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About AquaRegia

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    Wish I could pull off hats like Wayne...
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  1. While I agree with @Ixthos that the True Scotsman fallacy is a little trickier to apply to a group like "Christians", it is not invalid. One can make that same nebulous "membership" arguments about Scots: is a Scot living in London still a True Scotsman™? How about if one parent was English? How about someone who moved to Scotland as a wee baby, or someone born to Scottish parents in America? The concept of group membership is ALWAYS fuzzy. If someone says "I'm a Christian", and they attend a Christian church, well, that's enough for me to operate under the premise that they are, in fact, Christian. If I observe them violating the precepts of Christianity, I don't say "oh, they're not REALLY a Christian," I say "oh, they're one of THOSE kinds of Christians." This, to me, invokes a different logical fallacy - the appeal to authority. Not only that, it's an authority that some of us don't recognize. Similar to "How do you know that the Bible is the Word of God?" "It says so in the Bible." These kinds of spiritual or theological questions are simply beyond logic, and we are each left with the challenge to do the best we can with our imperfect knowledge.
  2. Here is my review of Waterman Mysterious Blue: I like it, but it's not perfect. It's not as green as I'd like, and it seems to "age" in the pen and become darker and purpler with time. Here's some photos contrasting Waterman Serenity Blue (above) and Mysterious Blue (below). The Mysterious is a deep teal blue when freshly refilled, but within days it writes a noticeably different color. On the bright side, it is MUCH more smudge-resistant than the Serenity.
  3. I agree. Further discussion is unlikely to change anyone's minds. No point in alienating fellow Sanderson nerds. Peace! One point: Seamus O'Toole is NOT a Scotsman; THAT guy's definitely Irish. The fellow you want is Angus MacTavish. ;-)
  4. Some ideas occur to me. I find that I make a fairly explicit distinction in real life between a person's beliefs and their actions. Bottom line, I can't know your mind or heart - what you believe (your faith or whatnot) is irrelevant to me. That's between you and your higher power. I'm only interested in your behavior, i.e., how you treat me and your other fellow creatures. So what exactly do we mean when we say "a follower" of x? Someone who claims to believe in x, or someone whose actions demonstrate adherence to x? They are emphatically not the same thing. I'm not a Christian, but I can read and understand the Bible. If the Bible says "The foreigners residing among you must be treated as native-born," and I see Christians supporting anti-immigrant policies, I see a problem. If Jesus says "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God," and I see TV preachers buying Cadillacs and private jets while asking for more money, I see a problem. The No True Scotsman fallacy applies very well here, I think.
  5. I do not know if it will happen but I LOVE IT. If it does happen, your brother wins a FutureSight Award!
  6. The other feruchemist would be Gereh: @Isilel well said. I agree with all your thoughts and opinions, most especially the observation that As someone pointed out earlier, Honor is the Shard of Oaths, not the Shard of Always Telling the Truth.
  7. The biggest surprise (I'm tempted to say "disappointment") for me in the prologue was the utter lack of evidence that Gavilar was Invested when he died. I was willing to bet ALL my emerald broams that he was destined for Cognitive Shadowhood. While I'm not yet ready to completely give up on my dream of Gavilar making a spectacular comeback in SA5, I am bummed that we didn't see at least some hints at the beginning of that process. RoW seemed to imply that Gavilar 1) thought he had already done what he needed to do to be "immortal"; 2) knew he was working with Heralds; 3) had knowledge of Shadesmar, Braize, other planets, and Worldhoppers; 4) had access to multiple forms of Investiture; 5) might even hold Biochromatic Breath (some speculated about Lifesense when he noticed Navani peeking through the door); 6) had at least a proto-bond with the Stormfather. Every one of these is either explicitly UNsupported by the prologue or completely demolished. I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that what I thought was tons of foreshadowing for Gavilar's return may instead have been a giant pile of red herring. I don't even LIKE fish! I spent the last six months believing Gavilar was a dangerous storming genius... and now he looks like a putz. I'm a bit sad.
