The Splintercast Reads Bands of Mourning, Episode 5: Chapters 10-12


Shut up, Wax. Not everyone has to go out and like, vigilante justice fight crime with their Allomancy. Maybe some people like to juggle, all right?

In which my commentary on these chapters contains significantly more jingle bells than one might have expected. What can I say? The kitten wants what the kitten wants. And usually that’s jingly feather toys.

Anyway, this week on Splintercast, Feather gets confused about gondolas. Wax continues to be an uptight old man who needs to chill, and Wayne perfectly embodies the struggle of the older generations against all those dang millennials and their cell phones and twitter birds and not immediately payin’ off all their student loans. Good times.

Also strange coins arise from strange beggars, and I immediately pick up on the fact that there’s shenanigans going on there. I love it when I pick up on shenanigans. It makes me feel competent. And just when you think you’re safe from me gushing over Steris, I’ll smack you with a hard dose for this week.

I also hone in on a cameo from a major character... only to completely be unable to figure out who she is. (Sorry Khriss. I know better now.)

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WeiryWriter

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The scene in the hotel is probably one of my favorite scenes in the book (along with the other scene with the hotel lady in a couple chapters) because the characters aren't acting any different from the way (which has kind of become "normal" for us) they usually but the introduction of a random bystander character kind of shows how insane/absurd the whole situation actually is.

 

I'm totally with you on wondering why Wax didn't recognize Hoid, that just seems hinky.

 

We actually did know about time bubbles not having redshift before this, and it's a pretty big mystery.  Brandon has said that he originally wanted to do it but then Peter was all "NO YOU'D MICROWAVE PEOPLE" and stuff.  It was definitely neat to see Khriss hang a lantern on it though, it kind of is a message to the fandom that they are asking the right questions.

 

Khriss *is* our forum.

 

Steris is awesome, I loved the bit with the lemon soda.

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Also, colorshift would have made Marasi's slow-bubble in Alloy of Law easier to see, and therefore harder to use in a trap.

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THIS IS A DISCIPLINARY HUG. DO NOT DERIVE ENJOYMENT FROM IT. lol

 

He is now certain that the beggar was more than he appeared. OH IF ONLY YOU KNEW, WAX.

 

It's ok, Feather. I thought she was Jasnah at first. Then Vathi. Then Khriss.

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Titan Arum

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Alyx, how do you come up with your pronunciations of names like "kandra" and "MeLaan"? Is this from inside knowledge from Brandon or your own interpretation of them? 

 

I only ask because my head-canon is different. I want to know if I am wrong! I have a feeling, though, it may be due to my own accent vs. yours. 

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For those names, it's my own intuition. There are some of the names that actually do have some insight into, but "kandra" and "MeLaan" I haven't heard anything about.

 

For the most part, I try to match Brandon's pronunciations if I can, though Brandon has said many times that he doesn't actually consider some pronunciations more "canon" than others. Still, I like to match his if possible. If I don't know how Brandon pronounces a word, though, I just give it my best shot.

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I agree that Wax being completely oblivious to his previous taxi driver in Elendel being a beggar in New Seran is a little hinky, I'm just assuming that 1) Hoid was in a different disguise both times, 2) Hoid was storing Connection or something such that people wouldn't look twice at him (also note that the guy who rousted him had done so at least once before Wax showed up).  Wax probably assumed that there was more than one person named "Hoid" (not an unreasonable assumption if the apparent ages don't match up).  

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