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WWW WEDNESDAY – DECEMBER 7

Good morning my friends! It’s Wednesday, so that means it’s time for WWW Wednesday, a book meme to show off what you’ve been reading this past week. I am still not doing too hot, or I guess I should say, I’m not up to my usual speed yet.

Right now, I’m a little over halfway through The Bone Ships, and so far I guess it’s okay? I really genuinely do not care about any of the characters, and at halfway through that’s not a good sign. I’ve heard it gets better, though, so I’m going to at least finish this book. Then we’ll see if I want to read the next. I read The Lost Metal last week, and overall I liked it. It wasn’t up to my usual standards for Sanderson, but it was still a Sanderson book, so you know I enjoyed at least a little of it. Next, I really really really need to read some ARCs as they have piled up. I’m now at 12 sitting in my Netgalley shelf. Whoops. I think I’ll go in order they’re going to be released in, so next up is Emily Wilde’s Encyclopaedia of Faeries.

Happy reading, my friends!

BOOK REVIEW: THE LOST METAL BY BRANDON SANDERSON

the book cover for The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson

  • STAR RATING:  4ish stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 507 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: November 15, 2022 
  • PUBLISHER: Tor Books
    WHAT SERIES? The Mistborn Saga
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? The Alloy of Law
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 4 in this era, 3 in the era before
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Death, body horror, kidnapping
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  Mistborn era 1 by Brandon Sanderson, The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix

SYNOPSIS

For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set-with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders – since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms, and her partner, Wayne, find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between Elendel and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate – whose corruption Wax and Steris have sought to expose-and Bilming is even more entangled. After Wax discovers a new type of explosive that can unleash unprecedented destruction, and realizes that the Set must already have it, an immortal kandra serving Scadrial’s god, Harmony, reveals that Bilming has fallen under the influence of another god: Trell, worshipped by the Set. And Trell isn’t the only factor at play from the larger Cosmere-Marasi is recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect Scadrial…at any cost. Wax must choose whether to set aside his rocky relationship with God and once again become the Sword that Harmony has groomed him to be. If no one steps forward to be the hero Scadrial needs, the planet and its millions of people will come to a sudden and calamitous ruin.

If you’ve been following me for a while on here, then you know that I’m quite a fan of Brandon Sanderson’s work. It’s not like I hide my opinion on his incredible talent, or his amazingly fascinating worlds or magic systems. Brandon Sanderson is a true genius at fantasy writing. There’s no doubt about it. I usually rave and rave about his latest books after I’m done reading them, but this time I find that I can’t do that.

The Lost Metal was good. It really was. A good ending to Mistborn, Era 2. So why do I feel just a little let down? I won’t spoil anything, I promise, but there’s a few things that just didn’t quite live up to my standards of Sanderson’s work. Which may be too high, honestly. I expect a lot from him, and maybe I should tone it down. ANYWAY.

I will admit that I did not reread the previous three novels before diving into this one. It’s possible that would have increased my enjoyment of this one. There’s a lot going on in this world, and it’s hard to keep things straight. ESPECIALLY when Sanderson introduces a lot of other cosmere-related characters in this book. (Aren’t sure what the cosmere is? A lot of Sanderson’s works take place in the same universe, and many of the characters are planet or world hoppers, meaning they can appear in more than one series. Confusing? You bet. But it’s also super cool to see a familiar face in a new series.) Sanderson took the cosmere up a notch in this book, and like I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I’m not sure it worked for me this time.

So how come? Well, when you have to read all the other cosmere-related books (probably 10+ books at this point) to understand something, it can be a bit of a drag. AND THAT’S COMING FROM SOMEONE WHO HAS READ ALL THE OTHER COSMERE BOOKS. It’s a lot to be familiar with and remember, especially when you’re a heavy reader like me. So basically, I guess what I’m saying is this. The book was decent, it just had too many…details? I guess? That sounds ridiculous, and I’m aware of it.

ANYWAY, I love Wax, and I love, love, love Wayne. I’m so glad he was featured prominently in this one. Marasai is still fascinating, but I was THRILLED to see that Steris’s talents were finally put to use on a grand scale in this one. She deserved the spotlight and the recognition. Sanderson’s female characters never really disappoint — they’re all vastly different from each other, and I love that they’re not reduced down to love interests or wallflowers. I’ll definitely be picking up the next Mistborn era when it comes out, but with some hesitancy, I guess.

