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  1. Just spectacular! I love it!
  2. With the release of Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds, we thought we'd do a spoilery Shardcast episode where we discuss our feels. There are things to talk about Lies of the Beholder, and so we dig deep into it now! This week we have Eric (Chaos), Ian (WeiryWriter), the return of Evgeni (Argent) from World of Warcraft, and Grace (gatorgirl) whose microphone is somehow much worse despite the fact that she just moved and nothing else changed. It's a mystery. Want a spoiler free look at the third Legion book? Check out Grace's review
  3. Hi all, post your reactions to the third Legion story, Lies of the Beholder, here.
  4. I think I'll be able to take time off work to make it there by 7 to record things for this event, so I'd like to go, but we'll see.
  5. The Skyward tour dates have been announced, and Brandon is going to his usual west coast areas, as well as a new place: Alaska! If you can come to a signing, mention it in the respective topic in the Events forum so we can see who is doing what, and so you can meet up with other Sharders and Sanderfans! Tuesday, November 6 at 7:00 PM Barnes & Noble – University Crossings Plaza (#2626) Talk, Q&A, Book Signing 330 East 1300 South Orem, UT 84058 Wednesday, November 7 at 7:00 PM Mysterious Galaxy Talk, Q&A, Book Signing 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100 San Diego, CA 92111 Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 PM Barnes & Noble – El Cerrito (#2113) Talk, Q&A, Book Signing 6050 El Cerrito Plaza El Cerrito, CA 94530 Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 PM University Temple United Methodist Church (Hosted by University Book Store) Talk, Q&A, Book Signing 1415 NE 43rd St Seattle, Washington 98105 Monday, November 12 at 6:00 PM Barnes & Noble – Anchorage (#2784) Talk, Q&A, Book Signing 200 East Northern Lights Blvd Anchorage, AK 99503 Thursday, November 15 at 7:00 PM Tattered Cover Talk, Q&A, Book Signing 2526 East Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80206 Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM Community Christian Church (Hosted by Anderson’s Bookshop) Talk, Q&A, Book Signing 1635 Emerson Lane Naperville, IL 60540 Monday, November 19 at 6:30 PM Murder by the Book Talk, Q&A, Book Signing 2342 Bissonnet Houston, TX 77005
  6. We're continuing what was supposed to be a brief dive into Kholin family dynamics. Unfortunately we recorded for five hours about it, so "brief" didn't really come into it. Last time we discussed Gavilar and Navani's relationships, now we continue Gavilar's side of the family. We nerd out about how well Elhokar is written (so effectively a twerp), Aesudan conspiracy theories, and of course, Jasnah's amazingness. Check out last week's episode here:
  7. Holy crap this is amazing.
  8. Looks awesome!!
  9. There are the prologue up through Chapter 3 currently revealed, and have been revealed for quite some time: I'll move this to our Skyward board for further discussion.
  10. Welcome to Keeping Up With The Kholins, the newest reality show about your favorite and most powerful (and very Radiant) Rosharan family. Oh wait, it's just Shardcast. We're here to talk about characters in the Kholin family, their relationships, and what we feel about them. Adorably, we thought we could keep this to one episode. It will be four. This week we primarily talk about Gavilar and Navani, and their respective relationships. Next time, we'll talk about their children. After that, we'll talk about Dalinar's side of the family. Turns out, there's a lot to talk about with the Kholins. Who know! (Everyone did. That's who.) Our cast today is Eric (Chaos), Alyx (FeatherWriter), Matt (Comatose), and Shannon (Grey), and lots of us are in different rooms now, which changed acoustic properties. Sound recording is weird, yo. News items! Rosharan foil map: Legion Promo:
  11. Hello, you do not need OB tags anymore outside the spoiler period. I've removed it.
  12. The news is coming fast and furious this week. Brandon's store is having a fall sale, with a very exciting new item: the Rosharan foil map. It's a beautiful rendition of Roshar, and trust me, it's even better in person. It's $45 on sale now, but it looks like its regular price is $60. Why pay so much for a poster of a map of Roshar? That's the "foil" part. It shines. Take a look: That video even doesn't do it justice to how cool it actually is. It's also a very large size, at 29 and 1/8" by 16 and 5/8". It's super cool. This map is a limited print run of 1000 unnumbered prints, and once they are gone, they are gone for good. If this interests you, get in on it now! Some other items are on sale, like various Brandon books. The Rithmatist hardcover is $10 (originally $18), the Snapshot/Dreamer hardcover is $10 (from $20), and Shadows Beneath (which contains Sixth of Dusk) is $15 (originally $25). These are excellent deals if you don't own these already.
