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  1. For a 30 year time jump, Laconia is - if anything - seemingly underpopulated. Constant references to the size of its facilities being much larger than the current population requires.. but presumably the bulk of the population is high density and confined to a fraction of the planet's surface. I would have assumed there would have been some intense natalist policies, but apparently not. Duarte only has a single daughter and combined with our other example - Singh's family - intervals between children are pretty decent. Promoting a natalist policy would've been a nice reference, since Augustus tried to bolster the Roman population with natalist laws that punished people without kids. 'course Hitler was also a natalist, so perhaps they wanted to avoid the Hitler parallel. So the consciousness loss thing was an attack meant to kill the Ring Builders, right? So the Ring Builders must've been some sort of... conscious energy pattern or something? A species that only had RAM and no hard-disks. The disruption of consciousness killed them, but only causes humans to reboot.
  2. Yuuzhan Vong and Darth Caedus were terrible.
  3. Random opinion: I hope Rian Johnson's spin-off trilogy is Old Republic related. I think much of the angst not having to do with world-building failures and plot holes in the film has to do with the film's tone. All the other Star Wars, including RotS, were ultimately very up-beat. Johnson's take is hardly downbeat or cynical, it's just plain.. uh 'beat'. And that would fit wonderfully with a KoTOR adaption. That said, I'm not sure Rian Johnson even knows KoTOR or the Old Republic exist as a setting based on what I saw in the movie. One credit to Lucas is that he was very familiar with the world-building, even those that others had created. Palpatine has that relief-mural depicting the battle between the Sith and the Jedi on the wall, the one just prior to Darth Bane killing all the other Sith.
  4. Snoke isn't a Sith. The repeated close-ups on Snoke's big blue eyes and Kylo's brown ones were probably so the audience could see that neither were Sith. They're both play-acting. Snoke play-acting as Palpatine and Kylo as Vader. But neither are... apparently evil enough to manifest evil eyes. Unless that part of the universe has been retconned.
  5. The hyper-space jump into the flagship raises so many questions. Where are Kylo Ren's fellow evil apprentices - the Knights of Ren? Were they the throne-room mooks? I don't agree with having Luke 'die'. Though, as a Jedi, I guess he'll be around regardless - and apparently Force Ghosts can actually do things? So it doesn't really matter. I'm wondering whether the repeated focus on both Ren's and Snoke's eyes was intentional. They both have their natural eye colors. Neither are as powerful in the dark side as an actual Sith.
  6. So I had a dream last night where I was being chased by killbots. And some dude in my dream was like "Hey, the killbots can't see people, you can actually stand next to them and be safe." And i was like wat. When I woke up, I was like, that's some Bakker-y shit. An AI that's programmed not to harm humans cripples itself in a manner where it literally can't see humans - can't distinguish them from the background or whatever - and can't even infer their existence or presence. So the Killbots just go around burning crops and demolishing buildings because they're no longer necessary and humanity just dies as an after-effect.
  7. Read the series over the past 2 weeks. Really good. I do wonder who Hoa angered enough to get stuck in an obelisk though. He must have been in there for the bulk of the 40,000 years, since he surely would've succeeded fixing the world earlier had he been free. Otherwise, I can't imagine he would retained his enthusiasm for making a better world over the course of 40,000 years of failure.
  8. finally finished babylon's ashes despite buying it on release, just in time for the new book definitely not my favorite of the series though zzz
  9. It's a dead spaceship. Like, the whole Occam's Razor with it being an asteroid only works if you assume a derelict spaceship is less likely than an almost impossible-to-form natural spacerock. The real shame is that we have no stand-by assets for a situation like this. There's a non-zero chance derelict spaceship is hurtling through our solar system and there's nothing we can do about it. God damn, who knows what sort of tech is in there (if it is a spaceship, which it is).
  10. Dalinar's spirit-web is connected to three shards - Odium, Cultivation and Honor. So if Dalinar were using his connection to three shards' to do what he did, it could've startled Odium by resembling Adonalsium.
  11. Is Thomas Covenant among the 'most adaptable'? The protagonist is, you know, sort of a dick even aside from being a rapist.
  12. Book's a step down from Words of Radiance. Too long and narrative tension falls completely apart at the end, for no discernible reason - on paper the stakes are high but the characters never seem in danger compared to the middle of the book - Dalinar relapsing into alcoholism and the Kholinar sequence are both much more compelling. The Odium-Dalinar confrontation really needs to have been rewritten. Odium acting so obviously like a supervillain in those scenes made it clear that Dalinar would pull through. I don't know how Sanderson should've done it, but it needed to be better than it was. Similarly, the Oathgate scenes never conveyed the characters were in danger. Why? Because there were too many important characters there. No reader is going to assume Kaladin, Shallan, Adolin, Syl and Pattern were in danger. The situation can't go wrong, because if it did we'd somewhere between 1-3 (4? Syl, I think is a major character) characters would go nowhere. Sanderson isn't bold enough to do that and the audience knows it. Aside from that, the book answered a good amount of questions and mysteries. And it's more evidence on the pile that Hoid/Wit/Cephandrius/Topaz/Midius is trying to reconstruct Adonalsium. Open questions: 1. Odium shouts "We killed you!" when Dalinar does his thing. Is this a reference to Odium mistaking Dalinar for Honor? Or for Adonalsium? I lean towards the latter because of "We." 2. What is the deal with Dalinar's non-Honor visions? Did he spiritually Connect with Nohadon's soul? Or was that someone else using Nohadon's appearance? I'm leaning towards someone else - but that someone else could be either another Shard or Adonalsium itself. My preferred answer to these two questions is that it's Adonalsium and Dalinar hearing "Unite them" isn't referring to humanity but the Shards. Of course, if Adonalsium is really God, then the Shattering shouldn't really be a big deal for someone that's Omniscient and Omnipotent. The Iri religion in the books supports the idea that Adonalsium shattered itself (suddenly Sanderson is Bakker). So from that angle, Adonalsium wanting Dalinar to reunite the Shards doesn't really jive. 3. Why does Shalash refer to god as Adonalsium and Hoid as Midius (his oldest name from Sanderson's unpublished Liar of Partinel)? Were Shalash and therefore Jezrien from Yolen? 4. What was the dagger Moash used to kill Jezrien? Was it an Awakened dagger similar to Nightblood - it leaked black smoke, after all? Or is it one of the mythical Dawnshards? If it is one of the Dawnshards - why is it weaker than Nightblood? Or conversely, why is Nightblood so powerful?
  13. I don't think it's a coincidence that of his books, Mistborn Era 2 is my favorite.
  14. I checked the Wikipedia article and it's the same guys who wanted to make the PoN adaption. That shouldn't surprise me.
  15. He's got a talking sword tho. And it's evil.