The Cavern of the Veil can be experienced in Normal mode solo , Elite mode up to 5 players , and Heroic mode up to 5 players. What is an Alliance? Alliances are a system that allows for guilds to function and operate under a unified emblem. Collect and wear all of the equipment pieces to receive a set bonus.
After you clear one of the dungeons at the specified grade, speak to NPC Pathfinder to complete the quest and receive a reward appropriate for the grade of the dungeon. All quests must be completed during the event period. Each quest reward item can only be earned once per Rider. All reward items are untradeable. Each day that you log in, you can receive a free gift after staying logged in for 30 minutes.
When you log in, you should see the Daily Rewards event calendar. These items will be sent directly to your inventory. Here is the reward list. All items are untradeable. Heat Wave Talisman : Untradeable, 7-day duration. Open it to receive anywhere from 10 Elluns to 1, Elluns! Only one box can be received per account. The box is untradeable. Each man had a chance at normal family life and ended up following their lust at some point. Each man wrote of wanting to give up the feud, of trying to reach out to the other and being rebuffed. Each man clearly tailored their record of incidents.
What really happened? Probably something in between. And at the end I don't understand the purpose of the cult that started out the story, except it maybe implied, well, spoiler. View all 13 comments. I saw this movie years ago. Still love it. Top ten all-time favorites list. And I didn't know it was based on a book until a few years ago, but it automatically went on my TBR. Because it was going to be just as amazing. Needless to say, it's difficult for me to extricate one from the other here.
It's also difficult for me to explain the book to anyone who hasn't read it, because I'm next-to-positive most of us have seen the movie if not, you may want to pick up the book first in this I saw this movie years ago. It's also difficult for me to explain the book to anyone who hasn't read it, because I'm next-to-positive most of us have seen the movie if not, you may want to pick up the book first in this instance. I can say the book is mostly written in epistolary format and, comparatively, the twists aren't necessarily the same. PS the audio is wonderful if you're an audiobook person.
I'm off to rewatch the glorious ambiguity that is the Christopher Nolan movie and see if I can't pick up more connections now that I've read this lovely beast. Dec 03, Sarah rated it really liked it Shelves: world-fantasy-award. Well holy freaking hell, that was seriously intense. I actually watched the movie to this back in or , and while I thought I remembered everything, either I didn't, or not everything from the book made it into the movie. Based on my memory of the movie I thought it was really odd that it won the World Fantasy Award.
This is not a problem I'm having now! It was strange, intriguing, and highly suspenseful. I need to go calm down now. Jul 17, SR rated it did not like it Shelves: epistolary , narrative-quantum , fantasy. Living tissue is not of the same order of problem. The structure is so much simpler than that of the elements. I threw the book at a couch, and when it bounced and landed open I rescued it immediately.
What the hell. And at the same time blithely saying that "energy and matter are but two manifestations of the same force" in mass-energy equivalence wa page "It is difficult to deal with massy, inorganic compounds. And at the same time blithely saying that "energy and matter are but two manifestations of the same force" in mass-energy equivalence was first proposed in a paper by Einstein - NO. Oh, what the hell was that. Sure, it's fiction, but the characters themselves voiced valuation of scientific accuracy above all.
By , the existence of atomic ratios in metals, alloys, and metallic oxides had been in play for nearly a century. Avogadro's main discoveries of ratios were reported in , based on tin oxide. Bravais' work on crystalline lattices, observed only in metals, oxides, and minerals, was performed in JJ Thomson discovered electrons in , three years before the setting of the book. This was in the age of scientific showmanship - see Tesla, the importance of AC lighting at the Chicago World's Fair of , Edison's flashy literally exhibits, the ongoing obsession with telegraphy and radio - and Thomson's focus on metals in the "third Maxwell volume" would not have been unnoticed, even by lay readers.
It's inconceivable to think that science-obsessed performers - let alone scientists themselves - would still hold this animistic view of materials, where the living principle is seen as a simplifying characteristic rather than an emergent effect of compounding complexities, in Any modern author who wishes to write otherwise is either terribly confused or wilfully messing around, and the failure on Priest's part to reconcile his fictional characters with their historical setting broke the book for me.
In addition, it was poorly written and relied too much on would-be atmospheric tension, while the protagonist was a hateful small-minded ball of failure. So, no, no slack will be cut.
The Prestige by Christopher Priest
Forsaking the actual understanding of the history of scientific discovery for the sake of the excitement of writing about an experiment on living cats is flat laziness. Look, I can fix it in a paragraph: Kill the sentence on page and modify that around to "The elements and their alloys and oxides proved too simplistic for satisfaction, a child's trick of magnetic repulsion at a distance.
