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Emez Vatsetek

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  1. Hi everyone. I used to post around here, well...sporadically, and I ended up starting a review blog called Legends of Fantasy. I just won some of the best SFF books and I was wondering what some of your favorites from the list are - I will probably read Mistborn next. Because you know...Brandon Sanderson... Anyways, check it out. Thanks!
  2. Typing from my phone. Forgive me any sloppiness. The Shattered Plains is filled with many, many rifts in the ground, making hundreds of islands that need to be crossed. Near the Alethi camps are permanent bridges, but further out they're at too much risk of Parshendi sabotage. Bridgemen in Sadeas' camp carry lightweight, sturdy, portable bridges to allow the army to cross from plateau to plateau relatively quickly. As there are many plateaus, the army will nreed to cross many rifts in the ground. It takes 25 bridgemen minimum to carry a bridge (which are carried underneat ferom around the sides by men). The bridgemen in Sadeas' camp arent allowed shields or defenses, so assaulting a plateau the enemy has already reached can be a bloody affair as the bridgemen need to set the bridge across the chasm while under concentrated archer fire. Sadeas takes twice as many bridge crews as necessary to cover for casualties. You'll find out reasons for this method later. Cool, thanks a lot. I figured it was something like this. It's hard for me to imagine how they would set the bridge down over the gap and pick it back up again after though. Also, whenever they are under enemy fire, somebody must be coming through to fight them and push them back. Anyways, I just finished Book 1, but I am planning on taking my time with this book. They set it down on one side, push it across the chasm, wait for the army to cross, then they cross and pull it over, pick it up, and then carry it to the next chasm. Archers will cover the bridgemen, but they often hit the bridgemen themselves. The army stays out of range until the bridge is set. then there's a cavalry chaRge across the biridges followed by infantry. anyway, much of the questions you'l have will be "read and find out" ones. sanderson will further explain everything In response to the bolded: is it not the Parshendi archers who attack the bridgemen, not Sadeas' troops misfiring? I just thought of another question: what type of bridges do the other armies, besides Sadeas' and Dalinar's, who we already know, use ?
  3. I just finished as well. Overall, I enjoyed it a lot. Kaladin was my favorite character. I found his scenes to be most fun to read. I also feel like his character is the one you get to know the best. Other parts of the book were just as good, though. The pacing was excellent. One of the nice things about it is that the viewpoint goes back and forth, so there's no tedium of reading through a certain perspective. As for the bridges: I think my questioning of it was mainly wanting to confirm what was going on. That's because when I first read it, I was really surprised at bridges being the method the armies mobilized for war. When I saw the detailed map of the Shattered Plains, that helped clarify it. And I read in an interview with Brandon Sanderson that Roshar has low gravity - or high gravity; something about the atmosphere - that makes the bridge system feasible. The only other time I questioned it was when they had to fight all the way on the Tower, which seemed like a long way to go. Anyways, I read this faster than I expected to because it hooked me from when I last posted and disappeared to finish it. It was a good read. The stories are completely different, but comparing WoK and EotW, what I like better about WoK is mostly writing style and pacing. The Way of Kings is just more engaging and easy to read. It has enough detail and description to make it imagineable and picturesque, but not so much that it bogs it down. And yeah, the jacket blurb is fairly accurate, and I didn't have one of those when I read EotW either...
  4. Typing from my phone. Forgive me any sloppiness. The Shattered Plains is filled with many, many rifts in the ground, making hundreds of islands that need to be crossed. Near the Alethi camps are permanent bridges, but further out they're at too much risk of Parshendi sabotage. Bridgemen in Sadeas' camp carry lightweight, sturdy, portable bridges to allow the army to cross from plateau to plateau relatively quickly. As there are many plateaus, the army will nreed to cross many rifts in the ground. It takes 25 bridgemen minimum to carry a bridge (which are carried underneat ferom around the sides by men). The bridgemen in Sadeas' camp arent allowed shields or defenses, so assaulting a plateau the enemy has already reached can be a bloody affair as the bridgemen need to set the bridge across the chasm while under concentrated archer fire. Sadeas takes twice as many bridge crews as necessary to cover for casualties. You'll find out reasons for this method later. Cool, thanks a lot. I figured it was something like this. It's hard for me to imagine how they would set the bridge down over the gap and pick it back up again after though. Also, whenever they are under enemy fire, somebody must be coming through to fight them and push them back. Anyways, I just finished Book 1, but I am planning on taking my time with this book.
