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Brandon Sanderson / Fan ..... food? Baywraps!
« on: January 17, 2011, 05:27:13 AM »
I'm one of the least artistic people on the planet (5 year olds can draw better than me) so it'd be impossible for me to do any fan art or make a mistcloak or anything along those lines.  I also can't write, so fan fiction is out as well.

However, I can cook. 

I've always been fascinated by Mistborn and the bay wraps featured in the 1st book always stuck out. 

Several skaa women of various ages worked in the shop's kitchen, preparing baywraps -- rolls of thin, flat bread stuffed with boiled barley and vegetables.

After a lot of planning and research I finally decided on my recipe and made my first batch tonight.  They came out delicious.  Here is the final result.  I pretty much took the general idea, then thought about how to take that to make it taste good. 

For the flat bread, I wanted something that was more than just holding it all together.  This is where I probably deviated a little.  The easiest thing would be a tortilla style wrap, but too me that was too thin and didn't have the right texture.  I could also use something like pita bread but that would be too thick and dry.  I wanted something that would really add to them.  Thus, I went with some naan(the bread you get at Indian restaurants, that pic was before I got the cooking down, some are over/under done on one side).  I don't do a lot of baking so this was a bit of a challenge.  In the end (once I got the cooking temp/time down on the grill) I ended up with a delicious bread that had just the most subtle sweetness to them, with additional flavor coming from some garlic butter they were brushed with.  They also came out with the perfect texture, of having a bit of soft spongyness to them.  It really goes well with the...

Boiled barley - This was based of an Alton Brown recipe.  I've never had barley before (except in beer of course) and had no idea what to expect.  I ended up just cooking some pearled barley with water and then adding it to some orange juice, olive oil and tossed it with some bacon (of course), fennel and mizithra cheese, which is a softer goat cheese from Greece with a ton of flavor.  This stuff is great, I could eat spoonfuls.

Finally was the vegetables.  This took some thought.  I wanted vegetables that I could grill.  In the end, I went with asparagus, eggplant and artichoke hearts that I tossed in a dressing made with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar and some dijon mustard.  The goal here was to get a bit of acidic flavor to match the subtle citrus flavor in the barley.  These came out good and paired perfectly.

After that, it was just a matter of spreading some of the barley on the naan, adding the veggies, to get this and then rolling them up.

They were great.  This was just an experiment batch though, I already have some improvements.  For the artichokes I'm going to get full artichokes and just cut out the hearts.  I tried to save money/time by getting just the hearts but they way they prepare them didn't work on the grill.  I'll cook the hearts sous vide with some tricks to get a really intense flavor then grill them with a olive oil/garlic baste just enough to get some intense grill marks on them.  I think I'm going to try some lemon flavor for the asparagus and I still want to figure out something for the eggplant.

I had a lot of fun working with this (and am not even done yet, it will probably take 2-3 more batches until I've settled my mind).  I think as I go through other books I'm going to take notes of what the characters are eating and do the same thing.  I seem to remember some interesting feast descriptions in Way of Kings....

Brandon Sanderson / Question about The Lord Ruler/Skaa/etc
« on: January 13, 2011, 07:57:22 PM »
I just finished Mistborn again and there were a few things that always bothered me that I was careful to pay extra attention to this time.

One issue is the Skaa vs nobility.  In the book one character mentions that the nobility are the descendants of the people who sided with TLR from the start.  There is some evidence supporting this.  Such as TLR mention all the stuff that was done to him to try and kill him (i.e. being flayed), implying there was a struggle at the start, and he had to fight for his power and needed allies to do so.

However, at the same time, Rashek HATES the people Aendi was apart of (from Khelenim or something I believe).  So it makes sense that that would become the Skaa.  If they became the skaa, who became the nobles?

A lot of the diary entries are of Rashek talking about how his people should be dominate.  You could almost make a case for the terrismen becoming nobles and Alendi's people becoming skaa, if there weren't the other terrismen around.

