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By Tialin, in 4th Age Podcast,

<p>The 4th Age podcast presents Episode 93, a spoiler-free look at the anxiously awaited <em><strong>Towers of Midnight</strong></em>! In this segment we are pleased to welcome three SPECIAL GUESTS: Leigh Butler of the famous <a href="http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/02/wheel-of-time-re-read-index">Wheel'>http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/02/wheel-of-time-re-read-index">Wheel of Time Re-read Blog</a> on Tor.com, as well as Jason Denzel and Jennifer Liang of <a href="../../">Dragonmount.com</a>! They join Virginia for a fun and spoiler-free look at the book which will be released on November 2nd, 2010.</p><p>We are jumping ahead in number sequence here to get this out to you all before the release date for ToM. Never fear – all of the podcasts in between WILL be posted now that the podcast page and the new Dragonmount server are playing nicely together.</p><p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong>ATTENTION! THERE ARE NO TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT SPOILERS!</strong> </span><em>But spoilers on ALL the other books are VERY likely! </em>There will be spoilers, just none for ToM! If you haven’t read all the way through the Wheel of Time, THERE WILL BE SPOILERS of all previous books! Maybe of other series, too…. we will try to give warning.</p><p>Hosts: Virginia and SPECIAL GUESTS Leigh Butler of the famous <a href="http://www.tor.com/blogs/2009/02/wheel-of-time-re-read-index">Wheel of Time Re-Read Blog</a> on Tor.com as well as Jason Denzel, founder and owner of Dragonmount.com and Jennifer Liang,  Dragonmount administrator and driving force behind JordanCon (see <a href="http://www.ageoflegends.net/">AgeOfLegends.net</a>) and other WoT events at DragonCon, etc..</p><p>Regular co-hosts Andrew and Spencer had scheduling conflicts and unfortunately could not join us for this recording, but they will be back, never fear!</p><h6>Editor: Spencer Music by: Josh Needleman His website is at <a href="http://www.joshneedleman.net/">www.joshneedleman.net</a> and he has the music available to hear on his MySpace page at <a href="http://www.myspace.com/joshneedleman">www.myspace.com/joshneedleman</a>. It’s title is <em>Floodgate</em>. Thanks, Josh!</h6><div><strong><a href="http://www.dragonmount.com/Podcast/Media/dm-4thAge-093.mp3">Download this Episode now</a></strong></div><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/4thAge/~4/907ZXdP7xH4" height="1" width="1"/>

By Wilson, in Books and eBooks,

It wasn’t long after Brandon Sanderson had agreed to finish Jim’s (aka Robert Jordan's) work that he made it clear that he wanted his name to fall under Robert Jordan on the book. His wish was even more proof to me that Brandon was the right man for the monumental task. I offered that with the by-line we might also insert a Robert Jordan autograph. Brandon agreed.   So began the search through my Robert Jordan signatures for the perfect copy that I could scan and email to TOR. Michelle Horn, a coworker of many years, and fan girl long before that suggested that she had just the book.   In the early 2000s, I was visiting in Charleston, the Two Rivers. Jim and I were in his office late in the afternoon. I recalled that Michelle didn’t have a signed copy of <a href="/Books/Eye_of_the_World"><i>Eye of the World</i></a> or any other of Jim’s works for that matter. I asked Jim if he could sign one for her. He took a copy off his writing desk and signed "For Michelle Horn, Best Wishes, Robert Jordan." All these years later, Michelle handed me her cherished book to see if the autograph would work. It was perfect. Then, the significance of that signature hit me: it was in the first book, it was from Jim’s collection, it was signed on his writing desk, and I was privileged to watch him do it. Still, the best laid plans can and will go awry. In the whirlwind of events to get <a href="/Books/Gathering_Storm"><i>The Gathering Storm</i></a> to press, a file copy was accidentally substituted for the signature I sent. It’s a great example of Jim’s strong signature, but carries no real personal connection. With the help of Harriet and Paul Stevens at TOR that error is now corrected. What was will be. The Wheel turns and the signature that is in the first will be in the last.   Wilson Brother/Cousin 4th of 3.   <div align="center"><a href='http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/index.php?app=gallery&module=images&img=212'><img src='http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/uploads/1287131573/gallery_2_36_124999.jpg' alt='Michelle with the books for blog.jpg' width="400"/></a> <i>Michelle Horn with her copy of Eye of the World and with my advanced copy of Towers of Midnight.   The photo was made in my office. Tom sent Jim a framed print of the cover art for Eye. He forgot that he'd already done so. Jim gave me one of the two, shown behind Michelle, about 2 months before he died. It's never coming down.</i>       </div>

