I like Brandon Sanderson. I like his writing. So many strong points, and I want YOU to tell me what other author does these things so well. * complex systems of magic akin to what we observe in the nature of our own world, with clues for the reader to guess at their limits and rules. * collaboration and approaching writing like software development, checking story continuity with lots of helpers who keep it all tight and hide layers and layers of clues to a larger backstory * tying together lots of different settings and cultures into a shared universe * misdirection, clever betrayals, and the rewarding feeling of noticing clues early on in a story that matter at the climax * political ambiguity, religious discovery Then I think there are some weaknesses in his writing that are worth exploring, and wondering about whether he'll evolve past them in future novels. * Adult discussion of sexual relationships. Or even any complexities of romantic relationships. Sure there are emotions between couples in his novels but they're so simple compared to what most readers have been through in our boring, non-fantastic lives, ha ha ha! * Sometimes he tries to tell jokes or set up a bit of humor. I've never laughed. I believe someone does though, so maybe he's not so terrible at adding a little comedy. What seems to be missing though is the extremity of a character's failure being played against their expectations for laughs. Sanderson's tragic moments are wonderful and epic to me. But why is his comedy then so weak? Isn't tragedy practically a prerequisite? * The formula! After reading Elantris - The Reckoners series - The Rithmatist - then all the Mistborn books, I couldn't help but feel like there were so many distinct similarities in the structure of each that a pathological reflex kicked in and I wrote my own short novel in abusive mimicry. THE ANNOYOMANCER, a parody of the Mistborn series. Uh oh, I'm doing it again, violating the rule of forum club that says don't promote your ebook in a thread where people might see it! Ha ha ha ha ha ha! What's more important though, is that I'm considering doing it again, writing a parody of "The Stormlight Archive" series. Writing more, writing better, writing clever, and for that I can't just be in a vacuum. I'm joining about 20 various Fantasy literature forums like this one with the intent of continued participation in discussion after discussion about Brandon Sanderson and how readers interpret his work, love it, hate it, or 'meh' it! So, here's a start to what'll be a nice new Brandon Sanderson thread! I really hope to see some replies from people who totally think he sucks and want to throw down all the things they hated about whatever book they sampled! I wish to learn, and to suck even harder!