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Brandon Sanderson / Re: is Talenel dead or not?
« on: March 15, 2011, 09:36:09 PM »
There is also a blog post or something of him talking about the earlier version of Way of Kings where one of the viewpoint characters was an "immortal'

I believe that was the exact word used.  There was some other stuff in that interview that made it seem like Talenel was originally going to be one of the main viewpoint characters in the series.  I think he'll still be around for the rest of it.

Though, if you read the description of his sword, it sounds almost more like a spear.  In which case it makes sense that Kal ends up with it.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Fan ..... food? Baywraps!
« on: March 01, 2011, 03:15:51 AM »
Yay!  My Vin figurine arrived today.  Now all I need is to learn how to temper chocolate and my brilliant confection will be a reality.

That sounds interesting.  Post pics when you get it all figured out :)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Fan ..... food? Baywraps!
« on: January 30, 2011, 09:29:34 PM »
Yesterday I made a batch of these to share with the group I work out with for our drink club after our 3 hour workout.  People loved them, and on this batch I even did something different with the naan and barley which I thought came out worse than the last batch.  However I did the veggies much more simply and they came out better.   People were really impressed though.  It's easy to like something when you are the one that makes/creates it, but it's nice to see that these have universal appeal.

I think one more iteration and I'll have a finalized recipe.

Also Peter, based on your suggestion I made some barley soup last week.  It blew me away.  So much so I'm making another batch today.  I used this recipe which I'm going to nickname 'Man stew"

Brandon Sanderson / Re: When does Alloy of Law get released?
« on: January 26, 2011, 10:16:25 PM »
It's coming in November. That's from Tor as of this week.

He needs more summer releases so we don't have to worry about weather driving out to Utah.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Fan ..... food? Baywraps!
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:27:46 PM »
Phaz, you've never had barley?! Man, I LOVE barley soup, the more barley the better. Also, barley is what makes grape nuts yummy.

It was surprisingly hard to find out here.  I could also only find pearled barley.  I've heard the hulled has more flavor potential.

You are right though, it is great.  I'm going to try some other things with it.  One I really want to do is try cooking some like a risotto and see how much flavor I can infuse into the barley itself.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Did the Lord Ruler ... ? (Spoilers)
« on: January 20, 2011, 03:26:01 PM »
It was steel, hence the remarkable control he has when Pushing and Pulling that Vin remarks on.

That's what I figured but wondered if it was ever confirmed.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Did the Lord Ruler ... ? (Spoilers)
« on: January 20, 2011, 05:04:02 AM »
I always figured TLR was so powerful because he pretty much was an allomantic savant in all the metals.  He lived for a long time and had plenty of resources, it seems like if he was constantly flaring his soothing power all the time it would give it the effect it needed.  Especially since in one of the annotations Brandon says vin is more powerful, like TLR but for different reasons which we discover later.  IMO that is the savant thing that comes up in book 3.

Also, since it came up.  Was the spike in Zane's chest ever described to the point that we know what metal it was and what ability he got from it?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Fan ..... food? Baywraps!
« on: January 18, 2011, 06:04:29 AM »
In all seriousness, I'd love to see you take a stab at Ashir's "experiment" from Geranid's interlude (starting page 711 in TWoK.) Some of the description of it:

"The small stone room smelled sharply of spices. Ashir was trying another new experiment. It involved some kind of curry powder and a rare Shin fruit that he'd caramelized."
"She eyed the contents. Bits of bread covered with a red sauce."
"'Yes. It was really fascinating the way that Shin vegetable caramelized.'"
"'Yes, but you'd hate it. No fruit. Is this fish you added?'
'A dried handful of the little minnows I caught outside this morning.'"

It sounds like an interesting dish, and certainly quite challenging. :)

Good find.  That does sound intriguing.

I wonder what kind of process Brandon goes through when describing food.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Fan ..... food? Baywraps!
« on: January 17, 2011, 03:33:05 PM »
the boiled barely mix sounds delici0us..a little tempted to try it myself...

I'd be interested to see what you could get out of WoK in the way of food...

It's really good.  I think next time though I'm going to try adding more bacon (of course) as well as a little of the bacon grease to the mix to add more flavor.  I'm also going to try and use home made chicken stock instead of water to cook the barley for extra flavor.

If you want to try some, just use 1 cup of barely, 2 cups of boiling water, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 tbsp of butter.  Put them in a casserole dish or something that's safe for the oven with a lid, and stir it well.  Throw it in the oven (well covered) at 375 for an hour.  After it comes out, use a large fork or something to stir it so it doesn't harden, you just want to separate the barley from each other (but not mush them up).  It will make sense when you do it.  At that point for the salad I added 1 small fennel head, 3 tbsp of orange juice, 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 a cup of bacon, about 1/2 a cup of cheese (parmesan would work too) and 1/2 a cup of bacon.

If anyone is reading through any of Brandon's other books (Such as WoK) and comes across any meal descriptions and could give me the page numbers that would be awesome.

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 / Re: Question about The Lord Ruler/Skaa/etc
« on: January 13, 2011, 10:43:14 PM »
That all makes a bit of sense.  Especially the part with storing youth.

Thinking about TLR really makes me curious.  I'd love to read a novel/short story about the time period right after the logbook ends.  Reading everything about him at the well, discovering/gaining allomantic abilities, his rise to power, etc.  I think it'd be an interesting story.

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?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon Fan's in Coloardo--Mission somewhat
« on: January 11, 2011, 10:04:33 PM »
Okay, so if you live in Colorado you know that we haven't seen Brandon in a while.  Well, I had an idea that if I can find all of his friends in Denver-area/ Coloardo and we e-mail him about coming to see us maybe he can ask Tor if he can come visit Denver on the Alloy of Law or  A Memory of Light tour.  So calling all Colorado fans, lets band togethor!

I agree.  I remember back before he was big (Pre-WoT) he used to come to CO at least once if not 2x a year.   I think the last time he was out this way was for the MileHiCon in 2009. 

The last time I spoke to him (At the WoK release) he said he wanted to come out here for WoK or ToM but Tor didn't send him since he has been out here a few times already (and there's other places he's never been to).

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WOK Cover Art Questions
« on: January 04, 2011, 07:31:00 AM »
Here is a picture of mine after being framed.

The frame turned out great.  It's hard to tell from the crappy glared cell phone pic but th frame is kind of a 1/2 way point between gold and silver with a nice pattern that kind of compliments the shardplate.  I like it.

Also, you can see the wall behind it is painted silver.  I painted that room while reading The Well of Ascension and was inspired by the Conventicle of Seran (where Sazed and Marsh visit in the beginning of WoA).

That same room also contains my bookcase with all my extra copies of Brandon's books to give out, my mistborn figures, my signed/numbered allomancy poster, MB & Elantris pendants etc.
Don't worry though, I've saved space for a Nightblood replica, more art from WoK, an Aeons poster, an occulator lenses set, leather bound replica of Alendi's journal, inquisitor spike, and special limited edition printed copies of all Brandon's books (hint hint if Peter is reading this and can push for any of that happen :) )

At the end of the book, a figure that seems to be the 10th herald breaks down in front of Hoid.
Who do you think will get his armor & blade, and do you think this will be important for the story?
Is it one of the "Dawnshards"?
Why are they sent to "hell" after each death?
I hope I'm not spewing nonsense, lol.

If you read the description of his blade it comes off as being very spear-like.  Thus I'd say eventually it ends up in the hands of Kal.

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