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Cnaiur posted 07 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCnaiur by Sedulo, Candidate

I think Cnaiur is not dead. He and what I consider to be the two other primary characters (Achamian and Esmenet) have been such rich and full characters that if he is dead, we'll likely get some detailed accounting of it in the next series. I realize I left out Kellhus but he to me is so much more single minded that his character has much more development ahead. He is the uber-character who will likely become more human where the others are stunningly and beautifully human.

Anyway, I really like Cnair. So much detail and insight into his inner world and his conflicts.

I wish Serwe's baby was Cnair's. view post


Cnaiur posted 08 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtCnaiur by Sedulo, Candidate

Sorry, I thought the baby could have been either Kelhus's or Cnair's I don't own all of the books to cross reference at this time. So, she was already confirmed pregnant when Kelhus seduced her? Sorry. I haven't read the first two books in a long time.

So, if the baby is Cnair's then he can "live on" in the child 20 years later depending on how the child is raised. It will be interesting to see how, if he has died, Cnair is portrayed in the "future" and how the young man thinks of his father. view post


The Amoral Khellus posted 08 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe Amoral Khellus by Sedulo, Candidate

I really enjoy this thread!

I do not think that Kelhus is moral. I think he has learned what men think of as moral and includes these things in his manipulation. I think he is manipulating his own father when he meets with him. perhaps he has felt something but it doesn't seem as though he has integrated them into his personality (or the logos, I can't really say if Kelhus has a personality!) more that he has noted them and included them as data.

In the earlier books some chapters had heading quotes from Achamian that suggest to me that he lives through the whole thing. Sorry I do not own all of the books at the moment, but I remember thinking of this when I read them.

In TTT, there is a point where Achamian feels that he is becoming Seswatha. Is it possible that Kelhus has seen this path and therefore will not kill Achamian? Benjuka? Akka as Seswatha has an important function later perhaps.

I think it is terrific to have a major character like Kelhus (even though I am not really fond of him) that removes they typical good/evil guy status. I mean if everyone he has enthralled in the book found out what Kelhus was doing they would likely kill him.

I am no philosophy major, but where does compassion fit into morality? Does one need to apprehend anything good or bad to have compassion? view post


Feast for Crows due this Summer posted 09 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionFeast for Crows due this Summer by Sedulo, Candidate

I felt that the book was good but that the more dynamic story arcs are with the other characters (but this may be my personal choice since Jon, Tyrion, Arya, Bran and Dany are my favorites).

I think I see where this is going though and that just makes me more impatient. For instance Jon likely being a Targaryen and other stuff.

It is clever to publish this way though, but annoying to the readers/fans. Also when people became upset Martin was absolutely remorseless. I mean it is gimmicky to split it this way rather than into two books with all of the characters. I don't feel suspense, just resignation. This can lapse into disinterest as I have with other authors who keep writing and writing and writing books that are on a plane.

Martin hasn't displayed that but I feel that the story has slowed down considerably. view post


Akka the Anarchist posted 09 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka the Anarchist by Sedulo, Candidate

Akka denounces Kellhus and everyone that believes in Kellhus out of self-defense/preservation; like Cnaiur, I believe he has suffered too much pain.
What is interesting is that this opens the door to anarchy (according to Hobbes). I believe Hobbes actually allows this (self-preservation) as the one absolute reason to oppose or create a ruling power/government.

So what is the meaning of creating strife with three major characters that are most likely to become anarchists (or create a new "side") when there's a war on?

Akka-renounced Kellhus
Cnair-already anarchist
Esmenet- Likely to become disillusioned due to increasing awareness and pain.

Do you think Kellhus is doing this on purpose? Probably, but why? view post


What introduced you to philosophy? posted 09 August 2006 in Philosophy DiscussionWhat introduced you to philosophy? by Sedulo, Candidate

What got me interested in Philosophy was a logic class I took in my sophomore year as an undergrad. I thought it was beautiful despite my mediocre aptitude. The teacher was brilliant and demanding yet merciful. I took another class from him (The Philosophy of Film) which was a seminar style and it was just amazing and quite difficult, many people dropped the class. I unfortunately didn't have enough time to take anymore classes from him which was too bad as he taught a very tempting class in Mysticism the quarter I graduated and at that time I was focused on my major rather than indulging myself with another philosophy class.

Geez these threads are old. Is this site practically abandoned? Too bad for me. view post


Favorite books/series posted 09 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionFavorite books/series by Sedulo, Candidate

My Escapist Favorites:

Kushiel's Dart by Jacquiline Carrey?
I like that series. Phedre is an interesting heroine.

I really think PoN, and The song of Ice and Fire had me from the first couple chapters.

I have read all of Bujold's stuff, the Sci-Fi and Fantasy. She's a fun read.

Robin Hobb's stuff is good. I liked the Assassin series with Chade and Fitz.

and...I just got Simmons' Illium out from the library, is it any good?

Most of my other reading is Non-Fiction:

History, Psychology and Autobiographies primarily. Also Saveur , National Geographic and the New Yorker for periodicals. Oh and travel. I travel a lot. I love just GOING.

The first fantasy series I read was Tolkein though, my Dad had the books from when he read them so they were "older" and I have to say I am glad that I read that one first. view post


Akka the Anarchist posted 12 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka the Anarchist by Sedulo, Candidate

Okay, but the AE is in the future, I was just thinking that if the Akka/Kellhus combo is what APPEARS to be required then how is it cool for Akka to renounce the whole shebang.

