Mason Wheeler

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Mason Wheeler last won the day on June 10 2013

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  1. I've heard people talk about general points before, even very publicly such as on Shardcast. I'm deliberately trying to keep to the same level of generality here.
  2. Very interesting story! Brandon's said that the Shattered Plains in The Way of Kings was lifted straight out of Dragonsteel. It was, to a surprising degree -- one of the characters becomes a bridgeman in Bridge Four, just for starters -- but he also made a lot of changes. (There's no The Tower, and the counterpart to that scene was done very differently, for example, as was the aftermath.) Frost was in it. As everyone knows, (around the fandom at least,) Frost is a dragon. At no point in this book does it say he's a dragon, though Hoid Cephandrious has some pretty strong suspicions that he's something more than the ordinary human he appears to be. Oh, and speaking of Stormlight, the Shattered Plains isn't the only thing Brandon lifted out of Dragonsteel. Hoid's "Wit" persona is very recognizable in the character of Cephandrious! Also, and this may be a total coincidence, but there's a local god of death and destruction named Xeth, who's associated with a specific color. (Though it's not white.) And speaking of gods, that was probably the most surprising thing of all to me: at no point in the story does it mention Adonalsium! I liked the magic. There's one "big" magic system going on, with different people having access to different aspects of it. (Again, reminiscent of Stormlight's Surgebinding.) And it plays well into the big reveal at the end, which I probably should have seen coming, but totally didn't! Anyway, it was a fun read. I'd recommend it to any other fans who get the opportunity.
  3. Those are perfectly good words!
  4. So my wife recently decided to take a few classes at BYU. Among other things, this means access to the library, home to one of the rarest of all books. And because she's just that great, she checked it out for me! #MyWifeIsAwesome
  5. It came! And it's beautiful! My collection continues to grow...
  6. I'm so sorry. Every single time I've ever had something shipped by UPS, there's been some sort of screwup. Remember on the first Iron Man movie, the scene with Jim Cramer trashing Stark Industries? "This is a weapons company that doesn't make weapons!" This is basically how I view UPS: a package delivery company that doesn't deliver packages! So... hopefully you'll get your book. Eventually.
  7. Just got my notice. It probably won't be here in time for Christmas, but it'll be here soon!
  8. We know there's some level of dark magic in the Jesker Mysteries, though details are a bit light...
  9. I got some interesting answers to questions. Paraphrasing by memory here, especially the last one. Q: So Vasher moved to Roshar to live off the easy Investiture from Stormlight. A: Yeah... Q: Does he know about larkins? A: He's heard of them. Q: How afraid of them is he? A: He's really glad that they're extinct, or so he's heard at least. Because a larkin would kill him. Q: The Double Eye of the Almighty... is that just religious symbolism, or does Tanavast have weird pupils? A: Just religious symbolism. However, if you were to meet Tanavast after that symbolism had gotten enough traction, you might notice he has weird pupils. Q: Sort of a "the god is shaped by the ideas of his believers" thing? A: Yeah. But he wasn't born that way. Q: When you got picked to finish up The Wheel of Time, I remember thinking two very different things. One was "oh cool, he writes good books," but the other was "he's only published a few books; I wonder why they picked him and not someone more experienced." What was that like, the process of you getting chosen to finish the series? A: Well, the main thing was that Harriet had read Mistborn, and she liked it. The other main contender was George R. R. Martin, but they decided not to go with him because it would cause his fans to riot; even back then he had a reputation for taking a long time to publish new books. But a lot of it was that Harriet liked Mistborn, and she wanted someone with a strong understanding of the world of The Wheel of Time, which I had. But also, I think she kind of wanted a writer without much experience, so she could help guide and teach him on the project, rather than someone who was already really established and set in their ways. That's what she did with Robert Jordan afterall; she was the editor who first discovered him. So that was fun! Anyone else get any good WoBs?
  10. Argh, I missed the photo!
  11. Thanks for the update. I'll see you guys in a couple hours.
  12. Someone remind me, what time does it actually open?
  13. @Ark1002 That's because they're anonymous!
  14. From the site: Sure looks like you should be able to pick up everything you need at the high school after 5.