How does someone get a link to the Orb

Mark A Mandel mam at theworld.com
Fri Jun 27 10:45:04 PDT 2003

On Wed, 25 Jun 2003, Philip Hart wrote:

#On Wed, 25 Jun 2003 charles_sumner at harvard.edu wrote:
#> >I think _Jhereg_ is not exactly canon - Vlad says some funny stuff about
#> >reviving beheaded people, for example

I treated that as a slip by Brust [1], but if you're trying to keep
Brust the author [2] out of the picture, saying Vlad made a mistake in
Dragaeran history seems a good way to go.

[1] http://world.std.com/~mam/Cracks-and-Shards/deaths.html#Beheading
[2] http://world.std.com/~mam/Cracks-and-Shards/cracks.html#Brusts

#> > 	- and Aliera's account seems both
#> >muddled and likely to be biased.
#> If Paarfi did "read notes or correspondence from the principals," that
#> would have to include Aleria and _Jhereg_ (as well as _Issola_).
#You are quite likely wrong re _J_ and _I_ - Vlad says he was assured his
#accounts would never see the light (or shade, I guess) of Dragaeran day.

Athyra p. 9, maybe also Orca p. 16, mass market paperbacks.

#I don't believe I have accepted them as canon - I've asserted that
#Paarfi's story hangs together, has some likelihood of being based on
#eye-witness accounts, hasn't resulted in his death by duel, and is all we
#have to go on, so deserves to be considered the default description of
#what happened until we have more obviously reliable information (and what
#would that be?  Perhaps Sethra or Verra [no, she could be accused of bias
#too] speaking in a Vlad novel?)

Default does not imply 100% reliable.

#The fact is that Paarfi is our best (well, almost only) source of info
#on these matters and one has to either accept it as an
#internally-consistent and plausible description of events or choose
#ignorance of this interesting period of history.

Or internally inconsistent, if one finds internal inconsistencies.

-- Mark A. Mandel
   a Steven Brust Dragaera fan website