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  1. When, upon a reread of Warbreaker, you realize with surprise that much of the charming language you used to woo your wife came from Lightsong the Bold. (my wife still doesn’t know. Haha!)
  2. I thought it was heavily implied to be a fork of Atium. Gemmel wouldn’t have been much impressed by anything else, and we know Atium is required to make Malatium.
  3. My, my! Such aggressive swearwords!
  4. Using “they” as a gender-neutral pronoun has bothered me because it is plural, but in the case of Morriumur it is quite appropriate, I think
  5. Just finished WoT and it is Awesome (not in the Edgedancing way but there is plenty of magic too). That’s why I have been absent from 17thshard the last year and a half, lol. Re WoT warnings (I just barely read it, so listen up): ”Will I enjoy it”: The biggest criticism for WoT is probably length. The series is very long. If you didn’t struggle with reading tWoK and enjoy the genre, you probably won’t mind the length of WoT. Are there flaws if you psycho-analyze it? Sure, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. There is a considerable amount of “chosen one”-driven plot too, so if you really don’t like that kind of story, you have been warned. Sexual content: Present, though most details are left to the imagination of the reader. I wouldn’t classify it as pornographic. It really is the same level as Warbreaker, but with more (due to length of the series). There are a lot of unorthodox relationships too, so if “open relationships”, sharing women/men etc. bothers you, you have been warned. Nudity: Present. Details of genitalia? Not present. Gender politics: If you get easily offended by political correctness/ incorrectness, be aware there are a lot of gender politics in the Wheel of Time. Indeed I would say that is a major theme of the series. Robert Jordan explores in detail a world where women play a much more prominent leadership role than in our present “real world”. Swearwords: In-world swearing ftw! Exactly the same as in Brandon’s books I’d say. Violence: Very frequent, and somewhat graphic. Blood, torn bodies, etc. present. Not maxed-out level graphic, but RJ was not shy here. Violence is also not promoted by RJ (any more than by Brandon, in my estimation), meaning that sympathetic characters do avoid violence wherever possible, sometimes even to endangering their mission, etc. Disturbing imagery: Very much present. If “worse than dead” scenarios (eternal screaming) or psychological torment (like being forced to do something really Bad, or being inside the head of a character who thoroughly enjoys very graphic violence) freaks you out excessively, consider yourself warned. I would rate WoT’s disturbing scenes more disturbing than Brandon’s, though maybe not by a mile. If nothing bothered you in the Mistborn original trilogy, you’re probably OK. Smoking/alcohol: Present, and not discouraged by the author. Awesome level: 10/10 on my scale. Enjoy!
  6. Wow. See if you can find it. Oh, minor WoT spoilers by the way. That word!!!
  7. When you realize on Koloss Head-munching Day that the best way to describe Koloss to normal people is: people on ultra-steroids. Think about it. Steroids (in excess) make you scary buff, violent, and unable to have kids. Sound familiar?
  8. So the question is having to fight a super powerful veteran or a super powerful rookie (scary for different reasons). Hmm, it depends on why the fight is happening. If there is no peaceful way to resolve it, the Radiant because they would make it quick. If the is, the Radiant because it would be easier to talk them out of it. Too many variables with the rookie. Would you rather be a Truthless wielding Nightblood or a hemalurgic Fullborn in a scenario where Rayse holds the shard(s) of Harmony? Edit for clarification: in the scenario, Rayse is not also Odium, but is still, you know, Rayse.
  9. Wow. I think it’s hilarious that someone resurrected my old thread. I made it when I was a young wart hog. My only comments now about it are: don’t forget I made the list before some books were published, and while Sadeas May have bee nice to his wife, don’t forget he goes to prostitutes (remember the in-sluts joke from Hoid?). Men don’t do that when they love their wives. Actually, after reading Oathbringer I am tempted to say flashback Dalinar. I want to, if only as a lesson that even the worst of people can repent and be good.
  10. I can see that. Though the fact that every (every?) Elantrian who is pushed over the edge has a mantra suggests to me something significant.
  11. So, it appears that the whole Hoed mantra thing is Cosmere-significant, and //it's been 6 months since Oathbringer release, but I don't know how the Spoiler rules have changed, etc. I have included someone else's theory in a link below. I don't actually believe that theory, but it contains relevant information: Perhaps being Hoed is related to Savantism somehow?
  12. When you dub putting dating women on hold "going malen" while you get your financial situation under control ...
  13. So, we know how Fused are really ancient members of the Parsh race who have a kind of immortality like that of the Heralds, where they go more and more insane (or something like that). But do we know how they attained that status? How would a new Parshendi aspire to be a Fused? Not get possessed and killed by one, but rather be able to return (or Return...) after dying and possess a new body? edit: do I still have to put [OB] in the title since it's been more than 6 months now since the release of Oathbringer?
  14. What's this about Endowment being at the end of the Well of Ascension? I read the "alternate ending" and I didn't see Endowment anywhere. The only hint of it was how Brandon said to "read Warbreaker." So what's this all about?
  15. I remember when I read LoTR for the first time as a kid my mom told me to skip the prologue. She herself had tried to get into LoTR but couldn't get past the prologue which is filled with a lot of detail (not all of which is relevant to the plot, etc.) and my dad told her "you always skip the prologue when you read LoTR, silly." Anyway, after Brandon Sanderson ... uh, no more prologue-skipping. They're not only plot-relevant but also EPIC.