By JenniferL, in DM Website news,

The Wheel of Time Frequently Asked Questions, or "WOTFAQ" for short, has just been updated. This document was originally started in 1993 by Erica Sadun to document WoT discussion that had taken place at rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan, a Wheel of Time newsgroup and probably the first place fans were discussing this series online. Over the years, the series and the discussions grew, and the FAQ did as well. It changed hands several times, finally ending in the hands of Leigh Butler.   Unfortunately, after her last update in 2004, Leigh was no longer able to maintain the FAQ, though it still remained online in several places. In early 2009, Leigh agreed to pass control of the WOTFAQ to Dragonmount. Jennifer Liang (that's me!) agreed to take it on as a project when she retired as an active member of Dragonmount's community staff.   Since the last update, three new Wheel of Time books have come out (New Spring, Knife of Dreams, The Gathering Storm), Robert Jordan started a blog, become seriously ill, and passed away, and Brandon Sanderson was chosen to complete it. Additionally, a lot has changed with the internet and how we use it.   Here are some notes on how to navigate the WOTFAQ:   The FAQ is divided into thematic sections. Section "Zero" is meta-content about the series, it's authors and it's publishing. Section One is about everything that touches on the Shadow, divided into subsections. Section Two is everything else, divided into subsections. Section Three is discussion of Jordan's historical and mythological inspirations, divided into subsections. Section Four is a discussion of prophecies and Foretellings, divided into subsections. Because of the large amount of material this version of the WOTFAQ had to update, those two sections are not current. Then there is a big skip to Section Ninety-Nine, which contains information about the publication history of the series. The reason for the off numbering is so that additional sections can be added (which is very likely in the next update), but still keeping this section last.   Many articles cover very old discussions from the early days of the series. Others are new discussions. An article that has new information added has "Updated" in in the title. One that was heavily re-written will be marked as "Revised." Articles that are entirely new to this version of the FAQ are marked "New".   The WOTFAQ is not meant to be comprehensive. This means there is a good chance your pet theory isn't included (unless of course your pet theory is shared by many).   The WOTFAQ does not have spoilers for Towers of Midnight. Yes, we know that means some articles are incorrect now. Deal with it.   Aside from fixing typos and other mistakes, the next update of the WOTFAQ is planned for 2011, before the publication of A MEMORY OF LIGHT.   Got all that? Good. You may read now. http://wotfaq.dragonmount.com/

