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Comments on Profile Post by Lithium Flower

  1. Kyl Von Kull
    Kyl Von Kull
    Has death come swirling down yet?
    Sep 19, 2018
  2. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Many times. Just started the Great Ordeal. Still best fantasy series I've read so far.
    Sep 19, 2018
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  3. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Only found one moment to be particularly disappointing so far, that being the resolution of Ikurei Conphas' storyline. Too Deus Ex Machina. I guess it could have been a part of the TTT but that seems like a stretch and there was zero buildup to it, only sheer coincidence.
    Sep 19, 2018
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  4. Kyl Von Kull
    Kyl Von Kull
    Do you mean the fact that Conphas’ army showed up in the nick of time of the fact that they attacked the wrong enemy?
    Sep 19, 2018
  5. Kyl Von Kull
    Kyl Von Kull
    I don’t mind any of the deus ex machina moments because there’s no such thing as coincidence on Earwa. That’s one of the things I love about the series: he really takes the existence of god/gods and runs with it. If you’re going to have a pantheon and an afterlife as so many fantasy stories do, things like predestination and damnation aren’t just abstract ideas, they’re essential plot points.
    Sep 19, 2018
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  6. Kyl Von Kull
    Kyl Von Kull
    The Great Ordeal and The Unholy Consult may be my favorites of the series. You’re in for some great stuff—really picks up the pace from the previous two aspect-emperor books.
    Sep 19, 2018
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  7. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    I didn't like that so much time was spent building up Conphas as a legitimate threat and an interesting foil to Kellhus thanks to his psychopathy for it all to be undone by Saubon arriving out of nowhere. Plus I thought it unlikely Saubon would be able to instantly convert his host afterwards, considering a large chunk of it never even saw Kellhus.
    Sep 19, 2018
  8. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Akka's intervention at least had some buildup in that we saw how he came to be where he was and why he did what he did.

    Divine manipulation of events of such caliber wasn't really established in the first three books so I don't think it really justifies that particular coincidence. That being said, I absolutely love how the setting is a world-sized proxy war waged by different gods.
    Sep 19, 2018
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  9. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    (who I suspect are simply extra-dimensional beings bereft of divinity or damnation, ala Age of Decadence. Indeed, this turned out to be 'Age of Decadence: the fantasy book series' as I thought it would)

    Heard as much about GO+UC and very much looking forward to pain and revelation to follow.
    Sep 19, 2018
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  10. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    You've stepped into the wrong neighborhood, motherfucker.
    (Although you could just probably delete your posts.)
    Sep 19, 2018
  11. Kyl Von Kull
    Kyl Von Kull
    Oh, but wouldn’t it all be so much worse if the gods were genuinely divine? The consult is another story, but, even after TUC, I’m not sure that they’re in the wrong.

    Still, we don’t necessarily need divine intervention when we have dunyain intervention. K is the most terrifying and far-seeing entity in the first trilogy by several orders of magnitude.
    Sep 19, 2018
  12. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Oh yeah, Saubon's surprize arrival was probably a result of the thousandfold thought but it wasn't really telegraphed unless I missed something so it felt cheap to me. Compare that to the buildup to M's assassination in WLW.
    Sep 19, 2018
  13. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Have to say, I always wanted to see a setting where both materialistic cause-and-effect determinism and metaphysical destiny-type determinism not only existed in parallel but competed with one another, so the Hundred (which are the latter) actively manipulating events and the WLW against Kellhus (who relies on the former) was awesome to see.
    Sep 19, 2018
  14. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Do you know when I should read the two short stories?
    Sep 19, 2018
  15. Kyl Von Kull
    Kyl Von Kull
    Immediately. Especially The False Sun, which is both relevant and extremely good. Definitely read it before The Unholy Consult.
    Sep 19, 2018
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  16. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Thanks, will do!

    According to poster on SA forums, Cnauir posited Saubon would notice Conphas' treachery (makes sense as columns would be moving near Caraskand). So Conphas' failing was in presuming Saubon would stay put; he dismissed the effect of faith on "lesser souls". Psychopathy helped him resist Kellhus but blinded him to nuances of others. So it was telegraphed after all.
    Sep 20, 2018
  17. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Now I know never to underestimate Scott "MothafakkeR" Bakker.
    Sep 20, 2018
  18. Kyl Von Kull
    Kyl Von Kull
    Yeah, after “the secret of war is belief” at the end of TWP, Saubon’s men were not going to sit tight and risk their salvation, or at least not for long. IIRC they would’ve eventually gone to Shimeh even if Conphas was acting in good faith. Saubon also gives you a good retrospective on his decision-making in TGO.
    Sep 20, 2018
  19. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Its basically about a guy who believes in cause-and-effect determinism so hard that he can more or less predict future effects by analyzing the causes #inaworld where everyone else believes in libertarian free will. Rape and revelation ensues.
    Sep 21, 2018
  20. Lithium Flower
    Lithium Flower
    Although he is not the only main character and far from a protagonist. I think most people that dislike the first trilogy think that they are supposed to root for Kellhus. I personally view him like an avalanche or volcanic eruption: simultaneously respected, despised, and awe-inspiring.
    Sep 21, 2018

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