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  1. Just finished Sefira and Other Betrayals by John Langan. Now reading The Gameshouse by Claire North.
  2. Thanks for finding those! Of course, Hoid wanting to become a Lightweaver raises questions of its own: What Truths would he speak to gain Lightweaver powers? I can think of two moments in SA that have felt like he was revealing something personal. One was when he told Dalinar that he shouldn't trust Hoid too much because he would "let this world crumble, with tears yes, but I would let it happen" if necessary to achieve his goals. The other is when he tells Shallan that he's old, and you get the definite impression that, as in many stories, immortality is not all it's cracked up to be. (That, in turn, makes me wonder if the goal he alluded to in the Dalinar quote is to find some way to stop being immortal. Then again, I don't know if Brandon would see that as too derivative, since mortality was the great prize in Highlander and possibly other stories dealing with immortality as well.) Yeah, that quote to Dalinar I referenced above makes me wonder when the other shoe's going to drop. I don't know about him setting up Elhokar's death, since he seemed to be working against the Fused a little bit (giving Azure those metal plates to shield the Soulcasters), but I suspect we are going to see him getting in the heroes' way at some point.
  3. Brandon's created a wide variety of cultures for Roshar, each with their own customs, food, clothing, governments, religions, and so on. If you were in the Stormlight Archive, which one would you want to live in? The Reshi Isles and the Purelake both seem pretty cool to me.
  4. I'm a little disappointed that we won't be getting the Rock novella yet, but not too disappointed since I find Rysn intriguing as well. Since she has a ship now, I wonder if she'll be leading some sort of expedition to Aimia?
  5. I voted Other, because honestly Rock is my favorite of all of them. But of the ones listed, I think Lift and Dalinar are about tied.
  6. @Extesian and @Ghanderflaffle, if you liked Uprooted, you might also enjoy Novik's "Spinning Silver." It's set in a similar Eastern European fairy tale-esque setting, and I liked it even better than Uprooted. My top ten for 2019: 1. The Way of Kings 2. The Kingdom of Copper, by S.A. Chakraborty 3. The Wrong Stars, by Tim Pratt 4. Oathbringer 5. Words of Radiance 6. The Dreaming Stars, by Tim Pratt 7. The Forbidden Stars, by Tim Pratt 8. Edgedancer 9. In an Absent Dream, by Seanan McGuire 10. Snowblind, by Christopher Golden
  7. I just became a lighteyes! I hope Airsick Lowlander is one of the ranks.
  8. Hi all, This is a flintlock fantasy short story. I know it's a little on the long side, but it didn't feel quite long enough to split into two. Happy New Year, everyone!
  9. Adolin makes progress on healing Maya More Lift! Some information on the Stonewards and Willshapers. (And also some on Truthwatchers, since we don't know much of what they can do, and Renarin's abilities may be non-standard for the order anyway.) More Rock! Maybe even a trip up to the Horneater Peaks to deal with Moelach? The awakening of Urithiru The emergence of more Radiants/Squires. I feel like Team Honor/Cultivation is going to need a lot more surgebinders to defeat Odium and his army. Rysn taking her new ship on an expedition somewhere important. (Perhaps to Aimia? I assume the hordeling Aimians need Stormlight to keep their bodies together, so maybe Chiri-Chiri can get them past the guardian who poisoned that Soulcaster by eating all her Stormlight.)
  10. I do think Adolin will gain some degree of power, simply because the events already shown with Maya (summoning her in fewer than ten heartbeats, her attacking one of the Fused of her own volition in Shadesmar) would feel like unfired Chekov's guns if no further development happens. That said, I don't think Adolin needs powers to contribute meaningfully to the war against Odium. Martial experience is clearly not a necessary criterion for becoming a Radiant, since we've seen spren bond to a cobbler and an orphanage administrator. As the series progresses, there may be more Radiants like Ym and Stump, who had civilian jobs prior to bonding a spren and don't know much more about swordfighting than "stick 'em with the pointy end." And even Radiants who are military trained may not be as adept at strategy as Adolin is--we see Adolin explaining principles like "shardbearers can't hold ground" to Kaladin a couple of times during OB. So I could see a non-powered Adolin acting as a teacher and general for the Radiants. Training them in combat techniques during downtime and directing them in battle.
