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    Wish I could pull off hats like Wayne...
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  1. I often imagine what it would be like to write a novel. I'm a competent writer, I've written some short fiction just to entertain myself and friends. But a NOVEL? Daunting. It would be very stressful for me to juggle all the different components that go into a good fantasy novel - backstory, character arcs, foreshadowing, pacing of reveals, etc... and the idea of not only doing all that but ALSO providing a real-time progress bar to the impatient masses would send me screaming for the hills. It's insane.
  2. @Frustration it was in the original post of this topic:
  3. I think the answer to the question is "no". The Sibling was never a deadeye. They CHOSE to remain hidden and thought dead. Dabbid didn't seek out The Sibling. How could he? No one in the tower even knew they existed. THEY chose to contact him, which indicates that they were awake, aware, and capable of action. I'd argue that The Sibling helped to rehabilitate Dabbid, rather than the other way around.
  4. Everything in @ElMonoEstupendo 's post sounds right to me, and I really like this: Speculative, sure... but it makes a lot of sense. Well done.
  5. We seem to be having a fundamental disconnect about forgiveness. Some of us see forgiveness as something to be ASKED FOR by the perpetrator, and GIVEN to the perpetrator by the victim. Others (myself included) do not see forgiveness as a transaction. It is a powerful spiritual remedy which happens completely within the one who was wronged. I forgive those who wrong me not to benefit them, but so that I can live my life free from anger and resentment. If my forgiveness helps someone else, that's a wonderful side effect, and it does sometimes happen - but it's not the purpose. Forgiving ALWAYS helps me. Dalinar did not seek the Nightwatcher for forgiveness; he is wise enough to not expect forgiveness. Nor does he require forgiveness in order to be "worthy" of redemption. We are all worthy, all the time. No one has gone so far into darkness that they may not turn back toward the light.
  6. Thank you for this thought-provoking topic. We all have ideas which are shaped by our own experiences. Some things I have learned on my journey so far: 1) None of us is worthy of anything. I'm not personally religious, but I see value in many religious tenets, and this is definitely one. Many religious traditions stress the idea of "undeserved gifts from God", and things like "grace", "serenity", "forgiveness" and "redemption" are often among them. I didn't do anything to deserve the country I was born into, or the loving parents I had. I didn't build the modern hospital I was born in or any of schools I attended. I was not and CANNOT be "worthy" (or "unworthy") of these gifts I received. To assert that any person is "worthy" or "unworthy" of the things they have strikes me as dangerously presumptuous... and leads to meritocracy and other unsavory worldviews. 2) The benefit of forgiveness is experienced by the one doing the forgiving. If you wrong me, the way YOU experience that event is entirely up to you. You are also responsible for how you experience my forgiveness. But I have two choices for ME: I can remain angry and hurt and harbor a resentment for my whole life, or I can forgive you your flaws and mistakes, and thus be able go on with my life without that emotional burden. This quote was specifically about Dalinar, but it applies to all of us: Jesus taught "forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us." As imperfect, flawed humans, we spend all day, every day, stepping on each other's toes. Forgiveness is the only way to live without being consumed by resentment. I saw a quote recently along the lines of "anger is a punishment we give to ourselves because someone else made a mistake."
  7. Opinion is strongly divided on the agreement made between Taravangian and Odium: I'm with you, @Ixthos - I believe the terms of that deal were upheld and that it is still in effect, and that it WILL have an important influence on what TOdium will be able and/or unable to do in the future.
  8. My understanding is that Shards cannot directly physically harm mortals. Thus we get all the manipulation, influencing and deal-making. If Odium could use all his god-level power directly on his enemies, why would he need a Champion? He wouldn't even need an ARMY.
  9. I got goosebumps just reading that post. It's such a great moment, such a great reveal... I don't ever want its emotional impact lessened for ANY future reader! Thanks for continuing to share. Soon she's going to be stuck waiting for Brandon, just like the rest of us. ;-)
  10. I'm assuming that the most- and least-amount-of-time questions refer to the FIRST time through. ;-) I'm glad I have good company in getting through tWoK most slowly. The combination of lots of worldbuilding (which is cool, but slows readers down) and just being unfamiliar with the characters and setting probably accounts for that one being the slowest going for plenty of first-timers. My son is a big fan of Elantris, Warbreaker and the Mistborn series, but he couldn't get into tWoK. He says it simply starts out too slow - for too long - to really grab him. I'm not a fast reader, preferring to savor rather than gobble; plus, what's going on in the rest of my life will affect how long it takes for me to get through a novel.
  11. introduction

    Welcome to the asylum Shard! If you love Sanderson's work, I'm sure we will be great friends. Since it seems you have not read everything yet, I won't spoil anything in the Stormlight Archive... but your statement of pronoun preference is timely, as we've had a lively discussion of the English gender nonbinary pronoun problem in the SA forums recently. Some people have strong feelings about it.
  12. I suppose, if one ignores the Way of Kings prologue, the Words of Radiance prologue, the Oathbringer prologue, Dalinar's entire flashback arc in Oathbringer, the Rhythm of War prologue, and the Venli/Eshonai flashback arc in Rhythm of War... then I guess this is correct. Even better: just ignore the first 3 novels, and only read the last 300 pages of RoW; then it's clearly true. LOL
  13. Most excellent. Thank you for taking the time to share this terrific analysis. Like you, I find Taravangian to be one of the most interesting, compelling, and believable characters in SA. Not unlike Venli, his insecurities, struggles and self-doubt make him among the most HUMAN of a cast of great characters. It's one big reason I'm confident TOdium will not be defeated in book 5 - Brandon has put way too much work into crafting this fully-realized and amazing villain to waste him on one single book. I have no doubt he will continue to be a force in the back half of SA.
  14. Warm... Getting warmer... There it is. The obvious choice is Gavilar. You want Dalinar to be conflicted about fighting Odium's Champion? How about his brother, whom he idolized and swore to defend... and whose widow he's now married to? We've got literally 4 entire books threaded with foreshadowing, pointing to Gavilar's return. Rationale here:
  15. My head hurts when I try to wrap it around the history of Roshar... but what @LewsTherinTelescope says here makes sense to me.