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Brandon Sanderson / Re: Warbreaker Cover
« on: July 30, 2008, 08:33:51 PM »
My opinion may not mean much as I haven't read the book, but as a fantasy fan I don't really like the cover.  There just isn't enough to the cover to pull in a passer by.  Of course I will buy the book, but if I weren't a Sanderson fan and I saw a book with this cover I may not be pulled to it.

I wonder if Brandon would be the best author to include a gay character in his story.  I don't know the answer to this, but although he is a great writer he may have no idea how a gay character would operate as opposed to a straight character.  It would be the same as trying to write a novel about the FBI without having any knowledge into it's structure or operations. 

I am not entirely sure it is necessary to label a character in a story as gay.  In general, knowing that piece of knowledge wouldn't necessarily have a large impact on a character's actions (except in one respect).  That being said, you could argue there are different types of gay people much as there are different types of other people.  My dad for example is gay, but if you were to right a story with a character for which he was the basis he would just seem like a rather liberal guy, but would otherwise be unextraordinary.  If a character in a novel were gay in the effect that it totally dominated their character then you could argue that this character's actions would greatly effect how he/she acts.

I am not to sure homosexuality is given the proper amount of treatment ("proper" meaning that characters in novels sexual orientation should relatively match up with the proportion of straight/gay people in real life society) because of the nature of writers.  Aren't most authors who write novels generally conservative much the way talk radio is conservative and other outlets of the media are liberal?  I have no basis for this but think this could be possible.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: WOT/Moraine's Letter to Thom
« on: July 18, 2008, 08:27:30 PM »
Sadly I too heard that RJ said "pillow friends" was not an innocent thing.  However, I am unsure that Moiraine was strictly gay.  I always assumed that the term which was applied more or less meant that they were friends with benefits trying to have a fun time in a bad situation (they were nearly prisoners as Accepted).  However, you raise a good point.  Would it be hard to believe that Moiraine or other Aes Sedai may be gay.  They deal with many "masculine" things that perhaps they come to regard femininity with a certain respect that leads them to have "pillow friends."

Of course that gets into nature vs nurture...

Brandon Sanderson / Re: New Mistborn One Cover Art
« on: June 06, 2008, 08:23:58 PM »
I think these new covers are great.  I wasn't a fan of the old art and that probably delayed me in purchasing Mistborn.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon's new paperback releases
« on: June 06, 2008, 08:22:19 PM »
The Borders I was at had about 7 copies of the new MB1 and about 10 copies of MB2.  I was quite suprised.  Previously I would find maybe two MB1 with the old cover.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Finished Reading Elantris the Other Day
« on: May 16, 2008, 05:47:43 PM »
What is "Hope of Elantris?"

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 16, 2007, 11:24:43 PM »
I will have to check stores here in AZ.  Considering Wal-Marts here carry LDS books hopefully Borders or Barnes and Noble have adjusted as well and have books by LDS authors.

The two ideas don't really have anything to do with each other. Tor is a national publisher, not an LDS publisher. They just happen to have a few authors who happen to be LDS.

If bookstores do not cater to the demographic then they are running a pretty lame business.  If I were in an area with a heavy Jewish population I would think it would make sense to carry more than average volumes of works by Jewish authors.  Not a very complex marketing idea, ya think?

Brandon Sanderson / Re: I want info about Goodkind/Brandon's comments
« on: December 14, 2007, 06:51:19 PM »

You get the Stumps Me award for the day.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: Brandon To Write Wheel of Time Book 12
« on: December 14, 2007, 06:36:17 PM »
I will have to check stores here in AZ.  Considering Wal-Marts here carry LDS books hopefully Borders or Barnes and Noble have adjusted as well and have books by LDS authors.

Books / Re: Bookswim: Netflix for books
« on: December 14, 2007, 06:28:22 PM »
And what about those people (like me) that don't really have a library.  I am at the county limits so while I have several libraries on my way to work I can't go there.  The library in my county is at least 20 miles away and probably sucks b/c my county is still developing.

Of course I would not pay that much to rent a book.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: I want info about Goodkind/Brandon's comments
« on: December 14, 2007, 06:24:25 PM »
I think it is wrong to say that people that haven't enjoyed the most recent SOT books are not fans.  I am a fan of the SOT series and have read the first 10 books.  However, I am not all that impressed with certian volumes in the series.  However, since I do mostly enjoy reading the books and have continued to read the series I would say I am a fan.

But I guess there is that portion that stopped reading the series when they thought it got bad and decided to call the follwoing novels crap.  I have ran into several people that feel that way with WOT as well.  With that in mind it is hard for me to understand how someone could turn so quickly on an author and say that story is crap.  I agree that at times authors can get carried away with the story, but that shouldn't detract from what had been written up to that point.  There is nothing to stop Wizard's First Rule and Faith of the Fallen from being among the best fantasy books in the past 15 years.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: How did you find out about Brandon Sanderson?
« on: December 12, 2007, 06:17:38 PM »
First found out the guy existed yesterday.

Brandon Sanderson / Re: I am a newbie, be gentle.
« on: December 12, 2007, 06:09:17 PM »
Woops, the format of this forum has confused me.  I thought that each author's section is an autonomous forum in itself (meaning that posting elsewhere in the forum may not be viewed by that author or his fans).  My apologies.

Brandon Sanderson / I am a newbie, be gentle.
« on: December 12, 2007, 05:19:39 AM »
I first heard of Brandon Sanderson earlier today.  Like many other people in the world the name was introduced to me with a particular recent announcement.  I was skeptical to hear that some individual I had never heard of would contribute greatly to AMOL.  But from fan reviews I have read of your works and just based upon the feeling I get about you I am pleased of the choise Harriet made.

I plan on picking up your works and giving them a go (though I may have to get through my current reading list). 

 A little about me:

I was introduced to fantasy at the age of 14 when I was in 9th grade (1994).  The author that opened my eyes was Terry Brooks.  Shortly thereafter I ventured into other series.  The most notable being WOT.  I have read books 1 - 6 3 times, books 7 - 10 2 times, and book 11 just once for now.

Over the past couple of years I have expanded my horizons by including more authors in my reading rotation (before I would tend to re-read books by a very few authors).  This was done because of the influence of posters on the Terry Brooks forums (which is also where I learned that you would be taking on AMOL).

All the best of luck to you.  It really seems like the fans that post here are family or friend.  This new fan hopes that he can be your friend someday as well  :)  San Tan Heights Ward represent!

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