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    Bakker LVI: the Rectum of Creation

    It's not entirely clear if the practice or beliefs continue into the modern era, but based on the False Sun the Mandate's predecessor school, the Sohonc, followed the Nonman practice of trying to achieve Oblivion on death. Based on the Ciphrang PoV in TUC and confirmed by Bakker to represent achieving Oblivion, Oblivion is actually achievable - at least one of the Nonmen killed's soul disappears in the eyes of the Ciphrang. But per Oirunas or whatever his name was, Oblivion is difficult, enough Nonmen apparently don't manage it that they see themselves in the Inverse Fire. For whatever, whether delusion as to the odds of Oblivion or because they're irrational even in the face of certain damnation, the Mandate doesn't seem to engage in any sensible behavior. That said, Achamian says he used to mock Tusk with his roommate when he was a kid at the Mandate, so there's also probably some amount of denialism.
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    Rothfuss XIV: The Slow Regard of Luna Lovegood

    There were pictures of beta readers with the manuscript posted to Reddit - I think the link is in this thread actually. It was like 5 years ago or something ridiculous at this point. So he had something he wanted to publish or thought was publishable half a decade ago. He seems like a guy really high on neuroticism - so imagine someone like that getting told by beta readers i.e. friends and family that you book sucks. It seems to me he probably over-reacted and just started half-hearted rewrites.
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    Rothfuss XIV: The Slow Regard of Luna Lovegood

    On the topic of editorial intervention Did you guys know that Toriyama initially intended for Androids 19 and 20 to be "the Androids" until his editor was like "cool, but where's the actual villains?" So he added 17, 18 and Cell. And then he intended Imperfect Cell to be Perfect Cell until the editor was like, "So what does he look like in his Perfect form?" And then we got the handsome devil known as Perfect Cell.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Now dat's a conspiracy theory o_o mebbe it was Inri Sejanus' mom
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I understand this point, but this doesn't mean the No-God isn't a machine obeying some manner of physical or metaphysical laws to seal the Outside. It's still operating within the constraints of the Bakkerverse - we've been given no indication that it's got console access. I shall check the Q&A and AMA!
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Some of A is B does not mean all of A is B. Wait, I actually haven't seen this brought up before - the idea that Mimara literally can't see the illusion is interesting, but the text seems to indicate she's seeing the No-God's sarcophagus with TJE TJE is open and she's seeing both the sarcophagus and illusion simultaneously. There's every indication that she's seeing the Sarcophagus with the Eye. How is this made to be clear? The No-God is a mechanism. It doesn't function via magic, it's operating per some physical set of laws that allow it to seal the Outside against the Gods. The No-God is beyond their sight, there is no indication it is beyond their power - if Ajokli could see the Sarcophagus we have no indication he couldn't crumple it like he squished the Dunyain bro. And yes, we've had no evidence that God is unbound, just whathisface's argument (I really can't remember his name). You're using Korey-in-the-text to argue against Inrilatas-in-the-text. Why should Korey - whose argument is literally a regurgitation of the God-is-a-place argument that Kellhus makes to Achamian in either TWP or TTT- be right and Inrilatas be wrong? If anything, since we now know that Kellhus was apparently possessed the whole time, the place argument is flawed what with Ajokli being god of lies. Perhaps this is instance of reading too deep into the text, but we're explicitly told Korey is mad - as we're told Kellhus is mad and Cnaiur is mad. Ey, maybe he was possessed by Ajokli too. Yes, we don't know. But Mimara possesses the Judging Eye, and she was, based on that random tapestry that Bakker confirms is actually old, apparently prophecized to give birth. Since No-God is the eschaton, that prophecy, unlike the Celmomian Prophecy, must come from a source other than the Gods. And since the No-God is confirmed as having worked by the very nature of it being the eschaton, then there must be some backwards causal source other than the Gods that led someone to weave the tapestry of her.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I disagree, you're taking some absurdist position that Bakker wrote the text sans subtext, which he did not. He used all the typical things a writer users. Just because certain things gave the illusion of depth doesn't mean there was no depth e.g. Kelmomas as the No-God is clearly foreshadowed. The Ajokli plotline, which threw many people for a loop, wasn't meant to be obfuscated, it was poorly executed. I don't know where this idea that Bakker wrote the book with no thematic elements comes from and it's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. He himself has explicitly stated the first trilogy has a theme - it's an inverse-bildungsroman. His comments about people seeing structure that isn't there was in relation to complaints about the Mimara and Achamian storyline specifically, I believe - not the entirety of the novels.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    She views the No-God with the Judging Eye at the end, in contrast to the possessed Cnaiur who can't see the No-God. So she exists to demonstrate the point that whathisface, the crazy son of Kellhus', makes in TJE or the other book - that God is unconstrained. The No-God functions because the Gods apparently obey some sort of metaphysical rules. The God, whose Eye Mimara possesses, doesn't obey any rules. It also shows that Moe was wrong at the end of the original trilogy when he says that The God sleeps. So in a way, she demonstrates the Consult's plan is possibly all for naught. They're still operating within the metaphysical rules of the Bakkerverse, but The God could just as easily right-click delete the No-God if it so desires.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    wut Bakker been up to. No bloggo posts in a while.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I'd just get a dragon tattoo with empty eye sockets and the words WHAT DO YOU SEE? (just pretend it's Capslock dragon talking after the No-God assumes full control). Obviously you'd have to design it properly but conceptually I think it could work well.
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    Watch, Watched, Watching: The Prequel

    Been watching the new Gordon Ramsay series on Hulu... and it's decent. Assuming these restaurants aren't being made to look worse via editing, they're absolutely horrifying.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    In other news they've dug up the No-God in Alexandria: https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/black-sarcophagus-unearthed-in-egypt_us_5b45a8b1e4b048036ea3d944 So, when they pop the thing open prepare for the purple plague or whatever it was that the No-God caused when he exploded.
  13. Probably best Joe stay away from the Gurkish, since the risk of falling either into cliche orientalism or going too far overboard to overturn orientalist preconceptions (Saladin Ahmed) is pretty big.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    Thinking about this, Bakker didn't want to give us Kellhus chapters because I believe he thought it would've given the game away. But imagine he did give us PoV chapters where it's just regular ol' super-logical Kellhus... but every now and then he misses something obvious and apparent to the reader, and these incongruities slowly add up and make us all go "hmm what is going on" - that would've been an interesting way to do it. But it might also have been too difficult. Like how GRRM complains about writing kids.
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    Bakker LIV - Soul Sphincter

    I dreamt Bakker came to visit me and handed me a draft of the next book. It had robot Terminators that were immune to magic, either because they were forged from metal mined in Anarcane ground or because they were covered in Aporetic script. There was also stuff involving multiple timelines and shit that was probably fuzzy in the dream too rather than me not remembering. Which honestly makes me wonder - sure, aporetic armor wouldn't provide anymore protection than a simple chorae for anything vaguely human-sized. But what about dragons? Why isn't our Capslock friend decked out in Deathwing-style aporetic plates?
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