During the end Kar also mentions how in order for Vin to be as strong as she is, she had to come from a "very pure bloodline."  Which bloodline is that?  Aren't all nobelemen of a pure bloodline since interbreeding with skaa is so forbidden?

Also, with TLR being stabbed in the chest, flayed, etc (even beheaded if the stories are right) and him not dying, what is that exactly?  It's similar to the Inquisitors so it could be a property of Hemalurgy, but other than the bracelets he doesn't seem to have the spikes that they do.  Or is it just a super stockpile of stored 'health' from his Feruchemy that he can burn with Allomancy to instantly heal himself?  Brandon does confirm in one of the annotations that TLR uses Hemalurgy, but I'm not sure to what extent.  I.e. a spear through the heart killed him when he was old, so it makes sense that a spear through the heart would of killed him when he was young as well (such as when he was stabbed right before Kel's death)

Finally, I'm trying to understand exactly how TLR became immortal.  When I first read the 1st book and was waiting for the 2nd and 3rd I always thought he was storing youth in the Atium and then burning it to get a larger amount of youth than normally allowed by Feruchemists, and staying young that way.  However, we now know that isn't true, the Atium was somewhere else (it could of been some other metal of course). 

I think after rereading carefully, my impression now is that he would go into that room of his for 3 hours or whatever it was every few days and make him self old, storing youth into his bracelets.  Those bracelets then became a piece of metal with the 'power' of youth stored in them.  He could then slowly burn the metal in those bracelets (without ingesting them?) over the course of the next few days and keep his youthful appearance.  So in a way, he was able to 'create' a new metal to burn with Allomancy.  Ideally you could do that with any of the things Feruchemists can store, and overwrite the metals Allomantic effect and have it give off a new attribute when burned.  Does anyone know how accurate that is?

Does anyone (Peter?) know if there's marketing plans for any of the Stormlight archive artwork?  It looks gorgeous. 

I know I would pay for prints of the sketches from the book.  I'd probably even bid quite a bit on at auction (however unlikely that would be) if any originals were for sale.   Same goes for anything that was drawn up but not included (if there were any)

I know merchandising is somewhat of a divisive topic, since some people look down upon it, but I really want to hang up some stuff in my room or throw things on my bookcase from the series. 

The same goes with other books as well.  Does anyone know if there was any progress made on a Nightblood replica, etc?

Brandon Sanderson / Are any of Brandon's fans also Redditors?
« on: April 13, 2010, 04:40:58 AM »
I've shared Brandon's stories with so many people I knew that I decided to try doing so with people I don't know.  Thus, I started this post on Reddit

If anyone here is on Reddit would you mind upvoting that so it gets seen and possibly writing a comment about how much you enjoy the books or which you would choose/recommend?

Brandon Sanderson / Suvudu Cage Match Finals, Rand vs Jaime
« on: April 03, 2010, 04:30:51 AM »
If anyone has been following the Suvudu Cage Match it's down to the final two putting Rand Al'Thor vs Jaime Lannister.   I was really hoping that Kvothe beat out Jaime but he just couldn't quite do it.

George R. R. Martin proposed an interesting idea on his blog.  He said the fight should be "Trial of Seven" from Westeros Tradition, where the heroes will fight along side 6 of their pals each.  He suggested he could take any six from his works and stories, and Rand be given a choice of 6 allies from the group of Jordan's and Brandon's works.   Kind of a fun idea.

That being said, which 6 would you pair up with Rand?

This would be my choice:

Sazed - Post HoA Sazed has to be a force to reckon with IMO
Vin - If she can be the same as the last time we saw her (end of HoA) then she could probably almost do this fight herself
Lord Ruler - This guy didn't survive so long because he was easy to kill
Vasher - With his collect of Breath's and his sword of course
Alcatraz - Chances are GRRM's picks would rely on a couple 'unbreakable' magical artifacts.
Matt - Can't lose with the dark one's own luck

I had a couple that almost made my list.  They were:

Lews Therin - Might as well have him and Rand.  All Rand's abilities and potential but he knows how to use 'em
Lightsong - I really don't think this fight would be in the bag and all 6 wouldn't be needed, might as well bring along some comic relief to make the fight more fun to watch.

