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Brandon Sanderson
« on: September 22, 2009, 02:40:31 PM »

I searched and didn't see a Sanderson thread.

I just finished the 2nd in the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, “The Well of Ascension”. I have to say, I am really liking these books. Very good in my opinion, a lot of fun to read and I am really looking forward to seeing how this series wraps up in the next book.

In the interest of saying more than just “I like them”, some of the things I personally really like about this series so far, and the second book in particular:
  • The first book was very good and focused on some specific topics to tell a great story, the second has built and progressed upon these plot lines without rehashing the same stuff. Less like two books set in the same world, and more like 2/3 of a story. I appreciate this. I hope the third does the same.
  • The characters, especially Vin and a couple of the other main characters, are complex enough to show depth, likeable, and they are growing over time. Not too much navel gazing, which is a good thing.
  • The political/power and social struggles and issues are well thought out and interesting to watch evolve
  • I like the juxtaposition of the personal and small scale struggles with the overarching power struggles and large scale problems the characters face
  • The plot seems really well planned out and confident (for lack of a better word)
  • The characters are mortal
  • The action scenes are good, but are written to fit into the scale of the story and plot as it evolves, if that makes sense.
  • The creatures are interesting
  • The history/background and world building is well done
  • The magic system (again as I said after the first book) is pretty cool, it has limits and seems well thought out

I really would recommend these to those of you who are at all on the fence about reading them, are looking for a completed trilogy to read, or would like a taste of what Sanderson’s writing can be like. I understand these books (Mistborn) are the ones that solidified Sanderson’s offer to write the end of the WOT series(?) I have not read “Elantris”, but have not heard good things about it. Anyway, good stuff. I hope anyone who reads them based on my recommendation feels the same. I’m starting “Hero of Ages” now and sincerely hope it lives up to my expectations after the first two books.

Anyone else read these books? Like? Dislike?
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Re: Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2009, 02:58:39 PM »

Haven't read them and it will be some time before I do thanks to my growing back log. I will say that the most common comments I see about Elantris are negative, with a good many stating they won't read any more Sanderson because of it. Don't forget, Vega, that Sanderson recently released Warbreaker as well.
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Re: Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2009, 03:37:46 PM »

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the most common comments I see about Elantris are negative, with a good many stating they won't read any more Sanderson because of it.

Thats too bad. I almost passed on these books for the same reason, because I had heard Elantris was so bad. I am very happy I ended up starting the Mistborn series after all, because it really is very good and more than worth a look IMHO. Especially as the story evolves through the second book.
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Re: Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2009, 04:39:04 AM »

Just finished the Mistborn trilogy. Am I the only one here who has read these books?

Really very very good IMHO. The third book only solidified my feelings about the series I posted above. The third book took the story, struggles, and personal growth of the characters up another level in scope. Again, the series felt very well thought out, as if Sanderson had the last book well planned before writing the first (not a feeling I have gotten from other series).

Again, I would recommend these books highly and would be very interested in others feelings about them.

Of course no book is perfect....
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the ending was in my opinion not a strong as it could have been. By that I mean not the conclusion to the story and how the events wrap up, but the *very* end in the field.
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« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2009, 04:20:43 PM »

The Gathering Storm better be good, damnit! Or the SFF community shall converge at Sanderson's doorstep and consume his soul.


That is all.  :P

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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2010, 02:17:08 AM »

And it was...

But in other news, his Mistborn series has apparently been film optioned by a small company. They showed Brandon a script and he immediately felt they had a good sense of the story, so that's really positive. Hope to see it get executed in the future.
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« Reply #6 on: January 12, 2010, 02:55:20 PM »

A film huh? Hmmmm, might not be bad. As all films do it has the opportunity to completely screw the pooch, but it might be interesting.

Anyone else read these yet?

Anyone?.....
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2010, 05:05:02 PM »

I noticed the paperback edition of the final book in BS's Mistborn trilogy comes out here tomorrow. Might be about time to check those out. ;)
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Re: Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2010, 03:10:06 AM »

Mmm... I looked for the Mistborn books at my library, and found, to my dismay, that they had gone "missing". I hypothesize that someone read the WOT addition and felt a certain need to liberate his other books.  Damn bookthiefs!
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« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2010, 03:33:28 AM »

I hypothesize that someone read the WOT addition and felt a certain need to liberate his other books.

