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Sardaukar Commoner | joined 12 February 2007 | 4 posts


Achamian and the Ciphrang posted 13 February 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAchamian and the Ciphrang by Sardaukar, Commoner

I'm a bit confused about what happened between Achamian being carried by the Ciphrang and him waking up under the care of the Shimeh woman and her husband.

He is delirious in the clutches of the demon, has a dream where the No-God calls him by name, then wakes up back on solid ground. There is reference to the Ciphrang bleeding naphtha and spiralling downward...Did it come under AA fire from Weepers and drop him? Not clear. view post


Nonmen Erratics posted 13 February 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNonmen Erratics by Sardaukar, Commoner

I must have missed the explanation of Erratics...Through context on these boards I gather some Nonmen lost their capacity to remember for some reason...Can anybody tell me where to read about this? view post


Nonmen Erratics posted 13 February 2007 in The Thousandfold ThoughtNonmen Erratics by Sardaukar, Commoner

Quote: "anor277":atae64cm


You'll have to look in old "Author Q and A" threads" but don't do it if you would prefer not to read spoilers. This peculiarity of the Non-men is not revealed in the novels (save perhaps for the Non-Man Kellhus encounters in the prologue).[/quote:atae64cm]

Thanks for your help, Anor. view post


The Author's Education posted 13 February 2007 in Author Q & AThe Author's Education by Sardaukar, Commoner

I've been impressed by how much R. Scott Bakker has placed himself second to his vision...by this I mean he lets his stories speak for themselves, and doesn't engage in any of the cult-of-personality cultivation that a lot of modern authors seem to engage in, to the extent that he doesn't place his picture in his books or intrude upon them in any way. This has the effect of making me even more curious about his personal background.

In particular, he states that he's been working on this series for the better part of twenty years, meaning it's been incipient since he was 15 or so. Since the books show a very sophisticated knowledge of philosophy, I'm curious about how much of it had materialized before his formal education...Was it basically just a desire to write quality fantasy (which there is a definite lack of) that became fleshed out further as he himself became more worldly? Authors that write about subjects they have no personal experience with tend to make that fact painfully obvious...His background seems to suit the warring ideologies of the Three Seas, and its inhabitants' search for deeper meaning, perfectly.

Of course his time would be better spent if he just ignored the question and continued to write. The Prince of Nothing is a masterpiece in a genre that is often not taken seriously but which I still insist on sifting through, and for that I'm very grateful. view post


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