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Writing Group / I need ugly sounds!
« on: January 28, 2010, 03:17:28 AM »
I need to think of things that sound really ugly. That make you cover your ears and go "oooo, that's ugly."
That's the kind of ugly I'm talking about.
If it has anything to do with electricty or mechanics or automobiles, or pretty much anything invented after 1900, I can't use it.

It's for a book, by the way. Ah prologues can be so cruel.

and I don't have time to go to the store until tomorrow. So much for reading it all in one sitting...
Anyone else esperience this??
Pages 128-159 are just blank.

Just thought I'd share a random thought:
Next time you're reading through Mistborn and you get to the fight between Vin and Shan, play the song "Girlfight" by Brooke Valentine. It's quite entertaining.

Brandon Sanderson / Mistborn in Spanish??
« on: February 02, 2009, 11:00:08 PM »
So, I'm part of the foreign exchange program at my school.
My exchange student came and gave my family a bunch of presents which leads me to believe that I had to do likewise.
While she gave me a bracelet that I never wear I thought it might be a good idea to give her something she can actually use.
Mistborn is my favorite book but I knew that if I was given a book in a language other than my native one, no matter how good it was, I would say thank you but never read it.
So, I was wondering if there is a Spanish version of Mistborn available? I know there's one for Elantris but I couldn't find anything about Mistborn.
Thank you!

Ok... so, I noticed this last time I was looking at the new allomantic poster and... I don't think I'm crazy but the allomantic symbols kind of look like instructions of some kind on where to put the hemalurgic spikes in a body...

Has anyone mentioned this before? I searched the forums pretty thoroughly and couldn't find anything.
Whatever, doesn't matter.
^^ So you can check it out quickly.

Anyone agree?

Brandon Sanderson / I finally converted someone!
« on: November 26, 2008, 04:11:41 AM »
After years and years of trying, I finally converted a Brandon Sanderson fan!

I know what you're probably thinking, how in the world was it so hard?
Well, I don't hang around a lot of readers.
And the one major reader I hang around converted me.

The first person I suggested a Sanderson book to was my best friend, and it was Mistborn, who had previously told me she loved reading.
That was a lie.
She loved reading Gossip Girl books. She got about five chapters into Mistborn and gave up† >:(

The second person I tried was my dad. Who made it farther into Mistborn, about nine chapters.
But he had to put it down for a while because of work and it's been more than a year now. It's safe to say, he's lost interest. Maybe when he retires he'll be able to read again. But currently he's not reading anything and after months of it sitting on his bedside table I got fed up and stole it back.

The third was when I was in my Consumer's Ed class for summer school going into sophomore year. I believe I was rereading Elantris when the girl next to me asked what I was reading. I showed her and explained to her what it was about and she showed up the next day with a paperback version of it. The class ended before she finished but she was giving good feedback. I don't know if she kept reading or not.

I was more successful the fourth time but then I completely messed it up. I suggested Mistborn to my (then) boyfriend but I didn't have a copy for him to borrow, so I lent him my copy of Elantris. He read that and loved it and was eager to read Mistborn but then I broke up with him and he didn't continue on. (I did have to beg him for Elantris back though, which was annoying. But, we're friends now and I know he still hasn't read Mistborn or any other Sanderson books yet.)

The fifth was a bitter failure. I was rereading Mistborn in my ACT Prep class and the kid next to me was hitting on me, as usual. He was trying to play to my interests so he started asking me about it and I, of course, expressed how much I loved the book, and the next week he shows up with a copy. He told me he read the whole thing but, once I let him know I wasn't interested, he suddenly realized that he wasn't interested in the books anymore. I texted him a while back and he didn't even remember the book. Which leads me to believe that he didn't read it.

I've also been stressing to my mom to read it, who for some godforsaken reason doesn't trust my opinion when it comes to books. And when she does decide to listen to my opinion on books she chooses the completely wrong ones that I like but I know she won't. She just read Twilight and hated it. I mean, I like it 'cause Iím a sappy teenage girl who can look past the ten year old writing and fall in love with Bella and Edward. My mom is much more practical.

