being haunted (by those slain in the final battle against the No-God during the Apocalypse) answers a question about where souls go when their usual egress from the World is closed. Into the ground? Where they stay, by the looks of things. (Or maybe I'm completely wrong, and the "The land remembers" interpretation offered by one of the characters holds. But that only raises further questions!) Anyway, if I'm on to something with the above, I don't think any one character we've encountered will "become" the No-God (imagine Achamian speaking through the mouths of a thousand Sranc. "COME TO ME, ESMI. KELLHUS, YOU ARE STILL A DICK"). *Perhaps this is why Kellhus perceives the No-God as he does. It's been a while since I read the last two books, so correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Mog's described as being an old man sitting on a hill beneath a tree, still asking the same questions. Who knows, maybe Kellhus will avert the Second Apocalypse by figuring it all out and helping the No-God make sense of himself. 'Cause, like, man, what does he see, you know? [b:1ed6xh2c]Other questions:[/b:1ed6xh2c] Why would the Scylvendi worship the No-God? Maybe someone convinced them they were damned. Maybe a God of Destruction aligned with their own inclinations just so. Maybe they bargained with the Consult for control of Kûniüri/Eämnor in return for worship and allegiance. Plenty of possibilities there. But why would the [i:1ed6xh2c]Consult[/i:1ed6xh2c] worship the No-God, ostensibly an entity either summoned and bound by them or an invention of their own devising? Here's my theory: we know Mog-Pharau is the key to their twisted brand of salvation. What if the Consult has realised that belief warps reality in Eärwa? If so, there's a strong incentive for them to at least [i:1ed6xh2c]appear[/i:1ed6xh2c] to worship the No-God, so as to improve the chances of others (e.g., the Scylvendi) worshipping it too (as a greater number of worshippers would, presumably, increase the No-God's power). This raises another question — why set about eradicating soulled life instead of controlling it via religion? Perhaps they used the Scylvendi as a test case, or perhaps they reasoned that competing belief systems (which might reintroduce the promise of damnation) would inevitably reappear. Or maybe they just like all the blood and guts and slaughter. :) [b:1ed6xh2c]Regarding the original post:[/b:1ed6xh2c] [quote="TWP,pg 12":1ed6xh2c] "[i:1ed6xh2c]Who am I?[/i:1ed6xh2c] he would often think, listening to Kellus's melodious voice. [i:1ed6xh2c]What do you see?[/i:1ed6xh2c]" [/quote:1ed6xh2c] In terms of awareness, how about "Kellhus is to ordinary people as ordinary people are to the No-God"? Achamian is in awe of the depth of Kellhus's perception, and this makes him question himself. The No-God seems to have the same reaction when encountering humans. Spoiler for the final book of The Second Apocalypse (highlight): [color=#2B2B2B:1ed6xh2c]No-God: "WHO AM I? WHAT DO YOU SEE?" Kellhus: "Search your feelings, bro."[/color:1ed6xh2c] [Edit: added emphasis for clarity.] view post


posted 23 Apr 2007, 05:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... by professor plum, Peralogue

I'm not sure we should simply assume that the No-God has destructive motivations of his own. If the No-God has been summoned from the Outside, is it a stretch to posit that he would be bound to the will of the Mangaecca, just as the ciphrang was bound to that of Iyokus? Seems to me that if you were going to summon something that powerful, you'd make sure you'd be able to control it. view post


posted 23 Apr 2007, 08:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... by professor plum, Peralogue

Any idea where in the books that's mentioned? view post


posted 24 Apr 2007, 00:04 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... by professor plum, Peralogue

Yeah, the general thing. If Aurax/Aurang refer to him specifically as Tactics Mog, that kind of puts an end to the bound-by-sorcery speculation. So far I haven't been able to find anything in the Encyclopedic Glossary that mentions General Mog's tactical prowess. view post


posted 10 May 2007, 04:05 in The Thousandfold Thoughtart work by professor plum, Peralogue

If you look at it upside down it looks like a mustachioed cat in a hat. Not sure if there's one of those in the books, though. view post


posted 08 Jun 2007, 13:06 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKellhus - a tool of the Gods or just a tool? by professor plum, Peralogue

Man. I think I'm going to have to go read TDTCB again. view post


posted 23 Jun 2007, 00:06 in Author Q & AHalos about Kellhus' hands? by professor plum, Peralogue

