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  1. Yeah, I had trouble deciding which subforum this belonged in. I'm happy to have it moved if Events would be better. Thanks! I wouldn't have thought to check Theoryland. TGS tour is now entered.
  2. I was curious about where Brandon's book tours usually take him, and got a bit carried away with tracking it. I've pulled all of the event info I could find and compiled it into a spreadsheet and a map. Conventions are noted as stars, to distinguish them from regular signings. The biggest conclusion I came to was Shadows, this man travels all the time! How can he possibly write anything? Since 2006 he has attended 60+ conventions, in addition to all of the book tours and other signings each year. Perhaps not surprisingly, the majority of his book tours hit the same cities (and bookstores) over and over. I guess those are where Tor and Gollancz like to send their people? He has also attended SDCC and Jordancon many times, so he's been to San Diego 14 times for signings, and Atlanta 9, the most events anywhere farther than an hour from his house (i.e. excluding Provo and Salt Lake City). At the moment, there isn't an easy way to see all of the markers for the same location, since they overlay one another. So if the location you are interested in says Brandon has been there multiple times, you can check the spreadsheet to see when each of the visits occurred and for which tours or conventions. I'm sure I've missed some things. The biggest hole is his 2009 tour for A Memory of Light, which I couldn't find listed anywhere. If you have a correction or addition, I'm happy to fix it. I have not made any effort to combine or separate markers that are in different addresses or townships in a larger metropolitan area--everything is located simply by the city noted. Event info came from Brandon's past blog entries, Tor.com announcements, and 17S event reports. (Brandon's event page purges past events, so it was no help.)
  3. Sharder's Stalking Guide (a.k.a. Geo Tracking 2.0)

    Everything works. I went ahead and added the stragglers who had posted in the other thread, and I'll see about getting it unpinned. Does that mean you don't want to be on the map at all, or do you want to be added in Generic, Ohio?
  4. Sharder's Stalking Guide (a.k.a. Geo Tracking 2.0)

    That's correct**. This thread is the more current of the two, but it hasn't been updated since June (9 months ago). Someone tried summoning @The Young Bard a while ago, but didn't get a response. Let's try summoning the other map mods and see what we get. Our best bet is probably @The Honor Spren as she is the most active here. The others are @Curious Anamaximder and @firstRainbowRose. Rose is an admin and quite busy, but I know she'll see this eventually if one of the others doesn't get to it first. Note to the map mod: I am willing to volunteer as another map moderator if that would be helpful. My email is my user name at gmail.com. **Originally, the Geotracking thread (now locked but still pinned for some reason) was intended to be for refinements/corrections of map locations. The primary locations were taken from the Master List. When the owners of the first list and map stopped updating, Young Bard stepped in to recreate it and wisely added additional moderators so that we wouldn't get stuck again. While new members continue to post there, The Master List hasn't seen an update since before this thread was created. Since neither @Aether and @Quitecontrary have logged in for over a year, I think it's appropriate to request an admin to unpin (and possibly lock?) the other threads. But I will wait to do that until we get an update processed for this list.
  5. My take has been that the girl transferred her memories to Vasher. She gave him a small piece of her Breath that had those memories attached to it. This is speculation on my part, but it fits the text and it matches with what we know of Nalthian magic, which is all about giving things away. Here are the relevant passages in Warbreaker. Vasher and the girl, chapter 49 Vasher and Denth, chapter 57:
  6. Cosmere University

    Don't forget the annual Tarachin tournament. There are three student leagues you can sign up for, with games throughout the year. Those games do help seed the final brackets, but anyone can challenge into the "sweet sixteen". Last year's tournament drew large crowds when freshman William Ann Montaine defeated the reigning champion in the first round! She didn't place first overall in the tournament, but she did give a strong showing, and she's heading up the informal practice league. So if any of the incoming class want to learn from a talented young player, that is a club you ought to consider.
  7. Lashing Argument

    The comparison to allomancy is useful. Most allomancers are only able to push or pull against an object's center of mass, but very skilled or experienced ones (Kelsier, primarily) have demonstrated the ability to push/pull on individual parts of an object to apply torque or to refine their aim. I suspect lashing is similar: the default is center-of-mass only, but with enough practice you could learn to accomplish more intricate feats. One allomancy correction, though (very minor Mistborn spoiler):
  8. Oathbringer Cover Revealed