But finally, and I mean FINALLY[/b] I successfully converted someone.
A few months ago my aunt and uncle came to me in desperation asking me to help my cousin Tina start reading. I have a bookcase the size of a dinosaur in my room, so they immediately thought of me.
I chose to give her Twilight, a book my friends who hated reading, fell in love with. And, consequently, so did my cousin and she read every book including the first 200 pages of the first book in a different view point online.
She gobbled them all up in a way that I had only heard of when I had done it with first the Harry Potter books and then the Mistborn books.
I was impressed so, two weekends ago, she came to my house for a sleepover saying how she needed a book to read because she always found herself bored. I flew to my bookcase and started from the top-down. From my small paperbacks, to my medium paperbacks and hardcovers, and it didn't even occur to me to look at my hardcover fantasy until I pulled out one of my Robert Jordan books and tossed it to her, joking that she should read that one (It's way above her current reading level; but someday I know she'd love them. Plus, she's never read fantasy, and that's a hunk of a book to get you into fantasy) When I paused and realized that I had completely ignored Mistborn and Elantris.
I was just so used to people shooting down my suggestion for the books and couldn't scare people as effectively with Mistborn or Elantris as I could with the monstrosities of some of the Jordan books, that I had just forgot. So, I paused, halfway turned to bring the previous pile I had assembled and thought, "Well, why not? Mistborn's my favorite book, and it started me off in fantasy, why not her?"
I dropped my stack causing the books to crash and scatter on the floor around me and slid out my copy of Mistborn. I held it up to her and turned, "You could read this." I told her.
"What is it?" She wasn't scared off by the cover and I took that as invitation enough.
I bounded over to my bed which she was sitting upon and plopped in front of her, immediately flipping to the inside cover and reading the description on the dustcover. (Which by the way, does a very poor interpretation of the book, in my own personal opinion. I'll have to see if it's mentioned somewhere else or start a new thread, I'm already making this one entirely too long)
After I finished reading, she looked a little confused, so I described the book in my own words and she paused, blinked at me, and then burst into a smile, "That sounds awesome!"
I gave it to her, after doing a little happy dance and the night went on. (The next morning, I double checked that the book was in her bag because, yes, I am that much of a psycho.)
She sent me a message on Facebook a couple days later:
This book you gave me is amazing.
Chapter 7, right now Kelsier is starting to train Vin. She is working on the tin metal at the moment.
I love reading the story through Vin's point of view more then Kelsier. I don't really know why. Maybe because more questions get answered with her. I love Vin; she is so tough and untrusting. Then Kelsier is so open and soothing. I love him too!!! So far I like Vin more.
That fight scene, when Kelsier was stealing the safe. That was down right awesome.
You gave me a great book!
Then a couple days later, I received this
I saw her that Saturday when we went to go see Twilight in theaters and, asides from talking about Mistborn all through the movie, I gave her the sequel AND (drum roll please):
Which means, she'll read it and love it, then give it to my aunt who will read it and love it, who will give it to all her friends who will read it and love it and soon.

Hahah, this was much longer than I expected it to be.
I was just excited.
I am getting better with endings though, I must say. My first lengthy story ended with "So yeah...."

Brandon Sanderson / Siri or Vivenna?
« on: August 04, 2008, 04:23:17 PM »
Ok, I've sifted through the forums and, maybe I'm blind, but I'm also 98.9% positive I didn't see an official answer.
So if anyone has an official answer for me, pleaseee let me know.
 OR you can put your opinion on the poll above, if you want.


Brandon Sanderson / Hollywood Speculation
« on: May 28, 2008, 03:46:39 AM »
So, I didn't see a thread for this, but if there was, please don't attack me.

Yes, I have been offered a movie deal
FIRST OFF: Yay, that's awesome.

No, it probably isn't for the series you're thinking about.

Ok, so I was thinking Mistborn.
WoT converters are probably thinking WoT
Newcomers who only read Elantris are probably thinking Elantris.
So if you eliminate all the ones I assume people are thinking about, that leaves:
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians
Dragonsteel (The Liar of Partinel perhaps?)
OR One of Brandon's other finished/unfinished/unpublished books: (Full list here:


Brandon Sanderson / A question about Mare (Possible Mistborn Spoilers)
« on: January 22, 2008, 01:39:17 AM »
How could Mare have been sent to the Pits of Hathsin?
She's an allomancer... wouldn't they just do the throat hangy thing?
I know she was sent after Kelsier, did she go through a process that made her unable to use her allomancy before she showed up?

This has been bugging me for quite some time and I was originally planning to simply wait for the annotations to possibly explain it but I can't. I have no patience... I must inquire:
When Zane is dying and "God" is telling him that of course he wouldn't tell Zane to kill Vin and that Zane was never insane in the first place.
Are those throwaway lines? Or do we find out more information about it?
It's been uber bugging me.

Oh and another thing:
Will we ever find out what EXACTLY gold is? That's been bugging me as well... it doesn't seem complete. I don't know, maybe I'm just completely dense and need everything explained to me in crystal clear detail... but it never hurts to ask. (Though my Honors Biology teacher would probably disagree... I thoroughly annoyed the hell out of him freshman year. I can't help it if I don't understand the concept of ribosomes. Sorry... I'm ranting. But seriously, whatever someone can tell me would be great!)