That's definitely the impression I formed, Harrol. Sticking with my oversoul theory for now... view post


posted 24 Jun 2007, 13:06 in Author Q & AHalos about Kellhus' hands? by professor plum, Peralogue

Sure thing, anor. What follows is a copy/paste of a couple of posts I made in the "Is Achamian the No God" thread a few months back. Bit of a ramblefest, but maybe some food for thought nevertheless... ===================== Long post follows. Could be a load of bollocks. You have been warned! [b:3s4d5hbg]What do we know about the No-God?[/b:3s4d5hbg] His presence in the World prevents live human births (I recall a mention of "the great cycle of souls" being interrupted). He can control Sranc, Bashrag and Wracu "as extensions of his own will" ([i:3s4d5hbg]No-God[/i:3s4d5hbg], Encyclopedic Glossary, TTT). His armour is a carapace adorned with chorae, surrounded by a giant whirlwind. He seems either ignorant to his own nature or inordinately focused on others' perceptions of him ("WHO AM I?"; "WHAT DO YOU SEE?") — I would assume the former, given that he has a habit of killing those in a position to answer his questions. :) The theory I'm toying with at the moment is that these attributes point to the No-God being the repository of souls, torn from the Outside and trapped within the Carapace via the Aporos, conveniently acting as both a defense and a prison. This theory seems (to me, anyway) to satisfy the "why?" questions about the No-God: [b:3s4d5hbg]Why are there no live human births?[/b:3s4d5hbg] Easy: having a soul is necessary for human life. If all the souls are locked up in the Carapace... [b:3s4d5hbg]Why is Mog-Pharau ignorant of his own nature?[/b:3s4d5hbg] Perhaps because self-awareness is new to him. Soulled beings in the World are self-aware, and quite possibly they are in the Outside, given the stuff about demons binding summoners for eternity after they bite the big one. But are they ever coerced into a single entity? Alternatively, Mog-as-Oversoul, residing in the Outside, may have always been as unknowing as we see him in the books*. Either way, as yet we still have no idea how the Consult bound him. [b:3s4d5hbg]Why can he control Sranc, Bashrag and Wracu?[/b:3s4d5hbg] They are unsoulled. If Mog-Pharau is a vast bank of souls, given fledgling sentience by virtue of being thrust into the World... you can see where I'm going here. Put a bunch of Sranc near him and he can use his Soul Power (apologies to the late James Brown) to override their animal impulses — perhaps the mechanism involves assigning one Mog-Soul per Sranc. Why can't he do this to humans? They have souls, and while we know souls can be compelled via sorcery, we haven't seen anything to suggest that they can be overridden by other souls. On something of a tangent, perhaps the Plains of Mengedda being haunted (by those slain in the final battle against the No-God during the Apocalypse) answers a question about where souls go when their usual egress from the World is closed. Into the ground? Where they stay, by the looks of things. (Or maybe I'm completely wrong, and the "The land remembers" interpretation offered by one of the characters holds. But that only raises further questions!) Anyway, if I'm on to something with the above, I don't think any one character we've encountered will "become" the No-God (imagine Achamian speaking through the mouths of a thousand Sranc. "COME TO ME, ESMI. KELLHUS, YOU ARE STILL A DICK"). *Perhaps this is why Kellhus perceives the No-God as he does. It's been a while since I read the last two books, so correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Mog's described as being an old man sitting on a hill beneath a tree, still asking the same questions. Who knows, maybe Kellhus will avert the Second Apocalypse by figuring it all out and helping the No-God make sense of himself. 'Cause, like, man, what does he see, you know? [b:3s4d5hbg]Other questions:[/b:3s4d5hbg] Why would the Scylvendi worship the No-God? Maybe someone convinced them they were damned. Maybe a God of Destruction aligned with their own inclinations just so. Maybe they bargained with the Consult for control of Kûniüri/Eämnor in return for worship and allegiance. Plenty of possibilities there. But why would the [i:3s4d5hbg]Consult[/i:3s4d5hbg] worship the No-God, ostensibly an entity either summoned and bound by them or an invention of their own devising? Here's my theory: we know Mog-Pharau is the key to their twisted brand of salvation. What if the Consult has realised that belief warps reality in Eärwa? If so, there's a strong incentive for them to at least [i:3s4d5hbg]appear[/i:3s4d5hbg] to worship the No-God, so as to improve the chances of others (e.g., the Scylvendi) worshipping it too (as a greater number of worshippers would, presumably, increase the No-God's power). This raises another question — why set about eradicating soulled life instead of controlling it via religion? Perhaps they used the Scylvendi as a test case, or perhaps they reasoned that competing belief systems (which might reintroduce the promise of damnation) would inevitably reappear. Or maybe they just like all the blood and guts and slaughter. :) [b:3s4d5hbg]Regarding the original post:[/b:3s4d5hbg] [quote="TWP,pg 12":3s4d5hbg] "[i:3s4d5hbg]Who am I?[/i:3s4d5hbg] he would often think, listening to Kellus's melodious voice. [i:3s4d5hbg]What do you see?[/i:3s4d5hbg]" [/quote:3s4d5hbg] In terms of awareness, how about "Kellhus is to ordinary people as ordinary people are to the No-God"? Achamian is in awe of the depth of Kellhus's perception, and this makes him question himself. The No-God seems to have the same reaction when encountering humans. Spoiler for the final book of The Second Apocalypse (highlight): [color=#2B2B2B:3s4d5hbg]No-God: "WHO AM I? WHAT DO YOU SEE?" Kellhus: "Search your feelings, bro."[/color:3s4d5hbg] ===================== I'm not sure we should simply assume that the No-God has destructive motivations of his own. If the No-God has been summoned from the Outside, is it a stretch to posit that he would be bound to the will of the Mangaecca, just as the ciphrang was bound to that of Iyokus? Seems to me that if you were going to summon something that powerful, you'd make sure you'd be able to control it. ===================== view post


