(urth) Babbie, a Destrier?
adam at io.com
Mon Jan 11 17:52:15 PST 2010
Tom Hopkins wrote:
> My problem with this is that in Appendix of Shadow of the Claw, Wolfe
> is acting as the translator rather than the writer himself. He only
> knows the facts provided by Severian, and if Destriers were to have 8
> legs it may be something he were to take for granted, as for him it
> would be commonplace and known by nearly all; and therefore fail to
> mention. With animals throughout the books he rarely describes them in
> depth, merely by name as he assumes we would know what they are. I
> feel this could be another such case, or maybe merely something Gene
> Wolfe decided to elaborate on later in another series as nothing
> contradicts it in the original text.
My objection is that down this road lies the Vernor Vinge madness of the
cheery little hobbit-type aliens with the gootfy names actually
turning out to be GROTESQUE SPACE SPIDERS.
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