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Old 11-14-2007, 01:24 PM   #31
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Yes, "codices" would be the correct Latin plural, but "codexes" is just fine too in English.
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Codex \ˈkäd'-eks\ n. singluar. A former spouse sharing several traits with a dead fish.
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:31 PM   #32
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A cormorant is a sea bird.
We call 'em "snake-birds" because when they're in the water about all you see is their necks and heads, which look like a snake rearing up out of the water.

Hey, maybe Nessie is a great big cormorant!
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:39 PM   #33
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Part of the pleasure reading science fiction is to be introduced to new things like "decanting drugs" and "cryocap" and learn by continue to read what they mean. Its part of the world building and your experience learning the new world. I just bought Richard Morgans Black Man in paperback and will soon read it. It sounded interesting when he talked about the book at a science fiction convention where he was guest of honor.
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:43 PM   #34
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We call 'em "snake-birds" because when they're in the water about all you see is their necks and heads, which look like a snake rearing up out of the water.

Hey, maybe Nessie is a great big cormorant!
The cormorant does not have the typical feather coat other aquatic birds have and thus does not have the same buoyancy ie the reason they float low in water. The same fact also has them standing with outspread wings for hours to dry out. That would be quite fitting to that expression "Cormorant Legacy", I would venture towards its meaning "Never being on top of things".
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Old 11-14-2007, 03:54 PM   #35
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The common cormorant (or shag)
Lays eggs inside a paper bag,
You follow the idea, no doubt?
It's to keep the lightning out.

But what these unobservant birds
Have never thought of, is that herds
Of wandering bears might come with buns
And steal the bags to hold the crumbs.

-- Christopher Isherwood
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Old 11-14-2007, 06:29 PM   #36
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"Codices," yes. I did know that. Perhaps my brain is getting old.

I read sf partly because I love learning new words, or seeing words I know used in new ways. (Though I don't mean calling a scroll a codex!)
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:10 AM   #37
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Did the author confuse a "Rolodex" with a Codex?

This reminds me of a controversy that stemmed around the use of several hyphens in the movie title: The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Alot of people thought there were too many hyphens in the title.

If you remove the first hyphen, it means there are 40 year-old virgins

remove the second hyphen it it makes it seem like 40 years there is an old virgin.

I wonder if they had to hire an entire english department to get the title right, because I remember reading some of the letters written in Roger Ebert column about the title and it was pretty funny.
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I only pick on people I like, Jason. And I'm really enjoying Heretic.
Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying it.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:21 AM   #39
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Someone who has read Black Man answered to my questions:

dorsal implies running along the top, back or spine of a ship, station or structure - like the dorsal fin of a fish that runs along its spine - the opposite is ventral

decanting means pouring out into another vessel - in context the "decanting drugs" are used when one is "poured out" of a cryocap; presumably in order to prevent shock.

In context the word "cormorant" is used as a code word; you'll understand later in the book as I do think it is more fully explained.

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Old 11-15-2007, 08:25 AM   #40
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I did in fact answer you too, AL, in post #29 on the previous page .
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:31 AM   #41
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I did in fact answer you too, AL, in post #29 on the previous page .
Yes, thank you very much
Howevere, this is the reason why I said
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Do you see any difference between your answer and the one above?

Your answers were pretty much dictionary like. Except A cormorant is a sea bird I found most of them myself. I didn't have to be smart..goggle helped me but it didn't help me much in reading the book.

Thanks anyway!
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Old 11-15-2007, 10:24 AM   #42
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Did the author confuse a "Rolodex" with a Codex?

This reminds me of a controversy that stemmed around the use of several hyphens in the movie title: The 40-Year-Old Virgin

Alot of people thought there were too many hyphens in the title.

If you remove the first hyphen, it means there are 40 year-old virgins

remove the second hyphen it it makes it seem like 40 years there is an old virgin.

I wonder if they had to hire an entire english department to get the title right, because I remember reading some of the letters written in Roger Ebert column about the title and it was pretty funny.
As I've seen it often written in French, the word codex is used in a figurative sense as a repository of ancient laws, or codes. When you think of ancient, you think of scrolls. Probably this author tried to use it this way. The proper meaning of codex is identical from French to English.
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Old 11-15-2007, 12:15 PM   #43
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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
David Eddings is still kicking. It was his wife Leigh who passed away this year. She died of complications from a series of strokes in February.
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AL,

I agree with you entirely that Eddings' books are simple, unsophisticated stories in which the "good guys" always win. Sometimes it's just nice to read stories like that when you don't feel like anything too "heavy". I read lots of more "serious" stuff too, but Eddings is nice when I want to relax with a pleasant story.

The Belgariad (or at least the last three books in the series) has recently been released as a MobiPocket eBook, which is what prompted me to re-read it.
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Oh, shame on me
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