Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review: The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson

Wax is a Lawkeeper in the Roughs. He is probably the most famous and successful of the Lawkeepers out in the Roughs. He is dedicated to his job but gave it all up and moved back to the big city when tragedy struck. In the city he decided to stick with the family business but a mysterious crime happened. Trains were being robbed; whole carts were emptied but no one ever sees the robbers and the train is always undamaged and locked. Wax tries to stay out of it but when robbers started to kidnap people well...

Mistborn: The Final Empire was the first book and series by Brandon Sanderson which really captivated me. It is easily my most favourite trilogy of all time. So pre-ordered it as soon as I could.

If you haven't read Mistborn before you won't miss out on anything as the book is a standalone.

If you have then...

The Alloy of Law is set in the same world as Mistborn but around 200 years later when automobiles are just coming onto the market and guns are a plenty. I know for a fact that a lot of fantasy readers are immediately put off as this book suddenly changes to a "Steam punk" genre. However, I was never disturbed by the fact that there was technology in the book. I felt that because of the magic system Sanderson uses in this world, technology only helped to enhance it.

The intriguing part is that Mistborns are no longer; only Mistings. However, the frustrating part is that Sanderson doesn't solve this issue in this book so it feels like a season of lost where you've read it, but only asks more questions.

As for the book itself, it is written in the same Sanderson manner. Fast paced, small little twists and characters that you cannot help but like.

Another winner by Sanderson.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm Reading: A Dance With Dragons

Am reading this now. I will review it. I feel all tingly.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Review: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury was written more than 50 years ago. Books written more than 20 years ago have a very different style. Sci-fi books written in the past can sometimes be a bit of a comical read, so when I was reading it (to review), I took all these things into consideration. The important thing I wanted to get out of reading this book was to see if this book  could past the test of time.

Fahrenheit 451 is set in the future where knowledge has been cast aside and outlawed. The government regime is about making people happy; things like poetry and plays can get people upset; they don't want that. Ignorance is bliss and so books are burnt. People are brainwashed.

Guy Montag is a firefighter. He doesn't put out fires. He starts them. When there is a call out, Montag and his co-workers jump down a golden pole, put on their kerosene packs and set off to burn books. However one night, Montag is traumatised when an old lady refused to leave her burning house and gets burnt alive. It began the seed of doubt of whether or not what he was doing was right.

As I was reading the book, there were resemblances to A Canticle for Leibowitz  in the sense that it is set in the future and knowledge is discarded. The writing style is very dream like, as it almost seems to skip parts which made it hard for me to follow at certain times. There isn't a lot of meat to the book. The bases of the book is very interesting, but I wanted more detail and more character development.

Does this book stand the test of time? I think Ray Bradbury does a good job of portraying what the future might hold and the philosophy and ethics behind the book are interesting but I'm not sure if it is worth recommending to others. The book is short at 147 pages long, so a days reading would suffice. I think if you haven't read A Canticle for Leibowitz then this book is a good place to start, but if you already have...then maybe not.