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New Wheel of Time Author Chosen 327

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from the better-late-than-never dept.
kdean06 writes "Brandon Sanderson has been chosen by Tor Books to finish the best-selling Wheel of Time fantasy series by the late Robert Jordan. Harriet, Jordan's widow, chose him after reading his Mistborn series. An interview is also available via Dragonmount.com."
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New Wheel of Time Author Chosen

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  • by TWX (665546) on Monday December 10, 2007 @02:56PM (#21645555)
    ...that about seven years ago, friends of mine and I joked about abducting Jordan and holding him until he finished the series...
  • Wait, What? (Score:5, Funny)

    by roadkill_cr (1155149) on Monday December 10, 2007 @02:57PM (#21645571)
    "Finish" his novels? Wouldn't it be more to Jordan's liking if Brandon Sanderson just kept writing book after book on the Wheel of Time until he dies, too?
  • Well... (Score:5, Funny)

    by jesdynf (42915) on Monday December 10, 2007 @02:58PM (#21645595) Homepage
    He's not the author. But he is *an* author.
  • by starglider29a (719559) on Monday December 10, 2007 @02:59PM (#21645609)
    I heard an ancient prophecy that said that when the Wheel of Time of was ended, so too was Time.

    I'm sure that was poppycock... heh heh... right?
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by TWX (665546)

      I heard an ancient prophecy that said that when the Wheel of Time of was ended, so too was Time.
      That's somewhat in error. That happens when Duke Nukem: Forever is released...
  • by smitty_one_each (243267) * on Monday December 10, 2007 @03:04PM (#21645665) Homepage Journal
    Head over to http://www.georgerrmartin.com/ [georgerrmartin.com]
    You know what to do.
    • Now there is a fantastic writer. His Ice and Fire series is very good.
    • Head over to http://www.georgerrmartin.com/ [georgerrmartin.com]

      . . . if you want to repeat the experience of having the author die before he finishes his darn series. Don't get me wrong, I thought the first couple of SoIaF books were among the best fantasy I'd read, but then it became apparent that he was going to keep adding more characters and locations and organizations and plotlines than he was shedding . . . just like Jordan and WoT. Robin Hobb's Farseer and Tawny Man trilogies are just as good, and they do reach re

      • by Reapy (688651)
        I agree here. I read the first three books of ice and fire and instantly they became my favorite books of all time. I even got non fantasy readers to check them out and enjoy them. Finally, FINALLY book 4 came out (a few year wait for me :( ) and, wow, it was a huge bore. I was pretty upset with it. He set up book 3 to advance a few years, and pick up. But then mid write he decides that he has to tell all this other stuff. Fie. All of it irrelevant. It's like in this book he took everything I liked from the
  • by Alzheimers (467217) on Monday December 10, 2007 @03:06PM (#21645703)
    Harriet Popham Rigney, Jordan's beloved wife and editor, said of her decision to have Sanderson complete the last book in The Wheel of Time series: "I have chosen Brandon Sanderson to complete Robert Jordan's great work, and I am absolutely delighted that he accepted. I will of course be editing this book as I have all of the other books of The Wheel of Time."

    Suddenly, the word "Edit" has lost all meaning.

  • by bigdady92 (635263) on Monday December 10, 2007 @03:09PM (#21645743) Homepage
    Seriously, kill off a few of the 'main' characters.

    That's always been the issue with these books is that Jordan created a handful of characters, then added a few side characters and said "Oh my these are interesting let's flesh them out!" and he did...over 10 f'n books worth of side characters!

    G.Martin, Glenn Cooke, Dan Abnett, all are good sci-fi/fantasy writers that can handle multiple characters and wack them off at a whim and leave you feeling that you are sad to see them go but there's a reason they are gone and the story moves on. These hangers on from seachan whichs to aes sedai, to aielmen of the north to whatever in the later books all come and STAY. Noone leaves the main thread, hence why his books are 1k pages long and full of worthless fluff "She fluffs her green jade dress full of sparkling diamonds while pulling on her hair and frowning at "

    I was able to carve the book down by 1/3 by simply ignoring most of the side plots and only reading stuff that concerned Rand,Matt,Perin. If it didn't involve them I didn't care, I moved along.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Selfbain (624722)
      The way GRRM kills off characters unexpectedly is one of his greatest strengths. I find his books much more difficult to predict than most.
      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        Are you kidding? Without spoiling everything, the significant death in book three comes out of thin air because it violates what you know about the characters up to this point and happens far too flawlessly considering the large potential number of problems in pulling it off. (None of which Martin addresses.)

        George R.R. Martin is hard to predict because his plots are determined by dice-rolls or attempts to seem "edgy" and "realistic." He is largely exciting and fun, but he does violate story structure for s
    • "Oh my these are interesting let's flesh them out!"

