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review 2017-06-09 05:27
I think this one was really overrated
Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
This is definitely my least favorite book by Brandon Sanderson. I'm probably not going to read any of the others in the series, nor recommend this to anybody. I will stick with the Stormlight Archive instead.

The premise was very interesting and the story was engaging enough to keep me interested, so I at least managed to finish reading it.

I didn't particularly like any of the characters, and that's a big problem for me. Raoden was one of those characters whose purpose seems to be to educate and be awesome, which reminds me too much of Richard Rahl, minus the Ayn Rand objectivism. Sarene was apparently very clever, or so the book kept telling me repeatedly. Also that she was so much better than other women, most of whom were silly little airheads. She was not like other girls, okay? The book will remind the reader of this over and over and over and over. Hrathen was difficult to get through. I rarely enjoy antagonist POVs, and Hrathen was not an exception. His story eventually went in a somewhat interesting direction, but for most of the book, I ran out of steam and temporarily lost interest every time I got to one of his chapters.

There is so much religion in this book. It's really about the characters' religion. Multiple monotheistic religions that the book makes a point to indicate are all based on the same thing. I'm sick to death of the monotheistic religious arguments in the real world, so I'm just not into having to put up with it as part of my escapism as well. This is something that I recognize many people will still enjoy just fine, though.

I feel pretty lukewarm on this whole series. I hope the next installment in the Stormlight Archive comes out soon.
 
 

 

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review 2017-05-16 00:00
Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens
Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens - Brandon Sanderson 4.5 stars.

a vast well of puns, a gratuitous use of the word "stoopid", plus a killer Wheel of Time reference
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review 2017-05-15 19:06
#34 - The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson

The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy (which is then followed by another trilogy taking place years after the original one).

 

I finally decided to read a Brandon Sanderson book and it was the best idea ever! I have heard nothing but great things about the Mistborn trilogy and I wanted to discover this famous world.

 

The magic system is certainly the most unique thing about this book. It is well developed and really complex, it took me some time to get familiar with it as it was not really easy to understand. The author really created something particular and put a lot of thoughts into it.

 

The characters are just great. Vin is not your typical YA heroin, she is still the chosen one, who seems to be unique, the only one of her kind and things like that, but she is not annoying as I think many young female characters can be. She experiences teenager trouble, but it is not such an important part of the book, while still being present. The author really managed to create a character that felt real (despite the fact that has magical powers, of course). I also really love her ideals; it takes her some time to understand what she wants, but once she does, she will do anything to get it. The other characters are also well developed, all having their own motives that you sometimes don’t get until the end of the book.

 

I also love the dynamics of the story. Sometimes months passed between events; which seems logical and makes the story more real. Most of the books I read are taking place in a few months time making the story a bit more unreal because it is going too fast. It was not the case in The Final Empire and I felt it refreshing.

The plot was full of twists. There were many things I did not see coming.

 

The writing was also refreshing. Brandon Sanderson really has his own way of writing and it was beautiful but still easy to follow.

 

It had been a long time since I had read such an amazing fantasy book. I definitely recommend this series to everyone who has not read it yet. It is massive, but it is so great you will just keep on reading.

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text 2017-05-09 21:19
Bout of Books Update
The Final Empire. Mistborn Book One - Brandon Sanderson
Savages: Chronicles of Warshard - Katherine Bogle

Day 1 - May 8th

Pages read: 168 pages

Books read: 0

Currently reading: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

 

Not too bad. I was really tired from the weekend and fell asleep while reading... That's annoying.

 

Day 2 - May 9th

Pages read: 194 pages

Books read: 0

Currently reading: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (on page 362)

 

Day 3 - May 10th

Pages read: 154 pages

Book read: 0

Currently reading: The Final Empire

 

I totally fell asleep again. What is wrong with me? This book is amazing!

 

Day 4 - May 11th

Pages read: 127 pages

Book read: 1

 

I just finished The Final Empire. Wow, it was so good! I'm not sure I will read more tonight, or maybe I will but it is currently 11.39 so I guess it will be pas midnight by the time I start another book. We'll see :) 

 

Day 5 - May 12th

% read: 23% 

Book read: 1

Currently reading: Savages by Katherine Bogle

 

Day 6 - May 13th

% read: 31% 

Book read: 1

Currently reading: Savages by Katherine Bogle

 

Total:

643 pages

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text 2017-05-08 14:55
Droga królów – przeczytane 5%
Droga królów - Brandon Sanderson

W końcu nadeszła ta wiekopomna chwila! Zachęcony wieloma opiniami sięgam po flagową produkcję Brandona Sandersona!

 

Długo odwlekałem ten moment, ponieważ ze względu na niecodzienną objętość tego tomiszcza, jak również na moją prędkość czytania, oznacza to przypięcie do jednej książki na jakieś dwa miesiące... Ale cóż, żeby zachować – mniej więcej – chronologię czytania dzieł Sandersona, nie mogę już tego dłużej odwlekać.

 

Powyższy akapit zabrzmiał tak, jakbym zabierał się za tę książkę na siłę. Nic z tych rzeczy! Wręcz cieszę się jak dziecko na tę myśl. Zwłaszcza, że zacząłem już parę dni temu i zapowiada się baaardzo obiecująco.

 

Do zobaczenia za 1000 stron! :)

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