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.

 

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: The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time Book 3) Review

“Where’s Rand?”

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Author: Robert Jordan

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Adult

Released: 10th December 1992 (UK version)

The third book in the series is a bit strange, in my opinion. It draws away from Rand, who I firmly believe is the main character, despite the infinitely large cast.The book instead follows the various subgroups that are in a quest to follow Rand, and his path of destruction, whether they know it or not.

Warning! Contains spoilers!

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Currently Reading: The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time Book 3)

“It’s getting pretty epic”

Author: Robert Jordan

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Adult

Released: 25th June 1992 (UK version)

I think I purchased this book way back, and only now have managed to bite into it. It’s hard getting into epic fantasy books recently, they just feel like too much work. The Wheel of Time series in particular, is so long that just looking the book seems to put me off. I eased myself into it one afternoon, and found myself back in this wonderful world.

I suppose there is no point in explaining the plot, because most people seem to be aware of what this series is about, and those who don’t would not want spoilers for the *third* book in the series. It’s hard to describe the direction of the plot in any case. At least the writing is surprisingly easy to read; I wouldn’t have pinned it down as something for older readers, but the sheer size of the each book will tell you differently. I will put up a review as soon as I can.

There is a short summary below from an official source.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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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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Currently Watching & Currently Reading: Upcoming Reviews

“Next couple of days will be packed”

I’ve just finished a couple of drama series, and instead of taking a break from melodrama, I will be diving into the world of shoujo.

Currently Watching Anime

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I’m going to be finishing up anime with a grand reviewing schedule for Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun (My Little Monster), K, Sword Art Online, Say “I Love You” and Digimon Frontiers.

Anime Winter 2013

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I didn’t spot any anime that I wanted to follow for this season except for Chihayafuru season 2. Naturally, it’s been a while since I watched the first season, and I don’t want to jump into the second without getting the reviews done for the first. I’m going to follow it in the natural order.

Basically that means, I will not be following Anime Winter 2013. There is other stuff to make up for it though!

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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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Purchased: The Dragon Reborn (The Wheel of Time Book 3)

“The Dark One vs Rand al’ Thor”

Author: Robert Jordan

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Age: Adult

Released: 25th June 1992 (UK version)

This epic fantasy series continues with the third book out of a total of fourteen. See my reviews for a full description, but I thought the world was very detailed, the characters were interesting, and I’m curious as to how the books will continue the story.

Warning! May contain spoilers for the first and second books of the Wheel of Time series!

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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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