      And then he *does* kill off the most interesting character in the series, Moiraine, way back in book 5. I really lost interest after that. It was like having Gandalf plunge into the depths with the Balrog and Tolkein never brings him back and never explained what happened.

      At least George R.R. Martin (in the Fire & Ice series) knows when to kill off main characters when they become less interesting.
      • by Erwos (553607)
        Did you even read book 11? Judging from the comments, it seems like I'm the only person on earth who managed to make it through 10 & 11. In book 11, Moiriane's fate is specifically addressed. Hint: she may not be as dead as you think she is, and the people who are going to save her are probably not who you expected.
    • Sanderson regularly kills main and side characters.
  • Yes, but... (Score:4, Funny)

    by DoctorPepper (92269) on Monday December 10, 2007 @03:11PM (#21645771)
    After he finishes reading the current 5 dozen grueling volumes of "The Wheel of Time", he'll run away, screaming and plucking his eyeballs out!

  • But long ago as the series dragged on and on, I decided to boycott the whole series until it was finished.
    If the new author continues the serie in the same spirit as Jordan was, then it'll be another 5 books at least,
    and another 15 years it's done and I start reading it again.

    --PM
  • UUUMMMMMMMM (Score:5, Informative)

    by axia777 (1060818) on Monday December 10, 2007 @03:23PM (#21645949)
    You geniuses realize that Jordan was writing the LAST BOOK RIGHT? There ARE NO MORE after this one. Jordan was going to start writing a shorter series based upon a totally different world and mythos. SO all this guy has to do is finish the book based upon Jordans notes and his widows directions, considering she was helping with the writing in the last days because he was so damn sick.
  • by Anonymous Coward
    If you go to Brandon Sanderson's website, www.brandonsanderson.com [brandonsanderson.com] you can read sample chapters from each of his novels. He also has a book Warbreaker, that he has released free under the Creative Commons License. It's a full book, that will be published by Tor and sold in 2009, but you can also download it, print it, send it to friends, etc free of charge.
  • All I can say is... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by m4cph1sto (1110711) on Monday December 10, 2007 @03:28PM (#21646003)
    If RJ didn't reveal who killed Asmodean somewhere in those volumes of notes and dictations, I might go postal.
    • That made me incredibly angry. Asmodean was one of my favorite characters, you never quite knew what is true intentions were. I think Jordan killed him off way too quickly and after I finished that book, I went online looking for answers and just found pages and pages of speculation with the only quote from Jordan saying "someone got it right." and that's that.
      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by eddy (18759)

        He's also reported as saying "it's obvious" who is the killer :-\

    • by Teese (89081) <.moc.liamg. .ta. .lezeeb.> on Monday December 10, 2007 @04:39PM (#21647033)
      In the interview with the new author:

      I know you probably can't go too deeply into it, but are there any questions about the story you had as a fan that you will make sure get answered in this final novel?

      Yeah. Who the flip killed Asmodean? And, beyond that, what's up with Moiraine? Is she alive or not?

      so, looks like he wants to know too!
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Jesus_666 (702802)
        I sure hope it fits my "Moiraine, Lanfear and Asmodean chilling out on a beach in a parellel universe, laughing about the people who still haven't realized the *elfinn are animatronic puppets" theory.

        For some reason my theory is seen as unlikely by other fans of the series.
  • Book Twelve. The End (Score:4, Informative)

    by doas777 (1138627) on Monday December 10, 2007 @03:31PM (#21646033)
    Jordan was much/most of the way through the last book, #12 at the time of his passing, and I was told that he had shared the ending (the high points anyway)with several parties in case he didn't make it though. I have to assume that this guy will finish up book 12, and that will be that. I don't envision an unending series as many here claim will be.
  • This IS the end (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday December 10, 2007 @03:34PM (#21646075)
    This WILL finish the series. I've read the outline, and I am confident that I can do it in a single book. This won't go five more novels. It will end here.

    Note that I'm not saying there won't be more Wheel of Time material released. That's not up to me. There were notes for prequels (Mr. Jordan wrote one of a planned three) and some notes on what happened to certain characters after the end of book 12. However, those are all intended as extra information and separate books outside the Wheel of Time main series.

    Book 12 will deal with the final battle and give resolution to the story started in EYE OF THE WORLD. It will be one volume if it's within my power to make it so.

    --Brandon Sanderson (Who really needs to sign up and get a Slashdot account sometime.)
    • by E-Sabbath (42104)
      Loved Elantris, by the way. Best way I've been able to describe it without spoiling it is an unholy fusion of Thomas Covenant and Wheel of Time and Exalted, only actually a love story between two cultures. With an ending. Neal Stephenson of fantasy, only with an ending: Familiar enough tropes, used in unfamiliar ways that make you think.

