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  1. My 3rd grade son came home from school proclaiming that he had to make a shoebox diorama by tomorrow. The assignment is to make a diorama of a scene from a favorite book using Peeps. My boys are obsessed with the Reckoners, and so this is the result: the prologue of Steelheart with Peeps. We now challenge you to recreate your favorite Sanderson scene using Peeps and/or other candy.
  2. Looks like someone's masters thesis.
  3. Here's a more direct link for tickets: I'm planning on going and bringing two friends. Sanderfans forever!
  4. So tell us what this favorite comic series is so we can investigate! I must do my due diligence on this pair.
  5. So in the latest episode, Brandon says he's writing a book series where the main character is from Idaho and uses Mormon swears. Do you guys think this is about Skyward? Or was this recorded back when he was working on Apocalypse Guard? Not sure where to post this (I cross posted it in the Writing Excuses forum) so point me in the correct direction and forgive my lurking.
  6. So in this episode, Brandon says he's writing a book series where the main character is from Idaho and uses Mormon swears. Do you guys think this is about Skyward? Or was this recorded back when he was working on Apocalypse Guard? Not sure where to post this, so point me in the correct direction and forgive my lurking.
  7. All I have to say about this is that Cosmere fandom is still the best fandom . Congrats to Brandon! Interesting to have Brandon and Joshua on as Executive producers . . . . I'm pretty certain that's not normal for book-to-movie adaptations .
  8. Agree with the recommendation of Lois McMaster Bujold. Her fantasy series as mentioned above is great (three books now), but where she really shines is her Miles Vorkosigan series. Space pirates, mysteries, and a lot of interesting questions about cloning and other reproductive technologies. The sense of humor in them reminds me of Warbreaker. As to the Orson Scott Card controversy, yes his latest two series are poorly done and basically philosophical dialogues in the mouths of some nominal plot. Remember, he had a stroke recently and is getting on in years. However, a lot of his back catalog is worth a look. The Ender series and early Shadow series are good. I recommend the Worthing Saga (which is just one book) as similar to Brandon for its exploration of religious questions in a scifi fantasy way. It's a bit Dune-ish. Tales of Alvin Maker is pretty unique, being an American folk fantasy. I just don't see much like it. And Enchantment is serious fun as well.
  9. Marasi assumes that they are a Rioter and Soother, but I think the hand-holding thing is probably a hint from Brandon that something else is going on. Since the Set seems to have better than average knowledge about the metallic arts, it seems logical that something unexpected is going on.
  10. Anyone get the feeling that Steris is supposed to be autistic/aspie? All of her planning, her feeling that her social interactions are fake and formulaic. . . .
  11. He posted on Twitter and Facebook today that there will be an announcement tomorrow at 4:30 PM EST. Is it the SotS2? Who knows.
  12. All true, Jerish. However, no matter how many commonalities all religions have, they are, in the end, different from each other. As an English major, I find it interesting to look for hints of the author's specific background in books. I'm not saying the books are secretly trying to convert everyone; I'm just saying that growing up in a strong religious environment has an impact on the stories you choose to write. Another thought on the spren thing: Mormons believe we existed first as intelligences, then we're molded by God into spiritual beings, and finally given physical bodies. I feel like we've heard very little about the spiritual realm in Brandon's books. (Correct me if I'm wrong.) I wonder if this gives us any hint about the interaction between it and the other realms. Maybe the reason spren have such a hard time understanding people is because they pass straight from cognitive to physical, lacking a spiritual component even though the have a slight physical component.
  13. So I'm hoping this topic can remain as civil as the last LDS connections in Brandon's work thread. I'm not even sure there's much for people to say, but when I was reading this book, I had two Mormon connections scream at me, so I had to get them out: 1. Kaladin's internal debate over whether to kill Elhokar: In the beginning of the Book of Mormon (1st Nephi 4), a righteous man (Nephi) is commanded to slay a man in order to bring back the scriptures for his family. A couple of quotes from this chapter seem to have direct parallels in Kaladin's struggle. First, Nephi comes upon Laban drunk and passed out in the streets, and is commanded by the Holy Spirit to kill him. It's interesting that Kaladin makes exactly the opposite choice. I listened to the audiobook, so I don't have the direct quote, but he says, "If I was going to kill him, I'd do it out in the open in front of everyone, not when he's lying there helpless and drunk." As Nephi is debating the morality of slaying this man with the Spirit, the Spirit says, "Behold the Lord slayeth the wicked to bring forth his righteous purposes. It is better that one man should perish than that a nation should dwindle and perish in unbelief." In addition to the obvious way that Kaladin goes directly counter to this statement, this idea is a major tie in to the Taravangian plot-line as well: who has the right to say a man's death is for the greater good? Anyway, as a Mormon reading this Kaladin scene, it seemed like it was constructed to directly contrast with this scriptural story, and it really enhanced my reading of it. 2. Dalinar's visions being exposed at the party: When Dalinar found the altered vision texts going around at the party, my mind instantly went to a story from early in the life of Joseph Smith. After translating the first 116 pages of the Book of Mormon, these pages were lent to an associate from whom they were then stolen. Smith received a revelation that stated he should not retranslate these pages because his enemies would alter the previous translation, so that the comparison would discredit him. I dunno, maybe this is a tenuous stretch, but it instantly jumped to my (Mormon) mind in reading this scene with Dalinar being discredited with a slightly altered version of the truth. What do you think? Not sure where I'm going with this, but wanted to share in case anyone else is interested.