Sensate Saturday: Fantasy is the Highest Form of Fiction

Hey all I’m back this week for Sensate Saturday with a quick essay on my feelings about Fantasy. Fantasy is the Highest Form of Fiction, in my opinion!

What do you mean highest form?: I mean that if Fantasy is done correctly it’s the best genre in all of fiction. It serves the purpose of literature to allow readers to experience things they otherwise couldn’t, and while many contemporary fiction books cover rare or hard to experience situations and events, they aren’t out of the reach of people, just costly or impractical, or illegal.

Why?: Well if Fantasy is done correctly than no other genre of fiction can really take you to completely alien worlds and cultures. I’ll point to any of Brandon Sanderson’s many Cosmere works as shining examples of what I’m talking about, and they are also my personal gold standard for judging any and all books. The Cosmere novels completely take you away to worlds that just don’t exist, and yet they make sense to us and we can easily relate to the characters. Not many authors can achieve the mastery of the genre as well as Sanderson, and the masterful way he comes up with complete worlds, with customs, cultures, religions, magic and many other things is truly spectacular. That isn’t even including his incredible pace for writing either.

Why isn’t (Insert other Genre here) as good as Fantasy?: Because if done correctly it’s still a world that is Earth, or a culture we can relate to because of it being distinctly “Terran”. That isn’t to say there aren’t masterworks in other genres, I’m not arrogant enough to believe that and I personally love many other books that just aren’t in the Fantasy genre. The Harry Bosch series is one of my favorite series of all time and yet it’s completely grounded in American culture. Connelly pulls off amazing mysteries, but they just aren’t as unique or otherworldly as stuff Brandon Sanderson writes.

This is all of course my opinion as is everything else I write and personally I’d love to read other’s thoughts on the matter. Do you agree or disagree with my claim that Fantasy is the Highest Form of Fiction? Leave your comments down below.

Bookish Wednesday: Books to Watch for in 2017

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’ve got a list of books to look forward to. It’s Books to Watch for in 2017!

Etched in Bone, The Others series, by Anne Bishop: This is the latest book in an awesome Urban Fantasy series, if you haven’t been reading it yet you need to. It’ll release on March 7th, 2017. Possibly the final book in the series, we’ll see.

Silence Fallen, the Mercy Thompson series, by Patricia Briggs: This is the 10th entry in another amazing Urban Fantasy series. I’m looking forward to it, as Mercy has always been a favorite heroine of mine.

Oathbringer, Stormlight Archives, by Brandon Sanderson: Another in the Cosmere Mega-series, this is releasing sometime this year in the fall.

Cold Reign, Jane Yellowrock series, by Faith Hunter: This will be the 11th in this Urban Fantasy series, another female heroine I enjoy quite a bit.

Honorable Mentions:

Peace Talks, Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher: It’ll be the 16th book in the series, hopefully it’ll be out this year, but I said that last year too.

Doors of Stone, Kingkiller Chronicle, by Patrick Rothfuss: I really hope this releases this year, but again I said that last year. Maybe it’ll come true, at least I’ll have something else to look forward to, in this year that has been anything but hopeful thus far.

Winds of Winter, A Song of Ice and Fire (aka Game of Thrones), by George R. R. Martin: Supposedly it’ll release this year, I’ll believe it when I see though.

That’s it for this week’s Bookish Wednesday, are there any books I missed that you feel I should’ve included? Leave a comment with their names below!

 

 

Bookish Wednesday: Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson

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This week for Bookish Wednesday I’m covering the second entry in the Mistborn Adventure Series. It’s Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson!

Plot Synopsis: The trilogy’s heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary Lord of House Ladrian but also, until recently, a lawman in the ungoverned frontier region known as the Roughs. There he worked with his eccentric but effective buddy, Wayne. They are “twinborn,” meaning they are able to use both Allomantic and Feruchemical magic.

Shadows of Self shows Mistborn’s society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts.

This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism.

Plot: The plot is excellent, and I appreciate the fact that the Mistborn Adventure series isn’t as depressing as the original trilogy. I love the original trilogy, but it’s hard to go back and enjoy it because it’s so depressing. This book is great though, and I love how it expands on the world we were reintroduced to in Alloy of Law. Scadriel is now entering the late stages of the industrial revolution and it’s great to see how that affects a world where people use to be able fly through the sky by using magic to “push” against pieces of metal. It also has plenty of action and I love it. I’m also incredibly happy that I don’t have to wait more than a few months to get to read the sequel to this!

Characters: We get introduced to a few new faces, and we even get to see some old faces from the original trilogy sort of. I won’t spoil who pops back up, but I’ll just say that they still aren’t as good as Wayne when it comes to making me laugh out loud. Wayne is probably my favorite character in this series so far, although Sterris isn’t far behind. Wow I never thought I’d say that, as Sterris was a bore in the first book.