By Luckers, in Brandon Sanderson,

Hey guys, Luckers here. With the assistance of the amazing Peter Ahlstrom, I was able to conduct an interview with Brandon Sanderson. Thanks go also to Maria, who put me in touch with them. Enjoy!   James - When you first started work on the Wheel of Time what was the first thing you looked up in the notes/material?   Brandon - Asmodean’s killer. After that, I read the ending.     James - Did the notes squash/support any of your theories/ideas of where the books were going? Are you able to tell us what or how?   Brandon - Yes. It did both. Some things were supported, some things were squashed, and some things I just didn’t have any personal theories on. I can’t speak of many of them. I’m trying to remember which ones were in THE GATHERING STORM that I can talk about. I did think that there was a good chance--or at least I hoped and theorized--that Elaida would end up as a damane. And I was very happy to see that. I was taken completely by surprise by the Verin revelation. Most of the things that were squashed happen in the next two books, so I can’t really talk about them. And it’s very hard to look back and say, “What were my theories, and what did I think about things?” because it’s been three years now since I first looked at the notes and I already have all of that in my head.   Oh, I can tell you one thing that was squashed. To be perfectly honest, I’d always secretly suspected that Asmodean was still around, and that was totally squashed. So there you go. Part of me always thought, “Oh, Robert Jordan isn’t telling us because Asmodean is around; he’s doing something,” but no, he’s just dead. He’s totally dead. But you know, I think Robert Jordan had even confirmed that and I hadn’t seen the interviews until after I started working on the series. I’m pretty sure that somewhere out there is a Robert Jordan confirmation, a “He’s toast” comment.     James - With the Way of Kings out, I think it’s safe to say your other works are more than holding their own, but were you concerned in the early days about the Wheel overshadowing your other stories? Are you happy with the Wheel Fandom’s response to your other writing?   Brandon - Yes, to the last question. I am happy with the response. Though I do want to make the caveat that in my mind, the Wheel of Time fandom is not my fandom. I don’t mean that pejoratively. I mean that I don’t have any assumption that people who read the Wheel of Time books are going to like or even read my own work. I’m flattered when they give my books a chance, but people have asked me this question a lot and I do think that over the long haul there’s a pretty good chance that I’m going to stay overshadowed by the Wheel of Time. And that’s not a bad thing. In the case of something like this series--which has been a monumental influence, has sold so many copies, and is just such a dominant factor in the genre--I don’t think you can help but be overshadowed by it a bit. But I knew that when I took the project on in the first place. Being a footnote to the Wheel of Time is still a position of great honor. It’s been an honor to be involved.   I write my own books. I enjoy writing them. It’s what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life, and I’m flattered that they’ve had the success that they have, and that people enjoy them. I don’t sit up nights thinking, “Am I only going to be known as the guy who finished the Wheel of Time?” People are reading my stories, and beyond that I get to be a writer for a living. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. In all of those regards I’m insanely lucky. You’ve got to remember that I spent years and years and years writing books without anyone reading them other than my close friends. I wrote thirteen novels that way, and was completely satisfied. Sure, I wanted to get published, but it was telling the stories that was the most satisfying part. And if I had continued to do only that, then I still would have been completely satisfied. So anything beyond that is icing on the cake.     James - How difficult has weaving Towers of Midnight around the Gathering Storm been? Is there a large amount of interconnectivity? Do we cross back on any events in tGS?   Brandon - Yes, we do cross back on events in THE GATHERING STORM. The trickiest part was timeline. Robert Jordan had this innate ability to juggle timelines. This is not something he relied on Maria, Alan, or Harriet for; it was something he did on his own, just part of the genius of his brain. All of us are pretty new at this. I mean, I wrote MISTBORN chronologically. There wasn’t any time juggling. There was time juggling to do in ELANTRIS, but it was across the course of a single novel. It didn’t get as extensive. For the Wheel of Time, timeline things that Robert Jordan kept in his head are quite incredible, and I have to admit that I’m not as good at it as he was. Perhaps someday I will be able to get to that level, but for now I’m simply not. So working with the timeline has taken a lot of effort. I think we’ve got it so it all worked out. It took a lot of help. Maria, Alan, and others all worked together with me to get things arranged--some of our beta readers were extremely helpful in this--but there is a lot of juggling back and forth. You will see some events from different perspectives. It is not a complete jump back like book ten was. I would say that the book is mostly new material with a few glances at other things that are happening, but we’re moving forward; I’d say 60% of the book is taking place past what happened in THE GATHERING STORM. And then there’s one timeline in particular where we jump back and catch up--that’s Perrin’s timeline. But it was really challenging.     James - You spoke during the signing tour of perhaps having some material of Pevara being awesome on your website—is that still on the table? If it is, would it be pre- or post-Towers of Midnight?   Brandon - That suggestion came about because I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to fit it in. In the end I decided to get three or four chapters of it into TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT. So it is there. I haven’t yet decided whether the rest of that story will happen on screen in A MEMORY OF LIGHT or whether it will have to happen off screen. The outline is all there, but I’m still not sure what I’ll have time for and what will work with the pacing.   Posting something on my website is not something that I could just do offhandedly. If I were going to do it it would take a lot of talking to Harriet and Tor and getting permission. So that was really only a longshot contingency plan. Will it happen? I don’t know. We’ll have to see what gets into A MEMORY OF LIGHT. I’m pleased with the parts I was able to fit into TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, which means there’s a good chance I’ll be able to fit the rest into A MEMORY OF LIGHT.   James - I found Veins of Gold and Fount of Power to be two of the most epic and intense climaxes in the series. In your opinion are the two climaxes of Towers of Midnight similarly epic?   Brandon - The climaxes in the book are epic. One thing you have to remember in TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT is that there is not as narrow a focus as there was in THE GATHERING STORM. So we’re dealing with more characters in many different places, which means that instead of as in the previous book where we could dedicate a good third of the pages directly to Rand--maybe even more--and build to one majestic, powerful climax, I’m not doing that as much in this book. Instead of twenty chapters from one character, you’ll get ten, and building to each climax will narratively depend on your love for the characters and your experience from the previous books. I think there are some wonderful climaxes that are a long time in coming. Are they on the level of THE GATHERING STORM? I’m really going to have to let people decide that for themselves.   Defining what makes something epic is so hard even for an epic fantasy writer. One definition of epic can be what we just talked about--a big, massive build across a huge number of chapters to something enormously earth-shattering. But you can also look at epic as a dozen different characters seen across a dozen different plots building toward one event--each of their pieces is smaller, yet builds to something larger. Those are both good definitions. TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT is more like the latter definition. THE GATHERING STORM is more like the former definition.     James - I thought Rand’s arc in tGS was brilliant—starting to get better then—bang! Cuendillar Rand, and finally Veins of Gold. Was it difficult to write? Can you give us some insight into how you stayed in the mind of a madman?   Brandon - It was difficult to write. I’ve said before that I view a lot of these characters as my high school friends, people I grew up with. Facilitating Rand going through these extremely painful and sometimes revelatory moments was not easy emotionally, and yet there’s an excitement and a power to writing emotional scenes where things are coming together. So I would say it’s actually more difficult to write a character like Gawyn, who’s frustrated and struggling with not knowing what he’s doing, than someone like Rand who always has a direction--even if that direction is straight down, as it was in places. He’s always moving. So because of that, Rand was in many ways easier to write than other characters were. Yet at the same time it was painful to write. That doesn’t really answer your question, but maybe it does give some insight, as you asked.   James - Also, did Agelmar give Hurin a hug when he got back from meeting Rand?   Brandon - Um, I don’t know if Shienarans are really hugging types. But Hurin seems like he might be the hugging type, so maybe.   [Luckers comment: I can’t actually believe he answered this :D]     James - Following that is probably a good time to ask: Were you scared by the rabid nature of the fans? We do be crazy.   Brandon - I was very scared. Heh heh. For one thing, I was really scared that I would pronounce things wrong and get raked over the coals for that. I also knew how passionate people are about this--and they have a right to be--so I feared I would be vilified for my faults. Because I do have faults. I’ve been very up-front with people that I don’t consider myself as good a writer as Robert Jordan, particularly at the height of his writing abilities working on these books. And so that was a real concern for me. I talked about that last year on tour quite a bit, which anyone who saw my presentation about the books would remember. Screwing this up would mean hatred on huge levels from a large number of people. So I just took that as extra motivation to not screw it up. Or at least to screw it up less than any other person could have, since Robert Jordan was no longer here to do it right.     James - What’s the funniest/oddest thing a fan has ever suggested to you, or asked you about the series?   Brandon - There was a fan who came up to me completely seriously and said, “I know the secret. Don’t worry. I know it’s going to happen. I won’t tell people. I just want you to know that I know. I know that Mat is actually the Dragon Reborn and not Rand. I know this is going to come out in one of the next books, and everyone else will be surprised, but it’s all laid out right there, and here are the facts of why Mat is the Dragon Reborn.” And I blinked and said, “Oh, well, that’s an interesting hypothesis,” and then thought, I hope you’re not terribly disappointed when you find out you’ve been wrong all these years.     James - Cadsuane seems more than any other to be a character people either love or hate to great degrees, and I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on her as a character, and her role in the story?   Brandon - The fact that people are so passionate about her means that Robert Jordan wrote her the right way.     James - Will Verin face punishment from the Dark One for what she did? (Also, wow for that scene. Just plain flat out wow!)   Brandon - Well, I can’t claim very much credit for that scene.   Will Verin face punishment from the Dark One? It will all depend on whether he can get his mitts on her or not.     James - What is your favourite aspect of the series?   Brandon - As I’ve read each book at different times in my life, my answer to this has changed significantly. So I guess that as I think about it now, my favorite aspect would be how the books change and grow with you as you age. I’ve said before that many of the other books I started reading as a teenager just didn’t age as well. And that’s okay. They were brilliant for the time when I read them, and they were written for who I was when I read them. The fact that they have a much narrower focus does not mean that they are bad books. But as I grew up and became more proficient at understanding stories, and my tastes in stories changed, the Wheel of Time changed with me. The fact that the Wheel of Time has such a breadth and depth to it, that it can work for so many different people in so many different walks of life, is a great monument to Robert Jordan’s ability to write.     James - What is your favourite plot-line, and why?   Brandon - It’s hard to define what a plotline is. I’ve said before that my favorite little chunk in the series is when Rand went into Rhuidean, because I love the nonlinear storytelling, the weaving of past and present, the ability to tell us who current people are by showing their ancestors. I think it’s just a beautiful, wonderful sequence. But I don’t know if that counts as a plotline.   Maybe Perrin’s defense of the Two Rivers would be my favorite plotline in the series, because it has really great underdog story to it. At that point in the series, Rand is moving mountains, so to speak, and changing the world, yet this plotline focuses narrowly on real people--everyday people--and their struggles and how they’re fighting and changing. So I really enjoy that one.     James - Got any fun anecdotes from behind the scenes of Team Jordan for us?   Brandon - Other than Butt Trollocs? <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/BrandonSandrson/status/21040716125">http://twitter.com/BrandonSandrson/status/21040716125</a>   I don’t know. They’re fun people. Alan makes really really bad puns a lot of the time, which is quite amusing. Watching their commentary on the drafts as we’re passing them back and forth (and they’re writing out their thoughts and responding to each other’s thoughts) can be a hoot and can be frustrating at the same time.     James - Now. Asmodean. I require you answer this question fully and truthfully without any Aes Sedai skittering about. Did Vin kill him?   Brandon - Ha ha ha ha! No, it was not Vin. Now Hoid on the other hand... (No, I’m just joking.)       Thanks Brandon for doing this, and Peter and Maria for helping it to happen. Much appreciated!

