Brandon Sanderson, past and future…

In 2016 I finally started my first Brandon Sanderson book, because people kept raving about him. It took me two years, switching to audio and hiking up the speed to make it through…

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)
by Brandon Sanderson

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Here is my review from 2018:

I finally finished, halleluhjah. Only took me two years. I really did not enjoy this book. A lot of my friends love Brandon Sanderson to pieces. I am bowing out. Done, not going to pick up this author anytime soon. Endless, mind numbing details and blah blah blah. Sorry.

Yes, lots of world building, great magic system, lots of good ideas and concepts. 

But eventually it all was just so boooooring. The book is long. Long book. It takes forever for something to happen. Long book is long. More plot would be better. A faster evolving plot would be better still.

I started the ebook in May 2016, read about 200 pages and then stopped to pick up something shorter and more exciting sounding. I never went back to it. People kept raving about Sanderson and my buddies continued the series, full of enthusiasm. So, in another attempt at this I got the audiobook, all scary 45h 34m of it… I listened at 2x speed, to end my suffering sooner. I really had to force myself to pick this up every now and then and plow through another hour of it.

Besides the ridiculous length, the institutionalized racism of the book really bugged me. Yes, it is obviously an integral part of the story, but I found it tiresome and the variance of human appearances unlikely. It somehow rubbed me the wrong way.

I was also not a fan of how women were portrayed.

Have I mentioned how boring I found the book for very long stretches of the way?

And many characters were TSTL. I don’t expect this amount of stupid in a fantasy novel. And they all did too much navel-gazing. I don‘t care for pages and pages of what, if, why, if it leads to no action.

What else? The book felt old-fashioned. Lack of humour, sarcasm or irony. Have I mentioned that the book is too long? And lacks action? Too much repetition and endless build-up? Boring?

I am sooo glad I am done with this. I am now going to delete Warbreaker from my kindle. Tried Brandon Sanderson, done, thank you.

1.5 very relieved-to-be-done-with-it stars


At around the same time I started the above, I got a Sanderson comic from Netgalley, that I read a lot faster. Here is my review from 2016:

White Sand, Volume 1 (White Sand, #1)
by Brandon Sanderson,  Rik Hoskin,  Julius Gopez (Illustrations) 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

The artwork is disappointingly grainy and blurred, which does not make it very enjoyable to read. I had a look at a preview on Amazon, where it was better. So I am guessing it is not the fault of the comic as such, but rather of NetGalley offering a not very good ARC.

The story is intricate, there is a lot of world building, explaining and introducing of various characters and settings. So it’s pretty complex for a comic/graphic novel. If that is your kind of thing and you are a fantasy fan, this is a pretty great offering. If you are a Sanderson fan, you will probbaly end up missing the detail and depth of his writing.

Later chapters alternate between different POVs, which makes it pretty lively and a little confusing at times. I had a hard time to take the main character Kenton seriously though. I was not sold on the petulant teenager morphing into a responsible adult.

But the story definitely has a lot of potential. And if the artwork in the published comic has a better resolution, it should be very nice.


So, got another comic from Netgalley, currently reading:

Dark One
by Brandon Sanderson,  Jackson Lanzing,  Collin Kelly,  Nathan C. Gooden (Contributor),  Kurt Michael Russell (Contributor) 

PROLOGUE & THE UNSAFE BOY

So far not much of an idea what this is about. Fantasy prologue (city under siege) and now a present day setting (New York?) with a slightly dysfunctional teen who sees and talks to a ghost (his sister?) and has a lawyer mum, who is preparing to defend a serial killer.

Went back to the beginning and read the comic‘s jacket…

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Visions of a dark and fantastic world haunt Paul Tanasin, but when he discovers they are prophecies from Mirandus, a world in which he’s destined to become a fearsome destroyer, he’ll have to embrace the fear, rise up as the Dark One, and shatter everything.

from the back cover

More to come, as I make progress with this…

I received this free e-copy from the publisher/author via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review, thank you!

6 thoughts on “Brandon Sanderson, past and future…

  1. I’ve had about 50/50 luck with the Sanderson I’ve tried so far. It seems that I enjoy his adult stories a lot better than his YA ones, so at least I know where the issue lies. On the other hand, I haven’t tried The Way of Kings yet. (The length of that book is intimidating.)

    My favorite of the Sanderson books I’ve read so far has been Legion: the Many Lives of Stephen Leeds. It has a really neat concept, and wasn’t so long that I avoided it. 😉

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