Overall: An excellent sequel and entry in the Cosmere mega series. Keep an eye out for everyone’s favorite world-hopping wanderer!

 

Video Game Tuesday: Possible MMOs I’d love to play

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This week for Video Game Tuesday I’m going to talk about games I’d love to play. It’s all about Possible MMOs!

A Cosmere MMO: As anyone who reads my Wednesday posts knows I love Brandon Sanderson’s Cosmere novels, and because he’s so amazing at creating magic systems, he’s already laid the foundation for amazing gameplay. The only problem with this is the fact that the Cosmere series is still about 20 years from being complete at the minimum. That being said new books could also make for some amazing expansions to the game.  I’d love to get a FullDive MMO that was in the Cosmere, because that would absolutely awesome to experience Steel Pushing or Windrunning with all five senses.

The Belgariad and Mallorean Universe: This could make for some interesting gameplay as there are so many different varied cultures in this setting.  The magic in this series however leaves a lot to be desired compared to any of the Cosmere novels.

One Piece: Hey why not, I’d love to experience the world of One Piece as an MMO, maybe it could take place in the 7 years between Luffy getting Shank’s hat and his departure.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday for me, but what would you love to see as an MMO? Leave a comment below with your ideas!

 

Book Series Wednesday: Books to Look forward to in 2015!

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This week for Book Series Wednesday I’m talking about books I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year!

Shadows of Self (Sequel to Alloy of Law): Another Wax and Wayne novel is going to be really fun, plus Brandon has already written the third book.

White Sands: The first volume of this Graphic Novel Cosmere story should be coming out in 2015! I’m super excited to possibly see Hoid finally drawn.

Peace Talks (Dresden Files Book 16): Another Dresden Files book that may come out next year, but nothing has been confirmed yet. Jim Butcher typically releases one Dresden book a year so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it out next year. Supposedly this will focus on Molly which is super exciting.

Doors of Stone(Kingkiller Chronicle Day 3): No confirmation of this book coming out next year, but one can always hope!

That’s it for this year for me! I’ll see you all next year (Read: I’ve got a post going up tomorrow like always)

Book Series Wednesday: The Cosmere and Personal Theories [Major Spoilers for Cosmere]

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Don’t click on the read more unless you’ve read every Cosmere book so far! That means you’ve read Mistborn (including Alloy of Law), Warbreaker, Elantris (and Emperor’s Soul), and both Way of Kings and Words of Radiance! Major Spoilers after the jump!

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Book Series Wednesday: The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson

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This week I’m covering a short novella for this week’s Book Series Wednesday. It’s The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson.

Explanation of Brandon Sanderson’s work: First and foremost, if you’ve never heard of the Cosmere universe of works let me sum it up for you in a few sentences. Every single one of Brandon Sanderson’s Adult Fantasy novels is set in the same universe (not the same planet necessarily), and there are certain characters you will see in every book. There is an over arching story to the Cosmere, which we don’t know the specifics of except a few scant details, but if you pay attention to certain words that pop up in each series it’ll make sense. If you have read all his books and are still looking for the rest of the little information we do know go to the 17thshard.com and look up their Cosmere posts on the forums it’s a mind-boggling read in and of itself, but there are plenty of spoilers for various books so only do that after you’ve read all his stuff that’s been released.

 

Plot Synopsis: The Emperor’s Soul tells the story of Shai, a Forger imprisoned by the Empire who can re-create objects by rewriting their history. Originally sentenced to death, Shai is given the chance to save her life by completing an impossible task.

Plot: For a book that is so short, it resolves itself very well. I’d have loved more content, but I always want more content from a book so I’m not too disappointed. I really enjoy the magic system that Brandon introduces in this short story set on the world of Elantris, Sel. Forging is pretty interesting, and the way Shai uses it is pretty freaking cool. If you are looking for a certain world-hopper, he doesn’t show up directly in the book, but if you pay attention you can probably guess who he was this time. Hint: It’s mentioned pretty much within the first few pages. That being said it has very little connection to Elantris, it maybe gets mentioned once or twice.

Characters: Since it’s such a short story, the amount of characters introduced is few, but that doesn’t mean they don’t become fleshed out. Other than Shai, Gaotona is probably my favorite character.

Overall: If you are wanting more Brandon Sanderson to read, you should give this one a read. It may be short, but it’s still a Cosmere story and it’s worth the read.

For those who like: Brandon Sanderson, Interesting Magic Systems, Short Books, The Cosmere.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all that? (Except for maybe the short books part.)