By Luckers, in Towers of Midnight,

Chapter 2 of <a href="/Books/Towers_of_Midnight"><i>Towers of Midnight</i></a> entitled, "Questions of Leadership", has been made available online for free by Macmillan Audio in association with Tor.com. The chapter is narrated by Kate Reading and Michael Kramer.   This chapter brings the total number of available chapters for the book to four. The <a href="/index.php/News/tom/towers-of-midnight-prologue-now-available-r35">prologue was released as an eBook</a> several weeks ago and can be purchased online. Chapter 1, "Apples First", can be found <a href="http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/10/towers-of-midnight-chapter-1-qapples-firstq" target="news"> on Tor.com</a> or <a href="http://www.orbitbooks.net/towersofmidnight/" target="news">Orbit's UK website</a>. Chapter 7 (the first Mat point-of-view chapter) was made available recently on Brandon Sanderson's website, and can also <a href="/Books/Towers_of_Midnight/seven-striped-lass.php">be read right here on <i>Dragonmont</i></a>.   You can listen to Chapter 2 for free here   <strong><em>Towers of Midnight</em> Links</strong> <ul class="bullet"><li /><a href="/Books/Towers_of_Midnight">Towers of Midnight Info Page</a><li /><a href="/index.php/News/tom/towers-of-midnight-prologue-now-available-r35">Information on the prologue</a><li /><a href="/Books/Towers_of_Midnight/seven-striped-lass.php">Read chapter 7 (the first Mat POV chapter)</a><li /><a href="/index.php/News/tom/towers-of-midnight-book-trailer-r27">View the video Book Trailer</a><li /><a href="/index.php/News/tom/i-have-read-towers-of-midnight-r36">Read our review</a><li /><a href="/forums/forum/350-towers-of-midnight-spoiler-discussion/">Discuss the book on our <i>Towers of Midnight</i> spoiler forum</a>   <strong>Pre-Order <em>Towers of Midnight</em></strong> <li><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765325942?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0765325942">Amazon.com</a></a> - This link helps support <em>Dragonmount</em></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/184149867X?tag=dragonmount-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=184149867X&adid=0NW45FP5BV0BQ4VMJHF3&">Amazon.co.uk</a></a> - This link helps support <em>Dragonmount</em></li><li><a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0765325942?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=0765325942">Amazon.ca</a></a> - This link helps support <em>Dragonmount</em></li><li><a href="http://www.indiebound.org/book/0765325942">Indiebound.org</a> - Find local independent sellers</li><li><a href="http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?EAN=0765325942&afsrc=1&lkid=J25297035&pubid=K170413&byo=1">Barnes & Noble.com</a></li><li><a href="http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=0765325942">Borders.com</a></li><li><a href="http://store.tor.com/book/9780765325945">Directly from Tor.com</a></li></ul> <div align="center"><iframe src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=dragonmount&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000=FFFFFF&f=ifr&npa=1" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0"></iframe> <iframe src="http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=dragonmount-21&o=2&p=8&l=as1&asins=184149867X&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0"></iframe> <iframe src="http://rcm-ca.amazon.ca/e/cm?t=dragonmount-20&o=15&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0"></iframe></div>

