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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Recommend a book
« on: August 09, 2011, 10:09:05 PM »
Really, Peter?

Because Lawhead's characters remind me a lot of Brandon's, in that they're well-rounded, and that there is considerable character development over the series arc.

It probably also helped that I was not at all familiar with Celtic mythology, so if there were "tropes," they meant nothing to me.

The triology is really about leadership: What does it take to be a leader? How is a leader's character formed? How does a person learn to believe in themself in a way that inspires others to do the same? Brandon's books also remind me of that aspect.

And then there were the gnomic passages (as in rhetoric - - those reminded me of LoR.

But to each their own - glad we have such a wealth of choices.  :) I want to look up some of the others suggested here.

Way of Kings, no hesitation.
I loved Mistborn too, but WoK is just huge.
Can't wait for Stormlight 2!

I totally could not read beyond book 6 - had to force myself to get that far.

From there on, I've used the online synopses - and now Leigh Butler's Re-Read - to get up to speed for Brandon's books.

By book the end of 6, I hated all the characters and wanted them all to die - or maybe grow up, or get counseling, or join a 12-step group, or something.

Really, I'm a Brandon fan, not a WoT fan (hey, you can't like everything), so I fully confess that I'm in the minority in this thread. If Brandon hadn't stepped in, I'd have never read any of these books, so it's better than nothing, eh?

While I'm happy for my many friends who are hard-core WoT fans, I just lost patience with the repetitive incidents of hazing (naked people beating each other with sticks; I wondered a little if it was related to Jordan's time at VMI) and the excessively florid descriptions.

Now I realize that these are things that draw some people in to Jordan's style - if that be the case, more power to you.

I'm just thankful to all the folks (including you TWG readers) who've contributed to the Encyclopedia, etc., because you have saved me a boatload of pain.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Recommend a book
« on: August 09, 2011, 01:54:29 AM »
I don't see any of these listed here - sorry if I missed & am duplicating:


The Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy (Foundling, Lamplighter and Factotum) by D.M. Cornish ( - amazing YA fantasy; rivals LoR, IMO - a MUST read!!

The Song of Albion Cycle trilogy (The Paradise War, The Silver Hand and The Endless Knot) by Stephen Lawhead; his later works aren't as good

the Bryant and May series of mysteries by Christopher Fowler

the Chet and Bernie series of mysteries by Spencer Quinn

the Jon and Lobo sci-fi series by Mark VanName

_anything_ by John Scalzi, especially the Old Man's War books


"Made to Stick" and "Switch" by the Heath brothers (business)

"If Harry Potter Ran General Electric" by Tom Morris (business/philosophy)

"The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain" by Barbara Strauch

"The Reason for God" by Tim Keller (FYI - not LDS)

hmmm - maybe I read too much...

Rants and Stuff / Whatever happened to the word, "led"?
« on: February 12, 2011, 04:59:45 AM »
"Led" - past tense of the verb, "to lead"

I cannot tell you the last time I read this word in a news story, e-mail, or (sorry) post on this or any other forum. It's even wrong in many books (but none from TWG authors, as far as I know).

When I read something in the news like, "Yesterday, Maj. Xyz lead the Nth Brigade in an offensive against [generic enemy combatants]," it just makes me wonder - When did this happen? Because "lead" is present tense, but it says it happened yesterday...

Am I the only one to notice this? - that a fine and legitimate word has met a premature end at the hands of the evil spellcheck, which is too dumb to know the difference?

Or is this a recognized change in the language? - I confess that, to me, "prioritize" will never be a real word, and "creative" will never be a noun, so I may just have to use the one new term that's worth its weight in gold: "Whatever."

Brandon Sanderson / Re: What are the words?
« on: February 12, 2011, 04:29:30 AM »
I pictured Kaladin's speaking the Radiant's Oath as something that "came into focus" within him at the time - like a paradigm shift, when things that previously made no sense to you are turned upside-down and suddenly fall into place. When that happened for him, the Words (I do think this is what Gavilar meant) welled up within him, similar to inspiration or (sort of) prophecy, where it's partly under your own control and partly Something Greater guiding you. Because Kaladin has a destiny, this interpretation just seems right, to me.

(I enjoy reading all your theories! So imaginative!)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Nature of Shardblades? (Spoilers)
« on: February 12, 2011, 04:11:58 AM »
I agree with many posters here, that the Shardblades (in use during WoK) have an evil feel. I wonder if they aren't - metaphorically - a two-edged sword, that gives an advantage in battle, but leaves the bearer open to evil somehow - like maybe, the more you use it, the more arrogant and hostile you become. If a person had great stength of character within themselves, they could fend off this evil influence longer than others. I wonder if it's not a coincidence that the Alethi nobles prize Shardblades so much, and have such character problems - the influence to evil would be both cause and effect.

