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JJ_99uk Commoner | joined 02 June 2005 | 3 posts

A question posted 02 June 2005 in Author Q & AA question by JJ_99uk, Commoner

Mr Bakker,

First of all, I'd just like to say how impressed I am with the time you're giving up to answer readers' questions - though I hope it's not taking too much time away from writing - I'm eagerly awaiting The Thousandfold Thought!

I did have a couple of minor querries about points from the books - but I've found the answers in previous threads, so I'll move on:

In your interview with FantasyBookSpot, you say:

...The same holds true for literature, or just about anything else you could imagine. The books we loved in high school usually seem trite and contrived after finishing a literature PhD.

Given our socialization in a similar culture, we all share a rough baseline vantage. Some of us then go one to transform and elaborate that vantage - to develop a ‘musician’s ear’ for literature. Most of us don’t. The problem is that things that look good from a baseline vantage often look bad from a cultivated vantage, and vice versa....

So the question is: what would you reccomend to help develop that musician's ear? I'm not particulary inclined to do a literature PHD, and perhaps I'm running the risk of ruining all those books I love, but the prince of nothing is one of the very few fantasy books I've read that makes me feel there are depths I'd appreciate more if I had studied literature. Not that I didn't enjoy it, of course!

So could you (or any of the remarkably cultured members of this forum!) reccomend any helpful works of "literary criticism" or anything to better appreciate fiction? I'm currently reading "The seven basic plots" by Christopher Booker, a book I found which seems a very easily readable work that doesn't assume too much background knowledge, but where to go from here?

I have to add that the prince of nothing deserves far, far, more positive marketing, and is easily the most clever fantasy series I've read in years. In fact, off the the top of my head, the only books that come close are China Mieville's The Scar, and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norel. Just how is it possible that people like Robert Newcombe [excuse me while I wash my mouth out] get all the hype?!

Please, please, keep writing!


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The Title posted 09 June 2005 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Title by JJ_99uk, Commoner

The Thousandfold Thought is a great title, but does anyone else find it difficult to say quickly? The fousandfold fought... view post

What philosopher suits you most? posted 09 June 2005 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat philosopher suits you most? by JJ_99uk, Commoner

I had to look up some of those names - seems an odd list to me, but then I'm not a philosophy expert <!-- s:) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_smile.gif" alt=":)" title="Smile" /><!-- s:) --> . If we can pick others, I'll vote for Wittgenstein (in his later years).
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