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  1. ***I originally had this at the bottom, but want anyone glancing to see this first - - - - To anyone who read all this, I HIGHLY recommend this series to any fan of Sanderson, looking for something different from his other titles. Alcatraz is quick, hilarious, sarcastic, unpredictable, and even involves reader participation. Give it a try.*** I don't usually look at book reviews, but this time I saw the cover of the selection and jumped at the article because I too found this 'young adult' series of his to be criminally overlooked. Heck we even had the same intro to Sanderson. Elantris was fantastic, the original Mistborn trilogy was incredible...then came Warbreaker, also great. I did NOT want to pick up Alcatraz because I thought it looked dumb, plain and simple. What happened? I could NOT put the first one down, read the whole thing in one night, I thought it was THAT brilliant of a concept. And I gobbled the others down just as quickly. Ironically, I find your "Con" assessment to be dead on. I was anticipating an exciting or at least justifiable ending to this series and admittedly gave the book a huge frown when I was finished. Having said that, I thank you greatly for the spoiler link (I was not aware of the super secret 6th volume) as it renews my interest and think that maybe there's some redemption coming.
  2. No, no, and no....why can't people (the fans in particular) ever let sleeping dogs lie? We received the completed series trilogy, but still that wasn't good enough. "Oh, but we want more one-off novels" or "Oh, we want another tangent trilogy" Why??? Not my main pet peeve, though... Too many of you are always wanted some sort of TV adaption, but why??? The idea always was doomed to fail. I shudder to think what could happen with any on screen version of such a detailed, epic fantasy work. All I have to do is look upon the HBO insanity that became GOT to know the horrors that could befall any attempt at bringing WOT to the screen. Sure the effects, great....but what happened to the story? *cringe* ....and just think....GOT has ALL the funding they could ever want because it's been a huge success since its beginning. This project as been struggling for how long? Yeah, even if this every does see the Light, pun intended....no thanks. Will stick to my re-reads.
  3. Pre-ordered mine a few days ago.....cool to see they're branching out a little. But....still would like to see a a little bit of recognition going toward the Shadow! Why not brainstorm some Shadowspawn designs? Perhaps a Forsaken or two??? Come on...
  4. Shouldn't there be a black shawl as well? We are speaking for all ajahs here, yes??? Just saying...not fair to ignore the Shadow. It's....always rising, afterall.
  5. LOL, of course he read the series. I would think that's an easy assumption in this case. Besides, how can you claim to be influenced by something if you never read/watched/listened to it? You can't. I think it's quite safe to say that most current popular writers of the genre....within the past 10 years thru today, have picked up at least WOT 1-3, if not the rest.
  6. Twas the night before Tarmon Gai?don (I mean X-Mas) And all through the Blight not a creature was stirring? Well, nothing except for that frightful incarnation, Shaisam. The sickly trees were groomed and the ravens perched about with longing In hopes that a sign of life from the Pit of Doom? the Dark Lord within the world of man belonging.. When from all around the Darkness, Shadowspawn of all sorts jumped up in alarm There arose such a sinister cackle in the distance?.what was this that wished them harm? When what?. to all their searching eyes should appear? Why, a ghostly wagon immersed in a maddening fog drawing near!!! With a pale complexion the Peddler approaches? So thin but agile?..all knew in a moment the form steady but fragile ?.of Mordeth. More rabid than Darkhounds, more ghastly than Fades His eyes soon found them all shuddering As he whistled and screamed And yelled so disturbingly it seemed. Warning them of the end, no time to make amends, or excuses invent. . As he called them all filth, and useless servants unworthy ?. as his speeding wagon came and went. To the top of the Shayol Ghul he ushered and drove his ride?.. Not stopping or halting, but on and on. Daring any creature to bar him else they?d become his pawn. And then in an instant of twinkling, beady eyes, the flickering form of a Fain could be seen. Raising his arms in triumph and glory?.. For he?d now watch both Light and Shadow till there was no more ground to gain Thus would conclude the Wheel?s turning of this particular holiday story. It was then that all the Dark Lord?s creatures, both quietly and loudly pleading ?.asked about the deserved presents..... but how can a Peddler hand out such trinkets from his wagon if it?s all the world he resents?! Thus evil glares and appalling curses were the sorts of offerings given, though such selections were bountifully handed out from the ride driven. Mordeth opened the flaps of his wagon ?..and like the Hound of old, flung what he had near and far. In doing so, the entity of Shaisam provided the Shadow with more jolly hate, Perhaps to craft an even stronger destiny that was all Darkfriends? fate. To win the Last Battle, and in doing so snuff out the wretched Light? To help sound for themselves death?s rattle, to return power to the Blight. And so then with his entire stock of necessary gestures and sensations spent, The wandering giver that was Fain, and Mordeth, and Shaisam finally did relent. With a wide grin, and an insane laugh that resonated off valley and mountain. He exclaimed his final gift?..to spill the Dragon?s blood like a fountain. Then came a moment where the black skies did for the announcer send ?.as the remaining apparition that was wagon and driver vanished, leaving but a lingering mass of fog, and of mist, and of wind. But each Trolloc grew scared, each Myddraal felt ill-prepared ?.each Dragkhar shook in the air, each raven and rat but stare. . . As they would all eagerly swear by the forbidden name of Shai?tan, that the echoes of that nightmarish cackle had hinted at a prophecy. ?., a foreshadowing that, already, Tarmon Gai?don (I mean X-mas!) was finished and done.
  7. Totally agree with this selection. Fantastic book, fantastic trilogy....one of my faves. If you're just getting into BS (hard to imagine by now lol), this is one heck of a place to start (either here or Elantris). The characters, world-building, magic system.....oh, and the secrets. Highly recommended.
  8. Best one I've seen in a while....went for it. Although, I'm still disappointed that nobody within their design/management team has thought about anything from the Shadow's perspective. Any sort of Fade/Dragkhar/Raven design would rock, especailly something of the Forsaken/Chosen flavoring. A no brainer to me. So if anyone reads this and knows somebody who works with them, spread the suggestions!
  9. I honestly think the majority of fans would respectfully disagree with that claim. I've never met a Star Wars fan that was remotely satisfied with everything that's ever been conceived in that universe (books, movies, etc). I, as many others will, say let the WoT legacy rest as is......certain conclusions were presented as they were meant to, others left up to readers, and that's that. There should be enough satisfaction from that, if we're not feeling selfish. I wouldn't have all minded the other two outriggers being published, but not off a single statement of note. Not worth the risk of another author's style invading RJ's. I still feel we got really lucky with BS....yes, his style came into the final trilogy as is only natural, but it could have been far worse. Just a few thoughts....
  10. Congrats to all involved......one last achievement well deserved!
  11. That oil painting is bloody brilliant.
  12. That was a great read.......thanks for sharing. I know I speak for many as well when I say RJ's writing changed my life.....and it will be a religious experience to say the least when I open and close AMoL.
  13. Yup....was already met with disappointment after checking the site this morning. Definitely not the design I voted for in the poll a while back....*sigh*
  14. I'm finally impressed by a Perrin design.....well done.
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