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Old 11-14-2012, 05:29 PM
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anyone see any transcripts or videos of what brandon was reading while on tour of Stormlight 2?
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Audio + video on 17th Shard:
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I have a day off on the 5th, and the bookstore better have it in stock, or I might have to hurt someone over there.
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I would suggest we check the bookstores in amsterdam this saturday. I wouldnt be surprised if we find one. (Although i will wait on the ebook, because i want to read it on holiday
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Was a bit sad no NY event, think its been 3 straight books without a NY one for Brandon, too bad really.
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I finished it yesterday and came here expecting to find some actual discussion of the book. Silly me.
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Didn't feel like starting the discussion yourself?

I thought the book was great. A lot happened, but it was extremely well paced, I never felt like the story was being rushed, and there was no parts of the book that dragged out too long, which I was worried would happen with certain parts (Kaladins distrust of Dalinar for example)

I'm not sure about the introduction of elements from other Cosmere stories. I realise this started in TWOK, but that was only minor compared to the reveal at the end of WOR. I will wait to see how he handles it before forming an opinion.

There was a lot of information revealed that I was not expecting to be revealed so early, considering the length that the series is supposed to be. It makes me wonder what he has planned from here, which is good.

Overall, one of the best books I've read recently. It met and exceeded 4 years of expectation, which is an accomplishment in itself.
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I'm not sure about the introduction of elements from other Cosmere stories. I realise this started in TWOK, but that was only minor compared to the reveal at the end of WOR. I will wait to see how he handles it before forming an opinion.
Seeker and I have long been of the opinion that the Stormlight Archive is a meta series. This book only helped cement that. Sanderson has said he will keep it to where you do not have to know anything about the Cosmere to enjoy or understand the series itself (iirc, he's stated there's only a few cases where he wouldn't do that, and he'd ensure to advertise that fact well in advance of the book itself), but... I dunno. I suppose you could enjoy and understand this series without having read the others, but you're missing out on so much background.
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"Hello. Would you like to destroy some evil today?" only really hits as hard as it ought to if you've read Warbreaker, for instance.

I have a few threads I'd like to start about theories and questions I have, but I wanna get a second read of the book in first (well... I read it the first time, second time I'm listening to audio book. I catch different things in the different mediums).
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Reading TWOK was an odd experience because I was enjoying the book a lot more before I read the ending. WOR had the same effect on me. In both books, there were some things thrown in at the ending that seemed rushed, weakly crafted, and anticlimactic. I am rereading TWOK now (slowly), which tells you something about my experience of the story so far, but both book endings left me disappointed. That's why I didn't want to start the discussion; formulaic situations are tedious for everyone.
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Non-spoiler question. Did you enjoy 2 more than 1? On par? Worse?

I am picking up my copy when the tour comes near me on the 19th. I will still read it, but I would like some general impressions.
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I enjoyed 2 more than 1, overall. In general, it seemed to be more tightly crafted than TWOK, but the end felt very loose and thin to me, which is not to say there was nothing good about the end. There was; I just think certain developments could have been done better.
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I enjoyed 2 more than 1, overall. In general, it seemed to be more tightly crafted than TWOK, but the end felt very loose and thin to me, which is not to say there was nothing good about the end. There was; I just think certain developments could have been done better.
I liked it, but every now and then Sanderson throws in some really jarring and incongruous language that tends to shatter the illusion. At one point, two characters had a brief discussion of the word "sexist," a term that's really culturally specific to the 20th and 21st centuries in our world. And the moment when he had Shallan say "Yay for originality!" pretty much speaks for itself.
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I liked it, but every now and then Sanderson throws in some really jarring and incongruous language that tends to shatter the illusion. At one point, two characters had a brief discussion of the word "sexist," a term that's really culturally specific to the 20th and 21st centuries in our world. And the moment when he had Shallan say "Yay for originality!" pretty much speaks for itself.
I actually felt that the moments where Shallan seems a little incongruous to the world and the expectations we have of her character were important moments for her that spoke to her core personality. Moments like that may have drawn us out of the story, but they reminded us that Shallan is a character who behaves in unexpected and sometimes seemingly outrageous ways, which goes to her arc in this book that suggests someone who has experienced the hardship she has could be expected to just lay down and die, but of course she doesn't because she is above that.

As to the use of the word "sexist", it's clear that the world of Roshar has a comparable gender divide to WOT, but with the women placed in the position of following scholarly pursuits and the men martial, and a clear element of male dominance, it stands to reason that there is some consideration of gender issues, a fact that is borne out from Jasnah's excerpt on "a woman's role". For that reason, I don't really feel the use of the word "sexist" was out of place, especially if you adopt the notion that Brandon is merely translating the character's words in Alethi to English for the benefit of his readers. I mean, you wouldn't really complain about a villain being described as sadistic, would you?
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I haven't had the chance to read Radiance yet (and I still need to reread tWoK first), but I think it's easy enough to convey the idea of sexism without having to use the word itself. One problem I've have with Brandon's writing in general (and this may have improved in WoR) is that he sometimes tries to have his characters sound "medievaly" while other times he simply uses 20/21st century words that really jar you out of the story. I remember reading an early release a little while ago where he kept using the word "awesomeness" and it just made me cringe every time.

Anyway, I'll read this one soon, hopefully. I really liked tWoK.
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