By JenniferL, in Towers of Midnight,

Three weeks ago we announced that we were taking applications for "Tower Guard" for the upcoming TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT signing tour. Like last year's Storm Leaders, these are volunteers that will assist Brandon and Harriet at each signing event. You might see them taking photos, writing notes for an official report or handing out some really cool Wheel of Time swag.   In total, we received 324 applications for 56 positions in eight cities, the most coming in for Provo, Utah's midnight release event. So if you didn't get chosen, don't feel bad. You're in good company. If you weren't chosen this year, please try again when A MEMORY OF LIGHT is released.   Here are the first names and last initials of everyone selected this year.   Note: There are some extra names on some lists. These are people who have made extraordinary contributions to the fandom and have been added to the list by request. They did not take a spot away from another Tower Guard. Provo, UT Midnight Release Lauren R Andrew L Casey C Riley R Spencer P Mark S Matt H Jennifer L     Sacramento, CA Ken B David D Baily E Cody W Elizabeth B Matthew L Virginia O Jason D   Cincinnati, OH Rose K Leah J Lynn M Kathy E Mark A Marvin K   Dallas, TX Shannon A Chuck G Chris T Charles M Sarah B Manar H John S Bob K   Hanover, MD David D Melody S Eric M Maureen S Renee F Robert M Cassy E   Bailey's Crossroads, VA Steve M April D Bill G Benjamin T Matthew M Greg L   Boston, MA Dennis H Rick D Helane D Andrea K Venkat R Bob D   NYC Zeshan H Joseph A Erin M Raphael K Christian G Thomas D Leigh B   Thanks again to everyone who applied this year. And we wish the best of luck to anyone who wants to apply for the next one.

By Jason Denzel, in Towers of Midnight,

Dragonmount is pleased to present an extensive behind-the-scenes feature describing the entire filmmaking process for the the trailer. It includes written commentary, video interviews, storybaord animatics, before-and-after shots from the film, and tons photos. The Towers of Midnight Book trailer continues to be a huge success, and a lot of people have asked about how we put it all together.   Haven't seen the book trailer yet? View it here on our website   Enjoy the Behind-the-scenes feature here. Included in the features are several" rel="external nofollow">http://outta-this-world.com/2010/10/08/tom/">several videos produced by Outta This World.   Towers of Midnight, the penultimate thirteenth book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, will be released on November 2nd. If you're interested, you can read my advance review of book.   Pre-Order the book! Amazon.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765325942?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0765325942">Amazon.com - This link helps support Dragonmount Amazon.co.uk" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/0765325942?tag=dragonmount-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0765325942&adid=0NW45FP5BV0BQ4VMJHF3&">Amazon.co.uk - This link helps support Dragonmount Amazon.ca" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0765325942?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=0765325942">Amazon.ca - This link helps support Dragonmount Indiebound.org" rel="external nofollow">http://www.indiebound.org/book/0765325942">Indiebound.org - Find local independent sellers Barnes" rel="external nofollow">http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?EAN=0765325942&afsrc=1&lkid=J25297035&pubid=K170413&byo=1">Barnes & Noble.com Borders.com http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=0765325942">Borders.com href="http://store.tor.com/book/9780765325945">Directly from Tor.com http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=dragonmount&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr&npa=1" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">  http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=dragonmount-21&o=2&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">  http://rcm-ca.amazon.ca/e/cm?t=dragonmount-20&o=15&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">

By Jason Denzel, in Towers of Midnight,

Tor.com and Orbit UK have posted chapter one of Towers of Midnight online for free. The chapter is entitled "Apples First". This chapter brings the total number of available chapters for the book to three. The prologue was released as an eBook several weeks ago and can be purchased online. Chapter 7 (the first Mat point-of-view chapter) was made available recently on Brandon Sanderson's website, and can also be read right here on Dragonmont.   You can http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/10/towers-of-midnight-chapter-1-qapples-firstq" target="news">read chapter 1, "Apples First", on Tor.com in its entirety.   In addition, Orbit Books in the U.K. has posted the same chapter. You can view it on http://www.orbitbooks.net/towersofmidnight/" target="news">Orbit's website.   Towers of Midnight Links Towers of Midnight Info Page Information on the prologue Read chapter 7 (the first Mat POV chapter) View the video Book Trailer Read our review Discuss the book on our Towers of Midnight spoiler forum   Pre-Order Towers of Midnight Amazon.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765325942?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0765325942">Amazon.com - This link helps support Dragonmount Amazon.co.uk" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/184149867X?tag=dragonmount-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=184149867X&adid=0NW45FP5BV0BQ4VMJHF3&">Amazon.co.uk - This link helps support Dragonmount Amazon.ca" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0765325942?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=0765325942">Amazon.ca - This link helps support Dragonmount Indiebound.org" rel="external nofollow">http://www.indiebound.org/book/0765325942">Indiebound.org - Find local independent sellers Barnes" rel="external nofollow">http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?EAN=0765325942&afsrc=1&lkid=J25297035&pubid=K170413&byo=1">Barnes & Noble.com Borders.com http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=0765325942">Borders.com href="http://store.tor.com/book/9780765325945">Directly from Tor.com http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=dragonmount&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000=FFFFFF&f=ifr&npa=1" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">  http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=dragonmount-21&o=2&p=8&l=as1&asins=184149867X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">  http://rcm-ca.amazon.ca/e/cm?t=dragonmount-20&o=15&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">

