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Brandon Sanderson / French Book Names?
« on: February 24, 2010, 09:43:16 AM »
So, I met this really hot woman on the bus.  I started talking to her, and it seems we have fantasy books in common.  I asked if she had ever heard of BS.  She hadn't.  She had heard of the WoT series, and was thinking of reading it.  I explained who he was in relation to those books.  Then told her about the Mistborn trilogy.

This morning, I gave her my copy of The Final Empire.  She said she would be going back home (to France) soon, so I told her to keep the book.  She wanted to know what the names of the books were in French, so she could pick up the rest of them.

Can anyone help me out with this?  Hot French woman needs the French names of BS books, and I want to provide them.  Maybe I can get in a couple of dates before she leaves the country.  Hehe.

Brandon Sanderson / Time Frames
« on: August 06, 2009, 08:08:26 AM »
Perhaps it's me.  Perhaps it's the way I read.  However, one big problem I have with books is lack of temporal references.  I get lost in the timeline of the books.  I'm going to use BS as an example, here.  Don't get me wrong, I love his books, I just get frustrated at this (and BS is FAR from the only author I have this problem with).

For instance:
Elantris - Is it just me, or does this book FEEL like it takes place over the course of a year or more?  It's mentioned a few times that it's in a 90 day time period (the timeframe given to Hrathen by Wyrn).  However, the flow of the book makes it feel like it takes much longer than this.

Mistborn: The Final Empire - This book feels like it takes place over just a couple of months (3, maybe 4), but it says it takes place over the course of an entire year.

Does anyone else have this problem, or is it truly just me?  If you do, please cite examples.

Brandon Sanderson / Dragonsteel
« on: July 14, 2009, 01:44:04 PM »
Where might one get ones hands on a copy of Dragonsteel?  Or is it not possible for me to get hold of it?

Brandon Sanderson / Favorite Authors...Where does Brandon Rate?
« on: July 03, 2009, 10:39:24 AM »
A little while back, I heard they hired some dude I'd never heard of to write the last WoT book.  My heart sank.  I've seen what happens when others try to finish off (or add to) a series.  Anyone horrified themselves with the Brian Herbert Dune books?  I have *shudder*.  Anyway, I thought "Actually, this guy must be pretty good if they hired him to finish these books.  I mean, choosing a virtually unknown author is a big risk."  So, I went out and bought Mistborn (Mistborn and Elantris were his only 2 published works at the time...then again, I wasn't looking in Young Adult, so I don't know when those were released.)  WOW.  I mean just wow.  He blew me away, I started staking out the bookstore looking for release dates.  He has impressed me so much, he is one of my favorite authors, now.

What I am wondering is this.  Who are your top 5-10 favorite authors?  Here is mine in order.

10. Neil Gaiman (Such a twisted imagination...Neverwhere is like an even more twisted (and modern) Alice in Wonderland)
9. William Gibson (Vin is the fantasy equivalent of Molly  ;D )
8. John Steakley (He'll never get higher, unless he writes more...only 2 books.  Armor is one of the best books I've ever read, though.)
7. Robert Heinlen (Whoever butchered Starship Troopers into that movie should be dragged into the street and shot.)
6. Robert Jordan (Nuff Said)
5. Brandon Sanderson (Yes, he edged out Mr. Jordan for my top 5.)
4. Orson Scott Card (I LITERALLY can't put Ender's Game down.  I read it straight through every time, 8 hours from the time I open the cover, tops.)
3. Melanie Rawn (Now...this woman is bloodthirsty.  She kills off so many characters...sometimes even the ones you love.)
2. Frank Herbert (I must not fear...fear is the mind killer.  Fear is the little death which brings total obliteration...)
1. J.R.R. Tolkien (I've read the Lord of the Rings, the Hobbit, and the Silmarillion 34 times each.  I'm not sure what is more sad, that I've read them 34 times, or that I KNOW I've read them 34 times.)

Brandon Sanderson / eBooks
« on: July 03, 2009, 10:18:38 AM »
OK, this may have been asked and answered, but I can't seem to find it if so.

Does Brandon plan to get his books made available as ebooks on the Sony ebook site?  I just bought a PRS-505 (I didn't see the need to pay another $100 for a Kindle for a dictionary I don't need or the ability to download directly to the device while on the go.  Hey, I know when I'm almost done with another book, and I ALWAYS have another one ready.) and the only book by him sold by Sony is HoA.  I would love to get all of his books onto the device.  Then I would always have them with me to read whenever I felt like it.

Brandon Sanderson / Inherent Goodnes ***Possible Spoilers***
« on: June 29, 2009, 12:34:17 PM »
I was re-reading Warbreaker, and I just realized what it is I like so much about Brandon Sanderson's work.  I don't know if it is a belief he personally holds, but his work sure makes it look like he believes in the inherent goodness of mankind.

Even The Lord Ruler was doing what he saw as good.  (Granted, his perceptions were quite twisted by Ruin, but the point remains.)  Even Susebron who is initially made out to be a tyrant turns out to be a good man.  Then there's Vasher (great anti-hero material there) who you can't decide if he's good or bad until nearly the end of the book when it turns out even he is trying to do good.  Even Denth has a good man trapped deep inside him, he's just lost his way.  (Granted most of these perceptions are from Warbreaker, but it's the one I'm reading, now).  To move on to other books, look at Hrathen who represents the bad guys.  He did what was right in the end.

I've always believed in the inherent goodness in man, and it brightens my day to read good fiction from an author that apparently believes the same.  Especially since I paradoxically like dark subject matter.  I love the dark feel to his books (which is probably my biggest regret with Warbreaker.  The world is too bright and shiny.)

Brandon Sanderson / Warbreaker Question ***Spoilers***
« on: June 26, 2009, 12:03:18 PM »
OK, I wrote Brandon and asked him this, but seeing how busy he is, and the fact it was like my 5th email to him (he hasn't had time to answer any of them, heh) I figured I would join these forums and ask here.  Alot of you guys seem to know him, so maybe you've asked him and he's explained to you.

How is Vasher able to make himself a Drab by using all of his breath?  At the beginning of Chapter 3 is the following:

That was an effect of Lightsong’s innate BioChroma: he had enough Breath to fill thousands of people.  He saw little value in it.  He couldn’t use it animate objects or corpses; he was a god, not an Awakener.  He couldn’t give--or even loan--his deific Breath away.
   Well, except once.  That would, however, kill him.

Now, we find out later in the book that added breaths on top of the 1 Deific breath (which is enough by itself to attain the 8th Heightening) allow a Returned to Awaken.  Then there is the necessary 1 breath per week is so that their body doesn't eat the Deific breath and kill them.  We are given to understand (in the quote above) that to give up that Deific breath in any way would kill them.  So, I don't understand how it is possible for Vasher to walk around like a Drab.  How is he able to invest all of his breaths into an object?  To invest that Deific breath would kill him.  To keep that Deific breath would be to have the 8th Heightening and brighten all colors near him.

Can someone please point out the flaw in my logic?

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