I know people on the forum like this kind of thing, so who would you pick?

I've just about given up on local bookstores.  I like to support them, but they never have what I want.

I've been to three places now (2 B&N and a Borders)  looking for the paperback copy of warbreaker and haven't had any luck.  None of them had it.  They weren't sold out, it wasn't in the back, they just didn't get them yet.  I could of ordered one on amazon and had it by now, it's really bad that these places don't.

They at least had a few copies of the Mistborn books (including the paperback sets) and one had 2 copies of the hardcover warbreaker, but the selection was generally quite bland.  I'm pretty sure that with how many of Brandon's books I buy a year I alone would almost be able to cover their quota.

It's getting to the point where I'm just about to stop checking and getting everything from amazon.

Brandon Sanderson / Buying several things from the store
« on: December 06, 2009, 02:12:12 AM »
I wanted to buy several books shipped to different locations for presents this year.  Is there an easy way to do this through the store (i.e. someone I could just email and set it all up through then pay xxx in paypal?)

Brandon Sanderson / NYT Best seller list
« on: October 22, 2009, 04:58:48 AM »
It'd be awesome to see Brandon at #1, but based on his latest twitter/FB post it looks like it might be hard to get past Dan Brown.  Which sales do/don't count?  I've heard from some sources that amazon sales don't count.  What about preorders?

Books / Leather bound TGS copies
« on: September 03, 2009, 01:42:22 PM »
When Brandon mentioned these I jumped on it and preordered one.  Yesterday I got an email from the company saying:

"I regret to inform you that 'The Gathering Storm' was removed from our website this morning because the publisher delivery date is not available. With that said, you will not be able to re-submit an order with us for this title. When the book is available, it will be placed on the website again."

Did anyone else get the same?  Does anyone know anything about this?  I was really looking forward to it.

Books / NYT Best Sellers List
« on: October 10, 2008, 08:58:17 PM »
I know there are a lot of informed readers here, as well as people with some "inside" knowledge into the industry.

With Brandon's MB3 being released next week, I've been looking at the NYT Best Sellers list, since I know his goal (as well as I'd assume most authors share) is to reach that list.  I know he said he came really close with MB2 (with around 2,000 books sold if I remember).

I really hope Brandon makes it this time, as I think it's pretty much agreed upon that he will when AMoL comes out, but it would be nice to see him do it with his own series before that.

Right now, Amazon is placing MB3 (as just a presale) around #350 in terms of sales for "books" with #2 in fantasy series and #3 in epic fantasy.  I think that looks well, as I'm sure those numbers will improve (at least, the 350) after the book comes out.  From what I've seen, his books typically sit at around #3,000 to #25,000 in overall sales.   To me that says there is a lot of interest in book 3, as there should be.

In terms of judging this kind of thing, is the NYT list still the best source?  To me it seems like it doesn't quite work right.  For instance, I know Brisingr sold a TON of copies the past few weeks, but I don't see it anywhere on the NYT list.  That doesn't seem right to me.

I've also heard of a few cases where a book sold more copies, than another, but didn't beat it for the #1 slot. 

Does anyone know more about how the NYT list works?  What do you think Brandon's chances are of making it?  When will we know if he does? 

Brandon Sanderson / Composite list of questions to be answered in HoA
« on: September 23, 2008, 12:10:33 AM »
There has been a LOT of MB3 speculation and debate over the past few weeks, and it's only a matter of time until those questions are answered.  Thus, I thought as a fun game, we'd compile a list of questions that we hope are answered.  We can then make a post with all those questions, and everyone can give (the briefest possible) answers to each of them.  Then, once the book is out, we can compare scores and see who predicted the most (as well as hopefully get answers from Brandon on what wasn't answered).