By Luckers, in Towers of Midnight,

On November 2nd, Towers of Midnight, book thirteen of the Wheel of Time, will be released around the world. Beginning at midnight that morning, Brandon Sanderson will kick off his U.S tour. You can get the exact times and locations of each tour stop below.   For each one of the book tour events, Dragonmount will be recruiting approximately 5-7 Tower Guards. The Tower Guard will get the rare opportunity to meet with Brandon and Harriet in a casual setting before the actual book signing, and discuss whatever you guys like. You can also get your books signed and personalized in advance. The amount of time you'll have to hang out will vary from city to city depending on Brandon's schedule, but right now we're estimating that it will be about an hour. And, of course, you'll receive an Official Collector's Edition 2010 Towers of Midnight Tour T-shirt. (Oh yeah)   In return for this opportunity, we're going to put you to work. Each member of the Tower Guard will be asked to help document the event in different ways. Some Guard Members will take photos. Others will take notes and do a blog write-up for DM to share with the wider community. Some will hand out promotional material to people standing in line. If the bookstore needs help organizing lines, one of the Guard will be there to help. If Harriet needs a glass of water, the Tower Guard will be there to take care of that.   Another important task for some of the Tower Guard will be to get involved on our message boards, and on our Facebook group to help promote the event. We'll probably ask that each "regiment" of the Tower Guard get together in person at the bookstore once before the event in order to work out the logistics and delegate tasks to be in charge of. You'll be provided with a packet of more detailed guidelines once the teams are assembled.   What are we looking for in members of the Tower Guard? First and foremost, we're looking for people who are excited about this book release, and excited about meeting Brandon, Harriet and your fellow fans. Because being a member of the Tower Guard requires a lot of organization and initiative, we're looking for people who are proactive and willing to work a little bit. Age isn't a factor. In fact, we want to put teams together that have a diverse range of ages. If you have some good experience in organizing club activities, or have been a contributing member to the various online WoT communities, be sure to mention that in your application. Above all, tell us why you should get selected and why Brandon and Harriet might want to meet you.   What if I'm just a casual fan but still want to be a part of this? No problem. You don't have to have been a part of a WoT community staff for the last decade to get involved. As long as you're willing to help with the tasks that need to get done, then we'll consider you.   Who's doing the selections? Jason Denzel, Jennifer Liang and myself (James Luckman) will be going through the applications and putting together interesting and diverse groups. We don't accept bribes, and we hope you won't hurt us if you're not selected. We're expecting a pretty big turn-out of applications. Everyone will get a fair shot. We might even save some open slots to be filled by random selection.   Okay, so how do I apply? We are now accepting applications. To apply, fill out the web form below. You cannot apply more than once, but you can list your first and second choice of events to attend. You cannot serve on the Tower Guard for more than one event, and we regret that we cannot choose you again if you were chosen as a Storm Leader last year.   The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM (U.S. Pacific Time) on October 8th.   We will review all of the applications and offer positions on the Tower Guard to people within a week after the deadline. This should hopefully give you enough time to get the day/afternoon/evening off from work or other commitments.   Here is a list of the book tour events.   Tuesday, November 2nd - Midnight BYU Bookstore Wilkinson Student Center (WSC) / University Hill Provo, Utah 84602 *With special guest Harriet McDougal   Tuesday, November 2nd – 7:00 PM Barnes & Noble Booksellers 1725 Arden Way Sacramento, CA 95815 *With special guests Harriet McDougal and Jason Denzel (founder, Dragonmount.com)   Wednesday, November 3rd - 7:00 PM Joseph-Beth Booksellers 2692 Madison Rd Cincinnati, OH 45208 *With special guest Harriet McDougal   Thursday, November 4th - 7:00 PM Borders 10720 Preston Road, Suite 1018 Dallas, TX 75230 *With special guest Harriet McDougal   Friday, November 5th – 7:00 PM Books A Million 7000 Arundel Mills Cir Hanover, MD 21076-1282 *With special guest Harriet McDougal   Saturday, November 6th – 2:00 PM Borders 5871 Crossroads Center Way Baileys Crossroads, VA 22041 *With special guest Harriet McDougal   Sunday, November 7th - 3:00 PM The Harvard Coop 1400 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02138 *With special guest Harriet McDougal   Monday, November 8th - 7:30 PM Barnes & Noble Booksellers – Lincoln Triangle 1972 Broadway New York, NY 10023 *With special guests Harriet McDougal, Maria Simons and Alan Romanczuk ("Team Jordan")   If you cannot see the form below, go here to apply.     <iframe src="https://spreadsheets.google.com/embeddedform?formkey=dGdrTE81NGJPeXlMVVFIaWVaakRoa0E6MQ" width="600" height="2000" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0">Loading...</iframe>

