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Vomikron Noxis Candidate | joined 02 April 2008 | 21 posts


No-God's questions posted 03 April 2008 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNo-God's questions by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

This is perhaps neither here nor there, but when mention of the 11 chorae in carapace comes up, I can't help but think of this particular pattern of 11:

[img:2jpkyp22]http://www.kch42.dial.pipex.com/images/TreeOfLife_bwNames.gif[/img:2jpkyp22]

I mean, not that dragging in the Kabbalah really helps simplify anything.

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No-God's questions posted 25 April 2008 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNo-God's questions by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Very interesting -- I need to make sure and bone up on all of that before I do my first re-read of the trilogy. By the way, I've found the following Kabbalah text very easy to read and quite insightful. The graphic design/presentation is excellent, presenting everything with a combination of straight-forward language and excellent visuals.

<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.amazon.com/Total-Kabbalah-Bring-Balance-Happiness/dp/0811861376">http://www.amazon.com/Total-Kabbalah-Br ... 0811861376</a><!-- m -->

One of the great things about Bakker's books has been how they force me to reevaluate the way I look at my self and the universe. This is just one more example of it.

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What, no website (spoiler) posted 01 July 2008 in NeuropathWhat, no website (spoiler) by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

So I'm about 100 pages in to &quot;Newuropath&quot; and I'm a little shocked -- in this day and age -- to see there's not even just a basic website up for <!-- w --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.semanticapocalypse.com">www.semanticapocalypse.com</a><!-- w -->.

At any rate, I'm really enjoying the book thus far. I'll be sure to post full thoughts once I'm finished.

But so far, reading this book on a crowded train really makes one question humanity.

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My brief thoughts posted 08 July 2008 in NeuropathMy brief thoughts by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

This is what I wrote on Goodreads about it:

As far as psycho thrillers go, I feel like I grew out of the genre years ago, but I picked this up because I had faith that Bakker would deliver something worthwhile. After all, this is the man who gave me &quot;The Prince of Nothing&quot; trilogy.

While &quot;Neuropath&quot; isn't near as compelling and awe-inspiring as those three books, it's certainly well-written and throughly thought provoking. A lot of it follows typical, well-worn patterns in the genre -- a little &quot;Silence of the...more As far as psycho thrillers go, I feel like I grew out of the genre years ago, but I picked this up because I had faith that Bakker would deliver something worthwhile. After all, this is the man who gave me &quot;The Prince of Nothing&quot; trilogy.

While &quot;Neuropath&quot; isn't near as compelling and awe-inspiring as those three books, it's certainly well-written and throughly thought provoking. A lot of it follows typical, well-worn patterns in the genre -- a little &quot;Silence of the Lambs,&quot; a little &quot;Seven.&quot; But then Bakker sets the tale around 30 years in the future, in an age wrecked by poor environmental policies, a pornography-eroded culture and a post-war-on-terror police state.

The core of the book? A mild sci-fi take on cutting -edge neuroscience and psychology. And, of course, Bakker spreads his own philosophical ponderings throughout. The heart of the novel deals with the nature -- and perhaps the illusion -- of human consciousness. The neurological content in the book really floored me at times, made me ponder self (as well as the faces on MARTA) in an entirely new and unsettling light.

Bakker says that with this book he set out to write a psycho thriller that was both viscerally and intellectually disturbing -- he certainly delivers on the later. view post


Who would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? posted 24 July 2008 in General DiscusssionWho would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Quote: &quot;ErebusRed&quot;:38ruaibv
Just my ideas - feel free to complain or add your own!

Akka - Mel Gibson
Esme - Monica Belluci
Proyas - Rufus Sewell (born to play this part!)
Cnaiur - Gerald Butler
Conphas - Colin Farrell (ala 'Alexander')
Sarcellus - Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Kellhus - Travis Fimmel
Xinemus - Oliver Reed (yes I know he's dead - but still...)[/quote:38ruaibv]

I totally pictured Rufas Sewell as Proyas throughout the series as well! Amazing.

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Who would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? posted 02 August 2008 in General DiscusssionWho would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

So I saw &quot;Perfume: The Story of a Murderer&quot; last night. This is the first time I've seen a film and seriously thought about &quot;The Darkness that Comes Before.&quot; as a film. &quot;Perfume&quot; really captures the grotesque, the beautiful and the magical so well. I'm not saying it's a perfect fit, but its as good a match as I've seen.

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U.S. Cover art posted 22 August 2008 in NeuropathU.S. Cover art by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Wow, the U.S. edition may be taking its time getting to book stores, but it sure has better art. Plus no hokey slogan at the bottom:

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The twenty years in between posted 08 September 2008 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]The twenty years in between by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Brian Herbert will eventually get around to covering what happened in those missing 20 years.

