Monday, March 30, 2009

Sorry, Dad. Bad news.

A Memory of Light--the desperately long-awaited supposed last volume in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series--is going to be published in three different volumes over the course of two years.

Author Brandon Sanderson (who is finishing the series for the late Robert Jordan) explains why. If only he weren't so persuasive! And cute. It's hard to stay mad at him.

8 comments:

Miriam S.Forster said...

I KNEW IT!! Any series that long with that many huge books in it and so many subplots (oh, so many subplots!) just couldn't be wrapped up in one fell swoop.

(Although I do think Brandon was very brave to even attempt it.)

Poor Robert Jordan fans... :-)

James Klousia said...

Wow, that certainly was a long blog post from Brandon. I remember wondering when I heard that there was only going to be one more book how they would be able to fit the remainder of the story in - there are so many plotlines that need to be closed.

You're right, Moonie, that Brandon does make a pretty good argument. I nearly gave up on the series a few times - the last six or so books seemed like filler - but hopefully I'll be glad that I stuck with it. We'll see...in a few years...

Kerry said...

I saw Brandon at IKEA once and I said, "Hey! Brandon! How are you?" He looked at me like, "WTF?! Do I know you?" But he was very nice anyway and said IKEA was a kind of overwhelming place. Or maybe I said that...

Sarah Laurenson said...

Never read the WOT books, but I've been tempted to pick them up. A bit daunting in overall length with my very limited reading time. Read the blog post. It was fascinating. On many levels.

Pamela said...

I'm very sad and frustrated about The Wheel of Time series. I loved the first five books...until Jordan became infected with the severest case of Blockbuster Bloat on record. (Christopher Paolini, J.K. Rowling, and Stephanie Meyer have also succumbed.) I guess I will just borrow the new Wheel of Time volumes from the library and read the last chapter. That's generally all you need to do. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

It is always better than not having the series finished. Hopefully Brandon completes it to a high standard, which is what I believe he is trying to accomplish.

DadRat

I_am_Tulsa said...

That was probably the longest blog post I've ever read...I haven't been a reader of the series but since I was a bookseller until recently I know how the fans have been waiting for the end.

I remember fans coming to the store right after the news about Robert Jordan's death with worried looks...they'd ask me with me pleading eyes "do you know ANYTHING" about what's going to happen?"

As a sci-fi/fantasy fan, I am glad that Brandon is taking time and showing his respect for the story!

robmerrera said...

Hm.. MY gf is going to be annoyed by this. She's been waiting for it to finally end for a while.