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2013-01-08 09:19:50 AM  
George R. R. Martin, the ball is now in YOUR court.
 
2013-01-08 09:32:18 AM  
I have up through book 10 but only read through 4.... One day I'll finish it but holy fark is that asshole long winded.


And yes, I think GRRM is going to keel over before finishing his convoluted overrated crap. I do like the show though! hahaha
 
2013-01-08 09:36:15 AM  
Going to start reading this after I finish the Song of Ice and Fire series (well what's out already).

Even if/when GRRM dies, I'm sure someone will finish it ala the Silmarillion so at least we will have an end. They'll probably finish it in a tenth of the time too.
 
2013-01-08 09:36:19 AM  
I started re-reading the series when it was certain that the end would be in sight. I read the first 3 in high school, got sidetracked, re-read them in an attempt to get caught up years later and made it halfway through number 5 before losing patience, and now I'm just about to start The Dragon Reborn for the 3rd time...totally going to power through this time.
 
2013-01-08 09:38:05 AM  

Crudbucket: I started re-reading the series when it was certain that the end would be in sight. I read the first 3 in high school, got sidetracked, re-read them in an attempt to get caught up years later and made it halfway through number 5 before losing patience, and now I'm just about to start The Dragon Reborn for the 3rd time...totally going to power through this time.


Gooooooooood luck. I say that every time... hahaha
 
2013-01-08 09:38:26 AM  
Wasn't that whole series initially based on a Journey song?
 
2013-01-08 09:38:55 AM  
I'm more excited about this being finished so that Brandon Sanderson can get back to his own multi-volume sprawling epic, The Stormlight Archive. I have been impatiently waiting since The Way of Kings came out 2 1/2 years ago.
 
2013-01-08 09:40:25 AM  

Crudbucket: I started re-reading the series when it was certain that the end would be in sight. I read the first 3 in high school, got sidetracked, re-read them in an attempt to get caught up years later and made it halfway through number 5 before losing patience, and now I'm just about to start The Dragon Reborn for the 3rd time...totally going to power through this time.


I remember reading the beginning of book... maybe 11, not recognizing any of the people, rereading all the prior books without finding them, having my brother say 'apparently there was one sentence that mentioned them briefly', and throwing the book down in disgust.  That was the day I decided to wait until the series was finished before reading any more.
 
2013-01-08 09:40:59 AM  
Last year I went to the club night at a Wheel Of Time con.
It uh, REALLY wasn't my scene.
 
2013-01-08 09:41:49 AM  
Also, when I worked at a book store in the '90s we had people coming in daily asking when the next book was coming out.
The answer was always the same - "We have no idea."
 
2013-01-08 09:42:58 AM  

TheAuldTriangle: Going to start reading this after I finish the Song of Ice and Fire series (well what's out already).

Even if/when GRRM dies, I'm sure someone will finish it ala the Silmarillion so at least we will have an end. They'll probably finish it in a tenth of the time too.


I'm pretty sure GRRM has specifically said that he has made arrangements to have all of his notes burned when/if he dies, and that his will makes it explicit that no one has the rights to finish the story. Apparently, he hates what has been done to WoT with  passion, and refuses to participate in such hackery.
 
2013-01-08 09:43:09 AM  
we're not buying it until we finish re-reading the series.  dennerman is up to book 9 i think and i'm one behind.
but we *will* be buying it.  the new author is WAY better than martin got by book 7 peeps so if that was holding you up give s..anderson?? a try.  he brings it.
 
2013-01-08 09:46:02 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: Last year I went to the club night at a Wheel Of Time con.
It uh, REALLY wasn't my scene.


Please please share what you saw....
 
2013-01-08 09:46:55 AM  
I wonder how Rand will react when he finds out Elayne is pregnant.
 
2013-01-08 09:47:07 AM  

whistleridge: I'm pretty sure GRRM has specifically said that he has made arrangements to have all of his notes burned when/if he dies, and that his will makes it explicit that no one has the rights to finish the story. Apparently, he hates what has been done to WoT with  passion, and refuses to participate in such hackery.


Oh fan-farkin-tastic! Thanks ya fat hairy bastard!

There aren't many of the original characters left to kill so I guess that's okay then...
 
2013-01-08 09:49:50 AM  

LlamaGirl: whistleridge: I'm pretty sure GRRM has specifically said that he has made arrangements to have all of his notes burned when/if he dies, and that his will makes it explicit that no one has the rights to finish the story. Apparently, he hates what has been done to WoT with  passion, and refuses to participate in such hackery.

Oh fan-farkin-tastic! Thanks ya fat hairy bastard!

There aren't many of the original characters left to kill so I guess that's okay then...


He is on the horns on an interesting dilemma: will he finish the series before the television schedule catches up to him, will he finish the series before he dies, or will he fail at task #1 and die at the hands of angry TV fans, thus fulfilling problem #2...?
 
