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    2011 - 11.12

    Thanks to Twitter @randomsynapses (that would be Karin for those of you who don’t refer to people by their handles) we found out that Brandon Sanderson was doing a signing today at Chapter’s Metrotown.  We decided to head on up.  There was a brief Q&A, and then a lot of signing, we were in line for about 2 hours, but we got our books signed and met the man.

    There’s more to be told to this story, but I’d like to give Karin the opportunity to tell most of the rest of it.

    For those of you who may not have heard of Brandon Sanderson he’s one of the hosts of Writing Excuses, the author of the Mistborn Trilogy (and the new novel for which the signing was being held is a Mistborn novel, but not part of the trilogy), the Alcatraz novels (which starts with Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians), oh and he was selected to finish of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time (he didn’t apply, he was chosen).

    He first came to my attention because of the Wheel of Time thing*, subsequently I came across Writing Excuses and we started to listen to that.  Unfortunately, at times they assume that you’re fans and that you’ve read their books.  I hadn’t.  So I had to pause listening to Writing Excuses and go and read both Brandon’s and Dan Wells’ books so as to avoid potential spoilers in the podcasts.

    I’ve now read most of Brandon’s stuff, although none of the Wheel of Time books, as I am waiting until the final book is out and I can just finish the series before I start in on it again.  But what I have read, I quite enjoyed, and I’m looking forward to his future novels and the one’s that he’s written which I haven’t yet read (Elantris and Allow of Law).

    * note: years separated these two events.

    Last Gift?


    2011 - 10.15

    Today Karin got what I think is her last birthday gift this year.  Some of the other gifts she doesn’t get to enjoy yet (as many people contributed to her Surrey International Writers’ Conference fund), but that’s a different matter.

    Karin is now the proud owner of Mary Robinette Kowal‘s debut novel: Shades of Milk and Honey which she is devouring.  I expect that it will be completed by the end of day, and may sneak it’s way into one of the remaining spots of the 100 book challenge too.  Then next weekend Karin gets to actually meet Mary at the SiWC!  She’s a little excited.

    I don’t know if she’ll get the book autographed or not, but the book is definitely easier to autograph than the 6th season of Writing Excuses which Mary is a co-host of.


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