News: Brandon Sanderson UK Event Dates – Leeds + others

“DO NOT WAKE ME UP!”

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On 6th August 2014, at 1 PM, my two favourite pastimes are going to be at one place.

Brandon Sanderson + Waterstones = Bliss.

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The tour is to promote and sign copies of, Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive Book Two, Brandon Sanderson will be going to various locations across the UK. Most importantly, he will be coming to Leeds, which is my local bookstore.

Words of Radiance is a sequel to the stunningly epic The Way of Kings, which was so epic that it had to split into Part One and Part Two. That was the main reason that I hadn’t picked up Words of Radiance yet, seeing that the hardback book resembled a brick (over a 1000 pages!).

That doesn’t matter! I will pick up the brick at the store, and get it signed, and also stare at my favourite author like a total creep. I’m allowed to do that (I think).

I actually had the opportunity to see Brandon Sanderson in Manchester when the initial UK tour for The Way of Kings was on, IF I skipped a lecture at Uni and travelled down. I ended up not skipping that lecture, and really regretted it. This time, I suppose I shall fangirl twice as much.

Brandon Sanderson will be visiting London, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and Nottingham. See the rest of the UK dates here.

 

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News: Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archive Book 2) Release Date

“Of Extreme OCD-ness”

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Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 6th March 2014 (UK version)

Following up on my post from eons ago, a lot of little details have appeared for the next book in the Stormlight Archive series. The release date for the UK version has also changed, and is now in March 2014. Pre-orders are being taken at all the usual places, (Amazon, Waterstones, etc) and this book is guaranteed to hit bestsellers’ lists all over the world.

However, in my usual infuriating way, I am refusing to pre-order this book, because… it isn’t the same size as the other books in the series. For some reason, newly released hardbacks and paperbacks are much larger than the paperbacks issued after the first year. (I’m not sure if this a UK-only issue, or not).

It is very obsessive compulsive, but I want to have an uniform collection, and since I only have the smaller paperback version of The Way of Kings (Stormlight Archive Book 1), then the rest of the series will have to follow suit.

The few details that I have allowed myself about this book is that it is about Shallan, and there are  some new characters for the interludes.  For the rest, I have covered my ears, and  sang loudly so no spoilers will come to me.

As usual the UK version of Brandon Sanderson’s books have covers by Sam Green. I absolutely adore his art style.

Words of Radiance is available for Pre-order at £20.00 for the Hardback edition.

Book: Warbreaker Review

“Absorb all colour”

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Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: Adult

Released: 29th December 2011 (UK Version)

Two sibling princesses that couldn’t be more different; both are from the small Kingdom of Idrian, and through the bounds of duty and war, they end up in the bustling city of gods. Princess Siri is the youngest, and a troublemaker. Princess Vivenna is the stern eldest, and tasked with the duty of marrying the God King.

In the capital of Hallandren, war is in the air, as hidden forces move to take back the city. A mysterious assassin moves through the streets, with a sword that must never be drawn. A whimsical and lazy god holds responsibility, for the armies of thousands of Lifeless.

Warning! Contains spoilers!

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Book: Legion Review

“Around the world. With Me, Myself, and I…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Drama, Age: YA+

Released: 31st August 2012 (UK version)

Secrets of time should remain secret. One scientist doesn’t think so.

Balubal Razon creates a camera that can take images of the past in the exact location they are taken. Then he goes missing…

Stephen Leeds is a critical genius, whose hallucinations are various people. Intrigued by the prospect of following up the missing camera, he travels with government agent Monica to find out the truth about the camera.

Warning! Contains Spoilers!

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Purchased: Legion

“This had better be worth it…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Drama, Age: YA+

Released: 31st August 2012 (UK version)

A short novella by my favourite author, published by small company, and imported into UK at an exorbitant cost.

After being used to Brandon Sanderson’s 600+ pages novels, it’s a shock to be holding this tiny 88 page story, despite the hardback cover.

I was intrigued by the promise of a new magic system (well it’s a mental condition), and a different plot to what I’ve read from him before.  Definitely looking forward to reading this, as well his other books.

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Received: Magician (The Riftwar Saga Book 1)

“Magicians rule the word, don’t you know…”

Author: Raymond E. Feist

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Adult

Released: 26th June 1993 (UK version)

Starting an epic fantasy series is pretty tough. You will have to get accustomed to another author’s writing, expand your knowledge on another fictional universe, and learn to love characters that you will follow for thousands of pages.

This book has been on my wishlist for a long time, and after a lot of ‘umming’ and ‘awwing’, one way or another, it’s now in my hands.

I was lucky enough to be sent this from the Waterstones team for review purposes. Not only is this the new re-release edition, with the lovely black cover, but it’s also the revised edition that contains more words that were in the initial book.

Whether this is truly worth the good reviews and high recommendations that I come across, only time will tell. I will be, of course, giving my true and honest opinion about Raymon E. Feist’s creation.

Read the blurb below!

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Purchased: Magic Study (Study Series Book 2 – A Yelena Zaltana Novel)

“Graduated from being a poison taster…”

Author: Maria V Snyder

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Age: YA+

Released: 16th May 2008 (UK Version)

I mentioned in my review for Poison Study that it was easy reading. Even though it has bad writing in some parts, it was the author’s first novel.

Now that I’m in the mood for more YA fiction, I feel like this series, and definitely the author’s second book, should be given a chance.

What kind of turns will this world and story take?

Warning! Contains spoilers for the first book!

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News: Stormlight Archive Book 2 Estimated Release Date

“Pre-order a fictional book…”

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Genre: Epic Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Age: YA+

Released: 21st November 2013 (UK version)

Now that Brandon Sanderson’s work with the Wheel of Time series is complete, it’s an exciting wait to see what he does with his own epic fantasy series.

I’ve been fanatical about the Stormlight Archive series ever since the the first book, The Way of Kings, blew me away. The scope of the book was magnificent.

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Purchased: Tales from Shakespeare – Wordsworth Children’s Classics

“Romeo, Romeo, where for art thou…?”

Author: Shakespeare, Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb, Arthur Rackham

Genre: Classic, Drama Fiction, Age: All ages

Released: 5th August 1994 (UK version)

It was a while ago that I wrote about reading the Arabian Nights and how I was inspired to read more from Wordsworth Children’s collections.

Shakespeare’s stories are world famous, but I don’t have the patience to interpret the original words, so I’m hoping to read the easy-to-understand version. These versions are from a variety of Shakespeare’s plays.

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Book: The Submission Review

“When you find the kernel of buried religion…”

Author: Amy Waldman

Genre: Drama, Human Interest, Age: Adult

Released: 5th July 2012 (UK version)

When the jury for Manhattan’s 9/11 memorial picks The Garden as their choice, everyone is shocked to discover that the architect is a Muslim.

In a time when tensions are high after the terrorist attack, Islamic ties can be massive hindrance, as Mohammed Khan finds out. Over the course of the book, it explores the people and decisions they represent, and above all, the cursory responses to his faith.

Warning! Contains spoilers!

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