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Brandon Sanderson / Re: What are the words?
« on: February 01, 2011, 09:56:47 AM »
Right, I'm not objecting to words having an effect so much as whether there's a good explanation for that. (Because so often this sort of thing stays unexplained and comes off as bad writing) It seems that there's room enough for the difference to be explained later when Brandon has some time to zoom in on the magic. :)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: When does Alloy of Law get released?
« on: February 01, 2011, 09:53:48 AM »
Well it wasn't exactly planned, it just happened that Brandon's side-project during his break expanded to novel length and worked out well enough to release. :)

Brandon Sanderson / Re: What are the words?
« on: January 30, 2011, 01:52:15 AM »
I honestly didn't think it was such a huge stretch for the difference between Kaladin before the battle and Kaladin during to be more about determination and practice (and dramatic license) than about magical words, but if the oaths really are somehow magical than paint me disappointed.

But yeah, who thinks the main character of each book will be of a different order of the Knights Radiant?

Given that Brandon was speculating that Kaladin might get two books, I find this unlikely. We'll probably get a decent spread if the viewpoints we've been told about are any representation though- we have a herald, Navani makes fabrials, Jasnah and Shallan soulcast, Dalinar is probably related to Stonesinew's order, and Kaladin and Szeth are windrunners. It's also possible that Jasnah and Shallan, and Kaladin and Szeth each belong to different orders of the Knights Radiant despite having superficially identical powers.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: [WIP] The Cosmere
« on: January 30, 2011, 01:06:28 AM »
Kelsier also had access to some of Preservation's powers for a while after he died, although we're not sure if he exactly counts as a shardholder in the same way that Leras, Vin, and Sazed did. Endowment should probably be Living, not Alive, and because we can reasonably guess that the pool in Elantris is related to Aona, (s)he's has been tentatively referred to as Relief.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: When does Alloy of Law get released?
« on: January 29, 2011, 11:18:01 PM »
October/November is big book release time for some reason. I don't know the numbers behind that.

Christmas/Holiday shopping season, sir. That's the reason. You release it in October/November, take a few weeks to ship, give yourself some leeway to print & shop more books in case demand outpaces supply.

That, and given that so much book marketing is word of mouth, you get your hardcore readers showing up in november to buy your new books, and then they read them, enjoy them, and start convincing their friends to buy them in plenty of time for the Christmas season.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: What are the words?
« on: January 28, 2011, 12:16:35 AM »
Unless I am completely mistaken that trope has a large presence already in this book/series- 
i.e. Kaladin reviving from near death and jumping the bridge after accepting/saying/making an oath of  the Second Ideal...-

I think there's a slight difference between having full access to powers you've been using all along, and a magic sword appearing out of nowhere without already being bound to you. :P

Brandon Sanderson / Re: What are the words?
« on: January 26, 2011, 12:17:42 AM »
My theory is that the words are an oath to the Almighty and will likely return the Dawnblades to humanity for use against the Voidbringers.  Something similar to the Christian idea of accepting Christ into one's heart and life.

I really don't think so. Brandon is a really good author, and this sounds like it'd be really hard and not worth pulling off in a book, because it's essentially a trope of all sorts of terrible fantasy that swearing an oath grants you powers.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: When does Alloy of Law get released?
« on: January 26, 2011, 12:08:10 AM »
Yeah, worked out quite nicely that Brandon's refresher story ended up being of release quality and novel length. :)

Nine of them quit, anyway.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WoK: Making Wishes Out West (*Spoilers*)
« on: January 22, 2011, 01:08:06 AM »
Remember how it works - you tell her what you want, and then she gives you what *she* thinks you deserve, plus a curse to go with it.

This. I would stay the hell away from the old magic unless it's for my life or my family. The farmer who asked for enough wares to get his family through hard times was the only one who did it right. Interestingly enough, his curse was the one that wasn't so bad in the end...

Which might imply that the severity of the curse is in proportion to the wastefulness of the wish.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Backup plan (Mistborn spoilers)
« on: January 22, 2011, 01:02:04 AM »
I was under the impression that Ruin would need to be freed to exercise significant amounts of control even on people he arranged to have spiked.

In fact, I can't help but like Taravingian. Here's a guy who believes in the Almighty, as evidenced by his debate with Jasnah early in the book, knows he's completely dooming himself by his actions to whatever doom these guys believe in, and yet continues his actions because he believes his saving the world. And for all we know, he might be right with what he's doing. He calls these people his dear friends, and is still willing to sacrifice them. Evil? Completely. But he might be just what the world needs at this point.

Yeah, I would much prefer a Taravingian book to a Shallan, Adolin, or another Kaladin book, but I don't think it's happening. Some characters need to remain mysterious.

Actually, I find that this makes Taravingian even more disturbing, because he has been warned against this behaviour by an authority figure he clearly trusts but in his own self-aggrandizing arrogance thinks that ethics are for other people, not him, and he's got to do whatever it takes to win. He may have given up what he perceives as his ultimate reward, but by doing so he's undermined the whole foundation of what he believes in and no longer has a coherent philosophy to stand on. In short, he's not just a person going to monstrous lengths to do something that's probably good, he's also a hypocrite.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Soulcasting too powerful!
« on: January 18, 2011, 07:35:55 PM »
I just feel like I have to chime in here that AonDor doesn't need to be "excused" for any reason. I thought it was a wonderfully written magic system, intuitive, consistent, and fitting for the world, with clear limits and consequences. Just one uninformed, ranting fan's point of view.

Not to mention that while AonDor was powerful, it was also slow and best used from range given that you often had to draw quite elaborate symbols. You couldn't use it for personal protection as easily as many other magics.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: [TWoK] [Spoilers] Chapter Heading Images
« on: January 18, 2011, 08:44:54 AM »
I'm not sure the herald images are supposed to relate so much to the viewpoint character as the content of the chapters perhaps.

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