So, I'll start with some questions I can think of, but please add ones you can.  Try and word your questions in a way that they can be easily answered with just a few words or a sentence at the most.  Maybe after a week or so we can compile them all and then have people 'vote'.

1) Who is the Hero of Ages?
2) Do inquisitors use allomancy?
3) Who is the Mist spirit?
4) What is the Deepness?
5) Why does the Mist kill?
6) What role do the Ashmounts play?
7) Is Reen's voice actually Ruin?
8) What was in the Well of Ascension?
9) Which character's die?
10) What are Koloss?
11) What are Kandra?
12) Where did Kell get the 11th metal?
13) Why can Vin draw upon the mist?
14) Why can Vin pierce copper clouds?
15) Where will the final battle take place?

That's all I can think of now, but I'm sure there are plenty.  Please add your own, or if any of those aren't worthy point them out as well.  I'll try and keep this post edited with a concrete list of questions people post.

Brandon Sanderson / Denver signing this weekend
« on: July 30, 2008, 11:29:35 PM »
As Brandon has said on his blog, he'll be doing a signing in Denver on Saturday.  Is anyone else from here planning on being there?

On Amazon there is cover art for the next Alcatraz book.   It looks interesting, kind of sci-fi-ish.

I hope there is a high res image somewhere so we can start speculating.

Brandon Sanderson / Brandon's new paperback releases
« on: June 04, 2008, 09:31:09 PM »
Has anyone picked these up yet?  I stopped by the local Borders to try and grab them.  The computer said they had 9 MB2 and 6 of MB1 in stock, but no one was able to find them anywhere.  They had 2 copies of the old MB1 paperback, but none of the new ones.  We also checked the new paperback releases sections and wandered around the store looking for a display.  No luck.  That makes the 3rd time I've gone to that Borders looking for Brandon's books and returned empty handed.  I don't think I'll be going back there for anything.  I ordered 2 copies off amazon yesterday, but it looks like they might take a few days to ship.  Does anyone know if those will still count towards the first week sales numbers?

I know they have new cover art but is anything else different?  There were some mistakes made in MB1 that made it into the hardcover and first paperback version, does anyone know if they have been fixed in this version?  Anything else about them that's different?

Brandon Sanderson / The "Snapping" Thread
« on: April 25, 2008, 09:00:30 PM »
I really like some of the discussions that have been ongoing in the other "theory" threads, so thought I'd start one on a topic that I find really interesting.  Snapping.

This is an interesting topic, because it is mentioned in the first two books, but there isn't a ton of emphasis placed on it (at least not in the first two books).  I think there are many interesting questions that come from the topic.

* Why does one need to Snap before they can use their powers?
* Do you gain your powers when you Snap, or do you always have them and Snapping just brings them out?
* What is the important part in the process of Snapping?  Is it physical trauma?  Emotional trauma?
* How traumatic does the Snapping have to be?

I know there are a few others I've had as well.  I'll post them when I think of them.

I think the second one is the most interesting.  Such as with Kell, was he always going to be a Mistborn if he Snapped? Or was it decided when he Snapped that he would be a Mistborn.   For instance, if he Snapped at an earlier time, would he of been something else, or maybe nothing at all. 

Also related to that, does how traumatic your Snap is determine what powers you have?  The only snapping stories we really know are Vin's and Kells.  They both had very traumatic experiences, and both became Mistborn.

That brings up another question with Kell as well.   He was a theif.  I also believe at least part of his younger life was spent on the streets.  We know he was a really really good theif, but I doubt he was perfect for as long as he was doing it.  It seems like at some point in his life he would of been beaten or caught or had something happen to him on the streets that would of Snapped him.

It doesn't seem like what Snaps you has to be all that traumatic, since we know that several noblemen are msitings/mistborn, and I can't imagine their lives were all that traumatic.

I look forward to reading other people's theories on this topic.

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