Experimentation progressed rapidly to life organisms, in all their emergent complexity and seeming simplicity of form. I can't fix that in a paragraph. If one has a Reading Challenge with the category "serious grudge or vengeful competition", then this is the book. I hate to say this, and friends don't beat me, but this is one of those few instances when I enjoyed the movie so much more than the book. I couldn't develop the right amount of interest in the game these men were playing with each other and the hate they felt for each other simply because he each wanted to be the accomplished magician.
Each man had questionable habits and put himself If one has a Reading Challenge with the category "serious grudge or vengeful competition", then this is the book. Each man had questionable habits and put himself and others in danger. The book mostly consists of journal recitations, but there are also events taking place during a current time period. I think the movie did a better depiction of the rivalry. The stories solve a mystery the young man has wondered about all his life … but leaves readers with lots, lots more questions than answers. I was madly in love with this book for most of the first three quarters of the story.
The modern framing was fascinating, as it sets up a very intriguing question about Andrew Westerly, born Nicholas Borden, that he has never been able to answer, and introduces Kate Angier, who appears to have the information he lacks. But then … oh, then. This was a terribly jarring note for me, and a misstep from which the book never recovered. Plus the ending is very gothic, but far too open for my tastes. Five stars for most of this book, which kept me glued to the story and gave me a huge reading hangover. One star for that final quarter, which just went wrong.
Shelves: z , fantastika-liminalia , brilliant. Not recommended for: anyone allergic to SF-elements or who demands a simple story told from beginning to end, or who can't cope with old-fashioned prose or a slow pace. This book is quite simply a masterwork.
From a slow beginning, it ratchets up the tension like an old-fashioned horror film, until it's truly thrilling. With relatively little in the way of overt psychological insight - particularly into Borden, one of the two main characters - it nonetheless constructs clear, sympathetic, underst Not recommended for: anyone allergic to SF-elements or who demands a simple story told from beginning to end, or who can't cope with old-fashioned prose or a slow pace. With relatively little in the way of overt psychological insight - particularly into Borden, one of the two main characters - it nonetheless constructs clear, sympathetic, understandable, totally human protagonists.
While clearly enthralled by its own concepts and conceits and determined to play around in the areas marked 'post-modern' and 'literary', it is at the same time able to stand proudly as a totally readable, even old-fashioned, almost Victorian, mystery-thriller. Not that much really happens by blockbuster standards, and huge sections of prose are descriptions of entirely visual things - but these set-piece descriptions are spectacular and vivid, and frankly more visually compelling than any cinematic interpretation could be.
Underpinning all this success is Priest's prose, which may not scream for attention every paragraph but which is nonetheless quietly brilliant - I'm tempted to say virtually perfect. Most of the novel is in the form of two diary extracts by different men, each giving their experiences of the same events - both of them are middle-aged, English, Victorian stage magicians, and yet Priest manages to convey two totally characters simply through fine distinctions in narrative voice, the personality of the two writers dripping from every word and every idiosyncracy of syntax.
This is a novel that should be taught in schools - not just because of the many, many themes and notions it introduces, but simply as an example of how to write. It's also got one of the biggest narrative twist-kicks I've ever seen - as in I read one particular line and suddenly needed to re-read the last thirty pages while saying 'woah You really won't be expecting it. And no, it's not one of the twists that makes it to the film. It's twistier than that.
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That said, it's not perfect. I felt a little emotionally detached throughout, never quite completely involved, though I couldn't help myself turning the pages. The framing story isn't given enough attention, and feels weak compared to the two central narratives; the ending is by itself superb, but feels a bit unconnected to the rest of the story. Sometimes it feels that he should let himself go down a fascinating diversion, rather than force himself to hurry along with the plot.
There are some other minor quibbles I could make as well. But they really would be minor. It is, by the way, better than the still quite good film - it's deeper, it's cleverer, it's less simplistic, it's more exciting, less predictable, and it's more suffused with class and quality. However, don't come to this from the film assuming you'll love it - it's very different in tone, and with it's old-fashioned though more readable than genuine Victorian literature! On the other hand, don't assume there's no point reading this if you've seen the film, as there's a lot more to this than there is to the film, and the film doesn't really spoil the book very much.
Dec 12, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: science-fiction , , mystery-and-thrillers , romance-y , audiobook , fantasy , historical-fiction , multi-dimensional , reviewed. This book was not anything I expected. Though, I'm not really sure just what I expected, to be honest. I alternated between thinking that this story was going to be dry and boring, or over the top "magicky", or all fluffadelic like what I expect The Night Circus would be like if I could bring myself to read it.
