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  • > @Apocryphal said: > If Dr Talos was anything like Robin Williams, it wouldn't matter if anybody else could act. Okay, that's my mental casting of Dr. Talos done. For the record, I've cast a younger Russell Crowe as Severian, and Andre…
  • > @clash_bowley said: > Apparently waitresses and torturers and formerly dead people with no memories make superb actors! Who woulda thunk it? And with no rehearsal time in two cases!
  • Yes, I've heard everything gets more soapish in the Falco books, but I don't think that's an issue for me. I have the next couple lined up. My next couple are: * Shadow of the Torturer (Gene Wolfe) Our slow read! And for me it's a fascinati…
  • @Bill_White said: What other entertainment do they seem to have? That was more or less my thought. I imagine there are superior entertainments around, but probably ones out of reach of most of the members of the audience. I've also see…
  • Sounds very suitable for a book club read. I'm interested.
  • That's true. Look at what's been done to the Moon, for instance. I think my hypothesis is that there has also been deliberate stellar forming, and that's what's now failing, meaning the Sun is growing dim.
  • Well... In about 5 billion years the sun will go red giant, expanding dramatically. Even before that it will markedly brighten; in a mere 3 billion years it's due to get hot enough to boil off Earth's oceans. I don't think the sun here is follo…
  • I'm looking out for clues about the South American location. I've picked up it's in the southern hemisphere (the reference to jungles in the North) and a little wildlife. Also the drink. But it doesn't yet seem definite going by the text, and I've n…
  • Do we have a book for May? I feel like I've somehow missed it.
  • Thanks clash. I can feel the sense of fun coming out of the music.
    in Music Comment by dr_mitch May 15
  • I also agree with @NeilNjae that it's cool to see the Avern being far stranger and more dangerous than it first seemed.
  • I'm pretty sure the city is the cathedral of the Pellerines, heading for another destination. Though the "how" and "why" are unclear, as is who saw it (we only know Severian and Dorcas for certain; can we extrapolate? I'm not sure we can.)
  • I don't think Severian is being completely honest with himself (or with the reader). His views on justice reflect his obedience to his upbringing. I don't get the impression the older Severian writing agrees with the younger Severian's thoughts- and…
  • @NeilNjae for me there was just _barely_ enough nuance. The Eleventh Commandment came from a scientific background. The Metz sent Hiero on a quest for a particular piece of technology, one that's notably there for knowledge and not a weapon (though …
  • 12: Brief Cases (Jim Butcher) I enjoy the Dresden Files series. Kitchen sink urban fantasy with appealing recurring characters. So I enjoyed this collection of short stories. Some were fan service, but still fun, others were darker or did more cle…
  • I'm tempted to read the sequel. It sounds like there's more in the way of world building and fantasy politics. And reading more about the societies sounds more interesting to me than more about the lives of the characters. That said, this book…
  • The title is surely not a coincidence. But as @NeilNjae said it only represents part of Campbell's structure. The beginning--the call to adventure and initial refusal--are absent as is the middle and second half of it.
  • Cartoon villains! Though I did like the fact that they were the technological faction, without the book being a big bash on science and technology.
  • For me it was an over the top fantasy world, loosely anchored in our own. All part of the fun. There was almost nothing realistic about it- and after a bit I didn't want there to be. In terms of people understanding the concepts of 5000 y…
  • It seemed to work out well enough to me. Some Christian modes of thought tend to be mystical, and psionic powers are a natural enough extension of that in fantasy. Besides, warrior monks with psionic powers are a firm trope and used elsewhere (…
  • Oh, everyone and every culture was stereotyped tropes. That's not intended as an insult- it was part of the fun. The most credible was perhaps the sailors, as there was some nuance there, but their suggested society was heavily troped as well.
  • I had trouble getting into it at the start, but it grew on me. I think much of this was the number of people around Hiero growing; it was more readable for me with more interaction. It had a certain vividness in its sheer over the topness. I en…
  • I can see all sorts of AD&D 1e inspirations. The psionics system, where only psionicists are vulnerable to psionic attacks. The philosophy of the druids (as expressed by Aldo). And yes, kill a monster, level up, get stronger! …
  • > @clash_bowley said: > Just letting you all know I plan on commenting on the questions, but I am not finished reading yet! Ditto. I lost my Kindle for a few days. But I should finish tonight.
  • I'll go back to the advice I called out at the start, namely not to stop and look things up. Infer meaning, even if it's slightly wrong. The characters in the book, including Severian, seem often slightly wrong too. On the other hand looking t…
  • @RichardAbbott if there's one thing I've learned from the book, it's that a trained riding Moose (or Morse) is much better than a deer.
  • I think for me, it's less a sense of exoticism this time round, and more a sense of archaicism. The world does feel ancient, with layers upon layers of tradition and cultures forgotten and distorted, at times almost comprehensible, with parts of it …
  • Things which are clear to me on this read, but which aren't spelled out. Severian has the Claw of the Conciliator on his person. One of its powers is resurrection,,,and contacting a dead body in the depths resurrects her. That's Dorcas. She's the…
  • Of course speculum is the Latin word for mirror.