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  1. I listened to the British audiobook, the Sophie Aldred version, and she pronounces it with the "Yuh." I didn't realize how it was spelled for the longest time! Funnily enough, for the space of the first two books, I also assumed that Sophie Aldred's pronunciation of "Spensa" was just her accent pronouncing "Spencer". As for Alanik, I actually pictured it as a kind of French-style "Arlanique"--which is also a rather nice name, now that I write it out. I should use it somewhere myself.
  2. Welcome to the Shard!

  3. Thank you! I've been lurking for a few years now, and always intended to hop on at some point; the urge to join in speculation around the Kickstarter and the Secret Projects was part of what finally made me take the plunge. From all I've seen, this a great community. (Will definitely avoid the cookies!) I've definitely felt the kind of love that would make someone read a 460,000 word book in a day, but I don't think I could do it myself! Even now, there's starting to be a certain feeling of, "Hey, it's over already?" that I get with shorter books, and so I've been consciously trying to pace myself on the ones that I would normally speed through. It keeps the enjoyment going at least a little bit longer, anyway. The feeling of reading a new book that you know you're going to enjoy is...intoxicating, almost literally.
  4. That sounds fun; would it take place here on the Shard? I'm on the fence. It would certainly be a new experience for me; I think I first read all seven Mistborn books in about eight days back in 2019. Yeah, I'm one of those people, too. *sheepish grin* Confining myself to a chapter a week might be interesting for a change. On the other hand...I'm not sure I'll want to wait half a year to get to the ending of a 25 chapter book. Maybe we could have a couple of different groups, taking it at different preferred paces? (e.g. three chapters a week/10-20 pages a day/a chapter a week) Granted, that's probably much more complicated to organize. It's just a thought. I don't know.
  5. I'm wondering if the name of the background music they chose is a clue of any kind. "The Big Decision"?