  11. I'd like to submit on Monday if there's a slot. I hope everyone's enjoying the holiday season!
  12. At the very end of OB, Hoid retrieves the Cryptic that was about to bond with Elhokar. He says he thinks the reason he came to Kholinar may have been to find that spren. I find myself wondering what's so special about this particular spren? It's described as small and trembling, so clearly it's upset by having lost its Radiant. (Thanks fer nuthin', Moash.) But I don't get the impression that this is just a random act of kindness like him uniting the little orphaned girl with the woman who lost her baby. This feels like something that's meant to have a larger importance, and I'm curious if any Sharders have theories about why. Could this Cryptic be its species' equivalent of an Ancient Daughter, a spren that was made in an earlier era and might have knowledge about Aharietiam and/or the Recreance? Is it some sort of leader among the spren that could give whoever bonds it extra influence in Shadesmar? Something else?
  13. I finished OB a couple of days ago, and I've been wondering ever since if the expansion in scope of Dalinar's "unite them" mandate will culminate in uniting Odium with Cultivation and/or the remnants of Honor. It reminds me of an episode of the original Star Trek where a transporter accident splits Kirk into two people. One is his impulsive, aggressive side and the other is his protective, compassionate side. While the impulsive Kirk causes a lot of problems, the split isn't as simple as "good Kirk" vs "evil Kirk." The side with no motivation or aggression is basically useless and couldn't command its way out of a wet paper bag. The impulsive side is only "bad" when it doesn't have anything to temper or restrain it. And I wonder if Odium is the same way. With Honor dead, things are out of balance, but they'd be just as stormed up (albeit in a different way) if Odium were gone completely. Maybe things will only be really, truly fixed by reforging Honor and reuniting him with the other two Shards. (And perhaps the ultimate endgame for the Cosmere as a whole is to reforge all the shards into this Adonalsium I keep hearing about.)
  14. I think Taravangian may have fallen prey to one of the classic flaws of antagonists/villains: underestimating his enemy. Odium is, obviously, way more powerful than any human, even the Heralds. But all the lore about Odium talks about him as a force of destruction. He slaughters people, razes cities, punts civilization back to the Stone Age. He fills people with bloodlust or makes them give in to hedonism. He's all about Passion. None of these are traits we usually associate with intellect. T may have been viewing Odium as a dumb brute: super-powerful but not the greatest in the "planning ahead" department. And how do you defeat an enemy who's way more powerful than you but not the brightest bulb on the tree? You trick him, of course. If T knew that his boon came directly from Cultivation, that may have given him even more confidence, since he'd be using another god's power to outwit a god. To me, one of the scenes that most shows how threatening an enemy Odium is, is that vision where he talks to T. He says, "Let me show you how far I see," manifests the Diagram...and then shows its writing extending off into infinity in all directions. The thunderclasts and Nergaoul and army of Fused were impressive and all, but we already knew Odium was powerful. But that scene really showed how much smarter/more cunning he is than even the greatest genius in Roshar's history. It's the equivalent of someone walking into an argument between Einstein and Hawking, saying "Nope you're both wrong" and scribbling out a Grand Unified Theory of physics in ten seconds. I don't think T expected that from Odium any more than I did. All that said, I really like the theory about T being a plant. He really is going to be instrumental in defeating Odium and saving humankind, just not in the way he thinks he is.
  15. I agree any bond a Shardbearer may form with their Blade's deadeye would be up to the discretion of that spren. And we did get a pretty strong confirmation earlier in the book that even "dead" spren have some ability to perceive what's going on around them in the Physical Realm, remember past events, and form opinions of people. When Dalinar retrieved Oathbringer from where Adolin had chucked it out a window, he noticed that it didn't scream as loud in his mind as other Blades. The Stormfather told him that was because it remembered the circumstances under which Dalinar obtained it, and the circumstances under which he gave it up. "It hates you, but not as much as it hates others."