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cyruskhan Commoner | joined 09 July 2005 | 4 posts


Bakker vs. Kellhus in Cranium posted 09 July 2005 in Author Q & ABakker vs. Kellhus in Cranium by cyruskhan, Commoner

Something i was wondering, and this isn't completely on topic for the post, but how did you get started writing? Did you originally write short stories, work your way up to a few novels that never went anywhere, and then finally broke through with The Darkness...? Or were these books your first real effort?

The reason i love your work so much, is because i'm in college, and i had a hell of a time deciding between an english or philosophy major. I finally decided on philosophy, but i still want to write geeky fantasy books. I'm planning on taking some creative writing classes and such, but i'm wondering what you have to say on the matter. How did you work yourself up to writing 600 page books?

Unless you covered this somewhere else?

-joe

(p.s. does it annoy you that people call you by your first name without the courtesy of giving you theirs?) view post


The importance of being Kellhus posted 09 July 2005 in Author Q & AThe importance of being Kellhus by cyruskhan, Commoner

Quote: "Entropic_existence":2dqpdiks
...he is the product of 3000 years of breeding and philosophical study that places the Dunyain above other men.[/quote:2dqpdiks]

I find it interesting that most of the people on the boards agree with you on this. You just happen to be the one to express it most succinctly.

It's curious to me that so many people here think of Kelhus as "more than human." Of course, many characters in the books believe this. But then- they aren't blessed the way we are. They don't see into Kellhus's head.

The Dunyain are a group of people who have spent 3000 years focusing on intellect and reflexes. I won't try to go too far into philosophy on boards owned by someone getting his Ph D in the field (i'm just an undergrad), but basically: It has been said that the thing that defines man is his ability to reason. If this is true, then the Dunyain are definitely the epitome of Mankind. Nothing else exists for them. Even morality.

On the other hand, if you disagree with those crazy ancient greeks, and you think that it's more than reason that makes us human- it's painting, it's sculpting, it's dancing, it's writing, then maybe the Dunyain aren't so superhuman after all. In fact, all things considered, maybe they are, at best, a tolerable species of subhuman.
If you view humanity as a collection of different things- Emotions, intellect, conscience, iniquity; then the Dunyain only take up the torch of ONE of these aspects.

After all, if they have any art at all, it cannot contain any emotion. It would be simply be a mimicry of human emotion, made by one of the Awake to influence the Sleeping. They don't love. They don't have moral dilemmas. They are half-men.

Does this make sense to anyone? I wrote this kinda on the spot, it'd be better if i would've put more work into the argument.


-joe
P.S. I mean, jesus, haven't any of you seen Equilibrium? view post


The importance of being Kellhus posted 18 July 2005 in Author Q & AThe importance of being Kellhus by cyruskhan, Commoner

Quote: "Cu'jara Cinmoi":br1ohro2
But this is the paradox of the 'post-human,' is it not? Kellhus is different - there's no doubt about that. To say that he's 'more' or 'less' is just a matter of emphasis.[/quote:br1ohro2]

I'm just commenting on the way that several people have described Kellhus. They have described him as "more" than human or "better," i didn't see much emphasis on "different but still just as good." Even saying "post-human" implies that they have evolved past humans. I don't see this as the case. It seems more like they have shed off all other aspects of being human aside from reason.

I loved The Darkness, i'm waiting for the paperback version of Warrior-Prophet. I'm not criticizing your writing, just some people's interpretation of it. view post


The Motivation of a Dunyain posted 20 November 2005 in Author Q & AThe Motivation of a Dunyain by cyruskhan, Commoner

Scott,
I'm curious as to what would motivate a Dunyain. A man with no desires has simply that- no desires. So how could he aspire to anything? Why bother going out among the worldborn and dominating? That implies ambition, and a lust for power over others. Kellhus can be explained (he has been sent after his father), but that still leaves the question of his father. Is this something you have not yet revealed, and will in future books?

Also, reading TWP, i noticed that you have an incredible fondness for the phrase "Death came swirling down." I wonder why must death always swirl to and fro? Why can't death simply pass by, or maybe stop for some coffee? Always with the swirling!

Thanks,
Joe view post


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