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  1. Re-imagined with a new vocalist - Tai'shar Manetheren! https://soundcloud.com/lyra/the-sword-that-could-not-be-broken
  2. That is the popular theory, and the reason that the question was posed to Sanderson. If you're correct, Sanderson's answer could easily have been "Yes." He instead gives a slippery answer, which could mean that you are wrong, right, or anything in-between.
  3. You state this as fact, and claim to know how he handles project management as if you're personally acquainted. I don't see how the GRRM comparison is even relevant; GRRM has always been a slow writer, clearly agonizing about every minor detail, and he is utterly focused on ASoIaF (including the TV adaptation). You claim Sanderson didn't take enough time with WoT, then state that time put into Way of Kings could not possibly have been time invested in WoT, because clearly that's not the way writers work. I think Sanderson wanted to get on writing his own stuff, hence WoT was not his primary focus for long enough, and the books were more unpolished than they could have been because of it. I thought you had chosen the "there was one else" viewpoint, which would probably be a stronger stance. But we might as well leave it at that, since I don't believe I've ever seen you concede a point. I've said my piece.
  4. My argument is that his dislike of rewrites and unwillingness to learn the notes would decline drastically if he wasn't writing other epic fantasy novels, which as we know take a huge amount of time to plan and execute. But I understand your belief that there may not have been a better option. I think Brandon actually shows moments of true brilliance despite my overall...intense dislike of his writing style.
  5. That's pretty much what I thought. He could pull the TP through Moridin's link because he and Moridin were merging together. What is your interpretation of this answer if you don't mind my asking? He does not say no outright. I think it could mean a few things: 1. Rand doesn't have the DO's permission at that moment, but gains it later because the DO is trying to manipulate him. 2. Brandon states "no one may" not "no one can" implying perhaps that it is not impossible, only not permitted, but would anger the DO and draw his attention. 3. Since he does not say outright that Rand can't channel the True Power, it's possible that Rand can, and his access is a result of the link. Wording the answer this way could be perceived as evading the original question, or the spirit of it anyway. And any number of other possibilities. What I'm saying here is that he basically doesn't confirm or deny anything - it's an Aes Sedai answer.
  6. The thing that probably gets me most about Sanderson is that I feel like he didn't have his head completely in the game, so to speak. The interviews revealed this to me; it's like he really didn't do much studying or analyzing of the series. He was writing his own books alongside the WoT series, so he was unfocused. I understand that he still has his own material to write, but couldn't someone who was willing to focus entirely on WoT be found? I see a lot of people on these boards that have a superior knowledge of the series to the guy that finished it, which really grinds my gears. Then when he got called out by the community on missing something, he'd throw in some ridiculous band-aid in the next book. I do find myself thinking of KoD as the last "real" book a lot. I will say that I'm very happy that Jordan was able to give us KoD, it's in my opinion possibly the best book in the series, if not very close.
  7. A fellow WoT metalhead! Thanks for the praise sir, would love to hear some of your olden day exploits if any recordings exist. \m/
  8. Check it out, my band Lyra's first demo. I know a lot of people on these boards (myself included) are always looking for epic new WoT music. Lyrics are on the SoundCloud page - I hope you guys enjoy it! https://soundcloud.com/lyra/the-sword-that-could-not-be-broken
  9. A great end to the story. You can choose to focus on the writing - less polish/poise, less descriptive, more action-oriented. I knew it would that way - Sanderson overall did a great job, and I choose to focus on the big picture. The three main things that bothered me were the ability to tie off gateways (I thought this couldn't be done? If it can there are serious and illogical missed opportunities to do so). Also, having the Choedan Kal would have saved tens of thousands of lives - I will never agree with Rand's decision on that one (or anyone that backs that decision). Finally, the off-screen deaths. At least let me see Bashere go down, he was one of my favorites. I don't think Sanderson can write his dialog properly but he definitely could have done a quick death scene. The moments of awesome far outweigh my largest complaints. Too many amazing moments to mention...Lan/Demandred, Perrin/Slayer, Mat/Demandred (the general's duel), Rand/DO.... I was satisfied with the confrontation with the Dark One; I had no idea how that was going to play out, and I enjoyed it greatly. Those of us who predicted the use of the True Power as a buffer were correct - I remember a lot of people calling that theory out as ridiculous. Props to the originator of the body-swap theory - I was never sure whether or not I thought that would happen. Also I would have traded Elayne for Egwene. Alas, an idiot still sits the Lion Throne. Al dival, al kiserai, al mashi!
  10. And an awful one at that, insinuating that being in a hurry can make you forget how to spell. Still not buying...
  11. If anything I feel the opposite about the claim that the in-world explanation destroys the tension. In other novels in the same genre, you think the heroes being insanely lucky and no one mentioning it is better? You knew something was going to step in before Shelob devoured Frodo. If turning a blind eye to the fact that heroes in this genre are going to succeed "fixes" that aspect of tension for you, then hold onto that ability. At least in WoT, the villains understand the phenomenon to a certain extent and can use that understanding to fight it. Also this thread has a weird vibe, I have never understood the "please convince me that WoT doesn't suck" thing.
  12. My biggest problem with Elayne is that she doesn't fully realize her responsibility to be a strong Daughter-Heir, and because of that a lot of people die. It's a harsh and demanding criticism, but she is expected to be more than the average woman. Vested with her level of power, she needs to better understand her role. First, the quest for the Bowl of the Winds. Her nation is ravaged by war, hundreds (thousands?) of her people are dying and need a strong ruler. I don't think she needs to be physically in Altara; any aid she lent to that expedition could have been rendered via Tel'aran'rhiod. Second, she had to be personally hunting Black Ajah in KoD (as David Selig mentions)? Obviously she is a powerful Aes Sedai, but she has to consider consequences from a monarch's standpoint. If she gets captured or killed, hundreds (thousands?) will die in the subsequent rescue or succession war. You don't risk that on the hunch that you might crack the case by busting into some situation you have half a clue about. If you want to be the heroic Green Ajah Aes Sedai fighting specialized battles against the Shadow, abdicate and give Dyelin the throne. She's a practical woman and would accept the offer if you convinced her you needed to fight that way. History doesn't remember a lot of strong Aes Sedai queens, and there are reasons for that beyond improbable birth conditions.
  13. "I don't know what that is," Bashere said quietly, "but I think maybe you should wait before deciding to break it. Eh?"
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