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Old 12-20-2015, 05:36 PM   #1
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Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn, Stormlight, Reckoners)

For the Brandon Sanderson fans out there, what do you think of his recent work?

For me the The Way of Kings and Alloy of Law seemed like real turning points in his skill as a writer, particularly in conveying the mechanics and history of his worlds without getting bogged down in infodumps. I was on the fence with Steelheart, largely because of the YA tropes, but it finished well, then Firefight expanded that world and solidified the characters to an extent that totally redeemed the goofier elements of the first book for me.

On the whole, I'd say he's been hitting it out of the park on this last several books. Now, I'm about 1/3 of the way into Shadows of Self (Wax & Wayne 2, Mistborn 5), and it is not grabbing me. Maybe I just need to put it down, maybe give Alloys a re-read/listen, and come back to it from a different place. So far though, both main and supporting characters seem very broad and shallow, and the plot has a police procedural, going-through-the-motions feel to it.

Without going into spoilers, does anyone else have impressions, reading it now, having finished, or failed to finish? Does it come together later on? Any thoughts on the rest of the Cosmere?
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:51 AM   #2
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I noticed the same thing in his evolving as a writer (infodumps). His newer books convey information a lot more efficiently.
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I don't have much evidence for it, but I'm leaning towards the possibility that Oathbringer will be not as good as Words of Radiance, just as the latter is imho, not was good as Way of Kings. The characters Sanderson are giving priorities are not my favorites. Such as Shallan.
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I finished up Shadows last night, and it did improve, but I still wouldn't rate it highly among Sanderson's works. About the most fun element was visiting "historic" sites from the original trilogy.

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I don't have much evidence for it, but I'm leaning towards the possibility that Oathbringer will be not as good as Words of Radiance, just as the latter is imho, not was good as Way of Kings. The characters Sanderson are giving priorities are not my favorites. Such as Shallan.
We'll have to disagree, there. I thought WoR was right on par with WoK, which is to say some of Sanderson's best work. Shallan is easily his most fleshed-out and interesting female character to date. Female characters were a major weakness in Sanderson's early work (see Warbreaker), and another area where he's made a lot of progress. Shallan is also one of the two main protagonists in the series so far, so yeah, expect her to have "priority."
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Well I'm in the minority regarding the sense of humor in fantasy novels. I didn't find Shallan funny in the same way the Kvothe vs Ambrose altercations (In NoTW) bored me. It's great that you are likely to enjoy Oathbringer so much. I guess I'm having Fantasy envy.
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