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Cartoon Man
Jan 31, 2004

Nyah hah hah hah hah!



computer parts posted:

One button purchases, nooooo :negative:

This was the smartest thing Amazon ever did. I buy so many ebooks on impulse that I probably never would have read if I had to go to a bookstore and browse for something. Just one drat click, and its there waiting for me by the time I get off work and walk to the Metro train.

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This Post Sucks
Dec 27, 2004

It Gave Me Splinters!

Hey, I was just reading the blurb about The Emperor's Soul and it said that it was set in the same world as Elantis. I thought it was going to be in a separate world, so looks like I'm going to have to actually read Elantis now. Oh well.

Cartoon Man
Jan 31, 2004

Nyah hah hah hah hah!



This Post Sucks posted:

Hey, I was just reading the blurb about The Emperor's Soul and it said that it was set in the same world as Elantis. I thought it was going to be in a separate world, so looks like I'm going to have to actually read Elantis now. Oh well.

Same world, but in a far far away lsland nation that has nothing to do with Elantris or its magic system. It might reference a few things from Elantris, but Brandon said it is definately not necessary to have read it first.

soru
Apr 27, 2003

The Red God has his due, sweet girl, and only death may pay for life.


Yeah, Legion is really good. I wish it was a lot longer.

Xenix
Feb 21, 2003


The two one star reviews for Legion on Amazon are hilarious. Do people seriously not do any research and just throw their money at things they know nothing about?

Democratic Pirate
Feb 17, 2010



Legion is awesome, this is the second one-off (for now) book of his that I want him to continue. Just devoured the book in 30 minutes on my kindle.

Ornamented Death
Jan 25, 2006

Pew pew!



Xenix posted:

The two one star reviews for Legion on Amazon are hilarious. Do people seriously not do any research and just throw their money at things they know nothing about?

I really can't stand people that give books one-star ratings based on the price. I know it ultimately doesn't do anything because Amazon is terrible, but I always hit the report button when I see them.

Generic Person
Sep 17, 2006


I just finished reading Legion and I thought it was relatively good. I'm not much of a fantasy/scifi reader, but the price was right so I took the plunge. Not a bad purchase at all.

One thing that really pleased me was Sanderson's depiction of a main character with schizophrenia. I hope he sticks with this characterization of Leeds. As a person with schizophrenia it's extremely rare to see a positive depiction of anyone with this mental illness. All too often schizophrenics are depicted as being violent monsters who will snap in an instant and run amok.

As well I appreciate his not depicting it as multiple personalities and even calling out the difference between dissociative identity disorder and schizophrenia. He gets it.

Cicero
Dec 17, 2003

Jumpjet, melta, jumpjet. Repeat for ten minutes or until victory is assured.

quote:

Stephen Leeds, AKA "Legion," is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills.
So basically Killer 7: The Book?

Dilber
Mar 27, 2007

TFLC
(Trophy Feline Lifting Crew)


Man, that was a great read. I was really sad when it was over. I think that's some of his best writing yet.

Tahirovic
Feb 25, 2009


Fun Shoe

I just started reading Warbreaker and it's kinda meh, all this Legion talk really doesn't help with it!
Started my WoT reread next to it and even that's more interesting than Warbreaker.

OmniBeer
Jun 5, 2011

This is no time to
remain stagnant!

Finished Legion in one sitting last night, and drat, that was a good book. I was legitimately a bit mad when it ended, because I wanted there to be more of it.

Hopefully he'll do more with Stephen Leeds in the future, because the concept was pretty awesome.

404GoonNotFound
Aug 6, 2006

The McRib is back!?!?


Dammit, you guys are really making me want to stop my Dresden re-read halfway through Proven Guilty to read this :argh:

Cartoon Man
Jan 31, 2004

Nyah hah hah hah hah!



Legion owns. If this is the new writing ability of Sanderson...the future is very bright indeed. Also, JC is the best.

Drunk Tomato
Apr 23, 2010

If God wanted us sober,
He'd knock the glass over.

404GoonNotFound posted:

Dammit, you guys are really making me want to stop my Dresden re-read halfway through Proven Guilty to read this :argh:

Do it. It only takes 1-2 hours to read. It's very entertaining. Also, $2.99.

