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  1. Have you tried Ctrl+Shift+v?
  2. I've been mulling over this, but the more I think of it, the less I like RoW. And it's pretty strange to me, since I have a history of liking those Sanderson's books that other people consider weaker. I loved OB far more than either WoK or WoR, and I think WoA is the best of Mistborn series so far. All of Mistborn series. And yet.... I don't know. I flew through the book in five days, but perhaps that's the problem. I constantly felt like the things happening on page weren't really that important or impactful. There was a strong "what's next?" propelling me forward, but said "next" wouldn't really happen until the last part of the book. I loved the Odium bombshell, as I mentioned, and I'm generally looking forward to the five books' conclusion. However, I just feel like many of the things being achieved... Didn't need that much time to be achieved. Some even required a step back before going forward. Just think of it. At the end of OB we have: - the Radiants control Urithuru and are now working on getting it back to its glorious days - there will be a champion contest with Odium - more and more spren, including honorspren, are forming bonds - our main cast progressed through a ton of mental health issues in the past three books and seem on track to getting better. But come RoW, and the Radiants lose Urithuru only to reclaim it at the end, we suddenly learn that nah, the honorspren actually aren't bonding with the Radiants and the few that did are rare, and both Kaladin and Shallan seem to slip back into the same issues that they already had in previous books. With Kaladin, it looked like a new direction for a while, but in the end his storyline was reduced to fighting to survive and protect his friends against overwhelming odds, which is exactly what he's been doing in the entirety of WoK. You can certainly list important things that happened in this novel and new information Cosmere-wise. But looking at the big picture, where does RoW leave us? - the Radiants control Urithuru and are now working on getting it back to its glorious days - there will be a champion contest with Odium - more and more spren, including honorspren, are forming bonds - our main cast progressed through a ton of mental health issues in the past four books and seem on track to getting better. Yeah, certain details changed. The two sides can now kill each other permanently. There are specific terms for the contest. Someone else controls the Shard. But by and large, this 1000-page long book put us in the same situation as the previous tome. Compare to how the first three books of the series each was a complete game-changer. From return of the Radiants to the Everstorm and Urithuru's discovery, to forming the coalition and setting up the contest of champions (it wasn't even established then that the deal was incomplete). In RoW, the only storyline that fits the bill was Navani's, but I don't believe it couldn't have been served in a different way. (I'm also on board the "I wish Rlain had become the second Bondsmith" ship, but that's personal preference). Wouldn't it have been enough if the Sibling was introduced in 100 pages instead of 1000? Did the way to kill the Fused permanently need all those long, long chapters of build-up? Would anyone complain if Dalinar and Odium set the terms for the contest in like, chapter 1? Even the whole honorspren business was, at the end of the day, an affair we all knew how it was going to end. The revelation of "We. Chose" was very cool, but similarly to Navani, I don't think it needed all those pages spent on traveling, Shallan's repetitive "Is this person the spy?" and "Oh no, a blocked memory of mine is coming back", and so on and so forth. So... Yeah. I don't really have a conclusion. Just wanted to get the above out of my system. TL;DR Still excited for book five. But a lot saltier about RoW in retrospection. Feels it could've been a lot shorter.
  3. Sooo..... My least favorite SA book so far. I'll wonder if the least favorite Sanderson book, but I don't think it's that bad. First of all, I feel like this lacked Sanderson's last "cut 10% of words" pass. Some of the scenes could probably even be cut in 20% or 100%. I skimmed through many of the flashback chapters instead of fully reading them, I just wasn't interested. I don't see much point to them. I can't shake off the feeling that some sort of naivety permeated this book. Numerous times, there're people who are "kinda ordinary" or even "bad/complacent" but they turn a new leaf just because one of the MCs asks/needs them to. There was even a line like, from my memory, "Everyone wants to be useful to others, they just need to be showed a way". I find it baffling that it came from the same author who wrote a guy wanting to kill a baby and set a fire for the funz of it in one of the prologues of Mistborn 2 era. Like, this book and that message completely contradict each other: "evil will be born even in the best of places" vs "people want to be good, it's only circumstantial that they aren't, give them a chance!". Of the two, I like the former more and I think it's more realistic and more what we see from the world around us. But I'm less bothered by the messaging itself (it's author's prerogative) and more with how it makes the plot easier for the MCs. Kaladin doesn't need to struggle to find food because that ardent leaves it out for him! Leshwi actually doesn't want to follow Odium, she helps save the Radiants! Even Raboniel saves Navani because she's actually good deep down! etc. etc. Someone above wrote that this is the first SA book that felt directed, and yeah. That's a huge chunk of why this bothers me, I think, since the helpfulness didn't feel ingrained into the world//characters but something externally imposed on them. That being said, I enjoyed Navani's perspective and Adolin's trial, and a lot of other things about this book. I loved the bombshell at the end, although after reading other people's comments, I do wonder if Wit was outwitted (as I thought) or if it was his plan all along (in which case meh, I'll hate it).
  4. @Pathfinder, so in essence, the book was too outlined for you? That's an interesting take!
  5. And many people from the "Hold my beer" meme don't drink beer either.
  6. There's "Avada Kedavra" in Alcatraz's list of ways not to day. And also the next one on the same list is, "a suit from JK Rowling" (more or less, I guess, I read this series in my native language and I'm unsure of the translation)
  7. Huh, very good to know. Thanks for info!
  8. I'm rereading The Way of Kings, and I noticed something. We know that each title of the series is a book in-world on Roshar. Until now it was always a new book title, never mentioned previously (I think?), but it doesn't mean that it must always stay this way. So I thought - Shadows Remembered would make an awesome book title. It's one of the books Jasnah reads, filled with children's tales about Voidbringers, and it's mentioned most often, I think, of all the books she reads at that time. Do you think I'm on to something? Which book (from The Stormlight Archive) do you think it might be the title of?
  9. Odium's theme here - perfect for the Dalinar-almost-falling scene. Just pay mind to the lyrics, and don't get put off by the slow beginning.
  10. I've tried that, couldn't get past the first 10 chapters. Still, thanks for the try I haven't read it, but I'll try. Thanks!
  11. Well, I haven't read much 70s and 80s books, so it's fine. I haven't thought of that XD Thank you so much for recommendations - I'll try "Magician" first, and then come back here and check the other titles as well
  12. I tried both, but I didn't like them much. "The Powder Mage" trilogy in particular has too small emphasis on the characters, and they all sound the same (though to be fair, I only read the first book. I didn't feel compelled to continue). Still, thanks for the try
  13. Ooh, sounds yummy :3 I'll definitely give it a go. Thank you!
  14. Pardon me if a similar topic is already there, I couldn't find it. I'm looking for something new to read, but I have little time to search (I'd be reading on the bus, not at home, and there I have no Internet connection to look for a title). I thought that perhaps somebody would save me from boredom and introduce to an interesting title? I'm thinking paranormal romance at the moment but without much sex, if that's possible. Might be closer to YA fantasy, I'm basically looking for a fantasy book that is focused on characters, but doesn't have a lot of them, contains a lot of magic, and as little sex and gore as possible. Violence unto itself is OK, I just don't want it described in detail. I don't mind if the world building is classic/unoriginal, as long as the characters are interesting and the style is good. It would also be best if it were published less than 2 years ago, anything older I might have already read, but it's not a no-no requirement. So, anyone? Also, I forgot to add - I intend this thread to be a palce for anyone to ask for recommendations, not just me