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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Scribbler - 2011
« on: August 30, 2010, 09:05:29 PM »
I had become a lurker after HoA due to some very large projects and am VERY happy that Scribbler will finally be picked up. Off to my inception ceremony, see ya'll in 2011. lol

Obviously since Brandon had finished the book rather than RJ, people are going to pick out the perceived differences in characters, however we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves.

First off, we don't know how much Robert Jordan had already written, so it is at least plausible that the parts we perceive as being out of character were actually passages RJ had written himself and not something BS had pulled out of his arse.

Second, each of the characters had changed over the course of the series due to natural progression under RJ's watch, I fail to see why they wouldn't progress now just because BS is involved. When we last left off, Mat had gotten married, Rand had lost his hand, Egwene had been captured, etc. Are we to believe that they would not progress due to these experiences?

Focusing on Mat, I too see a difference in character however given what he has gone through, I don't think the changes are out of the ordinary. This is the same Mat that had told a story about ghost hounds to Adan and then covered Master Luhhan's dogs in flour. The big difference now is that we actually get to hear the story rather than read two sentences about the outcome. I imagine much of that story would be told in the same way that Mat schemed in TGS.

The biggest difference between BS and RJ is that we will now hear much of the conversation that takes place between the characters that surely took place in the other books but RJ focused on other aspects rather than the conversations themselves.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: The Gathering Storm - First Impressions *SPOILERS*
« on: November 05, 2009, 01:52:10 AM »
But her conversations with the Novices in the Tower, with the other Aes Sedai, with Elaida and Meidani, and even with Siuan - none of them portrayed her as forceful as she seemed in that last speech. And that is not necessarily a bad thing - it might be intended, to show growth and all that.

I think people fail to realize just how much of a change a person can go through after experiencing difficult or extraordinary circumstances. I would hope after almost single-handedly repelling a Seanchan raid, ordering the execution of over 50 Black Ajah, mere seconds from ordering an attack on the White Tower itself and raised as the rightfull Amyrlin seat all within a 48 hour period of time, that she had experienced some growth or at the very least a loss of composure when speaking in front of the remaining Aes Sedai.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: The Gathering Storm - First Impressions *SPOILERS*
« on: November 03, 2009, 07:15:13 PM »
I noticed a difference in Mat, however I think too much is being made of it considering the changes he has gone through during the series. Let's run down some of what we know about him.

He lost parts of his memory because of the taint from the dagger, gets these holes filled with memories from historical military heroes, dies and is reborn, gets the tables turned on him by Tylin and courts and eventually marries Tuon. Reading through the series, Mat's character has changed dramatically through each incident, it's no suprise that marriage would lead to another change.

I don't think I changed much when I got married, but I have a bunch of friends that are night and day different than when they were single. I've known guys that cussed up a storm, farted during normal conversation and peed in sink so they wouldn't miss a NFL play before they got married and now never utter a single 4 letter word or break wind in public. But really, come on guys, have you heard of a DVR?

On top of all the circumstances Mat went through, we don't know what RJ had already written and we don't know where Mat's character arc is supposed to end up so I'm not worried in the least.

Pages 128-159 are just blank.

Sounds like Balefire. I'd continue reading and count yourself lucky that you get to read the timeline altered version of events.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Ham vs. Lan Showdown
« on: March 30, 2009, 04:06:49 AM »
These types of discussions are always funny because of the rationalizations that people allow their minds to run with, like the old Batman vs. any other super hero that has super powers. I am about to share an actual conversation I witnessed between a Robert Jordan fan and a Mistborn fan regarding Lan vs. the most powerfull Mistborn ever.

MBF: "By the time you even think to reach for your sword, I'll have iron-pushed on it and sliced you in half."

RJF: "Too bad I didn't even bring my sword to the fight 'cause I knew I would not even need it."

MBF: "Ok, I'll just shoot this coin through your skull and then sip some lemonade."

RJF: "Gotta find me first. I have my fancloth cape on and am completely invisible."

MBF: "As the most powerfull Mistborn ever, I can see the trace metals in your body; I know exactly where you are."

RJF: "Unfortunately I had a mouth full of metal powder and spit it into the air, forming a big cloud, effectively blinding you so I could sneak in close enough to slice your head off."

MBF: "You didn't bring your sword, remember and Pewter allows me to withstand anything else you can deal out."

RJF: "In the confusion I had quickly fashioned a rudimentary sword out of a stick and some obsidian, held together with straps of fancloth from my cape."

