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  1. Not any serious theory, no, but 40k being set so far in the future means that a number of sci-fi universes are meme'd as actually being set at various points of the 40k timeline.
  2. I do wonder what the Honored Matres were running from in Frank Herbert's mind. My current assumption is either a Necron dynasty that awakened early or Orks. The Eye clearly isn't open yet, and the Warp is quiet as there are no mention of Gellar fields being necessary.
  3. Sure, but that isn't necessarily heaven, in the previous books the Iri religion is described in some of the interludes, they believe in an afterlife where you become one with God. Same place could also be interpreted as 'death' rather the afterlife itself. Also the argument "everyone goes to heaven, so why bother doing anything" is precisely against the major deontological themes of the story, you know, the whole "journey before destination." Dalinor vs Taravangian is basically deontology vs consequentialism.
  4. in-universe there's multiple religions, and their conceptions of the afterlife vary, the Vorin religion of the protagonists believe good people go to the Tranquiline Halls and bad people go to Damnation from the readers' point of view, we know these are wrong as the Tranquiline Halls and Damnation are both planets, neither are where dead people, the Halls are Ashyn, rendered largely uninhabitable by surgebinding and Braize, a planet full of spooky ghosts The Beyond, the actual afterlife, is a ???. There isn't necessarily a heaven, Kaladin speaks with his brother's spirit but that doesn't mean his brother is in heaven as there's also the possibility of joining some kinda spirit-gestalt-one-with-universe Force type situation (one of the more 'Cosmere-aware' religions believes in this). Tien might be one with the Force and manifesting like a Force ghost, not in heaven.
  5. Sanderson has said his goal with Kaladin is to convey how suffering major depression is actually like. Meaning that Kaladin might have some inspiring moment that lifts his mood for a bit, but he's inevitably going to come back down i.e. he is mentally ill in a physiological sense, not suffering from existential ennui. If you've ever dealt with people with bad recurrent depression irl, it can be incredibly taxing to both themselves and those around them how they always seem to fall back into the same 'woe is me' thought-patterns after seeming to get better for a while. Hence why mindfulness is considered good for this sort of thing - allowing people to recognize they're falling back into the woe-is-me thoughts and whatnot. However, for a story, yes, seeing Kaladin go through the same thing repeatedly is tiresome.
  6. I thought this was the weakest Stormlight book, which seems to be the consensus even among the Sanderson super-fans. So little happens in so many pages, a great deal could have simply have been cut and have happened off-page. I thought Oathbringer was weaker than the preceding two novels, but at least the ending was d r a m a t i c and exciting. RoW was just lacking in compelling drama throughout. Having reread the series prior to RoW, I get the impression that Sanderson is writing the books as if they were meant to be adapted 1:1 to a 24-episode-a-season television series. They're composed of so many little episodic plots that run alongside the larger plot. In any case, the major story take-away for the book going forwards is clearly
  7. @The hairy bear checked the timeline. It can't be Orso's kid unless Savine has been pregnant for over twelve months.
  8. I agree. They were both naïve in ways that I don't think Orso is. Neither of them really thought they would, you know, die, whereas Orso knows and understands there are factions trying to kill him. Nicholas II was also super-religious to the point of passivity (at least when Rasputin wasn't telling him to go to the front). Louis didn't seem to believe the Revolution was actually happening and didn't have the force of personality or interest in stopping it.
  9. Clearly it's Shivers. He's going to be King of the Union.
  10. Can anyone check what the Maker's mark on Logen's sword looked like? Maybe it's an owl.
  11. random thought: Bayaz is all about the free-market right? So if Orso decided to start auctioning off the right to offer gov't loans (banks would bid interest rates i.e. bond auctions basically), then he could hardly protest could he?
  12. He was 72?! Substantially older than I thought he was (based on when I was a kid reading his books as they came out).
  13. It's a spoiler thread no need for umm hiding the spoilers @Mark Antony In that same scene, I wonder if instead of hitting the ground, this was Ishri/Zuri smacking into her and carrying her out of the blast + whiplash.
  14. In his AMA on Reddit Joe said re:magic This might be linked to the Great Change being supernatural. Book 3 might just randomly have Devils spilling into the world. Sadly, that would also mean Bayaz would return to the peak of his power. No more machines! No more debts! Everyone is a free man! 'cept Bayaz can summon tidal waves and hurricanes and iunno... shrink people and feed them to ants?
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