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By Jason Denzel, in Towers of Midnight,

Tor Books has released the cover art for the upcoming ebook release of Towers of Midnight, the thirteenth book in the Wheel of Time series. In most months since October 2009, Tor has released one book in the series in a variety of electronic formats. See below for a full list of links to the released books, as well as a schedule of the remaining upcoming releases.   With each eBook, Tor is including brand new artwork for the "cover". A different artist has been selected for each one, giving the art team at Tor a chance to provide us fans with a variety of styles.   Click the image seen here to enlarge   This month, the artwork is by http://www.raymondswanland.com/" target="news">Raymond Swanland. The ebook will be released on January 31st.   As with the previous covers that were released for the ebooks, Tor Art Director Irene Gallo http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/01/raymond-swanland-and-the-towers-of-midnight-ebook-cover"'>http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/01/raymond-swanland-and-the-towers-of-midnight-ebook-cover" target="news">has done a write up about the process behind creating this image. Be sure to check out the full article. Here's an excerpt: Click to enlarge Wheel of Time eBook News and release schedule Tor Books plans to re-release each one of the Wheel of Time novels as ebooks according to the schedule below. Each will have new cover art, specially commissioned for the eBook format. Each will feature a different artist.   The Eye of the World: Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58151">Tor.com feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002U3CCYM?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002U3CCYM">Buy from Amazon The Great Hunt: Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58188">Tor.com Feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002VBV1R2?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B002VBV1R2">Buy from Amazon The Dragon Reborn: Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58256">Tor.com Feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0030AF5DO?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0030AF5DO">Buy from Amazon The Shadow Rising: Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58579">Tor.com Feature | Gallery | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00329UWL8?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00329UWL8">Buy from Amazon The Fires of Heaven:Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58667">Tor.com feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0037V18D2?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0037V18D2">Buy from Amazon Lord of Chaos: Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58707">Tor.com feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003BQZ80M?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003BQZ80M">Buy from Amazon A Crown of Swords: Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=59025">Tor.com Feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H4I5G2?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003H4I5G2">Buy from Amazon The Path of Daggers: Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=59242">Tor.com Feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H4I44K?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003H4I44K">Buy from Amazon Winter's Heart: Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/06/winters-heart-ebook-cover-by-scott-m-fsicher">Tor.com Feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H3IOKU?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003H3IOKU">Buy from Amazon The Crossroads of Twilight: Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/07/crossroads-of-twilight-ebook-cover-by-greg-ruth">Tor.com Feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003K15P9M?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003K15P9M">Buy from Amazon Knife of Dreams: Gallery | Tor.com" rel="external nofollow">http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/08/knife-of-dreams-ebook-cover-by-michael-komarck">Tor.com Feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000SEH2NG?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000SEH2NG">Buy from Amazon The Gathering Storm: Gallery | http://www.tor.com/blogs/2010/08/the-gathering-storm-ebook-cover-by-todd-lockwood" target="news">Tor.com Feature | Buy" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003K15O3E?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B003K15O3E">Buy from Amazon Towers of Midnight: Gallery | Tor.com Feature | Available for purchase 1/31/2011 New Spring - Date TBD From Two Rivers - Date TBD To The Blight - Date TBD The Hunt Begins - Date TBD New Threads in the Pattern- Date TBD   So what do you think of this new image? Leave your comments below. Remember, we'll have a more detailed report on the overall future of the Wheel of Time print-edition covers at a later time.

