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E-PUB è Mistborn : The Final Empire ⚺ In A World Where Ash Falls From The Sky, And Mist Dominates The Night, An Evil Cloaks The Land And Stifles All Life The Future Of The Empire Rests On The Shoulders Of A Troublemaker And His Young Apprentice Together, Can They Fill The World With Color Once In Brandon Sanderson S Intriguing Tale Of Love, Loss, Despair And Hope, A New Kind Of Magic Enters The Stage Allomancy, A Magic Of The Metals This was an odd one for me I ve seen an enormous number of opinions about Sanderson s books on the fantasy forums I hang out on, the great majority favourable I was interested to see what it was that had sold so very many books and got such an incredibly high average score on Goodreads The opening was strong and engaging Then I started to falter For most of the book I didn t think that I would be giving it 5 I started to worry that I might have a legion of Sanderfans on my case oI think I am too much of a scientist for the magic system not to jar against me I liked the complexity, and the effects, and the ways it was used were cunning, clever, and ingenious But the ingredients and the execution fill me with unanswered questions.And for much of the middle section I was struggling through all the balls and house politics, having a hard time caring.And the plans felt flimsy and dubious BUT But, the last hundred and fifty pages were a huge payoff and I really liked all the twists and turns Also the action scenes were great, and the tension was kept high, nobody felt safe, the reveals kept coming it was all really well done and I had a blast with it.I ve heard it said that Sanderson s biggest strength is plotting, and yes, the plot unwound splendidly.The reading experience and writing put me in mind of Brent Weeksthan any other writer I know.A really fun read.Join my 3 emails a year newsletter prizes.. I can t remember being this violently conflicted about a book in quite some time There are some areas where it s just so well done, with the author absolutely nailing it, and then others where I found myself grinding my teeth in frustration I m going to abandon my usual practice of writing short, pithy reviews and just drunkenly ramble on a few things here Still no spoilers, though That OK with y all Language About two and a half chapters into this book, I found myself asking, Why does this feel like a kids fantasy book It wasn t the subject material or the plot, both of which were clearlysophisticated than Harry Potter and his ilk While I would feel perfectly comfortable having a 12 year old read this PG13 violent and utterly sexless book, I don t feel as though it s necessarily written for tweens Finally it occurred to me it s the language This book is one of the most simply written books I ve ever read, using only the most basic vocabulary That isn t a bad thing, as I d rather read something direct and simple than something flowery and overwritten, but Sanderson s language is so simple here that it s almost as if he s drawing with the Crayola 16 set when other authors have the big 64 One notable exception having apparently become recently enad of the word, he uses maladroitly at least three times Maybe he was jamming some Weezer while he wrote I haven t read any of his other works yet Mistborn 2 is on deck , but I have to assume this simplicity is by conscious choice, and it s an interesting choice at that I m just not sure yet how I feel about it.One language choice that I am sure how I feel about is Sanderson s decision to have his characters speak good old American English The narration is similarly plainspoken, with a fair amount of American slang thrown in, rather than the twee, faux Elizabethan style of a lot of fantasy authors I like the approach One of the most time honored fantasy tropes is having all the characters thee and thou each other, with a few ne er did yon stars of Yomama glimmer so resplendently, my suzerain for good measure And I can handle that stuff, having been weaned on Tolkien and everything that came after, but I found Sanderson s decision to move away from that convention refreshing I interpreted it as Sanderson saying, The unspoken assumption here is that this book has been translated from whatever languages they speak on this made up world, so why translate it to anything other than what is most understandable and comfortable for you to read To couch this story in funky language is to insult your imagination by implying that you need that in order to realize you re reading a fantasy novel Setting and Plot The setting is a typical high fantasy world feudal style nobility and peasantry shadowy, powerful priesthood mysterious evil lord, etc with some odd, almost steampunk flourishes thrown in There are wristwatches Men s formal wear is described as somethinglike Victorian coat and tails than medieval garb Magic in this world is fueled by elemental and alloyed metals, which are described rather exactly, using percentages It s a unique and interesting blend.The basic plot is about as stock as it gets If you re familiar with the Star Wars films, the Harry Potter or Percy Jackson books, Eragon, the Dragonriders of Pern trilogy, Dune, Ender s Game, or any one of about a million other works, please play along Dear kid with weird name , I know you are only a farmer orphan urchin child of a minor noble , and this will be hard for you to accept, but you have Great Powers are the Chosen One insert name of funky power here You are the only one who can save the world save the universe defeat