I don't like circuses, or They just don't interest me, and I zone out and then when I next have a conscious thought, I have a string of drool inching its way down my face and realize I've misplaced 20 minutes of my life. Which is another thing that I thought would work against this one for me. But surprisingly it didn't. I think that this one worked because of the realism.
This wasn't "magic", this was "illusion". Illusion has rules, and relies on real life physics and ability, rather than just "Oh, I'm going to imagine something and then POOF! Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series works for me for that very reason among others - he's created a system of magic that not only makes sense, but has limitations and boundaries and laws.
Yes, creativity and imagination shape the outcome of such magic, but only in the desired effect. There are limitations to what can be done, and how, and there's a cost for it. If you want to use force, that force comes from somewhere that will suffer a lack until the balance is restored. Nothing just appears from nothing. So, ramble aside, the fact that this was indeed NOT magic of the fantasy sense but rather magic of the stage illusionist sense allowed me to enjoy the story much more than I thought I would, despite the fact that many would probably feel that illusion is boring compared to magic.
I didn't think so, though. I thought it was interesting and well written, though, admittedly some sections were dry and overly detailed for the little that was actually conveyed. I enjoyed the feud between the two illusionists, and enjoyed seeing the events from both perspectives. When things started really getting interesting around the 2nd half, I was thrilled because things that had confused me in the 1st half were now starting to click and make sense.
I really enjoyed the inclusion of Nikola Tesla, and was happy to see him given the credit he deserved as a mothereffing genius. Because he was. The Oatmeal. Read it. Anywho, the apparatus was No idea. I get confused subtracting double digit numbers Do I carry the one? Multiply by pi? Should I have all these extra parts? Why are these instructions all in Korean??! It's hopeless, really. I liked the mysteriousness of the story, but I would have liked a little more closure and definition at the end.
But still, very good overall, and I quite enjoyed it, and Simon Vance's reading, which can sometimes be hit or miss for me. Mara I'm with you and Tiftoby with 3 and a half here. Apr 28, AM.
William Thank you for the review. Jul 04, AM. So it seemed essential to give this book a go. Foremost, let me ask you: Are You Watching Closely? The story is told by four different perspectives and divided by five parts. The first one opens up in a modern-day London when a man so certain he has a twin brother though never seeing him is invited by a woman who "What follows is not sorcery, but the appearance of it. The first one opens up in a modern-day London when a man so certain he has a twin brother though never seeing him is invited by a woman who tells him an eerie tale about his own childhood.
With this tale and a diary of his great-grandfather, he learns his past. The central plot circles around a Victorian era London, showing the dark side of both magic and science through two rival stage illusionists, Alfred Borden and Rupert Angier, trying to discover each other's trick and spoil it.
Until Borden presents an illusion no one knows its secret! The diaries of both magicians are supposed to reveal their secrets, but while reading them, it is clear something is hidden behind their words. Full of turns, plot twist that overwhelmed me for days and really awesome magic tricks! The action and suspense are superb and well presented to shock the reader. To rate this book 4 stars, I had to remove the movie of my head temporarily.
The book is really marvelous but Nolan's screenplay had changed the novel tremendously and made it better! I know the book is the origin of the movie, but there are very beautiful quotes in the movie like "Are you watching closely? All in all, a very good story. I really enjoyed it. Playing a part You travelled far What have you found That there is no time There is no time To analyse Sep 23, Arielle Walker rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy-unusual , magical-realism.
Having loved the film but also been somewhat bewildered by it - never watch intricate films when you should be sleeping - they really won't make sense. I was pretty excited to find that it was originally a book. This, I figured, would be my chance to actually understand the story! Well, sort of. The book is written in epistolary form, from the point of view of four main characters around 5 generations apart.
Two characters write in diaries - these are the main characters, and the storyline that Having loved the film but also been somewhat bewildered by it - never watch intricate films when you should be sleeping - they really won't make sense. Two characters write in diaries - these are the main characters, and the storyline that the film is based on. To be honest, I saw very little point in the inclusion of the younger two characters, set in our time and seeking to unravel the mystery of their ancestors. I think their parts added a little suspense as more and more secrets were revealed, slowly.
The writing style was very different from what I had expected, but I found it very successful. It made the characters unlikeable and yet also somehow relatable, and I ended up genuinely caring for them, to my surprise. There are a huge number of plot twists, though some are so foreshadowed that it is hardly a revelation when they are revealed at last - more of a "I knew I was right!
