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Paul H

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  1. What point are you trying to make with this thread? I followed the news about the final three books very closely, from the moment that Brandon was announced as the author, mostly by reading Brandon's blog and his Twitter feed. And all of Brandon's quotes that you posted here are consistent with the things he was saying while he was writing (or researching prior to writing) the last three books. So I don't see any big surprise or stunning revelation in what you have posted.
  2. I had the same question after I read ToM. At the time, it seemed to me that Brandon and Team Jordan had made a mistake here. However, I believe I did read an explanation similar to what wotfan4472 posted: Perhaps this is right, but I would have to re-read the book in order to convince myself that this is a viable explanation. My impression based on my first and only read-through of ToM (a couple of years ago now) was that making a gateway should not have been possible, because gateways were already not working before that point. (But it is also possible that I am mistaken.)
  3. Brandon has made it known that neither the other prequels nor the "outrigger" novels will be written. The notes that Robert Jordan left for these novels were very sparse anyway. (In some cases, I think there was as little as one sentence.) And if I understand correctly, Harriet does not want the Wheel of Time to be something that goes on and on, with other authors writing in Robert Jordan's world. The one thing that is forthcoming is the Encyclopedia.
  4. (Warning: This post contains a quote from Brandon Sanderson with spoilers for Towers of Midnight.) I read most of Brandon's blog posts and tweets throughout the writing process, and I got the impression that any changes to Jordan's text were minimal, and were made mostly by Harriet. I think that Brandon gave the example of changing some verb tenses in RJ's text, to show that that was about as far as he would go with changing any of Jordan's text. I think he also mentioned that Harriet made some minor edits to blend Brandon's and RJ's styles a little bit, such as adding a few
  5. I read most of Brandon's blog posts and tweets throughout the writing process, and I got the impression that any changes to Jordan's text were minimal, and were made mostly by Harriet. I think that Brandon gave the example of changing some verb tenses in RJ's text, to show that that was about as far as he would go with changing any of Jordan's text. I think he also mentioned that Harriet made some minor edits to blend Brandon's and RJ's styles a little bit, such as adding a few contractions in Jordan's text, and removing a few contractions in Brandon's text. But perhaps the edits were more
  6. One thing that I will point out though: The parts that Robert Jordan wrote in books 12-14 are not as polished as his writing in the earlier books. If I understand correctly, we are reading what was essentially his first draft of those scenes (probably with some minor edits by Harriet), rather than his usual output which would go through multiple revisions. So don't expect RJ's absolute best writing, but it's still very good. No one has officially given a complete list of which scenes in books 12-14 were written by RJ, as far as I know. But I believe it was confirmed that he wrote at le
  7. Yes, that's true. And being busy could be part of the reason that he hasn't posted any Wheel of Time annotations yet. However, Brandon is always working on multiple projects at once. And back when he was extremely busy with the Wheel of Time (as well as The Way of Kings), he was still posting annotations for some of his older books. So I suspect that he would post the Wheel of Time annotations sooner or later unless he has changed his mind about wanting to do it, or unless Harriet has asked him not to. And maybe one of those things has happened. I just haven't heard anything one way or t
  8. Back when Brandon Sanderson was working on the last three Wheel of Time books, he mentioned at least once on his blog that he might at some point post chapter-by-chapter annotations on his web site. He does this for some of his own books (a while after they are published), where he posts insights into the writing process or maybe additional tidbits on the plot and characters. If I remember correctly, he said that he would like to do the same thing for the final three WoT books, but that he would do it only with Harriet's permission. Does anyone know if this is something that still migh
  9. (EDIT: bofred, I should mention that there are only the most minor of spoilers, if any, for books 11-14 in this post, so I think that you can read it safely. I pretty much comment only on the structure of books 11-14, not the content of the plot.) Elayne's bid for the throne of Andor is one of my least favorite sub-plots in the entire series too. I couldn't remember exactly which books covered that sub-plot, but it makes sense that a lot of it would be in Crossroads of Twilight, because that is definitely the slowest book in the series. Knife of Dreams is a slow book too, but it doesn'
  10. (Warning: This post contains moderate spoilers for Towers of Midnight.) I would say that all of the middle books (say 7-10 or 7-11) are somewhat underrated, probably by people like me who read the first six books one after another, and then had to wait years between books after that. I still think that these middle books are the weakest in the series, but I also think that if you read straight through, they aren't quite as weak as I had originally thought. They definitely have too many slow parts, and take too many pages to get through too little story, but the slow parts are easier
  11. I think it is just a different (older?) usage of the word, where each half (left side and right side) is a singular moustache, so that both halves together are moustaches (plural).
  12. This is a good point. I think maybe they came across as more evil than you give them credit for, but several of them seemed to be obsessed with various worldy goods (power, comfort/leisure, sex, etc.) much more than being purely evil. But then I think in a way that is the point -- that many people on the side of evil are not 100% evil. Sometimes they are just looking out for the best situation for themselves. I would have liked that too. Though there could be too much of a good thing. If the epilogue were too much longer, it might feel anti-climactic. I wonder if the upcom
  13. It is very hard to pick just one scene, but the scene that I thought was most awesome at the time that I originally read it was the ending of Lord of Chaos, with the battle and the rescue of Rand, and the Aes Sedai swearing fealty to him. Here are some other scenes that I thought were great: Rand's visions of the history of the Aiel in Rhuidean in TSR The whole scene at Falme, with Egwene's rescue and Rand battling Ba'alzamon in TGH The cleansing of saidin (in Winter's Heart?) The escape from the Trollocs into Shadar Logoth in TEOTW The rescue of Moiraine in book 13 (I can't think of t
  14. I started reading in 1995, and finished reading a few months after the release of A Memory of Light. Before the last two or three books, I re-read books 1-11 or 1-12. I can't remember if I read book 12 before the re-read, and then read it again as part of the re-read, or if I read it only once at the end of the re-read. Either way, I think that it took me about one or two years to read straight through books 1 to 12 (with a few smaller books read in between, but not many).
  15. Based on the title, I thought that this was a book for kids, and I thought maybe it would be a good book for my kids. ("Scholastic" is a major kids' book publisher in the U.S. -- maybe in other countries too?) But it looks like it is something else entirely. Still interesting though -- thanks for posting.
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