Oathbringer Reread: Chapters Twenty-Three and Twenty-Four

sistertotherain @10: I'd have to do some digging, but I thought Nale's justification was that widespread Surgebinding through genuine Nahel bonds might trigger a Desolation. Which does seem really odd, as I'd assume he was paying attention when the Oathpact was originally enacted. According to the information available to us, the Desolation occurs when the last Herald asks for their torture in Damnation to stop. Maybe there's always another secret. Maybe Nale's crazy. I mean, Nale's definitely crazy. And Ishar.

Oathbringer Reread: Chapters Twenty-Three and Twenty-Four

dashardie @4: No, we don't know for sure that the Siah are immigrants. I feel like it's possible, but who knows? The Dysian Aimians seem like a more solid bet for having evolved on Roshar, being made up of their hordelings, but it's also possible they could have come from elsewhere, and tailored their bodies to the Rosharan critters. But no, I haven't seen WoB on a firm origin for either Aimian race.

Ideal Heroes: Mental Illness in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

William @59: Your response is precisely what I was hoping for with this article. I'm so glad that it hit home for you.

Ideal Heroes: Mental Illness in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

Celebrinnen @18: Beautifully put. I dearly love the depth of meaning different people are able to pull from the First Ideal. I'm sorry for the difficulty you went through after your father's passing, but I'm glad the grief has lessened over time. Thank you for sharing that.

Ideal Heroes: Mental Illness in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive

asw122 @11: Edgedancers unite! I think a lot of the volatility in the world today springs from a majority valuing (apparent) victory above understanding. Somebody has to care.

Also, that is a LOT of rereads. Wow.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson: Chapters 31-32

I call Kaladin’s trick with the windspren a Windblade, after the rock formations that help divert winds around Kholinar. Who knows: maybe the Windblades at Kholinar were originally named after this ability.

Storm Warning: a Treatise on Rosharan Atmospheric Anomalies

Elle @26: The comment on stormtents was about how Dalinar didn't make the lower castes pay for protection inside barracks. I'm thinking that the stormtents would only be useful to keep the rain off, and a hit by any debris is going to result in death.
But, again, we're talking about other Highprinces' bridgemen here. No big loss, according to them....

Storm Warning: a Treatise on Rosharan Atmospheric Anomalies

FSS @13: I would expect three in the Rosharan system, since there are three Shards in residence. It remains to be seen whether Odium's shardpool/perpendicularity would be on Roshar, or on Damnation/Braize where he's supposedly bound.

Storm Warning: a Treatise on Rosharan Atmospheric Anomalies

Caleb @14: There's nothing that definitively says the Listeners have been there, but the clues seem to be there in the text. All animal life on Roshar seems to have two defining characteristics.
1. They interact with spren as part of their physiology. Skyeels float and greatshells move their huge bulk thanks to the innate use of the Gravitation  Surge or Stormlight-infused strength. The Parshendi forms are a higher form of that.
2. They have armor, an evolutionary adaptation to withstand brief exposure to highstorms.

Storm Warning: a Treatise on Rosharan Atmospheric Anomalies

Braid_Tug @1: I may have a problem. I can't stop this feeling deep inside of me. Girl, you just don't realize what song lyric mashups do to me...

Edgedancer Reread: Chapters 3 and 4

Hey yeah, Lyn.... Did the "Restaurant" reference drop in because of thoughts about Alice?

Edgedancer Reread: Chapter 1

Ccstat @31: Totally agreed. This is one of the reasons Lift is my favorite Stormlight character.

Before Oathbringer, Refresh Your Memory on the Stormlight Archive Thus Far

John @17, I figured 7 years plus the release of the movies was long enough. Can't make a Horneater stew without cracking a few cremlings. Just, you know, make sure the shells go in too.

Thanks to everyone for the compliments. We're glad you found our effort helpful.

