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Reading Excuses / October 18 - Stormblessed - Perfection Ch1 + 2
« on: October 18, 2010, 05:29:50 AM »
So here is my first submission for Perfection, a fantasy murder mystery. Just warning that there is sexual references and violence. Also Perfection is only a working title, and named after the fact that the murderer was a perfectionist in the original story which predated this version. I have included two chapters this time as the first one is really short.

Anyway enjoy! :)

Ch 1: We meet the first protagonist, an assassin Jason on his first contract kill.

Ch 2: We meet the second protagonist, Chief Inspector Daniels, as he discovers the crime scene left behind by Jason. We also return to Jason's PoV, as he thanks the Goddess for his fortunate life.

Brandon Sanderson / Tien and Stone Shamans *WoK spoilers*
« on: October 17, 2010, 03:13:13 AM »
Does anything think that Tien's interest in rocks and ability to see the difference between rocks is unusual? Is this some special ability that only a select few people on Roshar have, or just the overworked imagination of a young boy?

If the former, is it possible that if Tien had been born in Shinovar, he could've been a stone shaman?

Brandon Sanderson / Mist Spirit *Mistborn Spoilers*
« on: October 13, 2010, 11:31:53 AM »
In one of the epigraphs from Mistborn: Final Empire there is the quote:

Like it's [the mist spirit] made out of black fog. Or mist, perhaps

I'm sort of confused.  ???
I thought Preservations mists were white, and that this mist spirit that Alendi sees is a shadow of Preservation. But if the mist was black, then that would make the mist spirit Ruin. Any ideas?

Brandon Sanderson / Atium Crystals *Minor Spoilers*
« on: October 12, 2010, 12:06:54 PM »
Something has been bugging me.

If allomancy can shatter the atium crystals, why was Mare, a tineye sent to the Pits. Surely the Lord Ruler wouldn't risk destroying the crystals on the off chance that she got her hands on some tin.

Brandon Sanderson / Quote from Brandon
« on: October 10, 2010, 01:48:53 PM »
Found this quote in the Mistborn 2 Annotations:
I can't even begin to understand how it must be for authors who write series longer than trilogies!

I just had to sit back and laugh, knowing the Brandon has already started writing a series with a planned 10 books.  :)

Writing Group / What is Civilisation?
« on: October 10, 2010, 04:35:25 AM »
The book I'm writing at the moment is based around the philosophical idea of: What is civilisation? What is the difference between a civilised man and a barbarian? Or even between man and animal (barbarians are often seen as animals)?

I just want to get people's views on the topic. I'm dealing with some issues here like religion, law and order. I want to create a society that believes they're civilised, but may just not be as civilised as they believe. Hopefully this discussion will help me create some ideas.

Thx!!  :)

Brandon Sanderson / Lake in Mistborn *Mistborn and Elantris spoilers*
« on: October 09, 2010, 11:54:00 AM »
I was just doing a re-read of mistborn: the final empire, and I came across this reference on the epigraph of chapter 33:
The lake that Fedik discovered is below us now - I can see it from the ledge. It looks even more eerie from up here, with its glassy - almost metallic - sheen. I almost wish I had let him take a sample of its waters.

Perhaps his interest was what angered the mist creature that follows us. Perhaps...that was why it decided to attack him, stabbing him with its invisible knife.

I was wondering, does anyone know anything about the origins of the lake? This reference makes me think of the lake in Elantris, which is infused with a shards power. Maybe the reason it is described as metallic is because it is infused with the power of ruin/preservation?

Writing Group / Plotting Chapter by Chapter
« on: October 08, 2010, 01:59:14 AM »
Hi,  :D

I'm an amateur, but an addicted reader, and I got to the stage of wanting to start writing my own stories. I am a great worldbuilder, and am really good at character development and am even really good at editing, but I suck when it comes to plotting. I can sometimes work out really good story arcs, but when it comes to actually writing a story, chapter by chapter, my story falls apart after 10,000 words. I have a great beginning, and I know where the story is going to end. I even have some great scenes mid-way through the book and stuff, but I just have problems tying it all together.

Any tips from anyone out there? Ideas on how to overcome this frustrating problem>

Brandon Sanderson / Dalinar's visions
« on: October 08, 2010, 01:24:20 AM »
I can't help shake this feeling that Dalinar's visions transport his spirit back in time, so that he does not just experience past events, but influences them.