By JenniferL, in Fan Art Friday,

Hi folks,   We're launching a new feature on Dragonmount today: Fan Art Friday. Jason and I have always wanted to do more to showcase the wonderful creativity of the Wheel of Time community and this seems like a good way to do that. Some weeks I'll showcase a particular artist. Other weeks I'll focus on different interpretations of characters or scenes. If a post will have Towers of Midnight spoilers, I'll be sure to say so.   This week, since we're running the New Spring giveaway, I thought I'd pick out a few portraits of Moiraine & Lan.     This piece is by Cicely Combs. Long time fans of Dragonmount will recognize a portion of this piece. It was one of the rotating corner icons we used in the previous site design. One of the things I've always liked about this Cicely's art is the way she uses lines. The thick, dark lines give it the feel of a stained glass window to me. Your eye follows them, and it gives a sense of movement. You can almost see the cloaks flapping in the wind. It's a great piece.     This one I found on DeviantART by an artist who goes by "Manweri". This is a really nice, classic interpretation of the two. With Moiraine wielding saidar and Lan hefting that big sword, you get a sense of how dangerous these two are.     Here's a really nice pencil sketch of Lan by himself. The proportions are a bit off, but I really like the way the artist did the color shifting Warder's cloak. You can just barely see the outline of it surrounding Lan. This one was found on Elfwood. It's by Greg Scott.     Check out this stunning portrait of Moiraine by DeviantART user "Westling". One of the nice details I notice is that she has thin stripes of red, white and green, the Damodred House colors in the trim of her bodice. It's a detail that you don't usually see in fan art. The dark blue over gown has an incredible richness to it. The texture looks like velvet. And the lighter colored underskirt looks patterned, like lace. It's an incredibly textured painting and it adds to the realism for me. This looks like a costume you might see at JordanCon or Dragon*Con.   Well, that's all for this week. Did I miss your favorite version of Moiraine and Lan? Feel free to post links in the comments section.

By JenniferL, in Books and eBooks,

On January 18th, Tor Books plans to release the complete graphic novel, New Spring. New Spring is a prequel to the Wheel of Time series. It was first published as a short story in 1998, then expended to a full novel in 2004. A comic book adaption followed shortly thereafter, though it was plagued with production and delivery issues. The story focuses on Moiraine Damodred, an Accepted in the White Tower and Lan Mandragoran, an officer in the Aiel War.   Tor has given us five copies of the graphic novel to give away here on Dragonmount. To enter just post below with your favorite memory of Lan and/or Moiraine from any book (Towers of Midnight spoilers allowed) by midnight Saturday, January 15th Eastern time. We regret that this contest is only open to fans in the United States.   You can pre-order the book now from Amazon.com or find it at your local bookstore.   http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&nou=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=dragonmount&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=076532380X" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">

By JenniferL, in Community & Events,

The 2011 Hugo Awards nomination period has begun. The Hugos are considered the most prestigious award in science fiction and fantasy literature. Think of them as the Oscars, but for books. Unlike the Oscars, the Hugos are decided by a popular vote of fans from around the world. You can find out more about the awards and their history here.   To be eligible to vote in the Hugos, you need to be a member of the World Science Fiction Society, which is defined by the members of either the previous WorldCon or the upcoming WorldCon. So those of you that attended the WorldCon in Melbourne last year are eligible to vote on this year's Hugos, along with anyone registered for the upcoming WorldCon in Reno. To be eligible to nominate you must be pre-registered (either Supporting or Attending) for the next WorldCon by January 31st. To find out more about how to register for WorldCon and participate in the Hugos, check out their website.   While we certainly wouldn't dream of telling you how to nominate or vote, here are some Wheel of Time related things that are eligible for Hugos that you might consider when filling out your ballot.   Best Novel: Towers of Midnight by Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson Alcatraz Verses the Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson   (Of these three novels, I personally consider The Way of Kings to be the more Hugo worthy. Your opinion may differ.)   Best Fan Writer: Linda Taglieri Leigh Butler   Best Fanzine: Dragonmount.com   (There is no Hugo for "Best Fan Website", unfortunately. Jason & I think we fit best in the fanzine category because we serve as a Wheel of Time news portal.)   Also, any of the artists who produced work for the Wheel of Time eBooks published in 2010 would be eligible for the "Best Professional Artist" award. You can see their artwork on Tor.com.   Remember, to be able to participate in nominating, you need to be pre-registered for WorldCon by the end of this month.

By Jason Denzel, in Community & Events,

TarValon.net is hosting The Feast of Lights, a charity drive benefitting breast cancer research. Here's what they told us about it:   This drive is being run from December 5 - January 5. Information on the drive, including a full list of prizes and how to donate, is available here.   Please consider donating for this worthy cause, and help us demonstrate how the Wheel of Time community can make a positive difference in the world.

