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  1. The high king did onetime complain Of unbearable emotional pain Nightblood thought it was "Devi" That he misses poor Evi Whom he forgot once because of his bane
  2. "The Human monster combines the impossible and the forbidden." Collected Jesanach 1171, 20 seconds pre-death. Subject was a bald Shin philosopher. (Michel Foucault, Ethics, Subjectivity and Truth: The Abnormals) "Why did they bow? In him—and as it were behind the question mark of his fragile and miserable appearance—they sensed the superior force that sought to test itself in such a conquest, the strength of will in which they recognized and honored their own strength and delight in dominion" Collected on Vevishes 1173, 104 seconds pre-death. Subject was a dark-eyed Reshi mustache farmer. Sample considered questionable. (Nietzche, Beyond Good and Evil)
  3. So, I got the 2nd collected volume of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, and stalled for a bit on all things Malazan after reading Crack'd Pot Trail. I love Erickson's writing in the Book of the Fallen series (though he can get a bit preachy and his digressions have digressions). I loved the first 3 B and KB novellas (though the Lees of Laughter was pushing the boundaries of good taste, it was still enjoyable). But Crack'd Pot Trail exposes the thing that I have the hardest time with in Erickson's writing (spoilered below because it's a bit of an adult conversation): I LOVED Blood and Bone, and I am finally getting a sense for what kind of writer ICE is. He is great at creating environment, his exposition is clear, and the uncertainty of his writing makes the world building stronger and more realistic. At first I just wanted him to pick, instead of saying something is like 2 opposite things or wildly different things conjoined with an or (like all of the weird monsters in Jackuruku are described as Divers, Soletaken or something else (this is eventually cleared up nicely by some 'Triss exposition, so it's really sketching out the boundaries of a mystery)). This is a writing tick that he has, that once you get used to it, it's actually kind of endearing and adds a dimension of immersivity to his writing. He is a very visual writer and is really good at describing action in a compelling, streamlined manner. The jungle setting was incredibly well realized, and as I was reading this book I kept instinctively wanting to grab a spray can of Off! The rest of my comments on BaB are going into a spoiler tag: @Ammanas and @TheOrlionThatComesBefore, I thought the Erickson/Fener and Esselmont/Trake analogy and debate were great, but I think that Erickson is by far the better writer, and I hope that he gets back on track with the Witness trilogy. I have a long drive up to Portland and back tomorrow, and an Audible credit to grab Assail with. Life is good my friends, life is good. I voted in the poll too, Toll of the Hounds all the way!
  4. Taking a break a from my long hiatus from the Shard to say, well done @Herowannabe, well done. Brilliant! I also have to say that I wasn't too excited about this round because Sixth of the Dusk and Galladon are two of my least favorite characters in the Cosmere, but such is life. Everytime I hear Sixth of the Dusk's name, I think of the song "Henry the Eighth I am, I am" so I humbly present for your mild amusement (or more likely your extreme stupefaction) Sixth of the Dusk I am, I am:
  5. I completely agree with this, I was more objecting to this book being based on a Rhythm, which is just a qualifier for speech, like how there are 3 different ways to compose a sentence in English that have vocal intonation patterns that show which type of sentence they are, Interrogative (questions??) Declarative (statements.) and Imperative (commands!). I'm a big fan of @Jofwu's idea about "The Rhythm of War" being an ancient text from the Shadowdays that can now be translated because Dawnchant has been cracked. It could have been written by the ancient Singers, or even a scholar who was studying the conflict with the Singers. Either way a view into the mysteries that existed over 4,500 years ago during the Heraldic Epochs would be awesome, and maybe we'd get some more information on the elusive Dawnshards too (more than the Kaza interlude or that strange Poem of Ista myth with the guy carrying a dawnshard while crawling up the giant steps meant for Heralds towards the grand temple).
  6. Granted, there is no more conflict in the world because, in a single instance, the frontal lobes of every sentient being were removed. The world now looks eerily like the pictures on Jehovah's witness pamphlets, where people are stretched out on picnic blankets sharing food with lions, squirrels, eagles and bears, only all the animals and people are drooling a lot more. I wish that I could melt cheese using just the power of my mind.
  7. Ok, finally figured out exactly how to word this, try reading this out loud and the meaning will be magically reversed: Shall, on the most romantic of nights, I continue to ignore those Veiled looks and resign myself that you are Radiant and that you belong to another? (If you are reading this out loud, substitute an ! for the ?)
  8. Granted. You get a corrosive, radioactive ice cube made of tritiated water. Every hydrogen atom in your ice cube is the radioactive 2 neutron isotope of Hydrogen, tritium. The Nightwatcher put it in your lemonade, you noticed something was off when you saw that your ice cube wasn't floating and that your straw was melting. But don't worry, super heavy water is only mildly radioactive and has a half life of only 2 weeks. Doh, didn't see there was another page... @beantheboy12 Granted, you can now do back flips, unfortunately you always have to land your back flips doing the splits, and then you are compelled to scissor your legs together to rise up to a standing position and finish this move off by saying "Thank you, thank you very much" using your best Elvis impersonation voice ( which I gotta say is pretty decent). I wish I had a watch that uses tritium tubes for illumination in low light conditions because they're freaking awesome, come on Nightwatcher help me out.
