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Cu'jara Cinmoi Author of Prince of Nothing | joined 26 January 2004 | 836 posts


A question about NonMen TTT(semispoilerish) posted 17 February 2006 in Author Q & AA question about NonMen TTT(semispoilerish) by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

400 years sounds right - I'm feeling too lazy to look it up (there's a lot of questions this week!)

Regarding the Inchoroi, perhaps the better question should be one of whether they were 'erratic' before they arrived in Earwa... view post


Maithanet (TTT Spoilers) posted 17 February 2006 in Author Q & AMaithanet (TTT Spoilers) by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Maithanet is in his late twenties. Clues to his youth are sprinkled here and there.

I actually had a rationale for this (Moenghus subjecting him to continuous desert sunlight to prematurely age his skin), but I couldn't find anyplace to insert it where it didn't feel potted, so I decided to just leave it indeterminate. view post


Spoilerful question about the trilogy's end posted 17 February 2006 in Author Q & ASpoilerful question about the trilogy's end by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Love without desperation? Certainly not for people as emotionally scarred as Achamian and Esmenet. view post


State of Canadian literary culture posted 17 February 2006 in Author Q & AState of Canadian literary culture by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

The idea that a certain, narrow kind of identity-claim has become the central criterion for what counts as 'serious literature' in Canada is as embarrassing as it is wrongheaded, I think. It seems to shout insecurity. view post


Just finished TTT posted 17 February 2006 in Author Q & AJust finished TTT by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Just wait!

*evil cackle* view post


Tentative Schedule posted 17 February 2006 in Tour and Signing InformationTentative Schedule by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Didn't I wipe out your slaves a few thousand years back?

I tend to be pretty specific with my goals. The question is whether I can be consistent in meeting them. I look at PoN as my Hobbit, remember. The main course is yet to come! view post


Tentative Schedule posted 28 February 2006 in Tour and Signing InformationTentative Schedule by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I've asked my publicist to find out if that is the case, but so far I don't know.

It would be very cool, though. I think I owe him a dozen or so beers... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


University of Toronto, March 1st posted 28 February 2006 in Tour and Signing InformationUniversity of Toronto, March 1st by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Just a reminder: 7:30PM, March 1st, I'll be reading at Hart House at the University of Toronto.

I even got a haircut. view post


THE TORONTO STAR posted 28 February 2006 in Interviews and ReviewsTHE TORONTO STAR by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

One of the Canadian big boys has finally reviewed the trilogy - just to make me feel guilty for all my grousing, I suspect. My spirit animal is the squeaky wheel... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

Check it out: [url:3u9rjkv6]http&#58;//www&#46;thestar&#46;com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&amp;call_pageid=971358637177&amp;c=Article&amp;cid=1140824434946[/url:3u9rjkv6]

Holy moly. view post


Who is on the cover of the french TDTCB? posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWho is on the cover of the french TDTCB? by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I have no idea who the hell any of the people on any of the books are. My guess, for the UK and US trade, is Cat Stevens. For the French translation, I'd say a punk rock version of Elric... view post


Not smart enough posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ANot smart enough by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Have you taken any philosophy classes, Redclaw? It would be worthwhile for it's own sake.

Remember that I wanted the book to be like the real world, which is to say something that never bottoms out meaning-wise. Certainly there's a constellation of themes and problems that I deliberately worked into the story and world, but I lost control of the bugger's 'underlying thought' a long time ago. Which is a good thing. I wanted the book to dwarf any one reading. view post


Akka and the Ciphrang - TTT spoilers posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AAkka and the Ciphrang - TTT spoilers by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Iyokus is definately NOT dead...

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RPG? posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ARPG? by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Like I say, all of this depends on the interest of some game publisher, first, and my pathological possessiveness, second. I'd have to be certain that it was in good hands, no matter what the format. As it stands, I think it's fair to say that some enterprising souls are adapting material from the books to spice up their campaigns. It would be interesting to see what people have been coming up with! view post


Just finished TTT posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AJust finished TTT by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

A lotta death doing a lotta swirling... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

As far as I can tell the only unambiguous victory belongs to Kellhus. view post


Back-er or Bake-er? posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ABack-er or Bake-er? by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Richard...

I was originally named after my grandfather, but then he and my pop had a falling out. Needless to say, this made me one confused little tot. view post


Spoilerful question about the trilogy's end posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ASpoilerful question about the trilogy's end by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

All that, and it's just damn cool to boot! War Cants &amp; Wracu &amp; Heron Spears...how cool is all that!!! It's philosophy &amp; intense social commentary ...wrapped in bacon. Tasty!


But is good for the heart, Cu Roi... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

I guess the real question is whether it's unrealistic in its anti-sentimentalism. This is one of the things I'm not inclined to the bite the bullet on. If anything, I think I was too kind. Modern life has robbed us of many things, sure, but I for one, would not want to go back. Like I think I said in some interview somewhere, I wanted to show people the wages of their wonder. Sounds pompous to me now, but I stand by it. view post


RPG? posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ARPG? by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Cool beans! <!-- s:D --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_biggrin.gif" alt=":D" title="Very Happy" /><!-- s:D --> view post


A soulful question [WARNING: TTT Spoilers Inside] posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AA soulful question [WARNING: TTT Spoilers Inside] by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I'm reluctant to clarify the metaphysics of the world, because as I've said, metaphysical indeterminacy is a feature of the real world, which means that the metaphysical indeterminacy of Earwa is one of the things that makes it realistic. Besides, one of the morals of the story is that uncertainty is our friend... <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: -->

That said, the rule of thumb is that the Inchoroi slave races do not have souls. It all comes back to the first epigraph in TDTCB. Actually, there's several epigraphs that bear on the issue of identity and souls.