Before Oathbringer, Refresh Your Memory on the Stormlight Archive Thus Far

Tektonica @2 and Jeremy @3, those are things we can work in. Trying to summarize these two tomes was tricky, but the Amaram thing does deserve a mention. Thanks for the feedback!

“I Knew I Could Rely on Thor!” Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency Gives us a Sneak Peek of Season 2

Season 1 was a really enjoyable ride. Can't wait to see where they go next.

And nice Thor headfake from The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul.

Dream-casting Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn: The Final Empire

Personally, my mental image of Sazed the first time I read Era 1 was Dhalsim from the Street Fighter arcade games, but less caricatured and sans skull necklace.


Casting Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle

I’ve done this once before but I’ve never been fully satisfied with the way it turned out;

Bridget, this line works really well as a Hamilton reference, but it's so subtle that I can't tell whether or not it was intended. Was it?

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Childhood Trauma Here: Poltergeist

Yeah, my cousins showed me Poltergeist when I was in first grade. I had issues with scary trees and static on the TV and clown dolls for a while.

I also went to a friend's house about a year afterward, and he had basically the exact clown doll from the movie on a chair in his room. Can you still call it a sleepover if you don't sleep?

Words of Radiance Reread: Epilogue, and What Comes Next

Alice, well done! Congrats on getting to the end of it. Did it feel like its initial title, the Tome of Endless Pages? Can't wait to dig into Warbreaker with you.

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 78

1000 points to the Wetlander for the apricity bit. So great meeting you last weekend!

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Dragon Reborn, Part 16

My Dearest Leigh,

Shenanigans trump all. Muahahaha. Haha. Ha.

You'll see.

Words of Radiance Reread: Interlude 14

Philosophical tangent incoming! According to what I know of Realmatic Theory, tons people dying isn't necessarily all that bad. Spoilers for Secret History...

According to Harmony in Secret History, people who die in the Physical move on to the Spiritual Realm, which is just some other, unknown state of being. If we see a Knight Radiant not as a spren-empowered human, but as a symbiotic organism composed of human and spren working together through the nahel bond, then it would always be better for the KR to do what is "right", risking death, than to do what is "wrong" and sever the bond which gives the Physical access to the Cognitive and the Cognitive access to the Physical. Physical death doesn't sever the bond. Betraying ideals does.

From this point of view, the Diagram seems like a plan for a Second Recreance.

Over Your Dead Body Sweepstakes!

Yes, please! Dan is awesome, even though he's a serial killer. Of lobsters.

Kylo Ren Hunts Down Rey in New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

Was that a Wilhelm scream when the bridge exploded? Nice. Gotta respect the classics.

Jason Denzel Talks Mystic, Favorite Wheel of Time Moments, and Kung-Fu in His Reddit AMA!

Boo! I didn't make the highlights.

throws chair through window

If you're interested in taking another look, I though Jason's advice was very good for aspiring authors. Question posted by rnewb.

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance With Dragons, Part 41

Like many others said, I've been waiting for you to hit this chapter since you started the read. Bravo, and bravo. All of my tables are yours to flip.

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 58

You see, Alice, this is the epigraph that is the cornerstone of my Recreance theory. Bondsmiths figured out how to sever the Nahel bonds of all of the Voidbringers, all at once, and went through with it before considering the consequences, namely that all Nahel bonds would be severed. Radiants and Voidbringers alike. Very little hard evidence to back this up, other than that I've never been able to pin Brandon down when the question comes anywhere near this.

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Great Hunt, Part 10

Do NOT underestimate testosterone. Elle McPherson is 11 years older than I am. If 28-year-old Elle had walked up to 17-year-old me and started batting her eyelashes and cooing at me, you can be fairly certain I wouldn't just have believed anything she said. I quite likely would have seriously considered committing felonies. And I'm an Eagle Scout.

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 46

Good stuff, Alice! I get a huge chuckle every time I read that "most articulate and refined" line, considering the only Edgedancer we know so far...

Have a great vacation!