posted 26 Jun 2007, 02:06 in Author Q & AHalos about Kellhus' hands? by professor plum, Peralogue

But why would such a virus be tied to the No-God? Why would people be able to feel his dreadful presence beyond the horizon if he was just a monster-controlling death factory? A mundane cause of universal stillbirths would require a pretty damn effective transmission mechanism. It wasn't [i:1t1o9yia]some[/i:1t1o9yia] or [i:1t1o9yia]many[/i:1t1o9yia] or [i:1t1o9yia]most[/i:1t1o9yia] babies that were stillborn while the No-God was around, it was [i:1t1o9yia]every single one[/i:1t1o9yia]. And that stopped after he was heronspeared, right? (Or am I speculating?) So, in Eärwa, I think the metaphysical explanation for this is more plausible. Man I feel like a loser for typing that last sentence. Anyway, I fully admit that my theory is pretty much idle speculation spun out into a rather long post. What I do think it has going for it, though, is that it seems to answer a bunch of questions without throwing up too many new ones. As for Mog's accursed remains, well, Achamian doesn't know what the No-God is. For all we know the Consult may have merely collected the remnants of the Carapace. view post


posted 26 Jun 2007, 03:06 in Author Q & AHalos about Kellhus' hands? by professor plum, Peralogue

Yeah, that could easily be the case. Like he's just a huge version of Esmenet's soul-eating navel piercing. Conch shell, whatever it was (I forget). Wouldn't that would imply that his personality is nascent rather than vestigial? And if that's the case, why is Kellhus chatting with him? I suppose Mog still being around could merely be an unintentional side-effect of the Consult's design. Guess we'll have to wait and see! Er, not about the deathpenis. I can live without ever thinking of that ever again... view post


posted 10 Jul 2007, 22:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtInchoroi: Aliens or Demons? by professor plum, Peralogue

I don't think souls and carnal desire are on a spectrum. If the Inchoroi did not possess souls, why would they be worried about damnation? After all, they would then be purely mundane beings and therefore should be solely concerned with staying alive. view post


posted 16 Jul 2007, 02:07 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWhy did the consult kill xerius? by professor plum, Peralogue

[quote="Curethan":3da9mj0o]Hmm, I have read a Q&A with Scott where this question was asked (re: Xerius' mom) and apparently she was a skin spy the whole time (i.e. she was displaced well before TDtcB).[/quote:3da9mj0o] Makes sense. I just reread TDTCB and there's a passage of Xerius's internal monologue in which he notes that something about Istriya's face looks wrong, or different. At another point he makes the same observation about Skeaös. Incidentally, elsewhere Esmenet has the same feeling about Sarcellus. So it would seem that normal people naturally pick up on the same subtleties of face — or, rather, the lack thereof — that Kellhus has been trained to read. view post


posted 17 Jul 2007, 08:07 in General DiscusssionWhat if Kellhus was one of us? by professor plum, Peralogue

