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Which Series Is Your Favourite

#5 - Mistborn
19 (57.6%)
#28 - Black Magician
7 (21.2%)
Abstain from Voting - I'm impatient and want to see the results
7 (21.2%)

Total Members Voted: 33

Voting closed: August 31, 2015, 03:41:50 AM

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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2015, 07:47:10 AM »
Two thirds? There's 4 books you crazy human! Did you do your math that precisely to figure it out? :P
I'm pretty sure Mistborn is only 3 books :P
Where did you find the 4th?
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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2015, 08:31:41 AM »
Mistborn and I really did not see eye to eye, so I'll vote for Black Magician series.

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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2015, 09:21:03 AM »
Two thirds? There's 4 books you crazy human! Did you do your math that precisely to figure it out? :P
And you other humans, judging a book by its cover. You should be ashamed. I'll just stick with my blind fellows from now on. We don't have that luxury. :P
Alloy of Law doesn't really count - it's the beginning of a separate series even though it's in the same world.  :P
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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2015, 01:18:47 PM »
Two thirds? There's 4 books you crazy human! Did you do your math that precisely to figure it out? :P
And you other humans, judging a book by its cover. You should be ashamed. I'll just stick with my blind fellows from now on. We don't have that luxury. :P
Alloy of Law doesn't really count - it's the beginning of a separate series even though it's in the same world.  :P
I did think about mentioning Alloy of Law, but then decided there was no need. Foolishly. :)

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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2015, 02:53:09 PM »
Two thirds? There's 4 books you crazy human! Did you do your math that precisely to figure it out? :P
And you other humans, judging a book by its cover. You should be ashamed. I'll just stick with my blind fellows from now on. We don't have that luxury. :P
Alloy of Law doesn't really count - it's the beginning of a separate series even though it's in the same world.  :P

not to mention alloy of law is WAY better.

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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #20 on: August 26, 2015, 02:57:58 PM »
Two thirds? There's 4 books you crazy human! Did you do your math that precisely to figure it out? :P
And you other humans, judging a book by its cover. You should be ashamed. I'll just stick with my blind fellows from now on. We don't have that luxury. :P
Alloy of Law doesn't really count - it's the beginning of a separate series even though it's in the same world.  :P

not to mention alloy of law is WAY better.
I disagree - usually I like Sanderson's novellas more than the novels, but didn't really enjoy AoL all that much. Guess it's because I didn't particularly like the characters, and it felt so shallow even compared to the trilogy.  :-\ The Emperor's Soul, however, is the best. I shall be voting for that in the standalones battle.  :P
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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #21 on: August 26, 2015, 04:22:32 PM »
I have yet to read Alloy of Law, so I wouldn't know. And technically, I don't think it's the beginning of his new series. That first book comes out in a couple months. It's a stand alone.
Pushing through Elantris before I get there, since it's a cosmere novel. It's so hard though...

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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #22 on: August 26, 2015, 04:45:42 PM »
the emperor's soul was really good.

legion is also really, really good.

and, yeah, holler if you make it through elantris.  i started it once and bailed after, like, page 20.  it's on my list of things to get back to.  if only to better understand the world from the emperor's soul.

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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2015, 06:15:04 PM »
I have yet to read Alloy of Law, so I wouldn't know. And technically, I don't think it's the beginning of his new series. That first book comes out in a couple months. It's a stand alone.
Alloy of Law was a stand alone, but he decided to carry it on... with an entire unplanned trilogy. There were supposed to be two more Mistborn trilogies - one with 1980s technology, one with space age technology - but now there's the new one following Wax and Wayne. It'll continue some of the storylines introduced in AoL, so I at least consider them direct sequels.  :P

Pushing through Elantris before I get there, since it's a cosmere novel. It's so hard though...
and, yeah, holler if you make it through elantris.  i started it once and bailed after, like, page 20.  it's on my list of things to get back to.  if only to better understand the world from the emperor's soul.
Elantris was a bit of a chore, really don't understand people who like it the most out of the cosmere. If I'd read that one first, I don't think I'd have touched another Sanderson book. It doesn't touch on the area explored in the Emperor's Soul though, so you wouldn't really learn much (if anything) that you couldn't have worked out from that.  :-\
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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2015, 10:37:02 PM »
Elantris was the first Sanderson I read. It was okay, nothing special for sure. I started to read Mistborn and honestly couldn't see that he'd improved a whole lot, so gave up about halfway through the second book. Just not my thing.
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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2015, 10:47:05 PM »
Elantris was the first Sanderson I read. It was okay, nothing special for sure. I started to read Mistborn and honestly couldn't see that he'd improved a whole lot, so gave up about halfway through the second book. Just not my thing.
Yeah Mistborn had a lot of the same flaws, particularly in terms of characters. It's not until Stormlight that he's started to create deeper and more interesting characters, and even there they're nothing exceptional. The difference between Elantris and Mistborn for me was that the world was a little more interesting, and that the story progressed and climaxed in a much more satisfying way.
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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2015, 01:36:15 AM »
Warbreaker was my first Sanderson book, I was looking for stand-alones at the time, I think.
Then I read Mistborn, which was great in terms of magic system, but had some flaws in terms of characters/plot.
I haven't read any more of his books to date, but plan to read the Stormlight ones.
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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #27 on: August 27, 2015, 03:40:34 AM »
I agree with what's been said before. Stormlight is absolutely his best work.
And I wrongly assumed Alloy of Law was a stand alone. I didn't realize it had the same characters. I forget google exists sometimes.
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Re: FFBB: Favourite Series - Mistborn vs Black Magician
« Reply #28 on: August 30, 2015, 05:29:45 PM »
I've read both series and enjoyed both, but Black Magician is a personal favourite of mine and definitely gets my vote.  :)

There seem to be a few people here who haven't read the Black Magician books, so I'm gonna give it a quick recommendation. The heroine in it is actually quite similar to Vin from the Mistborn series, and I think if you enjoyed Mistborn you will like this. I think of both Sanderson and Canavan as 'magic book people' - they both write plots where magic is very important to the story and characters, and where magic is explored in more depth than in other books. The magic system in Black Magician is really interesting and I loved it, though it isn't as intricately detailed and laid out as Sanderson's (not many are!). I think Trudi Canavan is brilliant at writing magic. The characters are also fun and there are some good story twists - just like with Mistborn, things aren't always what they seem.

So, hopefully that will inspire some new readers to try the series, and hope you enjoy it if you do!