The Reckoners

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I used to really, really love comic books. Then some smart whippersnapper came along and changed the art style in a way that emphasized an uninteresting style over decades of appealingly constructed substance.  Oh,Sanderson and the price kept increasing.  And, of course, I grew up. 

Then computer generated graphics made everything once imagined possible on the big screen (Spiderman and every other Marvel since.  And a couple of DC ones), and soon after even the small screen was suitable for adequately stealing the imagination of what happened between panels in the comics and replacing it with continuous action.  And, I’m okay with that because it feeds the kid in me.

Now let’s detour to Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn trilogy, two (so far) books into another series within the same “universe” but in a future time, Elantris, and two (thick) books into The Stormlight Archive, which may turn out to be in my top two fantasy series ever.  Oh, and he rescued the overly lengthy and wearing Wheel of Time Series by wrapping it up in a comparatively speedy time by writing a three book finale after the original author passed away (14 total books by the time it was finally put to bed).  I haven’t bothered with a teen series of books, but… sheesh, he’s only 39 and continues to amaze with his cleverness and dedication to making everything in his story worlds fit together.  A really, really good author.

And so it was that my daughter accidentally left a book in my car when I visited her.  So, I’ll pat myself on the back by not being intimidated by a book that, factually, arrives from MIT.

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Everyone needs to blow off steam, and.. MIT is loaded with geeks, right?  So, imagine a world where (no plot spoilers) something happens and ordinary people are suddenly granted super powers. Except… they all become super villains.  No heroes.  What’s a world to do other than to suffer the injustice of self-serving wannabe demi-gods? 

Well, two phrases.  The first comes from the book, “Sometimes, you have to help the heroes along.”  Secondly, Sanderson’s own guidance that when writing, always “err on the side of awesome.”  Sanderson consistently builds great heroes, not to mention the surrounding casts.  These books, and an intermediate novella called Mitosis, are the reader’s equivalent of junk food, professionally crafted, stir sticks of the imagination.  For anyone who enjoyed comics, I recommend these books, and read them soon, before they come to a theater near you (Steelheart’s rights are already purchased).  Oh, and a third (and hopefully not final) book in the series is due in the spring, named Calamity.  Note:  This is technically a “young adult” series.  So, so what?

5 of 5 STARS[3]

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