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Cnaiur-is he dead? posted 15 September 2008 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Cnaiur-is he dead? by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Yeah, I really don't have any desire to see Cnaiur in the next book -- though I have faith in Bakker to do something worthwhile with him if its part of the grander plan.

His ending in the darkness was perfect.

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Artwork for PoN? posted 23 October 2008 in General DiscusssionArtwork for PoN? by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

I've seen some stuff on Deviant Art but, luckily, these books have thus far been spared the artistic raping that most fantasy gets.

But I seem to remember some guy having a fairly cool-looking concept for a skin spy.

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The Consult behind the Chuch of England's new ad campaign posted 03 November 2008 in General DiscusssionThe Consult behind the Chuch of England's new ad campaign by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

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Who would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? posted 09 January 2009 in General DiscusssionWho would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

I've come to believe there may be no finer casting for Achamian than Paul Giamatti.

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Simas Question posted 12 January 2009 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSimas Question by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

So I'm re-reading the trilogy in anticipation of TJE and I find myself wondering at what point the Consult managed to replace Simas with a sorcerous skin spy. Naturally, there's the reveal that Simas is hardly the kindly old codger that Achamian imagines, but is he already a skinspy at that point in TDTCB as well? And if he is, what is he pushing for exactly in this section?

One is led to believe that the Mandate has certainly been infiltrated at that point, given the deaths of informants, but have they gone so far as to replace simas at that point?

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Who would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? posted 13 January 2009 in General DiscusssionWho would you cast in a Prince of Nothing movie? by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Bale could indeed make an excellent Kellhus.

I've Netflixed the John Adams series from HBO and I greatly look forward to geeking out over the Giamatti/Sewell interactions with this thread in mind.

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Simas Question posted 14 January 2009 in The Thousandfold ThoughtSimas Question by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Early Consult designs for the skin spy called for its spinal column to glow bright red during sex, but they eventually decided this was just too fucking stupid. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

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The Trackless Steepe anaology posted 21 January 2009 in General DiscusssionThe Trackless Steepe anaology by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

I'm considering referencing this analogy (the one both Kellhus and Moengus use on Cniur) in an article and I was curious if anyone had seen its like in some other work? I'm not that well versed in the works of the great philosophers, so I have no idea if Bakker borrowed it from a specific sources or not.

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Small things in TJE that you liked posted 13 March 2009 in The Judging EyeSmall things in TJE that you liked by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

I was particularly shaken and disturbed by Kellhus' vision ofa future where the consult parades former kings around with one eye gouged out, naked save their own rotting hands that hang from a collar about their necks.

JESUS, Bakker!

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EDIT: Exact quote: &quot;I see kings with one eye gouged, naked save for the collars from which their severed hands swing.&quot; view post


Skin-Spy Concept posted 15 March 2009 in The Warrior ProphetSkin-Spy Concept by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Hey, do you still have this art up anywhere? I was telling a friend about it who is new to the books and wanted to direct him to your work.

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Disciple of the Dog posted 12 May 2009 in General DiscusssionDisciple of the Dog by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Just found this bit, which I hadn't run across elsewhere -- do we know anything else about this one?

&quot;Shin has also acquired the rights to The Disciple of the Dog by R Scott Bakker. Bakker previously wrote the Prince of Nothing trilogy and this thriller will is due out in May 2010. The title is about a private investigator who doesn't forget anything, ever.&quot;
<!-- m --><a class="postlink" href="http://www.thebookseller.com/news/74207-five-titles-for-penguin-canada.html">http://www.thebookseller.com/news/74207 ... anada.html</a><!-- m -->

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Where is this book? posted 28 July 2009 in NeuropathWhere is this book? by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

I got mine from Amazon UK when it first came out. You should be able to order it new or used from someone by this point.

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Neuropath discussion at HowStuffWorks.com posted 06 August 2009 in NeuropathNeuropath discussion at HowStuffWorks.com by Vomikron Noxis, Candidate

Hey guys,

After ruminating on &quot;Neuropath&quot; for about a year, I finally wrote a blog for HowStuffWorks.com about the semantic apocalypse. It's not an in-depth discussion or anything, but it's spawning some interesting comments from readers. One neuroscientist has chimed in, as have a few people on the relationship between Bakker's apocalypse and what Buddhists call enlightenment. If anyone here wants to contribute, here's the link:

[url:2e20j5v4]http&#58;//blogs&#46;howstuffworks&#46;com/2009/07/29/welcome-to-the-semantic-apocalypse/[/url:2e20j5v4]

I've actually tried to contact Bakker through Overlook to try and see if we can wrangle an interview with him about various sciencey issues, but I haven't heard anything back yet. I imagine he's knee-deep in crafting the rest of the Great Ordeal right now, so I suppose he's fine where he is. <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) -->

Anyway, please forgive the shill, but this is where all the Bakker fans are and I know a number of you guys are heavy into philosophy.

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