It has been a while since I have posted on the blog, this being because there was no time to type it up. It is not that I have not been reading, but I have just not been writing words. So for the second independent reading book I chose the sequel to the first book I posted about. This new book is Mistborn The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. The book is based on the same characters as the last book, just now there is a ultimate power released and the world is about to end. Yada yada yada stuff like that. With all of this going on the tone of this book should really be dark and depressing. Cough cough like Barton’s posts cough. Though Sanderson does a writing technique that not only lightens the mood, but also gets the reader to laugh. This technique is humor.
As the readers of the blog you may be thinking “How is Sanderson going to slip in humor into a book about the world ending”. Well it is quite easy, because this isn’t your normal everyday chicken crossing the road humor. This is dark and dry humor the type of humor that if you’re not looking for it you’re going to miss the joke. For example, the scenario is the major kingdoms in the land are meeting together to talk about how their people aren’t going to starve. Normally in this situation I would feel very nervous about the outcome this is until this was said, “[Breeze] sat with Allrianne as far away from Cett as the tent would allow. Cett still had a habit of throwing things at Breeze: insults, for the most part, and occasionally knifes.” (Sanderson 106). When I first read this I skipped the fact that this was said. Then, since this was at the top of the page, when I got to the bottom of the page I realized what was said. This broke the tension with what was happening in the scene, but brought to life the funny quirks in the people in the room.
Another example of this is when Elend, Vin’s husband, and Vin are talking about the past and Elend says,”’Oh, come on. You have to admit that you’re unusual Vin. You’re like some strange mixture of a noblewoman, a street urchin, and a cat. Plus, you’ve managed — in our short three years together — to kill not only my god, but my father, my brother, and my fiancee. That’s kind of like a homicidal hat trick.’” (Sanderson 239). This scenario was not in a depressing mode, and was more blatantly obvious, but was still one of Sanderson’s style of jokes. Dan Michtom who is the person who suggested the book series to me showed this to me while I was reading the first book. Even though I did not understand the context I still enjoyed the joke and I’m sure you did too. All of Sanderson’s jokes are relatable, and that is why I think they loosen the mood so easily. Well I mean I hope that no one has killed their husbands god, fiancee, father, and brother, but you get that him telling her that she is a cat and odd is relatable. In a world where large behemoths and slaughter are on many pages something that is close to home like a hat trick or insults make the world more relatable. When reading you are in a state of enjoyment this enjoyment and transfers over to the novel.
So going after Barton’s blog posts I finally wrote about the depressing parts of a world dieing. Well in my own way. Instead of talking about the depressing topics I talked about how the book dealt with the depressing topics. So far the book is really enjoyable, though long. I am excited to start the second half, and look forward to writing about it, and I have to encourage you once again to read Sanderson book even with its dark humor.