Iarwainiel

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About Iarwainiel

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  1. I caved too, but at a different task: I decided to not do a full reread of the previous 3 books. I don't have the time (thankfully I've been very busy at my job, working at home through this whole pandemic - makes me a bit sad, but it's the right choice for me now), and I've read them all several times already. What I am doing is reading through: (done) All the chapter epigraphs (I copied them into a separate document and have some of them reorganized per their citations which is a very interesting exercise...) (done) All the Interludes (done) All the Prologues / versions of the night Gavilar was murdered (in-progress) All of Dalinar's visions But I am going to discipline myself to not be here on the Forums so much for the next few months, just in case anyone guesses something that turns out to be a spoiler. It's going to be even harder to not cave for the Shard, but I did it for Oathbringer so I know I can do it now. Happy reading!
  2. I totally understand - I am the same way with skimming. I did the Harry Potter books via audio, and I was replaying bits all the time to catch things I missed. Re: White Sand - I know the graphic novels are canon, but reading the non-canon prose version was IMO really worthwhile & helped me get more of an idea of who was who, character-wise. Just a tip in case you do find the graphic version to be an issue. Press on! You WILL finish Warbreaker!
  3. @Odeem - Are you open to just skimming it, not reading with your full attention? That might work. The first time I read it, I disliked both Siri and Vivenna a lot. Reading it again a few years later, it seemed to me that those 2 female characters were what they needed to be for the plot that Brandon wrote, but neither of them nor really any of the characters in WB are up to his usual standards of creating characters. I never felt like I got to know them or develop any kind of sympathy/empathy for them like I did with Kelsier and Vin and Dalinar and even Alcatraz Smedry and Spensa. The WB characters seem to be more at the level of the characters in the White Sand graphic novel - kind of not well defined. Just my opinion; YMMV of course. Hope you can see it through; it does get better in the last 1/3-1/4 of the book. :-)
  4. That is so interesting! It's like she sees Adolin in a similar way to how Kaladin sees him in the book. And I think she (like most of us, probably) is going to be surprised at these two personalities. Plus, what we learn about Adolin throughout the book makes his actions near the end even more shocking (but satisfying too). (Also, you're right & I was wrong about them meeting for the first time; but in WoR they actually get to know each other. so that's probably where I got confused.)
  5. Is there a Shardpool in France? Sure looks like it! http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20200730-the-fosse-dionne-frances-mysterious-underground-spring Worldhoppers - Coming to your area soon! (Just kidding, of course, but wow would the Fosse Dionne ever make for a spectacular Shardpool!)
  6. Good question. I skimmed those parts (mostly the part about Felurian), and was still able to understand what was going on. (I haven't read all of WoT, so can't compare for you.) I liked the first 2 books very much, and the novella about Auri, and the piece in an anthology about Bast - read each of then twice at least, and I feel they are worth reading. That said, personally I feel that Rothfuss will never actually complete book 3 and end the series - it has been too many years, and the story is too complex to wrap up in a single book and still keep the level of storytelling as high as it very much was. So I actually sold my books a couple years ago while decluttering. If book 3 ever is published, I'll pick up paperbacks then to reread. Life is too short (at least mine is) to keep waiting and waiting for a book the author seems to have lost interest in writing. My opinion; YMMV of course.
  7. Thanks @Karger ! I wonder if Brandon's "both" means [bring + awaken/unleash], or [awaken + unleash]...
  8. I just re-read chapter 1 of The Way of Kings, and I was struck by a couple things - the prevalence of the color red in the decor, when the Kholin color is blue, and the description Szeth gives of a "new rhythm" played by the Parshendi drummers: "...like a quartet of thumping hearts, pumping waves of invisible blood through the room." At least twice in the first 2 pages, he uses the word "revelry" to describe what's going on. The red might relate to something else, but the rest of it (to me) kind of screams "Heart of the Revel." What do you all think?
  9. What are Tay's predictions for: Will any rock lobsters be involved in the book? What new spren will make an appearance? What new spren would she like to see in the book? ("Spren" is plural in both questions - i.e., more than one.) It's probably pretty obvious that Kaladin and Adolin will eventually meet - when that happens, will they be friends? enemies then friends? friends then enemies? or ??? Not re: a prediction, but I canNOT wait to hear her response to the Lift interlude!! Thanks for sharing all of this with us! :-)
  10. I don't know where to post this, as it relates to Brandon's website not the Shard, but hopefully someone will see it & let the Dragonsteel folks know. (I could not find a "webmaster comments" function on the site.) The word "rhythm" is misspelled in the text at the left on this rotating banner image on the home page: Could someone (@Chaos maybe?) please pass the info to someone who can fix that image? That's all - thx.
  11. Check out the lower tiers on the Kickstarter: You get the ebook of Dawnshard if you pledge just $10 You get the ebook and the physical/hardback copy for $50 The leatherbounds are too pricey for me as well, but I sprung for the $50 level since that includes all the swag as well. I'm just glad that the novella is available at these lower tiers, so I can afford it! [EDIT: I now see where someone already answered your question hours ago. No idea why the Forum didn't show that until I just submitted my comment ... oh well, we're all too excited!]
  12. Yes, he has said that the ebook (but not the bound/physical book) WILL be out before RoW - - or at least that's the plan. IIRC, they're going to release it in multiple formats to the Kickstarter backers, so you can choose-your-own device to read it.
  13. My initial impression was that "Dawnshard" will just be the name of Rysn's ship (instead of Wandersail) - - like, the Thaylens named a ship after some legendary thing that they didn't really understand but that seemed cool. However, even if that's true, it doesn't mean that the ship's name won't prove to be irony or foreshadowing! and that she really will encounter a Dawnshard on Aimia. So glad I backed the Kickstarter! CanNOT wait!!
  14. I am hoping right along with the rest of you! But ... My initial impression was that "Dawnshard" will just be the name of Rysn's ship (instead of Wandersail) - - like, the Thaylens named a ship after some legendary thing that they didn't really understand but that seemed cool. However, even if that's true, it doesn't mean that the ship's name won't prove to be irony or foreshadowing! and that she really will encounter a Dawnshard on Aimia. So glad I backed the Kickstarter! CanNOT wait!!
  15. @NattyBo - I know one can make bread in a dutch oven, but it looks like you're baking your bread right on a grill - ? I just got a dutch oven too & love it, but haven't used it on a grill yet. Meanwhile, I have gotten real good at WFHing (so thankful to be able to keep working full-time during this). Over the July 4th weekend, I revived an old skill and painted a room in my (new) house. So much better/brighter now! That project involved patching 3 holes in the walls, which was a new skill for me. It's not perfect, but I did pretty good for a patching-noob.