2013-01-08 09:52:02 AM  

whistleridge: He is on the horns on an interesting dilemma: will he finish the series before the television schedule catches up to him, will he finish the series before he dies, or will he fail at task #1 and die at the hands of angry TV fans, thus fulfilling problem #2...?


Isn't book three being split into two seasons buying him more time, assuming he lives long enough? There are still two books left or am I mistaken about that?
 
2013-01-08 09:52:48 AM  
Now Sanderson can get back to The Stormlight Archive.  THANK GOD.
 
2013-01-08 09:54:31 AM  

LlamaGirl: Rev. Skarekroe: Last year I went to the club night at a Wheel Of Time con.
It uh, REALLY wasn't my scene.

Please please share what you saw....


Aw, it wasn't like it was super comical. Just a lot of very nerdy people dressed largely in Wheel Of Time costumes dancing to terrible mainstream music. My girlfriend went because we're friends with some of the people putting the thing together. We play trivia with them and get along great in general, but that was just a little too far down the geek scale for me. And this is from a guy with a near encyclopediac knowledge of Star Wars, Tolkien, and Marvel superheroes.

Also, we went into the room where they were showing a Firefly marathon and we were whispering quietly to each other trying to figure out what episode it was and got some major evil eye from the people in there. Firefly - serious business!
 
2013-01-08 09:55:29 AM  

LlamaGirl: whistleridge: He is on the horns on an interesting dilemma: will he finish the series before the television schedule catches up to him, will he finish the series before he dies, or will he fail at task #1 and die at the hands of angry TV fans, thus fulfilling problem #2...?

Isn't book three being split into two seasons buying him more time, assuming he lives long enough? There are still two books left or am I mistaken about that?


He shouldn't try to rush through it TOO much.
Stephen King rushed to complete the last two or three Dark Tower because he thought he was about to kick it, and look what happened.
 
2013-01-08 09:55:53 AM  

LlamaGirl: whistleridge: He is on the horns on an interesting dilemma: will he finish the series before the television schedule catches up to him, will he finish the series before he dies, or will he fail at task #1 and die at the hands of angry TV fans, thus fulfilling problem #2...?

Isn't book three being split into two seasons buying him more time, assuming he lives long enough? There are still two books left or am I mistaken about that?


No idea. I actually don't care for the television series and don't bother following it. But it wouldn't surprise me. 

At a guess, he will actually finish the series, and soonish. Call it 3 years. But the quality will drop a bit. Or at least purists will claim it does.
 
2013-01-08 09:56:51 AM  

whistleridge: LlamaGirl: whistleridge: I'm pretty sure GRRM has specifically said that he has made arrangements to have all of his notes burned when/if he dies, and that his will makes it explicit that no one has the rights to finish the story. Apparently, he hates what has been done to WoT with  passion, and refuses to participate in such hackery.

Oh fan-farkin-tastic! Thanks ya fat hairy bastard!

There aren't many of the original characters left to kill so I guess that's okay then...

He is on the horns on an interesting dilemma: will he finish the series before the television schedule catches up to him, will he finish the series before he dies, or will he fail at task #1 and die at the hands of angry TV fans, thus fulfilling problem #2...?


I seem to remember the producers of the show made him tell them how the story ends,so its possible if the show lasts long enough they could finish it without him.
 
2013-01-08 09:57:29 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: Also, we went into the room where they were showing a Firefly marathon and we were whispering quietly to each other trying to figure out what episode it was and got some major evil eye from the people in there. Firefly - serious business!


Was there at least some braid tugging?
 
2013-01-08 09:58:11 AM  

Rev. Skarekroe: LlamaGirl: whistleridge: He is on the horns on an interesting dilemma: will he finish the series before the television schedule catches up to him, will he finish the series before he dies, or will he fail at task #1 and die at the hands of angry TV fans, thus fulfilling problem #2...?

Isn't book three being split into two seasons buying him more time, assuming he lives long enough? There are still two books left or am I mistaken about that?

He shouldn't try to rush through it TOO much.
Stephen King rushed to complete the last two or three Dark Tower because he thought he was about to kick it, and look what happened.


I wonder if he consulted on the end of LOST too?
 
2013-01-08 09:58:40 AM  

Starryeyes: Now Sanderson can get back to The Stormlight Archive.  THANK GOD.


I also wouldn't mind something else in the Warbreaker world.
 
2013-01-08 09:59:17 AM  

LlamaGirl: Rev. Skarekroe: Also, we went into the room where they were showing a Firefly marathon and we were whispering quietly to each other trying to figure out what episode it was and got some major evil eye from the people in there. Firefly - serious business!

Was there at least some braid tugging?


And disdainful sniffing?
 
2013-01-08 10:00:15 AM  

gamergirl23: Starryeyes: Now Sanderson can get back to The Stormlight Archive.  THANK GOD.

