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About HighWiredSith

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  1. Anybody watching this or have watched it? I've watched the first four episodes and the series looks amazing. I'm not quite sold on the family dynamic thing going on or the weird villain-esque situation with doctor who's not a doctor (was the doctor in the original series actually a doctor?). I love the robot character and the dynamic between the robot and Will Robinson is the best part of the series so far, other than the top notch special effects.
  2. Return to Dragonmount

    Not new. Was a regular here many years ago while reading through WOT. Started the series in college just after The Dragon Reborn came out in hard cover and was a hardcore fan for many years. Read each book as it came out and to be honest, by the time I finished A Memory of Light I was soooooo over Wheel of Time. I was very critical of the later books (some of them I absolutely hated - Winter's Heart, Crossroads of Twilight) and honestly thought the epic finale just wasn't one of the better books in the series, hardly as "magnificent" as Brandon Sanderson described it. But, here I am. Yes, there are better fantasy series' out there but by gosh there aren't many. Most of the stuff labeled epic fantasy these days is anything but. And so, I decided to embark on a second read-through of WOT, or to be more accurate, a listen-through as I am this time opting for the audiobooks. Just finished The Dragon Reborn today. Wow, the first half dozen books in this series are spectacular. Just a couple of observations: I think the books lost something when the characters began to quick-travel all over the map. There's a great deal of exposition, world building, and character development that occurs as each of the characters make their respective journeys to the Blight, to Tar Valon, Tomon Head, and to Tear. As I recall, the books get to a point where characters are creating portals and jumping all over the map, one of the many ways they quick-travel when the story requires it. I'm starting to be acutely aware of just how often Rand and Perrin refuse to accept their role in the events that play out. I've started keeping count in my head of how often Perrin laments "I'm just a blacksmith" or Rand "I'm a shepherd from the Two Rivers." Their naivety is almost comical to the point of being irritating. Matt doesn't quite have the same problem. Yes, he want's to get away but at least he seems to accept the situation and know there's no going back home.
  3. Alloy of Law

    Love the entire Mistborn series but I thought Shadows of Self was a huge disappointment. It's the only Brandon Sanderson book I didn't enjoy from start to finish. Thought it was slow and uneven and the main characters are either starting to annoy me or bore me, not sure which.
  4. What are you reading?

    Print Queen of Fire by Anthony Ryan Next up is The Black Elfstone by Terry Brooks Audiobook Babylon's Ashes by James SA Corey Also about to finish The Dragon Reborn. Decided to start getting the WOT audiobooks with my Audible monthly credit and listening to them while I walk during my lunch break. Read the series in paperback from the early 90's through A Memory of Light. Decided to go through the series again pending this new TV series, this time on audio. Kate Reading and Michael Kramer are the best.
  5. What character do u hate the most ?

    Nynaeve - while WOT in general is a study in characters mercilessly and perpetually hanging on to their misconceptions about themselves and the world around them (recently re-started the series on audiobook and am now far too painfully aware of just how often Perrin says "I'm just a blacksmith" or Rand "I'm a shepherd from the Two Rivers"), Nynaeve is just over the top. She seems a smart character yet her refusal to appreciate the events of which she is actively a part, to synthesize the things she's witnessed, and to finally conclude that maybe Moraine was on to something is just flat out annoying and ridiculous. Yeah, I get that she is in love with Lan and and hates Moirane for that too, but it's just asinine how long she continues to believe she's got any real chance of bringing Rand, Perrin, and Matt back to the two rivers and putting everything back to the way it was before Moirane ruined everything.
  6. So after reading TOM and finally enjoying this tedious series again I picked up all of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn novels, having never read any of his work before (other than his two WOT entries). I know most here will disagree but nonetheless - here are ten reasons why I think Sanderson is a better writer than the late Robert Jordan in no particular order. Mistborn spoilers abound, tread lightly. 10. World building – although Jordan’s world is considerably more fleshed out, it took him well over 6 of the novels he wrote to fully develop the world while Sanderson managed to accomplish a very detailed world in only three novels. Sandeson's world is equally detailed and intricate and in truth, is explained in greater depth than Jordan's world in WOT. 9. Pacing – the pacing in WOT is particularly frustrating and one of the reasons many readers gave up on the series. Sanderson’s trilogy is brisk and well-paced, particularly the action and fight scenes which build toward satisfying climaxes without constantly dragging the narrative down to see what other characters are doing, particularly when those characters aren’t doing anything of interest. Fight scenes, while interspersed with other plot lines, are still well paced and his chapters are often quite short, especially when the action starts to pick up. 8. Systems of magic – despite the scope and magnitude of WOT the system of magic remains a central mystery for the most part, characters having been imbued with a vague sort of mystical power of varying degree by two sides of some "power". Mistborn’s systems of magic are some of the most detailed I’ve ever read. They seem both logical, and despite being fantastic, they seem realistic. 7. Artificial tension – so much of WOT, particularly in the later entries, feel artificially endowed with obstacles and discoveries that have no other purpose than to build tension in the narrative. This is particularly obvious in Jordan’s use of various means of fast travel – the Ways, skimming, and finally portals, to allow characters to quickly jump across the world while, when the narrative demands it, fast travel is restricted so that plot lines and tension can be created in the story line. Sanderson does some of this but it’s always through use of specific powers and even then, the travel is not instantaneous and the rules surrounding it remain a constant throughout the series unlike Jordan's constantly fluctuating means of transportation. 6. Characters – can anyone keep up with all of the characters in WOT? This can be considerably frustrating when having to wait a year or more between novels, enough time to forget half of Jordan’s plethora of secondary and supporting characters, the darkfriends and foresaken. Sanderson’s narrative revolves around a handful of characters, all well developed, all serving a very real purpose in the overall storyline. Trollocs remain a vague sort of force of evil with no real history or culture to explain their presence other then the fact that they were simply created by the dark one and yet trollocs are insanely ineffective, rarely accomplishing anything other than simply dying in droves. 5. Deaths – so far, 13 novels in, and not one of the main characters has died permanently. After so many plots, so many pages, so many events, it’s hard to approach the final novel, the final battle, with any real sense of tension or anticipation because it’s obvious that none of the main characters is any real danger. Sanderson killed off his main character in the first novel and he shockingly remained dead. Other main characters die throughout the story. He certainly doesn’t kill off characters with the casualness of George RR Martin, for sheer shock value either. 4. Writer idiosyncrasies – while Sanderson, like all writers, does overuse certain phrases (raised an eyebrow?), Jordan’s series is so full of sniffs, snorts, arms folded beneath breasts – it becomes tedious and I found myself rolling my eyes as I would encounter them in the text. His descriptions of female characters is almost insulting. 3. Character development – each of Sanderson’s main characters go through major personality changes as they evolve through the narrative. These changes are both believable and make sense within the context of the story – Vin growing to accept her role as the enforcer and the Hero of Ages, Saysed’s evolution toward Announcer of the Kandra, and Eland’s growth as Emperor for example – all of it works in logical sequence and feels very real. Most of Jordan’s characters devolve into caricature at some point, hanging on to illogical ideas and beliefs well past the point of believability – Rand/Matt/Perrin’s continual refusal to accept their roles through endless pages of exposition that scream out the obvious is ridiculous. 2. Scope – Three novels and one secondary story (Alloy of Law) vs. 14 massive volumes and a prequel – this one speaks for itself. Sanderson accomplishes just as much world building, character development, and plot resolution in a fraction of the pages.
  7. What are you reading?

