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Perfect State av Brandon Sanderson
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Perfect State (utgåvan 2015)

av Brandon Sanderson

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An action-filled novella about privilege, culture clash, and expectations. God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the entire world beneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring with his nemesis, who keeps trying to invade Kai's world. Except for today. Today, Kai has to go on a date.… (mer)
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Titel:Perfect State
Författare:Brandon Sanderson
Info:Dragonsteel Entertainment, Kindle Edition, 87 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Betyg:****
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Great novella - philosophically quite deep, funny, emotionally powerful, thought-provoking. I wish this were a long novel, but it's still awesome. ( )
  Evamaren | Jun 7, 2020 |
Taking the holographic universe to very logical conclusions, or at least just adding a new spin to the Matrix, I thought this was a fairly interesting read only made better by the end message.

No spoilers, but it's kinda obvious from the start what the tale is about. It's telegraphed pretty heavily.

Still, there's a lot of great things about the novella, with good worldbuilding, a wide and sweeping grandiosity of scenes and settings that really makes this shine.

So what if I find the main character a bit of a blowhard and not very sympathetic? He's uber powerful but he still has to account for himself in the Wode. But to procreate? Oh my, this has just turned into a comedy.

And it is. From that point forward, the novel is a comedy, but only in the traditional sense, where lessons are learned and the MC moves forward, barely sidestepping tragedy by the grace of others.

Pretty cool, all told. A decent and quick tale.

It was nominated for 2016 Hugo for best Novella. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
Hm. One of the weaker Sandersons, but you can't expect too much worldbuilding from such a short novella, and I'm a worldbuilding nut, so that may explain my disappointment. The world was interesting, but failed to capture me. The same goes for the story and characters: Interesting, but not gripping.

All in all, it was a nice read, but will not stay with me for too long. ( )
  malexmave | Oct 3, 2019 |
Perfect State starts with nearly every indication of being a fantasy. However, we quickly find that this doesn't quite match up. Kai is an emperor with seemingly magical powers, and loyal retainers, but, as we soon discover, he's also a brain in a jar. He's Liveborn; all those loyal retainers and everyone else in his worldwide empire are Machineborn.

In some sense, they are not really real.

As a Liveborn, Kai has some responsibilities outside his virtual world, and one of them is procreation. The Wode Scroll summons him from the Fantasy State that is his world, to a Common State where he can meet another Liveborn for the purpose of procreation. He is given a list, with compatibility scores; he chooses the woman at the bottom of the list--lowest compatibility.

He has a plan.

In the course of his pursuit of his plan, we discover what's bugging Kai; why he has resisted meeting other Liveborn, and his doubts about the underpinning of his world.

Really, it's a pretty good story, and after some rough bits getting into it at the beginning, I enjoyed it. Unfortunately, it' not so good that it should be a Hugo Finalist. Getting on the ballot is unfair to the story and to Mr. Sanderson. If I'd just happened across the story, I'd have enjoyed it more than I have by reading it as a story that made the Hugo ballot.

It's not bad; it's just not that good.

I received this story as part of the Hugo Awards Finalists packet for 2016. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
It was good, but oh man do I feel uncomfortable. Brandon read the first couple paragraphs of this at a signing last fall, but I was expecting more fantasy than sci-fi as the first twist came in about 20 pages into this 46 page novella.

And then...

Brains in jars! I sort of ship Kai with Melhi, but kind of don't!

It's short since it's a novella, but oooh, it's got more depth than some books I've read. DAMNIT, SANDERSON! ( )
  Daumari | Dec 30, 2017 |
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An action-filled novella about privilege, culture clash, and expectations. God-Emperor Kairominas is lord of all he surveys. He has defeated all foes, has united the entire world beneath his rule, and has mastered the arcane arts. He spends his time sparring with his nemesis, who keeps trying to invade Kai's world. Except for today. Today, Kai has to go on a date.

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