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  1. I could see him as Ham. Not the first person I would think of for the role, but he would definitely be good.
  2. It is the serialization. They didn't do this much of a serialization for WoR, but they did release some of it, and I remember feeling the same way, like the writing just wasn't as good and things felt off. When I got the full book, that feeling went away. It's not the format, either. I read an ebook on my phone while I was waiting for my hardcover of WoR to ship, and I also read the serialization on my phone, so it was more or less the same format.
  3. I disagree. I always think that people are reading too much into things (to the point that I've been skeptical or even outright dismissive of theories that later turned out to be right), and I really think it's an Aviar. There are a number of reasons: 1) It's an odd-looking bird. Birds are so rare on Roshar that Shallan can't tell what is and isn't odd, but it sounds like this thing basically looks like a green bird of prey. Green makes one think of parrots, but Shallan has seen a parrot before, and this one looks different to her. This is not a bird that exists in our world, even though the ones that we've seen so far sound like they're pretty close (if not essentially identical) to species that exist IRL. There is definitely something odd about the bird. 2) Mraize must have a reason to be carrying a bird on this spying expedition. Having a rare animal perched on your shoulder while you're trying to blend in as a soldier is just dumb. If he were playing the part of an eccentric noble or something, the bird makes sense as an affectation, but it adds nothing to his average, everyday soldier persona. There must be a practical reason that he is bringing it along, then. 3) Mraize's collection of magic items seems to indicate that, no matter how tough it is to survive a visit to First of the Sun, if anyone can survive and even bring home a magic bird, it's probably him (hey, maybe that's even how he got those scars). Khriss also says that you can't get to Taldain at all these days, but Mraize nevertheless had a vial of what appeared to be Dayside sand in his collection. 4) It is exactly the kind of Cosmere connection that fits into the Stomrlight Archive. Mraize's aforementioned collection, Iyatil clearly being a Southern Scadrian, Hoid using Allomancy, Vasher, Nightblood, Demoux and Galladon and Baon... All of these Cosmere-wide elements show up, and readers who know all of the series catch them, while those who are only into Stormlight don't get lost. An Aviar on Roshar fits with the other Easter Eggs. It's consistent, and Brandon is definitely consistent.
  4. Yeah, at the end WoR, they reveal that they know who she is and that it changes nothing--they still consider her one of them. I don't remember exactly how it happened and don't have my book handy, but I remember that it does happen.
  5. I was thinking because they are now no longer blaspheming by walking on sacred stone. It's fine to walk on the stone in Urithiru, according to Shin beliefs.
  6. So, what power do you guys think Mraize's Aviar gives him?
  7. The Highstorm at the end of WoR wasn't supposed to happen, though. The Stormfather threw a Highstorm at the Everstorm in direct response to it. That doesn't necessarily poke holes in the hypothesis: Odium could have been well aware of how the Stormfather would react to the first Everstorm, and it is only now that he needs to time Everstorms and Highstorms to coincide. We'll have to see.
  8. I am really happy that the conversations are turning out this way. Fantasy does not have a great track record of dealing with interracial relations responsibly. Even when authors go beyond simple constructions where race A is Good and race B is Evil, they rarely address the race relations in a meaningful way. I think that you can see how this has affected the thinking of fantasy fans (though society in general is also responsible) in how so many Stormlight fans talk about Kaladin being racist. Uh... No. He has very understandable prejudices against a class of people who have near-absolute power over him--power they have abused flagrantly throughout his life. This is a very responsible way for Kaladin to wake up to the realities of injustice in his society. Some readers have been hard on him for not giving up his vendetta against his abusers quickly enough for their liking, and while such a position is pretty much nonsense, he does obviously need to work through those feelings. Putting Kaladin in a position where he needs to confront how the system he lives in also puts him in a position of being an abuser, taking advantage of those with less power than he has, is a very good way to approach this. We may be getting a clue into how Odium operates, too. With him being essentially the god of hatred, we expect a whole lot of evil, but I think that we're going to see Odium take a totally different course than we expected. It looks like he's going to use justified hatred to work his ends. The parshmen are absolutely justified in their hatred. When other nations bargain with the Voidbringers, seeing it as being a choice between them and the Alethi, it may be their absolutely justified hatred for the evil in Alethi culture that sways them to side with the "bad guys." This is very interesting.