Paris Hilton seems to have trolled the U.S. relatively successfully. view post


posted 19 Jul 2007, 01:07 in General DiscusssionWhat if Kellhus was one of us? by professor plum, Peralogue

And when they fail, they'll attempt to destroy instead... Just like with Paris Hilton. Her prison sentence was a farce set up by the Super Global Conspiracy®. She was supposed to die in there — but what the SGC® hadn't counted on were her superhuman reflexes and fighting ability. view post


posted 29 Jul 2007, 23:07 in General DiscusssionWhat if Kellhus was one of us? by professor plum, Peralogue

That's Anasûrimbor Paris to you, xatantius. :twisted: view post


posted 03 Aug 2007, 13:08 in General DiscusssionHoly War/Crusades similarities by professor plum, Peralogue

I'd also point out that Italy was ruled by sorcerers in the Middle Ages. Game, set, match! My dad has black hair and blue eyes and he's of Celt/Anglo Saxon stock. If that helps. view post


posted 18 Aug 2007, 03:08 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]The Aspect-Emperor by professor plum, Peralogue

Gnnnggghhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrnnnnnnnnnnnnghhhhchhhhhcchjhchhhh!!!!!!! view post


posted 23 Sep 2007, 00:09 in Author Q & AR. Scott, can we get a box set??? by professor plum, Peralogue

[quote="Curethan":3dxax31s]All mine are different sizes/editions. Lol, can I get a leatherbound set? That would be sweet, & go well with my rich mahogany furniture.[/quote:3dxax31s] And your smoking jacket? view post


posted 23 Sep 2007, 06:09 in Author Q & AR. Scott, can we get a box set??? by professor plum, Peralogue

Last night someone I was talking to made a reference to a plot element from season three of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I failed to get that one too, which just goes to show that Will Ferrell = giant mayor-worm. view post


posted 23 Nov 2007, 08:11 in Author Q & AKellhus' Other Children and Other Ramblings by professor plum, Peralogue

[quote="anor277":dniyxtui]I think this question was specifically addressed in the firt novel. Those Dunyain capable of sorcery were (reasonably) also the ones capable of communication with Moenghus. With the exception of Kellhus, all these individuals committed suicide to prevent contamination of Ishual by outside influence. The current Dunyain, therefore, have no potential sorcerors.[/quote:dniyxtui] My recollection is that sorcerous communication requires that the sorceror's intended recipient is known to the sorceror, not that the sorceror's intended recipient be a sorceror himself. Of course both could be true, but then there are plenty of examples in the books of sorcery affecting non-sorcerors. :D view post


posted 02 Dec 2007, 09:12 in General DiscusssionWho would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? by professor plum, Peralogue

But Achamian is a "fucking pick", remember? He's not tanned from all the seafaring, he's black. view post


posted 02 Dec 2007, 09:12 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeKellhus' Story believable? by professor plum, Peralogue

Nah, I don't think it's implausible. There is little trade between the North and the Three Seas. Check out this dude: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Psalmanazar :) view post


posted 03 Dec 2007, 06:12 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka by professor plum, Peralogue

[quote="Starrs":1kdg4pkn]Talk about power levels[/quote:1kdg4pkn] Yes, well. It's over 9000. view post


posted 09 Dec 2007, 12:12 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka by professor plum, Peralogue

Achamian is going to join the Consult? You sure you read the same books as the rest of us? :wink: view post


posted 10 Dec 2007, 04:12 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka by professor plum, Peralogue

It really was a mistake for Bakker to reveal the No-God's final form here. Who would win in a fight between an Übermensch and an Überhubschrauber? view post


posted 11 Dec 2007, 08:12 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka by professor plum, Peralogue

Yes. He also revealed that the No-God can also turn into a tank. And is a Decepticon. view post


posted 13 Jan 2008, 06:01 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeuropath out in 2008? by professor plum, Peralogue

Cover art's up now. Nothing amazing. [img:3jny74ro]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51JDhp9birL._SS500_.jpg[/img:3jny74ro] http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neuropath-n-Sco ... 752891502/ view post


posted 22 Jan 2008, 12:01 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKelhus vs ... by professor plum, Peralogue

