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Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Spren and Hoid (spoilers)
« on: September 11, 2010, 07:57:14 PM »
That's what I had assumed as well.

It's interesting that the one guy that Vegas quoted doesn't see the wavy-line spren until he's dying. He also apparently is going to Shadesmar as he's dying. Hmmmm.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Nine Survivors (WoK spoilers)
« on: September 11, 2010, 09:16:12 AM »
I'm more inclined to believe the first of the two theories, though anything's possible at this point.

Exact wording would be nice, though, if someone's got it. If not, eh, I'll live. Barely.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Spren and Hoid (spoilers)
« on: September 11, 2010, 09:13:56 AM »
Well, there appear to be some people from Sel (The planet Elantris takes place on) that show up in the first interlude (They're the ones who are looking for Hoid. The viewpoint is from the fisherman guy).

Aside from that, Brandon's told us that the books are all related, and we believe Shadesmar to be a large part of what relates them (for one thing, we think it's how Hoid planet-hops).

There's probably a few other things, but I really can't think right now.... sleep.....

Just had an interesting thought; Honorspren bond with people to make them surgebinders, (or windrunners if you prefer). Another type of spren (Soulspren? Truthspren perhaps?) bonds with a person allowing them to soulcast.
Now, there is a fabrial that allows you to soulcast without being bonded to a spren, so could there also be a fabrial that allows you to surgebind (or windrun, if you prefer) without being bonded to an honorspren? Perhaps this is related to the glowing glyphs on the Radiants armour, and their brightly glowing shardblades? 

I like this thought. A lot. I don't think the glyphs and shardblades glowing had much to do with fabrials. If you recall, they stopped glowing the instant the Radiants took them off. No one mentioned any sort of fabrials on the Radiants, and all of the fabrials we've seen so far have been fairly large and noticable. I'd personally say the glow is more likely to just be something the Radiants knew that made them more powerful.

I really like the idea of the fabrials that allow people to access other abilities of other orders of the Knights Radiant, though. I think it makes perfect sense, and it brings up lots of intriguing possibilities.

Also, whoever made the point about Vorinism pushing to excel at virtues in order to facilitate Spren bonding, I think that's also a fascinating idea. No real way to back it up, but it makes a lot of sense.

I laughed the first time I heard someone mention that Codex Alera was based off of Pokemon. But only because I realized that it totally was. It's just very well done.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Money
« on: September 11, 2010, 08:58:21 AM »
You know, that never even occurred to me. But then again, I have an utterly irrational hatred of libraries. I can't stand them. Or books from them, quite frequently. No idea why.

Sounds to me like you've read a little too much Alcatraz.   ;D

Nuh uh! Well, probably so, but that's beside the point!

In all seriousness, I've hated libraries for as long as I can remember. I never checked a book out of my high school or jr. high libraries. Not once in six years. The last time I checked something out of the public library was 4th grade. I've only used the library here at BYU because a) It's not quite so bad as other libraries, and b) I had to for one of my classes. It wasn't even an option. It said, "Go to the library and get this book. You probably won't be able to find it anywhere else, as it's out of print." Sad day. But I've only been there once since I got here. That's pretty good, right?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Money
« on: September 11, 2010, 04:13:44 AM »
You know, that never even occurred to me. But then again, I have an utterly irrational hatred of libraries. I can't stand them. Or books from them, quite frequently. No idea why.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hopes/Predictions/Wild Theories for Book 2
« on: September 11, 2010, 03:27:12 AM »
I didn't see Elhokar as an irredeemably spoiled young king. Sure, he's uber paranoid, but he's about the same as all the rest of the Alethi highprinces, in my book. Dallinar appears to be working on him, so there's a good chance you'll see the growth you were talking about.

I want to see Szeth vs. Kaladin. Adolin in the mix with his Shardblade wouldn't be bad, but Szeth vs. Kaladin for sure.

Anything at all to do with Shallan's backstory. She's by far the most interesting viewpoint character, in my opinion (though not necessarily the most fun to read. And I guess I shouldn't say by far, because Szeth takes a really close second).

If we're lucky, we might get some movement away from the Shattered Plains, though that doesn't seem too likely as Jasnah and Shallan are supposedly going there to meet up with everybody, so I think we'll likely have a massive get-together before everyone goes their separate ways.

I really want to know more about the Heralds. They're way more interesting to me than the Radiants. Hopefully, we'll get some of this from Talenel, who isn't dead.

I hope the Parshendi Shardbearer is killed, but I want him killed by Szeth. I don't know why. Just kind of a wishful thought.

I'd love to find out more about how the Old Magic works, and what it's capable of. Anything Brandon wants to give us about the cosmere is of course welcome.

I want to know what Hoid is up to.

I want to see Shallan use her Shardblade.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Money
« on: September 11, 2010, 03:17:29 AM »
Just go sit in a bookstore for like 12 hours straight and read it. If you're careful about it, you won't get yelled at.

In fact, in most bookstores won't even yell at you if you aren't careful about it.....

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Sazed, The effects of holding two shards, and Odium
« on: September 11, 2010, 03:11:46 AM »
It is assumed that the shards on each planet gave up some of their power to create the life forms on those planets. It may be that Odium did not aid in the creation of life on roshar though, hence not giving up any of his power.

Not only that, but all Shards are not created equal.

Quote from: Way of Kings Chapter 19 Epigraph (In Part 2)
He holds the most frightening and terrible of all the Shards. Ponder on that for a time, you old reptile, and tell me if your insistence on nonintervention holds firm. Because I assure you, Rayse will not be similarly inhibited.