404GoonNotFound
Aug 6, 2006

The McRib is back!?!?


Drunk Tomato posted:

Do it. It only takes 1-2 hours to read. It's very entertaining. Also, $2.99.

Oh, my hardcover copy arrived last Friday. I've just been putting it off because Dresden Reread + :effort:

Democratic Pirate
Feb 17, 2010



404GoonNotFound posted:

Dammit, you guys are really making me want to stop my Dresden re-read halfway through Proven Guilty to read this :argh:

Do a Sanderson with reading instead of writing. When taking a break from reading a book, read a shorter book!

404GoonNotFound
Aug 6, 2006

The McRib is back!?!?


Democratic Pirate posted:

Do a Sanderson with reading instead of writing. When taking a break from reading a book, read a shorter book!

See, this guy knows how to speak to my inner nerd. And my outer nerd too.

Odette
Mar 19, 2011



Just read it on my Kindle, and it was painful. drat that % indicator jumping every time I read a page. :(

Koryk
Jun 5, 2007


Has there been any word on a Legion audiobook?

Superstring
Jul 22, 2007

I thought I was going insane for a second.



Just finished Legion.

That was loving cool. It reminded me of the old pulp heroes like Doc Savage or The Shadow. Eccentric millionaire heroes with a group of assistant specialists. Albeit, updated and modernized.

It's impressive how Sanderson becomes a noticeably better writer with each story. Legion was even genuinely, unironically funny.

Affi
Dec 18, 2005

Break bread wit the enemy

X GON GIVE IT TO YA


That's basically Sandersons biggest flaw (and it is huge) he just can't be loving funny (and he sometimes has trouble with interpersonal conversations). I loved Way of Kings but I still cringe when I think of the court jester and his "jokes".

VAGENDA OF MANOCIDE
Aug 1, 2004

whoa, what just happened here?









College Slice

Affi posted:

That's basically Sandersons biggest flaw (and it is huge) he just can't be loving funny (and he sometimes has trouble with interpersonal conversations). I loved Way of Kings but I still cringe when I think of the court jester and his "jokes".

In that book Wit is specifically there to make the people of the court uncomfortable, though.

Above Our Own
Jun 24, 2009

by Shine


api call girl posted:

In that book Wit is specifically there to make the people of the court uncomfortable, though.
He's supposed to be witty. He isn't.

IRQ
Sep 9, 2001

SUCK A DICK, DUMBSHITS!



Above Our Own posted:

He's supposed to be witty. He isn't.

I got the impression that he's supposed to be annoying and that only whatshisface finds him funny (because he annoys everyone else).

ConfusedUs
Feb 24, 2004

Bees?
You want fucking bees?
Here you go!
ROLL INITIATIVE!!







IRQ posted:

I got the impression that he's supposed to be annoying and that only whatshisface finds him funny (because he annoys everyone else).

Pretty much this.

He's Lightsong 2.0.

Above Our Own
Jun 24, 2009

by Shine


I think that's just you defending the author by saying he made Wit intentionally unfunny instead of trying to make him clever and failing completely. I don't buy that he meant to do it because all the other "clever" characters are the exact same way.

ConfusedUs
Feb 24, 2004

Bees?
You want fucking bees?
Here you go!
ROLL INITIATIVE!!







Above Our Own posted:

I think that's just you defending the author by saying he made Wit intentionally unfunny instead of trying to make him clever and failing completely. I don't buy that he meant to do it because all the other "clever" characters are the exact same way.

No, the others were bad. Shallan? Horrid!

But Wit was a humorous hipster, hyper-expanding the horizons of horrible jokes before it was cool!

Clinton1011
Jul 11, 2007


I laughed several times during Alloy of Law and and The Way of Kings but my humor might be broken.

If you go into knowing that the humor is bad it takes on a new light and seems intentional at that point and it starts to get funny. Almost as if the characters are self aware of how bad their jokes are and go with it.

Yeroc2
Aug 13, 2003

"The glow is the combination of all your past lives, focusing their energy through your body."