    Against my better judgement, I will add to the beauty-of-female-characters discussion. The most important thing to remember is that physical beauty is highly subjective and derives from both cultural and individual expectations. That whole "eye of the beholder" thing. @king of nowhere is right to pay attention to who is describing whom. Also, presentation (e.g. Vin vs Valette) is a big part of how those beholders form their impressions. I will add that my personal impression of some of the mentioned characters differs markedly from the previous post. (In particular, Vin, Shallan, and Ranette). So the reader brings their own set of biases to layer on the narrative. In my experience of real-world relationships, I've found that beauty tends generally to increase with the amount of time you spend with someone. So it should come as no surprise to us when after investing time and emotion into a book and character they feel beautiful to us. (Especially when that character is the vehicle for some of our own wish-fulfillment of using incredible magic, overcoming impossible odds, and visiting amazing locations.) Aside: in listing cosmere characters for this purpose, don't forget about Silence Montaine and her girls (from Threnody), or Vathi (from Sixth of the Dusk). Those are from shorter, less epic works, so different rules may apply to generating heroines, but none of them are described as stunning. To @maxal's good points about what naysayers see against the cover: yes, this is a very classic fantasy cover that doesn't really move forward. But that's primarily because Michael Whelan pretty much defined the classic cover. I agree that seeing only the front cover rather than the whole image puts Jasnah very much in the foreground, when a strength of at least the WoK cover was the emphasis on the storm. It doesn't help that Brandon's name covers up so much of the artwork that isn't Jasnah. That makes sense for marketing, and we all want this to make money, but from a judge-the-cover perspective I think it would help widen the focus if the title and author didn't need to be thunderclast size.
  9. Not necessarily. It isn't obvious to a casual observer that the person on the front is Jasnah. It could easily be a new character, or a different artistic imagining of someone else we already know (e.g. Navani). Just looking at the cover shouldn't ruin anything. Now, reading the cover copy or the dust jacket info would clear it right up, but looking at those out of order is just asking for spoilers.
  10. Oathbringer Cover Revealed

    I'm glad they got Whelan to do another "making of" post for the reveal. I particularly love the in-process 'value study', which feels even more dynamic than the final version:
  11. A Reddit comment

    Okay, I guess I missed that. Thanks for the correction. I thought Brandon had continued to be cagey on this point.
  12. A Reddit comment

    There have been some good responses on Reddit recently, especially as part of the AMA and Oathbringer updates. I don't have time to compile those yet (and some have already been posted here) but one on a separate thread about character deaths jumped out at me. Here is the whole quote, with the important piece in bold. Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/Stormlight_Archive/comments/5yejj3/comment/derrlv5 I'm pretty sure this is the first official pronoun for Adonalsium besides "it." I take this as unintentional confirmation that Adonalsium was a being/Vessel and (probably) male, something Brandon has been quite evasive about.
  13. I got really excited about this and started to put together a music video of it. Picked out a bunch of cosmere fan art for the visuals, then recorded me singing the song to a karaoke track of Shake It Off.... It turns out my man voice doesn't sound good for Khriss or for impersonating Swift. I could do a grumpy Nazh, but that doesn't fit for the whole song. So, if anyone wants to volunteer their vocals, consider this your invitation. As a side note, there seems to be zero fan art of Nazh. Several billion of Kal, Shallan, and Vin. Nearly that many Adolin, Jasnah, and Lift. A decent handful of Vasher, and even one or two of Khriss, Silence, and Sixth of the Dusk. But no Nazrilof that I could find. If you know of any, please point me to it.
  14. Hmm, interesting. Thanks for the quote, Thunder. I'm not sure if this is a case of Szeth misunderstanding the magic or of me (and many other readers) missing something important. We do have multiple WoB about shardlate itself interfering with lashings and other magic because it is "hyperinvested." (1, 2, 3). Brandon has also confirmed that gems were added to plate around the same time that they were added to blades, and were not part of the originals.
  15. The Diagram: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

    Oooo. That is a great thought! I'll have to think about the Connection idea some more. It's a plausible explanation, but feels a bit unlikely to me at first glance.