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The Bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-24 11:52
Subject: On naming
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In a certain rather good fantasy novel{*} that I have just finished reading, I am somewhat amused by the name of one character: Seolfor.

Which is the Anglo-Saxon word from which the modern word 'silver' is derived.

Said character is specifically described as having silver hair.

{*} mizkit/C E Murphy's The Pretender's Crown. Strongly recommended, though do read its predecessor first.
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2009-09-24 10:55 (UTC)
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I was weak. :)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-24 11:10 (UTC)
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And I was helpless!

What particularly led me to noticing the name's meaning was today's revelation of that cache of gold and silver discovered up in Staffordshire (as mentioned on Kari's LJ).

Ahem: when I last mentioned your mixing of genres, I hadn't anticipated Seolfor's gifts. That's sneaky: it's a time travel alternate history. Except without the time travel, and without actually being an alternate history either. (What does GGK call his The Sarantine Mosaic?)
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2009-09-24 13:23 (UTC)
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I've actually always, right from the inception of the series, thought of it as SF. Or sci-fantasy, if one must, since it's definitely not *hard* SF, but that's where it resides in my brain. It's just that by setting it four hundred years ago it looks like magic... :)

(I donno what GGK calls the Mosaic, but I call it wonderful!)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-24 13:29 (UTC)
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I may have to go back and reread part 1 (oh, the tedium! *snort*), but it's much less obvious in that one that it isn't trying to be a fantasy historical. On the other hand, the prologue to this one pretty well states up front that we're in SF.
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kit: inheritorscycle
User: mizkit
Date: 2009-09-24 13:33 (UTC)
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Keyword:inheritorscycle
Yeah, it's only at the very end of TQB that there's really any indication that it's not straight-out historical fantasy. It'll be at the other end of the spectrum by the final book...
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born from jets!!!
User: catness
Date: 2009-09-24 16:07 (UTC)
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Heh. I discovered your books through one of bellinghman's reviews here on LJ, and now have several. However, I haven't seen this series in the stores. I will have to look closer or maybe special order.

Thanks to both of you, for increasing my good reading in recent months.
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kit
User: mizkit
Date: 2009-09-24 16:17 (UTC)
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Oh, well, you're very welcome! And thank you! :)
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-24 16:24 (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear it: it's nice to know one has turned someone onto a new writer that they enjoy.
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2009-09-24 16:34 (UTC)
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You *keep* doing it to us.
We now have THREE of mizkit's to which we need to get Vol.2, when we have an Amazon budget again.
Not to mention a certain Mr. Stross, and Scott Lynch (at least he doesn't have a back-catalogue).
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Sheep with a guitar
User: sbp
Date: 2009-09-24 15:02 (UTC)
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I was somewhat amused by the name of this month's Vagabond's DJ - Andy Ravensable. I mean, stereotypically goth or what?
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2009-09-24 16:22 (UTC)
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It could be a real name, I suppose ... oh, tell me it actually is, and it's a case of nominative determinism.

Edited at 2009-09-24 04:23 pm (UTC)
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User: silly_swordsman
Date: 2009-09-24 17:58 (UTC)
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IRTA contraction of "rave ensemble" and got confused as I thought they usually had brightly coloured clothes...
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