By Jason Denzel, in Community & Events,

Seamas Gallagher, a well--known Wheel of Time artist whose work can be seen on our main banner above-- has been given an official license to produce and sell high-quality WoT art prints.   The first batch is now available.   View more os Seamas's art at www.seamasgallagher.com

By Tialin, in 4th Age Podcast,

Team Jordan Interview! The 4th Age podcast presents Episode 79, a phone interview with <strong>Maria Simons</strong> and <strong>Alan Romanczuk</strong>, who are an integral part of Team Jordan. Alan and Maria were been assistants to Robert Jordan for many years before his passing, and they continue on with Harriet Rigney, RJ’s widow and editor, and Brandon Sanderson, the talented author, to bring us the conclusion of the amazing series of books that comprise The Wheel of Time.   We are still somewhat out of number sequence and very behind on posting episodes. 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.   <strong>ATTENTION! THERE MAY BE SPOILERS!</strong> No Towers of Midnight spoilers, but information from ALL the other books are VERY likely! 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.   <strong>Special Guests: Maria Simon and Alan Romanczuk</strong> Hosts: Andrew G, Virginia, Spencer and Marc Editor: Jessie R <strong><a href="/Podcast/Media/dm-4thAge-079.mp3">Download this Episode now</a></strong>

By Jason Denzel, in Books and eBooks,

Tor Books will be releasing the full and complete New Spring graphic novel on January 18, 2011.   New Spring is the only published prequel to The Wheel of Time. Written by Robert Jordan, it was originally published as "short" story in 1998 as part of the Legends" rel="external nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0765300354?ie=UTF8&tag=dragonmount&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0765300354">Legends Anthology, edited by Robert Silverberg.   The original short story focused on Moiraine and how she met and bonded Lan. Robert Jordan later expanded the story into a full novel (published in 2004). Shortly after that, in 2005, Robert Jordan began working with well-known comic book writer Chuck Dixon to adapt the novel into a series of comic books (produced at the time by Red Eagle Entertainment and Dabel Brother productions). This graphic novel is the culmination those efforts to finally publish the entire collection into a single book.   Here's what Tor's press release says about it:   You can pre-order the book now from Amazon.com or find it at your local bookstore.   http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?lt1=_blank&bc1=000000&IS2=1&nou=1&bg1=FFFFFF&fc1=000000&lc1=0000FF&t=dragonmount&o=1&p=8&l=as1&m=amazon&f=ifr&md=10FE9736YVPPT7A0FBG2&asins=076532380X" style="width:120px;height:240px;" scrolling="no" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" frameborder="0">   In somewhat related news, Tor Books also announced today that they will be publishing two new novels by Brandon Sanderson next year. These novels, which include a new Mistborn short novel and a young adult title, will be released in 2011. More information will be released about these on Brandon" s rel="external nofollow">http://www.brandonsanderson.com">Brandon's website. Their release will not impact the publication of the final WoT novel. Book 14, A Memory of Light is estimated to be published in early 2012.

By Jason Denzel, in DM Website news,

Dragonmount is now on Facebook.com. If you're a member of Facebook, please go to www.facebook.com/dragonmount and "Like" our page.   By doing so, you'll get regular commentary about news, developments, and insight into the Wheel of Time from both myself (Jason Denzel), and Jennifer Liang (DM co-webmaster, and convention chair for JordanCon). Jennifer and I regularly use the @dragonmount Twitter account to chatter almost daily about our various experiences with the franchise. These updates will now be mirrored onto Facebook, allowing you to follow us in either location.   (And for those of you who've been paying attention: yes, we've actually been on Facebook for a while now, but the "group" we setup wasn't equipped to mirror our twitter commentary.)   We're looking forward to expanding our community to you on Facebook. See you there!

