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  1. Keep in mind that, at the Dayton book signing, Brandon said he intends to have a full spoiler Q&A session in a few months. I imagine a lot of RAFO stuff will be dispelled then.
  2. I posted a transcript of most of the question and answer session in this thread: http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/topic/78442-reportdiscuss-q-and-a-and-interview-spoilers-here-full-spoilers/?p=2741490 Caution, it's in the spoiler section (though there weren't spoilers in the answers, I don't think)
  3. Did anyone else get the impression that pikes/pikemen are invincible from this book?
  4. Like many in the thread, I came away with a feeling that the numbers were off, the relative strength (not just numbers, but proficiency) of the forces were off, and I lost the scope of the battle because they were just numberless hordes. Particularly with the Dark Side forces simply being countless, the impact of killing a thousand trollocs is meaningless. The worst, for me, was the Sharan army. The way it worked out, is they were strong enough to beat the White Tower army, but not overrun them. At the same time, though, they were also strong enough to stop the entirety of the Seanchan force teamed with the White Tower. It seems like if they were strong enough to equal that latter coalition, then the should have been able to finish off the Tower without any problem, before the Seanchan even got there. It also seemed like we lost a lot of the Black Tower channelers. Wasn't there supposed to be something close to 1000 of them, and weren't the majority of those loyal to Taim? I don't know if the book even referred to 100 Asha'man the entire way through.
  5. I'm having trouble understanding the Nakomi=Verin theory. In order for that to be true, we have to have a way that Verin came back, since she was already dead. It's been suggested she is a Hero of the Horn, but we have no evidence of that since we don't explicitly see her identified in either Horn blow. Moreover, even if she were a Hero, how did she interact with Aviendha? First, that would break the precepts. Second, no evidence suggests Aviendha was asleep or in TAR at their meeting. Of the evidence in support, I don't see anything that suggests Nakomi has anything more in common than any old Wise One. Unrelated, with the way Heroes are presented returning to the real world as children, it seems that it's strongly implied that they leave TAR just as soon as the child is born. This, if true, means children in Randworld don't get souls until they are born (or at least some don't). I doubt the authors meant to do that. Finally, I asked Brandon about Roedran/Murandians post FoM and he seemed to indicate that he forgot about them.
  6. Last 15 minutes or so Q: Can you still read the books and appreciate them after The Wheel of Time being your job for so long. A: (I still read Jim’s books and enjoy them. I don’t normally re-read my own books after they’re done except to look up things for sequels) Q: (Presumably about the notes) Was there anything in there that surprised you. A: There are two things that stand out that are moments when I was looking through the notes that I was like “oh” (surprised-curious sound) and there was one that I was like “oh no” (dread) The two that I was like “oh” were in tGS when Egwene gets a special visitor and colors of dresses were mentioned. That one was one of the scenes that Robert Jordan had complete. I had to write into it and write out of it but the important parts that you’re thinking of were done by him. The second scene was in another section that he had complete where, at the end of ToM, someone you hadn’t seen in a while and someone else have a romantic moment together and that surprised me. I was not one that was expecting that, it was well foreshadowed though and I actually went to Team Jordan and was like “This? What?” and they were like “No it’s in there. look at this and look at this; look at all the foreshadowing” and I just completely missed it. Those two were the surprising moments for me. The kind of “oh no” moment was when he didn’t actually write the scene (omitted) in tGS, there is a scene where a certain member of the Forsaken gets spanked and Robert Jordan wrote “This happens, and she gets spanked.” And I was like “I’m not going to write this; I’ve never written a spanking scene.” (remainder omitted) Q: The female characters from your books are strong and independent women, what is behind that? A: (His mom and strong female fantasy authors. Though he noted he was disappointed with his female characters in Elantis) (long discussion about the virtue of avoiding creating stereotypical character roles (e.g. female love interest, wise old man, etc) and instead create characters. Praised RJ for avoiding the former) Q: (To Harriet) How do you feel about the graphic novel process? A: (The artists do great work, but the they don’t do well at keeping schedules) Q: What’s your favorite part of the creative process? A: (The ending sequence) Q: What comes first, the magic system or the world, and do you have any influences for your magic systems? A: (Usually an intertwined process) Q: (Question about the outrigger) A: (Couldn’t answer directly because of a spoiler)(reaffirmed they will not be writing outriggers) Q: (To Harriet) How many books did you edit for Jim before it turned romantic? A: (Just one) Harriet read the “wind” paragraphs and said they were important because they were symbolizing the breath of life going into the characters of the books.
