Wax and Wayne – Brandon Sanderson

26. kolovoza 2019.

“There is a link between being a lawman and a philosopher,” Waxillium said, smiling idly. “Lawkeeping and philosophy are both about questions. I was drawn to law by a need to find the answers nobody else could, to capture the men everyone considered uncatchable. Philosophy is similar.

Questions, secrets, puzzles.

The human mind and the nature of the universe

—the two great riddles of time.”

U svojoj trilogiji Mistborn (recenziju možete pročitati ovdje) Sanderson je razradio zanimljiv fantasy svijet čija ponajveća vrijednost se očituje u inovativnom i pažljivo osmišljenom magijskom sustavu. Bez pretjerivanja: riječ je o magijskom sustavu koji me svaki put iznova ostavi bez teksta. No, da bi stvar bila još impresivnija, odlučio je napraviti i korak dalje:

“I wanted to move away from the idea of fantasy worlds as static places, where millennia would pass and technology would never change. The plan then was for a second epic trilogy set in an urban era, and a third trilogy set in a futuristic era—with Allomancy, Feruchemy, and Hemalurgy being the common threads that tied them together.”

U sve te nadobudne planove se nekako upetljao i serijal o Waxu i Wayneu koji se odvija tristo godina nakon originalne Mistborn trilogije.
Sreća naša da se upetljao jer je posve briljantan 👌🏻.
Iskreno, imam dojam da je Sanderson u ovim knjigama ispeglao sve one nedostatke koji su mi zapeli za oko u prvoj trilogiji.

Wax and Wayne serijal čine:
The Alloy of Law
Shadows of Self
The Bands of Mourning
The Lost Metal (trenutno još uvijek u produkciji)

Prve tri su bez ikakvih premišljanja završile na mojoj ‘favorites’ polici, a četvrtu nestrpljivo čekam.

U ovim knjigama se Scadrial* odlikuje tipičnim obilježjima steampunk ere poput željeznica, električne rasvjete i pokojeg nebodera što mu, uz karizmatične likove kakvi Sandersonovi obično jesu, daje posebno primamljiv okus.
Što reći, uvijek sam bila slaba na fancy izume i dobre šešire.

*Scadrial je planet Cosmere-a na kojem se odvija radnja svih dosad spomenutih Mistborn knjiga.

“I need you to stay behind as we go into those slums,” Wayne said, determined to impress solemnity into his voice. “It’s not that I don’t want your help. I do. It’s just going to be too dangerous for you. You need to stay where I know you’re safe. No arguments. I’m sorry.”

“Wayne,” Wax said, walking past. “Stop talking to your hat and get over here.”

Wayne sighed, patting his hat and then forcing himself to put it down and leave it in the motorcar. Wax was a right good fellow, but there were a lot of things he didn’t understand. Women for one. Hats for another.

– Shadows of Self, Brandon Sanderson

Likovi koje smo upoznali kroz prvu trilogiju sada su već dio povijesti i religije. Posljedice njihovih djela, uz istovremeni napredak znanosti, imaju vrlo zanimljiv efekt na ustroj društva i razvoj magijskih sposobnosti. Ekstremno sam uživala u svim tim kombinacijama tehnologije i magije koje je Sanderson izmaštao u ovim knjige.
Stvarno svaka čast i jedva čekam još.

Naravno, ne bi Brandon bio Brandon da nas ne opčini karizmatičnošću svojih likova. Ponekad se, čitajući njegove knjige, jednostavno ne mogu načuditi na koliko različitih načina likovi mogu biti šarmantni. Ali stvarno, svi moji miljenici (Sazed, Kelsier, Elend, Tindwyl, Breeze… Wax, Wayne, Marasi, Steris, …) su toliko zasebne i unikatne osobe, a opet nevjerojatno šarmantne na svoj specifičan i posve neodoljiv način.
Ekstra bodove serijal dobiva i zbog činjenice da je prijateljstvo između Waxa i Waynea daleko najbolji bromance od svih koje sam susrela po knjigama tijekom cijelog svog života. Baš onako sva srca ovog svijeta ❤️.
I onda još pokoje srce za Waynea i njegovo ‘trade-anje’:

“Here,” Wayne said, covertly handing something wrapped in a handkerchief to Waxillium. It was unexpectedly heavy. “Got you another of those guns.”
Waxillium sighed.
“Don’t worry,” Wayne said, “I traded a real nice scarf for it.”
“And where did you get the scarf?”
“Off one of the dead blokes you shot,” Wayne said. “So it wasn’t stealin’. He ain’t gonna need it, after all.” He seemed quite proud of himself.
(…)
“So,” Marasi said, “you traded a dead man’s scarf for another dead man’s gun. But … the gun itself belonged to someone dead, so by the same logic—”
“Don’t try,” Waxillium said. “Logic doesn’t work on Wayne.”

