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text 2017-03-20 17:20
Notice: Free Download for The Way of Kings
The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson

To my fantasy reading friends, Tor.com is offering a free download of Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings on March 23 & 24. This is the first book in his Stormlight Archives series - the third book, Oathbringer, is scheduled for release November 14!


Grab the free download here!


And enjoy!



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review 2016-06-09 11:13
My Review of The Way of Kings
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson


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photo 2016-03-22 05:51
Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
The Way of Kings Part Two (The Stormlight Archive Book One) by Sanderson. Brandon ( 2011 ) Paperback - Sanderson. Brandon
'Mmm.. Lies.. ' by Kristy (Book Frivolity)

So, I've decided to teach myself real 3D modelling! It's been an interesting process, but I find creating graphic art a cathartic outlet for expressing my wonky brain waves.. And surprisingly much easier than typing them out, now that I have my funky new mouse!


After a lot of messing about, I finally decided to render this attempt at Shallan Davar and Pattern from Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive series. I decided to call it "Mmm.. Lies", for reasons probably obvious to those that have read the books! If you haven't read them, go grab them!


Well, the piece has it's flaws, but for my first rendered creation, I am actually pretty ok with it!



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review 2016-01-09 01:58
Now I get it
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson

Mistborn was pretty good, but I didn't get extremely excited about it.  This, however, was so much better.  I feel like I finally understand why people are so impressed with Brandon Sanderson.


I wasn't sure about this when I read the prologue.  It was just very surreal and confusing, but once I got to the main protagonists, I was absolutely engrossed.  All of the characters are so complex and human.  All of them struggle with notions of right and wrong in situations in which the answers really are often unclear.  The world-building was also really vivid and detailed.


The story mainly focuses on Kaladin.  Every section includes him.  The other characters are not in every section of the book.  I really got attached to him, and to everyone else.  I really liked Dalinar, as well, although he was the sort of honorable person that just made me worry throughout the book, hoping he would not share the same fate as Eddard Stark.  Adolin was all right.  Younger and not quite as smart as his father, but generally decent.  Shallan's sections were far less action-packed but were still also some of the most interesting.


There were only a couple of minor problems I had, reading this.  In between each section was an interlude, focusing on Szeth, and two other different characters that played no direct part in the story.  I found Szeth's story fascinating, but I could not have cared less about the others.  Getting to these interludes killed my reading momentum.  I would be sitting there for hours reading about the main characters above, and then I'd hit an interlude and just set the book down.  I wound up skimming most of these, if they did not involve Szeth.


There were a few more typographical errors than I would expect to see in a traditionally published book.  It was occasionally distracting.  Maybe it's just in the kindle version, and maybe it will be improved later.  I don't know.


The complaints I have are minor.  This was an excellent fantasy novel, and it feels as though I've only hit the tip of the iceberg as far as what is going on in that world.

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text 2016-01-03 06:59
New Year, Not Really a New Me Post
Uprooted - Naomi Novik
A Darker Shade of Magic - Victoria Schwab
VIcious - Victoria Schwab,V. E. Schwab
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy) - Marie Rutkoski
Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive, The) - Brandon Sanderson
Shadow Scale - Rachel Hartman
A Court of Thorns and Roses - Sarah J. Maas
The Martian - Andy Weir
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness

Once again, I did not hit my reading goal for the year, life is such a distraction. Sometimes I think about quitting my job and reading book for a living...but then I remember I'd be broke and homeless within a couple months....so...


But what I did not complete in number of books...I sure made up for in number of pages. And I will try again next year and the next. I still got some good reading done and present my top 10 books I read this year...in no particular order. These are the book that made me go "wow" or "Now that was unexpected." or just made me happy. And that's all the mattered in the end.


One thing I take away from my list is that in 2016 I need to read more romance. That was sorely lacking in 2015.


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