I often feel the calling to liberate some books from my local library, but then I remember that I've next to no-hope of shifting them all quickly. This is about the last place in West Europe you're likely to find support for such an act, as well. But when it comes to drugs, they'll be all about it. Oh yeah.
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Re: Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2010, 04:38:48 AM »

I started reading Warbreaker today and am about fifty pages in. So far, not enjoying it. The only thing interesting is the magic system and more often than not the dialogue never reaches above terrible. The repetition of names is ridiculous and nearly intolerable. I counted the use of a single name eleven times on a single page and yet the scene consisted solely of that character and no one else. It's like having the name pounded into your brain with a hammer.

I am fifty something pages in and pretty much nothing at all has happened. Kind of reminds me why I read less Epic Fantasy.
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Re: Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2010, 05:04:29 AM »

Can't speak for Warbreaker, but I didn't like Elantris - couldn't even finish it - and have found it thus far difficult to get into Mistborn. Admittedly, it's still early days, but yeah...can't speak too warmly.

Tor may have themselves a bread winner suitable to replace Jordan, but I'm not sure how close the two are in writing terms. More to be learned.

He does have a strong worth ethic, though, which you can't speak of enough. New book comes out in August. First in a new series, as well. It's being built as a big one, both in terms of size and ambition.
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Re: Brandon Sanderson
« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2010, 04:48:20 PM »

Can't speak for Warbreaker, I liked the Mistborn series though (to repeat myself again)
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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2010, 08:17:05 PM »

I picked up Mistborn: The Final Empire at the library a day or two ago. So far I can only comment on the cover art, which I like, and the title, which made me go check to see if it really was the first. Don't name first books "final" anythings, please, thank you much.
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« Reply #14 on: April 24, 2010, 06:16:21 PM »

So..... am I still the only one here who has read the Mistborn series?
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« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2010, 04:06:36 PM »

Nay, haven't read more than the first 50 pages. I'm focussing on a WoT re-read, at the minute. Onto 'Fires of Heaven'.
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2010, 06:33:09 PM »

ah, gosh.
I checked out Mistborn from the library, but ...
Oh, it's just gonna sound like excuses, but I got distracted by schoolwork and friends and Hal Duncan's Vellum, and now Mistborn is due in two days (someone else has a hold on it). Gah.
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« Reply #17 on: August 01, 2010, 10:58:27 PM »

So..... anyone?
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« Reply #18 on: August 17, 2010, 01:56:49 AM »

Nope. Haven't concentrated on it...in fact, I've read very sparingly over the summer. Hmm.

But hey:

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Brandon Sanderson 'Ladies and gentlemen...last draft is done. Towers of Midnight is set for an on-time release, November 2nd.'

Woo!
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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2010, 04:19:52 AM »

Taken from here.

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BOOKS YOU WILL SEE SOMEWHAT SOON

    * A Memory of Light (March 2012.)
    * Stormlight Archive Book Two (Late 2012 or early 2013.)
    * Stormlight Archive Book Three (One year after Book Two.)

ANTICIPATED SEQUELS

    * Alcatraz Five (Indefinite hiatus.)
    * Elantris Two (Planned to be written after Stormlight Three.)
    * Second Mistborn trilogy (It’s coming someday, I promise.)
    * Nightblood: Book two of Warbreaker (Coming someday.)
      —Some notes here. Elantris has three books in the series, but they are loose sequels of each other. This means that side characters in one become main characters in the next. So while you’ll see Raoden and Sarene in the second book, they won’t be main characters. (Kiin’s children will be.) Warbreaker is two books. Mistborn is a trilogy of trilogies, with the second trilogy in an urban (20th-century-level technology) setting. For Stormlight, I’m planning a pattern of two every three years, with a different epic—a standalone, or one of the sequels mentioned above—in between. Thus the Elantris sequel is next in line after Stormlight Three, which would be followed by Stormlight Four and Five.

MAYBE COMING SOMEDAY BUT ONLY PARTIALLY WRITTEN

    * Dark One (YA dark fantasy.)
    * Steelheart (Superhero apocalypse.)
    * The King’s Necromancer
    * The Silence Divine (Shardworld novel, standalone.)
    * White Sand (Shardworld trilogy.)
    * The Liar of Partinel (Shardworld novel, one of two.)
    * Dragonsteel (Major Shardworld epic. Won’t be written until Stormlight is done.)

POSSIBLE PROJECTS FOR MY TIME OFF

    * Mistborn short story (Looking likely.)
    * Unnamed urban fantasy (This is what I’m working on right now. Watch Twitter/Facebook for updates on this story. It involves a necromancer pizza deliveryman as a protagonist.)
    * Scribbler revisions (Will almost certainly be done.)
    * Finishing one of the unfinished novels mentioned above (Not likely, but you never know.)

Man, that's a lot.
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