Orlion the Platypus

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  1. Well, looks like White Sand 3 maaaaaaay be out. Time to pretend that counts as the yearly allotment of new Cosmere.
  2. I am likely to agree with you. Mainly because all his "standalone" novels do feel exactly like that. "Sure, we resolved the main conflict in this book, but there is clearly some unanswered, dangerous stuff going on which will be addressed soon... after Martin finished Winds of Winter and Rothfuss finishes Doors of Stone!" Seriously, when all is said and done, the wait for the Rithmatist sequel will be one of the longest in genre history!
  3. Pretty much. I'll be more specific. 1) He writes at a level most modern published genre authors achieve. In that sense, it is perfectly valid to call him mediocre. 2) People like him for his series. His standalones (with one exception) are not as highly regarded as his series and would probably be mostly ignored if not for their connections to the broader cosmere (take Elantris as the perfect example of this). 3) People also likes his worldbuilding. This dovetails nicely with the previous point as his worldbuilding tends to have a mystery element: characters learn and figure out more about the world as the series goes on. With that in mind, people like Brandon because of his series of epic scope in which an unknown world is revealed bit by bit. This allows for some fan speculation which, provided he produces volumes at a decent pace, remain an entertaining way to pass the time. Hence why people are more interested in him working on the next Stormlight, Mistborn or Skyward than, say, some solo work. Of course, that's also where his weakness lies. Brandon only has two completed series, the first Mistborn and the Reckoners. Everything else is a work in progress (Legion is a series much like how the first Foundation book is s series... that is, it is more like a serialized novel). So how good is Brandon, then? You can't judge him on Stormlight or Skyward because he hasn't stuck the landing yet, and as much as he sells, his bestselling work was probably his finishing of the Wheel of Time. Taking that all into account, it's easy to overhype Brandon. His body of work, as it currently stands, can not justify too much of it. It's important when introducing him to keep that in mind and realize that a lot of your excitement may be due to the interactions in fandom (similar to Star Wars and Harry Potter. It's more about the shared cultural experience than the merits of the actual works themselves).
  4. Yeah, I was also confused about the critical complaints about "not enough human activity" in the movie. It seemed like the middle was nothing but! I enjoyed watching this movie with my old Rodan toy.
  5. Been rewatching Neon Genesis Evangelion, because I've decided I'm not angry enough. And once I commandeer my brother's Netflix account, I can be even more angry at the new dub and translation!
  6. He's a terrible character. From a mechanic perspective and a story one (his stupid actions directly caused a lot of the problems faced by the Resistance in The Last Jedi. If there was a modicum of realism in that movie, he would have been executed by firing squad at the beginning of the movie).
  7. Fine, I'll say it. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson, in the "this stopped being enjoyable halfway through Firefight" sort of way.
  8. I'm glad you feel that way, because other similar examples (well, one similar example) predicts he will abandon the series forever and write other things! Mwahahaha!
  9. Such things happened all the time with A Dance of Dragons. They were never right. The only way you can be sure is if the author says it's finished. And they would say it, Rothfuss is not really a quiet fellow online. Let's see what he has to say. From April of this year: https://www.tor.com/2019/04/04/patrick-rothfuss-kingkiller-chronicle-book-3-update-moving-forward/ Then there's this bit from the FAQ on his website about book 3: And he has been silent on the matter. The book is not coming out in 2020. You'll be lucky if he starts writing it this year.
  10. I have zero confidence in Doors of Stone coming out at all. I think the idea of publishing it has broken Rothfuss psychologically. Martin is Martin. I think his biggest problem is that he has to write on an old machine. That means anytime he's traveling, there is absolutely no writing getting done.
  11. Their efforts to redesign Sonic and delay the movie will ultimately be putting lipstick on a pig. It'll be a garbage movie with garbage actors and a garbage script. So it'll be a 90s movie
  12. "Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies." - Frederich Nietzsche
  13. Honestly, he should just swoop in here and delete the thread. It's how my curmudgeon self would react!
  14. Smashing Pumpkins
  15. I mean, he is pretty much functionally immortal now. The Westeros nobles have just elected an Eternal God King that sees them when they're sleeping and knows when they're awake!