  9. I'm talking about Henry Cavill, of course. He endorsed the series on his Instagram today:
  10. If there is a Shallan subplot where she struggles with alcoholism, it could be good, actually. It would be an understandable development after what she's been through, and fantasy so rarely deals with such issues in a grounded way. There are plenty of characters who do nothing but drink, but there never seems to be much in the way of consequences. I'd prefer for things to not go that way, personally. As @maxal noted previously, Shallan has enough to worry about as it is. In a book where three different characters are pretty much equally the main character, and you've got tertiary characters getting enough POVs to fill a novella, you can't have 50 different problems piled onto a single character. Of course, I don't even see the warning signs that others are. I know a guy who had to go to rehab, and at one point, his average daily consumption was about a liter of vodka a day (for at least two years straight). He's an extreme example, but knowing him, it's hard to take Shallan occasionally drinking wine and getting drunk once for the sake of a role as a warning sign that she'll become an alcoholic. Her mental health issues put her at risk, to be sure, but I wouldn't say that her actions worry me at all right now (well, they do, but not with respect to her drinking).
  11. I am accounting for Intent, but I'm looking at it as just another factor in the hacking. I don't think Intent changes the base essence of the Investiture. We may learn differently eventually, but that is my impression, based on what I've read so far.
  12. @Pattern What I mean is that the raw power of Investiture is all pretty much identical. It all originated in Adonalsium, and it should therefore be essentially the same, in its raw form. My laptop needs energy to run, and there is energy in a stick. My laptop cannot run on that stick, of course, but if I could find a way to get the energy out of the stick and turn it into electricity that I appropriately funnel into the laptop, then it absolutely would. I can say, "energy is energy," but still be aware that I can't lock a guy in a room with a dead laptop and throw a twig at him, then wait for him to get the computer booted up. I'm looking at Investiture in the same way. When I say that a feruchemist wouldn't experience any resistance storing Investiture from, say, Endowment because Investiture is Investiture, I do so assuming that however they got a hold of a Breath, they have managed to create a Connection to it and key it to their Identity, such that they can store it. My argument is that they could do that with any source of Investiture, from any Shard. Granted, the process for hacking it might differ, but once you've got it hacked, there is nothing essential about the raw Investiture that would make it different from any other Investiture.
  13. @maxal I had the exact opposite reaction as you to this week's chapters. I felt like finally stuff has started happening, maybe not in terms of action, but with a lot of plot details being kicked off. With Dalinar, we get the Honorblade and basically the confirmation that we'll see someone wield it soon. We start to see the depth of the conflict that Dalinar is setting off with the church. The fact that the Voidbringers are going to cause problems with unifying Roshar, not by wreaking havoc as an invading army but by normalizing political relations with various governments--that is very much coming into focus. And, of course, Dalinar's memories are coming back. With Kaladin, I don't see this as a retread of his WoK arc at all. Rather, it is a return to a role that he is suited for, after spending a whole book being too depressed to fill it. Granted, if tutoring the parshmen is his whole arc in this book, it will be disappointing, but I see this as a welcome sign that Kaladin is accepting himself and growing into his role as Radiant nicely. Also, we've got mentions of how Realmatic stuff works from Syl, and the most important thing to happen, from my perspective, is that we really are made to understand that this is not going to be a simple good-and-evil morality tale. The parshmen are not orcs or trollocks or even just brutish barbarians. Since WoR, we've known that the Listener plotline was going to be more complex than a monstrous enemy that we can feel okay about seeing our heroes slaughter. But at the time, we were lead to believe that this would be because we knew that there were good people trapped inside stormform monsters. This is even better for a complex story with difficult moral choices. The parshmen are slaves escaping oppression. Then there's Shallan. As I've said before, I think that this chapter really sets up the character's central conflict for this volume--her attempt to avoid painful memories by creating separate identities for herself. As much as Kaladin's failure to protect damaged his bond with Syl, I think that Shallan's failure to tell herself the truth at such a grand scale will damage her bond with Pattern. Maybe it won't be as dramatic as what happened with Kaladin, but I'd say that her Oathrbinger arc will echo Kaladin's WoR arc. And then the murder mystery threw us for a loop that no one predicted. There is something going on here that none of us guessed. And the thing is, it should become apparent very quickly that while they do have a serial killer of some kind on their hands, every time that killer murders someone, there's a second murderer to worry about. I think this makes things more dangerous for Adolin. Soon, everyone will know that the killing of the Kholin ally was not linked, in terms of motive, to Sadeas being killed. That means that the Sadeas camp will have more reason to regard his death as a politically motivated assassination.
