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posts by dharok Commoner | joined 14 Jun 2006 | 6


posted 14 Jun 2006, 18:06 in General AnnouncementsYour Response To the PoN by dharok, Commoner

The PoN immersed me into a fantasy world full of complex relationships, realistic political associations, and credible motivations. It seemed that no character was introduced [i:yjzs48jl]ex-nihilo[/i:yjzs48jl], but rather each was placed within a web of duties and obligations to both their pasts and to their peers. The development of the characters as persons, their struggles with their own motivations and aspirations, and their individual struggles to either fulfill or actively ignore self-awareness, makes the world of PoN a rich environment, raising the narrative above a mere chronicle of events. view post


posted 19 Jun 2006, 19:06 in Literature DiscussionWho is most offensive. by dharok, Commoner

[quote="Virus":1smcxoi6]I agree, those find PON offensive would be of mose use as cannon fodder.[/quote:1smcxoi6] I disagree with you: rape should always be offensive. But that's the point of putting such things into fiction: elements in the story are meant to offend and that is part of the aesthetic experience. view post


posted 20 Jun 2006, 19:06 in Literature DiscussionNeeding some good suggestions. by dharok, Commoner

other than what has been mentioned already: [i:2op88t4o]Oath of the Empire[/i:2op88t4o] series by Thomas Harlan (showed promise, but it seemed to get away from him for some reason) [i:2op88t4o]The Name of the Rose[/i:2op88t4o] by Umberto Eco. It's not fantasy, but it is a great novel. view post


The Prologue posted 06 Jul 2006, 20:07 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeThe Prologue by dharok, Commoner

I have started to re-read the three books from the series that are currently available, and I am ashamed to admit that I remember little of the Prologue from TDTCB. What I am wondering about is with regards to the mounted rider who ends up fighting with Kellhus as he is running from the sranc. When Kellhus escapes the fight, he is threatened- by the rider whom he assumes is a nonman- that he will not be forgotten. Makes me wonder . . . IMO, this has not yet become significant, or am I missing something really obvious? Also, the identity of the rider is really up for question. Ideas? view post


posted 07 Jul 2006, 13:07 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeThe Prologue by dharok, Commoner

interesting. . . I guess I need to pay more attention. view post


Re: Esmet's betrayl, Bakker's massogeny, and a criticism posted 25 Jul 2006, 15:07 in The Warrior ProphetEsmet's betrayl, Bakker's massogeny, and a criticism by dharok, Commoner

[quote="butlersr":68hrg5ca]I think that to understand Esmett's betrayl one must see Esmi as Bakker's critique of women.[/quote:68hrg5ca] I think you have been too quick to generalize. You might in fact be correct, but I see no reason to abstract Bakker's understanding of women from Esmett in order to apply it to all women. I think that first and foremost, it must be remembered that Bakker has written a work of fiction; not a philosophical treatise. view post


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