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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 / Re: Warbreaker Merchandise
« on: June 29, 2009, 12:26:10 PM »
 :o :o

I spit Dr. Pepper all over the place when I read "Lightsong is my homeboy", when I finally got control of my self, and continued reading I would have done it again had I not (wisely) decided not to take another drink, yet.  Because then I read "Beware of dead squirrels"

I would SO pay for both those shirts.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon and girls.
« on: June 27, 2009, 11:03:19 AM »
My problem isn't with the "frailties" of the women, or the "stupid things they do"  (Lord knows the men do enough stupid stuff for that to not matter.  No, my problem with the women in the WoT books is that they are so completely unreasonable.  If I knew women that acted like them in real life, I would go out of my way to avoid them every time I could.  (And I'm not referring to being opinionated or strong-willed.  I've been surrounded by women like that my entire life.  My grandmother opened the first cardiac unit in the state of Louisiana, and now the biggest cardiac unit in the state is named after her.  With that kind of example to look up to, strong-willed and opinionated is not a problem I have with women.)  No, my problem is that in their opinions they are right and everyone else is wrong.  End of story.  No ifs, ands, or buts.  They are (almost without exception) all completely unreasonable.

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?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker Reviews
« on: June 26, 2009, 11:40:37 AM »
I think Warbreaker is probably his best book, so far.  Granted, I LIKE the Mistborn books better, but Warbreaker is better written.  I would imagine it will probably be more successful commercially than Mistborn.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: How did you find out about Brandon Sanderson?
« on: June 26, 2009, 11:38:13 AM »
I read he would be the new WoT author.  I had never heard of him, and was prepared to be disappointed (like I was with the Brian Herbert Dune novels).  I bought Mistborn to give him a fair shot.  I've now read all of his epic fantasy published works, will probably be buying his Alcatraz books soon, and can't WAIT for the WoT books to come out.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon and girls.
« on: June 26, 2009, 11:33:33 AM »
I do really enjoy the WoT with its many female main characters and POVs, but I get the impression Sanderson is going a little overboard with all of his female protagonists and main characters.

Really?  You like the female characters of WoT?  I can't call them on here what I call them in my head for fear of getting banned, let's just say I call them the Witches, because they are NOT nice (or reasonable) people.  I like the WoT series DESPITE the female characters, not because of them.

Now Brandon is great at his female characters.  I don't really care if they are male or female, as long as the character is compelling.  He seems to have no problem writing compelling characters, regardless of gender (as opposed to say Tolkien who wrote absolutely HORRIBLE female characters).

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