Lolcats. I once thought the No-God was the stolen oversoul of mankind. I now believe it to be the sum of all lolcats in all universes, sealed within an unholy carapace. Kellhus is going to fight the lolcats. I can only hope he wins. WHAT DO YOU SEE? I MUST KNOW WHAT YOU SEE. INVISIBLE BIKE The Aspect Emperor is gonna ROCK! SPOILER WARNING: <COUGH> Cnaiur kills himself in a fit of madness after reaching Golgotterath, which turns out to be a giant web kiosk that can only access You're The Man Now Dog. view post


posted 23 Jan 2008, 05:01 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKelhus vs ... by professor plum, Peralogue

A painful subspecies of image macro. http://encyclopediadramatica.com/Lolcat view post


posted 24 Jan 2008, 12:01 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by professor plum, Peralogue

Sigh... internet ennui... [url=http://www.encyclopediadramatica.com/index.php/Ceiling_cat:2pn9u0jg]The Judging Eye[/url:2pn9u0jg]... Edit: hyperlinks are the same colour as the paragraph text and they're not underlined? What kind of clown web design is that? :P < "Razz" view post


posted 13 Mar 2008, 09:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeuropath out in 2008? by professor plum, Peralogue

First review I've seen is up at [u:om3qk8d3][url=http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2008/03/neuropath.html:om3qk8d3]Pat's Fantasy Hotlist[/url:om3qk8d3][/u:om3qk8d3], where Neuropath scored a more than respectable 9/10. Must be time to pre-order this bad boy... Edit: admins, may I suggest changing the stylesheet so that URLs are distinguishable from paragraph text? view post


posted 30 Mar 2008, 05:03 in Off-Topic DiscussionNeuropath out in 2008? by professor plum, Peralogue

[u:2jixrosf][url=http://www.fantasybookspot.com/node/2515:2jixrosf]Here's the first chapter.[/url:2jixrosf][/u:2jixrosf] view post


posted 09 Apr 2008, 09:04 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]On the progress of the new novel by professor plum, Peralogue

From [u:145o0dju][url=http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2008/04/new-r-scott-bakker-interview.html:145o0dju]a new interview posted last week on Pat's Fantasy Hotlist[/url:145o0dju][/u:145o0dju]: [quote:145o0dju][b:145o0dju]The pub date for The Judging Eye appears to have been pushed back to winter 2009. Is that accurate or just a tentative release date? Has the book been postponed because the format of The Aspect-Emperor went from being a duology to a trilogy?[/b:145o0dju] As far as I know that’s tentative, and it has more to do with scheduling issues arising from Neuropath than anything else. I’ve started writing the sequel, but I keep finding myself going back to fiddle with things – I’m a chronic fiddler, probably because of the Cringe Game. Revision really is a central part of the process for me.[/quote:145o0dju] More stuff following on from that interview, including rebuttal from Bakker, here: http://ofblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/inte ... rview.html view post


posted 10 Apr 2008, 10:04 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]On the progress of the new novel by professor plum, Peralogue

Itching to read it, that's all. :D view post


Re: Availability?? posted 13 Jun 2008, 09:06 in NeuropathAvailability?? by professor plum, Peralogue

I ordered my copy from [url=http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/WEBSITE/WWW/WEBPAGES/showbook.php?id=0752891510:3imrfncs]bookdepository.co.uk[/url:3imrfncs]. Free international shipping doesn't hurt. 8) view post


Re: Availability?? posted 15 Jun 2008, 12:06 in NeuropathAvailability?? by professor plum, Peralogue

'Course, it has yet to show up, so I can't recommend them without reservation. Re-reading [u:3lqkwiyi]A Feast for Crows[/u:3lqkwiyi] at the moment, though, so I guess there's no hurry. Man, this is slow going. :? view post


Re: Availability?? posted 19 Jun 2008, 11:06 in NeuropathAvailability?? by professor plum, Peralogue

Book received. Let's boogie, Bakker! view post


Re: Availability?? posted 01 Jul 2008, 11:07 in NeuropathAvailability?? by professor plum, Peralogue

