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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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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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Kramer lets down the team.

Book is great for Cosmere fans but many names are pronounced incorrectly. Considering Kramer is a favoured reader by Sanderson I am surprised that Kramer didn't do his research for the pronouncements of names. The most jarring words came from The Hope of Elantris. There are sources from Sanderson on how to pronounce many of the names in the book. Considering Jack Garret pronounced these correctly in Elantris, it is a shame Kramer didn't bother.

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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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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.

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all the bits you've been thinking about

great stories that fill in little bits you might of wondered about and are great stories about themselves

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very meta

only good if you have already read his other stuff. needs background and history from them

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Excellent set of Novellas

For fans of Sanderson's Cosmere this is essential reading.
For anyone else - this is still excellent literature. Fun and fantastic.

For me it is the stories of Shai, Kelsior a and Lift that engage me the most. But all the novellas are the products of an artist at the top of his craft.

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  • Graham
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  • 25-06-17

two really good stories.

This set has some background stories but two are of note.
the kelsier tale is excellent and the lift tale sets up for some interesting future stuff