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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Not all writers are created equal

And let's face it, Martin van Creveld is damn near the top of the list of thinking writers these days. I think I may have posted this link before, but since Instapundit has a decent discussion going in the comments, I thought I'd post Ann Sterzinger's review of Martin van Creveld's EQUALITY: THE IMPOSSIBLE QUEST again in case anyone happened to miss it the first time:
Equality: The Impossible Quest is—by the by—one of a spate of solid but genuinely daring recent releases from Castalia House, a small press led by Vox Day.

If you haven’t spent all your money on my publisher, Nine-Banded Books, do yourself a favor and give Castalia House a look.

Day is, at the moment, my favorite fantasy novelist, despite the gulf between his version of theology—from reading his blog he seems pretty sure that in this reality there’s a single, just God up there—and mine, if you can call mine such.

Or likely my enjoyment grows from that gulf. Yeah, I know, you’ve blocked everybody you disagree with from your Facebubble, and the wrong cat meme triggers your cis-clawed stress syndrome. You poor, chicken-shit things; in fearing you might become what you detest, have you forgotten what a pleasure it is to escape the cage of your own brainham once in a while? Stretch your legs, fella!

(Cough.) Anyhow, Day’s work, both on his own writing and in co-curating Castalia House, is a beacon in the dull word blizzard. (I’ve written about Riding the Red Horse, a unique collection of military essays and military science fiction that Day and Kratman put out in December, but I can’t keep up. They’re killin’ it.)

And van Creveld’s Equality is one of Castalia’s most absorbing releases, if you’re interested in history anyway—past history, not the historical destiny of your marching-drum ideology—the sort of history that’s not only full of holes where the victors and the monks wrote over chunks of the evidence, but the sort of history that, as far as we can tell, indeed has been repeating itself rather drearily.

As van Creveld says in his preface, the histories of our other two unattainable ideals, liberty and justice, have been written before—or, rather, attempted; there’s too much to read on all three of these subjects for one guy to do it at a go. But van Creveld does his best to describe all our tragic, failed attempts at equality.

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30 Comments:

Blogger Bard July 05, 2015 12:04 PM  

I had not read that review. I like it considerably.

Anonymous Stingray July 05, 2015 12:04 PM  

Yeah, I know, you’ve blocked everybody you disagree with from your Facebubble, and the wrong cat meme triggers your cis-clawed stress syndrome. You poor, chicken-shit things; in fearing you might become what you detest, have you forgotten what a pleasure it is to escape the cage of your own brainham once in a while? Stretch your legs, fella!

This is brilliant.

Come play with the new rebels.

Anonymous Wyrd July 05, 2015 12:04 PM  

Give us the sequel to A Throne Of Bones already!

Anonymous Mark Hall July 05, 2015 12:05 PM  

What is Creveld's working definition of "equality"?

Blogger Bard July 05, 2015 12:06 PM  

I asked this before, but did not receive an answer. Does it make a difference if we order directly from Castalia House or download from Kindle or Amazon?

Blogger Bard July 05, 2015 12:07 PM  

I am going to the field for two weeks and plan on doing a considerable amount of reading.

Anonymous Wyrd July 05, 2015 12:08 PM  

I asked this before, but did not receive an answer. Does it make a difference if we order directly from Castalia House or download from Kindle or Amazon?

Mo' money for Vox and co. if you order from Castalia vs. Amazon.

Anonymous The other robot July 05, 2015 12:27 PM  

I asked this before, but did not receive an answer. Does it make a difference if we order directly from Castalia House or download from Kindle or Amazon?

Do not give Amazon another cent!

Blogger VD July 05, 2015 12:49 PM  

I asked this before, but did not receive an answer. Does it make a difference if we order directly from Castalia House or download from Kindle or Amazon?

CH is slightly preferred. But we don't mind either way. It would be good to get more people buying directly simply because who knows what Amazon's next move is going to be. I'll have a post soon on what sort of effect their Kindle Unlimited pay-by-the-page had on us; for us it was absolutely minimal but it crushed a lot of self-publishers.

Anonymous roo_ster July 05, 2015 1:29 PM  

Mvcs book on equality was not a pleasant read at all. Oh it was well written but he managed to horrifically savage any last illusions i had of achieving equality in any meaningful sense.

Blogger Student in Blue July 05, 2015 1:48 PM  

[...]Instapundit has a decent discussion going in the comments[...]

That's a decent discussion? Is it a decent discussion *for Instapundit* or am I missing something? I never peruse Instapundit comments.

Blogger VD July 05, 2015 2:11 PM  

What is Creveld's working definition of "equality"?

All of them. Read the book.

Anonymous zen0 July 05, 2015 2:23 PM  

Are there any payment methods for Castalia House besides PAY PAL?

