Arcanum Unbounded

Arcanum Unbounded

The Cosmere Collection

Book - 2016
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Sanderson has created a series of linked worlds that together create the imagined realms know as the Cosmere. This collection of stories represent six of these planets and their distinct magic systems. The author has included charts, illustrations, notes and secrets to help you on your journey across the cosmos.
Publisher: New York : Tor Books, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780765391162
Branch Call Number: SANDERS
Characteristics: 671 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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styellow
Apr 08, 2017

Really great stories in this book. This is a book of short stories or novellas. This book, in a sense, ties all his different series together. Sanderson has written many different series, with different magic systems on different worlds. This book has stories that take place in the different worlds of his different series. It says in the forward that the stories were meant to stand on their own without needing to read the other series. However, I found myself thinking during many of the stories how glad I was that I had read the series before this story because I felt I got so much more out of the story, There were stories that took place in worlds in series I have not read and I still enjoyed those stories. Sanderson is an amazing writer, particularly in the way he is able to create characters, cultures, and magic systems and then explain them in ways that are entertaining, clear, and work. No fighting the movie when reading a Sanderson book for me.

forbesrachel Feb 09, 2017

Brandon Sanderson has written about many different worlds, and fantastical settings, peoples, and magic systems. Most of these are part of his Cosmere; the overarching universe which will one day be the focus of a series. While hints are abundant in his currently published works, they are not always easy to spot, if you don't know they are there to begin with. Arcanum Unbounded is the first work to give a better idea of what we might expect in the future. The book is split into the parts of the Cosmere. Each part introduces us to that realm before diving into a short story or two (most of these are side stories to his other works, meaning this is a book meant for those who have read at least a few of them). As expected, all of the stories are brilliant, this includes one about a brand new world where humans have a symbiotic relationship with certain birds that exhibit "talents". Arcanum Unbounded is well worth the time to read, both for its individual tales from the places we already love, and for its taste of what is to come.

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pcrouch
Nov 25, 2016

I don't even have to read this to rate it five stars. It's by Brandon Sanderson. Enough said.

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