December 12th, 2017

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Book #45 of 2017: Edgedancer, Book #46: How to be a Super Villain , Book: Oathbringer

Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

I had intended to read Oathbringer next, but in his forward of that book, Brandon Sanderson said we should read this novella first, so I did.

Before I get to the review, let me say that paying $8 for an ebook novella is really annoying, especially when the hardcover version is only a dollar more.

I had loved the first two books in this series, so even the price didn't make me hesitate much before grabbing a copy of this. While it wasn't bad, I can't say it really hooked me or I enjoyed it much. In it a girl with world-canon "superpowers" is trying to live on the streets and find her place in life. I didn't really like her much as a character, and the whole story overall wasn't bad but just didn't do much for me.

In his afterward, Sanderson explained why it was important to read this novella before the third book, but I had remembered so little of the first two books that the reasoning was completely lost on me. (It was to explain why a character had changed between book 2 and 3, but until I read that afterward, I hadn't even realized he was a character from the previous books. See my review of Oathbringer below for more info.)

How to Be a Super Villain by Rachel and Michael Yu
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

This book was cute, but not at all what I expected. I read YA books all the time. I read juvenile books when I mistake them for YA ones. I think this one was even younger than juvenile though... Each page had a large picture on it (and they were very cute!), but so little text. I finished the whole book in maybe ten minutes or so.

As expected for a book for kids, the plot was very simple and silly (but cute). It didn't really work for me, but I was completely not the target audience.

Oathbringer: Book Three of the Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Ah this book. I was looking forward to reading it so much. The issue is (or might be) that I read the first two books back when they were published so long ago, so I had completely forgotten not just the plot, but who the main characters were. I vaguely recognized some of the names, but nothing at all beyond that.

This book was long. I mean seriously long. YA books take me about 6 hours to read, adult books about 8 hours. This book was 31 hours long.

While I chalked it up to not remembering the first two books (and this third book reviewing nothing that had happened previously), I see it got a number of one star reviews on Amazon, so maybe it wasn't just that. My plan is to reread the first two books and then try this one again, but they're all so long... But I did enjoy the first two, so... maybe.

I stopped at the 4% point, but as long as this book was, that was still three nights of reading.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in this book: 4%
Previous abandoned book total: 25%
New total: 4% + 25% = %29