  8. There was never ANYTHING in the safe. It was always a visual metaphor - young Shallan visualizing the "fruit of her sin" or whatever. Nobody else ever saw it. I'm still not happy with the "Shallan's mother was a Herald" thing, despite the increasing preponderance of evidence supporting it... but I'm at least open to the possibility now. I agree with @king of nowhere above - it doesn't seem to add much to Shallan's arc and strains credibility. If it does turn out to be a thing, I hope we get more details that make it make more sense. I'm also not convinced of the "StormFaker" idea (although I LOVE the term "StormFaker"!). I have no problem believing that the Stormfather would behave differently with Gavilar than with Dalinar. I also have no trouble with the concept that a Godspren could be changed by interaction with Gavilar and other possible candidates before Dalinar. The Stormfather admits on multiple occasions that his Bond with Dalinar is changing him. I strongly dispute that he "lies" to Gavilar in the prologue; show me ONE instance of a direct lie onscreen. Allowing someone to believe an erroneous conclusion they have jumped to is not "lying", and he does this to Dalinar as well. While it's POSSIBLE that someone has piggybacked their own message onto Gavilar's communication with the Stormfather (I like Cultivation best as a suspect), I don't think it's necessarily a slam dunk.
  9. I'm suddenly really craving ramen right now. I also did not get the impression that being a coat rack was voluntary, although - being Hoid - he passes it off as if it's all part of his plan.
  10. "The Warden" has a name. I find it interesting, in your discussion of Liyun's character, that nobody chose to refer to her by her name. Yes, we're obviously supposed to dislike her that this point in the story... but let's not depersonalize her! We know very little about this world and this culture. My guess (hope) is that as the novel progresses, Liyun's motivations will become more clear. We may gain a more sympathetic (or at least more balanced) view of her, or she may go through some changes herself later in the story. Brandon seldom makes any of his characters completely one-dimensional. Yumi's situation definitely reminds me of the Returned in Warbreaker. Honored and pampered? Sure. Prisoners? Definitely.
  11. Chapter 2 Not sure... but "Revels" would make more sense. Chapter 3 Should be "jars" plural, I'm guessing. Callous is an adjective; the noun is "calluses". "dispersed" Chapter 5 It's "cosine". Chapter 5 and 7 Could be an intentional "alternate" spelling, but "wisp" is standard. Chapter 7
  12. Do you mean the Midnight Mother? Or the Nightwatcher? What does that mean? I very much doubt it. ;-)
  13. I can empirically confirm that @cometaryorbit and @Serack are correct about reflected light being polychromatic. I work in the dyehouse lab of a fabric mill; one of our jobs is to make sure the color of dyed fabrics matches a standard. Color perception is a ridiculously confusing combination of three individually complicated factors: the light source, always polychromatic (we use at least 4 different "standard" light sources, none of which is the same as natural daylight or direct sunlight); the infinitely complex absorption curve of the object; and the way our eyes and brains work (three different pigments, each with its own unique absorption curve, sending signals to our squishy brains to be coded somehow into one perceived "color"). For one specific example of the nightmare that is color matching, check out this article on metamerism:
  14. One in a long line, I fear, of illustrations done by an artist who has not read the work. (To be fair, if you're a professional artist, you may have neither the time nor the inclination to read all the books you do art for.) Adolin was my first guess as well, based on how pretty he is... but that sure doesn't look like the "tiny, distant sun" of Shadesmar to me.
  15. I always have a problem with the whole "favorite" question. There are too many different ways I can appreciate a character. The one I think is most compelling and realistic? Wax. The one I enjoy reading about the most? Steris. The one I most aspire to be like? Wayne. The one I find most personally relatable? Marasi. One big reason Mistborn e2 remains my favorite SanderSeries is how much I love all the characters.