By ka243, in Community & Events,

Editor's Note: After completing his USA tour to promote TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, Brandon Sanderson and his wife, Emily, were guests at the annual Utopiales science fiction convention in Nantes, France. While the Sandersons were in France, Brandon also did a signing at the WH Smith bookstore in Paris. This is a report from that signing. Please be aware that there are SPOILERS for TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT in this report and in the videos.   Brandon is planning other trips outside of the USA in the near future. Please check his website for details.     OK, here goes... If anyone else has pictures from the signing, please post them also. Thanks to Cuthbert 19 for sending me his pictures. Here's a quick link to my dragonmount gallery for those who just want to see the pictures:   Signing Report Paris - Major spoiler warnings   The signing was a great event with over 100 people present. Brandon was very happy with it. The bookstore people were very nice and had bought some drinks for everyone.   Brandon's wife Emily sent me an email when they got to Paris and they met me in a café beforehand as a thank you for helping set up the book signing. Brandon signed my books and drew a dead narg for me because I told him that I am on Theoryland and Dragonmount and he had done things like this for other theorylanders (See Terez's dead Asmodean drawing).   Then we went over to the bookstore. Here's a picture of the store window with lots of WOT books.     ... and the posters they put up     Brandon began by reading Lan's part of the prologue with great enthusiasm:     Then came the questions & answers session (see detailed description below, videos are also coming).   I met up with Cuthbert and we also talked with some other enthusiastic fans met at the signing, one of which I convinced to buy Way of Kings. During the line, we read Julien's list of questions deciding which one or two he should ask if Brandon only had time to answer one and speculated about what the answers might be.   Here's a picture of us with the list of questions:     We intentionally placed ourselves at the very back of the line because both Cuthbert and Julien had a very big sack of books, and this gave us more time to talk about our questions and hang out near the diet coke :). It took about 2 hours to get through the line, which was fine with us!   Here's a picture of people in line (near the end):     ... and Brandon signing books:     When we got to the front of the line, we asked our questions and Cuthbert identified himself as the guy who (almost) found the Venice clue during the great hunt (it was lost, but Brandon sent him a copy of it + another code) who flew to Paris just for the signing. There's a great picture of them at the signing table with the clues:   Afterwards, the bookstore was planning to take Brandon and Emily to dinner but as only one person from the bookstore was coming, Brandon invited Federico, Julien, 2 other fans and I who had waited at the back of the line to come along too which was a very fun experience and we got to ask more questions (yay).   Brandon and Emily opening magic cards from Federico:   The rare card in Brandon's pack (I think this is the one he had Federico sign): ... the cards were in Italian   Group picture at dinner:     Please note that here were some topics that Brandon talked about at the signing and also later, so I may have put some things he said later into the description of his answer to the question at the signing to have everything on the same theme in one spot.   This was a really great time and I want to thank Brandon, Emily, the bookstore and everyone who came! For those who were there, let us know who you were and if you remember anything I didn't mention here or got a question in line that I didn't hear.   Signing Q&A video 1: <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8DNS9q_6U?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b"></param><param'>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8DNS9q_6U?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pY8DNS9q_6U?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>   Sorry for the shaky camera at the beginning, it gets better after about a minute. This starts a few questions into the Q&A session as the beginning got erased by accident.   Signing Q&A video 2: <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f8HUMHHDhY?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b"></param><param'>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f8HUMHHDhY?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f8HUMHHDhY?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>   Signing Q&A video 3: <object width="480" height="385"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSOzUje84ac?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b"></param><param'>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSOzUje84ac?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSOzUje84ac?fs=1&hl=en_US&color1=0x5d1719&color2=0xcd311b" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="480" height="385"></embed></object>   Signing Q&A summary: The questions are not necessarily in order as I wrote this from my memory.   There were some funny moments like when someone asked what would be the role of the Prince of the Ravens and Brandon answered it with a rafo on the Prince of the Raisins. Much laughter ensued and he told us about the typo Maria found in the book about "butt trollocs"...   Another question was how much of the books was him and how much was RJ. He said that for AMOL, TGS and TOM, he had about 200 000 words of written material including notes dedicated to that story . He also had dictations dedicated to the AMOL material + dictations and the other general notes for the series. He made the parable of someone who has pieces of a Ming vase for which he had some pieces but others are missing and he had to put it all back together to make a whole. He did say that for this book, more of Mat was RJ and more of Perrin was him. I think that he has done a really great job.   Someone asked if he would do the prequels and outriggers. He said its Harriet's decision but he'd seen a lot of series being continued after they probably should have stopped and he doesn't want that to happen to The Wheel of Time. TOR wants very much for Brandon to do more WOT books after the end and also continue his own books. Brandon thinks that the easiest place for them to stop doing additional WOT material is after AMOL and the encyclopedia are done – if the prequels get written, he worries that there would be more demand for the outriggers and if the outriggers got written, demand for more books. He mentioned that he would say yes if Harriet asked him to do the prequels and outriggers but would say no to any further material after that. He has advised that they stop after AMOL and the encyclopedia. However, he did say that he thinks that the outriggers and prequels would be great books if they were written, which makes me really want to read them. He has said previously that if there were one or the other that he'd rather do the prequels but TOR wants the outriggers more.   