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  1. My, my! Such aggressive swearwords!
  2. 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
  3. 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!
  4. I'm not sure if this belongs here or in one of the "general discussion" places, but it is very Sixth of the Dusk and is arguably spoilery, so here it is. The "symbol of my ignorance" is a chip clip given to me by a woman who made a huge fool out of me. What is the "symbol of your ignorance?" What did you used to think was easy, and how have you learned?
  5. Wow. See if you can find it. Oh, minor WoT spoilers by the way. That word!!!
  6. I am excluding Shardholders because Rayse is probably the "correct" answer at this point, and that would leave the poll uninteresting. Dilaf: A candidate because of his extreme hatred and attempted genocide (though we know and maybe understand a little about why his hatred is so strong). Wyrn: A candidate because he was behind the attempted genocide. Straff Venture: A candidate because of his POV. The Lord Ruler: A candidate because of his murderous tyranny. Suit: A candidate... well we don't know a lot about him yet, do we? Bluefingers: A candidate because of his attempt to start a massive and destructive war. His justification falls short because of his frantic attempt to murder Siri even after it was obvious his plan had failed. Denth: A candidate because if ANYONE knew better than to do what he was doing, it was him. Sadeas: A candidate because of his massive treachery and also his POV. Amaram: A candidate because of his treachery and hypocrisy (though his intent isn't as evil as Sadeas' IMO) Taravangian: A candidate for the massive amount of carnage he has caused (is this justified?) Szeth: A candidate for mass murder (is he justified?) Other: who do you think?
  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. Since so many people seem intent on matching the Unmade with Heralds or Surges or whatever, I thought I would bring this forward. I wish I could remember or find the WOB I think supports this, but each Shard has a number that is special to it, or something. For Preservation, it's 16. For Honor it's 10. And for Odium, it's 9. This is why there are 9 Unmade, and we'll see more 9 showing up as we learn more about Odium. EDIT: And why not add a crackpot theory while I'm at it? Adonalsium split into 16 numbered Shards. One through Sixteen. Another guess is that Autonomy is number One also.
  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. 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?
  13. 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.
  14. When you dub putting dating women on hold "going malen" while you get your financial situation under control ...
  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.
  16. It is Sebarial. RShara's turn!
  17. It's not Siri. Third clue: The financial records of this character are somewhat dubious.
  18. It's not Shen. Second clue: This character does things which are frowned upon by the ambient society.
  19. OK, I'll start one but it's after midnight here so I'll go to bed. Perhaps this means lots of people can guess. First clue: This character is widely ignored (in world).
  20. Darnit! It was 50/50 and I guessed wrong. It's Heelis (unless you changed your answer to steer away from guesses like a troll, lol).
  21. That "important woman" Lift talks to in Edgedancer?
  22. Why would she choose to be a darkeyes though? Wouldn't that draw unwanted attention?
  23. Jasnah and Amaram, lol. More seriously, Wax and Steris is my favorite.
  24. Thanks for that. I'll give a +1 on its accuracy (I also have AS).