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Shadows of Self
Shadows of Self | Brandon Sanderson
The #1 New York Times bestselling author returns to the world of Mistborn with his first novel in the series since The Alloy of Law.With The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson surprised readers with a New York Times bestselling spinoff of his Mistborn books, set after the action of the trilogy, in a period corresponding to late 19th-century America.The trilogy's heroes are now figures of myth and legend, even objects of religious veneration. They are succeeded by wonderful new characters, chief among them Waxillium Ladrian, known as Wax, hereditary Lord of House Ladrian but also, until recently, a lawman in the ungoverned frontier region known as the Roughs. There he worked with his eccentric but effective buddy, Wayne. They are "twinborn," meaning they are able to use both Allomantic and Feruchemical magic.Shadows of Self shows Mistborn's society evolving as technology and magic mix, the economy grows, democracy contends with corruption, and religion becomes a growing cultural force, with four faiths competing for converts. This bustling, optimistic, but still shaky society now faces its first instance of terrorism, crimes intended to stir up labor strife and religious conflict. Wax and Wayne, assisted by the lovely, brilliant Marasi, must unravel the conspiracy before civil strife stops Scadrial's progress in its tracks. Shadows of Self will give fans of The Alloy of Law everything they've been hoping for and, this being a Brandon Sanderson book, more, much more.
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xicanti
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Middle Book Syndrome is real, and so far as my literary tastes go, Brandon Sanderson suffers from it. Here, as with THE WELL OF ASCENSION, he looks at how characters adapt to changing circumstances; and as in TWoA, I didn‘t find enough reason to engage with the wider story until nearly the end. Even then, he roots the emotional payoff in a thread he all but abandoned early in the first book, so what could‘ve been an interesting ⬇️

xicanti trope deconstruction lacks proper punch.

I did like the bits about the changing face of technology, though the, “Let‘s shoot all our problems with these awesome guns!!!!” through line feels tasteless right now. I enjoyed the callbacks to the first series, too, and I‘m exceedingly fond of Steris. #teamsteris
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gradcat Nice review! 2mo
xicanti @gradcat thanks! 2mo
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xicanti
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I forgot to take a picture on tonight‘s #audiowalk, so here‘s the wall sticker I put up today. I DID have my book playing while I worked.

I‘m veeeeery close to the end of SHADOWS OF SELF now, and I‘ve got Thoughts. They‘re pretty similar to the ones I had about THE WELL OF ASCENSION, lending credence to my theory that I just ain‘t wild about how Sanderson handles middle books. Hmmm.

Eyelit Pretty! 2mo
xicanti @Eyelit it felt like a good way to fill the empty wall space behind the door! Plus, it was only $2 at Dollarama. 2mo
sudi It looks so pretty 💗 2mo
xicanti @sudi it makes me happy whenever I wander in there and catch sight of it. 2mo
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xicanti
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I had to turn down a roast chicken supper tonight due to health problems, but the kimchi-flavoured ramen I made in place of it was also delicious. It was a new-to-me brand I‘ll definitely buy again.

I‘m 50% into SHADOWS OF SELF now, and while I don‘t dislike it I‘m not really FEELING it, either. I wonder if I‘m destined to be disappointed with all Sanderson‘s middle books. #audiocooking

silentrequiem That looks freaking amazing. I want ramen now! 2mo
xicanti @silentrequiem it broke my heart that I couldn‘t finish the broth. This was a seriously good but seriously huge bowl of ramen. 2mo
rather_be_reading oh my yum!! 2mo
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silentrequiem What brand was it? I need to see if I can find it. 2mo
xicanti @silentrequiem Nongshim. 2mo
silentrequiem @xicanti Excellent! I've see that brand at the Asian market. I'll have to pick some up next time. Thanks! 2mo
xicanti @silentrequiem I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! I found the noodles had a good tooth to them and the broth was nuanced (though that could‘ve been down to the egg yolk as much as the actual soup mix) 2mo
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wellreadbedhead
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Wayne is my favorite when he is with Marasi, but he is still hilarious even without her.

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wellreadbedhead
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😂

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bridge12
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Pickpick

I love Brandon Sanderson and the Mistborn series is every reason why. He does a wonderful job of world building and sinking the reader right in. I listened to this and the narrator is excellent!

I‘m on a roll finishing up my back log this week thanks to #24in48 last weekend.

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bridge12
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Alright, I‘m fading fast. So this‘ll probably be my last post for #24in48. Was short by about 10 hours but I‘ll take it! I adored my first #readathon and it was everything I needed to recharge for work tomorrow. Thank you @24in48 for putting this on it was great!