By Jason Denzel, in Community & Events,

TarValon.Net has just posted information on this year's recipient of the Robert Jordan Memorial Scholarship. Christopher Lipnickas, a Psychology major at Wichita State University, is receiving the $500 award based on his essay "How I plan to use my studies to become a Servant of All." His goal is to become a substance abuse counselor, inspired by the suffering his family went through after his father became addicted to prescription pain medications.   For more information about the winner, an interview, and copies of the winning and finalist essays, http://www.tarvalon.net/news/interview-2010-robert-jordan-memorial-scholarship-winner" target="news">head over to TarValon.Net's new website.   http://www.tarvalon.net/content/2010-winner-christopher-lipnickas" target="news">Winning essay & interview http://www.tarvalon.net/content/2010-winner-and-finalists" target="news">Other finalist essays

By Jason Denzel, in Books and eBooks,

The Gathering Storm, book twelve of The Wheel of Time, is now available in paperback form in the U.S. from Tor Books. TGS was the first book in the series published after Robert Jordan's death. It was written in large part by fantasy author Brandon Sanderson.   If you are among the fans who were waiting for the paperback to pick up a copy, here's your chance.   Read our review More information about this book Order" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/dp/0765341530?tag=dragonmount&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=0765341530&adid=11BS8HF81P75X9N3DAC1&">Order the paperback from Amazon.com. This link supports Dragonmount   http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=dragonmount&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr&npa=1" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">

