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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet, October 15, 2012
This review is from: The Emperor's Soul (Hugo Award Winner - Best Novella) (Paperback)
It was interesting reading this and Legion very close together. Lots of overlapping themes about what makes a person "themselves" and how to use personal memory and knowledge of the past to influence and shape the future. I'm pretty intrigued by neuroscience and the psychology of subconscious decisions right now, so these themes are really timely for me. Of absolutely no shock to anyone familiar with Sanderson, of course the story is interesting, the characters well-drawn (Gaotona reminds me of Tim Gunn from Project Runway), and the setting is settled, real, and only occasionally fantastic. I will say that I'm impressed that so much philosophical and spiritual musing manages to get conveyed in these tiny little bite-size reads, considering that Sanderson's other major fantasy works are pretty solidly on the tome end of the scale. That I wasn't expecting, and am quite happy about.

As for physical quality - yes, this is paperback, and yes it was a bit expensive, but I like my authors to make money, and I'm willing to pay it for a good story. The cover art (and the interior chapter plates) are beautiful, the binding is secure, and the paper is decent (not high) quality. There are no annoying typos or printing glitches, and I'm very satisfied with it as a physical item. That said, hardcover edition please? Perhaps with Subterranean like Legion was? I'd buy it again... just sayin!
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