I'm in New Zealand – I ordered [u:2o0axbol]Neuropath[/u:2o0axbol] through Dymocks originally. They told me the release date was early June but that they weren't getting shelf stock. In the end they "forgot" my order so I ordered it from bookdepository.co.uk. It's also much cheaper online (Dymocks quoted me NZ$39; I paid NZ$25 including shipping). In other news – the book is great! I have a couple of bones to pick with the plot & characterisation but the philosophical/scientific content is fascinating & compelling. It's at the top of my re-read list. 8) view post


Re: A really silly observation from TDtCB about Cishaurim posted 15 Jul 2008, 07:07 in The Warrior ProphetA really silly observation from TDtCB about Cishaurim by professor plum, Peralogue

[quote="Almighty Tallest":3cnc0jnu]Changing your face with sorcery would be a simple matter; changing your smell would not.[/quote:3cnc0jnu] [[i:3cnc0jnu]citation needed[/i:3cnc0jnu]] :mrgreen: view post


Re: Kelhus vs ... posted 09 Aug 2008, 15:08 in The Thousandfold ThoughtKelhus vs ... by professor plum, Peralogue

Leto II. Even if you could outwit him [b:wq6v9dp4][i:wq6v9dp4]WORMPOUNCE[/i:wq6v9dp4][/b:wq6v9dp4] view post


Re: abercrombie posted 11 Aug 2008, 10:08 in Literature Discussionabercrombie by professor plum, Peralogue

I'm half way through the first book and to be honest I'm finding it a little uninspired. Does it get better? view post


Re: abercrombie posted 13 Aug 2008, 08:08 in Literature Discussionabercrombie by professor plum, Peralogue

I'm enjoying Glokta and the Practicals — the rest, not so much. The quality of the prose seems to vary a bit, but maybe that's just first novel jitters. It's as if some parts (the Logen chapters thus far) were written earlier than the rest, and in the intervening period Abercrombie found his voice. Who knows if that's accurate — for all I know it might be deliberate (hammy Eddings trope upending?). view post


Re: Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 18 Aug 2008, 09:08 in Literature DiscussionNothing against female Fantasy authors but... by professor plum, Peralogue

Another nod for Robin Hobb here. One of my favourite authors, period. view post


Re: U.S. Cover art posted 24 Aug 2008, 04:08 in NeuropathU.S. Cover art by professor plum, Peralogue

But now there are two killers inside your head! Literally. view post


Re: The Judging Eye posted 18 Oct 2008, 08:10 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by professor plum, Peralogue

[img:1ugoglex]http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51C1sIoH8HL._SS500_.jpg[/img:1ugoglex] view post


Re: The Judging Eye posted 06 Nov 2008, 09:11 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by professor plum, Peralogue

Aaaaand here's a jumbo (+ slightly different) UK/Australasian cover: [img:14hnsxj5]http://www.hachette.com.au/images/9781841495378.jpg[/img:14hnsxj5] view post


Re: The Judging Eye posted 06 Nov 2008, 09:11 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by professor plum, Peralogue

First review I've seen [url=http://fantasyhotlist.blogspot.com/2008/11/judging-eye.html:30899q7p]is up at Pat's Fantasy Hotlist[/url:30899q7p]. 9/10! view post


Re: The Judging Eye posted 07 Nov 2008, 13:11 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by professor plum, Peralogue

Amazon: [url=http://www.amazon.com/Judging-Eye-R-Scott-Bakker/dp/1590201698:9ezgt6px]US[/url:9ezgt6px]; [url=http://www.amazon.ca/Judging-Eye-R-Bakker/dp/0143051601/:9ezgt6px]Canada[/url:9ezgt6px]; [url=http://www.amazon.co.uk/Judging-Eye-Aspect-emperor-R-Scott-Bakker/dp/1841495379:9ezgt6px]UK[/url:9ezgt6px] Earliest release date I've found is [url=http://www.hachette.co.nz/afa.asp?idWebPage=30685&ID=572452&SID=126302492:9ezgt6px]Australia/New Zealand[/url:9ezgt6px] — January 1st. view post


Re: The Judging Eye posted 14 Jan 2009, 11:01 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by professor plum, Peralogue

Edit: I have it. So long, weekend! view post


Re: The Judging Eye posted 18 Jan 2009, 09:01 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by professor plum, Peralogue

Finished. Hmm. I must have read for ten hours straight. Now then: to re-read, or to finish Toll the Hounds? :? view post


Re: *Spoilers* Traveller's identity posted 20 Jan 2009, 08:01 in The Judging Eye*Spoilers* Traveller's identity by professor plum, Peralogue

