I would have to agree that most of the people in Exile aren't completely sane and some
of them need some serious therapy <grin>.
However, these attributes made them unpredictable, and that was one of the things
that got me hooked to the Exiles series - you didn't know what half of them were going
to do next! Then when you thought you did, they would turn around and do something
completely the opposite.
I think too that JM was making the point that the human race with all its rebelliousness,
stubborness etc (plus the better traits too) could have only descended from a bunch of
rebellious, stubborn humans/Rebels/Tanu/Firvulag....
- Nicolette :-)
On 30 Jul 2004 at 15:50, Robert Powell wrote:
> Now then, and yes this is an argument I've used before, the humans
> who went through the timegate were, and let's be generous here, a
> thatched roof short of an English cottage in Norfolk! (no relation
> to Helen of the same name. *smile*)
> Or, if you prefer, a few WMDs short of a war! (Threw that one in for
> Moz, bless his heart, not heard from him in a while.)
> As to the Exotics, even they were all kicked out of their own system
> because the rest of their species found them too violent. They too
> are Exiles - now there's a topic we haven't discussed enough - and
> are to a single man and woman reprobates.
> Seriously, out of this rag-tag bunch of extremists, do you really
> expect to find a single, well balanced, likeable character of any
> A few come close and on the whole I'd have to say JM got the balance
> pretty good, screwed up psyche for screwed up psyche.
> Amerie = Brother Anatoly
> Culloket = Skathe
> Elizabeth = Creyn
> Raimo = Sukey
> Aiken = Mercy
> The fact that we all enjoy these flawed characters I think says more
> about us as readers than it does about JM as a writer.
> regards as always