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  • Clash didn't capitalize on an opportunity to pun, recently. Reported.
  • I'm finished. Might find time over the weekend to post some questions.
  • To recap some motives, here: Jonas desires to find Jolenta, and considers himself Serverian's friend. Severian wants to serve Vodalus (has been fascinated ever since Chapter 1 of Shadow, really), to go to Thrax to begin his new life to reconcile…
  • LEXICON Agia was quicker, making a cut at my neck with an athame... p.254 Athame: A narrow-bladed ceremonial dagger, used in Wiccan rituals. Cultellarii (Title of chapter VIII) p.257 Cultellarii: Irregular soldiers whose princi…
  • LEXICON A caloyer in red stood beside the scaffold clutching his little formulary; he was an old man, as most of them are... By ancient custom, we must not use the steps... I was, very possibly, the only person who present who knew of the trad…
  • LEXICON ...as though I were the Increate, peeping through his rent in Eternity to behold the World of Time. p.217 Increate: That exists without having been created. A burning cariole tainted the clean air with smoke. p.217 …
  • Noted that Agia yet lives, and will presumably be back. Jonas has a steel hand. And what do you make of Abaia and Erebus, aquatic leviathans so large they could not leave the oceans lest their bodies collapse? Erebus was one of the primordi…
  • The railway is still in operation, with freight service run by the Quebec North Shore and Labrador Railway (owned by the mining company) and passenger service by Tshiuetin Rail Transportation, a company owned by a group of first nations. Here are so…
  • @clash_bowley said: Audiobooks frustrate me to no end. Well, sure - your head is already full of songs.
  • I have found the same. Audio books don't replace print books for me, but supplement them. I can absorb audio books best when I'm doing something menial, and washing the dishes and gardening are have proved to be ideal circumstances. I can also liste…
  • Anyone else in on this one? @clash_bowley @NeilNjae Brother where ya been @Ray_Otus?
  • Thanks @RichardAbbott ! Those all make sense, though on the matter of #1, I've been keeping track of the words for the lexicon, only I haven't had the time to write them up. I don't think the number of words has changed - perhaps you have become acc…
  • I totally agree with @RichardAbbott . It was reported earlier that the Book of the New Sun is about a young man raised in difficult circumstances who learns to transcend those, so we should not, perhaps, expect him to make all the right choices. …
  • Am I the only one who assumes the letter from Thecla was a fake, penned by Agia in order to create another trap? Re: the whole 'lack of concern for Dorcas' line - there's a maxim in history that says "Absence of evidence is not evidence of absenc…
  • Works for me!
  • Yes, I think we're secure with The Land God Gave to Cain for June. I'll make an announcement.
    in June Comment by Apocryphal June 6
  • I don't recall that, but you're welcome to it - nothing else is planned. What book was it? The last discusson I remember having is this one. which listed a lot of books, but didn't garner many "Ooh, yeah, let's do those"s. https://ttrpbc.com/disc…
    in June Comment by Apocryphal June 6
  • One of the books I read recently proposed that the Romans saw the celts north of the wall as either Romanized or a Non-Romanized, and they labelled the latter collectively as Picti, or painted celts. As time went on, being non romanized became a bad…
  • @dr_mitch For my purposes I was thinking of something on a much smaller scale, so certainly an empire isn't needed. The valleys of Tibet mentioned above works nicely, or even the modern Scottish Isles, or the Azores. A widening schism between the…
  • It was probably me that recommended The Farfarers to both of you. It's an endearing piece of folk history. These is definitely a clash of civilizations in Early Medieval Scotland. Between the fall of Rome and the year 1000 we get romanized Briton…
  • Sounds like it's up to me to lead and nominate, then, but something everyone will like, and available in multiple formats... How about The Land God Gave to Cain by Hammond Innes, since he was discussed recently? An adventure set in the wilds of L…
    in June Comment by Apocryphal June 2
  • Fascinating. The jump in narration also threw me for a loop, and I could not recall for the life of me who Jonas was (he was introduced only on the second to last page of the previous book as a 'stranger', but was given his name once on that page.) …
  • @clash_bowley I'm sorry to hear that :-(
  • @clash_bowley This matches my previous understanding, but much of the thinking on this has changed. You might find this resource interesting - though I warn it's a dry read: From Caledonia to Pictland; Scotland to 795 The follow up volume (From …
  • They also invented mobile libraries, to my knowledge. But we are talking about pre-Scottish Scotland, here. The picts didn't leave any writings - we don't even know what language they spoke. And if you wanted to go the route of alternate history, th…
  • Hi Barner - This is all great grist for the mill, so thanks very much! One thing I'm curious about, though: In your previous reply, you asked: If there is no distinction between religious and secular, what distinction is left between Abbots…
  • @BarnerCobblewood said: Hi @Apocryphal. At the beginning you seem to be grounded in a European stance to the world, but the second part is about something else. I'm just not clear what. OK, I'll try to unpack that a little. At the …
  • FYI - I noticed next week is scheduled as a break, then all the next 5 clusters through to the end of June are 3 chapters each. LEXICON: Dr. Talos: "The few shall not pay for the multitude! If you've no asimis, then orichalks; if you have n…
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle for Talos and Baldanders, no?
  • Severian: a young Telly Savalas Dr. Talos: Allan Corduner Baldanders: Rory McCann (The Hound from Game of Thrones), though I could buy Ron Perlman in that role Thecla: Amy Bailey Agia: Natalie Dormer Dorcas; A young Uma Thurman