– The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson

Wayne whistled softly.

“How’d you take it? Shoulder bump?”

“Table sweep,” Waxillium said.

“Nice. Glad to know I’ve taught you somethin’ useful during our years together. What did you trade for it?”

“A threat,” Waxillium said, looking back toward Elendel. “And a promise.”

– The Alloy of Law, Brandon Sanderson

Količina i kvaliteta humora me posebno pozitivno iznenadila jer nije baš u tolikoj mjeri bila zastupljena u drugim Sandersonovim knjigama koje sam čitala. Ne pretjerujem kad kažem da sam za vrijeme čitanja prvog dijela bila primorana praviti pauze kako bi mi se vilica odmorila i prestala biti ukočena od neprekidnog smijanja.

Još jedna stvar koja čitanje Sandersonovih knjiga čini neprocjenjivim iskustvom je razina do koje te uvuče u svoj izmišljeni svijet. Pritom mislim na onaj level kad posve preuzmeš njihove kletve i izreke iako zapravo i nemaju previše smisla u tvom svijetu te hodaš uokolo zbunjujući ljude izjavama poput “Take it with a pinch of copper” ili situacije poput nehotičnog udaraca laktom o stol popratiš sa “Rust and Ruin!”.
I to traje duuuugo duuugo nakon čitanja.
Iskreno, ja se još uvijek nisam otresla ni one “By the Lord Ruler!” a prošlo je već barem pola godine od mog čitanja originalne trilogije.

“The day of heroes has passed,” Uncle Edwarn said. “The stories of people breaking out of history belong to another world. We have reached an era of modernism, both louder and more silent at the same time. You watch. Where once kings and warriors shaped the world, now quiet men in offices will do the same—and do it far, far more effectively.”

– Shadows of Self, Brandon Sanderson

Sva ta mašta i zabava nije uskratila prostor promišljanju o dubljim temama koje su ovdje, u skladu sa steampunk-ish erom i profesionalnim okupacijama glavnih likova (lawman), primarno koncentrirane na pitanja oko napretka i zakona/slobode/kriminala te idu duboko rujući po svakakvim prašnjavim i zarđalim kutovima ljudske prirode.
Teško je ići u detalje bez spoilera, ali napomenula bih da se mene osobno posebno dojmilo kako se završetak originalne trilogije odrazio na ljudsku znatiželju i potrebu za istraživanjem. Lako se previde sve te genijalne filozofske zanimljivosti ispod šarmantnog i poletnog stila pisanja kakav je Sandersonov, ali to ne znači da nisu prisutne.

“If you want to know a man, dig in his firepit. The phrase was from the Roughs, maybe koloss in origin. Basically, it meant that you could judge a lot about a man’s life by what he threw away—or by what he was willing to burn in order to stay warm.”

– Shadows of Self, Brandon Sanderson

“The difference between good and evil men is not found in the acts they are willing to commit—but merely in what name they are willing to commit them in.”

– The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson

Čitati? OBAVEZNO!
Naravno, preporučila bih prvo prolazak kroz originalnu trilogiju kako bi se cijeli svijet i magijski sustav adekvatno poznavao i imao smisla.

Prijevod na hrvatski nažalost još uvijek nemamo, ali Hangar7 radi na tome i planira prevesti podosta Sandersona (uključujući i Mistborn) 😉.

“People,” Wax said, “are like cords, Steris. We snake out, striking this way and that, always looking for something new. That’s human nature, to discover what is hidden. There’s so much we can do, so many places we can go.” He shifted in his seat, changing his center of gravity, which caused the sphere to rotate upward on its tether. “But if there aren’t any boundaries,” he said, “we’d get tangled up. Imagine a thousand of these cords, zipping through the room. The law is there to keep us from ruining everyone else’s ability to explore. Without law, there’s no freedom. That’s why I am what I am.”

– The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson