History Literature / CreaturesOfLightAndDarkness

10th Apr '17 12:46:53 AM MorningStar1337
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* SadlyMythcharacterized: The ancient Egyptian gods still rule the universe. While the actual myths have a ''great'' deal of variation in how some of these gods are portrayed, Zelazny ignored most of that in favor of characterizations which forwarded his plot, Thoth was the TopGod before being forced out by a coup by Angels and trying to contain The Thing That Cries in the Night. Anubis is now an angel that became the ruler of the House of Death (a common misconception as Anubis was only the guardian of the resting places in the source myths). Osiris (The actual chief deity of the dead) became the ruler of the House of Life and is also an angel. Set is simultaneously Thoth's son and father.
28th Mar '17 6:49:56 AM Theriocephalus
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* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Played with: Megra insists on fighting Wakim before she'll sleep with him--because she has genetic SuperStrength, and wants to make sure she doesn't break him accidentally.

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* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Played with: Megra insists on fighting Wakim before she'll sleep with him--because him -- because she has genetic SuperStrength, and wants to make sure she doesn't break him accidentally.



* AndShowItToYou: A very darkly humorous scene where the god Horus consults a fortune-teller, specifically a reader of entrails. The entrails belong to the fortune-teller's chief rival, who gives accurate predictions while berating the fortune-teller for messing up. (Classic Line: "Those are my entrails! I will not have them misread by a poseur!")

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* AndShowItToYou: A very darkly humorous scene where the god Horus consults a fortune-teller, specifically a reader of entrails. The entrails belong to the fortune-teller's chief rival, who gives accurate predictions while berating the fortune-teller for messing up. (Classic Line: up.
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"Those are my entrails! I will not have them misread by a poseur!")poseur!"



* BreakingTheBonds: Wakim is StrappedToAnOperatingTable with his powers deactivated. He manages to break one hand free--which is enough to freak out the villains--before help arrives.

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* BreakingTheBonds: Wakim is StrappedToAnOperatingTable with his powers deactivated. He manages to break one hand free--which free -- which is enough to freak out the villains--before villains -- before help arrives.



*** It's subtle, but the implication is that The Thing That Cries In The Night is [[spoiler:Yaweh]].

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*** It's subtle, but the implication is that The the Thing That Cries In The Night is [[spoiler:Yaweh]].



* MyOwnGrampa: Set is the father of Thoth. Thoth is the father of Set. Ponder that for a while.



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: One of the most prominent characters is Madrak the Mighty, a warrior-priest "of the non-theistic, non-sectarian sort", whose personal religion was based on an agnostic's deity (another character referred to him as a "holy ambulance-chaser"). When Set the Destroyer pointed out to him that Madrak had just aided in the destruction of the Nameless, an EldritchAbomination from beyond the universe, ''which perfectly fitted the definition of Madrak's agnostic God,'' the idea that his god existed - and he profited by Its death - made him suffer [[HeroicBSOD a crisis of faith]].
* PhysicalGod: All the Gods (and near-Gods) in the story, with the possible exception of The Thing That Cries In The Night.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: One of the most prominent characters is Madrak the Mighty, a warrior-priest "of the non-theistic, non-sectarian sort", whose personal religion was based on an agnostic's deity (another character referred to him as a "holy ambulance-chaser"). When Set the Destroyer pointed out to him that Madrak had just aided in the destruction of the Nameless, an EldritchAbomination from beyond the universe, ''which perfectly fitted the definition of Madrak's agnostic God,'' the idea that his god existed - -- and he profited by Its death - -- made him suffer [[HeroicBSOD a crisis of faith]].
* PhysicalGod: All the Gods (and near-Gods) in the story, with the possible exception of The the Thing That Cries In The Night.



* TimeyWimeyBall / MyOwnGrampa: Set is the father of Thoth. Thoth is the father of Set. Ponder that for a while.
28th Mar '17 6:42:26 AM Theriocephalus
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At opposite ends of the universe lie the House of Death, ruled by Anubis, and the House of Life, ruled by Osiris. Between, lie the Middle Worlds, where mankind flies between the stars in mighty spaceships, and colonizes countless worlds. All in the Middle Worlds are subject to the tides of Life and Death, except the Three Hundred Immortals.