He mentioned that doing TOM and rewriting/editing Way of Kings the same year was quite intense in terms of time. He is still committed to getting books out quickly and regularly, but WOK and TOM in one year was more than he wants to do on a regular basis.   He is going to take 3 months to reread the series and plans to have AMOL done by end 2011 for a release in early 2012.   Someone else asked if Rand's internal state of affairs was affecting the world around him. Brandon said there are 2 things going on – ta'veren and the fisher king prophecy which says the Dragon is tied directly to the land. He says it seems to Rand that more bad stuff was happening in TGS but that this could be either just Rand's perception or what is really going on. We should remember that ta'veren is supposed to be 50/50 – an extra equal amount of good and bad going on. He would not tell us at this point whether there was really more bad stuff happening in TGS or whether its rand's perception as there was purposefully very few viewpoints from rand himself in TOM. Like the 3rd book Dragon Reborn, TOM is meant to step away from Rand and view him from the viewpoints of others.   Someone also asked if Rand's ta'veren nature would affect people on the other side of an open gateway. Brandon said that the Pattern considers that Rand is where he is and not on the other side of the gateway, so he would not affect a place just by having a gateway open there and not actually being there.   Someone asked how the trollocs are getting enough food in the Blight, they can't just eat each other right? Brandon said that the number of trollocs in the blight currently is unsustainable over a long period of time but we should remember that the shadow does has access to channelers that can create gateways (implied: as a means to bring food TO the trollocs).   Someone asked if the Seanchan taking over the entire world would be a victory for the Light or the Dark. Brandon said it would be a victory for the light because the Dark One would not have won. He said that the Forsaken have different visions of what a victory for the Dark would mean. Ishamael thinks it will mean the destruction of everything and the end of time whereas Graendal thinks that he will remake the world.   Otherwise, many of the Q&A questions were things Brandon had answered previously such as why were the books split into 3...   Other Q&A summary   This part is from the un-official q&a during dinner and the questions I asked Brandon from before the signing.   I asked if he could confirm definitively that Cyndane is Lanfear and end of story since there were still some people saying maybe Cyndane isn't Lanfear. He said that anything regarding Lanfear is RAFO at this point because there is likely to be information about that in the next book and there are hints about what is going on with her in Towers of Midnight.   We discussed the gholam, if someone had pushed it through a gateway, would it have just died? Brandon said that gholam CAN go THROUGH gateways (from one place to another). Gholam are shadowspawn of a more perfected kind. It would have been way too easy to kill if you just needed to shove it through a gateway (to another place). However, falling through the Skimming gateway for a few minutes did kill the gholam and it is really dead and its not going to show up again. This makes me wonder now if one of Rand/Logain's deathgates would have killed it but I didn't think to ask at the time.   I also asked about how Asmodean was killed now that we know Graendal was "responsible" for his death. Brandon said that when he arrived at Harriet's and asked to see the ending and got the pile of Robert Jordan's notes including the ending, on top of that pile was a message from a fan in the form of a dialogue between a Sherlock Holmes character and a Watson character with a note from RJ saying "this is right". Emily asked if it was from Matt Hatch and Brandon didn't think it was. He said that he can probably give send me that message so we know exactly what RJ said "this is right" to.   This is apparently all of the information that is available from RJ himself about the actual method of Asmodean's murder. In Brandon's vision of the story, he imagines Graendal killed Asmodean (did the deed herself) with balefire, but apparently this is not in the notes. So its possible that it could have been done by another kind of weave and we are free to speculate on that.   I then asked about the RJ quote where he said that the place and the method of Asmodean's killer both mean that he couldn't come back. Brandon said this was also a RAFO as he couldn't tell us why the place was important at this point without giving something away. He seemed to know something about this reason (there is probably information about why someone killed in the place Asmodean was couldn't be brought back by the DO). I asked if whether "where" referred to the city of Caemlyn or something else and this was also a RAFO.   He also said that RJ's answer to Winespring Brother "The Dark One couldn't bring back Asmodean because of the combination of 2 factors: HOW HE DIED and WHERE HE DIED. Not one or the other, both factors." might be interpreted as both factors (each alone) would have prevented the DO from bringing Asmo back (and not just one or just the other) OR both factors (each alone) were not sufficient to prevent the DO from bringing Asmo back and the combination of both was required. It seemed to me like his vision of it was more the first answer than the second (both factors each alone would have prevented it).   I am guessing that we will learn about that in either AMOL or the encyclopedia, but probably AMOL. My personal theory is that there is perhaps some kind of magic tied to the city of Caemlyn that makes the dark one's power be lessened within that city itself and perhaps he cannot bring back anyone killed there. This is perhaps also a reason that he wants to make a strike at the city of Caemlyn with all of the trollocs very soon.   I asked about why Grady didn't tie off the gateways to move Perrin's troops if he was too tired to keep them open. Brandon says that this was part of the instructions he had, so he didn't want to change it (my speculation is that I think that means it was probably in the notes themselves but I don't know that for sure). He said that it makes sense for tieing off gateways to have a cost for the channeler to maintain because if it were so easy to create gateways and tie them off, it could be very breaking for the logistics of the world. If this were possible in the Age of Legends for example, why would anyone need a horse or a wagon or to develop any other kind of technology to transport anything? There could just be tied off gateways from everywhere to everywhere else.   