Friday, September 19, 2014
“Well, it is a real place, like another thread to the multiverse, another dimension. They step into the video game and explore. It is not meant to be an exact replica of the cities we know as Olympus or Memphra, although I possibly should have placed some palm trees in Memphis.”_Mark in Spidersilk the novel
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In Spidersilk the novel it is quite apparent that the intruders come from an entirely different dimension. Mark, the main character, even spends his waking and dreaming hours fighting off the intruders. However, at times, it seems as if Mark may be from a different dimension as well. For example, it is often mentioned that he is a newcomer to the town, but it never actually says where he's from. He definitely has abilities that others do not and his knowledge of other worlds (like our own!) is impressive. What are your thoughts on the mysterious and powerful main character?
Friday, September 12, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
MMOs are a major part of the gamer world today. In fact, most new releases have a partial MMO aspect to them. This unites gamers as a community while allowing the power of the individual to shine. In Spidersilk the novel, Mark is developing his own MMO for work. However, when you begin to look at the details it almost seems as if Mark is living in an MMO. If you take a look at this quote from the book:
“The game was an MMO (massively multiplayer online game) where each player would need to decipher symbols, communicate through symbols, best other players in combat, discover treasures, and even create treasures... While players could communicate with one another in the usual way, there were parts in the game where players would have a distinct advantage while utilizing silent symbolic communication.”
...it is clear that Mark utilizes many of these in the novel. From dream catchers to special ways of communication with friends, it is almost as if Mark has created his consciousness around an MMO lifestyle.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
If you're not already amazed with the amount of characters in Spidersilk the novel, then looking into the meaning of their names will really excite you. We've checked into many characters before, but Jeff Horus is one of my favorite complex heroes in the story. Jeff is amazing at helping Mark find out information about the intruders, but could this possibly be because he is named after one of the most famous Egyptian gods, Horus? Horus was an avian deity that was often depicted with a Falcon head. This really draws in an important detail from the story. If you think back to Ramses and his hostage, Draul, you may recall that Draul was given something to help him see the matter that is hidden from many. In this matter there were falcons and spiders, which were seen throughout the book as protectors and informers to Mark. Thus, Jeff Horus really lived up to his name. For more on Horus, give this link a go: