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Old July 8 2011, 03:08 PM   #53
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Re: Sigils and Unions: Catacombs of Oralius--The Desolate Vigil

Nerys, I’ve just recently resurrected my digital reader, and I’ve been reading The Desolate Vigil.

By happenstance, I’m also presently watching the alien invasion series Falling Skies on TV, and I’ve been struck by the stark differences in the stories. First off, I just have to say that you’ve captured the horror, chaos, and spiritual upheaval of an alien invasion and occupation much more expertly than does the present television series.

Dukat’s flight from the city, so soon after the discussion in the classroom, and his introduction to the Kurabda all occur in a storm of events that leaves him reeling. This was especially well told. All the fine details, the cultural tidbits, the linguistics... you’ve achieved world-building here on par with Herbert’s Dune, and I say that in all seriousness.

I’ll post more as I get farther into the story. Thus far I’m up to Dukat’s first ‘ride’ with the herder…

Simply fantastic writing!
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