I also wouldn't mind something else in the Warbreaker world.


Shhhh, the man is working on enough shiz at the same time, don't distract him!
 
2013-01-08 10:01:19 AM  
i'm only on book five.  so i scrolled through really fast due to possible spoilers.  but i really enjoy it, it's waaaaay better than empire of malazpan or whatever the hell that was.
 
2013-01-08 10:01:28 AM  

Once and Future Lurker: LlamaGirl: Rev. Skarekroe: Also, we went into the room where they were showing a Firefly marathon and we were whispering quietly to each other trying to figure out what episode it was and got some major evil eye from the people in there. Firefly - serious business!

Was there at least some braid tugging?

And disdainful sniffing?


And guys wishing their other guy friends were there because they think their friends know more about women then they do?
 
2013-01-08 10:10:35 AM  

texdent: And guys wishing their other guy friends were there because they think their friends know more about women then they do?


WHY DO THEY DO THIS? I get they're young, but damn, are they eleven years old?!
 
2013-01-08 10:15:31 AM  

Once and Future Lurker: LlamaGirl: Rev. Skarekroe: Also, we went into the room where they were showing a Firefly marathon and we were whispering quietly to each other trying to figure out what episode it was and got some major evil eye from the people in there. Firefly - serious business!

Was there at least some braid tugging?

And disdainful sniffing?


Excuse me while I cross the courtyard.
 
2013-01-08 10:18:06 AM  

whistleridge: George R. R. Martin, the ball is now in YOUR court.


Brandon Sanderson has started a new series of books that is very promising.  First one came out 4 months ago.  Then this final Wheel of Time, and then sometime this year the second in the series.

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Series).  Started slow and built to a great ending of the first book.
 
2013-01-08 10:19:39 AM  

I_C_Weener: The Way of Kings (Stormlight Series). Started slow and built to a great ending of the first book.


I'm re-reading that right now. WHERE DO SPREN COME FROM?
 
2013-01-08 10:21:05 AM  

I_C_Weener: whistleridge: George R. R. Martin, the ball is now in YOUR court.

Brandon Sanderson has started a new series of books that is very promising.  First one came out 4 months ago.  Then this final Wheel of Time, and then sometime this year the second in the series.

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Series).  Started slow and built to a great ending of the first book.


I...don't actually like Sanderson very much. His writing is pretty mediocre, and his ideas are just rehash.

And in WoT he can't write Mat to save his life (not that anyone could - I'm convinced Mat was the character Jordan identified with most, and was semi-autobiographical in some ways). He took a solid character and reduced him to hickish slapstick. Yeesh.
 
2013-01-08 10:32:02 AM  
No, it ends on 4/9/13, when Harriet McDougal pulls her head out of her ass and publishes the ebook.
 
2013-01-08 10:35:24 AM  

Starryeyes: I_C_Weener: The Way of Kings (Stormlight Series). Started slow and built to a great ending of the first book.

I'm re-reading that right now. WHERE DO SPREN COME FROM?


They surround us and penetrate us.  Like the Force.
 
2013-01-08 10:36:18 AM  

I_C_Weener: Starryeyes: I_C_Weener: The Way of Kings (Stormlight Series). Started slow and built to a great ending of the first book.

I'm re-reading that right now. WHERE DO SPREN COME FROM?

They surround us and penetrate us.  Like the Force.


... giggity?
 
2013-01-08 10:36:23 AM  

whistleridge: I_C_Weener: whistleridge: George R. R. Martin, the ball is now in YOUR court.

Brandon Sanderson has started a new series of books that is very promising.  First one came out 4 months ago.  Then this final Wheel of Time, and then sometime this year the second in the series.

The Way of Kings (Stormlight Series).  Started slow and built to a great ending of the first book.

I...don't actually like Sanderson very much. His writing is pretty mediocre, and his ideas are just rehash.

And in WoT he can't write Mat to save his life (not that anyone could - I'm convinced Mat was the character Jordan identified with most, and was semi-autobiographical in some ways). He took a solid character and reduced him to hickish slapstick. Yeesh.


I generally agree.  But I think this Stormlight series is much better writing and the themes are very interesting.  Lots of newer ideas (well, as new as Fantasy and SciFi can ever be).
 
2013-01-08 10:38:13 AM  

texdent: I wonder how Rand will react when he finds out Elayne is pregnant.


Perhaps he will break the world...again.
 
2013-01-08 11:01:09 AM  

Huck Chaser: No, it ends on 4/9/13, when Harriet McDougal pulls her head out of her ass and publishes the ebook.


Ah, give a poor grieving widow some sympathy. The sales from this book are her last real chance to spend her declining years in a Rolls or a Lamborghini instead of a Mercedes or a Porsche. She lives in Charleston. Appearances matter. Of  courseshe's going to go for the maximum cash grab before giving the pirates their chance.