I wish I had read the book before seeing the film - the film would have made more sense and, in turn, the book would have retained its secrets for longer, I think. However I can definitely recommend discovering both forms of this story - it's a good one. Jun 14, Olive abookolive rated it it was ok Recommends it for: People who enjoy boring men doing boring magic. Shelves: own , sff. Oct 06, Badseedgirl rated it really liked it Shelves: gollanz , tbr , read-in , ha-pages-read I was first introduced to the book by seeing the movie.
I found the movie to be creative and did not see the twist ending coming. I was thrilled that this was a book, and put on the long long, long, God it's so long TBR list. And then promptly forgot it. Fast forward to , and I stumble across a copy of the story. It was time to read the book and remove at least one more book from my TBR list. Because I had seen the movie, the twist in the story was not the surprise it should have been.
That I was first introduced to the book by seeing the movie. That was ok though, because the movie ended at the twist but the book has So. I get to say something about this book I don't think I have ever said in a review. The book and the movie are both great, even though they are essentially radically different. Read the book. Watch the movie. Hell, do both. You won't be disappointed. I must say that this was a sterling novel that absolutely kept me reading until the very end.
But before I launch into it, here's my recommendation. The book thoroughly requires the reader's participation. It's not a wham-bam thank you ma'am kind of story and definitely NOT for readers who quickly become impatient with what they're reading. It is one of those books where you're going to be thinking about what's going constantly as you read, so don't pick it up if you think you're just going to I must say that this was a sterling novel that absolutely kept me reading until the very end.
It is one of those books where you're going to be thinking about what's going constantly as you read, so don't pick it up if you think you're just going to buzz through this one. You're not. I cannot go into too much detail because it will give away the story. The novel begins with a young news reporter who senses that somewhere deep in his past he had a twin, and even though he's checked birth records he was adopted at age 3 , he finds no trace of a sibling.
Yet, he has that sort of telepathy unique to twins, and so he must keep searching. However, that's just a brief moment in the story Their story is told through their respective diaries, and it's not until you've finished that you realize just what an excellent job Christopher Priest has done framing this extraordinary tale. He has done it much in the way a magician performs a spectacular illusion, where you, the reader, are the viewer of the trick, and it's not until it's over that you feel the effects in the parlance of magicians, the "prestige" of what you've just read.
I can't remember anything else quite like this in the recent past.
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I very highly recommend this novel with one major caveat. The end is so abrupt, I was looking to make sure pages hadn't been torn out of my book. However, the rest of the book is so incredible that it will make up for the strange ending. Oct 15, unknown rated it really liked it Shelves: minus-half-a-star , sci-fi-fantasy , seen-on-film , fantasy-masterworks.
Odysseus advises his men to leave immediately with their riches, but they ignore his warnings. The Cicones gather reinforcements, counterattack, and eventually rout the Greeks. Odysseus and his men retreat by sea. Storms blow the ships off course, but they finally arrive at the land of the Lotus-eaters.
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The inhabitants are not hostile; however, eating the lotus plant causes Odysseus' men to lose memory and all desire to return home. Odysseus barely gets them back to sea. The next stop is the land of the Cyclops, lawless one-eyed giants. One of them, Polyphemus, traps Odysseus and a scouting party in his cave. Only the Greek hero's wily plan allows escape. Readers should not confuse Odysseus' pride in identifying himself to the Phaeacian hosts with vanity. One's name and reputation are crucial in the Homeric world.
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Reputation is of paramount importance in this culture. But his pride in his name foreshadows Odysseus' questionable judgment in identifying himself during the escape from Polyphemus. The next four books Books deal with the hero's wanderings and are the most widely known in the epic. Odysseus does not discuss, at this point, why he was blown off course and unable to return directly to Ithaca. Phemius, the renowned Ithacan bard, outlines the tale early in The Odyssey 1. Many critics see Odysseus' wanderings as a series of trials or tests through which the hero attains a certain wisdom and prepares to be a great king as well as a great warrior.
If so, then judgment seems to be a key. If Odysseus is to survive, he must ultimately become wise as well as courageous and shrewd. The first test is against the Cicones. Some scholars suggest that Odysseus raids Ismarus because the Cicones are allies of the Trojans. Others conclude that he sacks the city simply because it is there. Certainly piracy and marauding were legitimate professions for Ithacans. At question is not the raid but Odysseus' men's foolish disregard for his advice. Having gained victory and considerable plunder, Odysseus wants to be on his way.