Few authors have penned such an extensive, rich universe as Brandon Sanderson has with the Cosmere. So when he comments on other writers' worldbuilding skills, as he does among his book picks below, that's the time to sit up and take notice.
Sanderson, like many of his fantasy-writing compatriots, has a lot of pressure from his readers to keep writing in the worlds they love. Unlike his compatriots, Sanderson keeps a ticker at the top right of his webpage, showing visitors exactly where he is on various projects. And, man, he is busy.
But he still makes time to read, even if it's never enough time to suit him. See his picks below, and look here for more authors' favorites.
As a teen first getting into fantasy novels, I had this strange—almost laughable—fear. The fear that I'd run out of books to read. I was new to all of this, and legitimately frightened that I'd just...run out. Each new book was a beautiful and wonderful exploration to me, and part of me just couldn't imagine that it would keep going. That there would always be new worlds to discover and new stories to experience.
One of the most bittersweet realizations in my life was that moment when I discovered the opposite was true. The creation of great stories would outstrip my ability to read them—I'd never run out, but I'd also never be able to get to all the books that deserved my time. —Brandon Sanderson
Brandon Sanderson’s favorite reads of 2017
I've posted longer reviews of all these books on my Goodreads page! Enjoy.
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