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Fantasy Fiction Science Fiction Short Stories From the Hugo Award-winning hosts of the Writing Excuses writing advice show comes a collection of all-new stories of the fantastic, with beautiful illustrations and a behind-the-scenes look at each story's creation. Brandon Sanderson's "Sixth of the Dusk," set in his Cosmere universe shared by the Mistborn books and the 1 New York Times bestselling Stormlight Archive, showcases a society on the brink of technological change.

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We get to have a peek at the first draft of each story, a transcript from the brainstorming session which must have been my favourite added extra for the background that it helped to form as a backdrop for the stories and the edits which were made to each story.

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I think that the publication of edits and brainstorming sessions and also sometimes essays about why each author planned this or that for their own story, really helps to give an insight into the way that a novel or novella is planned and how it evolves over time, and with more and more people giving their opinion.

I loved Shadows beneath behind the scenes feeling which I got from reading these sections and the major reason that I gave this anthology 4. Imagine being able to see the behind the scenes of all of your favourite authors and books?

It would be impressive for sure, and this is just the right sort of setting when you have shorter stories which can be analysed in this way.

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One thing I did love was that in the brainstorming sessions Mary and Howard Shadows beneath gave multiple ideas for different stories that they were considering in a short paragraph and this really interested me as all of the stories which they suggested seemed like they could have been very thought-provoking and intriguing if they had been the chosen one.

The comic-book feeling of the image for I. I also love the mystical looking birds which are a key part of the storyline that follows. So, now moving on to the individual novellas. I should point out that prior to reading this I had never heard of, much less read anything by, any of the authors other than Sanderson whom I admire greatly and have read a lot from.

Due to this encouragement and praise of her story I was hoping to go into it and really enjoy it, but although I did like it for some elements there were certain aspects that did irritate me somewhat and thus it was not as wonderful as I had hoped. The story itself is a beautifully realised world where we follow our leading lady on a voyage from one side of the shadowy Earth over to the other side which is constantly lit by the light of the moon.

Katin is the main character and she is travelling to the other side of the world in the hopes of finding the sacred homeland which is believed to be there and which is mentioned in her religion as a fervent belief held by all.

She has hired a crew to take her there in the hope of learning more about her ancestors and the life that led them to flee their home. I must say that the writing itself was very beautiful when describing the moon and the sailing of the ship. I ended up rating the first novella a 3.

I do like the style though and I see why Sanderson recommended her for that alone. Moving on to the next story I then read I. Demon by Dan Wells which is a sort of military sci-fi story and is the shortest one in the anthology by far.

This is the story of a military man who is fighting against the Taliban with his team when he is suddenly recruited for a machinery test. I ended up giving this one a 1.

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This story is told from the point of view of a fairly syndical and witty bodyguard who works for a big-shot CEO at a Pharmaceutical company. I would say that this one is certainly worth the read and I gave it a 3.

Finally I moved on to the Sanderson novella which was the main reason I even bought this book, and let me just say that for this story alone I am very glad that I did buy it, because I ended up really enjoying it.

This is the story of Dusk who is a Trapper. Trappers each have their own island where they work and hunt and trap to earn a living and Dusk has chosen Patji the biggest, scariest and most risky father island as his territory.

In the world that he is a part of there are magical creatures called Aviar which are like birds with special abilities. These birds are the way that the Trappers can survive the harsh conditions on the island and they help to avoid danger and ensure that close attention is always paid to anything suspicious.

These birds are a rare commodity which has recently caught the attention of the mainlanders and they all desire the magical powers that the birds possess so of course they decide to do something about it and they turn up uninvited one day on the island of Patji - Not a good idea!

As always I loved the writing style which Sanderson displays and I felt like it was a beautiful setting and a beautiful story to fit into that serene if slightly deathly setting. I admire the different magics which Sanderson always manages to so convincingly create and I felt like this story was a very entertaining, yet stunningly captivating one.Not only does Shadows Beneath have four beautifully illustrated fantastic works of fiction, but it also includes transcripts of brainstorming and workshopping sessions, early drafts of the stories, essays about the stories' creation, and details of all the edits made between the first and final for the stories by award-winning authors; stay for the peek behind the creative curtain.

Not only does Shadows Beneath have four beautifully illustrated fantastic works of fiction, but it also includes transcripts of brainstorming and workshopping sessions, early drafts of the stories, essays about the stories' creation, and details of all the edits made between the first and final for the stories by award-winning authors; stay for the .

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Shadows Beneath is the Writing Excuses anthology containing stories the hosts of the show brainstormed and critiqued on-air.

Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology by Brandon Sanderson