Did this review make any sense whatsoever? Who knows.

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WWW WEDNESDAY – NOVEMBER 30

Good morning my darlings! It’s the very last day of November, and then it’ll be onto DECEMBER. Which is simultaneously one of my favorite months and one of my least favorite. Any guesses why? (It’s crappy weather, but CHRISTMAS!!!! We love Christmas here.) Anyway, my slump is doing better, but still not great.

I’m most of the way through The Lost Metal, which I am FLYING through. I’ll probably finish it today or tomorrow, honestly. I’m liking it just like I like most Sanderson books, but the cosmere related stuff might finally have reached the TOO MUCH level for my tastes. You have to read almost all of his other cosmere books to understand what’s going on. I finished up Georgie, All Along last week, and love love loved it. You can find my review here. Next, I’ll dive into The Bone Ships, because my husband has been asking me to for quite awhile and he’s highly recommended it.

What are you reading?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – SERIES I’D LIKE TO START

Good morning, my darlings! How are you doing today? Well, I hope! I’m still doing pretty well with reading, though I’m not back up to my usual speed right now. I’m not rushing things, though. I’ll get there when I get there!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is SERIES I’D LIKE TO START. Easy enough to do — I just scrolled through my TBR on Goodreads and found the series that stuck out most to me.

Most of these have been recommended to me by friends, or they’re by authors who I really like. I’ve read exactly ONE Discworld book and I loved it. I just collect them when I see them on sale for Kindle. One day I’ll have all of them! What’s on your list this week?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – AUTHORS I’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS BY

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is actually FAVORITE BOOKSTORES or BOOKSTORES I’D LOVE TO VISIT, but uh, I have exactly one bookstore available to me. Barnes and Noble. That’d be a boring list, so I went through the past Top Ten Tuesday topics that I never did and found one I thought would be interesting enough to do. I’m going with AUTHORS I’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS BY. Let’s see what I can come up with.

  • Patricia Briggs – 18 books
  • Jim Butcher – 17 books
  • Sarah J. Maas – 14 books
  • Brandon Sanderson – 14 books
  • Sarah MacLean – 13 books
  • Diana Gabaldon – 9 Books
  • James S. A. Corey – 9 books
  • Kevin Hearne – 8 books
  • T. Kingfisher – 8 books
  • VE Schwab – 8 books

The top two authors are up that high simply because they have both written two huge, huge, huge paranormal series. The Mercy Thompson series, and The Dresden Files, respectively. Both excellent reads, if you’re looking for something to really sink your teeth into. (This is also how Kevin Hearne popped onto the list — he wrote The Iron Druid Chronicles, and that’s a lengthy series as well!) The rest, well, I love their work.

What author have you read the most work by?

Just a reminder, I’m on vacation this week — I won’t be blog hopping! I’ll catch up when I’m back next week. 🧡

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS I LOVED SO MUCH I HAD TO GET MULTIPLE COPIES

Hi everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone for a bit — I’m having a hard time with stress lately and well, some things have to give. I’m still around, and I’m still reading, you just might see me blog-hopping a tiny bit less. I hope you had a fantastic weekend, my friends!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is a BOOKS I LOVED SO MUCH I HAD TO GET MULTIPLE COPIES. There’s a lot of these — so I knew this week’s topic would be an easy one!

Song of Achilles, The Raven Cycle, Station Eleven, and A Court of Thorns and Roses I read on an e-reader for the first time. I loved them so much that I ended up buying physical copies of them!

The Shadow of the Gods, and The Drowned Woods I received e-ARCs for, but ended up buying physical copies for my bookshelf!

The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy and A Taste of Gold and Iron I received e-ARCs for, but also bought the actual e-book for! I plan to buy physical copies of these, too, but I just don’t have the extra money right now!

Outlander, I have in e-book, mass-market paperback, AND a personalized signed hardcover. I used to have the whole series in tradeback, too, but my mom kept those when they moved to a different state!

I have the entire Mistborn series in mass-market paperback, but I also have it in e-book, too!