I asked if there would be another Great Hunt for AMOL and Brandon said yes and he is thinking about putting in all the chapter names. He said we will notice in TOM that not all of the chapter names got put in because he took out some of the ones that he thought would be so easy to guess. Because of this filtering on the chapter names, he was impressed that we guessed so many. I told him that there were 6000 failed guesses we listed and about the list and search engine that was made by Theorylanders to avoid making the same wrong guesses and he was very impressed by that. He said Tor was surprised by the success of the Hunt and that they were very pleased.   I also asked if there was anything in AMOL like the big un-noticed thing in TOM that we should look for. He said there are lots of little things that come to fruition in interesting ways. I said yeah, I can't wait to see how "his blood on the rooks of Shayol Ghul" turns out. Do you know there are some people that think Elayne will have her babies on SG and that will fulfill the prophecy? He said well, Elayne is like 4 months pregnant at this point... Lots of things are possible with the One Power though. In my mind, this debunks that theory somewhat .   At dinner, Cuthbert told us in detail about his involvement with the last clue. He had to get up on the chair of the photobooth to look at what was on top and a lot of the security guards were looking at him funny. He also got a lot of twitter followers and people encouraging him to go get the clue.   Julien asked if the incident where Perrin comes back from TAR with blood of someone else on his face was a mistake or something else (usually you get blood from your own wounds but not others when exiting TAR). Brandon said remembering thinking it was odd at the time when he read it but asked for an email and find out for that question.   He also asked if Rand had quit smoking since we hadn't seen him smoking tabac recently. Brandon says that if he can't get Two Rivers tabac he would rather not smoke anything and Rand has been a busy guy lately. He compared it to being used to really good french wine and then having only bad American wine available, in which case Rand would rather not consume. Rather funny.   Julien also asked what "Shanna'har" meant and he said that he had asked Alan for a word that meant "commemoration" in the old tongue.   He also asked what was the riddle that the Snakes & Foxes told Rand that gave him the answer about how to cleanse saidin. We know their answer to how can I win the Last Battle, how can I survive the Last Battle and we know the result of rand's third answer about cleansing the Source but we don't know what the "riddle" was. Brandon was not sure if he could tell us this without giving something away so he got an email and find out on this question.   Someone asked about why the clouds are clearing and whether they were clearing around the certain of the important women in the story. Brandon said that the clouds are clearing around Rand, but it has not been specified whether that's because of ta'veren, the Fisher King or another reason entirely. He said that the clouds had cleared over Avi in the Waste and we have not seen whether the clouds have cleared over Tuon, but Tuon is still somewhat behind the other characters at the end of TofM. He also said the clouds have not cleared over Seandar.   Cuthbert gave Brandon packs of Magic cards in Italian and Brandon had him sign one of the cards, which was neat.   Other things we discussed included the Mistborn movie (Brandon has seen a screenplay and it was pretty good, but the project is not for sure going to be made). Dreamworks Animation has the rights to Alcatraz and Red Eagle has the rights to Wheel of Time.   There was an April Fools joke at one point that Lindsay Lohan was going to play Vin in the movie by Brandon's friend Dan wells who does the Writing Excuses podcast for aspiring writers with Brandon. If you haven't listened to their podcast yet you should, its quite entertaining even for people who have no desire to become writers. Brandon mentioned that maybe about 50% of the audience is listening just for fun and may not have an actual desire to become professional authors.   Finally, Brandon told us that he is likely coming back to Europe next year. He wants to get to the UK very much and will likely go to the Imaginales d'epinal convention which is in March. He said that he generally has more time at conventions to do things like play Magic than at signings as there are events over multiple days, parties, etc...   We discussed Demandred, I don't remember how or why it came up, but I said that the most popular theory currently is that he's Roederan of Murandy. I didn't ask who Demandred is because I knew that would get a big fat RAFO. He said "aren't there a lot of people who think its Paitar"? I said not that I knew as, RJ said we hadn't seen Demandred's alias on-screen prior to KOD and we had seen Paitar before. Roderan is basically the only important king of Randland or one of them that we haven't seen on screen. He didn't deny or confirm any of the above.   All this talk about gateways now has me curious if gateways always have to be flat or if there could ever be a curved gateway. But I didn't think to ask that. For example, could you make a spherical gateway around somebody with the destination being a fiery pit and they couldn't move otherwise they'd be toast? If someone made a circular gateway, how would that look on the other side (a big round sphere of nothing... ?)   We talked about the order of the chapters as some people were confused by tam being in 2 places at once. Brandon said there was no way around this as they had to catch Perrin up. Then we asked if there was a chance of getting the last 3 books re-released with the chapters in chronological order. He said this might be possible as an e-book or maybe a rearranged audiobook. Only the chapter orders would be changed.   Author's note: You couldn't fit it all in one published book and it would just be weird to have 3 separate volumes published again with the chapters in different orders. I could totally see an ebook or one huge rearranged audiobook though as something attractive and maybe not too costly to produce that some HCFFs like us would enjoy having.   Finally, here are some pictures of my books. TOM with dead Narg (awesome):     Contents of my backpack before going to the signing (that thing was heavy)!!  