  5. Can anyone explain what is going on with the bridgemen? I don't understand why/how they are moving these bridges, and what the purpose is. I do gather that they are fighting a war with the Parshendi. I'm on chapter 10 btw. Ok thanks.
  6. Really? I cant believe you can say Yay to that. Siuan Sanche was awesome. I was so sad to see her go. She's not evil either, if that's something you were hinting at? Neither is Elaida, really, although she is of course very much a Red archetype, man-hating, conniving, and witchy. But not necessarily evil. That is one of the things I was bummed about happening to one of the characters, among others. And yeah, I wonder what Min's viewing of Logain was about.
  7. yea id say its decent. i just saw it yesterday (release day). it was a fun ride. i personally dont think the 3d adds much to it so i wanna see it without 3d next time.
  8. Somewhere between these. Somewhat. I can remember which books the major events take place in <-- voted for that. Looking at the books helps remind me. No. I can remember most events, but all the books blur together into one epic tale (I'd vote for both if I could)
  9. Who's Alfred? Death Gate Cycle? =) (Awesome fantasy book btw, one of my favs...if u havent read it) Batman's butler. Haven't heard of the book; different Alfred, I'm assuming.
  10. That's just like another way of saying they must not give into evil. I guess Ba'alzamon did try to get Rand to join him. In that situation, killing him would be a lesser of two evils. I agree that it makes sense they sort of hated her for a time, but I guess I feel like defending Moiraine...and I don't think she ever actually would intentionally hurt them, unless there was of course absolutely no other choice. It's like how, once Anakin Skywalker went over to the Sith, Obi Wan Kenobi tried to kill him... He would never have hurt Anakin before he went over to the Dark Side.
  11. I can't seem to remember her threatening to kill the Emonds Fielders, and I definitely can't see her actually doing that.
  12. I was a music major but they told me I'd have to practice 4 hours a day to be a jazz major, so my parents kind of discouraged me.. I sometimes wish I had stuck with it, but I'm happy with the major I'm doing now: medieval studies. Anyway, I listened to some of your songs. It sounds good. Your style is real funky and groovy! I never really understood the difference between all the genres. I guess I just like reggae-influenced music myself actually, not traditional reggae.
  13. I think Mat's luck, like Perrin's wolf-affinity and Rand's saidin casting, might just be part of them being ta'veren, or inherent abilities, the way the Pattern plays out in that particular Age. At least right now, that makes more sense to me than the dagger does as I've been thinking about it. I don't think RJ ever really explained it specifically. I agree that the Forsaken seem to be beaten rather easily. They do have this trick of seeming to inhabit other's bodies, though. I think that might mean they could die in a body and somehow manifest later on in another body or in their true forms. I was hoping when they got to explaining Rand's parentage, that one of them would still be around. That would've probably made for a rather interesting and emotional scene. I think, rather than the war of the sexes or whatever that is insinuated, one of my issues I have is with the pacing. I get a bit tired of chapter after chapter of the same characters...who are not the protagonist... It might have been more interesting to intersperse the perspectives and you know, go back and forth. Yeah, the heroes thing is a bit confusing...well, sort of. It would have been cool if you could like blow the horn and then they would be on the earth until they were no longer needed, like semi-permanent heroes come back from the dead, or whatever. Luckily I think - I hope - that they will be back at some other point and be more at the forefront of the action. And they seem rather oblivious to their own selves, as far as I can tell they don't appear to be suffering, so I think they'd be more than happy to be summoned and save the world.
  14. What kind of trouble with Rahvin? It seemed like once he found him he pretty much just blasted him away. As for callandor, the only flaw I remember is that once Rand had drawn it, it could be wielded by someone else, so that was a potential danger. Yeah, that makes sense I guess. The Forsaken are really just like a nuisance, an obstacle in between him and the inevitable Tarmon Gai'don. As for the ter'angreal...I'm not sure what you mean by plot hole...? But I do think he will eventually wield it (callandor, although it is a sa'angreal) again to help him channel powerfully perhaps against a tough opponent. It's all speculation at this point though.
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