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Brandon Sanderson / Re: converting my wife...
« on: February 22, 2006, 02:52:37 AM »
my wife did the same thing...she thought that is was way cool and interesting, but she decided that she needed sleep.  I swear, sleeping is so overrated!

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Official Worldcon 2006 Thread
« on: February 22, 2006, 02:49:19 AM »
eww - sinus surgery...

my wife had that last year; i understand it is fairly common.  she was miserable for the first few days, but she says now that it is was the "best thing ever!!!"

Brandon Sanderson / Re: ALCATRAZ Rewrite Done (Spoilers)
« on: February 09, 2006, 02:31:39 AM »
I acutally had and idea at work (i know amazing...) - after talking to a guy in spanish for a few minutos, I thought of the word Libreria (word for book store if a couple of languages).  Plus this sounds more like librarian controlled...

Since you have the Free Kingdoms, you may want to have some sort of name that implys control over the remaining ones - i dont know, the Libreria Circle or something...

Books / Re: The Da Vinci Code
« on: February 09, 2006, 02:21:12 AM »
im glad im not the only one who thought that about the "codes."  I by the time it was figured out i was thinking, "are you effing kidding me?"

That was almost as bad as The Historian...

Books / Re: The Da Vinci Code
« on: February 08, 2006, 06:53:35 PM »
quite frankly, Da Vinci Code sells a lot because people are curious, not because it's a great book.  A&D is a much better novel, and I agree that Da Vinci seems to follow the A&D plot structure.  People come into my store all the time asking about Da Vinci Code and I tell them this, "Of his four books, it ranks 3rd.  Read James Rollins - he's better."

My problem with Da Vinci code is that nobody changes.  There is no real good charcter development.  Also, the "codes" leave much to be desired.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Favorite Character in Elantris
« on: February 08, 2006, 03:04:00 PM »
I have had this conversation with Brandon a few times, and the point we end up circling around to everytime is that we like change.  For this reason I am a big fan of Hrathen.  

Nothing frustrates me more than characters who dont learn - ever (*cough*Jordan*cough*).  I think we as humans are naturally drawn towards change and struggle.  I like to see dynamics, and i think that Hrathen shows this the most in Elantris (and of course there is a lot of this in Mistborn, which is just one of its many strengths).

I say much of this also based on reader feedback from the people who I help at my store.  There has been a shift in what readers want - they don't want LOTR clones anymore.  This is why authors like Brandon and Steven Erikson and R Scott Bakker have done so well in our store and nation-wide.  These guys arent afraid of taking risks and trying something different.  The majority of readers appreciate it!

Brandon Sanderson / Re: ALCATRAZ Rewrite Done (Spoilers)
« on: February 08, 2006, 02:25:15 PM »
I thought Bibliovania was fine.  The word for library in spanish, portuguese and italian is biblioteca.  In french its only slighty different.

Shushnia/Hushnia is ok too, but I dont see them being any more liked by the people who I sell books to in my store.

The iron bookend is a great idea.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: MISTBORN Sample Chapters
« on: February 08, 2006, 02:18:08 PM »
I also read Mistborn after the changes, and honestly, I like Tineye better.  To me, silvereye just brings to mind the color of silver rather than the use of the metal.  I think it does roll off the tongue well, but doesnt convey the use as well as tineye does.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Elantris Paperback
« on: January 24, 2006, 04:49:27 AM »
well geez - I wish I would have know about the "required reading" for your course before everyone went to Borders...I could have got a bunch in at Waldens for them.  We did get some in, but apparently after everyone already had it (this is Steve by the way).

On the topic of the paperback, if I managed to sell over 140 copies of the hardback to people in just the last 3 or 4 months, imagine what I'll do with the paperback once it's out!

Brandon Sanderson / Re: MISTBORN Acknowledgments
« on: January 24, 2006, 04:38:09 AM »
oops, guess I should have given you some feedback other than "That was way awesome!"  I'll do better next time...

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