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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #60 on: January 12, 2011, 10:16:28 PM »
And just finished it *grins* I really enjoyed it. I can understand a lot of what others have said about the almost 'simplistic' writing style but I think it helped in getting me right into the world and the magic. I really do want to keep reading the series because I think it can only get better! *excited*
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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #61 on: January 13, 2011, 05:09:37 AM »
And just finished it *grins* I really enjoyed it. I can understand a lot of what others have said about the almost 'simplistic' writing style but I think it helped in getting me right into the world and the magic. I really do want to keep reading the series because I think it can only get better! *excited*

Completely agree with that quote - I am very, very eager to see how things progress no that
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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #62 on: January 13, 2011, 06:15:40 PM »
Book Club Review goes live tomorrow... it will contain quotes from each and every one of you on here... you have another 24 hours before I post it up on the main page... so final chance to get mentioned in the review ;)

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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #63 on: January 14, 2011, 08:41:59 AM »
Well, reflecting back on the novel a week or so after I've finished it, I probably will finish the series as I do like the way Sanderson writes.  I might try Way of Kings first and possibly even Elantris.  

I'm wondering too how he's going to carry the series through characterwise.  I think Vin did improve over the series, but she was definately not one of the best written female characters of all time.  I liked Sazed and Kelsier the best, they were pretty interesting characters.  

Was just thinking if it's worth you putting up a quick summary for each section we're supposed to read, as I can't remember now what happened in chapters 1-20 and what after it.    :o

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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #64 on: January 14, 2011, 09:30:13 AM »
BOOK CLUB REVIEW: http://fantasy-faction.com/2011/mistborn-1-final-empire-by-brandon-sanderson

Will add to it as more people finish ;)
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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #65 on: January 14, 2011, 12:27:14 PM »
Well, looks like I will be reading the second book, sooner rather than later as I went into Waterstones today and they had their 3 books for the price of 2 offer on, so I got the Well of Ascension (plus Best Served Cold and Dragon Keeper  ;D)

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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #66 on: January 14, 2011, 01:19:33 PM »
I have now read the first quarter of the book, I'll add some comments on it when I have got a bit further through.

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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #67 on: January 15, 2011, 05:57:02 PM »
I'm ploughing on (about three-quarters through) but I have to admit, I'm not dazzled. One or two others have said that the book reads like it's aimed at a young adult audience - I feel that too, and while that's not necessarily a bad thing, I do feel like I'm being led by the nose a little bit. I guess I'm comparing it with other fantasy I've read recently (JV Jones, Janny Wurts, PV Brett) and Sanderson's writing, at least in this book, just doesn't have the same depth and subtlety. (But then, I thought that about Robert Jordan too. Maybe it's just me.)

Having said that, it's a good story - I'm convinced by the magic system, and I'd quite like to visit Luthadel. (Except for the ash.) I want to know more about some of the characters (Breeze, Ham, Spook), but I'm pretty meh about both Kelsier (smug) and Vin (a bit dim, frankly). Elend seems like a cypher - I'm hoping he'll develop a bit more depth, because at the moment he's just annoying me.

Hoping to finish it in the next few days and get a review up on my blog. In the meantime, I've enjoyed all the comments here. Thanks, team!
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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #68 on: January 17, 2011, 01:27:45 PM »
I have now finished the book. I felt it got off to a weak start - by a quarter of the way through, I felt the characters were still very two dimensional. It picked up a bit in the middle of the book - with the parties and political intrigue. I guessed part of the Lord Ruler's secret about half way through. By the end I still didn't care very much about the characters. The magic system was okay, and this book would have been fine as a supplement to a roleplaying system.

I think I would have preferred to see more of the allomantic magic being used, before the mechanics were explained. I also think it would have been better if Vin's paranoia was shown to us through seeing her actions, rather than told to us via her internal monologue.

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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #69 on: January 19, 2011, 10:41:24 AM »
I find myself wondering what happens from now and even tempted to see if I can read Mistborn 2 before Name of the Wind... :D
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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #70 on: January 19, 2011, 11:25:03 AM »
I find myself wondering what happens from now and even tempted to see if I can read Mistborn 2 before Name of the Wind... :D

I have a friend who owns the series and is lending me books 2 and 3! *dances*
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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #71 on: January 21, 2011, 08:14:20 PM »
I finished The Final Empire a couple of days ago, and although the action hotted up a bit towards the end I was still left feeling distinctly underwhelmed. My previous comments re the characters and the writing style still stand - in the end I definitely wanted to like the book more than I did. I will probably read the sequel, though since reviews suggest that The Final Empire is the weakest of the Mistborn books. I hope that's true.

I've put a longer review up on my blog. :)
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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #72 on: January 22, 2011, 05:08:45 AM »
I finished The Final Empire a couple of days ago, and although the action hotted up a bit towards the end I was still left feeling distinctly underwhelmed. My previous comments re the characters and the writing style still stand - in the end I definitely wanted to like the book more than I did. I will probably read the sequel, though since reviews suggest that The Final Empire is the weakest of the Mistborn books. I hope that's true.

I've put a longer review up on my blog. :)
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Sums up my feelings... I loved the style so much that I wanted to like the characters and story a bit more. Like you I will check out the remaining 2 books (another is due this year too, although it is about 200 pages?) just because people say it gets much better :)
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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #73 on: January 22, 2011, 05:24:08 AM »

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You have a mispelling in your URL here. I tried the one in your sig and it worked just fine.
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Re: [January] - Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (OPEN)
« Reply #74 on: January 22, 2011, 07:39:25 AM »

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You have a mispelling in your URL here. I tried the one in your sig and it worked just fine.

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