  7. First 20 minutes or so. Omitted previously answered questions or irrelevant side stories. Paraphrased when partially relevant. Q: Where did the idea of zombies come from? A: You mean Hinderstap? Q: Inaudible A: Yes you mean Hinsderstap. It came out of working with bubbles of evil and Harriet saying to me, at one point, the book’s not creepy enough. She told me to go read the scene with the dead rat (EotW), she said get me some more creepy. Things are supposed to be getting worse and worse. H: Inaudible. Q: As a fan of the series, what was your reaction when you were first asked to write this? A: Omitted (answered before) Q: Has working on another author’s books influence your own writing? A: (Yes. RJ’s strengths influenced Sanderson’s, such as foreshadowing and using a ton of characters) Q: Are you going to do any more prequel books for the Wheel of Time? H: No. B: Easy answer Q: How does it feel to be done? A: (Sad and satisfied) Q: How old were you when you decided to start writing? A: (16, right after starting to read WoT) Q: What was your least favorite part of the entire process A: (Extensive revision process is extensive; also keeping track of side characters and getting their voices right is tough) Q: Will there be an “ask me anything”? A: (Yes, there will be a spoiler Q&A once people have had enough time to read the book) Q: (Was it different writing for a series that has already been mapped out) A: (Not really, because he normally maps out his books anyway) Q: Has it gotten any easier to dig through RJ’s very personalized and maddeningly genius organizational system? A: You’d actually have to ask that of Maria and Alan since they are the ones that dig through it. I gave up on that after about two months into the first book. Q: Newer fantasy authors that he would recommend A: (Omitted, so I can avoid looking up spelling of the author names) Q: (To Harriet) Now that the series is done, how does it feel and what will you do now A: I feel very satisfied that it’s complete; very sad that it is another occasion for me to say ‘goodbye’ to Robert Jordan. The last five years have been a series of one goodbye after another, and none of them were easy. (omitted with some discussion about the encyclopedia, which she noted was due by contract in 2008; hopefully out in 2014) Q: (Stormlight progress question) A: (Stormlight 2 will hopefully be out in Fall 2013, but if not then in Spring 2014) Q: Which character will you miss writing the most. A: That’s a good question. Most people ask me what my favorite character is and that’s Perrin; it always has been Perrin. I’m actually going to say Mat because Mat was one of the ones I struggled with to get right, and Mat, for me, was an evolution from Gathering Storm to Towers of Midnight and then finally this book when I feel like I finally got him, like I really understood him. In this one, I finally got down the mix of incorrigible silliness and complete awesomeness. (remainder omitted) Q: (To Harriet) Best or most important memory through the books? A: (She really liked the first section of tEotW and made Tom Doherty read it)
  8. My questions tonight in Dayton, Ohio: My take: looks like Shaidar Haran is most likely candidate for Cadsuanes box. I asked "who" and his answers didn't even identify it as a person (he didn't say "someone removed the weaves") Also, looks like I was right about him forgetting about Roedran/Murandians after FoM. I recorded the Q & A, but I haven't looked to see if it's of a quality worth uploading, since I wasn't aiming my phone at him or anything in particular. I might try to transcribe the session, though, unless the memory keeper posts first
  9. I'll try to avoid repetition 1. Where was Roedran/the Murandians after FoM? All the other armies got assigned somewhere and were referenced again except them. 2. I didn't like the abandonment of the phrase "No man can stand in the Shadow so long that he cannot find the Light again." We had Ingtar in TGH and almost Asmodean, but no one again. 3. I feel like I must be missing something with the Gawyn character. He was wrong every step of the way and ruined a whole bunch of things for "the good guys," but never gets his redemption since he died a stupid death. Egwene's affection for him made me dislike her. 4. We know severing can be healed, can Annoura's burning out be healed? Setalle Anan's (if she still lives)? 5. It seemed like a lot of the Asha'man disappeared. It only felt like Taim had a couple dozen with him, and Logain had a few dozen with him, and then a couple more scattered between the battles. Wasn't there supposed to be getting close to 1000 of them, and wasn't Taim supposed to have the much better portion of them? 6. Did Slayer do anything notable except kill wolves? Pretty lousy assassin... Beyond this book... 7. Did we ever find out why Berelain had a special relationship with the Aiel? 8. Who opened Cadsuane's box holding the access key and the sad bracelet?
  10. Did I miss where Roedran/Murandians got assigned in the battles? I can account for everyone else, but I don't remember them being mentioned at any of the four battlegrounds.
  11. I always focused on Demandred saying his reign was secured and he was gathering his armies. To me, that meant that he was either Roedran or in Shara because there really isn't anywhere else to go. Roedran always seemed like a weak option since, even in the best circumstanes, Murandy simply couldn't marshall enough power to be of any note. Of course, saying "I bet Demandred is in Shara" isn't really the same as saying "I know who Demandre'd alter ego is"
  12. Well so much for midnight release. Ummm... how does Faile end up on Bela?... Bela is in the White Tower stables right now right? Well considering Bela is Demandred, she can Travel. Obviously.
  13. Why did Barid stop updating the other thread?
  14. Do we need a sub-forum where we can post spoilers on how to find other, hidden spoilers?
  15. My post was removed based on an inference it could lead to.
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