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 40

I'm still sticking with my pet Recreance theory. A Bondsmith realized that he/she could sever all Voidbringer spren bonds, but only by severing ALL Nahel bonds on Roshar. And he/she pulled the trigger.

We All Agree that Mad Max: Fury Road is Great. Here’s Why It’s Also Important.

Great article. I love that it stands on its own as a great action movie, a visual and auditory spectacle, but also manages to work in all of this subtext.

And yes, Max in The Road Warrior had no idea he was the diversion.

Five Weapons You Don’t Want Your Enemy To Bring To A Fight

Not written by a woman, but when it comes to magic swords, the Cosmere's Nightblood is a pretty good one...

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 35
Thanks for all the hard work, Carl! I've really enjoyed your analysis.
Rothfuss Reread: The Slow Regard of Silent Things Part 1: A Seemly Place
Alice - Don't rule out magical OCD! My main question with Auri's behavior is whether she acts this way because it's required by her personal brand of magic, or whether she's been afflicted with something that won't let her think any other way...
Rothfuss Reread: The Slow Regard of Silent Things Part 1: A Seemly Place
radnyski @2, I think the Shaper proclamation comes from later on, in The Hidden Heart of Things. It'd be worth it to give the whole chapter a thorough re-read, but I'll give you a few lines:
But underneath, there was a secret deep within the hidden heart of things. Mandrag never told her that. She did not think he knew. Auri found that secret for herself. She knew the true shape of the world. ... Auri was urchin small. Her tiny feet upon the stone were bare. Auri stood, and in the circle of her golden hair she grinned and brought the weight of her desire down full upon the world. And all things shook. And all things knew her will. And all things bent to please her.
I put in a little extra because the rhyme and meter are so awesome, weaving in and out through the paragraphs, but anyway: What she did there isn't Naming. She didn't fully understand something enough to control it. She saw it the way it had to be, and it changed.
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 23
About all Bondsmiths being bonded to the Stormfather, the closest we could get at JCon 6 was to have Brandon agree that, if a spren were powerful enough, it could form Radiant bonds with more than one person.
There and Back Again Sweepstakes!
This would look great in my to-read heap (it's gotten too big to be a proper pile).
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 21
That was quite a Wall o'Text, Chris, but very, very well said. I can find no fault with your logic.
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 20
By presenting herself and her subjects as the people she wants them to be, unrealized versions of themselves, she actualizes their potential.
I like your words.
Mistborn Adventure Game Prize Pack Sweepstakes!
You got your RP in my Mistborn! You got your Mistborn in my RP! Mmmm. Two great tastes that taste great together.
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 13
Yep. Lies, as defined by Pattern, seem to be the things we think or say to shield us from harsh realities.
The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: Introductory Post
RobMRobM @3: Would you say you like them like a brother? Like a... brother of battle?
Read a New Stormlight Archive Scene Set After Words of Radiance!
KiManiak @6: I wonder if Honor's Perpendicularity might not be the Origin, where highstorms come from.
Hey, Anyone Live in Atlanta and Want to Play Hank Pym in Ant-Man?
Caucasian male? Check. 30-60? Check. 5'10"? I'm 5'10.5" In Atlanta? Check. Looks like I picked the wrong year to have a nice, steady job...
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 5
Alice @14: So. No medal, then. *sigh* :-) ETA Ways @15: Yay!
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 5
In that case, do I get a Conversational Medal of Honor for jumping on that grenade?
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 5
It seems that my fault vis-a-vis the chest-rubbing was attempting to look forward instead of backward. It still seems like an odd turn of phrase, if it's only put in to have Kaladin notice in his PoV something that happened before, but I agree that the evidence supports the Dalinar beatdown hypothesis. Thanks, folks!
A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 22
Yeah, excellent catch on the (possible) Sandor/lame gravedigger thing.
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 5