24in48 Great job! 3mo
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bridge12
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#24in48 TBR pile including the audiobook of the book tagged!!! @24in48

I‘m so excited, I noticed a week ago I didn‘t have anything scheduled this weekend. All week I‘ve told people “no” because I need this #selfcare! Plus, I‘ve been stuck on #DoughnutEconomics and very much need to finish it! #HarleyMerlin #InTheHurricanesEye

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Cityofamber
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Pickpick

Have I mentioned recently how much I love Brandon Sanderson‘s books? 😂😍

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kylienoele
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Pickpick

How does Brandon Sanderson constantly write good books????? The end of this one was crazy! Starting the next one right now!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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kylienoele
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It‘s a warm day down here in Florida! My BF took me to the park and we both read for a couple of hours. It was so nice 🥰

Tanisha_A That's lovely! Leisure at it's best.👌 8mo
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kylienoele
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Giving myself a pat on the back for bringing my Kindle to work today! A crane ran through the main power line and electricity and water for the entire site are completely out. Without water, we truly can‘t do anything in the lab, so it looks like I‘ll have to read 🤷🏼‍♀️

Tanisha_A What a life-saver! ☺️ 8mo
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Aurys
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The end of this one kills me every time. Poor Wax.
Sanderson has a gift for plot twists. They surprise you even on a reread! My love for Wax, Wayne, and Marasi grows with every chapter, but Steris hasn‘t grown on me yet- hopefully she‘ll get more time later.
I do wish that the plot wasn‘t so centered on Wax, though. At times it feels like the other characters‘ stories all depend on Wax‘s. I hope this will change next book.
What did you guys think?

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nluev
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Soooo...I think I have a bit of a book buying problem. 😅 I ended up going to the book store with my mom because she needed books for her class this semester. She found what she needed and I managed to find more Sanderson books. I‘m slowly completing my collection. 😈

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emileereads
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After the slightly flat 4th book, this felt like a Mistborn novel again! Steris is my favorite ever.

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briski
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I'm about to finish up this series (so far), and I have mixed feelings! They definitely don't compare to the original trilogy. 😦

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HittingOnGirls
Shadows of Self | Brandon Sanderson
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The fifth book in the Mistborn series. The first one of Wax and Wayne was so-so, but this second one ads to the mythology and answers a few lingering questions. There's also a few plot twists I didn't see coming, which is always a plus.

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Celeste57
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This series is just so much FUN. Strangely, the second book was even better than the first. Highly recommend!

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Celeste57
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Here are some of the #shadows I found hiding in my shelves. #FeistyFeb

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KtheBookwyrm
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Bookmail!! Love Brandon Sanderson and the cosmere novels :)

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rogueitup
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Super excited for another installment in the Mistborn world 😍😍

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StairwayToHeaven
Shadows of Self | Brandon Sanderson

"I ain‘t drunk,” Wayne said, sniffling. “I‘m investigatin‘ alternative states of sobriety."

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StairwayToHeaven
Shadows of Self | Brandon Sanderson

“Well, you know,” Wayne said. “It‘s like I often say…”

“Greet every morning with a smile. That way it won‘t know what you‘re planning to do to it?”

“No, not that one.”

“Until you know it ain‘t true, treat every woman like she has an older brother what is stronger than you are?”

“No, not … Wait, I said that?”

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StairwayToHeaven
Shadows of Self | Brandon Sanderson

He‘d always found it odd that so many died when they were old, as logic said that was the point in their lives when they‘d had the most practice not dying.

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Bookbeez
Shadows of Self | Brandon Sanderson
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Another great read in the Mistborn universe. I enjoyed the tie ins to the original trilogy in this book. This new part of the series isn't as epic as the originals, but I enjoy the mystery/western episodic style of these books. Now on to six.

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KtheBookwyrm
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While not as engrossing as the original trilogy I still really liked this book. Full of Sanderson's signature unexpected twistiness and original trilogy name drops, this was a really fun read. The characters are interesting and the magic system is beautiful.

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KtheBookwyrm
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Another book that I don't have a physical copy of, which always saddens me a little. Hoping this new mist born trilogy can live up to the original. Alloy of law wasn't nearly as compelling, although still a good book.

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bookish.hummingbird
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Sunday brunch, Brandon Sanderson, tea. Perfection. #brandonsanderson #shadowsodself #brunch #sunday

ChristieStratos How is it? I read The Way of Kings and it's my favorite! 4y
bookish.hummingbird Mistborn is a little lighter than Stormlight imo. But of all of Sanderson's characters, I think Wax and Wayne are my fav! They're just hilarious. 😆 4y
ChristieStratos I'll have to give it a shot! 4y
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