Anubis has spent a thousand years training a champion chosen from among those who dwell in the House of Death, and now this champion has mastered the arts of combat and Temporal Fugue. Anubis gives him a name, Wakim, and sends him forth to hunt down and destroy one of these immortals, The Prince Who Was A Thousand. Learning of this, Osiris decides that ''he'' should be the one to kill The Prince, so he dispatches his son, Horus. Meanwhile, on the world of Blis, medical technology and bio-enhancement are causing the tides of Life to approach critical mass....

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At opposite ends of the universe lie the House of Death, ruled by Anubis, and the House of Life, ruled by Osiris. Between, Between lie the Middle Worlds, where mankind flies between the stars in mighty spaceships, and colonizes countless worlds. All in the Middle Worlds are subject to the tides of Life and Death, except the Three Hundred Immortals.

Anubis has spent a thousand years training a champion chosen from among those who dwell in the House of Death, and now this champion has mastered the arts of combat and Temporal Fugue. Anubis gives him a name, Wakim, and sends him forth to hunt down and destroy one of these immortals, The Prince Who Was A Thousand. Learning of this, Osiris decides that ''he'' should be the one to kill The Prince, so he dispatches his son, Horus. Meanwhile, on the world of Blis, medical technology and bio-enhancement are causing the tides of Life to approach critical mass....
mass...
4th Dec '16 1:00:07 PM curt
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* IndecisiveMedium: One chapter is written as an epic poem and another is written as a script for a play.
** Actually, Zelazny wrote the book this way purposely as a writing exercise in perspective for himself, never really intending to have it published.

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* IndecisiveMedium: One chapter is written as an epic poem and another is written as a script for a play.
** Actually,
play. Zelazny wrote the book this way purposely as a writing exercise in perspective for himself, never really intending to have it published.
4th Dec '16 12:54:30 PM curt
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25th Nov '16 9:23:14 PM curt
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**Actually, Zelazny wrote the book this way purposely as a writing exercise in perspective for himself, never really intending to have it published.
21st Sep '15 2:15:49 PM nombretomado
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* ArcWords: "Skagganauk Abyss" and variations occur several times throughout the book before its nature and ultimate purpose is revealed. Also, a series of interludes concerning a [[{{Cerberus}} dog]] playing with a glove, [[CargoCult a pair of old shoes]], and [[NorseMythology three quarreling artisans.]]

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* ArcWords: "Skagganauk Abyss" and variations occur several times throughout the book before its nature and ultimate purpose is revealed. Also, a series of interludes concerning a [[{{Cerberus}} dog]] playing with a glove, [[CargoCult a pair of old shoes]], and [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology three quarreling artisans.]]
11th May '15 3:24:15 AM onegun
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***It's subtle, but the implication is that The Thing That Cries In The Night is [[spoiler:Yaweh]].
19th Apr '15 8:45:57 AM Discar
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-->''"Now, some say her name is Mercy, and others say it's Lust. Her secret name is Isis. Her secret soul is Dust."''

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-->''"Now, ->''"Now, some say her name is Mercy, and others say it's Lust. Her secret name is Isis. Her secret soul is Dust."''
30th Mar '15 3:08:25 PM nombretomado
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''Creatures of Light and Darkness'' is an interstellar ScienceFantasy novel by Creator/RogerZelazny. It combines [[EgyptianMythology Egyptian Gods]] with standard ScienceFiction themes to produce a truly unusual work.

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''Creatures of Light and Darkness'' is an interstellar ScienceFantasy novel by Creator/RogerZelazny. It combines [[EgyptianMythology [[Myth/EgyptianMythology Egyptian Gods]] with standard ScienceFiction themes to produce a truly unusual work.



* DivineParentage: Set is both father and son to Thoth (and vice versa, of course), and Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis. The latter is canon in EgyptianMythology.

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* DivineParentage: Set is both father and son to Thoth (and vice versa, of course), and Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis. The latter is canon in EgyptianMythology.Myth/EgyptianMythology.
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