Posts Tagged: The Wheel of Time

TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (eBook)One Wheel of Time fan recently had the chance of a lifetime. Known as “Luckers” on the Dragonmount forums, this fan sat down with Brandon Sanderson and railed off a series of questions regarding some of The Wheel of Time‘s mysteries, both big and small. Most of the questions were answered with “RAFO” (Read and Find Out), or some variation thereof, but others were met with refreshing honesty (or devilish smiles, which tell almost as much). It’s a great read for fans of The Wheel of Time who’re just itching to get their hands on the final volume in the series, A Memory of Light, which releases early in 2013.

There are, of course, spoilers out the wazoo, up-to-and-including Towers of Midnight, and, some might consider, beyond. So, you’ve been warned. Read More »

Why the Wheel of Time is so Long

Because I didn’t annoy Wheel of Time fans enough last week, I thought I’d try again this week. I’m currently about two-thirds of the way through The Fires of Heaven, so, if this were a venn diagram, I’d be right where “Visiting every city ever mentioned” crosses over with “Men not understanding women” and “Women thinking they understand men, but getting it completely wrong,” with a bit of “Actual plot development” thrown in for good measure. I suppose, though, that this could point to nearly any part of any book between volumes 5-10, so…

EDIT: I should make it clear that I didn’t create this pie-chart, just found it somewhere in the depths of the Internet (meaning, probably Pinterest.) Credit goes to the original creator.

EDITEDer: Thanks to my wonderful reader, Aaron, we have an artist, the lovely Jenn L. from the now defunct Wheel of Time Facebook page.

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan (eBook Edition)Earlier today, I stumbled across some interesting discussion from industry folk. In the thread, they discuss a fairly damning comment made by David Drake, another Tor author, of both Jordan’s and Tor’s handling of the middle books in the enormously successful Wheel of Time series.

Drake’s original comment:

Dear People,

What I said was that when Jim Rigney’s work became a significant part of not only the Tor but the Von Holzbrink bottom line, the plots for individual volumes were decided by very highly placed people in council with the author.

Business was expanded to a complete volume where it might originally have been one of several strands in a volume, and the action in minor theaters (so to speak) was followed when the author might have been willing to elide it.

I further said and will repeat: there were quite a lot of people who sneered at ‘Robert Jordan’ but whose own books wouldn’t have been published without the Wheel of Time to subsidize them. Since the onset of Jim’s (Jim Rigney’s) illness, he hadn’t been able to write–and a lot of those people are not being published any more.

Dave Drake

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