Cool story. I had a couple of similar concepts in one of mine, mostly with the way I used magic.
Date: 22 Dec 2010 00:39
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This was the first thing I read on this site, and it's still one of my favorites. Excellent worldbuilding, excellent writing. It's written in the style of a over-dramatic history book, yet remains fascinating throughout. Both the "forest" and the "trees" - the overall arc and the little details - are engaging and memorable. Positively great.
(Also, I've also been working on a story for the past… well, decade… where "aether" is another word for "mana". seeing it here amused me… though I'm sure it's relatively common.)
I appreciate that…the slightly "lofty" tone is actually on purpose. Trying to touch on old-style atlas and history books, along with fantasy in general, which i admit i have some animosity for. I just love the idea of a magic world undergoing a industrial revolution…
Trying to touch on old-style atlas and history books, along with fantasy in general, which i admit i have some animosity for.
I love old-style atlas and history books - grew up reading them. Fantasy is the genre that appeals to me the most as a writer (and includes at least half of my favorite works ever), but I also have animosity for… well, the vast majority of it. This probably contributes to me loving this series so much (plus the fact that it's excellently written).
On that note, I would really love to see more installments of this series, if you've got any ideas in the pipeline…
Added a description of the Book of Ur to The Index, as there wasn't one there already. It's as follows:
An influential work chronicling the history of the world of Ur, written by a single author with a distinctive style. Only three sections have been recovered within the Library thus far.
Gears, feel free to change this description, of course.