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Brandon Sanderson

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Brandon’s major books for the second half of 2016 are The Dark Talent, the final volume in Alcatraz Smedry’s autobiographical account of his battle against the Evil Librarians who secretly rule our world, and Arcanum Unbounded, the collection of short fiction in the Cosmere universe that includes the Mistborn series and the Stormlight
Archive, among others. This collection features The Emperor’s Soul, Mistborn: Secret History, and a brand-new Stormlight Archive novella, Edgedancer.

Earlier this year he released Calamity, the finale of the #1 New York Times bestselling Reckoners trilogy that began with Steelheart .

Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types

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“The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.”
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Roselynn Randerod Thanks for the add :)

True story : I was born in Lincoln too! (My parents lived in student housing, lol) Go Huskers!!!

message 12: by Celeste

Celeste Hello, Mr. Sanderson! Thank you so much for accepting my friend request. I just finished reading Warbreaker, the sixth of your books that I've read. (Here is my review of it, if you're interested.) I loved it, as I've loved everything of yours I've read thus far. You're one of my favorite authors now. Thank you for your creativity and your many wonderful additions to my favorite genre.

message 11: by Cade

Cade Bengert Into the homestretch of "Word of Radiance," and excited to start one of his other series. Started doing research on which to read next, and found links on something called "the Cosmere." Started reading... I'm convinced you is the Stan Lee/Jack Kirby of high fantasy literature. Wow. Officially in the running for my favourite author. Huge inspiration for me, as I finish my first novel.

message 10: by Brandon

Brandon Sanderson Brandon Sanderson’s Goodreads policy

Hello and welcome! I hope you find the following reviews helpful, though I do want to make you aware that I approach book reviews differently than many you might find.

I maintain this page for two reasons. First, to have a list of books I have enjoyed to which I can point readers who ask me for book recommendations. Second, to give some examples of different types of writing, and make some notes on them for writing students.

Because of these goals, you will find only favorable reviews on this page. In fact, as I’m only posting on here books that I liked, I will rate everything at an even five-star level. A famous author once said to me early in my career, “Don’t worry. If your book works for me, I’ll talk about it. If it doesn’t, I just won’t say anything.”

That has always stuck with me as being the best way for another writer to approach reviews. The last thing that authors need is to feel that someone prominent in the field is gunning for them. This doesn’t mean I think each of these books is going to be a match for every reader who comes here; I suggest reading the reviews themselves, and focusing less on the star rating.

I also won’t focus much on summaries of the books. I’m not a professional reviewer, and my objective is not to tell you what the book is about. Instead, I’ll talk about what I liked in it, avoiding spoilers for the most part. Every review will have a section talking about what I think the writer does particularly well, and highlight things that I think writing students should study when reading the book, to learn techniques they might apply to their own fiction.

At the end of the review, I’ll give a shorter “overview style” recommendation, explaining the types of readers I think will like the story. Included in this will be a brief content warning, if one applies. For this, assume that I’m not going to mention anything that is below a mild PG-13 level rating. Common swear words, action-adventure style violence, and mild sensuality won’t merit a mention here. Not because of a moral judgment in any direction, but because again, the point of this page is not to be a specific review resource--but instead to suggest books I’ve liked, and to talk about writing.

Finally, I will mention any ties I have to the author, or biases I might have in suggesting the book, just to be clear and on the record about such things.

I hope you find something here you enjoy!

message 9: by Cameron (last edited Jun 10, 2017 10:57PM)

Cameron Hayden Thank you for accepting my friend request! I'm a huge fan of your work, and your advice has influenced my writing a ton. I even gave you a shout out in the editorial for The Reach Between Worlds.

Keep on being awesome, I'm looking forward to more of the Cosmere!

message 8: by Mike (last edited May 25, 2016 07:14AM)

Mike Hey sir,

I'm sure Mr. Dietz appreciates it, but you should change the link to Steelheart in your "about this author" section on your Goodreads page as it redirects to his book not yours.

I just learned of it as I clicked it to read my old review of Steelheart. Just wanted to give you a heads up. If you wish to thank me though you could put me on your beta reader list for you Stormlight Archive series perhaps. Certainly a good idea as you can see that I'm detail oriented and take the time to help in the form of positive feedback. ;).

Just kidding, but no really, if you want to do that I'm all for it. Lol.

message 7: by Jiten

Jiten Thank you for accepting my friend request.

I'm a big fan of your books.

Ashley Thank you for accepting my friend request.

message 5: by Atilio (last edited Oct 14, 2014 07:11PM)

Atilio Frasson ¡Gracias por aceptar mi solicitud! ¡Me encanto El Camino de los Reyes! ¡Estoy esperando que en mi país (Argentina) lleguen los demás libros que ha escrito usted para seguir deleitándome con sus mundos y sus sistemas de magia!

Jamison Stone Love you books, Brandon! I'm very sad that Wheel of Time is done, but am so very excited to read Book III of The Storm Light Archive! Thanks for sharing your wonderful stories, characters, and worlds with us! They are truly wonderful!

Brandon Sanderson Goodreads! I’m answering questions from 5-6pm GMT (1-2 PM EST) on Wednesday, August 13th, as part of #GollanczFest. Go here to type your question in the "Ask the Author" box:

message 2: by Fran

Fran Friel Thanks so much, Brandon!

message 1: by Kevin (last edited Mar 17, 2011 12:59PM)

Kevin Xu Hey, Brandon I am the one that put up the material from on the New Mistborn book.

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