the Empire restore order to the Force kill the Big Boss Luckily, even though you just learned your destiny fifteen minutes ago, you will make up for lost time by quickly becoming better than anyone in the history of ever at Quidditch dragon riding sandworm riding Allomancy Any questions Needless to say, the book s plot could have been a ticket to Hack City, but it really isn t Vin s growth and development are handled well.Exposition This is a fantasy book for the video game generation By that, I mean that the book follows the general path of a first person RPG 1 Introduction to the world and the main characters2 A few early levels whose only apparent purpose is to teach the player how to use the buttons3 Quests of increasing difficulty, with progressive reveals of the Big Plot4 Fight with the Main Boss, including the inevitable twist5 Denouement and teaser for the next installment.Not that that s a bad thing But I was really surprised at the way Allomancy the main magic in this world was laid out In the two towering fantasy sci fi works of the 20th century The Lord of the Rings and Dune , the supernatural elements of the story operated behind a sort of curtain or screen The One Ring in LotR and the spice Melange in Dune both held great, mysterious powers, but the specific effects and extent of those powers were seen only in fits and flashes, and never understood completely by the characters or the reader In contrast, fairly early in this book, Kelsier takes Vin on a practice run where he explains how her powers work and what their advantages and limitations are, using plain language and real world physics, and lets her fly and mess around and just generally exult in her magic It left me, the reader, as well as Vin the character, feeling that even if we didn t understand this magic perfectly right now, we might at some point in the future, which was a very different feel.OK, after enough rambling about things I feel ambivalently about, let s wrap up with one big win and one big fail WIN Brandon Sanderson can write the hell out of an action scene And since the final quarter of this book is pretty much all action, playing directly into Sanderson s strengths, it kicks all kinds of ass The fights in this book are gut wrenching without being overly gory, and the chases and sneaks are heart stopping as well Perfect combination of pace and detail Amazing Possibly the best I ve ever read from an author in this genre, and if he s able to do that so effortlessly, so early in his career, it gives me hope that he can fixFAIL the dialogue In spite of being favorably disposed due to the use of informal American English, I eventually found the dialogue here really clunky Everyone is too wordy Everyone says one sentence too many Over and over again, I found myself going, Real people don t talk like this and especially, Real people who are supposed to be close friends don t talk anything like this to each other Seriously, think of how you talk to your best friends in private, then compare it to this book In addition, there was always that odd feeling of unneeded exposition, as if the characters were talking half to each other and half to the reader It was unfortunate, especially in contrast to how slick and fast moving and just plain awesome a lot of the other writing was.All in all, this was a fun, kinetic readwith a few holes in it It builds, it explodes, and the ending is really good If half stars were allowed, this would have been a 3 1 2 Good stuff.Also, here are my spoiler free, suitable as previews reviews of the second and third books in the series, if you enjoyed this one
Sometimes, I revisit a book I had loved ages ago, only to tell myself What the actual fuck was I thinking This book is crap Oh young Khanh, you were so dumb Thankfully, this was absolutely NOT the case for this book I appreciated it muchthe second time around It could be that it just took time for me to appreciate the book Or maybe it just glows in comparison to all the crap I had been reading 2.5 average rating last year, baby Either way, I ain t complaining First, the bad, because I m that sort of person Sanderson is a good writer, not a great one The world he has built is magical, his words are not Sanderson s writing is simple, readable Perhaps too simple I appreciate the fact that there is no purple prose, but sometimes, a story is woven through the magic of words, and Sanderson s writing is simply too plain for me.On the other hand, damn, he s verbose This is a huge ass book, people I mean, I get it The book is tremendously grand in scope, the story is complex, and will only getcomplicated as the series wears on, but I find myself wearying of reading, which is a sad thing for any reader to realize.Now, the good First, LOW ON ROMANCE, BITCHES CAN I GET A FUCK, YEAH Sanderson, I feel, is so respectful to his female characters They are strong, resourceful, independent They can get by without a man The women in his book have to earn their stripes There s no getting by on beauty and flirtation here Wit and cunning is a much safer bet than the size of a female character s tits.The world building is tremendous The magic of Allomancy is just so fucking awesome, and so well described World building, the myth and magic surrounding any high fantasy is so crucial, and Sanderson did a tremendous job.Yes, it s a long ass book, and the writing isn t as spectacular as some Guy Gavriel Kay , but on the other hand, this book is eminently readable, with a limited amount of meandering unlike Guy Gavriel Kay. WOW That Was Really Good.