In other news, this is petty, but...changing cover art Darrel K. Sweet to Michael Whelan has greatly increased the chance that I'll buy a physical copy of this one. I haven't bought an actual book in some years (I was an early and enthusiastic adopter of ebooks), but I'm more likely if it's not so godawfully ugly that I'm embarrassed for someone to see it on the shelf.
 
2013-01-08 11:17:44 AM  
I kind of gave up on fatasy after reading the first three books and failing to finish the fourth.  Then a friend suggested I read the Black Company books by Glen Cook and they were great.  If you haven't read them you should.
 
2013-01-08 11:17:45 AM  
If you can't say what you want to say in one book, you don't write well enough for me to bother with.
 
2013-01-08 11:32:37 AM  

whistleridge: I'm pretty sure GRRM has specifically said that he has made arrangements to have all of his notes burned when/if he dies, and that his will makes it explicit that no one has the rights to finish the story. Apparently, he hates what has been done to WoT with passion, and refuses to participate in such hackery.


Yeah, but Zelazny felt the same way about Amber, and the (*&!(*@$ publisher still put out some tripe set in his world.

If GRRM dies without finishing the series, someone somewhere will find a way to fark it up for all of us.
 
2013-01-08 11:45:06 AM  
Everyone I know who has started the Wheel of Time has told me some variation of "Nope. Don't bother. The first few books are awesome but now I only read it because I feel like it's an obligation."

Now that the series is done maybe I will finally sit down and read it all.
 
2013-01-08 11:56:20 AM  

likefunbutnot: Everyone I know who has started the Wheel of Time has told me some variation of "Nope. Don't bother. The first few books are awesome but now I only read it because I feel like it's an obligation."

well put.

i made it to book six?? and then kept thinking oh come on wrap it up already.. never finished and wont bother.
Better series are out there, just finishing up Robin Hobbs Assassin series.. I highly recommend.

 
2013-01-08 11:56:21 AM  

likefunbutnot: Everyone I know who has started the Wheel of Time has told me some variation of "Nope. Don't bother. The first few books are awesome but now I only read it because I feel like it's an obligation."

Now that the series is done maybe I will finally sit down and read it all.


How I'd rate the series, book by book:

1, 2, & 3: Amazing.
4, 5, & 6: Enjoyable.
7 & 8: Mediocre
9: Amazing again.
10: Unreadable.  Even if you read the series I HIGHLY recommend skipping this one.
11: Decent, but not great.
12 & 13: Easily the best of the series so far.
14: TBD

As far as 12 and 13 are concerned, I'll admit that I'm a huuuuuge fan of Brandon Sanderson.  I simply adore his ideas and his writing style.  Honestly, I wish he'd go back and rewrite every book of the series.
 
2013-01-08 11:59:49 AM  

sedric: Robin Hobbs Assassin series.. I highly recommend.


Her Tawny Man trilogy is even better (possibly my favorite series of all time, and the only books that have ever made me cry).  The Liveship Traders trilogy is very good, but not quite as good as the other two.  Chronologically they go Assassin, Liveship, Tawny Man, but Liveship is pretty much optional (you'll miss a few references in Tawny Man, but no major plot gaps or anything).
 
2013-01-08 12:09:41 PM  

Huck Chaser: sedric: Robin Hobbs Assassin series.. I highly recommend.

Her Tawny Man trilogy is even better (possibly my favorite series of all time, and the only books that have ever made me cry).


yup i started on the assassin series and have kept at it and have one book to go in the tawny man series.

and dammit i think i did too, I thought it was dusty!
 
2013-01-08 12:19:54 PM  
Furthest I ever got was book 6, but that was a long time ago, 15 years probably.

The sword of truth series however, pure awesome.
 
2013-01-08 12:37:15 PM  

Huck Chaser: likefunbutnot: Everyone I know who has started the Wheel of Time has told me some variation of "Nope. Don't bother. The first few books are awesome but now I only read it because I feel like it's an obligation."

Now that the series is done maybe I will finally sit down and read it all.

How I'd rate the series, book by book:

1, 2, & 3: Amazing.
4, 5, & 6: Enjoyable.
7 & 8: Mediocre
9: Amazing again.
10: Unreadable.  Even if you read the series I HIGHLY recommend skipping this one.
11: Decent, but not great.
12 & 13: Easily the best of the series so far.
14: TBD

As far as 12 and 13 are concerned, I'll admit that I'm a huuuuuge fan of Brandon Sanderson.  I simply adore his ideas and his writing style.  Honestly, I wish he'd go back and rewrite every book of the series.


What I hated about 10 was the first half was basically everyone looking at what happened at the end of 9 saying, "WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?"

"What are you talking ab-"

"THAT, OVER THERE!"
 
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