Ah. I'll have to go back and check that out. Thanks!
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 5
For me, the most interesting bit of the chapter is this one:
"What I really want to do," Dalinar said frankly, "is beat the lot of them senseless. That's what I'd do to new recruits who weren't willing to obey orders." "I think you'll have a hard time spanking obedience into the highprinces, Uncle," the king said dryly. For some reason, he absently rubbed at his chest. "You need to disarm them," Kaladin found himself saying.
Even though WoR is a hefty tome, everything inside it is there for a reason. Brandon isn't the type of guy to throw, "For some reason, he absently rubbed at his chest," in as a throwaway line. I think we're meant to infer, from Elhokar's line about spanking the highprinces into submission, that someone is somehow coercing him through pain or other means. Thoughts?
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 3
Bellaberry @71: The way I see it, spren view conscious access to the Physical realm as being just as useful and novel as humans view Surgebinding. When Shallan withdrew from the bond due to her multiple psychological traumas, Pattern was left searching for a way to get back what he'd lost. I assume that he and the other Cryptics that showed up in Shallan's drawings were researching her in the Cognitive realm in an attempt to reconnect.
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 3
Braid_Tug @60: My attempt to get Brandon to confirm the Stormfather as being bonded to all Bondsmiths was kind of RAFO'd. We did get him to confirm that a sufficiently powerful spren could be bonded to more than one person, but he stopped short of saying that the Stormfather was multi-bonded.
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 2
Once again, I come to the thread too late to make much of a meaningful contribution, so I'll share one of my worries instead. We've seen plenty of the Physical Realm, and a few scenes of the Cognitive, but absolutely nothing so far in the Cosmere that could be said to take place in the Spiritual, other than maybe a tiny bit at the end of The Hero of Ages. I worry that, when it's finally introduced into the story arc, it's going to hurt my head. A lot.
Tufa Tales Sweepstakes!
Cool! I've had Wisp on my wish list for a while.
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 1
My pet theory on the Recreance is that a Bondsmith did something really nasty to sever the bonds between all voidbringers and voidspren. The severing removed the consciousness of all the voidspren, and even though it was a "good" outcome for the humans, it was looked on as an atrocity by the denizens of the Cognitive Realm. At that point, it was decided that the grand experiment of Physical Realm spren consciousness wasn't worth the risk, and all the bonds were severed. I'm guessing the Stormfather had a hand in it.
Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 1
Merriam-Webster defines causal as: making something happen. So, an arranged marriage, as opposed to a marriage due to romance. I thought it was a typo as well, when the preview chapter got posted, but Peter set me straight. Great start, Alice! Keep 'em coming!
Announcing Tor.com the Imprint
Congratulations! I can't wait to finish my novel and get it lost in your slushpile!
The Wheel of Time Reread: The Final Post
jcsalomon @21: I think that's a big thumbs-up from me.
The Wheel of Time Reread: The Final Post
Ways, you dirty, dirty man! Leigh, you're a treasure.
Rothfuss Reread: What Can We Learn From The Name of the Wind Playing Cards? (Part 2)
Kote/Kvothe on the King of Spades has one other difference that I see. On one side, the bottom of the mounting board says Folly. On the other side, it says Wary.
Rothfuss Reread: What Can We Learn From The Name of the Wind Playing Cards? (Part 1)
Braid_Tug @2: Peter said at JCon that most writers aren't lucky enough to have a Peter. Well, he didn't say lucky, because he's too modest, but I'm leaving it that way. Love the moon detail, Jo. That one would likely have slipped past me.
The Wheel of Time Reread: A Memory of Light, Part 58
I sort of agree that the Mat/Shaisam ending didn't come off right, but I would have much preferred to have it end quickly, but without Mat's conscious action. Like, Mat dodges an attack and brings his staff back to whack someone, but it hits something on the way, which just so happened to be Fain/Mordeth/whatever sneaking up to stab him with the dagger, and redirecting the thing into his/its heart. Then Mat says, "Huh, would you look at that?" and walks away.

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