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The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England (Secret Projects 2)

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La lógica detrás del libro era bastante entretenida y a lo largo de varios capítulos cortos tuvimos acceso a la verdadera guía del mago Frugal para sobrevivir en la Inglaterra del Medioevo. Me gustó que Sanderson intercalara la historia con el libro que el mismo protagonista tenía para orientarse en ese mundo. Además, el libro estaba escrito con ese tono satírico de burla hacia las guías, las estrategias de marketing y los asuntos legales, así que esos pequeños capítulos resultaban muy divertidos de leer.

Para ser un Sanderson es bastante nefasto. Es tan nefasto que normalmente aunque saque el hacha, muestro cierto respeto que se debe. Pero este libro me ha parecido una de las mayores pérdidas de tiempo desde que empecé a leer. JadePhoenix13 on The Secret of the Sul’Dam: Subtle Changes to the Way the One Power Works in The Wheel of Time TV Series 30 mins ago Like the fact that the wizard in question has a really nifty pointed hat, as featured on the cover.

In case you are wondering what to expect from this non-Cosmere novel, Sanderson explained that three different seeds came together here:

In the early 1960s, science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke formalized what would become his most famous truism: Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. This can be further extrapolated to Bagsworth’s Law ™: Any sufficiently trained modern person can become a god to those from previous eras. You may be mediocre by today’s standards. But in grade school you were taught a fundamental understanding of science, nature, and medicine— power that can establish dynasties, save millions of lives, and fundamentally change the world. And there are enough dimensions that each and every one of us can have our own. Taking without responsibility is easy, as is giving. The responsibility part, and the balance, is more work. Our character is ours to build or ignore. That which is fed is what evolves, that which is ignored is what withers and dies. I love Brandon Sanderson and anything that he writes, so I was so happy to be given access to this book!

Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this story. I’ve only read a few of Brandon Sanderson’s novels ( something I intend to remedy), all in the ‘magical fantasy realm’ genre. This is something a wee bit different, combining his talent for world-building with a significant dose of Sci-fi. A man awakens in a clearing in what appears to be medieval England with no memory of who he is, where he came from, or why he is there. Chased by a group from his own time, his sole hope for survival lies in regaining his missing memories, making allies among the locals, and perhaps even trusting in their superstitious boasts. His only help from the “real world” should have been a guidebook entitled The Frugal Wizard’s Handbook for Surviving Medieval England, except his copy exploded during transit. The few fragments he managed to save provide clues to his situation, but can he figure them out in time to survive?

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