If I had to guess what book I own the most copies of, I’m going to say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It’s my favorite book of the series, and I own an e-book version, at least three paperbacks, and four hardbacks (My original hardback, the one I bought to replace it after the binding broke, the Juniper books version, and the illustrated copy.). I do not and never will condone JK Rowling, but I cannot pretend that HP never existed.

What book do you own the most copies of?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS OVER 10 YEARS OLD

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is BOOKS I LOVE THAT WERE WRITTEN OVER 10 YEARS AGO. Pretty sure this one will be easy, but let’s see as I go through my FAVORITES folder on Goodreads.

I had no idea how old some of these were. The oldest of the bunch is Outlander, which was originally published in 1990. The newest is The Raven Boys, which was published in 2012. That one just squeaks into the prompt, so that’s going for me! What’s the oldest book that made your list this week?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – HILARIOUS BOOKS

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is HILARIOUS BOOK TITLES. But uh, I don’t know that many books with funny titles off the top of my head that I’ve read, so we’re twisting this one to just be funny books, or books with scenes that made me laugh out loud. I have read quite a few funny books.

PALADIN’S STRENGTH — Look this entire book made me laugh out loud. I leave you with this exchange:

“Istvhan woke, for the second time that month, with his head buried in someone’s cleavage. Unlike the first time, he knew exactly where he was and who he was with. Admittedly, she was still a nun, but that didn’t seem to matter nearly as much as it used to.

This is a very fine way to wake up. I could get used to this.

“Are you all right down there?” asked Clara.

“I am having a moment.”

“Yes, I see that. Can you breathe?”

“Air is for the weak.”

ALLOY OF LAW — Just…Wayne. That’s all.

THE MARTIAN — This book starts off with “I’m pretty much fucked. That’s my considered opinion. Fucked.” and goes off from there. It’s a really extremely funny book about a not-so-funny situation.

BOOK LOVERS — I loved literally all of the banter in this book, but especially the little back-and-forth about bigfoot erotica.

WHEN A SCOT TIES THE KNOT — The entire premise of this book is a laugh riot, but Logan himself is amazing.

GIDEON THE NINTH — There are too many amazing quotes for me to just give you one. Just know this book is filled with memes and references only the terminally online would get. It’s hilarious.

LET’S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED — Jenny Lawson is one of the funniest people on earth, and her books reflect that in the best ways. The entire chapter on Beyonce the chicken is just…perfect.

SWORDHEART — The scene in which they discuss what happens to Sarkis’s urine after he goes back into the sword is just top-notch laughter.

MELT FOR YOU — Cameron is amazing, hilarious, and always there for Joellen.

DEAD BEAT — Dresden brings Sue-the-T-rex’s fossil back to life in this one. AN ENTIRE DINOSAUR FOSSIL. HE RIDES IT INTO BATTLE.

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOKS WITH GREAT ENDINGS

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a freebie, and my brain is dead, so Pages Unbound helped me on Twitter. My topic this week is BOOKS WITH GREAT ENDINGS. I won’t spoil anything in my post — and PLEASE DO NOT in the comments, either. Vague statements are fine. I don’t want to ruin anyone’s enjoyment of these books!

Special shoutout to my favorite endings of this group – Mistborn era 1 (THAT SANDERLANCHE, people, THE SANDERLANCHE.), House of Sky and Breath, and Abhorsen. WHAT ENDINGS THESE BOOKS HAVE. How much is it killing me not to be to discuss them. Omg.

TOP TEN TUESDAY – ANTICIPATED BOOKS FROM SECOND HALF OF 2022

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good holiday — if you celebrate / happen to be American / happen to have July 4th off. I wouldn’t say we celebrated — we were just outside all day to my toddler’s extreme happiness. Now that we’re all exhausted from being in the sun, well, here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS COMING OUT IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2022. That’s a mouthful of a topic this week, but one that’s rather easy to fill out, honestly.

Most of these I haven’t read yet, but the first three I have! My review for The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy will be out later this week, so keep an eye out for it. I absolutely adored that book. I’m stupidly excited for The Lost Metal — it’s a Sanderson book set on my favorite world of his! And don’t even get me started on A Dowry of Blood. I’m desperately hoping for an ARC of it, still, but who knows. I probably won’t get one. The rest of these books, well… I’M JUST REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE, OKAY? Do we share any of the same books? Let me know!