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Mr Hindley

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  1. I'm going to take a punt on Birgitte as being a character that most people can get behind.
  2. Likewise - I've clearly missed the original argument and have no idea of the rights and wrongs, but I think that someone who is willing to, unprompted, publicly stand up and admit to being wrong and apologise should be congratulated. If more people behaved like this, not just this forum but the world would be a far better place.
  3. You see, now you've got me imagining a TextsFromEgwene spinoff meme... http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/
  4. I'm going to go with Slayer as well. Didn't Graendal or Moridin refer to him as 'the man with two souls'? That ties in nicely with the story title. While there are good arguments for Setalle Anan, or - my first thought - Alanna - I think the River of Souls refers to something quite specific, rather than just being something that sounds poetic. Maybe we'll learn something about transmigration, as someone mentioned above. Could something similar have been involved in the creation of Slayer? One interesting point is that Slayer was presumably 'created' long before the seals started to wea
  5. On another topic, about meetings people would like to see, I saw mentions of characters like Uno, Daerid and Breane. With Uno and Breane, I had to stop to try and remind myself where they had probably ended up, and with Daerid, I can't even really remember who he is, although I recognise the name..! In terms of numbers of books, I wonder which character(s) have been 'missing in (in)action' for longest i.e. not dead or deliberately concealed from the reader, but just absent even though the books visited the territory they were in, and probably just got left out due to lack of available scre
  6. Aren't they with the Rebel sisters outside the Black Tower..? If so, then they presumably haven't been 13x13-ed - at least not yet, anyway, depending on what happens at the BT?
  7. Ooh, that's a good point! I'm not sure that she's quite hideous enough, but still, that would be very clever indeed...
  8. That's certainly possible. I guess, though, he must have had some specific plan for what 'here' was. Most of the Forsaken have some kind of specific purpose in the narrative: - Ishamael, Lanfear - need I say more? - Aginor, Balthamel - Dramatic roadkill for Book 1. Then brought back because if RJ was going to bring back Ishy and Lanfear, he had to bring back these two as well. - Be'lal, Rahvin, Sammael - Dramatic roadkill for Rand as he progresses through the series, delivering kingdoms to him in the process. Plus causing the Andor succession problems (Rahvin), and leading to the stream-cro
  9. This spin on Demandred being involved in Shara by impersonating Rand is definitely an interesting one, and not one I've heard before. One argument against, though - wouldn't the Sharans have to come through the Waste..? Makes a sneak attack a little unlikely, unless Demandred has also somehow taught them travelling - or offered to 'help' them get there, a bit like what Sammael did with the Shaido and the foolboxes.
  10. I read somewhere recently that the concept of the Dreamspike and how it works is something that BS had to come up with; and also a suggestion that he wanted to feature Perrin prominently in ToM. Which suggests to me that the whole Perrin-Slayer-Graendal arc in ToM might have been something that BS came up with to fill a large gap. Perrin was behind in the timeline and needed to be caught up, and if BS wanted to bulk it up, then adding in a Forsaken-driven plot, that also involved Perrin's old nemesis Slayer, was a reasonable choice. (Although we can assume that RJ had always planned on Perrin'
  11. Ah, now isn't this nice? Let's all remember this warm fuzzy feeling the next time we're all ripping chunks off each other :) I'd like to thank you for setting your location to "Galad's pants". That gave me a chuckle. I hadn't spotted that, but that's made me laugh too. I'm not sure if we're using pants in the American or British context, but it's probably too late for Galad either way once SleepingHour gets that far with him. I'm sure Galad wishes he had your chin Mr Hindley I should probably confess at this point that, yes - my chin is Demandred.
  12. Ha - no, I'll happily take the masculine chin compliment, thanks. It makes a nice change from 'wonky'.
  13. Not quite what I had in mind, but the sentiment will do :) Oh, while I think of it, I was impressed by Mark Grayson's willingness to admit when he'd been out of order.
  14. This probably won't work, but having trawled through a few pages of the 'thisguy BS writing criticism etc.' thread, where there was lots of valid arguments either way but also lots of debate that went beyond being heated, to the point of veering on unpleasantness... That's probably inevitable, and so be it. But wouldn't it be nice to have a thread whose sole purpose is to remind ourselves that we all have lots in common, and the vast majority of people on here are smart, fun, passionate people with something interesting to say. So let's reflect that. And let's not just focus on the 'celebrity'
  15. Joline. 'Joline. Joline. Joline JO-LIIIIIINE. I'm begging of you please don't take my man...' Sorry. Couldn't resist. OK, back to the serious discussion.
