Fantasy – Mistborn and the Wind

Posted on August 12, 2008 by


I recently read two fantasy novels, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn and Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind. It’s been a long time — several years — since I’ve read any fantasy, though it used to be the only stuff I liked. These two books in particular were interesting to read back-to-back, since each approached the genre in a very distinct way.

Rothfuss is a storyteller. The Name of the Wind contains beautiful descriptions, detailed interactions, and rich tropes. It’s like a Rockwell or a Kincaid painting — you go into it knowing what you’re going to get, but you want to see how masterfully the artist can pull it off.

Sanderson is a storymaker. Mistborn is not as well written. The prose doesn’t flow quite so smoothly, and the characters never achieve the three-dimensionality that you find in The Name of the Wind. However, the story itself is fresh and interesting.

Between the two, Mistborn was definitely my favorite. Perhaps you could read something into that. I’m hopelessly infatuated with imaginative things. I’m more interested in the worlds and relationships that authors create than I am with any particular character or place on its own. Either way, they were fun. I’m glad I had the chance to read them before I start school next month, which I’m sure will greatly curtail any discretionary reading.

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