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Is Brandon Sanderson the best fantasy writer of our time?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JamesGordan, Sep 20, 2021.

  1. Oz

    Oz For Zombie. Moderator DLP Supporter

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    Definitely check out Memory, Sorrow and Thorn if you get a chance. Book 1 is a slow roll to begin with but when it picks up it picks up.
     
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    Brandon is the best. He is unparalleled in world building, magic systems, plotting and has the best endings in all of fantasy. The Sanderson Avalanche has had me up at 4 am when I have to get up at 8 am because i have to finish the damn book.
     
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    As others have already mentioned, Sanderson's strengths and weaknesses are clear - he has brilliant worldbuilding, but is subpar at characterization (let alone romance). As a result, his stuff just doesn't measure up (to me) compared to the works of the other big names in modern fantasy - GRRM, Joe Abercrombie, Pat Rothfuss, Scott Lynch, Dan Abraham etc.

    Hell, give me some of Garth Nix's children books any day of the week.
     
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    Just out of curiosity, What do you think of the fact Sanderson actually finishes his books unlike GRRM, Rothfuss, Lynch?
     
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    I started Black Company I don't know it all seems so mysterious. And I remember The blade itself being weak. Stormfront is regarded as one of the worst Dresden book?
     
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    Maybe try Words of Radiance or something shorter like Mistborn or Elantris? As to Malazan, Gardens of the Moon is not representative of the series as a whole.
    Deadhouse Gates is great and Memories of Ice is fantastic. The series really peaks around the mid-point. If you are going to give Malazan a fair test run, you really need to probably read through MoI.
     
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    I've just done the audiobook books of the mistborn trilogy and I did enjoy listening to them whilst prepping alone in the kitchen at work, but I really think I'd struggle to get through reading them from the page.
     
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    I mean, it's good, clearly, and a trait you want from an author whose works you enjoy - though that's just it; it doesn't mean much to a non-fan who doesn't like their stuff anyway.
     
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