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posts by non-Ajencis Commoner | joined 20 Jun 2007 | 9

Is Bakker a huge fan of Frank Herbert? posted 20 Jun 2007, 03:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionIs Bakker a huge fan of Frank Herbert? by non-Ajencis, Commoner

I ask, because the Prince of Nothing just reeks of Herbert and Dune. I don't think he is being derivative, well, maybe a little, but I see a lot of similarities in the way the two authors write. Nevermind a few devices that seem to be lifted straight out of Dune. Not complaining, mind you. It works very well for me, and others it would seem. view post

posted 20 Jun 2007, 03:06 in Literature DiscussionSaga of Dune : The end? by non-Ajencis, Commoner

I can not bring myself to read the Dune books NOT written by Herbert. I tried once, and could not get 10 pages into it. Ugggh. Drivel. view post

posted 24 Jun 2007, 02:06 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Breaker of Horses and Men by non-Ajencis, Commoner

Yes, Cnaiur urs Skiotha is one of my favorite characters, too. For some reason he reminds me of what the Mongols might have been like. Ghengis Khan himself? I have a niggling suspicion that Mr. Bakker models his main characters around historical figures. view post

posted 24 Jun 2007, 02:06 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow Reading... by non-Ajencis, Commoner

Currently reading "No Country for Old Men", by Cormac McCarthy. Also have "Children of Hurin" by Tolkien, (et al) sitting on my nightstand, although I have not looked at it yet. view post

posted 24 Jun 2007, 04:06 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Those wacky Dunyain, sorcery and other ramblings by non-Ajencis, Commoner

One thing that fascinated me about Kellhus, and the Dunyain is their complete naivete. They work on their mission in total oblivion. In a vacuum. Once Kellhus leaves the "monastery" he is at the mercy of strangers, and also depends on the kindness of strangers. I cannot call Kellhus a protagonist, he has no human, or humane qualities. He is the main character, I believe, but he is not the hero, or villain. This is what makes this story so compelling, frustrating, maddening, and ultimately original. You want to like this guy (this thing?) but he is not human. He has no morals, except the ones he learns to use for his own purposes. A sociopath of the highest order. God...I see myself sometimes in his lack of compassion, of his humanity, and it scares me that I can be callous. By the end of TTT, I came to some kind of equilibrium with his character, and came to understand him as a device, not a character. I don't hate him, nor do I love him. He just IS. Like the weather. A force of nature. The Dunyain , I think, seem to be a malformed , and mal-evolved entity. Knowledge sought at the expense of anything human to view it through. Pure knowledge, un-filtered. No right, no wrong. I think Kellhus, and the Dunyain are an abomination that I can only liken to something from Dune. Kellhus is the Quisatz Hadderach. God Emperor. Anyone see a similarity? Shit...I have not read Dune in many a moon. I think I'll read it again for the umpteenth time. That was a seminal book. view post

posted 24 Jun 2007, 05:06 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Scope by non-Ajencis, Commoner

I suppose anything is possible. The Ark came down, I guess it could go back up. Maybe Kellhus will eventually find himself at the Ark and power it up? Who knows? (Bakker, obviously, lol) I think, I hope, we will see more of the geography from the map in the book. Zeum...The deep Carathay of the Ancient North ( Orsi, Akksersik, the Great Kavarsus Range, maybe even Eanna?) Looking forward to traveling with these characters, and new ones across this world. I liked the Mediteraean vibe, but I also like the deep forests, mountains, steppe, and seas. ( maybe a chapter describing a sea voyage, and pirates??? That would be great!) I love the drama, the characters, but I also love the settings, and descriptions thereof. Maybe I am old, and falling into a love of view post

posted 24 Jun 2007, 06:06 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]Welcome by non-Ajencis, Commoner

Achamian's mad quest sounds intriguing, and exciting. Hmmm...the origins of the Dunyain. What was their genesis? Who was their genesis? A rogue non-man? Perhaps a mysterious Inchoroi, who wishes to see his race damned? many questions. I can only imagine the vast battles with the Sranc, and the descriptions of the Forgotten North.. The intrigues of court at Momemn sound rather dreary, to be honest. I liked Esmenet better when she was a whore, not an Empress. But hopefully Bakker can make her story entertaining. Damn...when is it slated to be published? view post

posted 24 Jun 2007, 06:06 in The Great Ordeal [supposed]The Aspect-Emperor by non-Ajencis, Commoner

The thing that intrigued me about the synopsis of Aspect Emperor is Achamian's quest to find the origins of the Dunyain. I think that is going to be the main thrust of the next book. Well, maybe not the main thrust, but a seriously wicked leg sweep. I think we will pick up Achamian's travels in northern Galeoth. He has decided to head north into ancient Kuniuri after receiving some intriguing information from the Galeoth spice/fur traders that make the run to Atrithau. He joins a caravan, and has many fine adventures on the way, evading Sranc, and Scarlet Spire Schoolmen looking for his Wizard scalp. He also meets and befriends a wizened, joke-cracking, mischievous witch, who has some skills that will come in handy. Maybe even provide a love interest for the lovelorn old man. He believes the clues to the origins of the Dunyain are near or about the wasted, ancient city of Tryse. He convinces a young Galeoth trader to accompany him after learning that he is one of the Few. Achamian now has a guide, as well as a student. That's as far as I have gotten. Lol. What Achamian learns of the Dunyain there is anyone's guess and Mr. Bakker's prerogative. But that would be cool I think. Achamian MUST learn of the Dunyain if he is to have any chance against the Consult. Perhaps to teach Kellhus of his ancestry, and hopefully they become friends again. view post

posted 24 Jun 2007, 07:06 in Philosophy DiscussionChe Guevara by non-Ajencis, Commoner

Many people in the West don't understand how their easy lives are actually supported by the poorer nations of this world. Your coffee, your bananas, your diamonds, your oil, all come from the oppression, and degradation of poor people in third world countries. It really is a zero sum game. People ask..."Why do they hate us?" Because we take their resources, and take them in a way that keeps them poor. Not by might, but by greed. We buy their politicians, their industry, their laws, and say..."Hey! We are just using the free market model, and a free market is fair and just!" The free market is tilted towards those with the most money. Usually handed down from rich parents who got their money from rich grandparents, who got their money from robber barons and commodity cartels in the 1800's. I am not a communist, I think, or a a socialist, just a citizen who is trapped in the machine like most folks. Che Guevera tried to put a wrench in the machine, by the only way he knew how. Popular, violent revolution. That's how it's done. I can't think of any other way for an oppressed people to overcome tyrants. And by tyrants I also mean oligarchs, aristocrats, technocrats, bankers, and industrialists. They are the Marie Antoinettes of this time. A well as the John Kerrys, and the Bushes, and the Kennnedys. Let them eat cake (or hi-speed internet, and gasoline), indeed. Perhaps Guevera was naive, or misguided, but he tried to break the cycle of oppression in Cuba, but like they say, the road to hell... I am sure many folks don't think of George Washington as a murderer, but he actually won. And winners write their histories. view post


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