If it was just a recount of the past, Dalinar wouldn't be able to act like himself, but would act like the person he possessed. However he does act like himself - he fought off the smoke creatures, which surprised the wife of the person he possessed, as well as the Knights Radiants. He told Nohadon that he would write a book, which surprised Nohadon - I can't help but think that this line maybe influenced Nohadon later, making him write the Way of Kings.

Anyway, the fact is that these visions don't just feel like a recount of the past, it is as if Dalinar is in the past, experience the events as they happen.

Brandon Sanderson / Inside Cover Artwork in WoK
« on: October 07, 2010, 01:52:49 PM »
Down here in Australia (and I assume also in the UK) we have the Orion version of WoK in trade paperback form, and unfortunately (and incredibly frustratingly) the images on the inside front and back covers of the US Hardcover version of WoK do not appear (I am of course referring to the two diagrams of the double eye of the almighty - one is brown, the other blue - as well as the map of Roshar and Shadesmar).

I was wondering if anyone could post up good quality pictures. And when I say good, I mean big pictures where it is easy to make out the small detail. That would really be appreciated a lot!

Brandon Sanderson / Thunderclasts *WoK Spoilers*
« on: October 05, 2010, 08:21:37 AM »
I have been sitting on this theory for awhile.

Anyway, I read this quote from the Prelude:
Less frequently, he passed cracked, oddly shaped hollows where thunderclasts had ripped themselves free of the stone to join the free.
and I begun wondering, assuming thunderclasts are not voidbringers, is it possibly that thunderclasts are animated stones. Maybe through voidbinding, the voidbringers can bring stone to life, creating creatures like thunderclasts, that rip themselves free of the very stone that they were once a part of.

P.S. When I think of this I always picture that scene from Galaxy Quest. You know the one, with the stone creature fighting Tim Allen's character

Brandon Sanderson / The Almighty and Shu-Keseg *Elantris and WoK spoilers*
« on: September 30, 2010, 01:09:59 PM »
One day an old wise Jindo man came upon an idea 'Unity'. What resulted were the religions of Shu-Keseg, Shu-Dereth and Shu-Korath, all preaching different types of unity. Where did this idea come from? Was it just from the contemplations of an old man, or was a shard involved?

We know from WoK that unity is very important to the Almighty. Some have even speculated that the Almighty's shard is based on unity (of course, the other more popular theory is of transformation). That aside though, is there some relation between the two? Is it possible that in the Cosmere somewhere, there is a shard of unity that made a brief or extended visit to Sel?

Brandon Sanderson / Hope and Ruin *Mistborn and WoK Spoilers*
« on: September 30, 2010, 08:19:48 AM »
Ati, the assumed name for Ruin is also an Aon meaning hope. We know that Ati was a good man before he was corrupted by the shard. Is there a connection or is this only coincidence?

Brandon Sanderson / A Shard Still Exists on Sel *Elantris and WoK spoilers*
« on: September 30, 2010, 07:49:14 AM »

There is another important element to this teleportation. I thought it important to involve deity in the climax of what has been such an overtly religious book. You may not believe in God, and it is never my intention to belittle your choices. However, the format of this book has been one that dealt with religion and the way that people interact with their faith. And so, I took this last moment of the book, and gave Raoden an opportunity to call upon the aid of providence.

Raoden arrives safely, despite the odds against his having gotten the distance, direction, and other factors right. You are free to simply think of this as luck, if you wish.
Divine intervention? Or a shard on Sel not quite as dead as Odium/Rayse believes?

P.S. This quote comes from Brandon's annotations on chapter 62-2

Brandon Sanderson / Seeing the Future *Spoilers for all books*
« on: September 30, 2010, 07:44:03 AM »
From WoK, we know that the Almighty can see vaguely into the future:
"I cannot see the future completely. Cultivation, she is better at it than I. It's as if the future is a shattering window. The further you look, the more pieces that window breaks into. The near future can be anticipated, but the distant future...I can only guess."

In Elantris, we also know that the Wyrn also has the ability to look into the future, as can be seen by the placement of Fjon in Teoin in order to kill Hrathen. Brandon himself says:
I definitely meant to imply that Wyrn managed to see, limitedly, into the future and sent Fjon to the place where he'd be able to slay an important traitor to Fjorden.
My question is: does Wyrn have access to a shard or a shards power to access the future? Or is the power to access the future not exclusive to a shards power?

EDIT: I believe Preservation also has some ability to see the future in Mistborn.

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