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Thu
Apr 10 2014 12:00pm

Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. Since we last saw each other, I appeared on Tor.com’s own Rocket Talk podcast! Thanks again to Justin Landon for having me on, it was great to be able to discuss the Stormlight Archive on air.

This week, the battle for the Tower rages ever on! I’m doing two chapters, and by the end of them Kaladin will have explosively leveled up. Get some videogame soundtracks ready! It’s time for Chapters 66 and 67.

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Thu
Mar 27 2014 12:00pm

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings reread

Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. It’s been kind of a long time since I’ve done this, and the chapters I came back to seem to have driven me slightly insane.

You’re in for a wild ride as I discuss chapters 62 and 63, in which Kaladin becomes an actual for-real war criminal, and I cry softly into my pillow. Oh, also there’s some Stormlight. Enjoy!

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Fri
Mar 21 2014 2:30pm

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings The Stormlight Archive Lego

Jonesing for more Stormlight Archive action after finishing Words of Radiance? Check out this amazing recreation of the climactic battle from The Way of Kings, done entirely in the medium of Lego! Insanely talented Stormlight Archive fan Rick Martin took the most heart-pounding battle of the first book and recast it using tiny yellow plastic men, and the result is better than could be imagined.

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Fri
Mar 7 2014 10:00am

True Detective The Yellow King The King in Yellow HBO TV Rust Cohle Hastur Cthulhu Mythos

The meta-story of True Detective has been one of completely dodging viewer expectations. All of its initial advertising material perfectly expressed its first cover story: a gritty Southern Gothic take on classic HBO manpain. And, you know, it is that. But in the first episode it also revealed a penchant for the philosophical and a taste for the occultic grotesque that goes beyond its genre, and has persisted throughout the series. In the second episode, writer Nic Pizzolatto dropped another huge bomb on his unsuspecting fanbase, one that expanded it in a direction that no one could have anticipated from the greyscale, wind-blown grit of the poster. It said words that I thought I would never, ever hear on TV. It said “The King in Yellow,” and “Carcosa.”

This article will contain A) spoilers and B) the potential for the sight of the Yellow Sign to break your feeble mortal mind in twain.

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Thu
Feb 27 2014 1:00pm

I know as well as you that Words of Radiance comes out on Tuesday, and I can’t wait either. But today, dear friends, is Thursday. That means it’s time for the Way of Kings reread!

Today I’ll cover Chapter 59: An Honor. Kaladin forgets how to breathe, Hashal turns in her Evil Application, Gaz disappears to parts unknown, and Lopen successfully keeps watch. Lopen is the best, guys.

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Tue
Feb 25 2014 11:00am

In 2011, Brandon Sanderson was the Guest of Honor at Vericon, a tiny convention run by my college speculative fiction club, and I picked up a copy of The Way of Kings in order to have something big and heavy for him to sign. That volume is addressed to me by my secondary title, “Betrayer of Hope,” (long story). When I bought it, I knew that it was the start of a saga of terrifyingly large scale, the first and only published volume of a projected ten-volume series, clocking in at over a thousand pages before plot inflation. I knew that reading it meant committing to what could be a decades-long reading project. I didn’t know that the Stormlight Archive would be a pivotal stepping-stone in my career. (This will be my 35th article about Brandon Sanderson on Tor.com, almost all of which were about the Stormlight Archive.) You could call that a bonus, I guess!

Now the second volume, Words of Radiance, is upon us, and I’ve been asked to provide the non-spoiler review. Here’s my conundrum. How do you review something that you’re already read 1.7 times before release, that you’ve coordinated a giant promotional campaign for, a task that involved mercilessly winnowing the text down to tiny teasing snippets? How do you review something that you know you’ll be re-reading and writing about constantly for years to come? I am deeply professionally and personally invested in this book, and the way I engage with it will be vastly different from the standard reading experience.

Thankfully, my first reaction is still stark and present in my mind. Words of Radiance was worth the wait.

[Spoiler-free review of Words of Radiance]

Fri
Feb 21 2014 10:00am

Words of Radiance comes out in two weeks, and although many fans who have been following along with our Way of Kings reread may feel prepared, there are others who may desire a quick refresher on that first massive volume before tackling the second.

Welcome to The Way of Kings in ten minutes, a brief refresher on where things stood at the end of The Way of Kings. Follow along to find out where every character ended the book! Obviously, this post will spoil you senseless.

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Thu
Feb 13 2014 1:00pm

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings Stormlight Archive Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. It’s been a crazy storm of previews, glimpses, and speculation here on the site recently, but I’d like to remind you all that we have a spoiler thread for Words of Radiance discussion, as well as a dedicated Glimpses of Radiance thread. If you want to discuss the previews, please go there, as it’s entirely possible that people following the reread want to go into Words of Radiance unspoiled. I also highly encourage you to check out our own WetlanderNW's article on being a Words of Radiance beta-reader.

This week I’m covering Chapter 57: Wandersail, and it is a doozy. Kaladin goes ninja, offends his sprenfriend, and meets the most infuriating plotbunny on the entire Shattered Plains, as well as briefly considering a career as a professional musician.

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Thu
Jan 30 2014 1:00pm

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. Recently we've been relentlessly teasing you with excerpts from Brandon Sanderson's second volume, Words of Radiance. While the excerpts are over, the teasing has only just begun, and I encourage all Stormlight fans to watch Tor.com on Tuesday for a special Words of Radiance opportunity, organized by yours truly.

In the meantime, our journey through The Way of Kings continues. This week I cover Chapter 55, in which Kaladin holds a ridiculous amount of money.

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Thu
Jan 16 2014 1:00pm

Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. With the interludes out of the way, it’s time to tackle Part Four: Storm’s Illumination.

This week I’m covering Chapter 52: A Highway to the Sun, which reintroduces us to Dalinar, Adolin, and their various problems. Will they come to a conclusion about whether to trust Sadeas? Will Dalinar abdicate? A highstorm is coming, and with it another vision, so let’s get right to the chapter.

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Thu
Jan 2 2014 1:00pm

Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. All of us here at Stormlight Central hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. My first new year’s resolution is to blast through to the end of Part Three!

This week I’m covering chapters 50 and 51, with a brief word on the epigraphs. We’ll see Jasnah lay the smack down on Shallan and reach the end of Kaladin’s backstory chapters. You’d better hope that your holiday was a happy one, because there’s no joy in Roshar in these chapters.

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Tue
Dec 17 2013 11:00am

As I open another chapter of the Stormlight Grimoire, my in-depth exploration of the many magical systems of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, I find that it is time to turn to a new topic. There are volumes more to be said about Surgebinders, and even, I’m sure, more to be discovered about the Windrunners, to whom I paid special attention last time, but that will have to wait for future books. In the meantime, let’s talk about Soulcasting, the magical process of transforming rocks into wheat, Settlers of Catan style.

Oh, I’m sorry, maybe I forgot to mention that I’m a huge nerd. Deal with it?

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Thu
Dec 12 2013 1:00pm

Welcome back to Tor.com’s reread of The Way of Kings. This week saw a ton of news in our ongoing coverage of the build-up to the release of Words of Radiance. We previewed an entire interlude chapter, introducing a new character and a whole new kind of Surgebinding. What’s more, the completed manuscript of Words of Radiance came in, and the weight of that 2000 page volume nearly broke my hands.

I’m all a-flutter about the next volume, but the reread calls, anchoring me firmly in the present. Thankfully, the chapter I’m going to cover today is about Shallan, the hero of Words of Radiance. Chapter 48 features a hospitalized Shallan, an apologetic Jasnah, and the deadly return of the jam menace.

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Tue
Dec 10 2013 5:00pm

Ichabod chases after his long-lost (and presumably long-dead) son with some help from our favorite sin eater, Abbie tries to inject Christmas spirit into the ongoing apocalypse, and Frank Irving looks for faith and family in “The Golem,” the last episode of Sleepy Hollow until the new year. Daddy issues abound as some characters get sidelined, and tension builds to draw viewers towards what will surely be an overwhelming finale. Also, THERE’S A BABY. THERE IS A BAAAAAABY! LOOK AT THE BAAAAABY!

