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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker: Free Ebook
« on: December 28, 2006, 04:13:04 AM »
Lightsong an Idrian..... hmmm possibly. So then his visions/dreams/flashes of memory are foretelling what is to come?

Well, Vasher could find/steal/buy breaths just about anywhere in Hallendren to kidnap Vivenna for the soul purpose of stealing her breath is a bit thin.  Especially, since he can acquire it with ease had he wanted too.  But he is not the type to do things that are easy.  In chapter one he got himself arrested to get the breath of the man, Pahn, and kill him.  Seems there was more to that than we currently know.  But again my point is he raised the difficulty level for the want of breath alone... I don't think so.  There is more to him than that.

Denth hates him and not for just killing his friend and perhaps Denth/Vivenna's plans are working against Vasher's he takes her out of the picture all that much easier for him.  Not that he was successful, but that's just foreshadowing for you.  There is so much more that can happen for good or ill.

Though, Vasher gives off mixed vibes on the good or bad thing.  Doing the right thing for all the wrong reasons, perhaps?  Does he have to be good or bad?   I mean at first I was all ready to hate Susebron and you cannot help but feel compassion for the man... oops God King.  Not something I had anticipated - loved that twist.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker: Free Ebook
« on: December 28, 2006, 01:15:00 AM »

Do you mean the fact that everything was going along swimmingly and then taking everything away and throwing her into dispair; thus, forcing her to have to find a new way to handle her agenda and forcing her to be self-sufficient? 

It is a bit of a device, but that learning curve would have to come in from somewhere for her to grow as a character.  Which I think needs to happen (the growth as a character), because she is the one character that I've connected with the least. 


Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: December 27, 2006, 09:09:14 PM »
Well, I am amending my list, I just purchased Academ's Fury and Cursor's Fury by Jim Butcher.  I loved the first book which I believe was his first called Furies of Calderon.  The Follow up, Academ's Fury, has me turning pages like mad so I am hoping it follows the last one well.  If I try to explain it I will probably give too much away and follows some of the overdone cliched Tolkien framework that makes you want to groan "not again!" But, all the same, I really enjoyed it.  Butcher has fast and furious action and keeps you on your toes so to some point you can forgive the fact that the young hero is a shepard boy of no real talent.

I  also picked up another new author's work, Fiona McIntosh's Myrren's Gift.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker: Free Ebook
« on: December 24, 2006, 10:48:45 PM »
The thing is not much more than a page had passed after Vivenna asked Denth to teach her how to use her breath, before Jewels used the command on Clod.

She (Vivenna) nodded.  “Teach me.”
   To the side Jewels got out a small pump and stuck a small hose into Clod’s shoulder, into a little clasp that had apparently been designed for the purpose.  She began to pump the Ichor-alcohol into the veins, moving the pump very slowly, probably in order to keep from bursting the veins.
   “Well,” Denth said, “there are a lot of commands.  However, if you want to bring a rope to life--like that one you tried to use back in the alleyway--a good Commmnad is ‘hold things.’  Speak it with a clear voice, willing your Breath to act.  (pg. 200-201 Warbreaker part 3)

Vivenna is actively thinking about using her breath and has committed herself, even though she doesn't have much to go on; however, as I said before, Denth gave her a very important clue. *see above quote*  When I think of Vivenna she is not a girl that does things halfway, not once she decides she is going to do something.  Then she figures out how to use her breath successfully and the intelligent woman that she is applies it.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker: Free Ebook
« on: December 23, 2006, 11:48:08 PM »
I whole heartedly agree with saving Susebron, not even for just Siri's sake but for his own. 

Thing is here we are going into section four.  Doesn't even seem like there is time for a child to be born with the quick pace thus far. Especially, since Siri and Susebron haven't tangoed.


Brandon Sanderson / Re: Okay, I'm hooked.
« on: December 23, 2006, 06:21:11 PM »
Hi! I am a mother of two, Emillie age 7 and Tyler age 3.5 (going on 30).  I am a 35 yr old Stay at Home Mom. 

My latest tool is employing my grandmother's no tattling rule. (Something I abhor, tattling that is.) Unless someones going to get seriously hurt if you tattle then both will be subject to punishment.  Current choice of punishment now is TO in their bedroom, Gran's was to sit us on chairs and not let us touch or speak until the alloted time expired.   My cousin and I had hours and hours logged on those hard wooden chairs before we figured out not to tattle.

But they have both lost TV because... well you probably don't want that part of the story (gross) --really don't ask. Anywho... They do not get it back til the first of the year and lost it at the beginning of this month.  I have to say they have had alot more time to read and my daughter has been reading to my son the Captain Underpants chapter books.  I cannot remember the author at the moment.


Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker: Free Ebook
« on: December 23, 2006, 04:28:13 PM »
Agreed on Vasher.

Lightsong is a puzzle but I feel very much like he will choose to give his breath to save another but I don't think it will be one of his petitioners.  Though i could be wrong.

As for the the God King he is not 300 yrs old,  only 50, with a the prospect of a child being born stillborn and the God King dying so closely after seems to me to mean he gives his breath to save the life of his child.  The problem is HOW if he cannot speak?  But Denth and Vivenna has given us some clues to how seeing how instinctively she was able to use her breath.  He gave her hints that she could focus strongly to give the command direction before speaking it, perhaps Susebron can do that and not have to speak it with as much breath as he holds? 

Just speculation...


Books / Re: What are you reading, part 3
« on: December 22, 2006, 09:44:13 PM »
I have read Elantris and Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson as well as his Warbreaker e-book.  I recommend all of them and I'm anticipating Mistborn 2 to be equally as good.    ;D

Last night I finished Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K Hamilton, which was enjoyable though I hated the main character.  Far too abrasive for me to come to care about the character, Anita Blake.  Though I may try the next book.

On my plate to read is The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly, Dragonworld by Byron Priess, and Michael Reaves, and The Destined Queen by Deborah Hale. My daughter got Hale's book for me for my birthday a while back we will see if the cover which she liked will capture my attention within the pages.  Whichever captures my attention will get read first.


Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker: Free Ebook
« on: December 22, 2006, 05:21:47 PM »
Just a few thoughts/hypothesis...

I actually like Denth's surprise at Vivenna hearing the Command and like to see it kept.  She has used her breath once and knows that there are commands period it is not that big of a leap that as intelligent (thought naive) as Vivenna is that she could begin to make that connection. 

As far as Lightsong goes.... well the similarities of the beginning of the war some what 300 years before and his memories well could he have been one of the ships captains back then?  I know too long but they are Returned would it be reasonable to consider that the Returned give their lives for one and then is reborn in another body to eventually die (doing whatever heroic thing that they do, whatever purpose it is that drives them to Return) and become a Returned again?  They don't remember anything (typically) death is a harsh thing to endure and thus causing a shock to the body to prevent the memory but Lightsong now dwells so much on this he is putting peices together towards that obviously.

Or we drop that whole concept and he is a Seer as they think he is and he is seeing a second coming of such a horrid war and will see that until something takes a sharp turn to negate/change what he is seeing.  The future is flexible is it not?


Brandon Sanderson / Re: Happy Birthday Brandon....:D
« on: December 20, 2006, 02:39:05 PM »
Happy Birthday, Brandon!  Hope you had a good one! 

There is nothing wrong with sitting around talking and playing games.  I imagine with the book tour a moment of respite was probably a good thing.  Friends and Family is what makes for a good birthday or holiday IMHO.


Brandon Sanderson / Re: Okay, I'm hooked.
« on: December 16, 2006, 04:00:07 AM »
Definitely have to agree here.  EUOL has me hook, line and sinker.  I had to chase my kids off or find distractions for them so I could read.   :D


While, I am new to this forum I have to say that if the Artist read the book there must have been plenty of time between the time of the read and the workup of the artwork.  I mean, one could claim "artistic license" but the only thing that looks even vaguely how I visualise what Brandon so wonderfully describes within the pages behind that cover is the figure and shreds of cloth curling about her as she is evidentally pushing or pulling iron or steel. 

I am an artist and the first cover as everyone seems to agree has the feel of the mists and the mistcloak.  But the PB cover looks like it doesn't belong and doesn't portray what lies within except in the figure and that is only in the vaguest sense.  The mistcloak or what I am thinking is supposed to be looks more like a shredded dress.  While the one scene where Vin (as I am supposing this is to be her with the dark hair seeing Kelsier is blonde and not quite so feminine) went to face off with Elend's would be Mistborn assassins then I could see a shredded black gown.  But there were no grim reapers *aka Steel Inquisitors* (one could again suppose) in that scene.  But it is even the colors that bother me.  With a red sun seeing building aglow in golden hues seem a tad unlikely esp if this was that particular scene and then it should be night.  Crows while not directly depicted well I could let that go on the artistic license for the do lend a bit more depth to the image in general.  Plus, it looks a little cartoonish - not to it's favor.

The overall impact is so-so but to me it doesn't do the book the justice it deserves.  So I ask -- Why not crop the original art for the PB?


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