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    The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass...

    Is anyone else picking up a copy of A Memory of Light tomorrow? I know there are a few other members who've read the WOT series.

    I only started reading The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan just as Brandon Sanderson began to finish the series, so I've had a nice time anticipating each book, without worrying that I'd pass away before the story ended.

    I did the same with Harry Potter- didn't start reading it until just before Deathly Hallows was published.

    I'd love to be in a big city and get to go to a release party event for one of these kinds of books.

    I was hoping to be able to take tomorrow off and read the book in one fell swoop, but we are swamped at work, and I'm going to have a few late nights to finish it.

    eta- Just read this and thought it was interesting:
    The Wheel of Time is finished. That's a statement that's going to take a while to get used to. The first volume of the series, The Eye of the World, was published in January 1990. George Bush Snr. and Margaret Thatcher were still in power and the Cold War was still ongoing. Fourteen books, four million words, eleven thousand pages and over fifty million sales (in North America alone) later, the conclusion has finally arrived. Can it possibly live up to the expectations built up over that time?
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    I'm not picking up a copy because I intend to reread the whole series in sequence. The two year wait between books was problematic due to the complexity of the wheels-within-wheels story lines.

    But I'm pumped that it's out as it's my signal to begin the reread. I've got six months of bliss to look forward to, at least, and expect that Brandon Sanderson will bring the series to a brilliant close. I enjoy Sanderson's other work and think that he may have done a better job finishing the series than Jordon would have. Though Jordon's passing was sad and untimely.

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    I need the book like now. I ordered it and hope I'll have it for the week end. Let's pray !
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjblue View Post
    Is anyone else picking up a copy of A Memory of Light tomorrow? I know there are a few other members who've read the WOTseries.
    For some reasons the books showed up early in Israel, so I was able to pick one up for my brother before the actual publication date.

    eta- Just read this and thought it was interesting:
    The Wheel of Time is finished. That's a statement that's going to take a while to get used to. The first volume of the series, The Eye of the World, was published in January 1990. George Bush Snr. and Margaret Thatcher were still in power and the Cold War was still ongoing. Fourteen books, four million words, eleven thousand pages and over fifty million sales (in North America alone) later, the conclusion has finally arrived. Can it possibly live up to the expectations built up over that time?
    I'm not a WoT reader, but I do read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books, which have been published for about as long only with longer breaks: no. 8, which will not be the final one, is due out this fall. So I can identify with this to some extent; it'll be so strange when that series finishes, whenever that might be!

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    Gabaldon should have stopped at the 3rd book. The rest have been downhill ever since.

    In the theme of the last of a series, the last Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris will be out this spring. I'm predicting Sookie ends up with Sam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    Gabaldon should have stopped at the 3rd book. The rest have been downhill ever since.

    In the theme of the last of a series, the last Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris will be out this spring. I'm predicting Sookie ends up with Sam.
    No, the fifth was by far the low point. 4 and 6 were pretty good and 7 wasn't bad. The first three are the best, though, and I agree she could have stopped there.

    That was very OT. I think any further discussion on non-WoT series should probably go in the main books thread, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    That was very OT. I think any further discussion on non-WoT series should probably go in the main books thread, right?
    We have TV show threads and Movie threads. Reading a book series- with an anticipated ending- is quite a different experience than reading a self-contained novel, or non-fiction book. It's even a different thing than reading books with the same setting and characters. I love Orson Scott Card's Enderverse (although not OSC, he's a jerk), but I'd never go out on the first day to pick up a new book about Ender. There is no sense of needing to know what happens next.
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    I went past the local SFF shop this morning (they opened early because of the release of A Memory of Light) and got my copy. I managed to read 40 pages over my lunch break, and now I'm trying to figure out how to get out of as many chores and obligations as possible this week so I can finish it!

    I started reading WOT in my early teens, when the first book was translated into Swedish. It was the main reason I started reading books in English (I couldn't wait for the translations) and the main reason I am now *very* leery at starting unfinished series.

    I really loved the first 6 books and re-read them lots of times, but the series took a serious dip for quite a few books (Crossroads of Twilight ), and when Jordan passed away I stopped reading until the very last Sanderson manuscript was handed over to TOR. I don't envy Brandon Sanderson's job, and he's done okay so far, although there are some things I really don't like with the co-written books, and I really, really wish Jordan would have gotten to write his last book (not that I know how he would've crammed it all into one, but I digress).

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    I can relate to all this series angst, although I haven't read any WoT. I'm a fan of Janny Wurtz' Wars of Light and Shadow series, but I knew I was in trouble when she had her protagonists drink a longevity potion that will keep them alive until age 500 at least. Years go by between the books and I haven't been able to get any of that longevity potion for myself.

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    I definitely agree about the drop in quality after the first six books. When I started reading, I had a general rule about never reading a series that: (1) was longer than a trilogy; and (2) wasn't already complete. I actually deviated from that rule by picking up The Eye of the World when I was a senior in college, because the second book was already out and the third and, I was told, final book was going to be published in a few months. That was spring of 1990.

