Week in Geek, episode 11, recorded 11/1/17. News since last recording, including: Lin Manuel Miranda’s Kingkiller Chronicles prequel show; Veronica Mars miniseries?; DC and their odd anti-franchise-hype leading up to Justice League; Daredevil season 3; and Super Mario Odyssey. Then instead of diving into the 40 minute discussion of Hollywood and sexual abuse, tune back in for that in Episode 66 of the Comparative Opinions podcast!
When David and I first read In the Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss we fell in love with the story and his style of writing. The second book,The Wise Man’s Fears, just continued our love of this world that he had created. Now we are anxiously awaiting the third installment and while we are waiting for that he released a novella about one of the more mysterious characters in the books named Auri.
She is a quiet thing who seems to house wisdom beyond her years in the main books, so to have a novella about her is just fascinating. It is great to get into the mind a little bit of this character from her own perspective instead of just from Kvothe. It definitely has some stylistic similarities to the main novel, but the very way the story is told just fits with Auri’s personality.Continue reading →
One of my favorite literary devices is prophecy. A good prophecy, sufficiently vague and mysterious, riddle-like and maybe rhyming, to keep you thinking back, keep you wondering. It can easily drive a plot. It usually points to a chosen one. Indeed, a recent favorite of mine hits all the important aspects:
“One day, a talented lass or fellow, a special one with face of yellow, will make the Piece of Resistance found from it’s hiding refuge underground, and with a noble army at the helm, this Master Builder will thwart the Kragle and save the realm, and be the greatest, most interesting, most important person of all times. All this is true because it rhymes.”
-Vitruvius, The Lego Movie
See? It rhymes. Must be true.
Prophecy, and indeed prophecy pointing towards a chosen one, is grounded in religion. Okay, so for our science fiction and religion series, this post is halfway there. But what about science fiction? One of the fundamental aspects of science fiction I have seen since the series started is that science fiction tends to stay away from religion. Meaning similarly, it stays away from prophecy in large part.
So I’m calling this post part one because I want to talk about prophecy, and the better way to do that is to talk about Fantasy. Then in part two, I’ll go into a couple of good science fiction examples and see how they differ. So onward for Fantasy prophecies, and an open thread!
So if you have not seen it there is a great moment from San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) when Paul and Storm are singing their song “Write Like the Wind” about the fact that George RR Martin (GRRM) needs to write faster so he finishes the Song of Ice and Fire series before he dies. Well during the performance of the song who walks on to the stage, but GRRM himself. The crowd goes wild when GRRM walks onto the stage and Paul and Storm slowly stop singing as they notice that he is on stage. Then GRRM walks over and smashes the guitar. The grand finale is that Neil Gaiman comes on to the stage and makes Paul and Storm say that “GRRM is not our bitch”. (The reason this is particularly telling is a blog post Gaiman wrote)
It is a fantastic moment and everyone needs to watch it. At the same time it brings in to question whether an author has a responsibility to the fans of a series. Continue reading →