quote for the afternoon
“Every time you hear some version of the imperative “Believe!” cringe and fear for the future. It is the clearest symptom that we live in a culture of wilful delusion–one that actively encourages billions to think they’ve won the Magical Belief Lottery.” ~ R. Scott Bakker
I just finished Bakker’s novel The Darkness that Comes Before. Really, truly an excellent fantasy, extraordinarily written, very dark and complex, and wholly unique. What Bakker does especially well is create a world that is familiar yet disconcertingly unfamiliar at the same time. I have a notion that this is what the fantasy genre is supposed to accomplish, but that very few of its writers actually pull it off. Bakker does, and he does it with some of the best and most thought-provoking prose I’ve read in the genre in a long, long time.