Luckers, here's a link you should check out: http://www.amazon.com/1000-page-books/lm/R1K3HXIP8FIS9Z
This is just a list by a random person, there are MANY other books that have already been printed that are as big as AMOL would have been.
"Your way would have resulted in two books without anything really happening, and a final book with just a bunch of conclusions made boring by too much anticipation, and having too much clumped together. Is that really what you wanted from the end of this series? Personally I prefer to maintain the integrity of the storytelling--which is to say, setting up the books in the best way to tell the story. I read WoT for enjoyment, not as an expression of idealism."
No, they could have waited until he was done writing the entire novel THEN cut it. That way the releases would be close enough to undo any unneeded delays. Instead, because all of the "fans" wanted their candy now, Brandon had to change the story to fit with Tor's vision. I personally don't like Tor's vision seeing as how they are a publishing company and not an author.
I know that Brandon and Harriet are trying to make this as close to what RJ wanted (thank you guys) but they are still being forced to change what RJ wanted. I'm not going to endorse the behavior of Tor with my money. I hope others do the same, although I don't expect much from most people now-a-days. Remember folks: If you continue to purchase whatever they put out when you don't like it, they will continue to put out thinks you don't like.