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Phil Candidate | joined 20 November 2006 | 25 posts


Aspect-Emperor status posted 22 November 2006 in Author Q & AAspect-Emperor status by Phil, Candidate

I hope so!

Hi all, first post here... I was chatting about Bakker V Erikson (I think they're both great) on another board a few days ago, so I was roused to come check out this forum for AE news.

Does anyone have a reasonable guess as to when AE comes out? Some say late 2007, some say May 2008... anything been confirmed?

Is it true that the next series is only two books, and the same for the third series (which I am predicting will be called The No-God, and if he's announced the actual title since I came up with that prediction and that's not it, then he's wrong <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->)?

Thanks to all for the info. Nice forum you've got here - the books are quite a handful on a first read, so I'm planning on doing a re-read soon <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Phil

PS - is there any way to get the other forum styles to work? This grey on black is killing me. view post


Aspect-Emperor status posted 22 November 2006 in Author Q &amp; AAspect-Emperor status by Phil, Candidate

No, I'm not from that board. I'm from Manchester <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

Seriously though, I've not read any of Martin's series yet, I'm waiting for him to finish it. Too many unfinished series on my bookshelves already. view post


Aspect-Emperor status posted 22 November 2006 in Author Q &amp; AAspect-Emperor status by Phil, Candidate

Aye. I think it'll be easier to wait when I haven't read the previous books. It does my head in when it's two years or more between parts of a series, because I always forget everything I've read. It's not practical to re-read 7 or 8 books before the next one comes out. view post


Is Kellus the No-God? End of TTT and being in the whirlwind. posted 22 November 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Kellus the No-God? End of TTT and being in the whirlwind. by Phil, Candidate

I think Kellhus will become the No-god, though I base this on pure idle speculation, no real proof.

The first books are about a Prince of Nothing. The second series is about an Aspect Emperor. The third set of books is a big mystery.

Why the big mystery? Would it really be that much of a spoiler to tell us now? Well, Scott Bakker says so, so you have to assume he's right <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> So Kellhus must become something pretty special in the last series. What could come after Aspect Emperor? Well, I reckon it's a god of some kind.

I don't think he was the No-God of the first apocalypse, but maybe he will become the No-God of the second. Don't ask me how, I don't have a clue. Don't ask me what the metaphysical repercussions would be, cos I don't have a clue. Maybe there will be two No-Gods, and this is how Kellhus will defeat the other. Or he will just be the only No-God, and end up bringing about the apocalypse by simply existing.

And whenever the No-God asks, 'WHAT DO YOU SEE?' I can just imagine him answering, 'I see myself.' view post


Is Kellus the No-God? End of TTT and being in the whirlwind. posted 23 November 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Kellus the No-God? End of TTT and being in the whirlwind. by Phil, Candidate

Would that really require a big spoiler alert though? I can't see that needing to be kept under wraps. view post


The Aspect-Emperor posted 29 January 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]The Aspect-Emperor by Phil, Candidate

This is not so much a prediction as a request, but...

Give us more of the Nonmen! We know there are still some left, and we know that the Consult knows pretty much everything that happens in Ishteberinth (or whichever mansion it is), so let's see them <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

PS - I think that Akka's dream changed because Kellhus hypnotised him. I know he dreamt after that and did not notice any differences, but I get the idea that he did not dream the actual &quot;fall of the No-God dream,&quot; which may be the only one that changed. Kellhus has done something to him, I predict.

Either way, I can't wait for the next series <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> Screw the sci-fi book, give me more of this! One of the best series I have ever read.

Ooh, and I also think that Kellhus will become the No-God at some point, for reasons I've stated elsewhere. On the re-read, I noticed that the words &quot;WHAT DO YOU SEE?&quot; are repeated many times throughout the series, often by Cnaiur thinking it of Kellhus. Also somewhere else where someone thinks that of the God when a sorceror is speaking cants, sorry that I can't be more specific. Kellhus, the God, the No-God. Too many links, imo. view post


Just finished a re-read... posted 29 January 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtJust finished a re-read... by Phil, Candidate

...and I have some questions. I had a look to see if they've been answered before, but couldn't search everything in here. Any insight would be helpful - I expect that these questions are easily answered by those who are more familiar with the series.

