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Words of Radiance is Finally Here!

I’m so happy. Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson is finally here! 

So I got it and am trying to reread The Way of Kings, which is the first book in the Stormlight Archives, of which Words of Radiance is the second..

I like to read late at night, hoping to finish a book before I sleep, which is an epic fail on all accounts if you’re reading The Way of Kings. Number one, it is over a thousand pages long so unless you read it through the Spritz App, you won’t get your sleep that day or even the days after. Number two, just the first two chapters gets your heartbeat rate up with it’s fight scenes, so goodbye to any hopes of nodding off to sleep. Number three, even after you finish the first book, you’ll be raring to go and finish the second book and the third, and so on.

Which is where I was six month ago. I read The Way of Kings not knowing it’s just book one of a ten book series. And book two didn’t even have a permanent release date then. I felt like when I was waiting for The Two Towers and The Return of the King movies (hello, the books have been here forever, so no waiting needed for that). I felt like Peter Jackson was playing with us like a cat plays with a mouse just before he devours it. Helpless. I resented Brandon Sanderson for daring to write a book that would leave us waiting and wanting for more. I resented him for leaving me hanging and not knowing what will happen next to Kaladin Stormblessed.

But now fans have been rewarded. Book two is here, yay! Okay, goodbye world for now and I’ll just pretend to be invisible until I finish Words of Radiance.


Picture the Effect of Climate Change by Reading These Books




I was reading The New Yorker article about The Climate Fixers (the link is featured on a previous post) and out of the blue, the last book of the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson came to mind. Spoilers follow – I don’t know if I recall correctly, since it’s been several months since I finished that book, but a well-meaning individual tried to change their ecology when he briefly had the power to do so. Now the ashes that they’ve been living with for so long suddenly made sense. One change was made and a whole world suffered. 


As I was reading this long and well-researched article, my imagination was also running in overdrive. What if the Stratospheric Particle Injection for Climate Engineering (SPICE) project went ahead? What if something went wrong and the experiment had catastrophic results that went way beyond what they projected? What if desertification, ocean acidification, and arctic methane emmission exploded? 


As with the Haiti, Katrina, and typhoon Haiyan disasters had shown us, desperation leads to a breakdown in civil society. Reports of looting, escalation of crimes, even rapes abounded. A person who has lived through this will have plenty of hate for the people whom he perceive has caused his sufferings. What if the climate disasters that we now have resulted in climate change terrorists?


Naderev Sano, the Philippine representative to the COP19 climate talks, broke down in tears and said he will fast until a satisfactory conclusion to the talks was reached. Japan’s response? It will reduce it’s emissions targets. Rallies were held in solidarity with Sano’s stand and people refrained from eating their lunches in sympathy. 


What if we graduated from just fasting to suicide bombings as the situation in direly affected countries escalate? I know this is extreme. Hey, I’m a writer, my imagination is constantly in overdrive. Here’s where we come to The Passage by Justin Cronin. I know that this is vampire material, but substitute vampire with a suitable climate material – say radioactivity evolution (picture residents transformed by their exposure to radioactivity due to storm surges damaging nuclear reactors) – and there you have it: dystopia.


Finally, The Road by Cormac McCarthy had blown me away when I read it a year ago. I couldn’t wrap my head around the description of the sea being gray. Now, with oceans warming and becoming more acidic, it’s possible. With the death of the coral reefs will come the death of several species of marine life dependent on them. Picture the Great Barrier Reef receding. Now of course there are waves that this reef influence, and these waves affect storms. I don’t need to ask you to picture typhoons that these storms create. Just look at the news. Of course, what affects small marine life affects the bigger predator that in turn affects the biggest predator of all – man. 


That’s all folks. I’ll turn my imagination now to writing my book.