2.0 stars. The fail is by no means EPIC or UBER, but given how much I loved the Mistborn series, it was, in the end, a disappointment. Now, I don't mean to imply that this SF short story is horrible or poorly written because that is not the case. I just found it to be very UNDERWHELMING and seasoned with a healthy sprinkling of MEH...it is the very de ...more
Also, in the tradition of Star Wars, we have a highly advanced technological society whose political structure seems bound up with ideas of Empire an ...more
I didn't expect much, as it was a short science-fiction story. I mean, it's a short story and it's sci-fi. Two things that are suspect before I begin.
But it was worth killing an hour or so.
There were some interesting concepts though, such as the expectations that others put on us, and those we put on ourselves, and how we don't always live up to them, no matter what the potential is. Sometimes those very expectations backfire.
This wasn't terrible, but definitely not my favorite of Sanderson's stories.
I'd still give him a good leg ...more
This story was by no means perfect, but still it was better than I thought it would be and I was pleasantly surprised. I liked the main character a lot, and I liked how everything unfolded.
However it's better when Sanderson writes longer stories, becaus ...more
Firstborn is set in the technologically advanced future of outer space. Dennison Crestmar, a young inexperienced commander has spent his entire life trying to live up to his older brother Varion, who is an experienced war commander. Despite Dennison's repeated failures and continued self-doubt, his father sends him to learn the ways of war. Dennison knows that he is in trouble.
The ecology in Firstborn is of limited review. The setting for this short story takes place on multiple ...more
This is what short stories are all about. Just enough description to paint a vivid picture. Enough characterization and personality for the reader to relate to and get caught up in the protagonist. Twists and turns that one can see coming, but not too far ahead. A reversal of fortune through ingenuity and NOT through deus ex machina. I especially liked my mental image ...more
I'm pocking around Sanderson's short stories to decide whether his style is for me or not so I can start reading his big series. And I think the answer will be yes. He is very light with the language and wordbuilding is easy and imaginable. I have no problem with visualisation this space world in exact details: Sanderson doesn't have a notorious treat of fantasy writers -- ambiguity.
As for the story itself, the whole idea of c ...more
Granted this was a long shirt story, the character was interesting, the sudden action was awesome, and there was some shocking moments too in a short time. The only complaint I have is the story ended rather abruptly, with ...more
I like the concept of one person having his own personality, and yet a clone of the same person taking on a different personality. Even though the genetics and DNA might be identical, experiences really make up a lot o ...more
Somehow Sanderson has sneaked-up as the most-read author in my bookshelves, or so Goodreads.com tells me he is.
So, I can say with a little authority: This is not a good Sanderson story. A rare miss for him. In his defense, Sanderson is so consistent that if he didn't falter sometime, I would start suspecting he's an author robot with prose-machine-guns for hands... or some similar and totally believabl ...more
There are a few hallmarks of great stories, at lease in my opinion. One of the big one's for me is does the story stay with you. I finished this story about a month ago and yet it keep's coming back to me. I have now reread it. My first impressions were 'What an Incredible story!'. And that feeling has only intensified. This is likely the best science fiction short story I have ever read and to be honest probably the second best short story I have every read.
Two brother ...more
Dennison has spent his entire life watching Varion, his older brother by 20 years, win battle after battle. Varion has fought his battles flawlessly, perfectly, never losing. Dennison has fought his own battles valiantly, but hopelessly, never winning. And, yet, his father and his Emperor refuse to release him from military service. Why? What good does it do anyone for him to stay in arms? Especially when his brother is loyally advancing the Empire’s cause at every turn?
This was a pure impulse b...more
The story is relatively simply, playing on a few sci-fi tropes, but Sanderson's love of genre-fiction (and knowledge of the canon) makes his story stronger than it has any right to be. This seems to be one of Sanderson's hallmarks, since I found it also true in "Mistborn 1: The Final Empire" (althoug ...more
Sanderson... ,ever since I read the Mistborn novels, has always been able to grab my attention. I started this and was immediacy understanding of the plight this younger son was having in his field as well as with his father. It may be because it was reminiscence of the re ...more
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