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  1. I'm just glad to see he's feeling confident enough in his fans being understanding that he can say, "This isn't ready for prime time yet." There must be incredible pressure to push more content out the door just as fast as possible.
  2. I grew up reading comic books. Every few years there's another Wolverine origin story, or another Death of Superman story, and each is slightly different. Who cares? The legends of Hercules weren't internally consistent. either. Every telling is different. So if it makes a good movie, hooray for the deviation. (And if following the book too closely makes for a bad movie, then I'm all for deviating.)
  3. This is not a problem with State of the Sanderson. This is a problem with Sanderson. Also, I mostly love it.
  4. The idea that I can't enjoy someone's creative work unless I approve entirely of their personal life and views is appalling. As a writer, it makes me terrified to share my own political views for fear of being blackballed. As a reader, it makes me sad that people will miss out on great art. When I was a little kid, I remember watching the movie Amadeus and being shocked to see Mozart portrayed as crass, selfish, irresponsible, immoral, etc. Similarly, it felt like a personal betrayal to learn that the Beatles had used drugs, and I was determined to stop liking their later albums. But that's childish. In the end, the music has to be judged for its own virtues, not the virtues (or defects) of its creators. Revolution No. 9 is terrible on its own merits. Norwegian Wood is a beautiful song, despite being about John cheating on his wife with a groupie. Now, time for my unpopular opinion. I truly respect the good intentions behind those devoted and dedicated Brandon fans out there engaging the pearl-clutching Brandophobes on Twitter. But I think many such attempts are making at least one of two mistakes. First, this probably will not change a lot of minds and may in fact just attract more trolls to the controversy-- bringing more oxygen to the fire, as it were. The older I get, the more I suspect that people largely make their own decisions and come to their own conclusions. My input is usually of little assistance, and may end up putting someone on the defensive and causing them to harden their own position. Counterproductive. Second (and here I contravene my own advice, by offering my own two cents): to tell someone that it's okay to read Brandon's books because he's not really one of those awful neanderthals who cling to deplorable views is to concede a false and dangerous premise. You don't have to agree with someone or approve of their behavior to appreciate their creations. Should I hold off on reading Pride and Prejudice until I know how Jane Austen felt about gay marriage? No. Am I condoning Pablo Picasso's beastly treatment of the women in his life when I am amazed by his artistic genius? No. The world is full of people who think, and feel, and act differently than we do. Let's be grown-ups about it.
  5. More details on progress (and process) to be gleaned here: http://www.tor.com/2017/06/27/unity-of-purpose-the-oathbringer-beta-story/
  6. State of the Sanderson is about what (and when and how) he plans to write. It's also about what (and when and how) he plant to publish, but to a much lesser degree because he has less control over that. It's the nature of the business. Publishers want to make money, so they look for books that will sell. In other words: Nobody gets a free pass from any publisher. But Brandon has a lot of partners ready to try a dance with him because his books tend to sell well. (Look at his bibliography and see how many different publishers he's worked with.) Of course there's no way to know three or four years down the road if they're going to like a book that he's not even sure he will write yet. But in this new age of publishing, he can always publish a work himself if no one else is interested. And he has (via Dragonsteel Entertainment) with several of his works (particularly short ones).
  7. Also IIRC Peter announced on Facebook that Gamma Readers would be getting their copies, soon.
  8. Eh... Eragon stole Harry Potter stole Star Wars stole Lord of the Rings stole etc. etc. etc. Same basic plot, same basic story, totally different experiences. Do your thing. Don't worry about if someone else has done it before. Yours will be different, because you're you.
  9. Do you have the Writing Excuses anthology book? He talks a bit about his process there.
  10. Never noticed this before. Now I'm going to have to go look.
  11. Larry Correia's Grimnoir Chronicles has a very Sanderson-esque magic system (systems?) in an alternate 1930s earth. So like Wax and Wayne but with tommy guns and zeppelins. Definitely much faster-paced and more action-oriented than the Stormlight books. Immensely fun, very satisfying.
  12. Always party with Dr. Strangelove. (=Buy books you don't own yet.)
  13. According to the latest State of the Sanderson, Nightblood (Warbreaker 2) will be written some time after Elantris sequels, which would be like four or five years from now at the earliest. As Brandon says, “don’t hold your breath.” Anybody seen anything more on this?
  14. How come there's no option for Texas?
  15. I would just read in publication order. Works as well as anything else.