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Posted 15 June 2011 - 08:31 PM

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:59 AM

is it uncouth to admit i'm kind of drooling over this book?

i've just finished way of kings for the first time too, and i'm pretty much locked in for the rest of the stormlight archive after that beauty. right here and now i'm going to say, the stormlight archive will rival the MBotF. there's no way it can't. BS is just too brilliant. the amount of thought that he's invested in his cosmere certainly rivals what SE and ICE have put into the malaverse.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:16 PM

 Sinisdar Toste, on 16 June 2011 - 06:59 AM, said:

is it uncouth to admit i'm kind of drooling over this book?

i've just finished way of kings for the first time too, and i'm pretty much locked in for the rest of the stormlight archive after that beauty. right here and now i'm going to say, the stormlight archive will rival the MBotF. there's no way it can't. BS is just too brilliant. the amount of thought that he's invested in his cosmere certainly rivals what SE and ICE have put into the malaverse.



Yeah, agreed. I want to hold off on reading this excerpt because it's likely only going to make me salivate more and I don't think I can handle the wait for this one already. LOL
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 02:53 PM

 QuickTidal, on 16 June 2011 - 02:16 PM, said:

 Sinisdar Toste, on 16 June 2011 - 06:59 AM, said:

is it uncouth to admit i'm kind of drooling over this book?

i've just finished way of kings for the first time too, and i'm pretty much locked in for the rest of the stormlight archive after that beauty. right here and now i'm going to say, the stormlight archive will rival the MBotF. there's no way it can't. BS is just too brilliant. the amount of thought that he's invested in his cosmere certainly rivals what SE and ICE have put into the malaverse.



Yeah, agreed. I want to hold off on reading this excerpt because it's likely only going to make me salivate more and I don't think I can handle the wait for this one already. LOL


I'm not sold on Sanderson... yet. Actually, at the moment I'm kinda torn about him. I'm lukewarm about Mistborn, but I like his WOT novels. I've heard Stormlight Archive is more like WOT than Mistborn, so I intend to cross my fingers and give book one try. I have to say though, Stormlight would have to be absolutely dragonfucknuts awesome to rival Malazan for me. I MUCH prefer Erikson's writing and narrative style over Sanderson's.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 04:54 PM

 Future Warrior, on 16 June 2011 - 02:53 PM, said:

I have to say though, Stormlight would have to be absolutely dragonfucknuts awesome to rival Malazan for me.



I prefer Erikson too...but Stormlight (so far) IS damn good. At least to me, even one book in and I'm already blown away impressed and hooked for the forthcoming 9 books.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:15 PM

i wouldn't say that the SA is really that much like WoT... i mean, there are well defined nations and cultures, but that's as far as i would compare them. everything else is incredibly original and compelling, and we've only just scratched the surface.

who thinks szeth could take dassem? :apt2:
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:20 PM

 Sinisdar Toste, on 16 June 2011 - 06:15 PM, said:

i wouldn't say that the SA is really that much like WoT... i mean, there are well defined nations and cultures, but that's as far as i would compare them. everything else is incredibly original and compelling, and we've only just scratched the surface.

who thinks szeth could take dassem? :apt2:


I think a Szeth VS Dassem fight would be significantly epic.
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Posted 16 June 2011 - 06:50 PM

As awesome as Szeth is, I have a feeling we're not even close to seeing the full potential of badassery yet. I think as more and more magic systems come into play, characters will get more and more powerful. I think Szeth is impressing everyone now with his power level of over 9,000, but by the end of the series the average fighter will be up in the several millions.
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 12:36 AM

 End of Disc One, on 16 June 2011 - 06:50 PM, said:

As awesome as Szeth is, I have a feeling we're not even close to seeing the full potential of badassery yet. I think as more and more magic systems come into play, characters will get more and more powerful. I think Szeth is impressing everyone now with his power level of over 9,000, but by the end of the series the average fighter will be up in the several millions.


So it goes.
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 04:31 AM

 End of Disc One, on 16 June 2011 - 06:50 PM, said:

As awesome as Szeth is, I have a feeling we're not even close to seeing the full potential of badassery yet. I think as more and more magic systems come into play, characters will get more and more powerful. I think Szeth is impressing everyone now with his power level of over 9,000, but by the end of the series the average fighter will be up in the several millions.


and that's some of what i'm so excited about. right now, the only radiant powers we've seen are windrunning and soulcasting, and there's eight more? lemme at em!

back to alloy of law, there's gotta be some really sweet allomantic and feruchemical twinborn he's thought up. imagine pairing a Tin-Eye with a feruchemist who can increase his senses(can't remember that metal)? freaking x-ray vision! or a thug with gold feruchemical powers? invicibility???
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 05:48 AM

 Sinisdar Toste, on 16 June 2011 - 06:15 PM, said:

i wouldn't say that the SA is really that much like WoT... i mean, there are well defined nations and cultures, but that's as far as i would compare them. everything else is incredibly original and compelling, and we've only just scratched the surface.


