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Old 11-13-2007, 10:11 AM   #16
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Maybe it was originally a codex, and aquired its name as such; but got converted to a scroll when the binding broke.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:12 AM   #17
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Just goes to show that some people have no taste in books .
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:29 AM   #18
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I like the Belgariad well enough, though it seemed that the women all had the same personality. Subsequent series all seemed to be only a rehash of the original's plot.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:50 AM   #19
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He cannot look up "Codex" or any other word in a dictionary anymore. He passed away half year ago I think.


I was not impressed by Belgariad.
I found it way too simple, naive, very young adult type fantasy.
He is a great fantasy author for kids and teenagers to get them into fantasy (10-15 years old). However, if you read him for the first time when you are older, after you have read a lot of other fantasy works then it is meh...

If I am not mistaken, The Belgariad was rebranded kid's fiction. Which suits it quite well
Forgive me to write in because I know nothing of this author but what language did he write in originally? And in which language have you read those Astra lestat?
It kind or reaches my 'beef' with translators. I suspect that in this case he might have embellished Belgariad's stories.
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Old 11-13-2007, 11:08 AM   #20
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what language did he write in originally?
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And in which language have you read those Astra lestat?
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P.S. I know that I am not the only one who absolutely hates The Redemption of Althalus and who thinks that Eddings is kid's fantasy writer
I have read many topics on 2 big fantasy forums about it. However, I read Eddings before I joined these fantasy forums, so my opinion was not biased.
It is not a big deal I was just very surprised to hear it from Harry_T. Frankly speaking I have not met anyone yet (on forums) who likes The Redemption of Althalus.

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Old 11-13-2007, 11:13 AM   #21
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:25 AM   #22
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I was just very surprised to hear it from Harry_T. Frankly speaking I have not met anyone yet (on forums) who likes The Redemption of Althalus.
I think it's an absolutely wonderful book. Just goes to show that, as you say, we all have different likes and dislikes!
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:44 AM   #23
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On the other hand, Jason K. Chapman seems to think that "enervate" means the opposite of what it actually does.
Oh, sure. Pick on me when my back is turned. I swear it was energized in the original draft. As always, I blame it on the editor.
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Old 11-14-2007, 11:48 AM   #24
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Jason's supposed error.. another one of those pesky OCR errors.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:11 PM   #25
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P.S. I know that I am not the only one who absolutely hates The Redemption of Althalus and who thinks that Eddings is kid's fantasy writer
I have read many topics on 2 big fantasy forums about it. However, I read Eddings before I joined these fantasy forums, so my opinion was not biased.
It is not a big deal I was just very surprised to hear it from Harry_T. Frankly speaking I have not met anyone yet (on forums) who likes The Redemption of Althalus.
Tell me astra, I would like to know what makes you feel this author is writing kid's books, I have not read him so I can not have a good idea yet. Does it have to do with the 'Category system' ?

If it's the kind of story then why do we read Harry Potter? Wasn't that supposed to be kid's stuff? Kid's stuff can be written in proper English and the stories be comforting and still complex. I believe that kids have to be talked to in the same correct way adults do; I hate seeing a parent goo-gooing! Even if a kid is not yet learned he still is as intelligent as he'll be for the rest of his life. He must be addressed so as to stimulate the use of his gift. To me, even at fifty, some adult stuff turning around sex, alcohol, drugs, violence, murder and war, is actually boring. If it does not have that spark of imagination, a sense of beauty and a touch of the marvelous, I'll get bored... and not like.
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Old 11-14-2007, 12:34 PM   #26
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Oh, sure. Pick on me when my back is turned. I swear it was energized in the original draft. As always, I blame it on the editor.
I only pick on people I like, Jason. And I'm really enjoying Heretic.
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Tell me astra, I would like to know what makes you feel this author is writing kid's books, I have not read him so I can not have a good idea yet. Does it have to do with the 'Category system' ?
It is not serious. It is completely predictable. You ALWAYS know that protagonists will win and get from ANY situation unscathed. The Redemption of Althalus is beyond that. When a Goddess loves you and plans to make you her husband, you can do anything. There are no laws. You just think: I want a back door from this situation, and it is there for you. The Belgariad is just too naive. Kids who still believe and like fairy tales - are the target group
The storyline is simple, one dimention.

About translations.
I think I have figured out why I hate sci-fi.
I don't understand plain English.

I have started to read Black Man....

It has started with:

automated gurney as it tracks under a linear succession of lighting panels and lateral rood struts.
I had to open dictionary and translate it...done.

then: she is in the dorsal corridor. What does it mean?
next: the accustomed groggy swim of the decanting drugs. what is it?
next: One hand rests on her chest, pressing into the thin fabric of the cryocap leotard. I translated leotard but what is cryocap???


The cormorant's legacy, yes, again. what does it mean?

help?

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A "codex", in case anyone doesn't know, is a book. ie it is specifically not a scroll. The invention of the codex revolutionised reading because you can "flip through" a codex, whereas the only way to read a scroll is from "end to end" (plus the fact that, when you've finished it, you have to "rewind" it for the next reader).
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then: she is in the dorsal corridor. What does it mean?
"dorsal" means "running along the spine". Eg, the fin of a shark is a "dorsal fin".

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"decant" means "to pour out"

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That's not a normal English word, but the prefix "cryo" means "cold", so presumably it's some sort of "cold" cap.

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A cormorant is a sea bird.
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codices ?
Yes, "codices" would be the correct Latin plural, but "codexes" is just fine too in English.
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