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The No-God posted 29 June 2008 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

The Scylvendi are the People of War.

Like most things in the series, you have to take this statement to the horrifying literal truth. They are not barbarians in that they enjoy in killing and destroying their enemies. They call their raids against the Nansur 'Worship'. The Scylvendi see war as something that is as necessary as you or I see breathing. It is inevitable, and it is sacred.

So when the No-God arrives, you also have to see this as the Scylvendi would see it. You have to understand that Mog-Pharau is not a divine being that controls destruction and war. He is the divine physical manifestation of nothing. So where the Sea-God would manifest as ocean waves and dolphins, the No-God manifests as just that: nothing. Remember, for eleven years after his arrival every child was stillborn. That wasn't because of Mog-Pharau being in Earwa. That was Mog-Pharau.

How could a people like the Scylvendi, a people who worship War as a divine thing, not see Mog-Pharau as the perfect manifestation of their own beliefs? view post


Almighty Tallest posted 30 June 2008 in WelcomesAlmighty Tallest by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

Hello all,

I started reading PON when TWP was just out, and am currently on my third (fourth?) re-read. Love this series, best fantasy I've ever read, and I've covered a lot of it. I've been pushing everybody I know to read it for quite a while now.

As for me, I am approaching 30 far too quickly, and live on Canada's east coast. I am a book/movie/music junkie, though am finding time for all three rather constrained lately, with a two year old in the house. I write, when I can, and though I have one novel completed, a second nearly so, and a third in the works, I have yet to publish anything. Have yet to attempt it, actually. I'm a little nervous about it, and am unsure how to go about starting the process. view post


The terms Wizard vs. Sorceror posted 09 July 2008 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe terms Wizard vs. Sorceror by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

I would assume that they are largely arbitrary choices by Bakker. But there is some linguistic insight to it, as well.

Sorceror - When you hear the word, you get the image of a powerful, secretive, fear-inspiring man. It conjures feelings of animosity and dread, which is largely how they are perceived by the majority of people in the Three Seas.

Wizard - The word 'Wizard' carries a lot with it. It's overdone in fantasy, but it still brings to mind images of old men in robes, weighted under burdens that you or I could not possibly comprehend. It has a lot of the connotations that 'sorceror' does, but adds to it a feeling of both nobility and sorrow. Achamian is the only Wizard we see, and by the time TTT ends, I think that's a fairly accurate description of the man.

Witch - Though witches can be both male or female, the vast majority of people instantly think of the classic female archetype when they hear this word. So it being a term for those few Few (sorry) who are also women is a good choice.

Shaman - When you hear the word, you are instantly reminded of the wise old man, looking after his people with both his natural magic and his divine Sight. Shamans are spiritual leaders, predicting the future, healing the sick, and dispensing the laws of the gods. Which sounds an awful lot like a Sorcerer who is also a Prophet to me. view post


Cnaiur Badass Quote! posted 09 July 2008 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCnaiur Badass Quote! by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

Cnaiur is, quite possibly, my favourite character ever. He's inhuman, a force of nature, constructed of the very soil that his people walk on. My favourite moment is in the same area, though it is just before he is captured.

I don't have the book with me, so I can't get the exact lines, but he comes down the steps to face the Nansur in the courtyard below him. The Thunyeri beside him has just been killed, and the Nansur are backing away from him. He is bellowing at them, and Conphas is exhorting them from behind the lines.

The moment is just a description of the scene: he holds his broken sword out, arms spread, "blood spilling in loops from his elbow". I just got chills when I read that.


Another great moment with him is when he has the officers in the court, looking for the Saik. He backhands Conphas, and one of the Columnaries rushes him. He swats the man to the ground, and crushes his skull under his boot. He raises his scarred arms over his head, and screams, "Do not make me the ledger of your folly!" view post


Almighty Tallest posted 09 July 2008 in WelcomesAlmighty Tallest by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

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

I'm sure there are writer's workshops in Canada, but I can't find any in Charlottetown. No decent ones, anyway. Unfortunately, most of our arts are centered in Quebec and Ontario <!-- s:| --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_neutral.gif" alt=":|" title="Neutral" /><!-- s:| -->

And no worries, if it does get picked up, and will be published, I will announce it on every single website on the internet that I can think of <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


Cnaiur's sexuality-why is the topic so damn popular?? posted 09 July 2008 in General DiscusssionCnaiur's sexuality-why is the topic so damn popular?? by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

Cnaiur is not gay. However, the environment that he lives in, and the entire Three Seas, looks on male-on-male sexual relationships a lot differently than today's Western world. Achamian, remember, mentions one of his fellow Mandati who he loved, and they were lovers, for a time (mentioned once, about 2/3 of the way through WP, I think). Nobody questions Achamian's sexuality after that. The Nansur Columnaries rape Scylvendi prisoners before Kiyuth, and nobody questions that. I think the main concern is that Cnaiur is unused to expressing emotion, and deep, penetrating feelings are largley foreign to him. He feels the connection to Moenghus, and it is a strong one. But when it was forged Cnaiur was not wise enough to differentiate that connection from love. As he ages, if he thought about it long enough, he would realise that it wasn't truly love, but something else. So when he finally sees Moenghus after so long, after decades of thinking about the actions, and not the feelings that went into them, he is immediately thrown back to that state from thirty years prior. It is tempered with three decades of hatred and war, which confuses him. We don't really see what is happening from his perspective beyond the confusion in his thoughts, there is no meta-description here, letting us know why he is thinking such thoughts, or why he behaves the way he does. Moenghus' domination of Cnaiur was so complete that the Scylvendi cannot penetrate his own thoughts when they finally meet again. Where Cnaiur is usually very precise in his thought process, such acuity is impossible at this moment. view post