Idle speculation: 1) If Mimara can find Achamian, Kellhus presumably already knows where he is, and has for some time. 2) Kellhus knows about the Dreams and, knowing Achamian, presumably will have realised what Achamian's been up to (namely, trying to puzzle out the origins of Kellhus, i.e. [i:2b13jooc]who or what are the Dunyain?[/i:2b13jooc]). He carries the name Anasurimbor, so he'll know how and when the Dunyain came to live in Ishual. Ergo, he'll realise that if Achamian's going to find anything about Ishual, it won't be by wandering around the Three Seas, it'll be by devoting his life to sleeping a lot. 3) For some reason, Kellhus decides it's necessary to tip Achamian's hand. So, off he sends Mimara (not that she realises she was sent), who finds Achamian, which spurs him to action. 4) Knowing Achamian's location, and that Achamian won't want to travel through the empire, Kellhus reasons that he'll need to travel with a group of scalpoi. So he has his agents find the meanest scalpoi in all the land (or, near to Achamian, at least) and compels/bribes them into a particular course of action. 5) Achamian hires the Skin Eaters, the Captain coincidentally recognises Achamian from the First Holy War, giving him a pretext to accept the mission, and off they go on their merry journey through Moria (which was awesome, BTW). If any of that makes sense, I guess the question is, why? Does Kellhus have any reason not to just kill Achamian if he thinks him a threat? If he doesn't consider Achamian finding Ishual a threat, does he have any reason to [i:2b13jooc]want[/i:2b13jooc] Achamian to find Ishual? Or the traveller could be someone else's hand. There's really not much to go on, is there? view post


Re: *Spoilers* Favourite new character. posted 20 Jan 2009, 08:01 in The Judging Eye*Spoilers* Favourite new character. by professor plum, Peralogue

Cleric. Crazy Nonman who kicks enormous ass, gets possessed by a ghost king and who probably isn't who he says he is? I'll take two. (Ghostking called him "betrayer" – of whom I recall two, Cet'ingira/Mekeritrig, who revealed Golgotterath to the Mangaecca, and Nin'janjin, who brokered the immortality/all-your-women-die deal between the Nonmen and the Inchoroi. When we last met Mekeritrig, he was wandering around the north in a cloak of faces with a band of Sranc, introducing Kellhus to the joys of sorcery. Nin'janjin is last mentioned killing Cu'jara Cinmoi several thousand years prior.) That said, I think Sorweel and Mimara have a lot more potential for development as the series continues. :D view post


Re: *Spoilers* The gods must be crazy posted 20 Jan 2009, 08:01 in The Judging Eye*Spoilers* The gods must be crazy by professor plum, Peralogue

Slight tangent, but what I found most interesting was the Judging Eye – that Mimara could [i:xthww545]see[/i:xthww545] Achamian's damnation. The implication being, perhaps, that the gods [i:xthww545]aren't[/i:xthww545] crazy at all, and that Kellhus really is a sham prophet/godling. This runs counter completely to my previous theory, which was that what people believe defines the metaphysics of Earwa. So, here's a hedge: there's some critical level of belief that's required to tip the balance of, say, the "objective" damnation of sorcerors, and it hasn't been reached. But the critical level of belief for Kellhus's divinity has. Eh. This book raises more questions than it answers. :| view post


Re: *Spoilers* Traveller's identity posted 20 Jan 2009, 10:01 in The Judging Eye*Spoilers* Traveller's identity by professor plum, Peralogue

Memorable tragedy? Depends on your measure, I suppose. Befriending scalpoi only to see them them die by your side, over and over, might just cut it. /shrugs Achamian had, I think, more of a deep suspicion that Kellhus sent Mimara. (After all, everyone who meets Kellhus becomes his tool, right?) It wasn't until he questioned her that he became certain. view post


Re: *Spoilers* The gods must be crazy posted 20 Jan 2009, 11:01 in The Judging Eye*Spoilers* The gods must be crazy by professor plum, Peralogue

