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Who said anything about going to a library?  I mean don't libraries let just about any person in?  Think about the germs of books that tens of people tough?!   :o

First by LA, do you mean Los Angeles, or Louisiana?  There is a bit of a difference between the two, and that isn't even close to a comprehensive list of what LA can stand for.  And before you reply that it should be obvious which one you ment, there's a whole state and an entity of the US government that recognizes LA as being the state, and there's about 37 million people in California that associate it with the city.

Second I'm wondering if your real objection to libraries is that you have to prove to them who you are and where you live, and they expect you to return the books you borrow.  Whereas with the anonymity of the internet you can get away with not giving a real name and no way to force the return of the book.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Important Warbreaker Values Conflict!
« on: September 07, 2008, 10:21:48 PM »
In the final version, can you make that one sister who gets sent off to the God King, at least 18 years old, instead of 17 or however old you have her?  Because in America, that is statutory rape...  What are your thoughts about this issue?

My thought is that American law has no bearing in a fictional world.  Plus, if you're going to quote law, please know the law.  Its not statutory rape if they are married, which they are.  There are many states where you can marry with parental consent at ages younger than 17.

Besides, I'd figure that 17 was about the oldest Siri could be.  Don't forget that it was originally her oldest sister that was supposed to marry the god.  That means that her sister Vivenna had to be young enough to be considered marriageable and with Siri being the 4th child there is a minimum of 4 years between them (probably more).  Realistically she should have been younger.

« on: August 31, 2008, 11:37:36 PM »
Will Brandon Sanderson give away free Mistborn #3 books when the #3 goes on sale, to us fourm posters, as a thank you for being here?

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If you do publish, how about making it like $3.99 or less?

Can you guys start giving away LCD HD-TVs and stuff to prepare us for going digital?

What wishful thinking.  But honestly, I'd rather get the book then GO TO a signing and meet Brandon.

But my proposal is Brandon Sanderson gives away free #3 books...

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Who can't afford $359 for a Kindle?  It had a price drop from $399.

For someone that was saying how any shmuck should be able to shell out $360 for a Kindle, you seem to spend a lot of time asking for stuff for free or cheap.

Rants and Stuff / Re: Do Mormons tick you off?
« on: August 28, 2008, 07:21:14 AM »
Is it just me, or is generally all Mormons mean spirited, angry people who criticize others?  LOL (don't ban me).

I need help choosing a response.  Below are the first things I thought of, please vote on which I should go with.

A) Must be just you that is mean spirited angry people who criticize others.

B) Mormons, on the other hand, do have a low tolerance level for morons, which could explain your experience with them.

C) Look, not a single bit of anger.  I must be losing my Mormonismness.

D) All of the above.

E) Other __________________________________________________

For a while I was trying to figure out if UtopiaGreen01 was actually Brandon in disguise (since he's been threatening to come in in disguise) or maybe Skar (since he's been so quick to respond a few times), but now I'm convinced he's just exactly what he seems to be.

We might be inclined to take UtopiaGreen01's (unenforceable) banning of miyabi as a signal to stop feeding the troll.

I had the same two thoughts.  I discarded the first thought rather quickly though because after reading Brandon's blog and the posts that he's made here, I can't imagine him being this obvious in his trolling.  Of course, it could be Brandon demonstrating just how good an author he is by making us believe that the OP is playing with a little less than a full deck.  I'll have to admit, that I never suspected Skar.  I guess I'm too new around here to know the usual suspects.

And, sometimes feeding trolls is fun.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Prologue for A Memory of Light
« on: August 22, 2008, 05:22:59 AM »
Hardly premature with a 2009 release and its already august. Besides Jordan has completed most of it if not all of it already (at east in rough form) according to previous interviews  and I'm sure there is some sort of plan to release it onto the market in new printings of KOD as a preview after the epilogue (As was done with other paperback books in the series!).  And all of that takes time to enter the market...any prologues wont just be an online release. 

Brandon may not have finished it up yet, but he will have to soon!

Those of us who have waited for every new release since the 90's are just a little too eager to see a piece! lol

Let me paraphrase what Tor has always said about the WoT books.  They'll be released as soon as possible after they're ready.  That being said, I don't believe that Brandon really has much say in whether the prologue gets released early or not.  He's writing this book under contract with Tor and Harriet, so he has less say in the release process than he normally would with one of his other books.  Obviously he can delay it being released by not finishing it, but I don't think he'd do something like that to us.  As for your assertion that since its august already and the book is slated for 2009 that its not premature.  Let me remind you that 2009 != January 1, 2009.  Its scheduled for a Fall release, still more than a year off.  The only deadline before January 1, 2009 is the first draft due at the end of December.  If the prologue got released early, I wouldn't expect to see it before September 2009.

Sure it'd be nice to see something now, but after 16+ years of waiting to see how it would all finish I won't be too terribly upset if I didn't get the prologue a month or two early.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: MR. BRIAN SANDERSON (please read)
« on: August 21, 2008, 07:42:31 AM »
Anyways, Mr. Sanderson, your Warbreaker book isn't perfect.  And I think I saw someone on Wikipedia that suggested to me that you are Mormon...

I'm not quite sure how these two points go together.  In fact, I'm pretty sure that a person's religion doesn't really affect his ability to achieve written perfection, and I don't believe that I've ever seen Brandon lay claim to said perfection.

What I want to ask is Mr. Sanderson, is being a writer good income?  Like can you estimate on average imcome per year for a writer as good as yoiurself?  Is it livable?

Obviously you can make a living wage as an author of Brandon's capabilities.  Since he's doing it.  If writing didn't pay a living wage, there wouldn't be nearly so many books out there.

I don't know if I will read the second book of yours because of some reviews I read on Amazon regarding it.  Is the third book any good, and if it is better than the second and first, does the second need to be read to understand the third?

I can't answer this one because a) I haven't seen the reviews on Amazon and b) I haven't read the unreleased book.  I personally like Misborn 2 better than 1, but that's my own opinion.  I'm sure that you'll be able to understand the third without reading the second, but it won't be as full an experience.

In addition, about your books and belivability.  Some people have criticized Dan Brown books because they are far fetched and unbelivable.  I am wondering if you understand the physical properties of elements such as metals.  I may not be a professional chief, but I believe metals melt, not burn.  And wouldn't ingesting metals, even pure, be bad for the body?  And what about other metals?  Is silver supposed to be atrium?  What about platanium?  Will there be more metals in third book?  How about a rare nuclear fissure metal, that blows up Iran or something?

Not that it makes any difference to the stories, but metals do burn.  Take a basic high school chemistry class, and you'll get to burn some copper and some aluminum to see the different color flames they create.  Many flares are made with Magnesium because of its exceptionally bright flame.  The different colors you see from fireworks are created by mixing metals into the explosive.  However, the way Brandon uses the word, he isn't necessarily saying that they literally catch fire, rather they are consumed during the act of transferring their properties to the allomancer, as if they were being incinerated.  I imagine that having metals in your belly catch fire would tend to discourage allomancy.

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