1. Chepharamunni was a skin-spy (we find this out at the end of tWP). Didn't Kellhus ever meet Chepharamunni? I got the impression that Kellhus didn't meet Eleazarus until he was on the Circumfix, which kind of implies that he didn't meet Chepharamunni... but that's just a little unlikely, no? I mean, out of all those councils of the Greater and Lesser names, they never met?

2. Why didn't the Ciphrang kill Achamian at the end of the TTT? I know Iyokus wanted it to take an eye for an eye, but it didn't actually take his eyes, did it? I mean, it didn't really do anything permanent. I know it kicked his arse, but it didn't do much else.

3. Aurax and Aurang. Right... I appologise in advance if I've got them the wrong way round. For most of the series, we only see Aurang. At some point in TTT we know that Aurang's true body is in Golgotterath, surrounded by the Mangaecca, and the synthese is just a projection, or something like that. But Esmenet is raped by Aurang, no? And he has a very different body, a much more powerful one, so why didn't he use that body all the time? I'm sure there's another example of this later on, too.

The other thing I wanted to ask, about Aurax, is... in the very end scene of tWP when we see one of them raping the northmen and their families, asking, &quot;Who are the Dunyain?&quot;... is this Aurax? Or is it still Aurang? Do we ever see Aurax? I kind of got the impression that since the one in that scene always referred to himself in the third person, and Aurang doesn't in any other scenes, it was probaly Aurax. view post


Just finished a re-read... posted 30 January 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtJust finished a re-read... by Phil, Candidate

Cheers for the reply <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

As for the eye thing, you're right that something is mentioned of Achamian only being able to open one eye, but since it's really not mentioned much again (that I can remember), I kind of assumed he was just beaten-up, not that he'd lost an eye. I'd have thought he'd have made a much bigger deal of it than he did. He seemed much more concerned with his leg than his eye.

But I'm sure you're right.

The guy that Kellhus &quot;unmasked&quot; in tDtCB was Skeos, btw <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> Cheers again! view post


Just finished a re-read... posted 01 February 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtJust finished a re-read... by Phil, Candidate

Aye, sounds about right. Reading that passage, I had come to the conclusion that the flap of wings was from Aurang's actual form, not the synthese form. I'm fairly sure he and Aurax have wings in their grafted/Inchoroi forms.

Either that, or I'm wrong <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


The Aspect-Emperor posted 01 February 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]The Aspect-Emperor by Phil, Candidate

I'm not so sure that Seswatha himself is floating around inside Achamian, but I am sure that a part of Achamian's subconscious is convinced that it is Seswatha. Which to all intents and purposes here, that's pretty much all that counts.

So if Kellhus can convince the part of Akka that thinks it is Seswatha that he should be allowed the Gnosis... what's to stop him doing all sorts of things to &quot;Seswatha,&quot; like changing the dreams or altering &quot;his&quot; memories. view post


Achamian posted 03 April 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Achamian by Phil, Candidate

I thought Kellhus was closer to 32 than Achamian.

Achamian was a sorceror of rank when Proyas was a boy (and old enough to become tutor to him), there's no way he was only 32. view post


Is Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... posted 22 April 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... by Phil, Candidate

&quot;What do you see?&quot; is asked of Kellhus quite a lot (all in a person's thoughts, though, not out loud).

Cnaiur asks it on more than one occasion, Achamian here too. I think others may do the same (maybe Conphas, but I can't be sure).

If you ask me, this is no coincidence. What it means exactly, I don't know, but I'm sure that Kellhus has a profound connection to the No-God. I mean that philosophically, not literally. I have said elsewhere that Kellhus may become the No-God in the final series, and my big betting hat is on, so I'm predicting that will be the title of the last set of books. view post


Is Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... posted 23 April 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... by Phil, Candidate

Aye, that's reasonable enough, but I do think M-P is referred to as the general of the armies, and the Inchoroi (that are left) worship him. I get the feeling he's not just a puppet.

