Probably a different author. Sanderson falters when describing the modern world and the characters that move about within that world. Together they seemed flat and lifeless, unlike his longer fantasy novels. Cool concept though, sullied by his need to pontificate.
Well, if this was my first Brandon Sanderson read, I would've never looked back. Luckily, I've read Mistborn before, so I'll stick to the genre I think he thrives in. As for next listen, Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.
He didn't have much to work with, did he? I felt the characters and dialogue were lame. They exist to serve Sandersons' misguided telos. He may have missed some opportunities in voicing the female characters, but again: where's the motivation?
Yes, the "aspects" were fairly interesting.
I think Brandon Sanderson's strength lies in the longer novel format in fantasy realms. That's where his creative heart beats. I wouldn't be interested in reading an expanded treatment or series based on this novella, it might turn out to be another ponderous Randian (or Orson Scott Cardian) slog. Although it is a brief story, I didn't sense in any way the love of the characters or the world he created, that is inherent in some of his other (longer) creations.
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