Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wheel of Time: Towers of Midnight

This is not exactly a book review. I may do some actual ones in the future. I just wanted to take time to note that I just finished this book and I enjoyed thoroughly. I've been reading the Wheel of Time series for a very long time now and like anything else enjoyed for two decades the series has its place in my life. It is something valued and important to me. Yes, I have read other series and they've been very enjoyable, but this one is first among equals in my eyes.

This book is the 13th in the series. The final book is slated for release next year. I am truly looking forward to reading it. It will be a sad day when I finally complete it because quite literally a chapter of my life will be closed. This will be an honest feeling as well. I know that people were crying in the streets after the end of the Harry Potter series, but that just smacked of something artificial. No, disrespect to the story, it is enjoyable. The ending of The Wheel of Time will be more honest. I feel the people will honestly be saddened when it is finally complete. It will be akin to the final episode of M.A.S.H. There will be no more story forthcoming. The end.

I'm not going to synopsize the whole story for you. It would take far too long and a paragraph won't do it justice. It is a well-crafted and deep story. There are many character storylines with some very honest perspectives. It is often compared to the Lord of The Rings and to share that company is saying something.

The original author Robert Jordan, unfortunately died before completing the story. However, it was taken up by Brandon Sanderson. I really want to say to those who may have read some of the story and may not want to trust Sanderson with the ending - it is good, read it! Mr. Jordan left extensive notes and Jordan had many conversations with Sanderson when he knew that he would not finish it. I am very pleased with Sanderson's stewardship.

[I don't know if this was intended by Jordan or changed by Sanderson, but Perrin is worth reading in the final books. I hated Perrin, but his story really got good.]

Note: the movie rights were optioned by Universal. With the success of Game of Thrones on HBO I truly hope that some production in in the future. I've heard the arguments against it. They don't hold any water. Just do it!

And, I'm late in returning this book to the library... I'm bad I know.

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