      Pretty good stuff.
    • they have big fighgt! Thers a HUGE SWARD and esplosions! RAND R0XX0RS THE BL0XX0RS, and he kills all the b4d guys! teh bene gesserit I MEAN AES SEDAI (d0h!) help some, but so do some Fremen I MEAN AIEL and they spend the hole time arguing wether dudes or chicks r00le m0r3 (LOL).

      At teh end all the bad guys are dead -- EXCEPT 1 of THER BODIES IS GONE LIKE HE SNUCK OFF OR SOMTHN!! AND RAND IS FATALLY INJURD! *SOB* But doont wory he gets reencarnated 'cause the wheel in the sky keeps on turnin!

      (GOTO BOOK 1
    • by Anonymous Coward
      The Outline:

      1. Rand prepares for the Last Battle.
      2. Rand sets off.
      3. Rand starts to feel a little dizzy as he approaches Dragonmount and falls over dead of undiagnosed cardiac amyloidosis [slashdot.org].

      --Brandon Sanderson (Who plans rename "Rand" to the obviously superior "Brand.")
  • I read WoT at the insistence of several friends, and it was good in the beginning. The opening chapter of book five marked a subtle change... this is when Jordan realized he had a cash cow on his hands and started shamelessly milking it. I stopped at book 10. Also, describing a dress on every 10th page (or more) got tedious.

    In my experience, whenever an author introduces some long lost culture from across the sea bent on conquering the known lands, the series should have ended because the author obvious

    • by Kelson (129150) *

      In my experience, whenever an author introduces some long lost culture from across the sea bent on conquering the known lands, the series should have ended because the author obviously had nothing more to say.

      So you're saying it should have ended with the first book, then? The Seanchan make their appearance in book 2.

  • I'd like to direct an open question to all of you, regarding the Wheel of Time...

    My biggest problem when reading (or rather, trying to read) the later books in the series was the huge number of characters. While this may make a sad statement on my reading and concentration abilities, I simply got confused. I couldn't remember what minor noble was up to, when last we met him twenty-three chapters ago, and how other minor noble was plotting against him.

    So, my question is: is anyone aware of a "what you

  • It's the ridiculously stupid characters that killed my interest in the series. How many times does someone have to do something without the slightest thought to the consequences before they get a sense of responsibility? Don't they realize that they're in the middle of an important battle between good and evil?

    Woops, I re-joined this guy's severed powers, and I have no idea if he's the dragon or not.

    Woops, I shot that unknown target with balefire.

    Woops, I gave away an important secret by babbling stupidly
  • by HeronBlademaster (1079477) <heron@xnapid.com> on Monday December 10, 2007 @04:29PM (#21646887) Homepage
    Mod me -1 Troll if you will, but you guys who complain about the books all suck. No, hear me out.

    I won't say you're wrong (though personally I think you are) because it's largely a matter of opinion - but to claim that everyone else is wasting their time is just plain rude. If it's too long for you, move on - don't tell everyone else they're stupid for reading the series. I happen to love long books and long series with deep characters and plots - even if it's frustrating sometimes.

    It reminds me of the thread about Robert Jordan's death. Those of you who made comments to the effect of "Good Riddance" are just plain horrible people. That's very insensitive. Have some respect, seriously. Those comments made me bitter towards the general slashdot populace for several weeks (and I'm not a bitter person). I guess some of that is still lingering.

    Don't ruin the mood of those of us who are looking forward to the last book, or I'll send you spam email with a picture of a cat saying "IM IN UR HEAD HAXING UR PASSWORD" ;P
  • End the treadmill? Noooo!

    I was waiting for Jordan to bring in the Wicked Witch of the East, Dumbo, Elron (the elf one), Elron (the e-meter one), a singing chorus of catamites, eighteen truckloads of laid-off house elves from the Harry Potter universe, the Tooth Fairy and Scrooge.

    Now we'll never know what was supposed to happen. Wah!

  • by SeePage87 (923251) on Monday December 10, 2007 @05:27PM (#21647743)
    ... and Stories come and pass, leaving books that become sequels. sequels that fade to prequels, and even prequels are long since read when the Author that give it birth has died and been replaced. In one book, called the 12th book by some...
    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by Jesus_666 (702802)
      Even though that was immensely funny, if RJ's widow would read your post she'd be so pulling her braid over it...
  • by Is0m0rph (819726) on Monday December 10, 2007 @06:39PM (#21648737)
    I don't the dislike and ranting against this series most other slashdotters do I guess. Yeah it's too many books and could have been shortened. I read them all and liked them. I'm happy to find out they will finish it and the end is in sight. Wish Jordan could have finished it himself. RIP.

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