I read three novellas, ‘A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’ by George R. R. Martin, ‘Perfect State’ by Sanderson, and ‘Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell’ by Sanderson.
A Knight of the seven Kingdoms was really nice, with a bit of a lighter side to the seven kingdoms, and a good look at their recent history for the primary series of Song and Ice and Fire. The characters were delightfully odd, and not homicidal maniacs like most of the characters in Song of Ice and Fire.
Perfect State had a wonderful premise, and amazing execution, as is expected from Sanderson. I really enjoyed the interplay of the characters with the world around them. I also liked the philosophical questions of whether the AI should be considered human. There is also the natural born to natural born interaction part of that philosophical bent, with class systems for them. The final philosophical piece that is interesting is the futility and fatalism of the premade worlds each person is put into. I hope he does something else in this universe.
Shadows for Silence in the Forest of Hell was a great universe, but not as likable as many of his other universes. The limitations were great, the characters identifiable, but the world was too bleak. The twist at the end was fantastic.
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