[TGO SPOILERS] The Parts Appalling

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« Reply #60 on: September 29, 2016, 03:28:13 am »
Bakker's repeated use...of ellipses...and italics to emphasize profundity.

Meta-licious.

But what about all the CAPS?  Bakker does those a lot too.  Actually I really like those.  The best use of it, I think, is from the White Luck Warrior in that brilliantly written confrontation with Wuttea.  Reading it -- "IS NOT THE TRUTH INFINITE?" -- really sent a chill down on my spine.  I really got a sense of the horrifying majesty of the dragons.  Absolutely NOTHING like Daenerys Targaryen.

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« Reply #61 on: September 29, 2016, 04:59:39 am »
I enjoy most of Bakker's stylistic tics other than his strange commitment to stuttering.
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« Reply #62 on: September 29, 2016, 11:22:31 am »
Bakker's repeated use...of ellipses...and italics to emphasize profundity.

Meta-licious.

But what about all the CAPS?  Bakker does those a lot too.  Actually I really like those.  The best use of it, I think, is from the White Luck Warrior in that brilliantly written confrontation with Wuttea.  Reading it -- "IS NOT THE TRUTH INFINITE?" -- really sent a chill down on my spine.  I really got a sense of the horrifying majesty of the dragons.  Absolutely NOTHING like Daenerys Targaryen.

Yes, those stylistic tics, baroque and even, here and there, rococo. It does feel overdone, and gives me the impression that it's almost a comment on the writing of genre. Underlining meaning by any means necessary? Surely Bakker as a writer must be aware of the use of these tools, therefore I assume a certain comment, distance or even irony in their usage.

On the other hand, while certainly not as present in TGO as in previous volumes, the pattern of using sun/star/fire-light to backlight/halo/contrast/illuminate a character or scene in a significant-iconic-quasi-religious way, became so obvious that it left me wondering how conscious Bakker was of using this device. It stood out and not in a good way. Or Bakker is getting ironic there as well?

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« Reply #63 on: September 29, 2016, 01:51:36 pm »
What does Bakker know?!

Seriously, though... Lol. He is smart.
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« Reply #64 on: October 05, 2016, 05:42:20 pm »
I like the extra emphasis.gives it some flavour.
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« Reply #65 on: October 05, 2016, 07:06:49 pm »
It also emphasises in a very clear way what is important for which POV. I find it quite elegant really. A lot of the flavour for each POV comes from the choice of language and grammar used to describe what the POV sees and experiences: Kelmomas will have shorter sentences with a different focus than Akka, for example.
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« Reply #66 on: October 05, 2016, 09:47:14 pm »
Its quite interesting to see what really irritated some but is enjoyed by others :). Can't piss off everyone all at once, even if he tried.
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« Reply #67 on: October 09, 2016, 05:11:03 pm »
Its quite interesting to see what really irritated some but is enjoyed by others :). Can't piss off everyone all at once, even if he tried.

Yeah, agreed. I actually just saw a random redditor on r/fantasy say that Bakker uses "make mud" too much as a metaphor for shitting. That has to be a unique fixation ;).
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« Reply #68 on: October 26, 2016, 11:45:40 pm »
Some people want the nitty gritty details. God knows I do.
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