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General Earwa / Re: Chorae
« on: August 08, 2017, 12:13:02 am »

Chorae: the wiki says "they belong to lost branch of sorcery called the Aporos."  The branches of sorcery all take their names from Greek words. “Aporos” comes from the Greek word “Άπορος,” meaning “Destitute.” des·ti·tute- without the basic necessities of life.

kickass. the relevant greek terms here are chorismos ('separation') and choris ('separate,' 'apart,' and--in some translations, 'outside').  these underlying greek significances suggest that the 'tear' in 'tear of god' is less about lachrymation than laceration.

mieville's bas-lag because awesome.

Literature / Re: Patrick Rothfuss
« on: March 11, 2015, 01:30:14 am »
the two and a halfbooks so far are sufficiently enjoyable, and might be summarized as forest gump goes to hogwarts.

General Earwa / Re: The Blasphemer's Guide to Blaspheme
« on: August 26, 2014, 04:17:54 pm »
very nice compendium.

is a blaspheme like a phoneme and a grapheme?

Literature / Re: What do you recommend by Isaac Asimov
« on: August 03, 2014, 03:25:06 pm »
can definitely read caves of steel as stand-alone, though it fits into the broader robot/empire/foundation continuum.  it's the original nerd-boiled novel, i think: detective story laid over geeky secondary world.

Literature / Re: Great Aliens in Literature
« on: July 29, 2014, 07:29:51 pm »
the ooloi in octavia butler's lillith's brood are creepy like the inchies.  geocentric aliens in clarke's childhood's end.

General Earwa / Re: To Madness...
« on: July 07, 2014, 05:41:30 pm »
does that mean that lew does in fact return with a gang of farscaped criminals?

General Earwa / Re: To Madness...
« on: July 07, 2014, 01:40:04 pm »
lew is shot through a wormhole and joins up with escaped criminals from a living inchie prison ship such as a genetically enhanced tabby cat, a gnostic sorcerer head-in-a-jar, a rogue bashrag with a heart of gold, and a supermodel with green skin who happens to be the best swordsperson in the galaxy.  together, they return to earwa and execute every last motherfucker up in here.

General Earwa / Re: To Madness...
« on: July 04, 2014, 08:14:56 pm »


Madness: But I can't really say anymore about it.

sologdin: does leweth return?

Madness: Yes. He is very important for the middle three-sevenths of the book.

sologdin: is he a cannibal?

Madness: Can't really say. 

sologdin: is he a walking topoi?

Madness: That's a dumb question. No offense.

sologdin: does lew have the gnosis?

Madness: I can't tell about the gnosis.

sologdin: how much is he involved with AI black semen?

Madness: If you think that I will spoil that, then you are crazier than a shithouse rat.

General Earwa / Re: To Madness...
« on: June 14, 2014, 02:07:03 pm »
good work, madness.

and good thread, locke. your NG mimicry lays bear that it is firstly a reading machine. its role is hermeutical.  slick.  the reader is the NG, and the text pops us into its perspective. we've even got trisk and others running around with talk of murdering the world to get volume VI. 

The Judging Eye / Re: O M G
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:15:37 pm »
you banned her, madness? not polite!

Literature / Re: What do you recommend by Isaac Asimov
« on: January 28, 2014, 10:11:15 pm »
go for the basic sequence of end of eternity, the robot books, and foundation books.  some moments are weaker than others, but th whole is great. (i'm still working through the empire books, which fit between R and F--can only assume they'll be consistent.)

the gods themselves kicks ass, and is among the hardest of hardcore science fiction. nightfall is alright, a well conceived but perhaps ineptly executed thought experiment--maybe better as short fiction.

his nonfiction guide to the bible is very readable and cool, too.

Philosophy & Science / Re: Eternal Recurrence
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:36:14 pm »
does eternal recurrence count as an "idea"?

Literature / Re: Arthur C. Clarke
« on: December 30, 2013, 08:23:04 pm »
childhood's end is cool, and has, in my reading, some RSB antecedents.  the fountains of paradise is less impressive, i thought, but it's a hugo/nebula winner and therefore should be read.  i didn't much care for the rama stuff and hated imperial earth.

The White-Luck Warrior / Re: Salvation and damnation in Earwa
« on: December 26, 2013, 01:11:18 am »
i think the whole damnation thing is a red herring that all'y'all have inexplicably chased for eight years across at least three boards now.

therefore, logicians are damned.

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