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Arcanum Unbounded

The Cosmere Collection
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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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  • Robyn
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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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  • Megan
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  • 20-12-18

Hesitating? Don't

I usually don't go for short stories because even with my favourite authors they always leave me wanting. But this one was like sitting down with an old friend and talking of missed loved ones. Got to spend time with some of my favorite characters and my mind is buzzing with all the implications of a connected Cosmere. So don't hesitate on this one.

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Brandon Sanderson is the most amazing writer.

Every thing Brandon touches is amazing. Each story works on its own but my i sugestion is to read mistborn and stormlight before hand otherwise there are major spoilers.

Kate Reading and Michael Kramer must be the absolut best narrators out there. Good job all of you.

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Great stories!

Love the book and the insight from this book, my only criticism is that the character voice for Theopolis is so jarring to listen to. All the other voices were great!

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The UK version cuts the White Sand prose

I'm very disappointed that I couldn't listen to White Sand. Otherwise great collection of Cosmere stories.

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Great book

Great book if you have read his other works as it brings together some interesting ideas.

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Worth it just for Edge Dancer.

some of the stories I struggled with, especially the one for the Mistborn trilogy (not saying more than that to avoid spoilers) but it was great to get an expansion of the various cosmere settings, and the additional views from Brandon Sanderson on his reasoning behind the books. Definitely worth getting just for Edge Dancer

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Great characters, more brilliant Brandon.

Thoroughly enjoyed this, I listen on the way to work and many times was tempted to sit in the carpark just to hear the next part. Would wholeheartedly recommend the series as a whole so far.

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Great collection of stories

Sometimes amazing, sometimes too long, some of the stories: Edgedancer, Six of Dust, The Soul of Empire were great. some were boring like Episode 28-30... But generally it's good book.

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A must for all Brandon sanderson fans.
Adds to some extra bite to someof his best books.
Also now new short stories that you'll love