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I started the series when I was 12, and I've reread it a good ten times since then (I'm 18.) Mat is by far my favorite character. Ever. I wasn't too sure of him in TGS, because I wasn't used to the playful banter - it just seemed mat was done with that. I digress - I love Egwene way more than I ever did growing up. She really grew on me the past three books, especially her tower chapters. Nyneave is a hate/love. Depends on the book. TGS Nyneave is epic win for me. She's finally standing up for herself. I've always loved Lan. Hate Elayne. Hate Faile. I detest Perrin during the whole fail/captured bs. Moody Perrin doesn't work for me. He's grown very randlike the last couple of books and It's a real shame considering he used to be my favorite character. Now, Rand. Rand is a definite fav. You gotta love the main character - even though he isnt always the headline. He's troubled, and quite insane by TGS. His story arc is supposed to be tragic. So I just don't have it in me to hate that pure powerfully amazing Rand. He's the dragon reborn I mean really. Back to Mat. While growing up, Mat was always the most realistic, which a lot of people can attest to on this forum. He grew, was put through some crazy difficult stuff, and came out way better at the end of them.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Suvudu Cage Match Finals, Rand vs Jaime
« on: April 03, 2010, 05:40:16 AM »
I probably wouldnt have put the Lord Ruler up there. Definitely Perrin. You gots to have the trio - with all that Taver'an at work they couldnt lose. would probably only need them, they could take any number of GRRM's characters. Everyone else is perfect though, I especially like Vasher up there - with all the trappings of course.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hoid Compendium :: Spoilers
« on: April 03, 2010, 05:27:15 AM »
Just to throw my two cents in - Elend also repeatedly described Vin as a force -almost like a god herself. He trusted in her wholeheartedly and even joined the church of the survivor. I could easily see how Vin's contact with Elend was established because of Elend's trust and belief in what Vin is. Same goes for Kel and Spook.

Books / Re: How many books/year do you read?
« on: March 15, 2010, 03:06:00 AM »
I think my average is 4 a week. Unless I'm reading a series, then I tend to die down to two a week. Granted - I'm in high school, and half the time I'm just reading. Plus I have a kindle - so I can just flip to the next book when I finish one in class. I think since the start of this month I've already read at least 15 books. Which puts me at about 4 a week I guess.

Well, in short I hate you. This was really quite enthralling, and I wish I could write something along these lines. It's very well written, you had great foreshadowing I thought, by mentioning Jimmy at least a few times throughout the story. The big reveal at the end to me was expected but also nicely done. I loved the whole 'dead head" thing being a neurotic of sorts. Your dialogue  flowed easily, and fit the characters nicely. I loved the whole laughing during combat thing, that kind of sick stuff makes a story more real for me. I could definitely feel the tension through Escobar and the rest of the team. I'm not sure if this is a first chapter of a novel or a short story, but it easily works as both, especially short story.

One thing did bother me however -  there was a point in the story where Escobar is searching for mines and finds the grenades, and he says "just as I thought" and then again right after it at a different spot, it pulled me out a little bit because thinking "just as I thought" seemed a redundant thing to say in that situation, and there wasnt any previous statements that solidified what escobar said other than that one line. If that makes sense? I couldnt find any foreshadowing in that thought line, it just seemed to show up to me. I'd try adding a bit of thought foreshadowing before that, or using a different line, it could work I guess for the second time, but I just didnt feel like Escobar would say that in his head.

Overall - fantastic job, I seriously loved the story.

Reading Excuses / Re: February 15 -Argas - Heaven's Call Chapter 1
« on: February 16, 2010, 04:56:32 AM »
Hey Argas, I just got added to the email list, so could you email this to me? I also have a hard time with the beginnings of a novel, I'd like to see how you handled yours. Thanks.

Reading Excuses / Re: Your Background
« on: February 15, 2010, 05:20:08 PM »
Hey, I'm Aginor (yes, WOT reference), but I'll go by Tyler too, doesnt really matter. I've been lurking for a while on the writing threads so I decided to join. I'm a senior in high school and applied to university of south Florida with the intent of majoring in creative writing and minoring in English.
   I write fantasy with magic but no elves, dwarves or other Tolkien related propaganda. I'm currently working on a middle grade fantasy, actually thats kind of the wrong word. To say I'm "working on it" is wrong because I haven't actually seriously written it yet. I write the outlines and think of what I want going on, but I never get past the opening before writers block. So hopefully I get pushed into actually finishing my brainchild. I did some writing in elementary school - entered a contest for screenplays and wrote a monster that made absolutely no sense about space monkeys and flying hamburger rockets.
   Yea I know, anyway I stepped away from writing after that and read a lot more, and came back to it in my freshman year. Where -  lo and behold, I wrote another monster that made no sense. I have since joined a journalism class and two college English classes, and I think my writing has significantly improved.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: How did you find out about Brandon Sanderson?
« on: February 08, 2010, 04:34:25 AM »
Ok, so I'm a lurker, I've been around these forums for a good two years just reading everything that is discussed and marveling at the humor some of the posters have. Anyway, My brother came home on day from B&N with Mistborn and told me to read it or die. So naturally fearing for my life I started it. I had heard that Brandon was writing the WOT series now and I wanted to read it for analysis and such. Ash fell from the sky - completely threw me into the story. I couldn't  get enough of it, and after I bought my Kindle I got the other two. I laugh now when my english teacher says that the first line of a book can draw readers in because, Brandon had the best I'd read in a long time. Ash fell from the sky - I just dont know where he comes up with it, but he's a fantastic writer.
   I've downloaded Warbreaker(and later bought the hardcover from amazon, along with Elantris) and loved the magic system, I actually gave Warbreaker to a friend at work like 3 months ago and converted him(although I havent gotten the book back.) I have two TGS copies, one of which is signed, and I am eagerly devouring information on WOK. Oh, I also scourged the forums for the Liar of Partinel download from like 5 years ago I think, which I have on my computer and numerous flash drives.
   Brandon is also the reason why I've started writing more, and am thinking about a career in either editing or writing.

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