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  1. Exactly. We've already had books with 'plot' and 'characters' but what actually utility does that have? I'd rather have a human cookbook disguised with narrative.
  2. New trilogy really needs to have an Eater (probably Shenkt?) going all Hannibal and making fabulous human dishes. (mute the music). All the Eating we've seen so far is low effort.
  3. So last I remember, Arlen and Jardir jumped off a cliff and then there was a book of Jardir's life told their wife's perspective or something? That's when I dropped the series.
  4. I don't think the No-God is the original AI. The DunSult/DunShae say it's a prosthesis of Ark. What does a prosthesis do? It replaces a missing limb, not a brain. Like Rhom said, the Aurang and Aurax being janitors theory existed, but Bakker in fact responded to that one prior to TUC and said in fact the opposite was true (Aurang and Aurax were high-ranked). The Ark was automated, there was no 'real crew' as far as the text indicates. There might've been other varieties of Inchoroi, though. The Insertant that Bakker implies used to go into the No-God might've been some along those lines. In fact, maybe Ark itself was a Bio-Computer rather than vacuum tubes and silicon wafers? Might be there was thousands of Insertants just plugged into the Ark's brain, Matrix-style (except they functioned as processors rather than batteries). But even then the Insertants would've been components not minds.
  5. Yes. But if Overlook doesn't want to pick him up, I imagine the any new publisher would want him to retool the next set of book to work as a stand-alone trilogy for new readers unless they buy the rights to his back catalogue.
  6. So a good bit of Oathbringer is out now thanks to the weekly chapters. As far as I can tell, all the prose just serves the plot. Stormlight is supposed to be his magnum opus right? But he doesn't really give readers much to discuss. Everything that matters just happens on the page. Like the only question I have in regards to the book is what the relevance of the sword Oathbringer is. So far it's
  7. I don't think Esme is saved due to her ignorance. Kellhus might be correct in that ignorance is something God likes, but I think his answer that Intercession actually works and can be used to save even sorcerers is more revealing. Esme has a clear intercessory agent in Mimara or Jesus.
  8. Nah, just saying it's an unknown and I'd personally lean towards no.
  9. Whence do passions and drives come from in Bakkerverse? Do they arise from the soul or the brain? The soul is apparently capable of feeling pain and pleasure and retains its identity and memory after death - yet the Dunyain breeding program not only bred passions out of the flesh but also made the Dunyain's own souls weak. So somehow the soul is a reflection of the flesh. But what happens when one who was once passionate possesses the passionless. Does your soul retain passion or does the lack of passion bleed back onto the possessor? We really don't know much about Shae's personality at all or the details of his possession. Certainly Shae and Aurang enjoyed banging when he still possessed his own body, but their own romance likely cooled over the centuries. Moreover, for all we know, Shae's own passions have ebbed over the centuries - the base desires and motivations and fears all gone. He might be - and probably is since I can't imagine sustaining hatred and fear for millenia - something of a Bodhisattva. His own animating passions are gone, the only thing that binds him to the world is his ideology, his personal Dharma. He's Zaheer from Korra - enlightened but evil.
  10. I think it's a pride thing for the Nonmen. They sought Oblivion because they didn't want to be subservient to capricious Gods - or to risk their salvation on that capricious attitude; they also thought that Oblivion was easily attained. The Inverse Fire was a shock to the Nonmen that discovered it. Oblivion is attainable, but by so few that it's not a sensible afterlife goal.
  11. But the No-God is a tool the Inchoroi had previously used on other planets. Bakker tells us the importance of the Anasurimbor is that they replicate the brains of the Insertants that the Inchoroi used before. So either the No-God's effects are local to a planet or the No-God's no-baby function only works on the promised world. Or, the No-God's effects are universal, but the last time the Inchoroi used the No-God, it was so far back into the past that it wasn't recorded even by the Nonmen history (so it's possible the Inchoroi actually travel space at sub-lightspeed without any warp contrivance).
  12. No one listen to that podcasteroni yet?
  13. Bakker says it's something about the structure of the Anasurimbor brain being able to replicate those of the original Inchoroi Insertant's. So I don't think that li'l Kel has NC's soul.
  14. Bakker posted a link to his On Alien Philosophy paper on his blog.
  15. Reading through an ancient thread, I found the user Acid Rainbow mention this part of TTT Mildly interesting that the Mangaecca, which are confirmed all dead these days, were apparently still alive during the First Apocalypse or at least Seswatha thought they were.