Brandon Sanderson / Facebook
« on: January 18, 2008, 05:33:43 AM »
I'm in high school so facebook is like.... literally a new turf to the catty social hierarchy.
You can "poke" people you have crushes on, send invitations to parties, and "stalk" people you hate or just think are really pretty.
About the notes - yes, if you post a note, a notification will be in the "News Feed" section of all your facebook' "friends'" home page. It will move down the list as other events within your "friends" take place so the approximated maximum time it will be up there is a day, however if you are "friends" with someone who has few "friends" on facebook, the notification may be up there much longer. If you tag people in the note it may stay up even longer.
I don't really visit Brandon's facebook for updates I just go straight to the main website because I don't rely on my news feed cause it is constantly changing and I might miss it.
Anyway - yea, I figured I'd share my knowledge, because I am on that particular website for hours at a time and it was about time I... give something back, I guess.
Hope I helped. =]

Brandon Sanderson / Hoid??
« on: September 11, 2007, 02:06:59 AM »
What's the deal with that name? It popped up in Mistborn: The Final Empire about the informant that Kelsier visits. And it's also in Dragonsteel. And I swear to god I saw it some where in Elantris (I'll have to reread it again to be sure) but is this just a coincidence? Or on purpose?

I called tonigt to make sure they'd have the book for me tomorrow because I wanted to read it right away. I called the Border's closest to me and they're four copies were already gone, and then I called another and they said they only had one left. So I was all, "How did they sell so quickly?" and they're all, "Well, according to our database they've been on shelves since the fourteenth. And I was all..... "What?"
next thing you know I'm pulling my dad out of bed telling him we need to get down to Border's before it closes so I can get my copy. I was happy that I was able to get it but at the same time I was like... wait... why did it come out on the wrong date?

Brandon Sanderson / Coming 'round Chicago?
« on: July 19, 2007, 05:53:46 AM »
I visit the website most every day and whenever a book tour or signing is mentioned its always in the west. Will Brandon Sanderson ever come to Chicago??

Brandon Sanderson / I completely hate fantasy...
« on: June 09, 2007, 05:54:34 AM »
was would I would have said 6 monthes ago before I read Mistborn.

And OH MY GOSH, I was definately wrong. Back in September '06, I was talking about A Brave New World and how I wanted to read it, and this kind of... odd girl, you might say, suggested that I read Mistborn, she had just finished it and really liked it. I nodded and wrote it down to make her happy, but I never actually thought I'd read it. But, this girl, oh she was persistant I'll give her that, every week until Winter Break she would ask, "Have you read Mistborn yet?" and I would always reply, "No... I haven't been to the library." I lied like a rug, I went to the library all the time.

But, during Winter Break after some trauma with my firends, I wanted to get a huge stack of books to distract me, when I remembered Mistborn. I was like... ok, I'll TRY it. So I picked it up and brought it home. I started to read it  the first night and I had very critical thoughts about it which gave me a mind block not enabling me to even understand the prologue. I sighed and set the book aside for a week. The annoying public library gave me a call reminding me that some of my other books were due and I remembered I still had not finished Mistborn. I remember debating to just give up, I had my Harry Potter, thats as far as i would go with fantasy. But, I don't like caving in so I gave Mistborn another try.

And I completely understood it this time around, so I read a couple chapters and I really had to tear myself away so I could get some sleep. But, the next day as I was going to bed, I did not even hesitate in the slightest to pick up the book and read. I got half way through it, I think, before I knew I had to go to bed. The next night, I opened to where I left off and at the point where I usually go to bed, I hit a peak in the book where I could not take my eyes off the words. I stayed up all night reading the book and I shut it at seven AM feeling more satisfied then any other book since Harry Potter.

Since then I have recommended the book to all my friends who, lemme just say, do not read (we're cheerleaders, it's not THAT unexpected) I have only convinced one of them to read Mistborn and that is because I went to the library and checked out the book again and gave it to her. (She's about to start reading it more now that finals are over)
I seriously love Brandon Sanderson's books, or ebooks or whatever everything else is, none of them remind me of the others which I find completely refreshing. I have to say I'm addicted and, oh my gosh, I can't wait for (a) the sequal to Mistborn to come out and (b) My friend to finish Mistborn so I can reread it.

So basically.... I just want to say that because of Brandon Sanderson's writing, I've become the reader that I used to be. I now visit the library regularly because Mistborn, mostly (Elantris was good too but I REALLY LOVED Mistborn), has reminded me how much I love reading, and how much I love finding a great book. So... basically... yea =] (I know what a sucky ending for that whole speech/rant/whatever, not all of us can be super-awesome writers)

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