Posts Tagged ‘Wheel of Time’

So Close, Yet So Far Away…

September 7, 2011 1 comment

Anyone else anxiously awaiting “A Memory of Light”, the final book of the “Wheel of Time” series?

Brandon Sanderson (who took over the series when Robert Jordan passed) has a progress bar on his website.

Which, while I very much appreciate seeing the progress, only builds my anticipation. It’s like online parcel tracking…

Online Package Tracking

The book is supposed to be done in March 2012. I guess I’ll just have to tough it out :(


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My Top 10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels: #8 – The Wheel of Time Series

April 23, 2011 1 comment

#8 – The Wheel of Time Series (1990 – 2012)

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This epic 14-book series is finally coming to a close in 2012. If you haven’t read the series, here is the skinny:

The Dark One is going to break out of his sealed prison to destroy the world and a group of kids from a small village have to stop him.

You know, that old gag.

Even though the premise is a bit overused, the first 5 or 6 books of the series were great. Literally, fantastic! Engaging characters, funny dialogue, magic and Trollocs.

Obviously drawing from Tolkien, the author, Robert Jordan, expanded on Tolkien and created an incredibly detailed and believable world in which all these events transpire.

But then, things went to hell.

Jordan had created such a detailed world, and his books sold so well, that he went a bit nuts with it. Books 6 through 11 had a much slower pace, more politics, more subplots, and less action. Most of these middle-books were by no means bad; they were still entertaining and I somewhat enjoyed them. But they had nothing on those first 6 installments.

So many of Jordan’s followers began to lose faith. With 2-3 years between books and very few plot advances, people were understandably frustrated and wondered if the series would ever get finished.

Then Robert Jordan died.

He passed away on September 16, 2007 from cardiac amyloidosis. But he did pass on all his notes to another fantasy author: Brandon Sanderson.

Sanderson took over the final books of the series, three in total. Two have been released and they have received rave reviews. It seems the Wheel has turned and the magic of the series has returned.

So that is where we are now. Waiting on the very last book. Devout fans will be flocking to the bookstores when ‘A Memory of Light’ is released, supposedly in March of 2012.

And I will be one of them.

Despite the flaws of some of the middle installements of this series, ‘The Wheel of Time’ is an incredible work of epic fantasy and should not be missed.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.

– Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time

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#10 – Watership Down

#9 – The Harry Potter Series

#8 – The Wheel of Time Series

#7 – The Stars My Destination

#6 – To Say Nothing of the Dog

#5 – Doomsday Book

#4 – Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

#3 – The Farseer Trilogy

#2 – Flowers for Algernon

#1 – The Martian Chronicles

Just so nobody panics, I’m not REALLY retiring

April 11, 2011 Leave a comment

My last post jokingly suggested that I was considering retiring from blogging, after an xkcd cartoon summed up my feelings on the media’s science reporting.

And even though I have not posted anything in the last few days, I can assure you that I am in no way considering retiring from blogging.

I just like it too much!

But yes, things have been quite busy for me lately. Usually I spend my lunch hour writing a post or two while I catch up on the news. But the past little while I haven’t even checked my Google Reader. I actually have no idea how far behind I am in my reading, because it currently says I have 1000+ items to get through!

See? Told ya...

You would think I could catch up on the news on the weekend, but I generally don’t post much on the weekends. That’s my time to avoid the frustration of psychics and anti-vaxxers making the news. I did that this past weekend by reading a good chunk of “Knife of Dreams“, which is Book 11 of the Wheel of Time series (I almost gave up after Crossroads of Twilight, but luckily reviews of the Brandon Sanderson authored books have indicated that the series will pick up again).

So I will be back in full force soon. I can’t let CBS journalists get away with anti-vax quackery or let psychics pretend that predicting the Vancouver Canucks will win the Stanley Cup is any kind of impressive prediction!