And please, Raest, call me Scott. The way I look at it, you've spent hours listening to me drone on and on - more than enough to put us on a first name basis.

If anything, I should be calling you Mr. Raest! view post


Kant and the Dunyain posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AKant and the Dunyain by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Wouldn't you know it, I was in the midst of finishing my longwinded response, where I told Peter how I always Ctrl+C all my posts before submitting them, and instead of hitting Shift+P to write his name, I somehow hit Ctrl+W and lost everything - poof!

So let me summarize: personally I think Foucault's The Order of Things has had a bigger influence, unJon, though you've inspired to crack open DP once again.

Regarding Kant: the opening epigraph to TWP, the famous 'philosophy's precarious position' one from Foundations, expresses precisely the relation you mentioning, Peter. The Dunyain are related to Kant the way Hegel is: they see transcendental subjectivity as a type of historical achievement. They are more Kantian than Hegel insofar as they see the formal as preceding the real, as opposed to being part and parcel of it. This is why they think history is the enemy, rather than the engine, of their movement to the Absolute.

One way of looking at Kellhus's revelation is in Hegelian terms.

Brief, I know, but I seem to have accumulated quite a few questions in the past couple weeks! view post


Mass-Market Paperback posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AMass-Market Paperback by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Too true, Alterego. But for new authors, inexpensive mmpbs are pretty much a necessity. This is why, I think, my 'US market share' (why do I shudder saying that?) is so much smaller than my Canadian or UK one. Especially when it comes to series, mmpbs also help to leverage sales of tpbs and hcs.

Since I grew up reading mmpbs, they remains my personal favourites. To be honest, I never quite felt like a 'published author' until I received the first of Penguins too cool mmpb versions of TDTCB. view post


Was Cnauir gay? posted 28 February 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtWas Cnauir gay? by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

What are 'slash sites,' Linnea? view post


do chorea last posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; Ado chorea last by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Yes, the depth of the Mark is proportional to the amount of sorcery cast, and the severity of the Chorae is proportional the depth of the Mark. view post


Worldhorn &amp; Heron Spear posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWorldhorn &amp; Heron Spear by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

No comment. <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


Woe comes... posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AWoe comes... by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

This is actually a tough question, one that forces me to do some on the fly rationalizing. At the time, I was thinking that the Sranc have a 'racial memory' of Seswatha, something implanted by their Inchoroi masters. The problem is that their ability to detect the 'Seswatha-within' smacks of the supernatural, which cannot be the case for the Sranc (except for a handful of rare exceptions).

So I guess the idea would be that the skin-spies, given that their ability to duplicate others requires an exquisite sensitivity to their body language, are able to detect the imprint of Seswatha in the body language of Mandate Schoolmen - that in the course of the Grasping, Achamian and the others all inherit minute but characteristic 'ticks' belonging to Seswatha.

I think I might work that into TTT.

You touched bottom with this one Mog-Pharau! view post


Some questions regarding Tryse, Cunuroi and Miracles posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ASome questions regarding Tryse, Cunuroi and Miracles by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

It's just that I'm hoping that AE will have hundreds of little 'a-ha' moments, and answering your questions could close down on several of those. This site isn't that big membership-wise, but it literally receives thousands upon thousands of hits. I remember my jaw hit the ground when Jack gave me the statistics last summer.

But there's also the issue of 'keeping my possibilities open' - this is particularly the case with one of your questions. Unlike with PoN, I have no prior draft of AE, so in many cases I have far more liberty to create new material and add the odd, surprising wrinkle here and there.

And here you come with your ironing board questions! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


The Language posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AThe Language by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Thank you, sb! Share the love, I say. Spread it like peanut butter. view post


State of Canadian literary culture posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AState of Canadian literary culture by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Well, the Toronto Star finally reviewed me, and it looks like the Globe and Mail might do so as well. But this is one crow I'll happily eat! It's one of those crazy capitalist positive feedback loops, where the better your bargaining position, the easier it is to improve your bargaining position.

I tell you, if I do end up amassing some cultural capital, I plan on spending a good portion of it making the case for genre, and critiquing academically anchored literary culture. People need to start writing for other people, not just versions of themselves. It's what writing does to real people in real time that makes it 'literary,' not it's resemblance to a certain narrow body of historical conventions - that's supposed to be why genre is so bad.

I actually tried to get in touch with RM Vaughan, but no such luck. view post


Some questions about the moon,witches and the Inchoroi. posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; ASome questions about the moon,witches and the Inchoroi. by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I actually received quite abit of resistance to the notion that the Inchoroi were a technological species. Some of my prepub readers thought it was a BIG mistake, but it was part of the plan from the very beginning.

And so far, I think I've encountered complaints about everything but! view post


The Nonmen Quya (spoilers) posted 28 February 2006 in Author Q &amp; AThe Nonmen Quya (spoilers) by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

All I can say is that AE will put the whole world into play.

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IFWA Rocks! posted 11 March 2006 in Author AnnouncementsIFWA Rocks! by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I just got back from my Canadian book tour, and I wanted to post a special announcement for all the wonderful people of the Imaginative Fiction Writers Association in Calgary, Alberta: Thank you all for your company and great conversation, and thanks especially to Randy and Anna for all your logistical help. I'm presently cooking up some devilish ways I can repay your generosity at the writer's workshop this summer.

IFWA rocks! You guys really have something special happening out there - but I suspect you know that. view post


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