E. LeGuille wrote:I don't know arabic at all
Don't feel bad, KJA obviously doesn't, either.
Do me a big favor, how about? Go ask Kevin where he (or Brian ... snicker) got the name Chisra Sala Muad'Dib
in Winds of Dune
. It's supposed to mean "Glorious Origin of Muad'Dib" "in the language of the desert", but I can't find any Arabic words that are even close to that with even remotely related meanings. (Plus, the word order is wrong for the construction expressing the supposed meaning.)
I'm really curious about whether he just pulled it out of his ass, as I suspect, or if he was cute and "clever" and found someone who knows some obscure dialect. Or if, when asked, he'll reuse the old "it was in Frank's notes" crap.
I have heard of only one mistake that doesn’t have an explanation for a careful reader...with an open mind. (And, no, I’m not going to tell you what it is!) —KJA
I don't like every writer's style; for instance, I have never been able to get through Ursula LeGuin, China Mieville, or Iain Banks, all of whom are critical darlings. —KJA
I...had written a bunch of Star Wars and X-Files books...that proved not just that I'm a hack, but that I could write in somebody else's universe... —KJA