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Brandon Sanderson / Re: So...Brandon....
« on: January 28, 2008, 03:04:15 AM »
No pressure though :D :D ;D

Brandon Sanderson / So...Brandon....
« on: January 24, 2008, 06:18:27 AM »
How are the sales of your books since the WoT announcement?

If my growing obsession with your writing is any gauge I imagine they must be pretty impressive - for which I heartily congratulate you.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: The coolest sword ever...Nightblood
« on: January 24, 2008, 06:15:45 AM »
While I agree that Nightblood is an extremely cool sword, please permit me to respectfully disagree with your assessment of the coolest sword ever.

In my (not so) humble opinion that honor goes to the twin brother swords of the Elric of Melnibone series by Michael Moorcock.


The Rune blades:   Brought to earth centuries before and wielded by the Melnibone emperors, these blades where turned over to the Gods and placed in the pulsing cavern when they became too powerful to control. They are known by the names StormBringer and MournBlade. They have the ability to give the wielder unparalleled strength. They are also sentient and require feeding to appease them. This feeding is in the form of souls taken during battle. Many of Elric's enemies plead not to be killed by his fearsome blade, StormBringer, as their souls are sent straight to hell for eternity. Although Elric is able to overcome his genetic weaknesses, and for the first time in his life he no longer needs to ingest his sorceress potions to sustain his life, this strength is gained at the price of a symbiotic relationship with his blade. Many is the time he will regret unsheathing it, as StormBringer has a taste for friend and foe alike.

what about blowing my nose on your shirt sleeve?

as enjoyable and as endearing as that sounds, I'm quite certain that I will respectfully decline that most appetizing of offers.

I was sitting here laughing at the responses when my boss (who sits at the adjoining cubicle) pokes his head over to look at me bizarrely.

I welcome licks, bites, nibbles and nips but slobbering, slurping, sneezing and burping is verbotten.

Hello all. NBGA and Errent I very much appreciate your responses. And there was no offense taken by anything :D

I guess it just boils down to personal taste. (I cannot tell you how I taste - you'll just have to take a bite....ewwwww)

For me, Martin's unexpectedness of everything comes across as either immature or panicky. Either way, again in my own humble opinion, I find it detracts from the experience of immersing myself in the world.

This is of course something that varies from individual to individual - my reading style is that I cannot read more than one book at a time. (Also the same for listening to music - I tend to latch on to something I like and immerse myself in it for a while then I don't listen to it for months). So, for me, when something interferes with my ability to completely lose myself in a world, I get frustrated and distracted with the eventual end that I do not end up reading the rest of the book.

It's writers like Neil Gaiman, Douglas Adams, and Ray Bradbury whose worlds I use as yarsticks by which I measure other writers' worlds. These are the writers who shaped my understanding of fantasy (along with Tolkien and CS Lewis but that was from childhood where I was much less discerning).

I like the young Stark boy who ran into the forest as a warg. I was deeply hurt when Ed Stark was beheaded. I truly cared about the world in the first two novels. The third just did not measure up to the yardstick in my mind and I got lost....

And then the next installment of WoT came out (at the time it was Crossroads of Twilight) and there was no reason for me to continue slogging through the Martin book.

Anywho - thank you for the respectful and thoughtful responses - it is greatly appreciated :)

Books / Re: Books you dislike or used to dislike?
« on: December 26, 2007, 02:49:10 AM »
FWIW it seems to me that Orwell's 1984 was written to approximate the experience of being watched by big brother so it is altogether a natural experience to feel odd while reading this book.

Of course - I could be wrong ;)

Robert Jordan had openly said that Taim is not Demandred. That said, I can see many reasons why people would still think otherwise.

Books / Re: Books you dislike or used to dislike?
« on: December 20, 2007, 04:26:08 PM »
George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire.

Never before have I encountered such an inconsistent world in a major fantasy work.

Ancient language peppered with modern invective?

Characters killed for no reason then brought back with even less explication and absolutely no foreshadowing?

A religious system void of the concept of heaven or hell, and then characters tell each other to, "Go to hell"?

Takes a truly wonderful world and causes it to be unbelievable. I am not a fan.

Site News / Re: How Annoying Is This?
« on: December 20, 2007, 04:13:35 PM »

Isabel - it doesn't matter you still provided the exact answer :)

As an aside - Are you "une Quebecoise"? Just out of curiosity - I could probably check your profile but I prefer taking a guess ...

Site News / Re: How Annoying Is This?
« on: December 19, 2007, 12:53:16 PM »
Ceci n'est pas une pipe.

wow - Isabel - that was thourough!

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 19, 2007, 12:19:37 PM »
Krelian - In your post about Aviendha's quadruplets you said It is most likely the reason the Wise Ones were so insistent that Aviendha start sleeping in the same room as Rand.  However Min had her vision of Aviendha's quadruplets well after Aviendha had stopped sleeping in the same room.

If, on the other hand, you mean that the Wise Ones were hoping for Aviendha to be the mother of the "remnant of a remnant" and so had her sleep near him in the hopes of something happening, then it's more likely.

My own personal opinion is that since the Aiel have such a complicated social system, they wanted Aviendha to teach him Aiel ways so that he would not offend anyone through ignorance.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 14, 2007, 08:37:44 PM »
Why do you think Aviendha was dropped?

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