  9. RAD!
  10. Good point, it's interesting to speculate how all these threads will play out. Like for instance, how long will Venli be masquerading in Envoy form? Another thing I would love to see would be a strikeforce with Jasnah and some other radiants heading out to take back the horneater peaks, opposed by Odium's forces which happen to include Venli. With how dangerous Shadesmar is, and with book 4 being Eshonai's/Venli's book, it seems like Venli apprenticing under Jasnah to learn how the surge of Transportation works would be a narratively compelling way to explain the mechanics of the surge. Also, it would be nice to see how the transition to the Cognitive Realm works just using a shardpool perpendicularity. I know it's premature, but I'm really starting to get excited for book 4!
  11. The nexus of Art and math is a very sweet spot indeed, just found the amazing work of John Edmark, check out his 3D printed strobe animated sculptures, they are freaking amazing (spoilered below): Here's the link to his Vimeo page where you can see more of his work, awesome stuff!
  12. That would suck, but still I can't see something as fundamentally useful as Elsecalling not being used before book 10, I just hope we get the POV chapters of it being used. I also hope that one of my pet theories is true, namely that Ba-Ado-Mishram is in a perfect gem that has been hidden somewhere in Shadesmar, and the Jasnah and some sort of Radiant team (hopefully featuring Zahel) will have to go to Shadesmar to find it. Totally out there, but that would be awesome to see. It's really based on the fact that the Elsecallers were the guardians of the perfcect gems (from the OB Epigraph to chapter 83):
  13. I like this idea a lot, consider me converted. Hopefully this entails Jasnah using her Elsecalling ability to pop over to Kharbranth to pick up the now translatable dawnchant written copy of Rhythm of War from the Palaneum. I really want to see how Elsecalling works.
  14. Hmmm, not sure I like it. For one it breaks the pattern of each Stormlight Archive title being a reference to an inworld book, and secondly, I was really hoping that this book would go deep into the history of the Singers and was pulling for "The Song of Secrets", as that one sounds like it would have the best information on the Singers' storied past with their gods. I still think we'll be learning a lot about the Last Legion, and probably see Venli and Eshonai's mom in a more lucid state, but a Rhythm is something that qualifies speech, it's not a collection of oral stories about the past. I'm sure we'll see more of the forms of power in book 4, but I really liked the Singer Epigraphs from Words of Radiance and was hoping that we'd get a lot more of them in book 4. Ultimately, I trust Brandon to make the right call, but this one seems off. I hope Brandon rethinks this...
  15. Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) by the Kinks: This is by far my favorite concept album. The tracks on the album are chronological, and each track is a small vignette from the historical movement of great Britain from a major colonial power to a subordinated world power, essentially just another mouth in the Consumer driven economy. This is also one of those rare albums where you want to listen to the whole album because every track is great. This also has 3 of my favorite songs of all times: Some Mother's Son - Possibly the prettiest anti-war song ever made. Drivin' - Song about the joys of carefree escapism. All the troubled world around, seems an eternity away. And all the Rent collectors, debt collectors, all will be behind us, they'll never find us, cuz we'll be dri-i-i-ivin'. And one of my favorite songs by the Kinks, She's Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina. She's bought a hat like princess Marina, to wear at all her social affairs. She wears it while she's doing the laundry, she wears it while she's scrubbing the stairs. But you will never see her at Ascot, she can't afford the time or the fare, but she's bought a hat like Princess Marina so she don't care. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits This one is more of an atmospherically cohesive concept album, and like a lot of Tom Waits work these songs are all tales sympathetically told about the down but not yet out, the strange characters at the fringes, the dispossessed and/or insane. This is another album that doesn't have a single bad track and it also has some of Wait's best lyrics, like: It's 9th and Hennepin, how come all the prostitutes have names that sound like donuts? The downtown trains are full of all them Brooklyn girls, they try so hard to break out of their little worlds. You wave your arms, they scatter like crows, they have nothing that will ever capture your heart, they're just thorns without the rose, be careful of them in the dark. Auntie Maim has gone insane, she lives in the doorway of an old Hotel. And the radio, is playing Opera, all she ever says is go to Hell. Uncle Violet, was a pilot, made a million during world War 2, but he's a tight wad and a cheapskate and he'll never give a dime to you. Uncle Phil can't live without his pills, he has emphysema and he's almost blind. But we must find out where the money is, get it now before he loses his mind. I See a Darkness by Bonnie Prince Billy This is another loose concept album, the first song is A Minor Place, and that's kind of where this album is. All the songs are in a minor key, and thematically the songs are all pretty dark. This is another album where every song is great, and the song Raining in Darling is one of the prettiest songs ever made, and really encapsulates the bleak yet hopeful feeling that runs through all the songs. Johnny Cash did an amazing cover of the title track, I see a Darkness, for the American recording sessions. I'm Writing this on my phone, I'll edit this later and add some links.