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About Kalleth

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  1. If they're shipping them out to coincide with the release date, it'll be a while before I'm able to do this, but if you're interested, I'll post a pic of what the signature looks like in this thread!
  2. So I spent all morning deliberating on whether I should get it, and finally just let impulse guide me. I'm eighty bucks poorer, but I almost missed out on the chance to get the book altogether, with my order being 1026 of 1100. I guess mostly I'd like to ask fellow forum dwellers, what should I expect? Are there worries about shipping I should be concerned with (being shipped to me way over here in Denmark)? I paid the extra money for a custom inscription, and I asked Brandon to answer the question: "What are the most important words a man can say?" Obviously, I'd like to know more about Gavilar's last moments, and about what Dalinar was really meant to figure out. Admittedly my memory of the books is a bit rusty, and I've only just begun rereading WoK. But was Gavilar referring the the writings of Nohadon in The Way of Kings in-world? Or was he alluding to the Oaths of the Knight Radiant? Or did I actually ask a good question? I could've done the intelligent thing and checked what contemporary questions the 17th Shard has for Brandon, but like I said, I was being impulsive. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm not remembering some key part of WoK or WoR, but as far as I remember, Dalinar's arc concerning Gavilar was far from over at the end of the last book.
  3. These signed and numbered copies, are they for order? Or do you have to go to this signing to pick them up?
  4. Has anybody compiled a list of the sphere values, from least to most valuable? Do we know which gemstones can be used in spheres? It'd be handy to have all this information in one place, if somebody can point me in its direction, that'd be cool. If nobody can, it seems like something worth getting down, no?
  5. Alright well I've storming pledged what I can. I might beef it up a bit later if it's looking increasingly as though both halves of the album will get made, just so I can get that sweet sweet hard copy, and if it needs just a little extra. Time to go tell everybody to back it. YAY!
  6. storming beautiful, but I don't understand if it's already been completely composed, what is the Kickstarter money being used for? Post-production? Licensing? ???
  7. So the only reason that Vin was able to defeat TLR was because... Plot armour?
  8. I think you vastly overestimate the Lord Ruler's ability to outcompete the BLACKTHORN! And Susebron, Susebron too.
  9. My number one OTTOBL (One True Trio of Blood Lust) is The Lord Ruler (At height of his power) Vs. Susebron (With a tongue) Vs. Full Knight Radiant Dalinar! I can see it now! Each one, a champion of their given Shardworld, each one arguably among the most powerful of the kind of warrior their planet breeds! The Lord Ruler, with complete access to all of the Feruchemical and Allomantic powers, and at least a millennia to master them! Also possessing the entire population of Skaa, and a veritable army of inquisitors! Susebron, the GOD-KING with a MILLION breaths! Able to call upon vast armies of Lifeless statues! To awaken many hundreds if not THOUSANDS of Nightblood-like weapons! And of course, last but not least, DALINAR STORMING KHOLIN! A MAN WHO FORMED A NAHEL BOND WITH THE STORMFATHER! A MAN WHO UNITED ALL TEN HIGHPRINCES (and maybe kinda had his son assassinate his rival XD)! AND A FREAKING BONDSMITH! POTENTIALLY COULD CALL UPON THE COMBINED ORDERS OF THE KNIGHTS RADIANT, AND WAS ALREADY A UNQUESTIONABLE STORMING BADASS WHEN HE SPOKE THE FIRST IDEAL! Can you tell who I think would win?
  10. I enjoy the distilled Tolkien-ness of The Hobbit. It truly is a contemporary fairy tale. Something I will happily read to my kid(s). Despite digging hungrily into the Cosmere, and several other equally densely lored universes, I always found Tolkien's prose in the LOTR books to be impossible to parse through. Luckily, his books provided the ultimate opportunity for some of the best movies of all time! Too bad they screwed the Hobbit three ways to Sunday... Storming greedy cremlings...
  11. Rothfuss' world is by no means mundane. Just because there are no ice zombies or fire zombies or dragons doesn't automatically mean that Temerant is boring. In fact, a lot of the secrets and things left unsaid seem to hint at massive amounts of unseen or forgotten lore. I could harp on about this point but suffice it to say that where George would have you revel in long-winded descriptions of food, gape at arguably fantastic setpieces, and grapple with existential dread any time a character that is sympathetic approaches semi-dangerous circumstances... Pat will have you smiling and cringing and seething at the relationships between characters, scratching your head at whether a story is just a story, or actually a hidden allegory for an ongoing plot thread, question the moral fibre of those who seem the most inscrutable, and ultimately... Cheering for a character who could quite possibly end up being the world's final antagonist. Ugh, I mean there are an immeasurable amount of arguments you can make for either series. I think that KKC has a lot more nuanced, personal, and complex writing. I think part of that comes from the endless revisions that Pat does (and is doing) to try and eke out a real gem of a tale. I don't get the same sense of tireless self-innovation from ASOIAF. I mean, sure you can find some clever plotting, with a tad more action and real movement of narrative, but how much of it is earned? The best comparison I can think of is that in the high fantasy category, ASOIAF is pulpy, turn-your-brain-off, enjoy the ride fantasy fiction. Honestly, I do not even give a crap if Jon Snow dies, and it's mostly because there's a lot of chain-yanking in that series. And then there's KKC, which is probably something a reader needs to be a bit more engaged with, and could take a few re-reads to really sink into. But boy is it worth it if you do. I cannot begin to describe how finely wrought Pat's prose is except to add my voice to that of my peers above in saying that when you read the opening prologue in the Waystone, you know exactly what kind of prose you're in for. And it's as though the book has two beginnings, because Kvothe's narrative voice is quite distinctive also. Gah. Read em' both. If you couldn't already tell, I've gotten more out of KKC, and while I'm pissed at Martin's excuses, I've got tons of patience for Rothfuss. Shrug.
  12. There's the aviar that allows Sixth (Or Dusk, as he's properly referred to) to see warning visions of dangers that could be lethal to him. Due to the brevity of the story, we only ever find out the natural abilities of two aviar. The coppercloud and visions seem to be quite powerful all on their own, however I'd wager that Sixth's dismay at the potential extinction of the Aviar leaves more to be discovered. Don't know if Brandon will be writing any more fiction in this setting for a while, however what we do have is certainly intriguing. As a side-note, it would seem to be indicated at least from what we know that possibly the Aviar's investiture acts solely within the Cognitive realm, and not the physical, because both abilities relate to mental shielding, and warding of a sort. Until we have canon proof of varieties of aviar that can affect the physical realm with their investiture, I'd say it's fair to presume that this kind of investiture only acts on the mind. Which could make an aviar a powerful companion for a worldhopper, despite our knowledge that this story takes place the furthest along in the Cosmere timeline. Honestly, Sixth of the Dusk has nowhere near enough actual words for us to get any solid answers on the impact of the story on the Cosmere itself. I don't even know if the aviar's abilities are even a result of investiture coming from Adonalsium in origin. I think Brandon might've mentioned that some of his stories happen on worlds without shards, but that they might still have magic systems of their own. Based on the end of Sixth of the Dusk, it's also possible that-
  13. It was literally just that issue, and I now have the newsletter! Thanks!
  14. So Brandon's no longer taking requests by email for the prose of White Sand, and is only giving it out via a newsletter which while I am signed up for now, have not yet received. Any members who might be gracious enough to loan me the prose so I can read it? Thanks. -Kalleth