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Lopen: “…you should buy her something nice…A nice plant, maybe, or a new hat…”

Kaladin: “That’s the most ridiculous piece of advice I’ve ever been given.”

Lopen: “You should rub yourself with curry and go prancing though the camp singing Horneater lullabies.”

Kaladin: “What?”

Lopen: “See? Now the bit about the hat is only the second most ridiculous piece of advice you’ve ever been given, so you should try it.”

From Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

I laughed out loud at this one ūüôā

Kaladin and Syl, by Sarctic at deviant art. Now¬†you understand why buying a flying light spirit a hat would be ridiculous….

Have a great week!

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I’ll tell you something in confidence, just between us. I hate epic series.

I hate the waiting for the new book; I hate that by the 4th (or 5th, or 10th, or…) book you can’t remember what the point ¬†was to begin with; I hate that authors loose their way and begin making up new people and problems that weren’t planned; I hate the endless quality of epics, where things just keep on happening and happening and happening…

In spite of this, I did read the Way of Kings, because it’s Brandon Sanderson. And I was stunned with the depth and texture and general wonderfulness of Way of Kings, so I also got this second book, Words of Radiance.

And while I still hate epic series, I love the Stormlight Archive. Each book so far could double as a door stopper, and still it’s gripping, and funny, and sad, and opens a completely different and new (though not necessarily brave) new world. The genius of Sanderson (so far, at least) is that he knows where he’s going, and he knows why he’s mentioning this scene in this place, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it won’t disappoint me like all the other epics.

In short: so far, so amazing. Go read it. 5 stars.

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This one is one of the reasons why I love to read ūüôā

‚ÄúThe purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.‚ÄĚ – Brandon Sanderson

These are the books I love most – those that make you say, “Why didn’t I think about that before?” Most Brandon Sanderson books do that for me. Surprisingly, also Dick Francis, who usually has interesting insights on life from completely different experiences from mine. Charles de Lint is another personal favorite. What are yours?

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So far, all the books by Brandon Sanderson haven’t disappointed. So even though the back flap of Alloy of Law isn’t terribly promising, I bought the book and read it.

As usual, it was fabulous.

This is a light book, a filler between the original Mistborn trilogy and the planned second Mistborn trilogy. The plot is at times predictable, but never disappointing. The banter is laugh-out-loud funny. But the real talent of Brandon Sanderson is his magic system.

Anyone can invent a superpower. People do it every day. But most superpowers are binary. Either you create a¬†storm¬†or you don’t. Either you move very fast or you don’t. Either you fly or you don’t.

Brandon Sanderson, on the other hand, invents a magic system with some basic rules. And then asks himself, “What happens if I take one person with time bending and healing¬†capabilities¬†and one person with the ability to push metals away and change his weight, put them in the middle of a ballroom with 500 innocent people, and pit them against 50 bad gays with superguns?” And then he describes it in intimate, almost movie-like detail.

Spectacular.

He prevents the simple plot from bogging down by a couple a clever plot twists and interesting characters.

And then, for some reason, he ends the¬†book¬†after having won the battle but not the war. It drove me nuts. I checked obsessively for a few pages at the end of¬†the¬†book that I had maybe missed, or the statement “Continued in Brandon Sanderson’s new novel, the Alloy of Law 2!” but to no avail. The book ends. I managed to get some solace from the Brandon Sanderson’s website, ¬†stating that he will probably write a sequel to the Alloy of Law.

So I’ll wait patiently. If I can sign on to Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive for ten years,¬†waiting¬†for¬†this¬†sequel is a piece of cake. So this still gets 5 stars.

Go, Sanderson!

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Dear Mr. Sanderson,

You are a genius. Thank you.

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I¬†have¬†just finished the first book of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight archive, “The Way of Kings”. I am nothing less than flabbergasted.

I am probably going to get flamed for¬†this, but I honestly think that Brandon Sanderson is better than Tolkien. Tolkien’s story¬† was excellent, but his¬†world was pretty like ours, with the people in it very human like, the technology and magic very simple and based on what we have in this world. Brandon Sanderson truly invents new worlds with new people and new technology, leaving them close enough to humans so we have¬†something¬†to read about but not so much that we can intuitively understand everything.

For example: One of the main weapons is a shardblade, 6 feet long. It cuts only through inanimate objects. If used against a human or animal, it kills without cutting the flesh. it causes limbs to go numb, and if used to behead, the person dies and his eyes burn. The only thing to withstand the shardblade is the shard plate, that has many interesting characteristics of its own. Brandon Sanderson created a whole new way of warfare and duels based on this weapon, and describes what tactics are used with this and why. The imagery of wariiors in shardplate and shardblade is beautiful.

Another example: One version of magic is to use light of glowing gems (Stormlight) to bind things to another temporarily or change gravitation temporarily. On the face of it rather boring. But Sanderson describes an assassin using this magic alone against tens of people and it is breathtaking in imagery and intelligence. The possibilities of this seemingly simple skill are endless.

The animals here are more like large beetles or crustaceans. The people have weird laws of heredity (people can have two or more colours of hair depending on their parents). The flora has adapted to a land of stone that has periodic very strong storms.

And with all this, Sanderson never  forgets the story. Sometimes funny, sometimes moving to tears, the story remains paramount.

Genius. Pure Genius.

The only problem is waiting ten years for him to finish the planned ten books of this series… The problems we constant readers have to bear. Sigh.

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