Hmmm - What if the Knights Radiant gave up the Shardblades because they were evil, or had somehow become a conduit for evil?

Or - What if the Shardblades were immune to evil during the Oathpact, but once that was broken, Odium began to be able to work through them somehow?

Re: the Dawnshards - I wonder if these aren't actual shards - broken pieces of something, like if a huge crystal got broken. [Confess that I'm thinking of "The Dark Crystal" ... where are the Gelflings?  ;)]

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Parshendi (WoK spoilers)
« on: February 08, 2011, 02:12:56 AM »
I don't see the Parshendi fleeing from Kaladin so much as respecting or reverencing him - those who saw the supernatural things he could do, at any rate. They chanted something - it sounded like low-level worship to me, when I read it. The Parshendi who were not at the bridge, who did not see how he drew all the arrows onto his shield, were the ones fighting him.

If the Creator did send the Parshendi as unexpected allies ("help that comes unlooked-for, help beyond hope"), I am imagining that he gave some kind of direction to their leaders, possibly much like the visions he was giving Dalinar. That would be how they would recognize him and say, "I have found you."

(I am really wishing that I had my book with me again - but then, part of the rationale was to keep myself from reading it over and over again, and doing nothing else...)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Parshendi (WoK spoilers)
« on: February 03, 2011, 05:20:21 AM »
I very much like unreal's theory re: Parshendi being infused with the spirits of men.

And I like Melriken's theory re: champions, especially in that battle at the Tower. Whether or not that's exactly what the prophecy referred to, it could be related.

I assumed that the creatures described as "horrors of rock ... dozens of feet tall" were the thunderclasts, which we see at the very beginning of the book ("a dying thunderclast"). I picture the Parshendi body-armor more like an insect's shell - flexible, chitinous - not like rock at all.

Also, I did not assume that all Jasnah's quotes referred to the Voidbringers - I think some of them refer to other enemies, like that "Midnight [something]" in one of Dalinar's visions. (Sorry for the imprecise quote - a friend has my copy of tWoK now.)

I realize this theory is kinda out there, but when I read about the Parshendi -vs- the Parshmen, it just *feels* like something Brandon would do.

Brandon Sanderson / Colors of blood/skin (WoK spoilers)
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:22:16 PM »
My theory: The different colors of blood/skin indicate that not all these races/species originated on Roshar.

- - Only the Parshmen are native, and un-evolved Parshmen (NOT the Parshendi) cannot resist the Void when it takes over their minds.

- - The off-worlders have been brought (by the Heralds? Knights Radiant? other world-hoppers?) to Roshar from their planets of origin, centuries ago, so that their magic can be used to fight the Void when it reaches this world.

Brandon Sanderson / Parshendi (WoK spoilers)
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:20:42 PM »
My theory: The Parshendi are not actually enemies, but will become allies instead. They are the "help" that the Almighty sent (mentioned in one of Dalinar's visions).

- - The Almighty has caused them to evolve so that they have "armor" that prevents the hive-mind control that normal Parshmen fall victim to.

- - The dark sphere (that Gavilar gave Szeth) does summon thunderclasts. The Parshendi gave it to Gavilar to keep it from their non-armored cousins during the coming Desolation.

- - But then why kill Gavilar? Maybe, as he interacted with him in the visions, the Almighty discovered that Gavilar was the "wrong" brother - from the descriptions of their personalities, he seems more over-aggressive whereas Dalinar seems more "Honor"-able, so to speak. So the Almighty chose the younger brother, and led (by visions?) the Parshendi to remove the elder one. This reminds me a little of the Jacob/Esau story in Jewish history.

Site News / Re: Introduce yourself - right on!
« on: January 14, 2011, 04:14:57 PM »
"old aggie" saying Hello (no, that's not my real name...)

Long-time fan of scifi/fantasy including LoR, CS Lewis, B5, Scalzi, Jon & Lobo, et al.

By trade, I'm an E-Learning Manager, which means that my writing is considered "not boring" by only a few people.

Located near Cleveland - bad weather, but the best orchestra on the planet, which IMO is a good trade-off.

Started following Brandon after picking up Mistborn 1 at the library. Kind of wish he wasn't doing WoT so we could have more of hiw own stuff, but it's all good.

I don't always find that guessing what will happen increases my enjoyment of a book, so usually I avoid that by reading fast. But with the huge gap between these SA books - well, one has to keep one's mind busy...

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