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About Kamin_Majere

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  1. Yeah its kinda sad that I wont be able to read the last book when its released due to no Ebook option until April. I'm still getting the hard back book because i have all of the others and i want to complete the set, but an ebook is my only hope to read the book when its released. I had to leave for work and i wont be back home for 9 weeks possibly, so i'm left out and wont be able to finish the series with out an ebook I have all of the others in hardback and digital copy. I love my 1st printing hard backs, but when i travel it would be next to impossible to free up that much luggage space so i have them on my tablet to save space/weight. Hard back books are wonderful things and i love everyone i have, but they are not travel friendly... nor are they friendly to those of us that don't have access to a book store when things are released. Its going to be marchish before i get to even start reading the end to this series that i started reading back in 95. And while waiting 2 more months isnt going to kill me, it's damned painful i will say lol
  2. Old thread, but i'll bite Yeah 13-16 million is impossibly small. Assuming we get a 8/92 split between urban and rural and the size of Randland i'd put the minimum number at about 71 million, and the maximum at about 200 million. But people already in the thread have pretty much made all of the points that support this and other numbers. If randland is about twice the size of Europe then it has a land mass of about 7.8 million square miles if 71 million is right then that's only a population density of 9ish people per square mile(3,096,700 square foot per person), even doubling that to 150 million population you only get 18 people per square mile (1,548,350 square foot per person) The reason that the population of the world isnt really broken down is because the story starts to lose something or its wonder. If 1% are channelers and 1/2 of those male and even if only 1 out of every 100 spark then you would have a massive amount of men going crazy and tearing the world to pieces even now. You are looking at 7500 male sparkers and 742500 males that can learn to channel per generation... no way that the Red Ajah could handle that (assuming a 150 million population) I'd just take it as fuzzy math and mostly ignore it.
  3. I'm not saying i want Rand to go full dark side/anti hero, i just kind of want him to see the trap (which he does) recognize the trap (which he does) and then don't fall for it (which we all know he will) Willingness to help others is great, but its not like a good person is being tortured... heck its not even like a bad person is being tortured... its a forsaken. One of the dark ones own chosen, the ones that happily burned utopia to ash and delighted in it. There is no tactical gain from her rescue, there's not even a moral one. All this is going to do is to turn out badly for Rand... and the worst bloody thing is he knows it, and is going to whistle happily while stepping right in to it.
  4. Yeah and like the good little hero he's going to fall right in it I fear. Just once I would like to see a hero that can recognize so obvious an attempt AND just ignore it
  5. um... i dont want to spoil anything for you so i'll just pull an RJ and say RAFO
  6. lol You forgot to use "go light" a few times
  7. If its speaking about travelling it might have to do with location more than the weave. Something could be really messing up the pattern where they are and the conversation went like the Se saw what happened when blahblah opened her gateway and was torn apart :insert statement here: It would make sense a little bit like that, but still not very much i suppose. The only "dangerous" weave is balefire but i dont think any of the wise ones even know how to make it. Maybe Avi from her time with Nynaeve and Elyane? So if its not travelling or balefire then something has happened that caused this mysterious weave to be harmful
  8. I'm going with Fortuna to Mat. It seems just the sort of weird thing that she would do from either an odd Seanchan custom that said when the empress had to breed, or because she saw an omen that demanded it for a healthy heir or some such
  9. If gender didn't matter i would be a Member of the Brown Ajah. But unlike their failings I would seek out to spread knowledge. Set us schools of higher learning and use the massive accumulated knowledge that the tower has to truly better humanity. They have one of the largest collections of knowledge on the planet and what do they do with it? They keep it locked up where only they can use it. I would use my tower wages to buy property for schools to be build (hopefully some kings and queens would agree to help) and i would pay scribes to copy the works that are locked up in various libraries so they can be passed out among the various schools in different nations. Knowledge is useless to humanity if only a few possess it, give it to all humanity and see where it goes. Even considering the oath rod i'd have a good 200+ years to set up a system that will push humanity back on track to get itself out of the stale state its in. With out the rod and having 600ish years to work i'm pretty sure my mission could bring civilization up to a point that we would no longer have to worry about trollocs anymore. "oh no trollocs are invading... with their swords and axes" "well get the machine guns out and blast them"
  10. I still like Raistlin to this day, he was a jerk but knew he was a jerk and was completely unapologetic about it. The world gave him a crap hand and so he bend it to his own will with the magic. "I smile because one day fat inn keepers like you will bow before me" Awesome
  11. I like the "core" books a lot and they are about the only series that I have read more than twice (though still not reaching the WoT levels, but I think I have read them about 5 or 6 times) I mean look at my name :) I first read then many many many years ago so a lot of the things that Suttree said was wrong with them was about as good as it got in the late 80's and early 90's. They are not "good" books by any stretch of the imagination. But they are enjoyable because the characters and the high fantasy swords and sorcery that I love reading when i'm not looking for something to heavy. As to the parts of the book... races were pretty bad, I mean nearly everyone of them was a cardboard cut out of a racial archtype unless something different was needed for the story and then it was not very much of a shift from cardboard. But Still they have a special place in my heart because it was the first series i ever read seriously and that was like in 88 i think.
