another masterpiece by Sanderson. a short story set in a different place of the Elantris setting, The Emperor's Would exposes you to a new form of mag...moreanother masterpiece by Sanderson. a short story set in a different place of the Elantris setting, The Emperor's Would exposes you to a new form of magic. with a small cast, and a very personal, private plight, this is a quick easy read that really exemplifies Sanderson's writing. The characters are dynamic, and there are villains and heroes and everything between represented in only a handful of people. the limited cast is harder to write then one with a cast the size of WoT, because all the characters are working towards the same goal, but the conflict comes in how they want to achieve that goal and what version of the end product they want. There is no terrible evil to overcome, no place of safety to flee to. In one room, four major characters, and four supporting characters, Sanderson weaves a complex tapestery that defines the fate of an empire.(less)
I almost didn't read this. I've read the series, over and over again. For 15 years I've immersed myself in Robert Jordan's world, learned all I can, p...moreI almost didn't read this. I've read the series, over and over again. For 15 years I've immersed myself in Robert Jordan's world, learned all I can, played the video game, played the RPG many times. After all this, could the final one truly live up to any expectation I've built up? What if I don't like the end.
What a fool I would have been.
This may be the best installment in the entire series. There is heartache and joy throughout this entire novel. For being the endgame of all those involved, there are still surprises and feints to be pulled, and when it comes to trying to outmaneuver their foes, no one holds back. The Forsaken play their final cards as the heroes find the best way to counter the greatest threats they've ever faced. The Dark One forces his will on the Pattern while Rand resists him in any way possible.
I have long been wondering how Sanderson and Jordan would narrate a titanic battle of wills. How does one actually face the very essence of evil, how do you meet it in battle when it has no form or body. It is this reason that I have largely been hesitant of this book. Somehow they found a way, and all I can say is that you will not be disappointed.
If you've read the rest of the series, do not hesitate to pick this one up. Make it a top priority. I promise, you will not be let down by the combination of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.
And if you haven't read the rest of the series, what are you doing here? Go get started!(less)
Now, I am a big fan of "Bladerunner". That movie is awesome, and Harrison Ford rocks that character. Rutger Hauer totally rocked as a being you did no...moreNow, I am a big fan of "Bladerunner". That movie is awesome, and Harrison Ford rocks that character. Rutger Hauer totally rocked as a being you did not want to mess with and should be afraid of. Excellent movie, excellent acting, excellent character interaction, and a great story. I still believe that now.
But "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" is just better. Way better. Like, holy crap better. Everything, from setting development, the characters, the things that get left out of the movie, the subtle dynamics of being a bounty hunter and of Rick's life in general, the little things you don't notice in a movie that a book can draw your attention to. Just amazing.
And, it doesn't hurt that in my mind, when I read "Do Andriods Dream of Electric Sheep", Rick Deckard and Roy Batty were played by Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer, respectively. =)
Sanderson yet again blows me away with an entirely new setting and an extremely intriguing system of "Magic". All of his characters, villains included...moreSanderson yet again blows me away with an entirely new setting and an extremely intriguing system of "Magic". All of his characters, villains included, are amazingly dynamic and lovable.
His plot has a brilliant juxtaposition of lightheartedness and seriousness. The characters frequently joke with each other and play around, poke fun of the world's events and people's, all the while war brews in the world and everyone fears for the future. The tension builds slowly in the background, rarely in the characters themselves, but then bubbles up to burst over the characters from time to time, as if to remind that of the seriousness of the situation and put them in line. It creates an atmosphere that is easy to forget the troubles of the world, making those troubles all the more shocking and unexpected.
On top of that, I found I was able to predict several plot twists (as an experienced reader capable of recognizing trends), but even in predicting them I was taken by surprise and blown away by the way the event played out. It's as if Sanderson said to himself "I want to do this cliche', but I want to do it in a way that makes it completely new and unsuspected."
This novel reinforces Sanderson as my favorite author. (less)
I usually dread opening a up a book with great historical and literary significance. When I read Catcher in the Rye, I kept thinking "This shaped a ge...moreI usually dread opening a up a book with great historical and literary significance. When I read Catcher in the Rye, I kept thinking "This shaped a generation?". When I read "The Great Gatsby, I said "It was pretty good, but not worth the hype". And so, when I picked up Enders Game from the library, it was with that feeling of dread that I read the first few pages.
And I learned quickly that I was wrong. From the beginning, I was enthralled by Ender's Game. The story is amazing, and extremely well written. I did not want to put it down the entire time I had it. From Battle School to Command School to the truth, I could not help but want to follow Ender's tale all the way through.
To top it off, the constant questions of what is necessary vs. what is right and duty vs desire makes the reader look at the same story from several angles at once. Each side of these questions has it's voices, and the reader is left to take these arguments and then decide for themselves whether or not the events presented is the only way possible.
And then at the end, to learn that everything you thought was not the way it was, that everything that took place could have gone so differently. To learn that thinking beings are more alike than could have been believed.(less)
This book is great! Right from the start, you know something is going to go terribly, horribly wrong, and you will not be disappointed.
The main charac...moreThis book is great! Right from the start, you know something is going to go terribly, horribly wrong, and you will not be disappointed.
The main character, Jim, suddenly realizes that four hours have passed, and he has no recollection of that time period! And to top it all off, he seems to have misplaced his hat during that time!
So starts Jim's quest for his hat.
Jim believes that if he finds his hat, maybe he'll remember how he lost it, and in remembering how he lost it, remember what has happened in the last four hours.
This Suspense/Horror novel takes you on a thrilling ride of intrigue and terror, all heightened by the knowledge that the worst has already happened, and may be happening again! Jim's lack of memories strengthens the belief that something has gone wrong, something he isn't supposed to remember, and never lets you down once it picks you up!(less)
By far the most fascinating portion of the series, the Legends of Dune books had me blind to the rest of the world with the most intriguing novels yet...moreBy far the most fascinating portion of the series, the Legends of Dune books had me blind to the rest of the world with the most intriguing novels yet.(less)
Another great series. Throughout the novels, both you and the main characters learn that nothing is as it seems in this Future Fantasy world, and one...moreAnother great series. Throughout the novels, both you and the main characters learn that nothing is as it seems in this Future Fantasy world, and one can never know who the enemy really is.(less)