    I was hooked on the books through law school and remember the active usenet discussion groups where everyone would dissect every prophecy. Back then, someone would always ask what would happen if Jordan died before finishing the series, which turned out to be quite prescient. I continued to pick them up as they were released, but grew increasingly bored with them as Jordan kept introducing new characters, segued on long tangents that took multiple books (that damn circus!), and seemed to take the focus away from the core characters that I really cared about. The last few books I picked up out of habit, but either skimmed or read about 50 pages and set aside. However, I did order this one through Amazon. It was supposed to arrive today, but now appears to be held up for an extra day by Fed Ex.

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    I agreed about the drop in quality as far as reading a page-turning series went. I skimmed quite a bit - especially Crossroads of Twilight when I first read them. However as far as epic world building, and massive plotting, those books are great. Re-reading them with all the spoilers and internet at hand, it is amazing how the smallest detail can be a significant point. It compares to how essential Dobby and the elves were to the Harry Potter story, but seemed a disposable element when introduced- except that WOT has that to a massive level. I love how there are these core, central characters and then 1000's of secondary characters- just like there would be in a real conflict. (Okay, I could still give up Faille and also all the Sea Folk, without a qualm)

    I would recommend for anyone who loved the first books but gave up, to find a summary on the internet of the middle books, and then begin with The Gathering Storm. I didn't miss Jordan's style simply because I found the story, and especially the ending of that book so amazing.
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    I invested a lot of time in that series before I realized it was a plot by the shadow government in Guam to strip us all of our humanity. Jordan needed an editor badly--you can see after Fires of Heaven how the plot just ran away from him and he just delved into minutia at the expense of good writing. I know he's an excellent world builder, but at some point, people have to do more than move three feet in the snow for four. damn. books.

    I might peek at the ending. There were a few characters I cared about and some I hope met horrible, horrible ends.
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    Brandon Sanderson is speaking and signing tomorrow (Wednesday) at my store. SOOOOO excited!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spinner View Post
    Brandon Sanderson is speaking and signing tomorrow (Wednesday) at my store. SOOOOO excited!
    I hope that readers who meet him give him many thanks. I've read his blog and am impressed by his dedication to his readers. He feels it is his duty to deliver a book every two years and sometimes writes 18 hours a day. He published the first book of his own major series in between completing WOT - I forget the title now, but it was excellent. In fact, discovering Sanderson was even more exciting to me than knowing he would wrap up WOT. The Mistborn series was wonderful.

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    I think Sanderson did a terrific job finishing Jordan's work. I like his style a lot more than jordan.
    Still no book over here. Boooooooooooooooooooo
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    If this series is truly at an end then I think I will start to read it now. If Mr Martin has taught me anything it is to never read an unfinished series.

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    I finished it yesterday. It was very satisfying- all of the major questions were answered nicely, and another age begins.

    I skimmed some of it, because battle descriptions are just "blah,blah,blah" for me. In a few weeks I'm going to re-read it more slowly and pay more attention to the dialogue, etc.

    Minor quibble

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    Best moment of awesome-

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    My favourite scene in the whole series is still when

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    in The Gathering Storm. I missed all the clues to that one in the 10000 pages that came before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjblue View Post
    I finished it yesterday. It was very satisfying- all of the major questions were answered nicely, and another age begins.
    I've been waiting to comment, because I'm very ambivalent about the book. I think there were some great moments, including some involving my favorite characters, but it felt like the story missed a lot of scenes that I had been waiting to read for decades. I felt like Sanderson had some favorite characters (Perrin, Androl, Lan) and spent a lot of time on them, but completely missed the mark on others (Mat, Nynaeve, Moiraine). Nynaeve and Moiraine, in particular, felt like total afterthoughts in this book.

    I felt like Sanderson spent so much time on the mechanics of the battle and the endless slaughter of trollocs that he forgot to include many emotional beats.

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    I skimmed some of it, because battle descriptions are just "blah,blah,blah" for me. In a few weeks I'm going to re-read it more slowly and pay more attention to the dialogue, etc.
    That may change your view about the book. I thought a lot of the dialogue was terrible. [spoiler]Moiraine at Merrilor

    Minor quibble

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    I didn't mind that, but

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    Best moment of awesome-

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    That's another scene I'm ambivalent about.

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    My favourite scene in the whole series is still when

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    in The Gathering Storm. I missed all the clues to that one in the 10000 pages that came before.
    Funny, because

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    My biggest gripe:

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    Quote Originally Posted by reckless View Post
    Nynaeve and Moiraine, in particular, felt like total afterthoughts in this book.

    I felt like Sanderson spent so much time on the mechanics of the battle and the endless slaughter of trollocs that he forgot to include many emotional beats.
    Yes, I'm guessing that he falls in the category of reader who loves the battles and is annoyed by many of the women of the books.

    I REALLY missed Nynaeve, and Moiraine's return seems almost pointless. The annoying Sea Folk were kept to a ledge with that bowl- I thought they'd have a different part to play.

    One thing I'm pleased about is that the demise of the

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    is spelled out for us in the signing of the treaty.

    Most frightening part of the book for me is

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    One funny thing is that I've seen several people complain about the epilogue and that was written by Jordan. It IS his ending.

    I really like Pevara and Androl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjblue View Post
    One thing I'm pleased about is that the demise of the

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    is spelled out for us in the signing of the treaty.
    Ummm. . . . Not really.

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