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  1. Two things. First thing, isn't "never ever" more grammatically correct. "Never never" is a double negative, or am I missing something? I never never took ate human flesh = I am a cannibal. Oi Vei! Don't some of you know people in real life who use double negatives or struggle to get the words right. Why can't a person in a book suffer from similar problems? Wow ... this is a novel ... not someone's grammar homework. I imagine the same sort of people can't understand Picasso's paintings and why they all "look funny." I'm going to go with Egwene ... but I have no idea what it is shouldn't be said. Some words like "strip" or "make me a sandwich" come to mind ... but I'm still running my prediction formula and I should have the results back from it by 1/9/13.
  2. Eighth, he crafts a hand for himself out of OP and uses that :D In all seriousness, maybe LTT remembers some trick of using the OP as a prosthetic. I'm not putting anything past Holy Rand. Of all the things going on, it hardly seems to make any plot-sense to show anyone else sparring - Rand and Lan are the only ones we've seen frequently throughout many of the books. Anything else (outside of maybe the G bros) would seem too forced .. and I don't see that scene being that much of a tear-shedder.
  3. as I said the quote is definitely about Rand actively doing something incredibly stupid so a domination band doesn't fit. But as for working a crazy Rand into a link, Callandor will do that on its own. Durinax suggested the following idea which I'm pretty sure is correct. The viewing of the black hand holding Callandor and the prophecy "Light is held before the maw of the infinite void, and all that he is can be seized." mean that Rand will be possessed by the DO while using Callandor. If Rand uses the TP at any point for any reason that's all the more likely. "...and the Blade will bind him by twain." likely means that Callandor will serve as a kind of domination band (without actually being one) after Rand is taken over by the DO. Why are you so sure it's Rand. Rand isn't so "obviously crazy" anymore. Fain, on the other hand ... and, quite conveniently, his link to his power is something that could be "thrown away."
  4. The Sparring match ... I'm thinking Rand and Lan. We've seen them spar more than any other 2 in the entire series so it only makes sense that they'd have one last spar. Knife to a gunfight quote ... Lan, Galad or Gawyn. I'm leaning toward Lan as he seems like the most likely to charge one of the Forsaken with just his sword in some attempt of buying Morraine enough time to do something.
  5. People griping about other people's opinions of what will/won't happen. Oops ....
  6. Can I say other and respond with Sid Meier? :D Seriously, though, I'd prefer it more as a sim-type game in the vein of a Sim City/Age of Empires type thing. Maybe Heroes of M/M ... kinda a mix of the two :D If people had to adopt an ability like Perrin's but could pick which type of animal to be .. Would you rather ... Pick a peaceful prey animal? Pick a violent predator animal?
  7. A little confession ... I've started just skipping chapters that solely feature the Powerpuff Girls and don't hardly reference Rand, Mat or Perrin. So far, I've yet to read a chapter and have to fill in any plot holes I seemingly skipped. :D
  8. Opposite Sex ... unless the hideous body is Gaidal Cain which would garner me Birgette's love and affection :) Would you rather force the citizens of Earth to use the Oath Rod to .. Swear to never lie? Swear to never do violence to their fellow man? Note: let's presume there's no "out" to these oaths.
  9. I mentioned at the end of my post that this thread, in particular, has not been the target of my statements. I have seen people make such comments directed toward BS in other threads and, as this was my first post in this thread, I wrote my own opinion in response to those other posters. Just read any post by Mark D on the subject of Sanderson's writing and you'll see my supposed straw man ... living, breathing and writing. And he's not the only one. I honestly see the defects in this book as your typical overcompensation. He pushed too hard to make people happier with the book and it backfired. No "measures" can be applied to undo an author who is simply trying too hard to write a perfect book in an a very imperfect scenario.
