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Mistborn Trilogy

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Interesting method for powers

Of all the books I have read, I definitely think that Sanderson invented quite a useful way to deal with powers and create good restrictions. I love his style if writing and because if this, Sanderson is one if two authors I will readily recommend to most anyone. The ot...
Of all the books I have read, I definitely think that Sanderson invented quite a useful way to deal with powers and create good restrictions. I love his style if writing and because if this, Sanderson is one if two authors I will readily recommend to most anyone. The other being Jim Butcher , but another style all together!

posted by FateSaint on November 24, 2011

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9 out of 42 people found this review helpful.

Terrible portrayal of women

Well, I say 'women', but I should say 'woman', since there's only one significant female character. Vin is portrayed as being uncertain and working on instinct more than logic. This is acceptable, but slightly suspect. The core party has about eight people, and only one...
Well, I say 'women', but I should say 'woman', since there's only one significant female character. Vin is portrayed as being uncertain and working on instinct more than logic. This is acceptable, but slightly suspect. The core party has about eight people, and only one is female. The surrounding society doesn't seem to have any major explicit sexism to explain this disparity. The series *almost* fails the Bechdel test -- there are very rarely even two women talking together, and I made it through two whole books before seeing a conversation between two women that didn't revolve around their relationships with men. At one point, Vin proposes that the group do something about the great oncoming disaster instead of riding around beating people up. The men around her ignore her suggestion while brushing her off for a while. Then one finally gives in and agrees with her. His reason? To be a good husband. Gah! Other than that, the series is rather good. There's rather a lot of gratuitous badassery, and some unmotivated major powerups. Epic scales without seeming needlessly epic. There's some science mismatch in the chapter intro notes, though. A medieval society with knowledge of microbes? Yeah, right. I can ignore most of the issues besides the treatment of Vin.

posted by dhasenan on October 6, 2011

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  • Posted October 4, 2013

    A Great series for fans of ethical conundrums!

    Sanderson, as is par for the course, delivers with colorful characters and an interesting magical system; but what really shines is his exploration of the ethics and morals of necessity and the lengths to which one will go in order to attain their grandest objectives. Whether seen through the lens of the softening of Kelsier's vitriol against the cruel and overbearing nobility or Elend Venture compromising his political ideals to serve the greater good of his empire, the theme of evolving ethics in response to changing circumstances is an interesting spin for fantasy. The only reason this series doesn't get a perfect 5/5 is the sometimes slogging pace and text heavy meditations of the second-tier characters.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Great imaginative story

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2013

    Lovely series!

    One of my new favorites excellent unique read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2012

    Love the book... Buuttt

    I absolutely loved this book, but I am slightly dissapointed with the onvious issues that the formattimg has. After book 1, the page numbers become garbled and will jump around eraticaly. I hope that something can be done to fix this, it is a great series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    emily wrote this

    This book is very intresting. Even though is has some adult themes, i think anyone over 12 would enjoy it as long as they can stand a little suspense.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

    Engrossing; hard to put down

    This was my second read of the Trilogy. I enjoyed it more than the first time because I took more time to place events, times, relationships, and characters in their settings. I tend to read in gulps the first time if the story is fast paced and the characters believable. The second reading is more discerning. This Trilogy is even better the second time around.

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