Well, so long as it's not like Mistborn...
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Posted 01 July 2011 - 10:58 AM

Chapter two is up now as well. i think it will be an enjoyable read but Im getting, I dont know what to call it, a childish vibe from the book so far. Also Aluminium the most common metallic ellement on our world is worth more than gold or silver in theirs? I understand its a different world but out of every metal he could have chosen to be awesome, aluminium!?
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Posted 02 December 2011 - 08:09 PM

 Cause, on 01 July 2011 - 10:58 AM, said:

Chapter two is up now as well. i think it will be an enjoyable read but Im getting, I dont know what to call it, a childish vibe from the book so far. Also Aluminium the most common metallic ellement on our world is worth more than gold or silver in theirs? I understand its a different world but out of every metal he could have chosen to be awesome, aluminium!?


Actually, for a few years after aluminum was discovered (up until around 1880), it was in fact more expensive than gold. Clearly Sanderson has done historical research.

Anyway, I finished the book today and liked it. Now, although it is advertised as a 'standalone' novel, does anyone who has read it NOT think there's going to be a sequel?
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Posted 03 December 2011 - 10:22 AM

Sanderson has said that there will be a sequel. He plans to write a couple novelettes between the 1st Mistborn trilogy and the second Mistoborn trilogy. I enjoyed this book. It was a fun and quick read. Lots of frenectic action and some mind boggling magic scenes. Wax & Wayne played off each other well and their banter was funny most of the time. Felt sorry for Miles at the end and was surprised to find a kandra in the story and Wax talking to Harmony. Steris is a wierd bird and I expect to see more of Marisal with Wax in the future. Thought Mr. Suit was suitably mysterious and we still don't know what his grand plan is. I'd recommend this for a read especially if you have read Mistborn or have invested in Sanderson's cosmere that all of his books tell a part of the story of this mysterious cosmere.

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Posted 06 December 2011 - 12:45 AM

I would totally cast Michael Fassbender as Wax <_<
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 03:46 AM

I have to be the discordant note here, but Sanderson is not on a similar level with Erikson. They work in different fields and to me, Sanderson is more of an industrial corn farmer than the independent and willfully experimental farmer that Erikson is.

I'll give an example: In Alloy, Sanderson has Marasi parrot the Broken Windows theory, which is something that's highly controversial and probably a near-absurdist reduction of the true causes. Erikson would have jumped into this even further, given us about five different perspectives on it that confirmed and/or cast doubt upon the theory and left us the better for having considered the idea. Sanderson just uses it as a quick quotable to show how smart Marasi is.

I didn't like the book once I was finished with it. Sanderson is readable, but he has problems with making anything truly memorable or unique. We're given a hero, a damsel in distress, a clear-cut bad guy, a shadowy figure who is the set-up for future books and so on. This isn't a stunning book by any stretch of the imagination. This book is basically mashed potatoes and a pork chop that's competently done and served to a hungry audience. Those who want more out of their actual food and literary food should look elsewhere.

I'll also refer to my criticisms of Sanderson's Mormon background and code of morality futzing with the presentation of his characters and storylines. Those can be found elsewhere.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:05 PM

Got it, read it and want more.... Good thing he is writing more in this settign as there were a load of questions left to be asked..... such as was Spook really the only Mistborn after Sazed ascended? If so he must have been a busy boy sowing his wild oats ;o)

One section that made me wonder was
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Now what odds that there is essentially a full mistborn/feruchemist twin born somewhere .....
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 01:11 PM

 amphibian, on 06 December 2011 - 03:46 AM, said:

I have to be the discordant note here, but Sanderson is not on a similar level with Erikson. They work in different fields and to me, Sanderson is more of an industrial corn farmer than the independent and willfully experimental farmer that Erikson is.

I'll give an example: In Alloy, Sanderson has Marasi parrot the Broken Windows theory, which is something that's highly controversial and probably a near-absurdist reduction of the true causes. Erikson would have jumped into this even further, given us about five different perspectives on it that confirmed and/or cast doubt upon the theory and left us the better for having considered the idea. Sanderson just uses it as a quick quotable to show how smart Marasi is.

I didn't like the book once I was finished with it. Sanderson is readable, but he has problems with making anything truly memorable or unique. We're given a hero, a damsel in distress, a clear-cut bad guy, a shadowy figure who is the set-up for future books and so on. This isn't a stunning book by any stretch of the imagination. This book is basically mashed potatoes and a pork chop that's competently done and served to a hungry audience. Those who want more out of their actual food and literary food should look elsewhere.



Given that description, I have to give credit to BS for producing exactly what he said he would; and further kudos for realising, as many authors would not, that in the midst of writing AMoL and book 2 of the Way of Kings, he simply can't write the Mistborn book he really wants to, but still wants to give his fans something in the universe.
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Posted 06 December 2011 - 05:13 PM

 Held, on 03 December 2011 - 10:22 AM, said:

and was surprised to find a kandra in the story


Where was that again?
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Posted 07 December 2011 - 11:20 AM

there was a throw away mention of them by one of the characters in refernce to the roughs.
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