Firstborn (2008) by Brandon Sanderson

A really interesting short story. I wouldn’t have suspected this was written so early in Sanderson’s career if I hadn’t read so beforehand, as it’s really quite well-told, and even paced fairly well. Unlike another Sanderson short story of similar length, genre, and publication date (Defending Elysium), Firstborn is not crowded with worldbuilding and subplots.…

Defending Elysium (2008) by Brandon Sanderson

A fairly well-told novellette, considering it was written before even Elantris, and thus very early on in Brandon’s career. Lot of concepts and worldbuilding at play here, with a fascinating and original ending (I’d expect nothing less from Brandon). I found the worldbuilding somewhat overwhelming and unnecessary for a story of the size, but a…

Mistborn: Secret History (2016) by Brandon Sanderson

A very interesting novella. Structurally, this is a very unusual novel. I appreciate Brandon Sanderson playing with structure (in a genre where it’s typically so stale), though I have to say this is one of the rare times it didn’t fully work for me. The scenes individually work for me just fine, but the endpoint…