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  1. List typos here. I think I found a few: p. 11 - "Most Epics as strong as he was possess more than one." It should be, "possessed," since the sentence and paragraph are all referring to something in the past (past tense). p. 362 - "Checkmated him? Nightwielder? Was that what she talking about?" It should be, "Was that what she was talking about?"
  2. I just finished Steelheart and I wished I had more profound insights and questions I could post here. Oh well, it was just a great book. Wasn't it awesome when David killed Nightwielder? I thought so. Other question, is there a 'typos' thread for this book? I noted about 7 or 8.
  3. Wow! Cool theories. After having read the book twice, I find your theories to be very plausible. Although, I don't know why the taynix is screaming when they make a jump. Perhaps the superiority trained them to do that. The taynix are, after all, kinda like parrots. They repeat back what they hear, and I believe, they're the reason why Spensa could hear the conversations of the bridge crew on board the Weights and Measures prior to making a jump. The taynix was relaying everything it heard cytonically. But I guess that's just another theory.
  4. In a way, Brade is less human than the aliens around her. That's the irony of this character. I think there's a lesson to be learned here: the more you think something about yourself (whether good or bad), the more likely that's the way you'll become.
  5. Do you recall when Spensa could hear the cytonic communication on the Weights and Measures as they were getting ready to hyper jump between Starsight and the training delver? Spensa just assumed they were using cytonics for communication, a fact which she found really weird considering that such communication could attract delvers. I believe the taynix in the control room was the real culprit. In other words, the taynix (or doomslug species) in the control room of the Weights and Measures was repeating all the spoken conversations it could hear. Only it was doing it cytonically. That's why Spensa could hear everything going on. This type of taynix behavior is also evidenced by the fact that Doomslug is always repeating words and phrases spoken by M-Bot and Spensa. I think Doomslug saying, "whom," is a learned behavior from always hearing Spensa's or somebody's (the original pilot's?) grammar being corrected.
  6. I noticed there seems to be a distinct parallel between the characters of Morriumur and M-Bot; reproduction, or birth, seems to be an important theme for both of them. Morriumur is a dione "draft," or an individual who hasn't been born yet. They hope to earn their birth by proving themself as a warrior. Likewise, M-Bot longs to be a sentient living being which, among other things, is capable of reproduction. At one point in the story, Spensa helps him create a drone and M-Bot entertains the idea of giving his "child" a personality. Unfortunately, there is something in his code that forbids him from duplicating his code at will. But by the end of the story, both Morriumur and M-Bot achieve their goals of reproduction; the former having proved themself in battle and thus deemed worthy of birth, the latter having become a wanted fugitive on Starsight and therefore painstakingly copied his code line-by-line between forced shut-downs into the previously mentioned drone. One had a great ending. The other, not so great. I'm not sure about the significance of this parallel. Will this continue into the 3rd and 4th novels? Can we draw conclusions about the outcome of one character based on another? Another somewhat obvious parallel was between the humans, Spensa and Brade, who were both excellent examples of self-fulfilling prophecy. Brade, and her pessimistic acceptance of humans-are-evil. Simply put, if you always think you're a failure, you'll likely be a failure. As with Brade, she always believed she was evil, aggressive, and capable of violence - and that's exactly what she amounted to. On the other hand, Spensa was always optimistic and as a result, she managed to divert the delver thus saving two major civilizations and winning over much of her crew and Cuna to her cause. Although these two are like opposites, they're also very similar in this regard. Again, I'm not sure if it's safe to draw any conclusions from these observations. Perhaps it's just a cool literary tool. Have you noticed any parallels between characters in this story? I feel like Jorgen and his journey must have a parallel somewhere but I can't really figure it out. Vapor? Gul'zah? Hmmm, no probably not Gul'zah the burl...
  7. Towards the end of Chapter 18 of Skyward, Spensa tells M-Bot a story about a writer who woke up one day only to discover that his shadow had vanished. With the passage of time, the shadow eventually came back. The shadow explained to its master that it traveled the world and had "come to understand men." In fact, the shadow understood men better than its master and had seen evil in the hearts of the men of the land. The shadow soon persuaded its master to switch places with it so it could show him the world. Unfortunately, the shadow would never let him go free. Instead, the shadow married a princess and became wealthy while the real man wasted away. Due to her cytonic abilities, Spensa feels like she is the shadow in this story which is reinforced by the kitsen's name for people with cytonic abilities, 'shadow-walkers' (chapter 17). We learn the kitsen had cytonics, or shadow-walkers, among them but their people did not trust them. Eventually the shadow-walkers left the kitsen homeworld effectively stranding the kitsen for centuries until the Superiority made contact (chapter 20). Prediction: Spensa will have to face the difficult decision of somehow giving up her cytonic abilities or leaving the humans for good. I don't know how that will work out but while she's a shadow-walker, she won't be trusted and perhaps she won't even trust herself. So many possibilities though. Who knows what will happen? I can't wait for the next book!
  8. Thank you all for the welcomes. I have not read Sanderson to my children yet but definitely when they're older. Aethur of Night, huh? That sounds awesome! My favorite character? Wow, that's hard. Well, I think the most intriguing is Hoid. But I'm guessing most people would say that. So as of this moment, I would have to say my favorite character is M-Bot. I read Starsight two times in a row thanks to COVID (can't make trips to the library). By the way, I failed to mention that I have actually reviewed most of Sanderson's works on I would post a link here but I guess I can't do that yet.
  9. Both quotes are from Cobb, so perhaps this is just the way he speaks. But I searched a few online dictionaries and couldn't find anywhere where the word 'enemy' is plural. The plural for enemy should be 'enemies.' Since this sentence begins with a comparative, "not just," the word 'even' should be rearranged as thus: Not just cytonic communication; they could even hear things like radio waves. Sure, some may argue that 'even' is an adjective for radio waves. But the comparative words at the start indicate otherwise. The word, 'actually,' is an adverb that may be qualifying the adjective, 'restful.' However, it just seems unusual. I think the word, 'actual,' should have been used instead. As in, "- I recorded only four hours of actual, restful sleep for you last night." Since 'It' is singular, I think the sentence should read, "It was the thing the holograms covered up that could get confusing." This sentence ends weird. I know it's referring to the location of the stairwell that Cuna mentioned earlier but the sentence feels like it ends abruptly. I think it should end like, "which was where Cuna had said it would be."
  10. I'm a long-time reader of Sanderson's works but a first-time poster. I'm a family man and software developer in Tucson, Arizona. Over the years I have loved all his books, he is easily the best author of all time. My favorite is a tie between 'The Way of Kings' and 'Towers of Midnight.' I've never been very good at posting in forums. But I'll try to drop by from time to time (especially when I'm in the middle of a fantastic Sanderson book).