Granted, the author of the letters *Cough*Hoid*Cough* could just be commenting on the nature of Rayse's shard (which makes sense if he holds Odium). But it does sound like his shard is a little more epically awesome than the others in terms of power.

Also, just because Ruin and Preservation were equally matched, or close enough that one couldn't kill the other without being killed, doesn't mean that we should assume that all shards are this way.

And lastly, though it has virtually no basis here, since this is all pretty metaphysical anyway, in my experience, when you shatter something, it's pieces aren't the same size. Even assuming that Adonalsium shattered based off of personality traits/characteristics as seems to be the case, certain traits would be more dominant in Adonalsium than others. Although if this is the way it works, it's telling that Odium is one of the more powerful Shards, and that's on top of the other messed up ones like Ruin.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Dalinar's visions *SPOILERS*
« on: September 11, 2010, 02:59:12 AM »
I imagine we'll get some thunderclasts and other such awesomeness too. But I agree, I doubt it will end up being Humanity vs Parshendi at the end. Otherwise, we wouldn't have had a big reveal at the end of book one.

That said, I'm a little at a loss as to what it will end up being - but it's only the end of book 1...

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Dalinar's visions *SPOILERS*
« on: September 10, 2010, 09:35:48 PM »
I wouldn't be terribly surprised either.

Just a random though - could "Unite Them" refer to uniting men and Spren, allowing them to become Radiants? This would certainly help man's cause, though granted, it wouldn't help much if he didn't have a united mankind as well. Otherwise, we've just got more Radiants killing each other. No bueno.

Brandon Sanderson / Sazed, The effects of holding two shards, and Odium
« on: September 10, 2010, 07:52:38 AM »
We've all heard everyone's concern about our friendly neighborhood Terrisman. Will he be ok now that Odium's around, and Saze holds two Shards, thus making him something of a threat. What I've been wondering about, though, is how is Saze going to hold up with both Ruin and Preservation attempting to shape him to fit them better?

We know that the Shards do affect the nature of their Bearers. After all, Ati was apparently a kind man at first, rather than a raving lunatic who only really wants to destroy the world. So what's going to happen to Saze now that he's got two opposing Shards working on him? Will the two cancel each other out, or is Saze going to go insane? Or something else?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Quality of Wok book
« on: September 09, 2010, 11:14:43 PM »
I had the same experience as Coma did, with the conjoined pages at the end. These pages that are still joined together are slightly smaller than the others, too. Which might be why they're still joined, come to think of it.....But in any case, I had to manually separate them. I might have just returned it to the bookstore and had them give me a new copy, if not for the fact that it was the release party, there were five hundred people there, and I was standing in line to get it signed. So I went with it.

Other than that minor issue, it's the most beautiful book I've ever seen. When my little sister saw it, she said, "If I've ever seen a book that could be described as sexy, that's it."

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Spren and Hoid (spoilers)
« on: September 09, 2010, 07:35:29 AM »
Yeah, Hoid appears in all of Brandon's books except Alcatraz and the Wheel of Time (and presumably Scribbler, but I don't know that).

It was nice to finally get to interact with Hoid and learn more about him, but there's still a lot more that we don't know about him. In addition to knowing that he was present at the Shattering, it seems quite likely that he is bound to one of the Shards of Adonalsium himself, as this would explain many of his abilities (ie planet-hopping). Although he could potentially have other powers that account for this.

Essentially, Hoid is the awesome. And he makes all of us theorizing fanboys rather gleeful, as he's given us all sorts of interesting things to theorize about over the years.

I don't think that the spren are as much like furies as you think they are. Spren seem to be less sentient, although I imagine that if many more start forming bonds like syl, we could see that. Note, however, that there are WAY more types of spren than there are furies, and the furies seem to be more elemental in nature while the spren seem to correspond to pretty much anything and everything. There are thousands of types of spren. Sure, a windspren is going to be slightly similar to an Air Fury, but I'm pretty sure there's no equivalent in codex alera for Intoxicaspren, or whatever it was the scholar guy discovered by getting incredibly drunk.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Dalinar's visions *SPOILERS*
« on: September 09, 2010, 07:26:15 AM »
I agree with most of the points made by the original poster. Dallinar acting with honor in order to attract an honorspren makes sense. While it does seem like he could become a radiant through some other spren, we don't know what exactly that entails. Maybe it's obscenely difficult. Maybe not.

In any case, Dallinar is the kind of guy who would attract an honorspren. He had to be pretty close to that to start out with - why not just give him a nudge in the right direction.

That said, I also agree wholeheartedly with the journal/recording point of view of the visions, which kind of slaughters that point, as the Almighty apparently in the last vision didn't know anything about the person(s) who would be seeing the visions. Thus, acting with honor would have to be something that the Almighty wanted to happen no matter who it was that saw the visions, and not something related to Dallinar personally.

I'm starting a reread, now that I've had my quick and eager read. I'll start digging a little more thoroughly this time.

I would vote scribbler, but I've only read like 5 chapters, which doesn't seem like enough to justify it.

Of his others, Mistborn wins without question, though like Chaos says, I have no doubt Stormlight Archive will be my favorite in a few years. I don't know how it will hold up against Dragonsteel, though, which is the only other series of Brandon's that I can see challenging Stormlight archive for top honors in my heart, but wouldn't be the first time Brandon's surprised me.

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