Discussion in 'Brandon Sanderson' started by Thaddius al'Guy, Aug 7, 2019.
A great time to re-read.
...Or go through the deleted scene stuff on Brandon's website.
Oh bother I forgot to start Chapter 3! I'll do it tonight. Changing the book on my audible app RIGHT NOW!
We'll see what my brain demands after all this.
I didn't think I'd finish before I was done with work, but...
Here I am, wishing I had brought Well of Ascension with me.
I'll probably read annotations later. My mind is still in the story.
So I had the story playing but I was very distracted! I'm going to re-listen over the weekend. . .
I should be able to get caught up this weekend. I just finished chapter 1. I'm very glad I'm doing the re-read. I've forgotten a lot of this (especially the big end-of-story stuff), so I may do some spoiler research so I can refresh my memory and increase my ability to find foreshadowing as I read.
Oh man... This is so funny. For months I've been trying to remember the name of this fantasy book. I had a clear picture of how it starts but couldn't remember anything else. It's Mistborn and I was remembering the beginning of Vin's story. Funny coincidence. Well looks like I get to read it again!
That IS funny, Elia!
Response to the spoilery discussion of Kelsier's personality:
Sanderson has said that in any other book, Kelsier would have been the villain.
Sorry, I don't have the source for that. I can try to track it down though.
Also, I've heard Sanderson said that if he were writing it now, he'd have more of the crew be women, not just Vin. I think that's cool.
That's a LOT of source. And, that actually doesn't surprise me in the least.
I just started my re-read - I actually only ever read the first book!
Yup, wob.coppermind.net is a wealth of information! (Wob = word of Brandon.)
I'll start my reread soon.
@Stephen Lightheart is this your first time reading annotations?
If I was reading this for the first time.
The book doesn't appear to be on Earth, or if it is it's in the post-apocalyptic future or maybe an alternative past. (See Shanara and WoT respectively lol)
We don't really see the magic system, so far all we see is that Vin has "Luck" that she gets in bits and drabs and can use to manipulate people slightly. Oh, and we also have these creatures that can live with spikes driven through their heads and everyone is afraid of them.
Does this world have horses? Why do they use canals to transport stuff between cities?
Ash mounts are we dealing with numerous volcanos? Is this planet highly unstable geologically?
Is skaa another word for slaves? Why do they kill the women if he uses them for trysts?
What technology level are we at here? We have plantations, with hovels and grand houses, plus we have at least one grand city with great, blackened walls and mills and factories. Are we preindustrial or at the cusp of becoming?
The money is boxings? Do you really get boxes for cash? weird.
We've heard of soldiers and guards so far, but the only weapon we've seen described or mention is a dueling cane?
That's about all I can think of now. I'm trying to not give spoilers, but bring up things that you'd think about on a first read
Yes, these are the questions I've been asking, although I always assume we are not on earth until it's indicated we are, but I like it when you're dropped into the world and get to piece things together
As expected, knowing about the larger cosmere and reading the annotations is making this a very fun re-read! I finally actually did some research on cosmere-wide stuff (which I never bothered with too much before), so it's interesting to go into this book with that knowledge. Mistborn was the first non-WoT Sanderson book I read so I knew nothing about the Cosmere or anything going in.
I almost forgot!
Week 3 (8/21 - 8/27)
Chapters 5, 6, and 7!
How has everyone been coming along? The thread has been a little slow this week. I should re-read all the chapters and drum up some discussion!
Coming in at a first read, I haven't got much to say yet, things have happened much as I thought they would I am just getting to the first sequence of Kel showing what his powers can do. . . I'll give my opinion on it tomorrow
I just got done with Chapter 5 and it's highlighted for me Kel's personality and thoughts about the nobility and "anyone who upholds the Final Empire."
With that in mind, he's... a little scarier for me, now.
You think he's going to be a really cool hero, then he starts talking about stuff like this and it makes you go "...Kelsier, what are you planning?!"
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