Since our regular Sleepy Hollow recapper, Leah, is even now enjoying the Tuscan sun, far away from any American apocalypses, I’ll be filling in for her this week.

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Tue
Dec 3 2013 1:00pm

In the last installment of the Stormlight Grimoire—my in-depth exploration of the many magical systems at work in Brandon Sanderson’s epic saga The Stormlight Archive—I compiled all the information I could get my hands on about Surgebinders and the Knights Radiant, paying special attention to the Windrunners. This week, however, I want to go even deeper. The Way of Kings’ primary plot arc follows Kaladin’s transformation into a Windrunner, so we’ve theoretically seen every step in that process. I’m going to carefully study the conditions of his transformation, especially his exposure to the highstorm, and see if I can sketch out what it takes to become a Windrunner. This article, like every article in the Stormlight Grimoire, will contain heavy spoilers for The Way of Kings.

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Thu
Nov 21 2013 1:00pm

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings Welcome back to the Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. This week brings camaraderie to all the readers out there who dream that they are storms. What, you’re saying that’s not very many of you? Well, Kaladin’s just going to keep being him no matter what you say, as he joins Dalinar in the Crazy Highstorm Visions Club.

Witness the return of Skyface, our first birds-eye view of Roshar, a thrilling display of martial force against hapless mooks, and the intersection of three of our leading men: Kaladin, Adolin, and Szeth.

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Mon
Nov 18 2013 6:00pm

Metatopia Tor.com Antholojam

Metatopia is an annual game developers’ convention in Morristown, NJ hosted by Double Exposure, Inc. This year, I was approached by game gurus Quinn Murphy (@qh_murphy on Twitter) and Dev Purkayastha (@DevP on Twitter) to partner with them and arrange a short fiction-themed game jam. And so on November 1st I was happy to attend the first Tor.com Antholojam! Participants chose a story from a selection of Tor.com originals, then spent an hour improvising the beginnings of a new game based on what they read. These games were created as an improvisational exercise, and are not commercially available anywhere. The event was a ton of fun, and the results sound very promising, so let’s check them out!

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Tue
Nov 12 2013 1:30pm

The Stormlight Grimoire The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson

Welcome back to the Stormlight Grimoire, my in-depth exploration of the many kinds of magic practiced or forgotten in Roshar, the land of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. Since I laid down the basics in Part 1, I think we’re ready to move on to some of the specifics. Want to know how to run up walls, fling heavy objects across the room, and reverse the flow of gravity itself? Then you might want to be a Windrunner! Join me as I discuss them, Surgebinding, and the Knights Radiant.

Like all chapters of the Stormlight Grimoire, this article draws freely on information from throughout The Way of Kings, other books by Brandon Sanderson, and answers the author has given in interviews. Spoilers may follow.

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Thu
Nov 7 2013 1:00pm

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings Welcome back to The Way of Kings reread on Tor.com. All of Roshar is Weeping this week, as we reach chapter 44. Due to the great length and significance of the next two chapters, I’m only going to cover one chapter this week, but I think you’ll find that even this shorter chapter has plenty to discuss.

Join me as I explore more of Kaladin’s past, going with him to a time of constant rain, hopeful opportunities, bitter disappointments, and terrible vengeance.

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Tue
Nov 5 2013 11:00am

I love Sleepy Hollow. You should too. We’ve provided ample reasons why already. I love basically everything it’s doing. That being said, I come today bearing warning, not praise! Sleepy Hollow is well-written, it has interesting things to say, but it will lead you astray if you let it. Like that great series of movies which I believe inspired this masterpiece of a show, National Treasure and National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, Sleepy Hollow overflows with a burning love of history that is almost entirely lacking in factual accuracy. So, in the name of greater enlightenment, I have compiled a list of things you shouldn’t learn from Sleepy Hollow.

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