I began reading The Wheel of Time in 1994 shortly after Luann and I were married. We were wanding around the mall and went into a bookstore. I saw a display which contained a free edition of the first half of the first book. I thought it was worth giving it a try. I’m glad I did. It’s easily one of the (if not THE) most detailed and amazing fantasy worlds i’ve ever come across. It was intended to be a 12 book series, but as i posted about here, the author passed away before he was able to complete the final novel. Fortunately, before he passed he was able to complete part of the book and dictate copious notes to his editor (and wife).Tor (the publishing company) has just announced that Brandon Sanderson has been asked by Robert Jordan’s wife to finish the book and has accepted. He is quoted as saying “I’m both extremely excited and daunted by this opportunity. There is only one man who could have done this book the way it deserved to be written, and we lost him in September. However, I promise to do my very best to remain true to Mr. Jordan’s vision and produce the book we have all been waiting to read.” A Memory of Light is scheduled for a fall 2009 release.
|“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. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose…. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of time. But it was a beginning.”|
On Sunday the wind blew, and it was a sad day in the world of fantasy. One of the great fantasy authors of our time passed away. Robert Jordan is the author of the Wheel of Time series. For those of you who’ve read his work, you know what I mean when I say it’s by far the best fantasy series I’ve ever read.
I remember how I first came across his work. I was at the mall with Luann and we were wandering through the bookstore. At the front of the store was a little display with a free paperback book. It was called “The Eye of the World”. It was actually only the first half of the novel, but I figured i’d give it a try and buy the whole book if I thought it was worth it. Well … it was worth it. Not only did i buy the 1st novel, but i bought the entire series in hardback. The story is moving, the scope epic, and the level of detail Jordan goes into would put a smile even on Charles Dickens’ face.
The only problem with a story of such complexity is the amount of time between the release of each Novel. Although with Jordan’s death we’ll never have the “definitive final conclusive” masterpiece to this story, not all hope is lost. Just one week prior to Jordan’s passing, his cousin sent out the following blog post:
MOL [A Memory of Light - working title for the 12th and final book] is going into the word processor and onto audio tapes almost daily. Not every day mind you, because the medical fight takes first priority. But, he told you he’d finish and he will. Fact is that it has been finished in his head for years. During a recent family sit around, he became the Gleeman and told the bones of it ALL to Harriet and me. You read that right, I did say ALL. Don’t ask, ain’t telling. Two and a half hours of story telling by the Creator himself went by in the twinkling of an eye. Truly magical. All I can say is WOW! Best stuff he’s ever done. MOL is going to knock your socks off! That’s a promise.
No doubt the book will be published posthumously. I have high hopes that it will be finished by a worthy author who truly cares about the work and will do it justice. God speed Robert Jordan!
If i hadn’t seen it reported on TheOneRing.net, which is the biggest and most reliable Lord of the Rings fansite on the internet, i wouldn’t have believed it. But here it is … A more-than-rumour that MGM plans to make “The Hobbit”. Sweet… I’m drooling already. Hopefully they’ll sign Peter Jackson and give him free reign to make the movie as he sees fit.
I wonder, though, who they’ll get to play a younger Bilbo. Gandalf and Elrond can of course be played by the same actors, since they don’t really age in the story. Exciting times.
A page of amazing screenshots from the upcoming Neverwinter Nights 2 game….
YES YES YES!!!! })
I’m So there … Don’t forget to set your DVR’s for Oct. 8th! (i
would say set your VCR, but who does that anymore … i mean, really -
time to upgrade folks!)
When I came home from work today a surprise awaited me. My wife had purchased a new DVD for me. Scourge Of Worlds. It’s supposed to be an interactive “choose your own adventure” style Dungeons & Dragons adventure.I did a little research on it (amazon.com) and the reviews are quite mixed. Some people love it; others hate it. As soon as I get settled in for the night I plan to see what I think of it. I’ll post a comment later tonight or tomorrow on my first impressions. Here’s a blurb from the official website:
Regardless of whether or not the DVD lives up to its promises, it’s an innovative idea and one that over time should prove quite interesting. Growing up I loved to read the choose your own adventure books. I was the geeky kid that mapped out all the choices and made sure I had traversed each and every one before moving on to the next book! I’m not sure if i’ll get through all 900+ variations on this DVD, but I’ll give it a good go (unless it really sucks) Update: Ok, so what’s this – like 3 or 4 years later (Nov 2007)? Guess i’d better write what i thought of the movie. I like it. It was fun, had a good story, lots of permutations, and YES, i did map it all out after a while just to make sure i wasn’t missing anything.
To save the world, three fearless heroes — Regdar the human warrior, Lidda the rogue halfling, and Mialee the elf wizard — must embark on a treacherous quest and choose between honor and evil, between life and death. But the choice is not theirs; it’s yours! As the tale unfolds, you are presented with a series of dilemmas and must decide the best course of action. With over 900 unique story combinations, this interactive computer-animated fantasy delivers a DVD experience like no other.
There is a new A new Tengwar font that looks very professionally done. It also has a link to a good article on how to write Tengwar.