    A Canticle for Lebowitz. Working my way through my list of great science fiction/fantasy.
  8. I recently finished the first novel of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series The Final Empire. Having only weeks before read Ender's Game with my son (who was reading it for a book report), I couldn't help but notice the similarities between both author's treatment of their main characters ascent to god-ness. It seemed that both Kelsier (and eventually Vin if I can speculate a theory while not having read books two and three) and Ender achieve a level of god-ness, becoming both a destroyer of one world and helping to create another. I wonder if the fact that both Sanderson and Orson Scott Card are Mormons provide some common ground for the way these two very different authors approach the hero myth and subsequently how this might affect the final books of The Wheel of Time. I found myself wondering how much creative license Sanderson has with the overall story and if his final vision could be slightly (or even more than slightly) different from that of Robert Jordan. Either way, it makes for interesting speculation. The fact that we might have our first Mormon president getting ready to take office in a little more than a year certainly makes this a timely topic...okay, not really, but still...
  9. What part of the world do people hail from?

    Try me. You know where Hoffman is? Few people do but I can tell you the upper grandstands of the legendary North Carolina Speedway (known as The Rock) casts a long shadow on this tiny hamlet which is situated, oddly enough, between Hamlet and Southern Pines on Highway 1.
  10. What part of the world do people hail from?

    USA Southeast Alabama Birmingham to be exact, or just south of...literary capital of western civilization. Okay not really, but there is an unhealthy obsession with college football, long dead head coaches, and grilled swine flesh slathered in thick, goopy sauces.
  11. New Series Suggestions

    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell I don't think I've ever recommended a single book as much as I recommend this one. A truly captivating book, the writing literally drips off the page, so well written, so clever, the best thing I've read in ages (and don't let the "meh" cover fool you).
  12. A Question of Virgins

    She should step down as Amyrlin before she gets married. The Amyrlin Seat is clearly a position that requires one's full devotion and attention and should not be occupied by someone preoccupied with a husband and this idea of having a normal family life. Being Amyrlin requires certain sacrifices. However, Egwene seems to be power hungry and ambitious it's unlikely that she will step down. She's pretty much told Gawnyn he has to knuckle under and submit to her authority if they are going to have any future together. She needs to make the choice - husband or the Amyrlin Seat, but she'll want both and think she can have both.
  13. Is Egwene the last virgin of the main group of characters? Wonder if that's significant?
  14. The Name of the Wind

    It's been kind of an odd series for me. The writing does not impress me at all and there are elements of the story that are painfully slow and irritating (like Kvothe's on again off again relationship with Denna) but I've enjoyed the story and the central myth/mystery. As for Stephen King, don't get me started on that hack!
  15. The Name of the Wind

    How old do you think Kvothe is? I pictured him close to 40, not quite an old man but not young either.