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Upon learning that TOR is going to split A Memory of Light into three books I couldn't help but think "wow, that's a horrible decision to make", considering the state of the story (bloated, moving at a glacial pace) before Jordan died. Frankly, do we really need to see some kind of closure for every minor character that's been jammed into this story? You know, the characters kept well past the point of relevance,like dinner guests who won't get the hint that it's time to leave. Probably not.

But then I read Sanderson's post, and I hate to say it, but it left me feeling excited to finally, truly see the end of the series. I really did not think that was possible, since the last few boooks had soured me on the series. I think part of my changed opinion has to do with the fact that he's actually, you know, DONE with the first part. After so little time has passed, relatively speaking. That we will likely see a book this year, and the next two years. That he doesn't sound burnt out- he's very upbeat even though he's probably receiving a ton of negative email for various reasons.

So yeah, I will probably buy them when they come out. And in the meantime, I will probably pick up some of Sanderson's work to read, so I have some idea what to expect. My only hope is that when they do come out, they are offered in hardback and kindle versions because I will likely buy the kindle version first. :D

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Date: 2009-04-23 07:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mariness.livejournal.com
He's turned in the manuscript, so Tor is doing the copyediting/page setting stuff now, which means yes, the first book definitely should be here in November.

And like you...well, I wasn't thrilled with the last couple of books in the series, although from what I understand, the lack of quality came from Jordan's own success -- as a result, Tor pushed for rush jobs on the books, and they were no longer edited as carefully.

Sanderson's work is getting very carefully edited/copyedited/checked for consistency all the way through, a major plus. In addition, I was very pleased to hear that he's not attempting to mimic Jordan's writing style, which I think would have been disastrous.

So, yes. I'll be reading all three books. I've put in this much time, after all.

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Date: 2009-04-25 07:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] briany.livejournal.com
When I heard it was going to be split up, I was more concerned about timing (wait even LONGER???!?) than having to buy more books. I mean, Jordan took 2-3 years per book on average, so if Sanderson was going to use that timeframe then we'd never see the end of this.

His post was a lot better than TOR's own reasoning. And the fact that it would have taken to 2011 anyway means that the split isn't going to hurt the novel any, so that's good.

Frankly, the sheer size of the thing (if it was one volume, his target wordcount puts it at double the size of the heretofore largest book in the series) has me looking forward to it, and closure. The little annoying characters that I could care less about getting wrapped up is perhaps superfluous and might not happen should Jordan still be alive...but he's not. And if Sanderson's going to decide, I'm glad he's erring on the side of verbosity/completeness.

Elantris is good, and the Mistborn series is also a nice read--after finishing these, I'm confident he'll produce a solid finale to the series.

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