Mistborn 2! Out at last!

Posted by me on Monday, the 27th day of August, anno domini 2007 at 12:19 AM, local time.

Just a brief update: Last week sometime, Mistborn 2: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson came out. I didn’t get around to buying it under Thursday, since the week was rather busy, but I got it finally late last week, spent way too much time reading it that night, and then finished it up Friday after work. It was very good! I was very happy with how it went. For a while as it went along, I was quite afraid the author was going to spite me by having things turn out differently than I hoped for, or at the very least waiting until the final book to resolve things to my satisfaction. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the author did not take that simple way out as a cliffhanger or something like that. By the end of the book, most of the plot lines were tied up nicely, and while there is certainly one plot thread (the main danger to the kingdom really) that is still open and needs resolution, all the minor sideline threads are finished up quite nicely.

The first book was much the same. Pretty much all the main internal conflict was resolved and there was just the one problem left for the next books. Now, I just have to wait one year (the guy is already finished with the book, I think, or close to it) for the final exciting chapter! In the meantime, I think most of my readers would probably enjoy the Mistborn books, if you haven’t already read them.

As an aside, I often find, after ready a great long book, that I suddenly feel like I need to find another book to read right away that will engage my interest as fully and enjoyably as the book I just finished. This might be part of the reason that over the years I have read so many books, one after the other. It is only when I get to a book that I don’t enjoy as much, start to get bogged down, and slow way way down in my pace, sometimes where the book sits on my nightstand for weeks or months without being touched, that I stop for a couple months from reading books so quickly. This is rather sad, but I guess its ok, since I do have a lot of other hobbies that I like to do, and sometimes I think I might read too much anyway. :-)

Luckily, with this book, I have no such problem. No offense to the choosers of books, but lately it has been Book Club books that have given me the most trouble. I really should finish that last one… It’s not very long anyway, and surely at some point here Andy will schedule book club. (*hint* *hint*)

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  1. Brandon Sanderson said,

    August 27, 2007 at 10:47 pm

    Glad you liked the book! This one was a tough one to write, since I was really worried about ‘middle child syndrome.’ I want readers to get a full story in books I do, since it annoys me when books don’t have a real resolution. I feel a little bit bad about that one big loose thread you mentioned, but there was no helping that. I’m glad that I got most of it to work in a way that was satisfying.

    Anyway, thanks so much for the thumbs up and the recommendation. Book three is set for June; I keep pushing Tor to put them out faster, and this time they listened.

  2. me said,

    August 28, 2007 at 11:16 am

    :-) Don’t worry, I can understand that there did need to be something tying the three books together. In fact, I don’t normally have a problem with long sets of books with no internal resolution, just strung out in thousands and thousands of pages. However, many of my friends can’t stand such things, and before they start reading any new series, they like to know that there is an end in sight, and they won’t have to wait around for 5 years while the author writes up the latest installment. I also find it refreshing from time to time to start reading a new book and not have to worry if I am going to have to wait a couple years for the next installment.

    Anyway, keep up the good work. So far, you’ve not let me down.

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