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Summary

Welcome to New York Times and Sunday Times best seller Brandon Sanderson's first collection of short fiction.

These wonderful works, originally published individually, have been collected for the first time and convey the true expanse of the Cosmere. Telling the exciting tales of adventure Sanderson fans have come to expect, Arcanum Unbounded includes the Hugo Award-winning novella The Emperor's Soul and the never-before-published Stormlight Archive novella Edgedancer.

The collection includes nine works in all:

  • Edgedancer (Stormlight Archive)
  • 'The Hope of Elantris' (Elantris)
  • 'The Eleventh Metal' (Mistborn)
  • The Emperor's Soul (Elantris)
  • 'Allomancer Jak and the Pits of Eltania' (excerpt, Mistborn)
  • 'Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell' (Threnody)
  • 'Sixth of Dusk' (First of the Sun)
  • 'Mistborn: Secret History' (Mistborn)

This superb collection also includes essays which offer insight into the numerous worlds in which the stories are set.

©2016 Brandon Sanderson (P)2016 Macmillan Audio

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  • 23-02-17

A must for any Sanderson fan

Excellent!

I already had Emperor's Soul and Shadows in my library, so arguably I didn't get my full credit's value. However, I'm not complaining; not only were these stories equally good the second time around, but the rest of the collection makes it well worth it.

Yes, these are all short stories, and while some of them stand alone easily, others can only be appreciated fully if you are familiar with their origin story (eg Kelsier's side story - it runs parallel to Mistborn, so may not make as much sense if you're not familiar with Mistborn).

I also enjoyed the new characters and worlds, eg Dusk, but best of all is the introduction to each story where Brandon Sanderson gives us context and motivation for each story. As a Sanderson fan this was a real treat as it starts to draw threads and links across the Cosmere.

If you're also a Sanderson fan, you can't afford to miss this one!

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Interesting stories, almost ruined by narrators

The stories provide an interesting backdrop to many of Sanderson's Cosmere novels, neatly answering questions and filling in some blanks. The additions to the Mistborn series are especially welcome.

But once again, Michael Kramer, Kate Reading and whoever edits and checks these recordings do their best to ruin it for the listener. Michael Kramer sounds mechanical, while Kate Reading sounds like a primary school teacher reading out a book to 5 year olds in her best, over acted, "look how dramatic I'm being" voice. Just awful.

Having just listened to Elantris, read by Jack Garret, I was looking forward to the follow up short story in this anthology. Clearly nobody bothered to check the pronunciation of many of the names against either the already published audiobook, or Brandon Sanderson's freely available pronunciation guide available on his website. The result being that many character and place names are pronounced incorrectly. It really would not have been rocket science to check this out beforehand. Neither of these narrators are very good, and the editorial team behind these recordings needs to wake up.

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Brilliant collection

Exceptional collection of short stories from around the Cosmere with excellent development and narration. Highly recommended.

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fantastic!

great Sanderson stories narrated by the master Michael Kramer! love his narration on Sanderson books.
loved it!

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Epic!

Just listened to Edgedancer so far, which was great - I would recommend for anyone just finished WoR!

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The Cosmere suddenly feels a LOT bigger

This collection of short stories and novella provides a great insight into the expanded Cosmere. Story's I have have read separately and never realised were part of something bigger take on new meaning. The annotations of Brandon and the Cosmere researchers feels great

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Enjoyed this book Sanderson still in great form

Enjoyed this book Sanderson is still in great form ,enjoyed listing to the narrator great voice

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Look forward to reading the rest

Only read edgedancer so I'm not sure I can give a accurate terms, but it was sold as always!

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  • Mig
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  • 18-01-18

Brilliant

Great books covering the series of books with added information. Not always easy to follow the pattern of the shards but wonderful imagination and characters to get to know

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enjoyable collection of 'short' stories

If you liked his other books you'll likely enjoy this. Although I can't say I enjoyed the Allomancer Jak story. Just not my thing. Edgedancer was great, and leaves me ready to get into Oauthbringer.