Saturday, May 18, 2013

"Brandon Sanderson, I am your #1 fan!"

As many of you probably don't know, I am totally one of those extreme science fiction/fantasy geeks who dresses in Elvish clothing to go to J. R. R. Tolkien conventions.

I'm the one in the middle. A couple of people have told me I look kind of like Orlando Bloom. I don't really agree. 
 Every once in a while I will read what I have deemed "Jessie books," which are books that I would never have thought twice about if Jessie hadn't recommended them to me. Some recent examples have included: Watership Down, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, and Cold Mountain. But my one true love is and will always be fantasy. I love traveling to other worlds where magic is possible and people solve problems with swords amd magic instead of computers and smart-bombs.

Anyways, one of my all-time favorite fantasy series is the late Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time. It is a 14 volume, 12,000 page behemoth of a series, and every chapter is absolutely fantastic.

Unfortunately, Robert Jordan himself died after 11 books, and the world groaned as every Wheel of Time fan across the globe simultaneously began to weep. Uncontrollably. We thought our beloved series would never reach a conclusion. Fortunately for fantasy fans everywhere, Brandon Sanderson stepped onto the stage. Robert Jordan's wife, Harriet, had previously read some of Sanderson's work, and decided that he would be the best choice to write the final books of the series. And he did. And it was beautiful. It was quite honestly the most satisfying conclusion to a series that I have ever read. I won't even hesitate to say that I cried when I read the last 2 chapters.

Anyways, after reading the final books of the Wheel of Time, I quickly became obsessed with Brandon Sanderson's work. He has 17 published works, and I read all of them within a matter of weeks. THEY ARE SO GOOD! I recommend them to everyone I meet. I even convinced Jessie to read one, and now it is on her list of top 5 favorite books, even though she is normally not a fantasy fan.
This is the Sanderson novel I recommend starting with. I have convinced 5 other people to read it, and every one of them has absolutely loved it, fantasy fans or not.
Anyways, one of my wildest dreams came true yesterday. I was able to meet Brandon Sanderson himself! He is currently on tour for his new book The Rithmatist, and he made an appearance at the Barnes and Noble in Omaha! It was seriously one of the greatest moments of my life. Here is the list of the greatest moments of my life:
1. Marrying my perfect wife.
2. Having a perfect little baby girl.
3. Meeting Brandon Sanderson.

He is a really cool guy. He is funny, charismatic, and extremely good to his fans. Every person who stood in line to meet him was able to get as many books signed as they wanted, and he let everyone ask him personal questions and get pictures with him.
Brandon and I signing books for our adoring fans
Here's Brandon asking my professional opinion about writing styles and stuff
Anyways, he's the man! I exhort everyone who reads this blog to read a Brandon Sanderson book!

3 comments:

  1. Hey! You know he's originally from our Stake right? He's a little younger than me but he grew up here and his Dad was my seminary teacher! It's been great to see Brandon have so much success and glad you got to meet him!!

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  2. Hey! You know he's originally from our Stake right? He's a little younger than me but he grew up here and his Dad was my seminary teacher! It's been great to see Brandon have so much success and glad you got to meet him!!

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  3. Brandon is a pretty fantastic person. We were really good friends in high school!

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