  10. Simply put, when people look back on these three books ... whatever their opinion them is ... they'll have to admit that is the largest undertaking anyone has ever done to finish the work of another author. Maybe there's a larger one out there, but I've never heard of it. Not exactly on par with a composer being asked to finish Mozart's Requiem, but that's about the only thing I can equate it to. Maybe Neuschwanstein would be a better comparison. If you walked through Neuschwanstein and didn't know that the mind that had originally planned the entire castle had died prior to its completion, would you know? Certainly there would be some aspects that were less adorned and not a perfect fit when compared to other parts. Even if you had the best people to put to the task, the inspiration died with Ludwig. Whatever was completed can be viewed as one of two things: 1. A weak replication of his original design 2. A testament to the greatness of his original design that inspired men to complete it. I look at Sanderson's work as the latter of those two. You cannot expect him to be able to capture the original characters in all their details, emotions and ideals. Those died with RJ. Those were a part of RJ. They were not trinkets he left laying on a desk that someone else could pick and continue working with. Anyone who has ever written a story of any sizable length will acknowledge that. The characters you create are truly parts of your own persona or personal memories/feelings toward a certain person. How can anyone pick up where that left off? How can anyone hope to impersonate another man's inner being? Even attempting to copy the prose of how people would have talked must be a task in and of itself. Remember, he is not just trying to impersonate characters ... he's trying to do so in a world not of his own creation. Have you ever been so concerned about your hair looking good that you didn't realize your zipper was down? Now, let's not dodge some obvious points completely. Just like the men who finished Neuschwanstein had monetary profits to gain by doing so, so did Sanderson by finishing WoT. It'd be foolish to overlook this completely or to suggest that he took this on without acknowledging, at least to himself, that this could very well be the biggest break of his career. Would any of us had looked at such an offer and tossed it away? Could we have thrown away the means to make our family's life incredibly easier? For myself, I cannot say that I would ... but I've never felt this as an overpowering undertow evident in his writing. Maybe some people do ... but maybe those are the same people who know that'd be the main reason they'd take the job. "We see the world, not as it is, but as we are." All in all, what makes me upset is when people read these books that he has written and cast judgments on Sanderson, the author, as a whole. Or, even worse, attack him on a personal level. This task that he has taken on could not have been easy and was probably the hardest piece of writing he's ever had to do. Unless you are Brandon Sanderson, don't sit here behind your computer screen and try to assume you know why he did this. In the same vein, don't sit here and seemingly imply that you could have done a better job. For the most part, this thread has been mostly positive criticism to the work, itself. But I've seen enough of the aforementioned attacks on these boards and, quite frankly, it makes me sick. Sorry for the rant, but it bugs me greatly.
  11. Seems to have a female voice to it. Formal, so I assume Aes Sedai. And directed to someone with stories. I'm going to say Androl ... which makes the Aes Sedai pretty obviously Pevara. But, of course, I could be plainly wrong on all of that and I'm sure people will have much better guesses :P Just saw Herid's post ... Jain Fairstrider popped into my head too because of all his journeys. Would be a GREAT twist.
  12. The Little Fat Man seems obvious ... but I feel Rand is more tied to Callandor during the LB than any other item. I think it is actually some trick with the Power that he remembered from LTT during that fight that he was able to use and was glad that no other male channeler had been able to see and learn. Imagine if LTT had tricks up his sleeve that he had been able to keep Ishy or Dem from learning? I mean ... why all the emphasis on Callandor if it's not even his primary weapon? Seems anti-climatic if that is the case. It'd be like Luke not using his Lightsaber when fighting Darth.
  13. Black tower. Honestly, I'd rather face foes that I can at least try to fight than drama twisted around more drama. Would you rather ... Be able to make Ter'angreal? Be able to forge Power Weapons?
  14. Reading through tSR right now ... just got done with one of most mysterious chapters in the whole series. The one where we see Mat go into the twisted doorframe and then find out that Rand and Moiraine went as well but never hear what they asked. Love the chapter. One thing I noticed (and I'm sure others have but I've never seen it talked about) ... the Snakes seem to view someone's future the same way Min does. Has there ever been discussion with what that could mean? It could just be that she happens to have the same ability, without the certainty of interpretation they have, but it still interests me.
  15. There you go ... Gawyn kills Olver. Mystery solved. Next!
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