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  • Birthday 10/19/1989

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    Reading (from shampoo bottles to academic papers), Pokemon, The Cosmere, making bad jokes, whiskey, and classic Rock.

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  1. True true. However, this bothers me too. Jasnah is explained to always just have had a natural mind for it which ok, great...but that's not necesarilly how things work? You can be a naturally talented strategist but in order to understand war tactics you need to understand the uses/characteristics of various war elements (formations, strategies, shardplates, swords, towers, terrains...) and that comes from either education or experience. As Jasnah has never been a soldier, I'd assume it was education which would then also include knowledge of war history... at least enough of it to be able to validate many of Taln's stories and strategies. To be fair, I generally don't like when characters are just amazing at something without trying... which is a gripe I had with this book, yet it's something Sanderson manages so well in the actual SA that I will never cease to be amazed at his skill development.
  2. This is extremely interesting and I would actually love to see some kind of twist to it. I would love to see, for example, Hope being used in a similar light as that Nietzsche quote regarding Pandora's box: "Zeus did not want man to throw his life away, no matter how much the other evils might torment him, but rather to go on letting himself be tormented anew. To that end, he gives man hope. In truth, it is the most evil of evils because it prolongs man's torment."
  3. Having read this book, I am glad this didn't end up being the final version because it's clear Brandon evolved as a writer to a much higher level than what was displayed in this book. Overall, I liked it but nothing to write home about. It felt a lot like an 80's or early 90's fantasy to me, not sure if anyone felt that way too? Rambling thoughts (all of them as a comparative to the current Stormlight Archive. I know it might not be a fair comparative to make, but to me it's interesting in realising the improvement of Brandon as an author and why SA works so well for me): Merin was a bit of a Mary sue compared to Kaladin - not only do we really see Kaladin train to earn his achievements, but his mind is tactical.. soldier-like. Merin just seems to stumble into success most of the time. I liked this Elokhar and Meridas... though the end of their arcs weren't very satisfying they were adequate antagonists. I am now scared for the fate of the Kholin brothers and hope that narrative has been completely reworked. Also I realized how good Brandon has gotten with POVs. In the current SA, I don't need to know who's the POV character because I can tell by the language, the thought structure, the dialogue... it certainly didn't feel that way in the Prime version. While on the topic of things Brandon has improved on: you can tell how much his prose has been elevated compared to this. The lore was ok, but it didn't seem that deep. We barely got myths, histories, songs... This makes me value so much more the inclusion of death rattles, epigraphs, book excerpts, songs..etc in the current S.A. Finally... Jasnah. I am so thankful for the Jasnah we have today rather than the one in this book. I feel like Prime Jasnah was not that smart to be honest. She was controlled, sure. But smart? I feel like the Jasnah we know would have been able to better piece together if Taln told the truth, or a version of it, even with spren out of the equation. Her extensive historical knowledge alone would have been enough to figure out that Taln knew a variety of facts very few people in the world would know... especially people she had never heard of. Also... don't recall ever having seen her reading a book and one of my favourite Jasnah traits is her being a bit of a bookworm. This Jasnah felt too stuck in being a non-believer and her smarts were more told than shown. I do ship her and Taln though, that was a very cute relationship. Low-key hoping for those two crazy kids to get the feels in the back 5. I am excited to see everyone's theories based on extrapolations of this book.
  4. I almost feel like mine is so lame! No big Eureka moment. I read all of the WoT in late 2016/early 2017 based on a friend's recommendation. He warned me that Jordan had died and the last books were by a different author. When I got to them, I was very impressed with this Brandon fellow so I googled him. Google told me about the Cosmere, I immediately knew I was in for the ride. I picked up Mistborn and the rest is (a not-so-secret) history.
  5. Hahahaha as far as my inner grandparent is aware -no. It is not a slang term though younglings, feel free to correct me. I simply saw the close caption text while scrolling through youtube and my inner 5 year old who will forever giggle at such words got far too excited...
  6. Died a little bit of laughter! (P.s. if this is known or in the wrong forum, sorry and please let me know )
  7. I definitely agree that Hoid is closely tied to the spiritual realm, and probably has mastery over manipulating his own spirit web. I think this is a lovely idea but don't necessarily think it's true. Hoid's line to Dalinar about seeing the world burn, and quite a few WoBs seem to indicate that Hoid does have certain selfish goals/motives of his own. I don't think at all it's defeating shards, reuniting Adonalsium or something as grand, but he's nevertheless planning something beyond merely participating in stories.
  8. This looks like some kind of old school punk or rock poster and I'm here for it.
  9. I did and already devouring it! As for leaving me alone... the messages of a fellow Cosmere-obsessed whisky drinker are always welcome
  10. Of course she does. And with a resigned sigh, she puts the milk in her cart and proceeds to the next page: Popcorn and the correct salt ratio (a novella)
  11. Seen this too!! I mean, he must have a contribution to the list when he wants something right?... and potentially being clueless of this sort of thing he writes a list for Emily explaining how the milk he wants is the one that his mom used that one time they all had a family breakfast... you know that snowy day when he had lost his glasses for a bit so they had to look everywhere... and the family was upset because they arrived late but to smooth things over his mom served a hot chocolate using that particular milk that cheered everyone up. I can also see him writing all of that just for himself to be fair.
  12. This. I felt this in my soul. Hello to you from another newbie
  13. That's ok now that I know of the extra scene getting the GN went up in my priority list. Yes! I'll check out those threads
  14. Knowing Brandon, they're probably short-story length at least. I sincerely hope they're saving them to at some point release the 15-tome leather-bound Retail Unbounded: Transactions of Earth. Bet Isaac's milk bottle illustrations will blow our minds.
  15. I don't necessarily agree. At least how I see it, while the shards were all part of Adonalsium they are very distinct. Someone born in Nalthis would have Endowment's investiture in their spirit web, but not Honor's (for example). At least not to any signifcant degree. Hoid was born in Yolen and was a magic user, so he would have Adonalsium's investiture. If he goes to Nalthis and buys some breaths, the investiture in his spirit web that had Endowment gets enhanced (more concentrated) but the rest are still there. I don't think investiture, in the spiritual realm, overtakes or cancels the other but rather that the more you have the more spiritual power/juice you get.