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 Episode 1: Podcast Starting

Apr 14, 2008 by

Bookbabble Episode 1: Podcast Starting

Recorded 28 March 2008

Babblers: Bjorn, Lars, Gem, Donny

Synopsis:
Inaugural episode! The cast is introduced, and starts off the projected weekly podcast on everything that a booklover would love to talk about in the world of reading. Here, the babblers talk about the the causes and effects of book banning, whether book lists or book charts barometers of what’s really good out there, and what Umberto Eco thinks about his bestsellers. Also find out the latest planned incarnation of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five, and what Lars thinks about The Wheel of Time as he re-reads the series in preparation for the forthcoming Memory of Light.

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