This book is very good, I have read it. This abridgement is bad, it elimates most of the character development. The result is that you have a great story that is filled with strangers you hardly know. It makes the abridgment hard to connect with. Brooks is a talented author and very good at developing his characters so you know and love them. This abridgment is a huge disservice to his talents.
Of all of the books I have read, this one affected in a very different way. I know a book is good when I am done with it and I feel myself demanding more. Steelheart did this for me, but in a way I had never experienced before.
At the end of Steelheart I was left with a range of emotions I had never before at the end of a novel. Yes it had a good storyline, an intriguing world, and an entertaining blend of passion, humor, and action. Yes it left me guessing at what would happen next and it had not one twist, but several twists in the end. Yes it kept me on the edge of my seat and demanded I not put it down. Many great books have done this for me; Steelheart is the only book I have ever read where I was literally left missing it's characters.
When I finished the book, I wanted more, not necessarily because of the story or the action or the world, but because I wanted to spend more time with the people I had grown so attached to during the adventures we experienced together. When it was all over, I just didn't want to let go of them.
I look forward to the next book in the series.
With over 6 hours of listening into the book complete, I was still wondering what the plot was and where this story was going. I kept thinking I should continue to listen because so many people like this books so much; in the end I quite listening to this book and have been wondering why it is so popular ever since.
The characters seem dry and unexciting, the story feels worn and re-hashed. The narration was dull and drawn out. It is rare that I write a negative review about any book, as I am very careful in choosing what I read or listen to. In the end I can't recommend this book, but so many other people have that I am left thinking that maybe it's just not my style.
I did love this book and was very grateful to Robert, Harriet, and Brandon for working so hard to make it possible. There are so many great things about this book; we get to see our favorite characters resolve their story lines, we get to see who lives and who dies, we get to see how each of our heroes does their part to save the world and earn their place in legend.
It was obvious in this book more than the others written after Robert Jordan's death which chapters were Brandon's and which were Robert's. This was not due to any author being better than the other but due the fact that Robert wasn't able to finish the series himself. Brandon did a masterful job, it was the chapters that were written by Jordan that were a bit unpolished or unfinished. A good example of this is the final chapter that was written by Jordan before he died. It is out of place and doesn't seem to match the rest of the book, seeming rough or rushed somehow. Since this was impossible to avoid, I am unsure why I even mention it.
WoT is certainly one of the greatest epic stories ever told, thank you Robert and Harriet for the great adventure and thank you Brandon for helping us all hear the end of it.
Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors and this novella thoroughly reminds me why. The plot, the characters, and the world are all masterpiece creations. It does not surprise me that this novella has been nominated for a Hugo. It definitely deserves to win. All of us have an inborn desire to create something great, something magnificent. As I follow the story the main characters helped to re-ignite this desire within me, making me want to create something so amazing it will change the world.
My only regret about this story is that it is a novella; it ends too quickly and I was left wishing that the novella was actually a novel.
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