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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 10:18 am
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Just finished reading the book and wanted to splay a few thoughts across this page to get it out of my head.

Excellent book. Sanderson has certainly proven that he has his own Narrative Voice. If there's one flaw I see in his writing so far, it's that the young male protagonists he writes are so very similar in temperament and style. Raoden? Kelsier? Kaladin? All pretty much the same character with different circumstances set to them. All downtrodden and fighting the status quo. Sadly, I think that's one of the main gripes of The Gathering Storm - he tried (maybe unconsciously) to Sandersonize Mat, and no one was having that (including me).

He's not the first to do this, of course. Look at all the Larry Underwood (The Stand) -style characters that Stephen King wrote, for example. I think that these characters represent the author, in someway. It's their avatar into their own worlds. And that's fine. A repetitive style of character doesn't necessarily mean a bad character. Heck, if I were a full time author making cool fantasy worlds, I want to live in them, too.

That being said, Sanderson has made himself a rich, expansive world, with a level of history, culture and intrigue worthy of an epic fantasy series. The mysteries presented are enough to entice without being overly confusing (hear that, Mr. Erikson? NOT confusing=good!), and presents enough society, geography and history that you are all but forced to start building his world in your head. The Shattered Plains, for instance, now have a permanent place in my head, filed under 'Places of Note'.

Sanderson also seems to be becoming a master of making Awesome Scenes, snippets of story that blaze to life in detail. Kaladin's Leap (as the Internets calls it), in Way of Kings, is one of those. There's a scene in the Mistborn series like that as well, of Vin standing on a keep wall, returning to change the tide of a siege. I think he sees these Awesome Scenes, posterized, and does his best to translate them to the page so we can see them too. I sometimes wonder whether he could write a book around an Awesome Scene. Maybe he did.

The man also does love his battle scenes. I think he falls somewhere between Robert Jordan and R.A. Salvatore in his level of painstaking detail.

And the magic-- lots and lots. Normally, I associate high magic levels in stories with fare for younger readers (JK Rowling, Piers Anthony), but Sanderson is changing me on that. Seems you can have lots of magic and not have it be just a pretty light show.

Also, I'd like to officially proclaim Sanderson a Socialist, and not in a bad way. His perchance for class warfare is quite evident. Unionizing work forces seems to be a common theme. Surely he will be unpopular with the oligarchy, once they notice. Hmph.

Anyway, enough rambling. Read the book. It's good. Looking forward to the next installment, which should be in about 6 or 7 years, with everything he's got on his plate.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 2:49 pm
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I didn't read the post because I don't want an even minor spoiler, but this one is working its way up my pile.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 01, 2011 7:50 pm
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I haven't read what you wrote because I'm 1/2 into WoK and I don't want any of it spoiled. I'm REALLY enjoying it, though. Sanderson has really grown in style between Mistborn and WoK. I'm quite impressed by it. Though I do have to say that, holy crap can he get wordy. Not a bad thing, but wow.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:22 am
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I just finished The Way of Kings last night. I found it took me a while to get into it. The book was jumping all over the place between the different plot threads before they had time to settle in my mind. Now that I’ve finished and I can appreciate and understand it all, that problem has gone away though. When I got to the end of the final real part (Before the tidy up group of chapters), I was left feeling extremely satisfied. The climax was excellent and the post climax fit perfectly. The tidy up chapters at the end were needed but felt slightly rushed and forced. I was very happy with where he left the story arcs for each character thread but the writing of those last chapters just didn't feel the same.

All in all I was very sad to put it down.
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PostPosted: Mon May 16, 2011 3:55 am
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Just finished it and I have to say that I liked it a whole bunch. There were some things that didnt quite work for me but the end of the book was amazing and I really want the next one now. I will admit that I didnt like Kaladin though. Daliner was by far my favorite
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 2:50 pm
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I just posted a proper review of The Way of Kings on a site I occasionally write for, The Secret Lair:

http://www.thesecretlair.com/main/2011/06/29/brandon-sanderson-is-a-dirty-socialist/
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:51 pm
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I wasn't planning to start this unfinished series with 10 planned books with only 2 books out so far, but Amazon had this one as daily deal for $0.00... so that happened. It took me a little while to get into it and get used to the world set up and figure out who the main characters actually were since it jumps to different POVs not especially regularly, but now that I can see how everything is fitting together I am hooked.

It has been a good read and if you are looking for something with a lot of mysterious back history that is slowly revealed I think this is the one for you. There are is also a lot of action, the battle scenes and sword stances are pretty descriptive and tend to go on a bit.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:18 pm
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the book is massive but once I got going I flew through the book. something about his writing makes his books easy fast reads. I read the alomancy of law too and that book flew. a little slow at first but flew by too. the last 100 pages was one long gunfight and and the pages flew than too. his prose is pretty simple but hes good at keeping you intrigued with the mystery and always keeps the plot interesting. the way of kings moved slower as far as the overarching main plot but there was mysteries wrapped in mysteries. finished reading the name of the wind too and that was good in a totally different way. excellent prose and read like pure literature. it should be in the literature section too. plot was kind of wide open and moved at a sludge. really not near as much mystery and intrique as sanderson but makes up for it in creative prose and metaphors. i don't know if i will start reading the wise mans fear because the previous book was just so meaty and the writing felt so dense. but will definitely pick up in the soon future. damn this site has gotten so isolated and quiet again. i feel like im in a big canyon in the middle of the desert with 3 parts quietness and just the wind i hear. thirsting for some stimulation far away from civilization before i go into a mind dreary fog of regression to the point of no return. trying to shoot some flares in here to get a response before this area falls off the brink of the world. did i hear something. no wait. that was just my voice echoing off the canyon walls. damn i should have been an author and made millions.
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