MBF: "Why didn't you just use some leather rather then....wait, I don't care, it's your cape. Besides, it doesn't matter; I am burning Atium so I saw your attack coming anyway."

RJF: "AHA! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Cairhien, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a warder when he is only the distraction. Get him Rand! Pew Pew! Buzzzzzzz!"

MBF: "You're an idiot."

RJF: "I spit upon the ground where you no longer ever existed."

Now obviously, one of these fans has allowed his bias to cloud any rational thought. First off, it's steel-push, not iron. Second, we don't even know if Luthadel had any lemons. I would also like to clarify my opening statements: witnessed is probably too strong of a word, perhaps imagined more closely represents my involvement.

This cover rocks! I'll probably print it and tape it over the real cover after I edit myself into it, just like the rest of my book and video collections. Would anyone care to be the dwarf woman?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hum Drum Sad Pandaness
« on: March 25, 2009, 08:18:45 AM »
You should PM me details. >>'

Oh man, if you had asked just a moment sooner. Brandon Sanderson has just purchased rights to it for his next book or 2009 Christmas card; he didn't specify.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hum Drum Sad Pandaness
« on: March 25, 2009, 08:07:45 AM »
Cheer up Miyabi, I'm back now.

I'd basically severed all contact so I could bury myself in work, struggling through the grieving process. Just be happy you missed out on the bargaining stage; I had to dust off the old schoolgirl outfit but don't really feel comfortable discussing anything beyond that. Ok, PM me for details.

Anyway, after MB3 I had a full plate, accepting a programmer position with a different company and getting the old crew together to publish some iPhone apps. I have a few other projects that I am currently working on :hush hush: but decided my presence needed to be felt on a renewed basis since things were starting to get out of hand with 7 administrative or general topics taking over the board.

I also kind of glossed over the first stage of the grief process, so look forward in the coming days for some new threads discussing what might happen when MB3 comes out. You stay classy Miyabi.

What did it for me was Spook's scene.

He had just realized that he had been used by Ruin and stripped himself of his hemalurgical powers. Because of his long sacrifice to the cause, he felt pain when he was using his Allomantic abilites and absolutely nothing when he was not. For his final sacrifice he emulated Kelsier, extinguishing his tin so that he would not succumb to the pain and forsakeing a life with Beldre so that others could survive.

I felt the book ended as it should. Vin and Elend dancing off into the yonder, Beldre seeing the man despite the damaged flesh, Spook healed from the sacrifice he should not have survived, Sazed finding his purpose and everyone else rewarded with a new world full of possibilities beyond just living to see another day.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Wheel v. Mist
« on: December 01, 2008, 10:17:43 PM »
I'm really trying to stay out of this discussion because I have tons of work and don't want to get drawn into a no-win argument.

This is what I gather from the discussion. A channeler can lift up a mountain and bring it down on the Mistborns head, yet for some reason they never do it in the books. Heck, the only thing I see with regular constistency in these books are these infinitely powerfull beings being taken down time and again by regular folk. There's a reason they run around with Warders and it's not for the physical contact when they have pillow-friends at home.

Sure, a Mistborn will lose if you assume that they are standing out in the open facing the most powerfull channeler of all time. But that's taking both characters out of their normal roles. The Mistborn isn't going to expose himself/herself. He will kill you from a distance with a penny through your skull, and see where the blood will splatter minutes before it happens. The channeler meanwhile will drink some tea and fall asleep.

Anyway, back to the original discussion. I prefer the Mistborn because their magic system has limits that they are constantly pushing it, whereas the channeler who evidently has all this power at their disposal, does nothing with it.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hero of Ages signings photos
« on: October 22, 2008, 05:24:22 AM »
The card says

Although it says available 12/08

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Hero of Ages signings photos
« on: October 22, 2008, 05:16:21 AM »
Guess I should post mine.
Brandon also mentioned that I should acknowledge that he did hand out cards for Mistborn jewelry and figurines.

A couple more 'off the cuff' questions.

Would someone with Achlorhydia have difficulties burning metals? That is, do stomach acids have anything to do with the equation or just the fact that the metals make it to the stomach?

Could a Feruchemist commit bad memories to metal minds to effectively forget them? Can memories be lost forever in the metal minds if they aren't properly indexed?

Had a couple others but I am off to the Brandon Sanderson signing.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Merchandise request/suggestion
« on: October 22, 2008, 12:47:16 AM »
Yeah, a little Mistborn multivitamin washed down with some Goldschlager. Breakfast of Ages.

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