Brandon Sanderson splits final volume of Wheel of Time

Mar 31, 2009 by

Brandon Sanderson has decided to split the final book of the Wheel of Time, originally entitled A Memory of Light, into a projected three books.  Before you Wheel of Time fans start to scream incoherently, spewing spittle on your monitors or throw chairs against walls in frustration and justified anger, spare a moment to hear out Mr Sanderson and his thoughtful considerations in arriving at this decision.

From his blog:

And I guess that’s what I’m trying to show you with all of this: No matter how the book is split, cut, or divided, the last portion wouldn’t come out until 2011. Why? It goes back to that first decision I made, the one to write the book the length I felt it needed to be. And so, it’s not the greedy publisher, stringing you along that is keeping you from reading the ending. It’s not the fault of production taking a long time. The blame rests on me.

I must say that the post did go some way in dispelling some of my initial thoughts about a scam on the part of the publisher and author (may not be entirely evident from the snippet I posted above).  Maybe it’s our inherent distrust and cynical nature, but hey, Sanderson seems to be coming through genuinely enough.  I wish him all the success, of course, and hope he brings back the sorely needed polish back to what started as a great piece of work.

The good news then is the first of the final three parter, called The Gathering Storm, will be available Nov 3 2009.

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Bookbabble’s First Anniversary Coming Up!

Mar 29, 2009 by

Ok, a year just whizzed by, and before we knew it, the crew has been babbling books for almost a year now!

A little more than a year ago, Lars, Gem, Bjorn and I decided that talking about books was something that isn’t too crazy an idea, and decided to jump straight into it, with nary a thought on the consequences.  So in early March, the gang met up online armed with Skype accounts and mics and started to talk trash, as you would expect.  Even though we’ve actually known each other for a while by that time, it was really the first time that we got together and actually talked.

The first few times we met were ‘dry-runs’, and while we actually recorded our first show on the 30 March 2008, it was released to the unsuspecting world on the 14 April 2008, and that is when we’ll be basing our anniversary.

I’ll save some of the reminiscing for the actual anniversary show that we’ve got coming up, but this post is more than just a heads-up.  Renee had the nice idea of doing this buildup to the anniversary show, and here we would like to humbly ask every one of our listeners (yes, the two of you sitting over there) to write in with some feedback.  Everything goes, you hear – good and bad, via email, audio, video (if you dare), pretty much whatever – all to commemorate this humble little endeavour we’ve got on our hands.

Fire it up, please – we’d like to get as much feedback as we can!

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Update 20090329: Silly me, I’d forgotten to mention where you could actually send feedback!  Send them all to feedback (at), or as comments on this very website.

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Jeff Bezos on the Daily Show

Mar 28, 2009 by

This isn’t new by a longshot, but here’s a clip from Jon Stewart’s Daily Show where he interviews Jeff Bezos to talk about Gem’s all time favourite device in the whole wide world, the Kindle 2.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
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Kim Stanley Robinson talking about Climate Change

Mar 28, 2009 by

Kim Stanley Robinson, the Hugo and Nebula award winning author has written an interesting call-to-action piece on climate change on McKinsey’s What Matters (I hadn’t known McKinsey had such a site!  What a find!).

I had a discussion some time back triggered by one of Mr Robinson’s book.  On that occasion, I asked what types of important sociological discussions that can be triggered by fiction, and if it can affect the views of the people who are not seriously researching the issues.  I took as an example Robinson’s Forty Signs of Rain, which extrapolates the effects of global warming on the world, versus Michael Crichton’s State of Fear, which famously argues the lack of irrefutable proof that global warming actually exists.

The discussion thread which was in a book forum had already been wiped out due to a server crash (sound familiar?).

So anyway, check out the article by Robinson (and if you’re interested in this kind of things, check out What Matters itself).

What a drawn out tangent, huh? 🙂

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Obama with new post-presidency book deal

Mar 23, 2009 by

There are very few things that can top the accolade of being a critically lauded author of a book that also happens to be a best-seller (actually, that depends on who you ask.  There are those of the opinion that that statement is an oxymoron).  Well, how about being a critically lauded author of a book that also happens to be a best-seller, oh, and he’s the President of the United States?

Obama has agreed with Crown Publishing Group to deliver a new nonfiction book after he leaves office.  Already the best-selling author of Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope received $2.5 million last year in book royalties

There’s something about being a world leader with an acknowledged intellect and a couple of critically lauded books that lends him a sort of street cred.  I know I’d at least pay more attention to my national leaders if they could muster a book good worth reading.



Story here (of Obama’s book deal, not my national leaders).

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