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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Mistborn: Final Empire TYPO page
« on: February 27, 2007, 10:01:58 PM »
I don't have the book with me right now to look this up, but I thought I remember the phrase "steelpull" during the first big action scene (I can look it up when I get home).  Shouldn't this be "Ironpull"?

Also, for the authors here.  Do typo's typically get fixed after the initial printings?  For a first printing hardback, I understand that there could be some, but I've read a few "mass market paperbacks" of a book originally printed close to 10 years ago that have had typos.  I am not one to notice every little mistake, but when I do notice them it kind of temporarily pulls me out of the story, which naturally I find disturbing.   For lots of those more popular books, how long could they sit on shelves after printing?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Sanderson's First Law
« on: February 22, 2007, 06:34:53 PM »
I rather like books where the author doesn't really define, or tries to hide where the character fits on the spectrum EUOL defines.

For instance, in Harry Potter, I think most people agree (including Harry) that he is more of just a normal wizard, and everything he can do is more or less known by the reader.  However, I know there is some debate about if harry has any powers he doesn't really know about.  In many ways, he has shown himself to be normal, but there is also the prophecy about him, and some signs that he can do things other wizards can't.

I don't really think he'll come out and defeat Voldemort with some completely unseen power that pops out of the blue (Sword of Truth style), for as EUOL has also said, that tends to make bad stories.  However, I do kind of like how JKR keeps us on the edge.  She doesn't really have him come out and do big major things that ruin the story, but she always kind of keeps the door open.  It adds to the suspense and provides more of an interesting read, when he is trapped you expect him to do something out of the ordinary, but he comes back and just does something he already knows how to do (with the exception of the end of The Goblet of Fire, but in all honesty that was more his wand's power than himself).

Also, I really love how Mistborn takes advantage of this concept.  The magic system is relatively simple in what it can do, you can explain it to most people in a short conversation.  However, when you first learn about it in the book, I don't think anyone really imagines the kind of scenes that will come from it's use.   That first action scene really set's the hook.  I've told everyone I've lent the book to, that they just need to get to that part (I think it's page 72?) and they will finish it a few days after.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alcatraz cover art?
« on: February 12, 2007, 11:33:49 PM »
I would suggest trying the Warbreaker book, which is his online offering, if you haven't already. :) He is accepting, and asking for, comments and any suggestions about this one, and in my opinion it is coming along nicely. I think that you will enjoy it, especially if you like his others.

I have been very tempted to do so.  I need some kind of fix while waiting for the next Mistborn book.  The only thing keeping me from doing so thus far is the digital format.  I'm so used to grabbing a book and hitting one of my overly comfortable reading spots.  I'm not sure if I could sit for long periods reading text on my computer screen.   I will probably give it a shot.  Chances are I'll get so into it I won't even realize I'm scrolling my mouse instead of turning pages.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: If Mistborn was a movie. . . .
« on: February 12, 2007, 07:29:36 PM »
I really like the Morgan Freeman for Sazed idea.

As for Kel, I think that it would be interesting to see Wentworth Miller give it a shot.  He might not be the best choice, but he's the best I could come up with.  He could easily do the physical aspects of the part, as well as pull off the scheming and leadership areas.  The charismatic part of the roll would be where the gamble lies.

I think Jennifer Garner could maybe pull off Shan.

Though really, if it was my choice, there wouldn't be any actors to play any of the rolls.  It would be fun to see it on the big screen, but I really think it would be much too difficult to pull off right now.  If you combine the action scenes with all that happens in the plot, it would be too much.  I'd hate to see such a great series chopped up, mixed around and shoved into the big screen format.

I know there are a few larger works that are being made into a series, or mini series, which I think might work for this kind of novel, but we'll just have to wait and see how those turn out.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Alcatraz cover art?
« on: February 12, 2007, 06:59:17 PM »
I can't wait to read this book, even if it is young adult. Heck, it might even end up on the bestseller list!

I agree 100%.  I'm fairly new to Brandon's work, but absolutely loved both his books so far (as have at least 5 other people I've shared them with).

I saw the name Alcatraz in various places on his site, but had no idea it was a young adult book.  That makes me even more anxious to read it.  I was never really a reader growing up, but during college I got into the Harry Potter series, which converted me.  I think I hated reading in school because it was always 'work' to read.  There was some deeper meaning or something I had to analyze, which in general turned me off.

With Harry Potter, I discovered that reading can be fun.  There are plenty of books out there that you can just come home from work or what not, sit back and enjoy.  Just easy reading that is pure entertainment, something you can just dive into and smile about without putting a lot of effort into.  I love books like that.

The first few books I read (HP series, Narnia and Eragon series) got me so in tuned with the 'younger' books, that when I first read a larger series (GRRM's) I felt a little weird reading about all the 'adult' things that took place.

I've yet to read something from Brandon I didn't find absolutely brilliant.  I can't wait to pick this one up and see how he does with a slightly different goal.

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