  12. I tired of hearing about how Rand/Mat/Perrin knows about women and... wait we're talking about on here. I'm not really tired of any of it. If a theory has been discussed 1000 times who really cares? I mean if you see the thread discussing it then either ignore the thread or reply what you want to and let it go on. Its easy enough telling someone that their theory is wrong because of extensive discussions X, Y, and Z. No harm and no foul. Or if are tired of the discussion then simply ignore the thread
  13. It doesn't really matter why they turned to the dark... by large except for Ishamael all their reasons amounted to childrens hissy fits. Its what they did to prove themselves Chosen that pretty much damns them. Most people like to point at Lanfear and Asmoden as possibly returning to the light, but nothing in their character make ups even remotely points to that. These people were raised above all others in the midst of the war of power for exactly their strength, cruelty, and ambition. Some of them might not have started 100% pure evil but after 100 years of raping and murdering their way across civilization none of them have any shred of humanity left in them. Each and every one of them rank right below the Dark One and Madashar for pure unapologetic evil. Everyone like to bring up "but lanfear loves..." "but asmodean was nice..." None of that matters. These are the very same people that severed and fed their own mothers to trollocs, that took pleasure in making people so scared of dreams that their sanity snapped from lack of sleep, that killed Millions in a war that lasted 100 years. And no matter what the other Friends of the Dark did... THESE people were the ones that stood above even them as the Chosen. Again i think the forsaken are down played to much in the book. The whole moggy thing is pretty much the low point of the wonder girls lives IMO. They took one of the most vile humans to ever walk creation and captured her... did they try to make her face justice... no they ignored the countless crimes against humanity this woman committed and instead used her as a teacher and a "poor maid". Again i'm going to reference Hitler here. in 1945 you capture hitler... do you submit him to justice, or do you ask him to teach you to draw pictures? There is something wrong with your moral compass if you do otherwise, and thats a lot of the reason i dislike the wondergirls (and Rand) they can NEVER claim a moral high ground after something like this. I often laugh at Rand for trying to use morality because he freakin hid a forsaken and help him from justice... its almost inconceivable to me that someone could do that. lol i just realized this turned into a rant... my apologies, i'm just going to stop here because its only going to get worse i fear
  14. If lanfear turns to the light i'll eat a boot. And even if she does, what does anyone expect to happen... that she becomes some great champion of the light? This is how it would happen. Lanfear "Hey guys i'm all good guy now, go light" Rand "That's awesome, remember that time you fed 3 whole cities to trollocs during the war of power?" Lanfear "yeah, but n..." Rand: [balefire] Rand "yeah yeah tell it to someone that cares" Maybe its not put forth enough in the book, but that ANYONE can like(as something than a good villian) or imagine these people coming back to the side of the light is unimaginable to me. They murdered and tortured MILLIONS during the war of power. It would literally like Hitler coming to the allies in WW2 and going "yeah i know i killed millions but i'm a good guy now"
  15. I've always wondered about strength and weakness in certain powers. As an example take Moir and Nyn. (pre lanfear encounter moir) Say Moir is strong in Air and that Nyn is weak in air (just play along and assume it's true) Would Nyn still be stronger in air than Moir because the vast power difference? Or are these individual strengths and weaknesses enough to close the gap? I really wish power levels and strengths/weaknesses had more hard data instead of pretty words... but thats probably the rulebook in me talking because honestly with generalizations like strong and weak it gives near infinite space to do what ever is wanted at the time. Which is great for a story, but less great to my rulebook mind
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