Monday, September 17, 2007

poor dad

My poor dad is very upset by the passing of Mr. Jordan.

He discovered THE WHEEL OF TIME back when it was in promotional stages--I think there were three books out (or maybe only two?) and he was riding an airplane. The flight attendant gave him a promotional volume that turned out to be the first third of THE EYE OF THE WORLD.

I must have been about 11 or so at this time (10? Meep, I don't remember.). My dad let me start reading right then because at that point the books had very very little explicit/embarassing content (although, to the bitter end, THE WHEEL OF TIME has been one of the safer, more patriarchical fantasy series you might let your preteen daughter get her hands on).

I definitely wanted to become both an herbal healer and a Woman of the Spear. Neither one has worked out yet. I'll let you know.

I used to check the Wheel of Time FAQ back in the early days of the internet. It was funny--it was a BBL (remember when Web sites had BBLs?!) and there were like 4,000 pages of trivia and theories about whether Moiraine was Black Ajah or whether the True Source would ever be cleansed. (You know. Back before Book 7.) There was a whole forum dedicated entirely to making fun of the TOR jacket art. I made a lot of internet friends, but of course we only exchanged character names. Mine was Nynaeve, of course. Humph.

There must be some other fantasy geeks amongst my readership... Come out of the woodwork!! Don't you have a WHEEL OF TIME story? Please?


Maprilynne said...

I mentioned this on my blog, but my Wheel of Time story is that it was my very first exposure to fantasy. My boyfriend gave me The Eye of the World when I was fourteen and made me promise to read the first one hundred pages. Needless to say, that was the beginning of the end.:)

Jill Myles said...

I read the Wheel of Time!

Well, I read the first four novels. And then my eyes crossed trying to remember it all. But I luuurved the whole Nynaeve/Lan thing. I think I got a little disenchanted when I realized they weren't going to ride off into the sunset and make hot nookie together and live Happily Ever After.

My mom is probably devastated. She loved his books too - I remember when she first retired from her job, she did nothing but read Robert Jordan books for a week.

Bernita said...

Lan was the bestest hero.

moonrat said...

i like lan, too. so tragic, so stern.

cyn said...

my voraciously reading dude friend gave me the first book for my bday ages and ages ago. i never got into it. i then finally read the first book after i got pregnant for the first time and miscarried at 8 weeks. tmi and sadness for me. i took two days off from work and read that first book, then directly bought every other book that was already out. by that time, it was probably up to book 7 or 8 at least.

rip, robert jordan. we will miss your storytelling and words.

he often described men/women interactions which made me laugh. and isn't rand destined to have three loves/wives/wenches/sex partners so a male fantasy? or nightmare? haha!

Maree A. said...

I was lent the first 3 books by a friend of my husband's. Yay! I thought, a meaty fantasy trilogy to get my teeth into. Imagine my horror when, 3/4 way into book 3, I concluded no freakin' way was the end of this book gonna be the end of the trilogy. And dammit, since I'm one of those gals who just can't buy book 4 in a series and continue on collecting from there, I had to go buy books 1-3 when book 4 came out.

Have been collecting ever since...and regularly freeing up space in my bookshelf to house the series in order. For me, it's one of those series that as soon as another book came out, I'll go back and re-read the earlier ones all over again. Talk about getting value for money.

Was devastated when my local Whitcoulls posted a note about Mr. Jordan's untimely death. I can only be grateful for Brandon Sanderson for taking on the task of completing such a much beloved series based on the notes and partial Mr. Jordan left, so we can all get our final Wheel of Time fix. I don't envy him the task in the least but I can't wait to read it.

moonrat said...

Maree--I know what you mean about needing to reread every time a new book comes out. On the other hand, can you imagine the HOURS spent in the Two Rivers at the end of all that?! A LOT of hours.

But this year I might do it for the sake of Book 12. We'll see.