January 2, 2009

What I’m reading, 1-2-2009

Filed under: reading — crcb @ 11:10 pm
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I believe in a long-ago post, I referred to the “Ouroboros trilogy” of Eddison, confusing The Worm Ouroboros with the Zimiavia trilogy.

I have the Dell edition of Ouroboros, with an introduction and endnotes by Paul Edmund Thomas. Writers might be interested in Thomas’s comments. In the introduction, for instance, he points out — at some length, with examples — that Eddison differentiates his characters by making them behave differently. I might add to this my own discovery, that Eddison also gives them different names. I’m going to try both of these techniques in my own fiction.

Snarkiness aside, the endnotes are often useful in defining some of Eddison’s archaicisms. However, they are often just silly, in a scholarly sort of way.

The story itself is gripping, and I’ll have more to say about it when I’ve finished the book.


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