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  1. I found the First Law trilogy to be firmly unpleasant, but by the time I realized it wasn't going to become fun, I was deep enough into it that I pressed through to finish the story. The whole experience left a bad taste in my mouth. Wish I'd just put it down when I first started thinking, "Man, these characters are all terrible people, and I'm not rooting for anyone." Also, The Gunslinger. I had never tried a Stephen King book before. Figured if I was going to like something by him, it would be his epic fantasy series. So I picked up The Gunslinger. I have never read something that felt more like work. I had college textbooks that weren't that dull a slog.
  2. I always thought that Jasnah appeared somewhere near the perpendicularity on the Peaks. She didn't come out of the water like we hear about Hoid doing, but with her powers, just being near the perpendicularity might be enough to let her teleport through without actually having to get wet, which seems like a very Jasnah thing to want to do, to me. That being said, I went back and read that section, and now I'm not so sure. There's not a lot of details. I think this is the bit that always made me thing the Peaks: As if he's at the top of a very elevated area, so high up that trees don't grow. Though other details seem to contradict that thought: Rolling hills does not sound like the top of a mountain, unless there's a whole lot of space up there on this particular peak, which I suppose is possible? Strange land, well, that could be practically anywhere, but one of the few permanent waterways implies that there are many temporary waterways. And the previous quote talks about the hills being furrowed by passing water. Temporary waterways created by highstorms, maybe? Or by melting snow, depending on the season? I don't know. I guess it's possible my original idea of it being the Peaks is still possible, but it seems less likely the closer i look, and he doesn't mention the presence of a pool nearby anywhere. So maybe I was completely off base. Looking at it now and comparing it to the map of Roshar, my first thought is Shinovar or maybe somewhere near Urithru/The Valley in those mountains. Shinovar could be "strange land" compared to the rest of Roshar at least, and a "true forest" might make more sense in Shinovar than elsewhere. The Valley might also constitute "strange land." Neither of those seems terribly likely, though, because the area around the valley would be so near Urithru that they could get there quickly (probably, depends on if it's actually impossible to get there on foot). And he later says: Which doesn't sound like he's there, to me at least. No particular concern about the imminent storm. So, basically, all of my ideas seem to have been wrong, and I am contributing nothing here. Ignore me.
  3. Better than I expected. Wouldn't call it perfect by any stretch, but I had a lot of fun with it, and that's my main criteria.
  4. Odium chose Dalinar as his champion. I think that's what Kaladin is referencing here, that without help, Dalinar would fall under Odium's sway and become his champion. That was the danger.
  5. You don't generally know, coming into a book, how many POVs there will be. So I don't know that I've ever seen it as a criteria that might be intimidating. I think as long as the organization of the POVs makes sense and is easy to follow, as long as each one feels unique and contributes to the overall story, it would probably never occur to me to take issue with it.
  6. Happy Birthday! 

  7. If you read the first paragraph on the "Chapter 4" page, they explain it.
  8. The second movie just came out, but I haven't gotten the chance to watch it yet.
  9. The symbols of the steel alphabet represent metals, numbers, letters, and cardinal directions. In the era 2 books, it seems to be a very structured numbering system based on 17 symbols. 1-16 each represented by a symbol, with numbers greater than 16 represented by the 16 symbol and then a second symbol for the number being added to it. If you look at the dates on the newspapers, it gets even more complex because once you get past 16+16, you add a symbol before the 16 to show how many 16s there have been also. The 17th symbol seems to represent 0, but doesn't get incorporated into building larger numbers. In era 1 books, it's a bit different. In my copies of The Final Empire (both the original and the 10th anniversary Dragonsteel), there are, besides the symbol for 0 in the prologue, which isn't repeated, 23 symbols, which get cycled through and then repeat starting on chapter 24. They are in a similar, but not-quite-the-same, order to the known numerical order the symbols are used in in era 2. So I'm not sure if they're intended as a direct numbering system there, or if they're just cycling through all the symbols they created.
  10. Well, as an Allomancer, you CAN burn someone else's metalmind for the power of the metal. You just can't access the feruchemical power within it if you're not also the feruchemist who created it (excluding unkeyed shenanigans). So it might be similar where you could burn the spike for whatever Allomantic potential the metal has. You just wouldn't be able to get anything additional out of it.
  11. compounding

    It's probably easier to picture when thinking about compounding age than it is when compounding health. Era 1 spoiler (since initial post says you've only read Alloy of Law): Same thing with Miles and his healing.
  12. I got the original Call to Adventure and the Name of the Wind expansion through Kickstarter. Love the game. My copy of the Stormlight version is supposed to be arriving tomorrow. So I'm very pumped.
  13. We're now 11 minutes and 1 million dollars in. Things are progressing quickly.
  14. The first time he shows up on stage, and we find out who he is, I turned to my wife and said, "Thomas Jefferson is a pimp?" But he ended up being my favorite part of the show as well. He was terrific!
  15. I think it would be a weirdly selfish move to have a war going on and Kaladin focused on taking back the piece of land that ostensibly belongs to him so that he can be a ruler. Kind of out of character for him. If you'd said he was focused on taking back his hometown, I could believe that. Still a little selfish, but not out of character for him. But taking time to go to a piece of land he's never even seen, fight the enemy off of just that bit specifically so that he can tell everyone, "Now that I've liberated you, let me introduce myself. I'm your new brightlord. Let's work out how me ruling you is going to go." It would seem very out of place to me.