Sci Fi Sunday
Mistborn: The Final Empire, by Brandon Sanderson. The sword-and-sorcery genre has been done to death. As one publisher said in mock despair, “Frodo lives — again and again and again….” So, I read Mistborn on the recommendation of other people, not really expecting anything new. When I realized that one of the main characters was the street urchin, Vin, I had to resist the urge to put the book aside in exasperation.
I was wrong. Mistborn is a pleasant surprise. Imagine a world where alchemy is real, where metals can be used to work magic and the ability to use that magic is limited to — and allowed to be used by — only a small section of the nobility. Any peasant to use the power is put to death. Now imagine the consequences when the nobles take advantage of the peasants, as nobility is inclined to do. Add to that an oppressive theocracy, and you’ve barely scratched the surface of the complexity of Sanderson’s world. Mistborn is the first book in a trilogy, and I look forward to reading the other two.
Is there anybody who hasn’t heard of Spielberg’s new project, Terra Nova? The sci-fi show premiered on Fox last Monday, Oct. 1st and shows on Mondays at 8 pm. People have been comparing it to Lost, or a combination of Lost and Jurassic Park. I would disagree — so far, the dinosaurs have been both more realistic and less of a plot factor than in Jurassic Park. The darker tone and character development remind me a great deal of Stargate: Universe. Let’s hope Terra Nova sticks around longer and develops a bigger fan base, because so far, this is a show worth watching.