  13. This week we talk about a Shard of Adonalsium that we think we know a lot of, but there's a lot of mystery about her: Endowment. We discuss her plans, what her Shard means, the Returned, the Tears of Edgli, Austre, and, of course, dragons. We also of course talk about Nalthian TSA agents, and are sad about how long the Warbreaker sequel will take to get in our hands. Our cast today is Eric (Chaos, who talks too much in this one), Ian (WeiryWriter), Grace (the voice of Endowment), and back from the shadowdays of Shardcast is Josh (Rubix, who is exceptionally bad at Who's That Cosmere Character).
  14. These are my favorite things ever now.
  15. Man, some of you really don't understand how literary discussions work. Haven't we taken English or Literature classes before? The premise of this post is to compare the Radiant Ideals to faith. If I made a topic on anything that basically was "Let's draw parallels between X and Y" and people say, "Actually Y is a waste of time and is garbage," that kind of... wasn't the point at all? The topic here is not trying to evaluate religion, but to compare a specific faith to a thing in Brandon's works. The truth of that faith is totally irrelevant. We could just easily write a topic that is comparing the Radiant Ideals to something in another fictional story, and someone saying that the other story is terrible is totally irrelevant. People who respond with that aren't even interfacing with the premise of the topic in any way, shape, or form. So with that out of the way on the literary analysis, we have to talk about rudeness and respect about others belief (knowing of course that that is entirely not the point of this topic). There was a post early on this topic, which should have been reported so we could remove it much earlier, that was extremely mean-spirited towards religion. There are many people in the world who find solace in belief and they feel they are stronger people for that. That's a fact. You cannot argue with the way that people feel. One could say that religion has been used to control, but to say that Christianity was created to control shows a pretty poor understanding of early Christian history. At the end of the day, a lot of people would say religion makes them a stronger person because of their belief. Thus, that statement is kind of a statement that was actively designed by a nonbeliever to say, "yeah, belief is stupid, why would you believe?" To which I say: if you are on the internet to tell people that their opinions and beliefs are stupid, you can leave this site. If I go out on the street and said to someone "your beliefs are dumb and a waste of time," that's the equivalent of me flipping them off and punching them in the face. What the crap would ever give me the right to say something like that to someone randomly? In what situation is that a thing that's okay for me to do? A person who does that is called a disrespectful jerk. I can only assume the inciting post was to trying to just have the individual feel superior over who they feel are their lessers (namely, those who believe), or maybe to get a rise out of others. Either way, this is a major dick move, and is unacceptable in civilized society. If your goal on the internet is to just feel better about yourself by being a jerk to others, why don't you just not go on the internet anymore, or why don't you just never talk out in public again? It's genuinely appalling. To continue my metaphor from before, this is like punching someone in the face and then having the gall to say, "Your skin is too thin to withstand a punch to the face, what a loser." Appalling and unacceptable. So to review: 1. This was a literary comparison topic, and so bringing up your own feelings about religion is completely irrelevant and superfluous to the premise of the topic, 2. Randomly making a post saying how religion is just there to control is probably not a thing you should ever say to any group of humans who have belief (it just is phenomenally rude), 3. If you want to assume that a set of people who have different beliefs than you are terrible, why don't you just... not do that. How about we aren't aggressive to people of different religions, sexes, age, etc. than you? We should probably do that as a society, no? I am sending PMs to the people who escalated matters, and it will be dealt with. If you are an individual reading this topic later, I have removed the offending posts, and their responses, so you might not realize that some serious contention occurred prior to this. It's for the best. Please feel free to discuss this with me whenever, and I would like to move the topic back onto literary discussion. Sorry for the gigantic moderation thing, but hopefully the topic will progress to calm, collected, analysis in a literary sense. Note: your feelings on religion are totally irrelevant to this topic. Thanks. It does not matter. (And, frankly, if some individuals think I'm saying this because I'm super religious, please, I'm an atheist, thank you very much. I'm just on the side of "not wanting to punch people in the face and being a jerk to other humans.") Honorable mention I would like to discuss this sentence: Actually, if you read the First Amendment it says: So as you can clearly see, this is about what Congress and what the government can do. You are actually totally not free to express your opinion in private places or businesses as you please. This isn't really pertinent to the matter at hand here, but this mistake happens a lot on the internet. Private entities can remove your posts or opinions however they please, and the First Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with that. I could, for example, ban everyone on the site who voices liking bananas. That is entirely a thing I can do. I wouldn't, because that's dumb, but I could. Facebook could. Reddit could. Great, so we're all clear on that legal matter, right? Lastly, of course, if you see any disrespectful posts here, Report them! We can't spot everything, and I sure would've liked to just remove the inciting inflammatory post before things escalated. What's the worst that can happen? We don't agree it steps over a line? It costs you nothing. Thanks for reading all.