Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Not Gaming: AMOL

During the last few days, the entirety of my gaming time has been devoted to finishing a book. I finally finished late last night, having burned my candle at both ends quite a bit. Even though I don't have much to say about gaming (just waiting on 5.2 for WoW), I figured A Memory of Light was worth mentioning. Several of you are probably Wheel of Time fans as well.

I won't say too much. I know I'm probably the last one finished, but I still don't want to spoil anything for anyone. No alerts here. Just wanted to do a bit of cheering.

What an awesome series! I was introduced to the Wheel of Time series by a good friend only about 4 or so years ago. Many of you have probably been living with these stories for much, much longer. 14 books (15 if you count the Prequel), over 4 million words, almost 12,000 pages. Wikipedia tells me that the audio would run 419 hours and 30 minutes. That's a lot of story.

For folks that do not know, here's a quick intro to the series. The Wheel of Time is epic, epic fantasy. Yes, that's two epics. Long, involved, with loads of plot threads and characters, it is not for the faint of heart. Due to scope alone, it may not be for everyone, but what it does, it does well. It's not pretending to be a thriller, it is epic fantasy. There is magic. And battles. And different races. And very, very human emotions.

The first dozen books were written by Robert Jordan. Then, unfortunately (but with a slight bit of warning), he died. The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills. Obviously, Mr. Jordan wasn't able to finish the series, and fans anguished that they would never find resolution for the characters that they'd grown to love. Fortunately, the man had prepared notes. Lots and lots of notes. And Brandon Sanderson was approached (as both a fan and burgeoning fantasy author) to finish the series.

It proved a prophetic choice. I can't imagine another author doing a better job of both treasuring the story and honoring the legacy of the late Robert Jordan. These books will remain a treasured series of mine for many years, and it is not without quite a bit of sadness that I finished last night. It was not the ending, but it was an ending. And endings can be both sad and fulfilling. AMOL was both. To borrow the word of Thom Merrilin: exquisite.

To all the other WoT fans out there, /cheer. I made it. We made it. What a ride.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.

Welcome to the Fourth Age.


  1. If you want to get hooked on some books then read Donald Burgett.


    'Seven Roads to Hell' was so gripping that I read it in two nights.

  2. Looks like a whole lot of reality in those books! I generally stick to fantasy, but for WWII fans, these look pretty interesting. I've never really done memoirs before.

  3. I began reading the Wheel of Time series soon after it came out in the early 1990s. And I have re-read it numerous times. Mainly, he began to slow down his writing later on, so I would re-read it from the beginning in order to go into the 8th book. Then the 9th book would take forever for him to finish...so I'd end up re-reading them all again :)

    When I first heard of him dying, my heart just sank. Almost 15 years of my life reading these books, and the story was not going to be finished. But then I heard of another writer picking up the task.

    As of now, I still haven't finished the series. But thanks to your post, I think I'll start from book 1 again.

    1. Yeah. I was fortunate in some ways to come to the books late, as I could just devour them and didn't have to be patient as long. One of my rules used to be not to start series until they were all written. I cave on that quite a bit, but the background desire is still there.

  4. I haven't started these yet, been trying to catch up on a few others first. Currently, A Song of Ice and Fire. And still have your fantasy novel to read as well!

    1. :-)

      Just don't read mine between or after George RR Martin and Robert Jordan/Brandon Sanderson. I fear they'll put me to shame!

      I'm a big Martin fan, too. The books are awesome. I also enjoy the HBO series. Go figure...

    2. Hahaha. I'm very behind on everything so we'll see ;) I'll probably read it when I go on a Kindle catch-up spree.

      As for Martin, I'm starting Storm of Swords next. *squee* And also love the series, it's very well made. Don't understand folk who called it 'an abomination'. Actual quote.

    3. E-books don't go out of print! :-)

      To enjoy Martin, I think one must enjoy the occasional dropping of the "c" bomb... if you know what I mean. (I also use the term occasional loosely.) I'll bet a lot of the folks who dislike Martin's stuff fall on the stodgy side of things. Not that there's anything wrong with that (to each his own), but there are definitely some potentially unsettling adult themes.

    4. The "c" bomb is the best bomb! :D

      I have to be in the right mindset for a lot of the unsettling stuff, but when I get there I get thoroughly gripped. Fantastic.

    5. Not gonna lie... sometimes I feel like he's single-handedly bringing it back. Friends and I certainly use it more...

      We also refer to Martin affectionately as "King Nerd." A position I'm sure he relishes.

    6. Naah you need to watch more British comedy! :D Has got to the point wherein myself and my GL affectionately call each other c***s.. and poohead but hey. xD

      Ooh definitely. Him and Mr. Sanderson and Rothfuss and Gaiman and and and...