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  1. It's been a while since I read the books, but I think that it's only Kosoter who's about to become a Ciphrang, others are just very damned. I also think that becoming a Ciphrang in not a matter of how damned you are, but is your soul is strong enough to carve out a piece of reality in the outside for itself, and then compete for the lesser, but still damned, souls pouring from the world. Either way, this doesn't make any sense. Because why would Kosoter's soul be any stronger or more damned than souls of Shaeonanra, Cet'ingira, other Consult members, or every Non-Man that ever lived. Why would they fear the afterlife when they are bound to become mini-gods?
  2. I'm kind of handicapped in this matter. For several years now, I read almost exclusively in English. However, it is not my native language so every now and then I have to look up a new word that I don't know. That is way easier to do with eBook than with audio.
  3. I would move this tread to General (ASOIAF) books forum.
  4. For compilation of bad fantasy cliches, try Wheel Of Time series.
  5. One Hundred Years of Solitude. I've tried several times to finish it when I was younger, but the book always made me so sick to my stomach that I had to drop it. It also felt like it's the longest book I've ever read (or tried to read).
  6. That doesn't mean they are being killed. To me it simply suggests that they have a general rule against forming personal attachments to anyone outside of Mandate. They also strictly forbid defections, and yet they let Inrau live for years despite the fact he took off with Gnossis.
  7. He offered her many times to financially support her so she would stop whoring, but she turned him down every time 'because she knows what happens to old concubines', or something like that. That is why I feel no sympathy for Esme. She chooses to remain a prostitute, while so many others have no other choice. Mimara even remembers when she was a child prostitute, she hoped some old disgusting pedophile would buy her to be his concubine, just so she would escape the hell of brothel. I don't remember that.
  8. I'm curious, does anyone care for any particular character in this series, the way people care for ASOIAF characters? I really liked Sorweel, he wasn't a rapist, murderer or manipulator, and was pretty much the only character in the books who didn't have any special powers, martial prowess or stunning good looks. But he did have a great moral dilemma about whether to murder Khellus who killed his father and enslaved his people, and yet might be humanity's only chance of survival. Then, of course, Bakker had him first raped by Zsoronga, then hijacked by Yathwer and, finaly, killed by little Kelm.
  9. Is that sarcasm? I can't tell. A lot of people, both here and at TSA, love that child murdering rapist.
  10. Fame of the WOT series far exceeds its quality.
  11. She only figured out that he is a monster after she figured out that he will never show her any affection. Butchery of countless civilians during the first holy war was too subtle hint for Esmi.
  12. I wonder, is there a difference between 'holy' and 'not damned'? What happens with people who are either after they die? Also, how is Esme 'ignorant' of Khellus' crimes when she witnessed numerous atrocities during First Holy War, certainly knew horrors of Unification Wars, and finally, instigated mass murder herself as an Empress?
  13. Really? I only remember when Khellus tells Esmenet that she is his only darkness.
  14. What I don't understand is why would Khellus want to stop the No God if he doesn't have a really good plan to deal with damnation in some other way? What I expected is that Khellus wants to kill The Consult (hence the armies) because they are useless to him, than insert himself into the carapace and become No God then somehow try to beat the 100.
  15. LOTR is a straight up fantasy tale that never claims to be anything more than that.