Blogger VD July 05, 2015 2:27 PM  

Are there any payment methods for Castalia House besides PAY PAL?

Not yet. There will be within two months.

Blogger Bard July 05, 2015 3:35 PM  

Thanks.

Anonymous frenchy July 05, 2015 3:44 PM  

Vox,

What's the ETA on a paperback version of this book?

Blogger ajw308 (#98) July 05, 2015 3:55 PM  

Don't the Castalia House purchases come with no digital policing embedded in them?

Amazon store purchases can be made & downloaded with 1 click. CH purchases require more clicks & a little typing, then you get an e-mail with a file to install to you kindle app, if you read on a phone.

Vox, are there any plans to streamline this process?

One advantage I've seen with direct CH purchases is Marrku will respond to any e-mail within minutes with a solution. The fact that I've seen no evidence he sleeps has me wondering if he is also an uploaded intellect.

Anonymous The other robot July 05, 2015 5:14 PM  

It is not too hard to not use Amazon. You can easily mail purchases to your Kindle, and if they close that down, applications like Calibre can move MOBI docs to your Kindle etc.

It sucks that the Amazon Unlimited Pay-per-page model is having a bad effect on independents. Perhaps they should move to Castalia House!

I am thinking of getting a Nook or some other ebook reader.

Anonymous AnalogMan July 05, 2015 6:07 PM  

OT note on style, since you'll probably be writing more on this subject. The quoted article references Mr van Creveld several times simply as "van Creveld". The rule is, the first letter of his appellation is always capitalised. Hence:

Mr. van Creveld
Martin van Creveld
M. van Creveld
Van Creveld

Blogger papabear July 05, 2015 6:45 PM  

OT: William Lind explains his position on video games: http://www.traditionalright.com/the-confederate-flag/

Blogger Floyd Looney July 05, 2015 6:58 PM  

I put a little ebook on Ama-gon 2 months ago. I have seen terrible books getting more sales by accident. lol. I know its not a great story and its kind of short (around 38,000), without the borrows I think its toast though. Sadly.

Blogger Thordaddy July 05, 2015 7:52 PM  

One CANNOT believe we are repeating ourselves and then claim Equality: the impossible quest...

If we are indeed repeating ourselves the title should be Equality: the reality.

Blogger Thordaddy July 05, 2015 7:58 PM  

It seems more likely that those who believe they are repeating themselves do or will and those who believe they can walk "in and out" of this total redundancy can also do that. Whether one can cross over seems to depend on an initial disposition. The soulless would seem unable to cross over AT WILL while those with soul would be constantly tempted to make such transversings thereby "sharpening" their convictions.

Blogger Floyd Looney July 05, 2015 8:07 PM  

When I see what is going on in this country, I am thinking we are about to repeat the French "Reign of Terror".

Blogger PalmHarbor Dave July 05, 2015 8:19 PM  

Congratulations on a sterling review. The traditional publishing houses, and particularly the SF publishers, undoubtedly see you with the same scoffing arrogance that the WWI dreadnought commanders viewed the approaching first wave of plywood and canvas bombers coming over the horizon. Insularity is a prelude to disaster. Theirs is well deserved.

Blogger Jack Ward July 05, 2015 9:09 PM  

@ Ajw [17]
I think you are right. I've had to interface with him a few times on CH purchases. Never takes long; he's always right.
What a gig those two have going with CH! Eventually, employees with have to be added; I suppose. I wonder, can a major publishing house consist of only two people?
In this computer age, maybe. Not so much in the old days.

Anonymous ACR July 05, 2015 11:22 PM  

Not trying to troll, but just wondering why no twitter announcement or other publicity push for JCW;s latest?

Anonymous Dave July 06, 2015 12:20 AM  

@ACR

Castalia House new release email subscribers get first crack at buying and if purchased by Monday deadline receive bonus ebook.


@ ajw

Clicked link in CH new release email, went directly to CH website new release page
Clicked
Clicked
Typed in email address, the other required inputs doesn't matter what you type as long as they aren't blank
Completed paypal process
After payment confirmation was then automatically returned to CH website where I clicked link to download ebook and another link for bonus ebook.

This was on xp desktop running pale moon. Don't know how much more you could really streamline it; yeah it's not 1 click but then not many places are. And the only way 1 click works is if you previously arranged a payment method which would include inputting your address, credit card info etc.

Like Jack said it's two man operation; how many employees does Amazon have?

Kudos to Markuu for managing it as well as he does. I'm sure he has many other ongoing projects besides CH.

Anonymous Dave July 06, 2015 12:23 AM  

#28

Meant to say:

"Clicked link in CH new release email...
Clicked Add to Cart
Clicked Checkout"

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