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posts by delavagus Commoner | joined 31 Jan 2004 | 9

posted 03 Feb 2004, 17:02 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by delavagus, Commoner

I realize that many consider this heresy, but fantasy (= modern fantasy as we understand the genre) doesn't require magic in order to be fantasy; it only requires "otherness." The real power of fantasy lies in its ability to closely explore the big questions of our world by, pardoxically, pulling away from our world and its "welter of associations" (to use a Bakker-esque phrase). The question is how far do you pull: Tolkein far or Guy Gavriel Kay far? Both write/wrote fantasy. The world of AL-RASSAN bears far greater resemblance to our world than Middle-Earth does, but ultimately even Middle-Earth functions through its echoing and re-echoing of histories and mythologies that are entirely "real." But then, I _have_ to believe that a fantasy novel without magic is still a fantasy novel -- after all, I've just finished writing one! view post

posted 03 Feb 2004, 17:02 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by delavagus, Commoner

Hmm, yes, who knows... (Looks away coyly.) I made a Poll in the Welcome section on the Kellhus issue. Check it out. view post

posted 03 Feb 2004, 18:02 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeBest character by delavagus, Commoner

Kellhus. He's the most interesting, and usually I find the most interesting character = my favorite character. I have a soft spot for Achamian, though, as well as poor conflicted Cnaiur (though if I actually met Cnaiur, I'd run in the opposite direction as quickly as possible). But really, my favorite character -- and I know this will warm the cockles of Bakker's heart -- is Earwa, the World. view post

posted 03 Feb 2004, 18:02 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by delavagus, Commoner

No one is depraved?! Bakker would be appalled! Surely he didn't hit so far off his mark with every character? :wink: view post

posted 03 Feb 2004, 18:02 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by delavagus, Commoner

Exactly. Authors like Martin and Kay give me hope that my novel -- at least in form and content -- is publishable. Eventually I'll write my Big Fat Fantasy World novels, but now I'm more interested in writing fantasy that sticks to pastures a bit closer to home. RE: publishing... I hope it never comes down to _me_ actually publishing my book. I hope that a _publisher_ will do that. But yes, I'm currently mapping a few different routes toward the Great Publishing-House Monolith. It's possible that my book might be on the shelves in a few years. Stranger things have happened. For instance... I dunno... there's gotta be something stranger, but at the moment I'm drawing a blank... view post

posted 03 Feb 2004, 20:02 in Literature DiscussionFantasy by delavagus, Commoner

Hey, _I_ wasn't gonna be the one to say it! :wink: view post

TDTCB Makes Locus's "Recommended" List posted 04 Feb 2004, 20:02 in Interviews and ReviewsTDTCB Makes Locus's "Recommended" List by delavagus, Commoner

Check it out! ... ading.html view post

posted 12 Feb 2004, 20:02 in Author Q & AOther authors you enjoy by delavagus, Commoner

Don't forget good ol' George RR, though I assume you've mentioned him in other threads. I view him -- have we talked about this before? -- as a bridge (constructed primarily of salvaged pieces from historical fiction) between 'mainstream' fantasy and 'literary' fantasy. He's perhaps the greatest boon for writers like you and me, since he's drawing from the bottomless well called Jordan/Goodkind readers, while in the process -- we hope -- converting them to the cause of 'serious' fantasy fiction. I've read almost all of Penman's non-historical-mystery books now. I'm halfway through TIME & CHANCE, her latest, about Henry II and Thomas Becket. The Wales trilogy will always hold a special spot in my heart, but overall I sense no diminishing of quality in her work. CHRIST AND HIS SAINTS was a helluva ride, and so far T&C is a nice complement: its focus on (relatively) few characters is a relief after the sprawl of the civil war between Stephen and Maude. Chances are I won't be reading anything non-school-related until summer (except for my Blue Heaven work, of course). Yesterday, I tried reading Leibniz's essay On Body and Force Against the Cartesians (or something), and I had no fricken idea what he was talking about. I'd re-read the same sentence three or four times and think, "I understand each individual word, yet all together..." Damn Germans. view post

posted 13 Feb 2004, 01:02 in Author Q & AOther authors you enjoy by delavagus, Commoner

For some reason I heard your last line to the tune of "Walk Like An Egyptian." Other bits of Leibniz I've read make more sense than this fricken essay. Try this on: "I believe that the nature of body does not consist in extension alone; in unraveling the notion of extension, I noticed that it is relative to something which must be spread out [extendi], and that it signifies a diffusion or repetition of a certain nature. For every repetition (or collection of things of the same kind) is either discrete, as, for example, in things that are counted, where the parts of the aggregate are distinguished, or continuous, where the parts are indeterminate [indeterminata] and one can obtain parts in an infinite number of ways." Come again? Later in the paragraph: "Since extension is a continuous and simulataneous repetition (just as duration is a successive repetition), it follows that whenever the same nature is diffused through many things at the same time, as, for example, malleability or specific gravity or yellowness is in gold, whiteness is in milk, and resistance or impenetratability is generally in body, extension is said to have place. However, it must be confessed that the continuous diffusion of color, weight, malleability, and similar things that are homogeneous only in apperance is merely apparent [diffusion], and cannot be found in the smallest part [of bodies]." The problem isn't that I'm incapable of wrapping my mind around any individual sentence (although it can be tough), it's that every single sentence is like that, layering translucent upon translucent until the whole thing is rendered opaque. (This is way off topic, huh? School's making me even more boring than I was before...) view post


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