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Personal: Too Busy To Sleep Week; Jordan and Sanderson's "The Gathering Storm" Released 
31st-Oct-2009 03:40 pm
Well, my head is still spinning from work, from the couple days' ache I always seem to get after getting the flu vaccine, from sleep deprivation, and from getting the last of the main applications all out. It's going to feel sweet just to settle back into regular writing with the dissertation.

But I do have to note that The Gathering Storm, the new volume of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, posthumously published with the aid of Brandon Sanderson working from the notes and outlines Jordan left along with those chapters he had completed, is absolutely out of this world. Several threads of the story have come to their climax, and even when there was enough foreshadowing to make for a reasonable guess as to the way some plot point or other was going to be resolved, it still was nevertheless edge-of-your-seat action and drama. Seven stars on a five-point scale. It's just too bad my brother can't keep up with the reading: now that Joe's a dad (Nate's first birthday was on Thursday) he only gets time for a bit to read here and there, and so he (slightly) ruefully said on Thursday that he was only up to chapter eight by the time I had finished the volume. But that just means to get to extend the pleasure of reading it for the first time, so I don't think there's anything wrong with that....

I meant to pass my volume on to Mike last night when we all gathered at Dan and Amy's to celebrate Amy's birthday and to enjoy the company of Bob, who was back in town for another dissertation sprint, but I left it on the shelf when I rushed out the door. Mike was dismayed, as he thought it wasn't going to be released for a little while longer, yet, and so I ended up being a tease in that he could have had it "early," if only I had remembered. So I owe him one, there.
2nd-Nov-2009 11:43 pm (UTC) - Finished!
Finished reading it late Saturday night -- Nate made me pay for the late hours with unprecedented hyperactivity on Sunday (the cupcakes and helium balloons at his belated birthday party certainly played a part as well). Very satisfying although a few passages lead me to believe that a possible outcome I had theorized and later happily dismissed may yet come to be.
4th-Nov-2009 08:34 am (UTC) - Re: Finished!
I noticed! All those years ago, and the enthusiasm your theory about the seals raised on the early internet discussion groups and now, boom! It looks like you were right on target!
4th-Nov-2009 02:23 pm (UTC) - Re: Finished!
Well, part of that theory was that the seals maintained the taint the same as Asmodean's invisibility over Rand's gateway in FoH -- you had to break one to break both but the taint is gone while the some of the seals are still whole (presumably, don't know that anyone is looking at them on a regular basis).

I was referring to a train of thought regarding the nature of the Dark One and his prison and whether he existed from the moment of Creation as widely believed.
4th-Nov-2009 02:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Finished!
oops, meant you had break both if you wanted to break one...
3rd-Nov-2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Still haven't picked up a copy yet. Will do so soon. Can't wait.
4th-Nov-2009 08:35 am (UTC)
Does this mean that you finally caught up on the whole thing? I just complained to Kate (Keating) Boessen that you were the strangest fan I knew for having re-read the earlier books, but having never completed the whole set as it stood.
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