PS - &quot;COME TO ME, ESMI. KELLHUS, YOU ARE STILL A DICK&quot; is going in my sig <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


Is Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... posted 23 April 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtIs Achamian the No God? (TWP, pg 12)... by Phil, Candidate

Quote: &quot;professor plum&quot;:2kfk780j
Any idea where in the books that's mentioned?[/quote:2kfk780j]

You mean the general thing, and the worship thing?

I'm not sure, tbh, and I'm not going trawling through the three books to find them <!-- s:P --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_razz.gif" alt=":P" title="Razz" /><!-- s:P --> But I would bet my left nut on both of those things being mentioned somewhere. I'm pretty sure Aurang talks (or thinks) about the No-God at some point, and uses the old capital H when referring to &quot;Him.&quot; I think he also tells Cnaiur that they worship the same god.

The general thing, maybe in the glossaries or somewhere. I'm pretty sure he's described as the tactical nous behind some of the battles.

Perhaps someone more meticulous can find some references? view post


Achamian posted 24 April 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Achamian by Phil, Candidate

Just trying to work out which of the two of you was being more ironic. view post


Breaker of Horses and Men posted 02 May 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Breaker of Horses and Men by Phil, Candidate

I would also agree that Cnaiur was Conphas's better on the battlefield. The Lion of Kiyuth would have been the Dead Man of Kiyuth if Cnaiur had been in charge. view post


Questions about Xerius posted 04 May 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtQuestions about Xerius by Phil, Candidate

Plus, once the Men of the Tusk had been wiped out, who would be around to do anything about it? view post


Inchoroi: Aliens or Demons? posted 03 June 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtInchoroi: Aliens or Demons? by Phil, Candidate

Bakker has confirmed it though, I think. view post


Akka and Kelhus will be the Greatest Ordeal posted 07 June 2007 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Akka and Kelhus will be the Greatest Ordeal by Phil, Candidate

I find that idea really interesting, and it makes it an even more painful wait for the next book, since Akka will have some answers about this himself by the time it starts. He better, anyway (I am definitely of the camp that believes this last dream is a result of the hypnosis. Whether Kellhus did this intentionally and it is a lie, I don't know, but something happened).

That last dream sequence was brilliantly written. I may have a read of it again when I get home from work today <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Damn you, Bakker! Publish faster! view post


Just finished a re-read... posted 19 June 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtJust finished a re-read... by Phil, Candidate

I remember another thing I wanted to ask, but forgot.

Either in TDTCB or TWP (can't remember which), Akka comments that Kellhus is not one of the few, and so he doesn't need to worry about whether or not to teach him sorcery. Obviously, that gets overturned later on.

So, what's the deal with this? Surely Akka would have seen straight away if Kellhus was one of the few. After all, they can see it in kids. view post


Just finished a re-read... posted 19 June 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtJust finished a re-read... by Phil, Candidate

I'm pretty sure that prior to this, probably in Darkness, he remarks that Kellhus was not one of the few. It stuck in my head because I already knew the final outcome.

I won't have access to the books for a week or so, so can't go searching. view post


Pronunciation of Achamian posted 16 October 2007 in Author Q &amp; APronunciation of Achamian by Phil, Candidate

Isn't there a pronunciation guide at the back of PoN? view post


Pronunciation of Achamian posted 17 October 2007 in Author Q &amp; APronunciation of Achamian by Phil, Candidate

Oops, I meant the DTCB... but you knew what I meant <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

I also pronounced it the same way as your friend. Sorry <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


The Judging Eye posted 22 January 2008 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by Phil, Candidate

Have to say, I think The Great Ordeal is a better title than Eye of Judgement <!-- s;) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=";)" title="Wink" /><!-- s;) -->

Glad to hear it's going to be three books. The more the better! The next book is my most eagerly awaited thing of all things <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


The Judging Eye posted 22 January 2008 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye by Phil, Candidate

Quote: &quot;Madness&quot;:3lb60lx8
That's The Judging Eye, Phil.[/quote:3lb60lx8]

Meh. view post


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