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Old 10-07-2013, 02:16 AM
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Just finished it. Overall I liked it, though one could definitely tell that the intended audience was young adults. There was perhaps too much action, the characters could have been fleshed out more.

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Megan's death didn't really register on an emotional level, but I guess that's because she got brought back. Still, that particular love angle -for me, at least- just didn't work.


I thought Megan was done well, she was tough without being a cliché about it, but the main character unfortunately was your very standard typical teenage boy. I've never been a teenage boy though, so maybe I'm wrong about this.

It was a good quick and entertaining read, with a much more urban feel than, say Way of Kings or Emperor's Heart. There was lots of action and fights; I still think that one-on-one fight scenes with "special effects" is what BS does best. There were several interesting plot twists, some I could see coming from miles away and some that were more unexpected. I understand it's the first of a series, and as such it's a good set-up for the next novels.
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I enjoyed reading it, but not as much as his other books. As mentioned, it is pretty obvious he has aimed the books at a young adult market.

The premise sought of feels like X-men, with psychopaths. There might be more explanation in his future books, but one of the things I like about BS is his structured magic systems, which was lacking.

I'll likely read the rest of the series, but I'll be anticipating the next books in the Stormlight and Mistborn series more.
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I have a very strong suspicion these "powers" have an explanation. Calamity in the sky and the constant repition of "they don't seem to follow any scientific or natural laws" indicates he has an underlying structure that hasn't been revealed. Besides, it is one of his biggest strengths.

I enjoyed the novel, but one small section almost ruined it for me. Consistency in character and story is really important to me- I like to lose myself in a book, but when a glaring inconsistency reminds me it is not real I get ticked. So on that note: his father's death was a big secret, he had told no one until he confided in the Reckoners. But later he mentioned that all through his childhood he was lectured by those around him about how his need for vengeance would destroy him. He made such an effort to hide his father's death and his reason for interest in the Epics, that for anyone to notice a vengeance vendetta doesn't match up.

But I got over it, and enjoyed the book to a certain degree. Not one of my favourites though.
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There is a short story for sale on Amazon (for the Kindle) as of yesterday, that continues where Steelheart left off, called "Mitosis".
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My husband bought me Steelheart for Christmas. At least I think he did. We were in a retail place (rhymes with ballcart) each doing our own shopping, him in groceries, me in toys with Mr. Young Man, and ready to meet in the middle. I got a text asking if I had that book. Then.....nothing. He had already paid separately when I got to the checkout lines, which is odd.

I have at least 5 books on my "to do" Kindle list, so I need to get cracka-lackin. I was whizzing through my AMoL re-read then stalled out.
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I liked how all of the "bad metaphors" were actually similes.
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I liked how all of the "bad metaphors" were actually similes.
Yah, almost as if the author teaches creative writing or something

My Kindle says i'm 72% thru Steelheart. Hopefully i'll finish it this weekend.
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Heh, yeah, the psychopathic x-men thing is just about dead-on. Sanderson came up with the idea while driving after he got cut off by another driver. He had an immediate thought of "It's a good thing I don't have superpowers, otherwise you would be in trouble." He was then immediately horrified by this, and thus came the idea for what became this series.

And yeah, I'm sure we'll learn more about the actual rules behind what creates a Super, what's up with Calamity, how their powers work, etc as time goes on.

Also, Yks? I think he wrote a pretty damn spot-on hetero teenage boy. "I dunno, is this just infatuation over a hot girl, or is it love? Eh, fuck [s]her[/s]*, er, it, I mean doesn't matter, I'll figure out the love thing lat-, wait ohshitwhatamIthinking abort abort she's looking at me agghhh."

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Just finished it, started it long ago but had to set it aside for a while.

I wonder if he had any symbolism issues naming the boy David. Who would go up against the big bad one.
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Going to the Firefight booksigning tomorrow in El Cerrito CA. Hope to meet up with Camel there too. Haven't read the new book yet, though. Still stuck on Words of Radiance.
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Sounds good Have fun.
btw, the new book is much shorter. You can read that much much quiker than WoR
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Bummer! The signing that was about 10 minutes from me was cancelled because of the storm that never actually happened. Unfortunately many flights to the area were still delayed and/or cancelled. I read Steelheart as quickly as possible too. Gave up on reading the next when I realized it would be cancelled.
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