To be fair, there are only two or three instances of the Judging Eye in the book. Of course it only applies to moral agents (i.e., people) — how could a something soulless like a tree ever be damned? I'm not sure what you mean by "duration". Anyway, another thought: the Inchoroi arrived and started the whole everyone-must-die shebang long before the ascent of Men, before the Breaking of the Gates or the revelation of the Tusk or any of the codification of human religion. We're told in [u:e6tiqmyr]The Judging Eye[/u:e6tiqmyr] that the Nonmen, after a fashion, worship(ped) darkness — not any specific god or gods. And yet: [quote:e6tiqmyr] "[b:e6tiqmyr]Damnation[/b:e6tiqmyr][i:e6tiqmyr]-shun, [/i:e6tiqmyr][b:e6tiqmyr]Cousin[/b:e6tiqmyr][i:e6tiqmyr]-sin. [/i:e6tiqmyr][b:e6tiqmyr]How[/b:e6tiqmyr][i:e6tiqmyr]-how? [/i:e6tiqmyr][b:e6tiqmyr]How[/b:e6tiqmyr][i:e6tiqmyr]-how-[/i:e6tiqmyr][b:e6tiqmyr]could[/b:e6tiqmyr][i:e6tiqmyr]-could-[/i:e6tiqmyr][b:e6tiqmyr]we[/b:e6tiqmyr][i:e6tiqmyr]-we-[/i:e6tiqmyr][b:e6tiqmyr]forget[/b:e6tiqmyr][i:e6tiqmyr]-get?[/i:e6tiqmyr]" A sorrow flattens the glittering eyes. "Not I. I have never forgotten ..."[/quote:e6tiqmyr] From which I take two things: [list:e6tiqmyr][*:e6tiqmyr]At one point, the Nonmen knew sorcerors (or slavers, it's not clear) were damned. They forgot, but the reality didn't change. [/*:m:e6tiqmyr] [*:e6tiqmyr]Cleric worked, or works, for the Consult.[/*:m:e6tiqmyr][/list:u:e6tiqmyr] view post


Re: *Spoilers* Traveller's identity posted 24 Jan 2009, 22:01 in The Judging Eye*Spoilers* Traveller's identity by professor plum, Peralogue

Cleric's right there with the Captain when the traveller shows up. From the prologue: [quote:ejx601uz]The man the traveller sought stood upon a rounded stone, watching the others work.... A second man, his face concealed by a black cowl, sat three paces behind him, leaning forward as though straining to hear something in the water's ambient rush.[/quote:ejx601uz] view post


Re: The Curse of the Judging Eye (SPOILERS!!!!) posted 27 Jan 2009, 05:01 in The Judging EyeThe Curse of the Judging Eye (SPOILERS!!!!) by professor plum, Peralogue

I seem to recall her seeing the same damnation in Cleric. Will try to dig up a quote later. view post


Re: The Curse of the Judging Eye (SPOILERS!!!!) posted 27 Jan 2009, 10:01 in The Judging EyeThe Curse of the Judging Eye (SPOILERS!!!!) by professor plum, Peralogue

^ the man makes a good point. :) view post


Re: Would you... posted 15 Feb 2009, 01:02 in The Judging EyeWould you... by professor plum, Peralogue

I'd join the Consult. I want bat wings! view post


Re: Would you... posted 16 Feb 2009, 07:02 in The Judging EyeWould you... by professor plum, Peralogue

Bat wings that shoot exploding penises! view post


Re: Swayal Sisterhood posted 26 Apr 2009, 12:04 in The Judging EyeSwayal Sisterhood by professor plum, Peralogue

Let's just assume that there are anagogic witches secretly conducting sorcery in secret, and have been pretty much forever. Big Bad Aspect-Emperor, realising or suspecting that Magic Power isn't the exclusive domain of men, puts the word out that lady-sorcerors are no longer anathema, and also Uncle Kellhus Wants You For Female Magic Death Corps. Boom! Instant school. view post


Re: why have skin spies originally? posted 28 Apr 2009, 06:04 in The Judging Eyewhy have skin spies originally? by professor plum, Peralogue

[quote="Boblin":2wv88uil]actually nudging rulers in a certain direction.[/quote:2wv88uil] Exactly. If the pesky humans are busy fighting each other, they're somewhat less likely to get their Great Ordeal on, right? view post


Re: Where is this book? posted 29 Jul 2009, 09:07 in NeuropathWhere is this book? by professor plum, Peralogue

Try [url=http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780752882796/Neuropath:1tfmfa0m]bookdepository.co.uk[/url:1tfmfa0m] – they have free international shipping. I use them whenever I get sick of waiting for titles to show up here. view post


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