Stuff we've discussed on IRC.
Posted by ats at 2009-03-31 11:14
"Tor Books is proud to announce the November 3rd, 2009 on-sale date for The Gathering Storm, Book Twelve of The Wheel of Time and the first of three volumes that will make up A Memory of Light, the stunning conclusion to Robert Jordan’s beloved and bestselling fantasy series. A Memory of Light, partially written by Jordan and completed by Brandon Sanderson, will be released over a two-year period."
There's more on Brandon Sanderson's blog about how one book turned into three.
I was wondering how on earth he was going to tie up all the loose ends in one book...
... pity that makes 14 rather than 13 in the series, though!
I might have to give the series another shot then. I did rather give up after the wintery one IIRC.
I'll wait until it is all out, see what people think of the books, then start the series from scratch.
Shame it isn't the page turner that The Dresden Files is. It took me less then two weeks to burn through the entire series after I had a "Oh, three books have come out since I last read this" moment and started from the start.
I'm rereading WoT at the moment (to which it's holding up remarkably well, mostly since it's been long enough since I first read the books that I can only remember generalities).
If I could keep up that pace on TWOT, I could probably get through it in a month or so.
Ah, yes, I should chase down more of The Dresden Files at some point (I've read the first one).
Where have you got up to on TWOT? I remember the first few books being very good, and then hitting a very long, slow patch around book four or five.
The Dresen Files is nicely handled. There is lots of arc material, but each book works well as a self-contained work.
The only problem is that if you burn though it, as I did, the recaps can be a bit annoying.
I've read all the WoT books that are out except the prequels, although now I note that list isn't complete... hmm...
Ah, 'cause I haven't got around to writing a review for "Knife of Dreams" yet.
The long slow patch continues until the end of the series, incidentally. ("Crossroads of Twilight" describes about a day of Randworld time.)
Indeed. Each book was feeling like 800 pages where next to nothing happened. Maybe it will be better then I remember if I give it another chance.
I read fantasy for the worldbuilding rather than the plot, so I don't mind the nothing happening; although I do wish he'd be a bit more consistent about his cultural influences...
Also, no matter what Jordan might think, a bittern is a bird, not a musical instrument. The word he was looking for was "cittern".
I always find it greatly amusing when a member of the cast walks into a pub to find someone playing a bittern.
Have you read any Robin Hobb?
I read the Assassin books (two series of three IIRC) about 18 months ago. I think I started the Ship ones, but I got side tracked.
Neither left a lasting impression on me, although now you remind me of them, I remember the rough outline of the plot.
(Three series of three -- Fitz comes back -- and there's also the Soldier Son trilogy in a different world.)
I remember liking all but one of them...
Ah, yes, Assassin's Quest was the one I didn't like.
I read Farseer and Tawny Man. It was Liveship Traders that I think I only read the first book of. I might go back and finish it at some point.
Ah, in which case you made the same ordering mistake I did?
(There's a fairly significant spoiler for the Liveship books in the Tawny Man series...)
Good thing they didn't make a lasting impresion then - I'll probably have forgotten about it by then :)