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Re: 4-Word Reviews
The Magicians
four words not enough
Now I'm curious.
Four not enough because... It sucks!
Or four not enough because It's wonderful!
Most people hate the Magicians because most (not all) of the mysteries and plots end realistically (badly or depressingly as they say). But the writing is great, it has the deepest most alive characters I've read and the story is so unique and.awesome. Its currently my "the best book I have ever read."
 It's wonderful!

March 16, 2015, 08:09:11 PM
Re: What are you currently reading? Started Scott Lynch's The Lies of Locke Lamora and I'm hooked. I like the writing and all the characters are cool and deep. Though I'm a bit scared of its size (about 140 parts/chapters last I checked). Some long books tend to be boring but not all (I was wishing Words of Radiance was longer before I got done).
March 17, 2015, 02:58:46 PM
Re: Highly Regarded Books that You Have Struggled Through
With the exception of The Emperor's Soul, I've actually found Sanderson's novellas and short stories are my least favorite of his works. That's not to say they're bad. I just really like them instead of absolutely loving them. My favorite is also his longest: Words of Radiance.

Not replying specifically to you, but this post highlighted something important for me: I don't care much for 'short books' (<200-300 pages). I've realised that if I read a book in a couple of days (and not the intensive reading of a lot of hours in the day), I just don't connect with the characters, don't care, they go in and out of my brain very quickly, without the chance to touch the emotional chords...

Of course then what I do also has some downsides: I finish a huge trilogy, 1500-2000 pages later, and I look around the world and it's hard to integrate again, hehe
(for example, it happened with the Liveship Traders, and with the Lightbringer's first 3)

But thanks for all the ideas you've put in me about Sanderson.
Yeah I generally get the same feeling, but I've recently found that reading a short story or novella eases the transition back into the real world, and make it easier to get into the next series much faster.  ;) It's definitely unusual to get a connection to the characters in a shorter work though, but that's just a natural limitation to the length.  :-\
You got that right.
After reading the Stormlight Archives, I tried reading Mistborn and I had a really hard time imaginong Scardial with all the Ashes and a red sky not to mention the yellow plants.
But after I read Legion (also by Brandon) it was a diffrent story entirley.

April 05, 2015, 09:08:52 PM