So, you think Kellhus will bring Akka back on his knees? I guess he has to in order to keep everything under control. I just thought that there would be significant fallout from Akka's renunciation.

I realize that the reason I am writing these questions is simply due to cliffhanger shock. I keep thinking there is more in the book but it just ends!

Plus I keep thinking about when I first read The Darkness That Comes Before and how I was really hooked by the creation of a character like Kellhus. The interesting thing is that his actions don't really surprise me the way everyone else's do.

But that ending...I can't remember being this impatient to find out what happens next in any other series I have read. Therefore I speculate. I'll likely start to re-read the whole series again on Sunday....................

Argh a "PoNoholic!!!" view post


Akka the Anarchist posted 15 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka the Anarchist by Sedulo, Candidate

Maybe Esmi and Kellhus' child=Nau-Cayuti? Akka would likely care for him/her a great deal. view post


Akka the Anarchist posted 16 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka the Anarchist by Sedulo, Candidate

(response to Anor 277)

Yes, perhaps that is why Kellhus announces to everyone present AND to Achamian that the next time Akka comes before him he will kneel. This could convince all of the factions that Kellhus has everything under control and buys some time.

I read in another thread the theory that because Akka revealed Kellhus's location to Cnair he had joined the Consult. I do not believe that to be the case.

I just thought that Achamian's renunciation proclaims a major schism, based upon the importance of his character and his relationships. IMHO this is a very big deal especially since the book ends that way. I doubt that Kellhus will simply give him the smackdown... then on with the second apocalypse!

Even though most seem to think Kellhus will prevail over Akka, I think (hope!) it will somehow be a combination with both men continuing to influence one another. view post


Akka the Anarchist posted 16 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka the Anarchist by Sedulo, Candidate

Quote: "Primal":3giqgycn
about the children: Cnaiur-Serwe's; Kellhus-Esmenet's:

The children will be about 20 & 19 years old, respectively. What roles do you think they will play in the scheme of things? And how will they affect Kellhus's "vestige"? ( of "vestigial" derived from scene with Kellhus and father)[/quote:3giqgycn]

I think about this a lot. My initial thought is that Cnair's son (Moe II) may be haunted by his father, plus he's likely to be a big fella! He may get Serwe's temperment though. Which would make him tractable.

Esmenet and Kellhus' baby; for some reason I keep thinking it will be a girl. What if Kellhus sends the baby or Esmi while pregnant away to the Dunyain? Or, as someone pointed out in another thread...is the baby okay?

Both children will probably be given training of some sort, and unless something strange happens they'll be attractive <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) --> .

Of course anything is possible. They could fall in love with each other, kill their parents (well Moe II may not succeed too well at that). It doesn't seem at first glance that either of them will be too happy when they find out the truth of their origins.

I am not sure if Kellhus will prove Moe I wrong or right regarding the abilities of his child(ren). He'll try to train one or both of them though (repeated sentence). Maybe as a new kind of sorcerer. view post


Akka the Anarchist posted 16 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka the Anarchist by Sedulo, Candidate

So, you think Kellhus's success is just a matter of time? I think that he'll of course try but somehow I do not think he's going to get through it without some actual non-compelled/voluntary help rather than just using and manipulating everyone. view post


Erikson Neophyte posted 16 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionErikson Neophyte by Sedulo, Candidate

Hi:

I just checked out Gardens of the Moon, Memories of Ice and Deadhouse Gates from the library based on fervent fan comments on this forum.

My top favorites are PoN and ASOIAF. Got tired reading Jordan but continue buying the books (because I don't hate it) and have heard of his illness. I figure I'll read it all the way through when it is finished.

Anyway, I have avoided any posts that look like spoilers but I have to ask...is Malazan as great as you all say <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> ... view post


Akka the Anarchist posted 17 August 2006 in The Thousandfold ThoughtAkka the Anarchist by Sedulo, Candidate

That would be amazing! How do you think it will be accomplished? Tell more of your theory (if you like).

Also, on the topic of Akka. Will he be estranged from Kellhus for 20 years? view post


Fantasy posted 20 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by Sedulo, Candidate

In response to Bran's PoV, he is one of my favorite characters he's been out of the pic ture for awhile. I think magic is on the rise, it just hasn't been used for so long.

random opinion:
The very last chapter in Game of Thrones and also the last one in Storm of Swords...truly truly great writing. Goosebumps aplenty. view post


Not smart enough posted 24 August 2006 in Author Q &amp; ANot smart enough by Sedulo, Candidate

Well, it is may discourage the possibility of Disgruntled Reader Syndrome at events if one is 6'6&quot;! view post


Feast for Crows due this Summer posted 24 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionFeast for Crows due this Summer by Sedulo, Candidate

WHOA, I forgot that Arya is in Feast. <!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: --> view post


the decapitating adventures of the merry chainswhore posted 25 August 2006 in Member Written Worksthe decapitating adventures of the merry chainswhore by Sedulo, Candidate

WOW.

That photo where they (The Band manowar not the Portuguese one) are holding weapons and wearing furry boots is hilarious.

I am afraid of them. Okay, of their music.

There was also a famous racehorse named Man o' War. view post


Fantasy posted 31 August 2006 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by Sedulo, Candidate

Do not try to read the spam, it is a spell! <!-- s:wink: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_wink.gif" alt=":wink:" title="Wink" /><!-- s:wink: --> view post


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