Grimey Drawer

Above Our Own posted:

I think that's just you defending the author by saying he made Wit intentionally unfunny instead of trying to make him clever and failing completely. I don't buy that he meant to do it because all the other "clever" characters are the exact same way.

I distinctly got the impression Wit was there to annoy all the nobles. He's fairly nice and much less annoying to the main characters who are less snobbish than the rest of the nobles. And remember the rule that anyone can kill the King's Wit, they just have to give up their title (or something similar) - you wouldn't have that rule if the Wit was there to be truly amusing rather than intentionally annoying to everyone.

The Glumslinger
Sep 24, 2008

Coach Nagy, you want me to throw to WHAT side of the field?




Hair Elf

Above Our Own posted:

He's supposed to be witty. He isn't.

I got the impression that he gave up on being witty and just decided to see how much of a douchebag he could be before someone killed him

IRQ
Sep 9, 2001

SUCK A DICK, DUMBSHITS!



Above Our Own posted:

I think that's just you defending the author by saying he made Wit intentionally unfunny instead of trying to make him clever and failing completely. I don't buy that he meant to do it because all the other "clever" characters are the exact same way.

I'm not going to defend his dad humor in the other books, and his witty dialog sucks almost all the time (but I think he's getting better), I just think that it specifically was meant to be that one noble guy trolling the other nobles.

Jorenko
Jun 6, 2004

I think you're just mad 'cause you're single.

Do I remember hearing about Legion getting optioned for TV at some time recently? I hope so. Although if JC is anyone but John Goodman (a la Walter from Big Lebowski) I'll be sorely disappointed.

404GoonNotFound
Aug 6, 2006

The McRib is back!?!?


Jorenko posted:

Do I remember hearing about Legion getting optioned for TV at some time recently? I hope so. Although if JC is anyone but John Goodman (a la Walter from Big Lebowski) I'll be sorely disappointed.

Alternatively, Ben Browder. The in-joke alone would be worth it.

Cartoon Man
Jan 31, 2004

Nyah hah hah hah hah!



Jorenko posted:

Do I remember hearing about Legion getting optioned for TV at some time recently? I hope so. Although if JC is anyone but John Goodman (a la Walter from Big Lebowski) I'll be sorely disappointed.

Brandon tried to sell the concept first, then wrote the story to prove that it could work. Then he sold the rights to Lionsgate. He recently tweeted that he would write a sequel, but probably only when he takes a break and flies somewhere.




Good thing that the mega tour for the final WOT book is coming up. :smug:

Cartoon Man fucked around with this message at 23:21 on Sep 15, 2012

404GoonNotFound
Aug 6, 2006

The McRib is back!?!?


Gotta wonder how annoyed he is about that TNT show with whatshisname from Will & Grace having nearly the same concept.

computer parts
Nov 18, 2010

PLEASE CLAP

Above Our Own posted:

I think that's just you defending the author by saying he made Wit intentionally unfunny instead of trying to make him clever and failing completely. I don't buy that he meant to do it because all the other "clever" characters are the exact same way.

No, that's like saying GRRM is bad at humor because Patchface isn't funny.

Both him and Wit personify the "wise fool" archetype, where someone who normally spouts nonsense has a lot more knowledge of the workings of the world/future than the smart folks.

e: VVV Yeah, but my point is that neither character is supposed to be funny. If you want to point at bad Sanderson humor look at Shallan and her pseudo-Victorian humor. VVV

computer parts fucked around with this message at 14:58 on Sep 16, 2012

Above Our Own
Jun 24, 2009

by Shine


GRRM is horrible at humor. I think he'd be worse than Sanderson except for the fact that he doesn't really try to write very much humor into his books.

Krakkles
May 5, 2003

There's a couple people who use it whenever they don't like something a goon from the US says. Insults comparing people of a given nationality to septic tanks aren't good, and the fact they haven't gotten angry enough to use them lately isn't an argument for them being fine.

I just finished Elantris, and now I have nothing to read. Dammit, Sanderson, write more books!

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Argas
Jan 13, 2008
SRW Fanatic






Krakkles posted:

I just finished Elantris, and now I have nothing to read. Dammit, Sanderson, write more books!

He is, the publishers just can't keep up with him.

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