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- Arthur B on A Sword That Could Do With Sharpening at 00:01 on 11-02-2016 - link I know about the ancient Judean drift from henotheism to monotheism, I'm just not sure how far along that drift was when the Roman occupation was still a thing - I was under the impression that it was quite far along, particularly once Judaism reasserted itself after the Maccabean revolt.
- Arthur B on Not Just "Goin' Through the Motions" at 23:30 on 10-02-2016 - link I think Matthew has already demonstrated himself to be an asshole with the deleting text messages thing.
Robinson L on A Sword That Could Do With Sharpening
at 22:30 on 10-02-2016 - link
Coronan names are clearly based on Hebrew names, and the province's history riffs on the history of Roman-occupied Judea here and there, though the Coronans aren't quite monotheistic so much as they practice monolatry - they acknowledge the existence and respect other gods because in this world their existence is an objectively observable fact, but they have a Covenant specifically with Turo, god of the seas, and worship him with sufficient unwavering loyalty that they tend to just think of him as "God".
Major tangent alert, but my sisters and I were over at my dad's apartment for Passover ceder with him and his now-fiance last April. It had been a few years since I attended a ceder, and I was struck by a passage where God mentions something to Moses about how He will give the Egyptian gods what for if they try to make any trouble, implying He acknowledges the existence of other gods.
When I brought this up, my dad said that originally, Jewish people weren't monotheistic - they recognized other gods, they were just forbidden from worshiping them or giving them offerings or the like. I haven't gotten confirmation on that from anywhere else, but if so, perhaps the depiction of the Coronans is closer to the original source material than it first appears.
Ronan: Submitting a self-published novel for the consumption of The Ferret sounds terrifying. Kudos to Smith for doing it
Robinson L on Not Just "Goin' Through the Motions"
at 22:02 on 10-02-2016 - link
Still not having read these books, having Robin marry the Wrong Personsounds like just the sort of boring, melodramatic plot point J.K. Angst-Machine Rowling would go for. The sort of thing which authors of romantic storylines routinely present as big and tragic but just read as dull and irritating.
Really, the fact that you're so optimistic that 1) this plot development will be wrapped up quickly and simply rather than drawn out interminably, and 2) that this Matthew character won't turn out to be a complete asshole speaks volumes about the improvements Robert Galbraith has made upon Rowling's storytelling.
Robinson L on Dragon Warriors? Dynasty Quest?
at 22:02 on 08-02-2016 - link
There's already a Dragon Quest Heroes spin-off series of action RPGs based on the series, after all
Captain, we're caught in a recursive loop!
Arthur B on The Hipster On the Seas of Fate
at 16:38 on 01-02-2016 - link
A little update: for those who want to explore the Cornelius stuff a little deeper than the main four novels, the recent round of reprints has made things a bit easier. The new edition of A Cornelius Calendar includes Firing the Cathedral - the best novella from the version of Lives and Times I reviewed above - plus the new novella Modern Times 2.0.
The new short story collection, entitled Jerry Cornelius: His Lives and His Times, includes all the Moorcock-penned short stories that were excluded from the most recent version of Lives and Times of Jerry Cornelius, plus new stories written since then, but doesn't include Firing the Cathedral due to that being moved to Calendar. (This does not include The Enigma Windows, which Moorcock seems to have decided properly belongs in Fabulous Harbours.)
- Sören Heim on The Grey Mane of not at all boring at 19:22 on 31-01-2016 - link Since I don't know her and didn't even know of her, I'll put her on my reading list. Thanks :)
- http://illusionndream.livejournal.com/ on The Grey Mane of not at all boring at 18:05 on 31-01-2016 - link Yeah, I've figured as much, actually)) In one of his articles on NaNoWriMo Dan hinted that he knows her, I think.