I am not proud to say I too had feelings other than sorrow when I learned of RJ's passing last fall. Its not something I am proud of and its not something I find easy to admit, but it is the truth. I never got to meet the man, I didn't even know he was sick until very close to the end, but his writing had such a huge impact on my maturing from childhood to manhood I suppose I felt like I knew him anyway. I started reading the Eye of the World when I was 13 and read Knife of Dreams not half a year before I got married in early 2006. That is a span of 13 years. Exactly half my life was spent either reading or waiting for one of this man's books. When my wife told me he was gone (two days after my 26th birthday) my instant reaction was of betrayal. 13 years of reading and waiting and I knew I would never know how he would end his series. Three months later I heard that the final book would be written by someone else. This was cold comfort. I've since learned that Brandon Sanderson knew RJ and has spent a huge amount of time pouring over all available notes and recordings to try and make the conclusion as authentic as possible. I have high hopes for his success, but no matter how well he does it won't be the same. Almost a year since his passing I am ashamed by my initial reaction. I can now properly mourn the passing of a man who seems to become only greater as I learn more about him, his life, and his final epic battle. If his passing has caused someone a thousand miles away who never even knew him so many terrible and humbling emotions, I cannot imagine the pain that must have been felt by his family and friends. Even though he has been gone these many months I want to take this opportunity to give my truest, deepest, most heartfelt condolences to all that knew him. I also want to offer my most sincere apologies for my initial reaction of anger and hurt. I don't know if anyone in his family will ever read this, and if they do I don't know if it will make any difference, but I feel like I have to say something. Even if it is a year late. God bless you all, and God heal your hearts.