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  1. I agree that he wasn't a monster in a universal sense. Especially within the context of Alethi society he embodied many ideals and met lofty expectations of how a great warrior should perform and behave. He didn't have any semblance of a normal civilian life going on and he didn't seem to be able to reconcile his battlefield heroics with a different peacetime personality. So he resorted to alcohol (a quite common occurance for soldiers in the real world who have - in their view - lost their purpose after a war is over too). Evi in a sense represented a chance, but I think he wasn't able to embrace that chance at that point in his life.
  2. I would say that Evi was extremely important for Dalinar. Without her the whole arc in Oathbringer will not happen. To me this relates to real life relationships a lot in that it shows that the experience of a relationship can greatly alter people after it is over, although it is often near-impossible to make this change happen in the relationship. Because people need time to reflect, to look at their actions and thoughts from the outside and this is a perspective that is extremely hard to get into while you are emotionally attached to a situation. So in this sense: Evi (and through her Dalinar's kids) was the most important impetus for Dalinar to change in the long run, although - tragically - I don't think he could have achieved that change with her being alive and his wife. I would argue that for Evi, on the other hand, Dalinar and the whole Alethi culture are not good and nice. She gets emotionally abused by her husband, she is belittled and not taken seriously by Navani (who in this regard probably reflects the behavior of many other Alethi royalty) and the only solace she finds is in her kinds and in the futile attempts of changing her husband (who then ultimately kills her).
  3. @Helwar To add to that: The idea is, that the wall or the table actually - to put it Shai's way - 'want' to be prettier (which makes sense to me, since being prettier makes humans perceive such items more readily, which in turn grants higher levels of cognitive presence to these items). So for the table or the wall a few good nudges in the right direction are enough, the rest is then 'filled in' by the item's soul (my guess). The Forger could make more concrete descriptions as to the nature of the alterations, which would be necessary if they wanted to achieve a specific result (e.g. a mural in the style of a certain artist), however, that would also create a wider margin of error, since the artist's life would also have to fit within the timeline of creating the item. Now, with Ashravan - in addition to the points raised by @RShara and @Ixthos - the thing is, that Shai wants/has to achieve a very, very (very) specific result. She doesn't want to recreate any human (not that that would necessarily work with Ashravan's body) but Ashravan himself. So every little thing has to be correct which exponentially amplifies the difficulty and the complexity of the task. In addition to the soul being gone this is - as far as my understanding goes - also complicated by the fact that the assassination had an immense impact on Ashravan's cognitive aspect. I think just moving the wound would not have worked since it would not have been believable to the soul itself as it would not explain a hundred days completely gone from his memory and all the rest of the political ruckus caused by the assassination attempt. Such a stamp would not have taken.
  4. No, your not the only one. The discussion in here shows that as well, I guess.
  5. Exactly. Also, there are more than enough people who just die, even though they could have become Radiants given different circumstances. Elhokar, Eshonai, Tien, Ym - to name just a few prominent ones. And then there are probably hundreds or even thousands of people who have been killed by the Skybreakers since the Recreance. The thing is, The Stormlight Archive is not their series. It is a series that tells the story of how the Knights Radiant are refounded and Surgebinding returns to Roshar. So of course it makes sense to prominently feature exactly the people who are (going to be) these new Knights Radiant. In my opinion the only Deus Ex Machina-situation that could have been handled a bit better is Jasnah vanishing for a whole book, which was just required to tell the story of WoR more slowly. Shallan's stuff, on the other hand, is - while not always relatable - comprehensible to me, especially when you shift the focus away from her own motivations and to how other characters experience and view her.
  6. Your opinion is perfectly fine and as valid as anybody's in here. But, sorry for being repetitive here, when you make statements like "we [every reader in your country] don't understand Shallan" or "i just had to explain reception of the books here [in your country]" you claim to speak for all of these other readers and you'd better be ready to prove your authority for doing so.
  7. Again you speak as if you have the authority of millions of people, which is just what I tried to point out above. Why would your opinion be representative for that of all the other people living in your country? If you make claims like that you should back them up with a lot more substance than you are providing here.
  8. From reading this thread it seems more like it isn't working for you. Which - as your experience - is perfectly fine, of course, but not sufficient to make a generalization out of it.
  9. My suggestion: start getting hardcovers now. Paperbacks are sunken costs in the end since you will succumb to the superior quality of hardcovers sooner or later. Also, the quality of endpapers (magnificient artworks in OB) is amazing. No paperback will be a match in this regard.
  10. I honestly don't think there would be too many people skipping huge chunks of the book and then joining into the discussion here. I too at times am annoyed by Shallan's actions. But the same is true for Kaladin. And Dalinar. And Adolin. And basically any other expanded viewpoint character. There are just so many decisions each of these characters have to make during the course of the books that I believe it is impossible for all of them to act to my satisfaction all the time. To me this is an asset of dynamic characters. If I want predictable stuff I'll go read fairy tales.
  11. A pity, but as long as he stays commited to churning out Stormlight-epics I'm fine with some pauses.
  12. Sure, I'll do so as soon as I get back home in a couple of days.
  13. No problem - I just sent it to you attached to a message.
  14. Should he ever come near I'll do that - Central Europe isn't on his schedule a lot, though.
  15. After getting my girlfriend on board of the Sanderson train about half a year ago (I cunningly used The Emperor's Soul to lure her...) I had been pondering for a while on how to make her Cosmere-aware without spoiling everything. She has finished everything Mistborn as well as The Way of Kings now and I decided to create a little booklet for her. I'm quite proud how V 1.0 turned out. It's 28 A5-pages long and home-produced. Edit (Spoiler-clarification): Since I have sent the .pdf to some people I wanted to make everybody aware of the spoilers of this - let's call it 'document'. First and foremost it includes major Mistborn-spoilers. It does not make sense to give it to someone, who has not read everything Mistborn (that includes Secret History). Furthermore, there are minor spoilers for The Way of Kings, and technically also for Words of Radiance and maybe even Oathbringer. That, however, only refers to the names of Shards on Roshar. So, technically a spoiler, but as far as I remember, it was quite commonly known before WoR and OB that Cultivation, Honor and Odium were active on Roshar, so in my opinion these spoilers are hardly relevant. Anyhow, since I specifically compiled the whole thing to be read before/during Words of Radiance it probably makes most sense to give it to somebody at that point of their reading journey.