By Jason Denzel, in Towers of Midnight,

About a year ago, you and I and the rest of the Wheel of Time fan base were eagerly awaiting the release of The Gathering Storm, the twelfth book in the series, and the first one written in large part by Brandon Sanderson, the relatively unheard-at-the-time fantasy writer who was chosen to complete Robert Jordan's epic. The burning question back then was, "Can Brandon deliver?". The answer was nearly unanimous amongst fans: not only did he deliver a good Wheel of Time book, but he delivered one of the most exciting Wheel of Time books yet. The book was a smash success, and by and large fans everywhere took a deep sigh of relief. In my original review of The Gathering Storm (TGS), I called the book one of the finest in the series, and I stand by that statement.   So now the question has become: can Brandon do it again? Is Towers of Midnight (TofM), the penultimate novel in The Wheel of Time series, as good as--or better-- than its predecessor? Brandon gained fan confidence by writing TGS. The bar has been raised. Does this next novel live up to the hype?   Of course it does. It's an amazing novel.   I've had the privilege of reading it, and I'd like to share some thoughts regarding it with you.   But first, I'm once again obliged to give a few disclaimers. My involvement with the WoT franchise is deeper than most fans. More and more, rather than being a passive observer, I'm finding myself actually helping to create content for the Wheel of Time (via my involvement in other parts of the franchise such as games, movies, etc). In this case, I was one of Brandon Sanderson's beta readers. This means that the version of the book I'm reviewing was a version that was still incomplete, and was towards the end of its editing process. More importantly, I provided feedback, both technical and creative, which may have had an impact on the writing. (I say 'may' because I honestly don't know yet whether some or any of my suggestions and feedback were taken.) In addition, I happen to run a large WoT fan site and therefore find myself promoting these books on a daily basis. I've had business dealings with Tor (although I have never been paid to do any of this and I do not accept money for promoting WoT). I'm not here to sell books. I am here to represent you, and share my honest feelings regarding this new book. I realize I can never be truly impartial, but I'll sure do my best. Like you, I'm a fan first, and always will be.   So with all that said, let's cut to it. Towers of Midnight is an outstanding novel, but I wouldn't say it was the finest in the series, nor can I say I personally enjoyed it more than its predecessor. But don't let that fool you. As http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/09/the-wheel-of-time-towers-of-midnight-advance-review" target="news">Leigh Butler wrote in her recent review, these books are all like family, and so of course I loved it overall. And so will you. It's just that for me, as an individual reader, I personally enjoyed the tighter focus of the previous novel over this one. Viewed in terms of the whole series, there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that TofM fits into the series and successfully sets the stage for the final, explosive novel.   Let's take a closer look.   "To understand something", Perrin notes early in the book, "you have to know its parts." Well, Towers of Midnight is made up of a lot of complicated parts. It makes The Gathering Storm seem simplistic by comparison. The two of them are as different as The Great Hunt is from Lord of Chaos. This surprised me. I expected Brandon to deliver a novel that was just like the last one; to just continue with the same pacing and style as before. But he didn't. Instead, he did what I feel was the right thing and followed the needs of the story. TofM is darker, grittier, and filled with a lot more external conflict than TGS. The prose is consistent with its predecessor, but overall the book has the feel of the later WoT novels. More viewpoints. A wider scope. I loved reading about the increasing threat to the world; the mounting tide of darkness sweeping across the land.   [begin minor spoilers. Some of you will think these aren't true spoilers, and some of you will complain if I don't label them. So I'm playing it safe.]   In TGS, the primary focus of the book was on Rand and Egwene. It was that intense focus on their dramatic character arcs that made me love that novel so much. Although Rand and Egwene have some important roles to play in ToM, the primary focus shifts over to Mat and Perrin. Perrin has a wonderful arc in this book, even if it is just a tad slow to initially get going. (But hey, nobody ever said anything in WoT was fast, eh? Just chew your food and savor the taste). This is balanced by the fact that Perrin probably has the most action in the book. Well, except for poor Ituralde. The man just can't catch a break can he?   Chief among the aspects of this book that I loved is our favorite gambler. I'm happy to report that Mat is back. In a big way. I give Brandon a lot of credit for listening to feedback from fans who thought Mat's character voice was somewhat "off" in TGS. We'll never know how much of the book was personally written by Robert Jordan before he died, and how much was written by Brandon, but the point is that Mat not only sounds right in most of his chapters, but he is in his finest form. Quite simply, Mat redefines the very meaning of Awesome in this book. He's funny, but in a less slapstick way like he was in TGS. His internalized sarcastic humor is contrasted by the fact that he just bloody cares too much about people around him, and that makes him the old Mat we all know and love.   (If you haven't already heard, you can read the first Mat viewpoint chapter from ToM right here on Dragonmount)   I won't tell you what the best parts of the book were, of course, but I'll tell you that two of them were so good, they'll just shred you to pieces emotionally. Both of them are completely unexpected, and they happen to occur in a series of three back-to-back-to-back chapters. (Well, in the version I read. They may have been re-ordered since I read it in manuscript form) One of the chapters involved Perrin. And no… She's not involved. It's not what you think. So stop guessing.   The other scene that rocked me to read is one that completely embraces the spirit of the whole series. It's the epitome of what makes The Wheel of Time stand apart from all other fantasy series. To say that I was moved by it is an understatement. After reading it, I honestly began to question whether this story will actually have a happy ending or not. I mean, let's face it. Most of us assume the series will conclude with a victory at the Last Battle, with maybe a few heroic deaths along the way, right? Well this sequence I'm talking about proves that even victory can be disaster. It shows that even the most noble of intentions can have a butterfly-effect ripple across the Pattern. The sequence was beautiful to behold, and that alone makes ToM worthy of being on the shelf with your other WoT books.   What else?   Ah yes. If you'll excuse some shameless self-promotion, you need to go watch the Towers of Midnight book trailer. Once you've done that, then we can talk about Her.   Yes that plotline is addressed in ToM. But not in any way that resembles the video linked above. (The video was produced before I read the actual book) Some aspects play out as you might expect, but there are a lot of key surprises along the way. I devoured every word, and loved everything to do with it. And of course, it left me wanting more!   One last plot-related item…. Olver. There's a chapter involving him that just breaks my heart. Now maybe it's just me. I'm not talking about a big dramatic scene. (Although it does have another big reveal). Most people might find humor in it. But not me. Maybe I'm just sensitive. Remember what I said earlier about the price of victory? What happens here is both endearing and tragic. On one hand it was logical and inevitable that things would play out this way. On the other hand, I just never saw it coming, and neither will you (not that it will stop you from trying, huh?). I tip my hat to you, Mr. Jordan and Mr. Sanderson. Once again, you've given us a moment that people can debate. For me personally, it'll stick in my gut for a long time.   [END spoilers.]   It occurred to me as I finished this book that this is almost it. After ToM, there's only one more book to go. One last round in the great fight. These characters, this world, they're a part of me. And clearly, they're a part of you and a great many others as well. Some of you are new to the series, and many of you have been reading it for a very long time. Regardless of when we started though, we all see the same looming horizon before us. The inevitable arrival of the Last Battle, and the fabled "Last Chapter" that Robert Jordan spoke of for years. We've reached the sunset of this Age, and after reading ToM, I just don't know how it will end anymore.   This book will always have a special place in my heart. In part for my involvement as a beta reader, in part for the book trailer project, and even for the book's dedication which is a profound and humbling gesture. But mostly, this book will be special to me because it marks the true beginning of the end. Story-wise, the "good guys" are gathered and ready to go. But in fact they're in shambles, just barely held together. But in terms of us, as a community of fans, we are gathered like never before. I'm proud to see our fandom linked in this last year like I've never seen. We all know there's something special about this series, and Towers of Midnight is without a doubt a fine and worthy addition to its ranks. I look forward to riding the storm with you guys one last time to Tarmon Gaidon. One last charge. One last book.   We will meet it with swords raised.   Jason Denzel Jason@dragonmount.com   Pre-Order Towers of Midnight Amazon.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765325942?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0765325942">Amazon.com - This link helps support Dragonmount Amazon.co.uk" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/184149867X?tag=dragonmount-21&camp=1406&creative=6394&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=184149867X&adid=0NW45FP5BV0BQ4VMJHF3&">Amazon.co.uk - This link helps support Dragonmount Amazon.ca" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0765325942?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount-20&linkCode=as2&camp=15121&creative=330641&creativeASIN=0765325942">Amazon.ca - This link helps support Dragonmount Indiebound.org" rel="external nofollow">http://www.indiebound.org/book/0765325942">Indiebound.org - Find local independent sellers Barnes" rel="external nofollow">http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbninquiry.asp?EAN=0765325942&afsrc=1&lkid=J25297035&pubid=K170413&byo=1">Barnes & Noble.com Borders.com http://www.borders.com/online/store/TitleDetail?sku=0765325942">Borders.com href="http://store.tor.com/book/9780765325945">Directly from Tor.com http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=dragonmount&o=1&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr&npa=1" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">  http://rcm-uk.amazon.co.uk/e/cm?t=dragonmount-21&o=2&p=8&l=as1&asins=184149867X&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">  http://rcm-ca.amazon.ca/e/cm?t=dragonmount-20&o=15&p=8&l=as1&asins=0765325942&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">

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