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A few questions posted 02 Apr 2004, 21:04 by Harren, Commoner

First of all, I want to thank you for writing this. I really love TDTCB, the world and the characters, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next book. I have a few questions: 1)For some reason, I am always interested in the far, distant places; on the map of Earwa, we see Zeum, west of Kian, and Eanna, east of the Kayarsus-mountains. Will we see/hear more about them later on? Do there live people in Eanna? I assume they do in Zeum, as the Xerius mentioned being visited by a Zeumi two years ago. 2) On the excerpts on the 'prince of nothing'-website, there was an old Kuniuri poem about Men, Nonmen and Sranc, above the second prologue, but it was left out of the book; was this for any particular reason? Thank you! view post

posted 05 Apr 2004, 11:04 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Welcome aboard Harren, and thanks for the kind words! With regards to your questions: yes, both Zeum and Eanna are inhabited, and both have roles to play in the darkness that comes after (forgive me - I couldn't resist!) - Zeum moreso. The excerpt on the website (which I hope to replace with something from TWP shortly, BTW - my webguy's gone working as a cybercrime detective for the RCMP and I'm ramping up to teach myself Frontpage) is actually from the Canadian edition of TDTCB. My original British editor, Darren Nash, asked for several changes, including splitting the Prologue in two, and getting rid of the nursery rhyme to avoid 'name overload' at the beginning of the book. To be honest, I'm not sure which version I like better... view post

posted 06 Apr 2004, 00:04 by Malarion, Candidate

Dear god, they're trying to dumb-down the British edition! I thought that was an American thing. Glad I had my copy shipped across the Atlantic now (plus the cover design etc is much better in the Canadian release). As I'm getting done with book 2. Got to keep things consistant. :wink: view post

posted 06 Apr 2004, 14:04 by Harren, Commoner

Thanks for your quick reply :) There was another thing I stumbled on while rereading the book. It was somewhere at the end of the Emperor part, just before Harlot, when the Vulgar Holy War begins, and Calmemunis and the others march out. The date above this part was Late Autumn 4111, which is an error, I'd think, because even at the end of the book the Autumn had not arrived yet; it most probably simply was Late Autumn 4110, as that fits with the rest; but the strange part is that it begins with stating that Maithanet called his Holy War a year and a half earlier, while it happened only half a year before. Are these both errors? view post

posted 06 Apr 2004, 15:04 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

I know there was a typo in the first edition (the beginning of chapter 7)regarding the date you mention (as well as about 12 others we've found!). It should be Early Autumn 4111. What puzzles me, though, is that they didn't correct this for the mass paperback version... I distinctly remember noting it on the proofs for the reprint. Typos... It's like trying to strangle water. view post

posted 07 Apr 2004, 09:04 by Harren, Commoner

Shouldn't it be 4110? view post

posted 07 Apr 2004, 11:04 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

You know what, you're wrong and you're right. I have to look at things more closely, but I think there's a COLOSSAL screw-up in the time line in the transition between 4110 and 4111. There was a typo in the first version of the book, but that came later. But this. Heaven's to betsy - my first writer's nightmare... If I was Ford I'd order a recall! I'm not sure how it precisely happened, but I suspect that it has something to do with the fact that I wrote the thing over such a long period of time and was dealing with material from several different drafts when I cobbled together the final manuscript - that and my big fat sloppy ASS! view post

posted 07 Apr 2004, 15:04 by Malarion, Candidate

Don't take this the wrong way, mate, but the fact you have made a mistake makes me happy. Its nice to know you are human. I'm (attempting) to write a book myself and I've been having logistical nightmares with army numbers, dates, the time required for messages to reach one side of the nation to the other, and just god damned piecing the whole thing together. There is hope for us all (and the fact that such a mistake - which few of us will probably ever notice bothers you is a sure indication of the pride and quality you are putting into this story, which bodes well for us readers). HAve fun sorting it out for the second edition. :D :P view post

posted 08 Apr 2004, 01:04 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Thanks Malarion. I'll still be gnashing my teeth to nubs, though. It's like noticing your kid has six fingers the moment before sending it through the kindergarten doors. view post

posted 09 Apr 2004, 16:04 by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Six fingers could be handy. You could hold more. Actually, if you correct this screw up in later editions (which I assume you will), this one will become very valuable in all likelihood. view post

posted 09 Apr 2004, 20:04 by Malarion, Candidate

Six fingers on my wifes hand wouldn't be that great. Another set of rings would be demanded. :cry: view post

posted 12 Apr 2004, 15:04 by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But maybe because it's sixth and extra and special and all that you could argue that it doesn't get rings? view post

posted 12 Apr 2004, 19:04 by LooseCannon, Peralogue

On a completely unrelated note I saw a cow on TV a few weeks ago that has a third leg growing out of it's forehead. Thank you, that is all. view post

posted 12 Apr 2004, 20:04 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

That would be my cow. view post

posted 09 Nov 2004, 01:11 by Ahkond, Commoner

Just thought I'd chime in about the timeline mix-up even though Mr. Bakker presumably has it well in hand. If one assumes that the chapters in [i:3gqh9bm6]Darkness[/i:3gqh9bm6] are presented in chronological order, then one would need to change the dates for chapter 8 from 4111 to 4110 (Cnaiur returning to his camp after escaping from Kiyuth, the Vulgar Holy War setting out, and the Spires meeting with Xerius and company). However, this raises a small problem because the Vulgar Holy War setting out (late autumn) is described as being "a year and a half" (p. 228 in my US edition) after Maithanet declared holy war; that took place in chapter 3, early spring 4110. If chapter 8 is moved back to 4110 to fit with the other events, then it would only be half a year after Maithanet's declaration. Just thought I'd point that out. I'm only up to chapter 14 and I'm enjoying the book a great deal. Thanks! -Ahkond view post

posted 09 Nov 2004, 02:11 by Cu'jara Cinmoi, Author of Prince of Nothing

Thanks, Ahkond. Someday there WILL be a revised edition. Someday. :roll: view post

posted 10 Nov 2004, 02:11 by saintjon, Auditor

wouldn't the leg growing out of the cow's forehead be it's fifth? since this is kind of a nitpicketty thread and all :D view post


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