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Consensus so far? posted 30 March 2009 in The Judging EyeConsensus so far? by Truth Shines, Candidate

I re-read the PON trilogy before TJE. The scope, dimension, and sheer philosophical and religious depth of PON just staggered me. Moreover, it has an energizing core -- the Holy War -- that drive all these ideas (in their worldly incarnations) into conflict. Though most such conflicts remain unresolved, their mere clashes prove to be a dazzling spectacle.

Comparing to that, TJE is something of a let down, mainly because it lacks that central, pulsing, energizing core. The sections on Momemn are in fact static (except that one AWESOME scene where Kellhus bitchslaps Sharacinth <!-- s:mrgreen: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_mrgreen.gif" alt=":mrgreen:" title="Mr. Green" /><!-- s:mrgreen: --> ) The The Great Ordeal so far is mostly plodding along. Akka's trip in the Mines of Moria, eh, I mean, Cil-Aujas is much much better, but there is just not enough material. Also, this is not made up by the introduction of interesting characters. The psycho kid Kelmomas is inscrutable. Sorweel is somewhat pathetic. Mimara is sympathetic but has not much depth. Captain Kosoter is a total enigma. So is Cleric. And in any event even all of them combined can't hold a candle to The Most Violent of All Men Cnaiur (who has to rank as one of the most fascinating characters in all high fantasy). All in all, I get the sense that Bakker would have been better off cutting something from the Momemn and Condia sections, and combine the rest with whatever he has planned next into one volume. But of course this means we the readers would have been forced to wait longer. So... <!-- s:? --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif" alt=":?" title="Confused" /><!-- s:? -->

Or it might be a &quot;Fourth-Volume-Jinx.&quot; I have in mind the fourth volume of GRR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire -- A Feast For Crows. The first three flow very nicely, and the fourth suddenly starts to grind the gears. Choppy, not enough material, and a crawling pace.

p.s.: I don't mean to otherwise compare Bakker to Martin. As far as I'm concerned Bakker is on a whole other level. He's writing literature. Martin's is entertainment.

p.p.s.: I'm sure I'm not the only one who recognized the parallel between Cil-Aujas and Moria. I remember when I first read the phrase &quot;Black Halls of Cil-Aujas&quot; I laughed out loud and said: &quot;Akka I hope you don't run into a Balrog down there!&quot; You have to give Mr. Bakker props: there's no hemming and hawing with this guy, he is going right up against Saint Tolkien himself. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


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