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baalsmistress

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  1. My memory of the series is somewhat hazy, being some years since my last run through. However, I seem to remember an incident back in the AoL where the Aiel were sitting in a huge circle around a group of channellers that were killing them. They were singing as they were killed, trying to prompt the channellers to remember who and what they were. As I say, my memory is very hazy on the point. I'll get back to the point on this read through eventually, but I always assumed The Song was that song.
  2. That they had a clearer view on Brandon's abilities than you do.
  3. Read for enjoyment? Yes, that's what we do. But saying that, some of us feel that we would have gotten more enjoyment out of the books had a bit more effort, a bit more time, and a bit more work gone into them. It's not about just wanting to bash BS, it's about offering an opinion on the series and his work. There were things he could have done better. Had he done them better, I, for one, would have enjoyed the books more. Would you rather shrug and say good enough, or try and get the author to write the best damn books he can? Surely the books being more enjoyable is beneficial to reading for enjoyment? Surely Brandon, as an author, can take more pride in pushing himself to produce a better book than he has produced before than he would from merely producing one which was good enough to satisfy people? And 200 books is nothing to brag about. I have acquired (and read) well over a thousand books over the last ten years alone. And I don't consider myself a fast reader - I'm sure plenty of others can eclipse that modest achievement. And the bolded line is the one that is so laughable. There is simply no way whatsoever that Brandon could have satisfied the referred to people. There would ALWAYS, no matter how good a job was done have been something for them to complain about. It's just impossible for them to not look for was to slate Brandon Sanderson.
  4. Yes, Elayne never read any of the previous letters, and had Mat written a well presented, standard formal letter, Norry would have filtered his letter the same as he did all the others. It's precisely because it's so irreverent and carefree in execution that it gets through to Elayne at all. That letter *HAD* to be like that, else there's no way that Elayne would ever have read it.
  5. They're more likely to travel in :)
  6. To go further with it, the creator says "Next time, my turn to be the dark one"
  7. It was RJ that said that there was 1 more book, only one, and one it was going to be. Because he died, we've gotten 3 instead. And, of course, a plethora of people blaming BS for RJ's failings as an author
  8. Perhaps it'll result in the Creator turning to his best friend (The Dark One) and saying "Well done. It only took you 44 million revolutions that time. Care for another game?"
  9. I've never read it at all. Listened to the audio books otoh, too many to remember
  10. There's also the good general purpose of eliminating the most potentialy effective weapons in the enemies arsenal (ie. channellers) for the least possible risk and cost
  11. Your defining 'being respectful to Brandon' as 'praising Brandon'. Those are two very distinct things. Actually, no I'm not.
  12. Nothing to do with the topic at hand, but I wanted to mention that killing time sounds like a really really bad thing for them to be doing, given the context of the eternal struggle between dark and light, and the resolutions desired by each side.
  13. The level of criticism directed at his work on this board is not consistant with being respectful to him. It is rare to see an opinion that he has done a good job, and very common to see long diatribes seeking to pull apart anything he has written. If I'd read these boards before reading the books, I might very well have come to the conclusion that they were so terribly written as to be not worth reading, rather than being among the better books in the series.
  14. Sanderson has done a fantastic job with the whole of the saga that he wrote. I really don't get how determined some people are to try and criticise his work.
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