I’ve been lurking for a while and decided to say hello. I’m not usually very talkative on the internet, but there are a lot of interesting discussions here so I thought I’d give it a try.
A few months ago I decided to try a new fantasy series on audiobook, which I’d never done before (I’m usually a reader). I decided on Mistborn because I was familiar with Brandon Sanderson from the Wheel of Time, which is one of my favorite series. I got sucked in and listened to all six Mistborn books plus Secret History in about six weeks. I then moved on to Stormlight Archive. Holy cow. I listened to WOK, WOR, and Edgedancer twice in two months. I have just finished Warbreaker and am about to begin Elantris. Needless to say, I am loving the books and am also an audiobook junkie now.
I’ve also read a good chunk of the Coppermind wiki, the TOR rereads, and this forum. I made it as far as page 100 in the Stormlight sub-forum. Alongside all that, I managed to eat, sleep, work, go to the grocery store, and tend to personal hygiene. I even see people now and again.
I am fascinated by the worldbuilding and pure imagination that has gone into the cosmere, the magic systems, the shards, realms, the different worlds, etc. I’ve been writing fantasy since childhood, and have a huge multiverse with interconnecting worlds and hundreds of characters partially on my computer and partially in my head. I know how much work goes into it, and how difficult it is to organize all of it without losing focus and letting the story sprawl. Brandon has done an amazing job of communicating the different parts of his multi-world universe in a clear, concise, imaginative way. He keeps the individual stories focused while hinting at the bigger picture without giving too much away. I’ve been watching his writing classes on youtube and am in awe of his process and what he has created.
Even better than his worldbuilding are the characters. I love characters and need to fall in love with one or more of them to get fully invested in a story. That happened with every one of these books. I now have a few new fictional boyfriends, which is always fun.
Sorry, I’ve rambled a little. I’ll stop now.
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