By Jason Denzel, in Books and eBooks,

Tor Books recently announced that the digital eBook edition of Towers of Midnight will be available on January 31. Here's what they http://torforge.wordpress.com/2010/11/12/towers-of-midnight-e-book-coming-in-january-2011/" target="news">wrote on their blog:     The eBook will be available from all the normal vendors including Amazon, BN.com, Borders, etc.

By PhrozenFear, in 4th Age Podcast,

Hey folks, Marc here, from <a href="/Podcast">The 4th Age Podcast</a>.   Over the last little while, many people have noted that the iTunes stream has been down. This was, without too much techy talk, because Dragonmount.com was undergoing some major reworks, and the feed that made iTunes know what files to get, and when / what to update, was broken. Unfortunately, it wasn't a real easy fix, to keep the old feed the same, and iTunes wasn't really helpful in allowing us to keep things as they were.   So there is now a brand new 4th Age podcast entry in iTunes - as the old one is no longer working - the old one exists there for archival purposes. This new feed is finally up and running properly, and it downloads all of the old episodes (minus most of the TGS recap series from 76-92 - they're being slowly implemented, but aren't all there just yet).   So, if you wish to sign up and get the NEW 4th Age Podcast, click the following link:   <a href="http://ax.itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-4th-age/id401516810#ls=1">iTunes 4th Age Podcast Store Link To Subscribe</a>   This should open iTunes up to the new 4th Age podcast, and allow you to subscribe. If you want just the feed itself (for either an RSS reader, or another program to get podcasts (Winamp, Media Go, etc), then THAT URL is:   http://feeds.feedburner.com/4thAge   Unfortunately, you cannot copy the old files into the new directory and have it work - I tried that last night. So you can either keep all the old with the old (if you have them already), or else re-download them with the new feed, which has them all as well, and will have the future episodes we release.   The 4th Age <a href="/Podcast/">home page can found here</a>. And all of <a href="/Podcast/episodes.php">our past episodes can be found here</a>.   Thanks again, and thank you for being loyal WoT / Dragonmount.com / 4th Age fans.   »Marc S 4th Age Podcaster   PS, we are aware of some of the issues with a couple of the episodes, and Jason is working on getting them fixed. New episodes are also still being recorded, and released, as well as the TGS Recap episodes, so you'll be seeing those in the feed over the coming days / weeks.

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