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What should Nora read next?

Legion - Sanderson
3 (30%)
The Mote in God's Eye - Niven
2 (20%)
A Stranger in a Strange Land - Heinlein
1 (10%)
The Way of Kings - Sanderson
4 (40%)
Pandora's Star - Hamilton
0 (0%)

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Re: What should Nora read next?
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2015, 12:41:22 AM »
Yes but it remained a more or less stable nation, always under the same despot in the end.  :D
The book lays enough emphasis on the 1000 years rule and its need to end to impress the idea that too little has improved for the people who aren't the top class - as usual.

I don't remember if any mention was made of technological improvement since the beginning of these 1000 years?
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Re: What should Nora read next?
« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2015, 12:56:57 AM »
Yes but it remained a more or less stable nation, always under the same despot in the end.  :D
The book lays enough emphasis on the 1000 years rule and its need to end to impress the idea that too little has improved for the people who aren't the top class - as usual.

I don't remember if any mention was made of technological improvement since the beginning of these 1000 years?
Spoiler for Hiden:
Again sort of - I'm pretty sure he was still conquering places over the first few hundred years of that for example, and the disparate cultures were only really stamped out towards the end of the millennium (Terris culture aside). The borders weren't stable, the leadership below TLR wasn't stable, the cultural hierarchy wasn't stable. The only real constant was TLR as a dictator trying to gain ever more control, and even he was slowly being corrupted over time.

Yeah, it's mentioned that TLR actively suppressed technology as a way of ensuring security in his empire, so that's really one of the few parts of the world that really was static over that time. I seem to remember some mention of developments, but not clearly enough to be sure...

Most of these things were only mentioned in passing once or twice though, so the overall impression Sanderson was clearly aiming for is that it's been the same for the whole time... Makes me wonder if he changed it after the fact so it made more sense!
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Re: What should Nora read next?
« Reply #32 on: December 20, 2015, 05:26:35 AM »
Woah wait, poor Lanko! Maybe you should put that in a spoiler bracket!  ;D

I agree with what you say but the one thing that really didn't progress during these 1000 years was technology, isn't it? I guess that's what bothered me most when I heard Lanko's expectation. I didn't know Sanderson  was planning to cover the time expansion of that universe.
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Re: What should Nora read next?
« Reply #33 on: December 21, 2015, 08:56:36 AM »
Ahem... Starting my new book tonight. Looks like I'm going from one block of text to another! So much for getting as many books as I could into the last days of my 2015 challenge!  ;D
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