Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell & Perfect State

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Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell is a novella set in the Cosmere. Who names their daughter Silence, and what does it imply? What is it like to grow up with this name? The answer's built into the concept of a stout pioneer woman who ran an inn on the frontier, drawing the seediest criminals the land had to offer. She’d then track them after they left her inn and murder them for their bounties.

Perfect State sets God-Emperor Kairominas on a date. What happens when the most important man in the world is forced to have dinner with the most important woman in the world?

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Two Perfect Sanderson Miniatures

Brandon Sanderson's imagination is prodigal, spitting out richly developed worlds at a rate much too fast for even his breakneck writing to keep pace with. Some of the worlds get long novels, some get very long novels, and some even get whole series of very long novels devoted to them. Some (THE EMPEROR'S NEW SOUL, SHADOWS FOR SILENCE IN THE FOREST OF HELL, and PERFECT STATE) get only novellas. But regardless of the volume of prose, one always has the sense that one is visiting a complete world, with its own history, laws, and tensions. Some visits are brief, some protracted, but all are rewarding.

This program offers the listener two brief visits: two novellas set in different worlds. Both are very interesting and exciting places, with unseen depths we would like to see explored. The experienced Sanderson fan should have no trouble imagining either of them getting its own epic trilogy. A fan who has kept track of his recent output, though, will doubtless realize that he already has too many irons in the fire. We won't get those trilogies, and must be content with miniatures. Both of them are delightful.

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Brilliant novellas

I loved Shadows of Silence and the concept of Perfect State. Both the novellas develop character and story in the few hours.

Shadows of Silence was very well written and conceptualized. I ended up caring for the characters in just a few hours of reading.

Perfect State character development was a little slow and dull. the concept was brilliant.

Narrators are great as always.

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Great stories

kate reading was fabulous as usual but i didnt love the other narrator... stories both were fantastic though.

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awesome book

The main character was a bad a** woman who you could not help but love her spunk. Reading about how they lived made you wish the book was longer. You really hated the villain and you were very happy when you saw how Silence defeated him.

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Two amazing Novellas showcasing Sanderson's skill!

Is there anything this man writes that isn't awesome??? Once again I was taken to two amazing places in his Cosmere and loved them both. Kate Reading is an exceptional performer. I've also enjoyed her in the Stormlight archive.
Christian Rummel gave a fun spin with his adaptation of Perfect State (although I'm a bigger fan of Michael Kramer and his amazing voice work).
If you aren't a huge fan of the longer reads or haven't been introduced to Brandon Sanderson's work give these novellas a try...you won't regret it!

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you want to hear this

oh my... for such short stories I was completely hooked! my only regret is knowing how they end so I cannot re-enjoy the thrilling twists

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Perfect was great while Shadows... was ok.

I'm a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson. Shadows for silence was good but should have been twice as long. Too many questions were left unanswered and narration was bland. maybe that was the point. 3 stars for this book

On the other hand, Perfect state couldn't be better named. I would like to see more of this world for sure. Anything can happen. 5 stars for this book.

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These were ok listens

I prefer hearing complete stories. Both of these would make great full length novels but the way they are I am left feeling like I am missing something in the beginning and in the end. These stories are a 3 course meal but only the meat is on the plate.

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state is good silence is better

Perfect state was a 3 star and silence was 4 star yay. I love Brandon Sanderson which is a dedicated writer.

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Two Great Sanderson novellas

Brandon Sanderson is well known for building complete, unique, and well thought worlds in each his novels. What's impressive is this holds true for both his epic length stories (like the Mistborn series) as well as short novellas like we have here. Perfect State is the perfect length as a short novella as I don't think there would be a lot more to explore in this particular world that would be nearly as interesting as of let's say a second installment to Elysium (which would be epic!). I did really enjoy Shadows for Silence and would have stuck around for a full length story. The characters were so well created and the story so compelling, I found myself both wishing there was a second book and completely satisfied with the story and ending. You'll find the title is also very clever once you dive into this tale. If you know Sanderson's work, then you'll understand while these stories are short, they will deliver an enormous value.

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  • Robyn
  • 08-08-16

Like a Teaser Trailer for something more

Just enough to get me interested....what a pity these were just novellas! (I'd be clamouring for more, but in order of clamouring priorities, the next Stormlight instalment is at the top of my list)

Both of these stories are short, yet perfectly formed. Helpfully, well narrated too.

Silence: Set in the Cosmere (along with the Mistborn and Stormlight worlds), the characters develop real depth quickly. This world is dark, and the mood sinister. There is so clearly a deeper tale here with the Forescouts, and "the god beyond". This novella is just a window into this world.....

Perfect State: Think medieval fantasia colliding with digital gaming.... It has the same light tone as the Reckoners series. Urban fantasy, almost. Again, this was just scratching the surface of a what could potentially be a really rollicking good yarn. It felt like an introduction to something bigger - and I was left with a sense that the real story was only about to begin with the meeting of the "contents of the closet 10 jars"

If you're a Sanderson fan, you won't be disappointed. As ever, I'm left in awe of the author's endless imagination for new worlds and magic systems.... I'd be more than happy to read the next instalment of either of these.

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  • Master Rutter
  • 05-12-19

Good pair of shorts

Perfect state
Really interesting sifi story wish there was more.

SfSitFoH
Fun rouge heroin story

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  • AM
  • 12-21-17

loved both books.

excellent books. perfect states needs to be made into a series. loved the concept. definitely needs a follow-up book