A really silly observation from TDtCB about Cishaurim posted 10 July 2008 in The Warrior ProphetA really silly observation from TDtCB about Cishaurim by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

I would assume that, as the Cishaurim bear no Mark, they could simply infiltrate the Scarlet Spires under a sorcerous disguise. Changing your face with sorcery would be a simple matter; changing your smell would not. view post


A really silly observation from TDtCB about Cishaurim posted 15 July 2008 in The Warrior ProphetA really silly observation from TDtCB about Cishaurim by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

I actually have no citation for that. But it makes sense, otherwise why would the Scarlet Spires use dogs to sniff them out?

Of course, they could be used to sniff out the Cishaurim equivalent of the Spires' Javreh, but why would the Cishaurim send soldiers into a sorcerous stronghold? The only way they would be effective is if they had Chorae, and that would be as big a giveaway as sending eyeless men with snakes around their necks. view post


sranc posted 16 July 2008 in The Darkness That Comes Beforesranc by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

I don't think they have horns. I can't recall mention of sranc horns, other than horns used for signaling (much like a trumpet is a horn, if you take my meaning), and I never picture them as overly hairy.

As for weaponry, they use hammers, as well, so they are not solely restricted to arrows. Celmomas was crushed by a sranc hammer, remember. In fact, I can't recall a scene where they use arrows at all, so that lends weight to the brutish side of things. I like that idea, as these beings, en masse, with advanced technology like war bows, would be nigh unstoppable (moreso than they were during the Apocalypse).

I see them as slightly shorter than the average human, rather hunched over their chest, with heavy, almost Neanderthal faces. Wild, unruly hair, but only over their heads. For some reason, I picture them with double-jointed legs, as well, like a dog's or a horse's. view post


sranc posted 16 July 2008 in The Darkness That Comes Beforesranc by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

Ah, thanks for the quote. Though I'm re-reading the series again, I'm nearly done of TTT, and couldn't remember that <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> view post


A really silly observation from TDtCB about Cishaurim posted 17 July 2008 in The Warrior ProphetA really silly observation from TDtCB about Cishaurim by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

The smell of saffron and henna would rub off on your skin. No matter how much you bathed, you would still carry the scent of it with you, which would get picked up by dogs. view post


Now listening to... posted 22 July 2008 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

The Black Keys - Leavin' Trunk

Saw them live this weekend. I am a firm believer that everybody should listen to these guys every single day. view post


I started a Wiki posted 23 July 2008 in General DiscusssionI started a Wiki by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

Wikis rule. I use one to keep track of plotlines, characters, and such for my own writing. view post


House of Leaves posted 25 July 2008 in Literature DiscussionHouse of Leaves by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

I read House of Leaves a few years ago, and it was immediately on my list of favourites. Whenever anybody asks me to suggest an interesting book to them, I mention it. It is fascinating, completely engaging, and one of the most terrifying things I have ever read. No other book has made me sleep with a light on.

His next book, by the way, is interesting as well. Called Only Revolutions, it follows the story of a pair of lovers through their lives. Spanning three hundred years, it is told from both perspectives, with his story eight pages at a time, with hers on the opposite pages. You read eight pages, flip the book and read the next eight. view post


Nothing against female Fantasy authors but... posted 24 August 2008 in Literature DiscussionNothing against female Fantasy authors but... by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

Robin Hobb
Melanie Rawn
Elizabeth Moon (when she turns to fantasy, never read her sci-fi; The Deed of Paksenarrion is some of the best fantasy I have ever read)
Ursula K LeGuin (obviously)

There are a lot out there. But just like the male authors, you have to slog through a lot of crap before you find a diamond. view post


Barker, Butcher, Gaiman posted 09 November 2008 in Literature DiscussionBarker, Butcher, Gaiman by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

Haven't read Butcher, no. The other two, though, I have read a lot of.

Barker - Weaveworld, The Books of Blood, and The Great and Secret Show are my favourites.
Gaiman - Pretty much everything that he's written. The man has an uncanny knack for constructing a sentence that fills me with wonder with every page. I am completely jealous of every word he has ever put down. view post


The eye in the Pick's heart *spoilers* posted 07 April 2009 in The Judging EyeThe eye in the Pick's heart *spoilers* by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

I think everybody is forgetting something. Akka specifically asked the man to cut out the Pick's heart, so he could see it. If it was simply the chaos of Hell bleeding through, or whatever, why would Akka ask to see that specifically.

Achamian knew what was there, he just wanted to confirm it. The eye in the heart is important, and we will find out why in subsequent books, I imagine. view post


The Judging Eye cover art / edition posted 17 December 2009 in The Judging EyeThe Judging Eye cover art / edition by Almighty Tallest, Candidate

This is the one I have:

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I'm with you, though. I prefer sets of books to all have the same style of cover. It's a purely OCD thing with me, I like to be able to glance at my shelves and see obvious groupings of book series. I like the cover I have, though, and hope that the rest of this second series follows suit. view post


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