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 definition of j...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
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
As I’m not a natural short story fan I started out anticipating the frantic (or conscious minimalist) characterizations and setups which you often see reading through magazines like Asimov or Fantasy and Science Fiction. I was instead surprised and delighted by how well Brandon manages in “Firstborn.” I grew to enjoy the leading character and the supportive characters surrounding him. By...more
I gave it 3 stars because it, as many short stories do, gives an ending I feel isn't very satisfying. Short form is great for telling a scene, but this length - and I think my Kindle said it was 44 pages - is long enough that I expect a more emotionally satisfying ending, and I didn't get it.
Still, if the story is about the ride, and not the ending, then this would get 4 or maybe 5 stars from me. It's awesome from...more
I would describe Firstborn as an homage to the early to mid 20th Century science fiction stories of "Doc" E.E. Smith, Asimov, Pols, Simak, and all the others who pioneered the sci-fi novel genre. It has that "Found in a Science Magazine" feel to it: fast paced, presenting new technological ideas and concepts every few pages, and ending with a ver...more
It's a short story, and I often have a hard time getting into short stories. I'm also not a big sci-fi reader, but this was enjoyable. I...more
The story is really one of the younger brother oversha...more
So, separating iconic man from paper, this is a decent story. It explores a commonality most of us struggle with - confidence and pride. I enjoyed this fast read, but it lacked human connection. A good idea, but it fell sh...more
I have so far enjoyed every single book Brandon has written and this wee story's no exception. Although that's all it is. It's a simple short sci fi story that's an enjoyable read.
Which is exa...more
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
A sci fi fantasy short story.
Quite different in feel and writing from Sanderson's Alcatraz series. I wouldn't have even known it was written by the same author if...I didn't know.
Dennison is a failure. A failure at military command. He can't seem to win any battles, let alone the simulations. Unlike his perfect brother, Varion, who excels at everything, especially strategy. But his brother is not all he seems to be....
and neither is Denn.
I saw similarities to another book I read (view spoiler)[The Ghost Brigades particularly since both books pit a clone against the original. (hide spoiler)]
On the surface, the story is one of a younger brother living in his famous brother's shadow, living with expectations he feels are beyond him. However, much more is going on and, once revealed, the story was great.
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
Dennison has long been in the shadow of his older brother, and has never lived up to his potential. Where command and victory came easily to Darion, Dennison finds it difficult. He can see the objective, but getting there always seems to be just out of reach. After his latest failure, he is given a new assignment -- one that involves doing...more
The whole story is available on tor.com, and will probably only take 45 min - 2 hours depending on how focused you are while you read.
Rating: PG-13, for some violence, and explosions...more
An unexpected twist, another minor twist, and then a kind of cop out, predictable ending. I would have given this 4 stars if the ending weren't so abrupt.
Sanderson married on July 7, 2006 and is a member of the LDS church. Sanderson's writing is noteworthy for its epic fantasy tone, unique settings,...more