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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Favorite Authors...Where does Brandon Rate?
« on: August 06, 2009, 07:57:01 AM »
I read the entire Twilight series.  My brother and sister-in-law don't read, so I promised them I would read anything my neice or nephew wanted to read to vet it before allowing them to.  This, unfortunately, lead to me needing to read the entire, just...WOW.

I think Stephen King said it best, "Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people. ... The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good."

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Official Gathering Storm Cover Impressions
« on: July 31, 2009, 08:17:33 AM »
If they had just hired Michael Whelan to do the cover art, we would all be suitably impressed.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: UK Mistborn Cover Art
« on: July 31, 2009, 08:15:44 AM »
Have you never seen a nerdy girl who wasn't very attractive dress up go to a salon and all that then whow up to a dance and look just absolutely gorgeous?

Can't say I have.  Usually, those girls you're talking about I'm already attracted to.  Intellect attracts me as much as looks.  Also, they usually look attractive before-hand, most people just don't care to look past the "nerdy" exterior.  Since I happen to be a nerd, I have no trouble with that exterior.  ;)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: UK Mistborn Cover Art
« on: July 31, 2009, 08:11:09 AM »
Seeing as I fairly despise the cover art for the Mistborn books, I'd have to say those covers are a huge improvement.  I did like the WoA cover, particularly.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Favorite Authors...Where does Brandon Rate?
« on: July 31, 2009, 08:09:20 AM »
A fair point that Ender's Shadow was better written.

However, I've said this before and others on these boards have agreed...Warbreaker is better written than the Mistborn Trilogy, but I LIKE the Mistborn Trilogy better.  That has alot to do with it.  (Though in the case of Card, if you want to discuss best written and most likeable book in the Ender and Bean series, I'd have to say (for me at least) the award for both goes to Speaker for the Dead.)

Anyway, thanks for the answer.  We can now return to our banter.

"You don't like Card??? BLASPHEMY!"

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Favorite Authors...Where does Brandon Rate?
« on: July 30, 2009, 12:05:47 PM »
Oh yeah, and I'm really glad I first posted this topic.  I've found quite a few authors, thanks to you guys.  Another thing that's helped is that I got a Sony Reader, and looking for books on it has opened me to quite a few new ones, as well.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Favorite Authors...Where does Brandon Rate?
« on: July 30, 2009, 12:03:09 PM »
Does anyone remember at what age and what author that got you interested in the genre?

I'll never forget it.  The Hobbit when I was 6.  Fellowship of the Ring when I was 7, and The Two Towers and The Return of the King when I was 8.  The book that made me realize that REALLY BIG BOOKS were cool was Shogun.  The first book I ever read over 1,000 pages.

yay some sci fi peeps!!! if you think that cheering goes for people who put down orson scott card and possibly one other it doesn' are a card groupie and i hate you all!!!  though you can redeem yourself by either putting asimov or heinlien on you list

You'll note I have Heinlen and Steakley on my list, as well as Card.  I was going to make some remark to banter with you, something like "BLASPHEMY!", but I have to ask, Kaz.  What gives?  What is it about Card that you dislike so much?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Dragonsteel
« on: July 14, 2009, 01:45:47 PM »
Never mind.  I found the answer just a few minutes after posting this.

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 / Re: Favorite Authors...Where does Brandon Rate?
« on: July 06, 2009, 10:34:02 AM »
Card groupies i hate you all....


There's someone out there that actually DOESN'T like Card?  The man is a literary genius in my opinion.

Anyway, with everything I read from or about Brandon my opinion of him rises.  If he keeps going the way he's been, I foresee him taking Tolkien's place in another 5-10 years.  Coming from me, that is very high praise, indeed.

Wow, you know this list has the side-effect of reminding me of alot of authors to go back and re-read.  Thanks, guys!

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker Merchandise
« on: July 06, 2009, 10:21:51 AM »
Nightblood Replica FTW!!!

I would spend a stupid amount of money, on one of those, myself.  And I still want the "Lightsong is my Homeboy" T-Shirt.

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 / Re: Sanderon's WOT without reading the series?
« on: July 03, 2009, 10:23:08 AM »
After reading the WoT series since 2 days after the release of Eye of the World (the first book in the series) back in 1990 (WOW, has it really been 19 years???) I can almost assure you that you will be completely lost if you just pick up AMoL without reading the previous books.

Then again...Brandon is a great author.  Maybe he is working it in where you won't need it...I just don't see how he could possibly do it.  Maybe that's why I'm not him, heh.

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 / Re: Inherent Goodnes ***Possible Spoilers***
« on: June 30, 2009, 08:55:49 AM »
I disagree slightly (maybe it's just a matter of semantics).  Most people feel they are justified.  And in someone that doesn't believe in the inherent goodness of mankind, justification is about the most you can expect to have explained.  Mr. Sanderson actually shows that people are (for the most part) TRYING to do good, as opposed to just trying to show justification for their actions.  I suppose Denth was a bad example for me to use in the OP, because he falls into the justification category.  I believe Denth was a good man that got himself in too deep and didn't see a way out, so he had to justify what he was doing to live with himself.  Still that shows justification, not trying to do good.

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