  14. I think some people are misunderstanding the concept of Investiture resisting Investiture (it is possible that I am the one misunderstanding, but that seems unlikely to me ). So, yes, Cognitively distinct entities that are Invested will resist being acted upon by outside Investiture, as in the example of attempting to Steelpush a metalmind. However, after the feruchemist in this example rids themself of the meddling Coinshot trying to mess with their metalminds, they will not find any resistance when they try to put more Investiture into that metalmind. While we haven't seen it happen yet, I would wager that this would still be the case if they managed to get themselves some Investiture from a different Shard. Investiture is Investiture. I think that it is a mistake to look at the Nightwatcher's influence as something Invested within Dalinar that resisted being healed. Unless we look at the influence as something of a distinct foreign entity residing in Dalinar's mind (or soul or whatever), it ought to be part of the same Cognitive entity--that is, Dalinar--and therefore not resist any kind of Investing that Dalinar is doing. In fact, it that scenario, any Investiture Dalinar put in would only serve to fuel the magical device blocking his memory. As it has been noted, Dalinar himself perceives the memories, not as being blocked, but as a hole. Like I said before, in the very next chapter, Syl explains how what seems to be the exact same thing was done (albeit much more thoroughly and dramatically) to the parshmen. A piece of their soul was cut out, their Connections to their entire Identities were severed, and Investiture healed that. Surely, Investiture was involved in the severing, but it isn't sticking around now to maintain the rift. If I cut a piece of paper in half, I don't leave the scissors there to maintain the slice. I think that it is very simple: Stormlight healed Dalinar's memory, just like Odium's Investiture healed the parshmen's minds.Why did it only happen now? I believe that it was because he was holding Stormlight when Navani mentioned Evi's name. With the Connection to her memory severed, it didn't register as part of his Identity, and much like Kaladin's scars, was therefore not ever healed. However, when the name tried to follow the Cognitive pathway into Dalinar's perception, instead of just stopping where that path was severed as usual, the Stormlight "noticed" the cut and healed it. That's my hypothesis, anyway.
  15. Possibly, but if so, I don't think it will be much like the example of the Knitting Circle. I think that a lot of fans have been kind of ignoring the fact that almost every single lead character in this story has absolutely no problem with slavery, and I don't think Brandon intends to let us continue to get away with it. He almost set it up that way, lulling us into a false sense of what Alethi slavery is like, with the parshmen as human automatons or clever beasts and comments on how ardents are technically owned, even though it doesn't really seem like it. Yeah, we have the negative examples (Sadeas), but it has been easy to write that off as what happens when you have an evil man in charge. Now, we're being forced to confront the fact that horrible things were done to the parshmen. Sure, by people who didn't realize that there was a trapped soul in there, horrified at their lot, but the parshmen were still bred like animals and torn apart from their families. Kaladin helping them might yield mixed results, but I sincerely doubt that the outcome will be, "Kunta Kinte was the real villain all along! Take that, Toby!"