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the wheel weaves as the wheel wills

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"The big news in the world of Fantasy literature is that Mr. Brandon Sanderson, author of The Mistborn Series and Elantris, has been chosen to finish the late Robert Jordan's masterwork, Wheel of Time Book 12: A Memory of Light.

In the interest of full disclosure, and because I like using important terms such as full disclosure, I will tell you that Brandon and I have struck up a casual e-mail friendship over the last few months. While I had no idea this was in the works, this didn't stop me from offering my services to him yesterday, just in case he needed a few jokes written for Rand, Mat, and Perrin.

As The Wheel of Time is not that known for it's off the wall comedy, I don't have much hope that he'll take me up on the offer.

I must also tell you, that I have not yet read any of Brandon's novels.As of today however, they are going to the top of my reading list, and I'll get to them immediately after I finish up Goodkind's Phantom (Yes,I finally broke down and forced myself through it).

While I am insanely, ridiculously pleased to know that WoT will be finished and not left in eternal limbo, there is a large feeling of trepidation that another other than Jordan will be wielding that mighty pen.

I remain confident however, because of a few points:

  • Harriet,Jordan's wife, will be editing Sanderson's work, as she did the last 11books in the series. If there's one thing I know about writing, is that behind every writer, there is the person who pushes, who rereads, who critiques; for Jordan, that person was Harriet.
  • Harriet herself is the one who chose Sanderson, and I have a hard time believing that before Jordan's death, he did not make a shortlist of who he wanted to finish his series.
  • Sanderson will be working off of Jordan's notes, which according to Harriet, are rather extensive.
With that, I will retain hope that in the fall of 2009, with the hard work of Sanderson, Harriet and Jordan, we will get the epic conclusion to the Wheel of Time we can't wait to read."

I hope so. Man, I hope so.


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Dec. 14th, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
The only thing I care about is finding out who killed Asmodean.

The correct answer is 'Lanfear.'
Dec. 14th, 2007 04:35 pm (UTC)
not to bring eddie izzard into this, but she was dead at the time. i think it was Graendal.
Dec. 14th, 2007 04:42 pm (UTC)
Re: ummm
She wasn't dead at the time, she'd gone through the redstone doorway.

It wasn't Graendal. RJ said the answer should be obvious from reading the passage. In the passage, Asmodean's thinking about Lanfear being gone, sees someone, says "You!," and gets dead. He surprise exclamation fits his seeing someone he expected couldn't be there, not someone who could.

Lanfear. Totally Lanfear.
Dec. 14th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
So after Moraine pulled her through the doorway, how did she escape to after the fact to kill Aesmodean? The next time we have any confirmation of Lanfear back in Rand's world is when she is reincarnated as Cyndane. The only close theory I've read on this was used in support of Moraine being the killer - she used one of her wishes to return to commit the murder.

Your synopsis of the events above is accurate, but RJ also used "obvious" they way most Particle Physicists do for their first year students. Personally, I think that Aesmodean stumbled across Graendal while he was rooting around Camelyn, recognized her, and she killed him for blowing his cover.

This makes much more sense to me than Lanfear - what is her motive for the killing? She was the one who set him up as Rand's tutor to begin with - if she somehow managed to break free of the *.finns, why would she use that moment to nail someone she already rendered powerless and part of her machinations?

Dec. 14th, 2007 06:54 pm (UTC)
Re: okay...
So after Moraine pulled her through the doorway, how did she escape to after the fact to kill Aesmodean?

The snakes and foxes grant wishes. Of all the people who go through the doorway in the series, most make it back.

This makes much more sense to me than Lanfear - what is her motive for the killing?

There's a very good motive that I completely forget due to not having read the books for something like a decade now.

Ah. WoT FAQ reminds me. She didn't just have a motive, she had strong motive, and even said she was going to kill him.

The problem's the doorway, but given the three wishes I'm not too troubled by it.

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