  16. Apologies if this has been touched on before, but... in the Forsaken coffee hour (last of its kind, probably?), Moridin says to Demandred, 'There are people you need to meet'. People - plural. But we only see Taim arrive. (Moggy and the Graeffalump don't seem to count, Moridin dismisses Graendal with a 'no, not her, you're met her before'. So was there someone else due to arrive who we didn't see? Probably not, maybe just a slip of the keyboard on BS's part Still... Also, any thoughts on which army Moghedien has been assigned to? Moridin mentions one of the armies 'that now lacks prope
  17. That is actually really interesting - there's obvious reasons for Ishamael, Aginor and Balthamel to be mentioned i.e. they were in the book. And Lanfear was the next Forsaken to appear, I think, in the very next book, and is undoubtedly a major protagonist. So that leaves Demandred as an odd-man-out - he doesn't actually appear until Book 6, long after e.g. Be'lal, Rahvin, Moghedien, Asmodean, Sammael, Graendal... His early mention here fits, I think, with BS's statement that Demandred will be a very major player in aMoL, and therefore, have a major impact on the plot. Although if I'm hone
  18. Here's a minor one - what's the deal with Tsutama Rath? Are we ever going to see her again? She popped up a couple of books ago, freshly back from her enforced exile, mad as a loon and quite an intriguing character, and then we haven't heard a peep from her since. How has she reacted to Egwene as Amyrlin? In fact, what is happening with the Red Ajah in general - is the series going to finish with a borderline pyschopath still leading the largest Ajah?
  19. Gareth and Siuan for me. I actually credit BS with making it halfway believable - until tGS, it was the worst offender for 'poof! we're in love!' with no meaningful context or plausible explanation, other than the patented RJ Random-Couple-Generator.
  20. Thanks - I thought I was quite good about keeping track of things, but I'd long since lost track of where the original ended up, and had forgotten about the weaker copies. Once again, I'm in awe of some of the people on these boards! Those 'sticking plasters' in the eBooks do feel incredibly clunky (although as you say, nothing else really that they can do at this stage.) I wouldn't blame Sanderson for not having all this fresh in his head, but this is the kind of thing I'd have thought Team Jordan would pick up on. Hmmm. Are there any more corrections like these, or a thread that lists th
  21. I started my post being a Sanderson defender: Funnily enough, one of my favourite things about the last two books is that Sanderson actually took some time to revisit some of the pairings that had been grossly neglected (Gareth/Siuan, Morgase/Tallanvor) and breathed new life into them. I'd never liked the Gareth/Siuan pairing, it was one of the worst 'bam! we're in love' pairings, but it became believable to me in tGS, and Morgase/Tallanvor, who had almost fallen off the face of the planet, became a functioning storyline again, which meant that the wrap-up of that storyline mattered, rat
  22. I've always been a fan of Graendal as a character (not that I'd necessarily want to go on holiday with her or anything..!) But alas, I suspect she won't be doing much in aMoL. There's just so much else that has to happen, and BS has, as I recall, said that Demandred is the main player for the Dark now. Between him, Moridin, and Lanfear, I don't think that leaves much room for Graendal or Moggy to get up to much other than to die at an appropriate moment - possibly through the lame way of them just dying at the same time as Moridin through the mindtraps. A bit of a waste of two good characters,
  23. A few more: - What is the deal with the Aes Sedai who have been staying at the Silver Swan in Caemlyn - I think these are separate to the BA that Elayne got captured by? - How does Harine become Mistress of the Ships, presuming that Min's vision was accurate? - Egwene has some Aes Sedai that she blackmailed into swearing fealty to her - will that situation change / be discovered? - Toveine and Gabrelle, and the plots that they, and the other Tower AS, were working on to free themselves from Logain. Are we going to hear any more on that, or has that just sort of faded away as a storyline..?
  24. Maybe she got sent to Taim..? A man who could channel is about the most repulsive thing an Aes Sedai could imagine.
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