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The Last of All Suns

March 14th, 2014 by G.

John C. Wright has a new book of novellas coming out. I’ve read one of them. It is really good. Among the best science fiction stories I’ve ever read. It’s only flaw is that its a little talky. It circumscribes fantasy, SF, and TF.

Sanderson’s Words of Radiance is now out. It’s the sequel to the justly-praised Way of Kings. I bought Words, but I feel the need to get back up to speed on Way of Kings first. Anyone have any suggestions? Preferably something short of just rereading Way.

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March 14th, 2014 10:30:05
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Rew
March 14, 2014

For Way of Kings overview – a quick overview of where the characters are at the end of WoK: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/02/when-we-last-left-our-heroes-the-way-of-kings-in-ten-minutes

For more detailed overview of the entire book, summaries of all the chapters -
http://coppermind.net/wiki/The_Way_of_Kings/Summary


Adam G.
March 14, 2014

Just what the doctor ordered. Special thanks to Rew.


Rew
March 14, 2014

Just to note – the coppermind wiki is a great resource for all the Stormlight archive info – however, they are already getting everything from WoR up on it – thus, beware of spoilers (if that sort of thing bothers you) – though the summary chapter link shouldn’t have anything in it


Nathaniel
March 14, 2014

Thanks, Rew. I’m also interested in reading Words of Radiance without a complete reread of Way of Kings.

(I have yet to read Wright, but I have “Count to a Trillion,” and it’s literally on top of my stack of next-to-read.)


Adam G.
March 14, 2014

Nathaniel,
Count to a Trillion is pretty good in my opinion, but its not his best and its part of an unfinished series. It may be more profitable to start with his Golden Age trilogy or even with the free online novella I linked above. If you don’t like it, you won’t like his other work.


Wm
March 14, 2014

FWIW: I’m sure I’m missing some nuances, but I didn’t do any preparation for Words of Radiance and found that it was easy to get back into the world and characters.

Also: I’m only ~240 pages in, but so far I’m liking it quite a bit. Brandon is getting better.


Adam G.
March 14, 2014

Perhaps, Wm., but you probably have a better memory than I do. I can reread mysteries a couple of years later and its all fresh as a daisy.


Ivan Wolfe
March 14, 2014

I’ve only read Wright’s “Scions of Chaos” series. I loved the first two books, but the third book exhausted me; Wright loves fight scenes that last nearly the entire book, apparently. To me, that’s too much of a good thing. But I enjoyed the first two books enough to get through the third.


Zen
March 16, 2014

Adam,

I meant to get back with you about rehashing the last book. Sorry about that. In any case, Words of Radiance was well done. There is greater depth, as well as characters understanding and struggling with the oaths they must make, and keep.

But more John C Wright is appreciated. I have read just a bit of him, but I was impressed.

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