Sanderson Curiosities

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[Curiosities] are those books I wrote before I got published, the ones that are still good, but we've never done anything with.

—Brandon Sanderson[1]

Sanderson Curiosities are books written by Brandon Sanderson that initially went unpublished for various reasons but were later released by Dragonsteel Entertainment as bonus material. They may be earlier versions of novels that were reworked and published in a different form or books that were abandoned due to other priorities; they are therefore considered non-canonical.[2] They help illustrate Brandon's evolution as a writer,[3] and can provide insight into how a book changed over time or how elements of one book were repurposed for another.[4][3] The books have a very minimal editing pass and are presented in something close to their "raw" form dating back to whenever Brandon ceased actively working on them.[5]

Released[edit]

This early version of the novel was included with the 2020 Kickstarter campaign for the leatherbound edition of The Way of Kings.[6] A physical version was offered as a bonus item for supporting higher tiers of the Kickstarter, while the e-book and later the audiobook versions were released for free on Brandon's websites.[7][8] The book was well-received, and inspired the team to do more Curiosities in the future.[9]

A novelette that was a surprise inclusion as a hardcover in the final box of the 2023 "Year of Sanderson" Kickstarter campaign.[10] The book was also made available for purchase on Dragonsteel's website, and the e-book can be downloaded for free.[11]

This version of the novel released during the Words of Radiance Leatherbound campaign on Backerkit. The book can be downloaded here.

Isaac Stewart stated that physical editions of future Curiosities were intended to maintain a similar style to that of The Way of Kings Prime.[1] However, Long Chills & Case Dough, being a short story, is much smaller in all dimensions than The Way of Kings Prime, and has a different cover material.

Potential Releases[edit]

Brandon has a list of early works that he would consider releasing as Curiosities, but he considers several factors before deciding to publish them. One is the overall quality of the book; he understands that people are reading the Curiosities with fan or academic interest, but he would still hesitate to release something that he thinks is badly written.[12][9] He also has to watch out for story or character elements that could still be spoilers for upcoming books.[13]

Brandon has mentioned the following works as potential Curiosities:[9][14]

Highest quality; could have been published with some polishing, and will likely be included in future Kickstarters

White Sand may be reworked and published as a canon novel.[15][16] A similar treatment has been mentioned for Aether of Night in the past.[17][18] If those novels are reworked, the earlier versions would still be planned for future release as Curiosities.[19]

Readable quality, but farther from Brandon's vision
Mediocre to poor quality, but viable for release
Bad quality, unlikely to be released but not ruled out
No plans for release

Notes[edit]

  1. a b YouTube Livestream 10
    Arcanum - 2020-06-18#
  2. State of the Sanderson 2020
    Arcanum - 2020-12-18#
  3. a b General Reddit 2016
    Arcanum - 2016-12-19#
  4. YouTube Spoiler Stream 2
    Arcanum - 2021-06-03#
  5. YouTube Livestream 12
    Arcanum - 2020-07-16#
  6. The Way of Kings 10th Anniversary Leatherbound Edition
    — Kickstarter.com #
  7. The Way of Kings Prime
    Brandon's website - 2020-07-07#
  8. W&W 4 Is Done! + Way of Kings Prime Audiobook and T-Shirt Poll
    Brandon's website - 2021-08-09#
  9. a b c YouTube Livestream 16
    Arcanum - 2020-08-20#
  10. Surprise! Four Secret Novels by Brandon Sanderson
    — Kickstarter.com #
  11. Long Chills & Case Daough product page
    — Dragonsteel Books #
  12. General Reddit 2019
    Arcanum - 2019-10-06#
  13. Skyward San Diego signing
    Arcanum - 2018-11-07#
  14. a b Dragonsteel 2022
    Arcanum - 2022-11-14#
  15. General Reddit 2022
    Arcanum - 2022-04-01#
  16. State of the Sanderson 2022
    Arcanum - 2022-12-22#
  17. a b Rhythm of War Preview Q&As
    Arcanum - 2020-10-08#
  18. State of the Sanderson 2020
    Arcanum - 2020-12-18#
  19. Secret Project #1 Reveal and Livestream
    Arcanum - 2022-03-08#
  20. Dragonsteel 2022
    Arcanum - 2022-11-14#
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