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Who's actually read White Sand?

Have you read White Sand?   57 members have voted

  1. 1. Have you read White Sand

    • Yes, I have indeed
    • I started, but I didn't finish
    • No siree...
  2. 2. If you did read it, did you enjoy it?

    • Yes, I did
    • It was fine...
    • No, I didn't
    • I literally just told you I haven't read it...

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1 minute ago, Aspiring Writer said:

I've read summaries on the coppermind, and it does sound interesting and I would read it, I just wanted something that was not a graphic novel.

Why not just read the prose then?

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1 minute ago, Empress Stick said:

Why not just read the prose then?

Didn't know there was one until now.

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I've read the first 2 volumes but I haven't gotten to the 3rd one yet because I've forgotten basically everything except the magic system. I read volume 2 when it came out in 2018, and it's just been so long that if I wanted to read the 3rd part I'd have to reread the first two. I almost did read them again and finish the story, but then I did my Stormlight reread instead. 

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I've read the first two volumes. I didn't like the first art style, way too gritty and realistic lol

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I read them all. It was a cool magic system, but after the first book the plot was somewhat confusing

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There's nothing to say for me except "I haven't read them".

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So um, I technically read it, but I read the prose. That kinda counts, I guess.

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44 minutes ago, revelryintheart said:

I've read the first two volumes. I didn't like the first art style, way too gritty and realistic lol

That's how I'd describe all of Brandon's books... :P 

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21 minutes ago, Matrim's Dice said:

KENTON! KENTON!

 

BRING ME MY BOOMBOX!

we need to play skribbl again

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3 hours ago, Aspiring Writer said:

I've read summaries on the coppermind, and it does sound interesting and I would read it, I just wanted something that was not a graphic novel.

There is a number of minor differences Brandon made between the Prose and the Graphic Novels.

The Prose does come in .docx format, but you can edit it into a more traditional ebook format if you want(like .epub or .mobi)

you can find the differences between the two version, here.(shouldn’t spoil anything if you already read the coppermind summaries)

 

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I read it. I'm not a graphic novels person, but I did enjoy it. It would be better as an actual novel though.

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I read all three at once. To be perfectly honest I did enjoy them but I feel they really only work when consumed all together. In three separate volumes not read together the plot becomes very disjointed, this makes a lot of sense considering the three volu es were originally meant to be the one book.

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I've read them, I really enjoyed it. I read all sorts of books, though, so I'm not bothered by graphic novels or the way the drawing style changes. (That was a lie, I dislike the way the drawing style changes. :P )

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2 hours ago, Condensation said:

 (That was a lie, I dislike the way the drawing style changes. :P )

It did?

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1 hour ago, Frustration said:

It did?

Yes. Let me find the spot...

Edit: Starting at Chapter 6 in White Sand 2. It simplifies and stays the same way until the end of the book. It changes back to normal in book 3.

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10 hours ago, Condensation said:

It changes back to normal in book 3.

Thats not even the same style as in the first GN. They changed artists twice, so the artist for the third GN was actually the third artist to work on the project. 

i liked the first artist's style the best.

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10 hours ago, Eternal Khol said:

Thats not even the same style as in the first GN. They changed artists twice, so the artist for the third GN was actually the third artist to work on the project. 

i liked the first artist's style the best.

But it's most visible at that point.

Same.

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2 hours ago, Condensation said:

But it's most visible at that point.

Ugggg. I absolutely despised the style in the second GN lol

it looked way to much like plastic to me, and a style that would be better suited to a Barbie comic or something like that

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On 11/21/2020 at 2:16 AM, Ishar said:

I read it. I'm not a graphic novels person, but I did enjoy it. It would be better as an actual novel though.

Well, I am a graphics novel person and I found the work uneven... The art style changes like twice in books 1 and 2, including halfway through the second volume.

The effects of Sand Mastery (as in, how it would look to an observer versus how it would seem/feel to the magic-user) is already kind of hard to picture if it's described in text, having it inconsistently depicted in the drawings derailed my enjoyment significantly.

I believe Brandon mentioned "cleaning up some details" in the omnibus edition, so I guess I'll double-dip and get that when it's available and see what the differences are.

In pure storytelling terms, I am also left wondering how Sand Mastery fits in with the other magic systems we see in the Cosmere in terms of "power level". We've seen unexplained "easter egg" appearances of the use of Taldain Dayside sand in the Stormlight Archive as a kind of Investiture Detector (that isn't really a spoiler in the White Sand forum as if you've read White Sand but not SA, if/when you did read it you would certainly pick up on it), but that's not what I mean.

We've seen other Cosmere magics do incredible things, but Sand Mastery pretty much always requires sand, that particular Taldain sand, and LOTS of it, to be useful. It's almost like the sand itself is the most portably useful thing about Sand Mastery.

In other words, while reading pretty much any other Cosmere work that shows magic being used, I as a reader often consider what it'd be like to have/use such powers or abilities (and their costs) in my own life. Except for Sand Mastery. I have never imagined myself as a Sand Master. Well fine, except for those times making sand castles at the beach. But come on.

Nobody ever puts Kenton into a Cosmere Arena against Kelsier, Kaladin, or Susebron in one of those "what if" scenarios. Unless that arena were on Dayside Taldain, what would be the point? Kenton would have to carry a truckloads of Invested Sand with him from Taldain to do anything interesting at all.

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I listened to the Graphic Audio version

My brain simply cannot process graphic novels

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haven't read it yet, but its next on my list.

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On 11/20/2020 at 11:40 AM, Vapor said:

They weren't as enjoyable as Brandon's normal books, but I liked them.

Agreed.

Also, for those of you who don't like graphic novels, there is a written prose version (non-canon, similar story, extra details)

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Oh god I totally agree. It was like the second artist saw the first ones drawings and decided to go in the complete opposite direction. I feel like both are just two extremes on either side. 

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