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Wed
Dec 21 2011 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Roundtable, Final Week: All Singing! All Dancing!

Welcome to the final installment of the Wheel of Time Roundtable! In this weekly mini-series we’ve asked a panel of Wheel of Time experts a number of questions that look at the upcoming final volume in this long-running fantasy series: A Memory of Light and beyond.

We’ve looked at the threat of the Shadow, the threat of everybody else, postulated on what may happen after A Memory of Light, made a wishlist of things we want to see in the final book, and thought about what legacy the Wheel of Time will leave behind.

And you know what? We’re a bit tired of thinking right now, so in this final installment we’re going to imagine what The Wheel of Time:
The Musical!
would be like. Moo ha ha!

[Come play along with us]

Wed
Dec 14 2011 1:05pm

Acceptance, Decay, and Duality. What The Wheel of Time Means: Roundtable, Week 5

Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Roundtable! In this weekly mini-series from Tor.com, we’re asking a panel of Wheel of Time experts a number of questions that look at the upcoming final volume in this long-running fantasy series: A Memory of Light.

The questions will range from the specific, to the silly, to the broad, eventually encompassing the Wheel of Time’s legacy itself.

We’ve looked at the threat of the Shadow, the threat of everybody else, postulated on what may happen after A Memory of Light, and made a wishlist of things we want to see in the final book.

Now we look at the series as a unified whole. In the end, what is The Wheel of Time about?

[Read more]

Wed
Dec 7 2011 2:00pm

What We Want From A Memory of Light: The Wheel of Time Roundtable, Week 4

Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Roundtable! In this weekly mini-series from Tor.com, we’re asking a panel of Wheel of Time experts a number of questions that look at the upcoming final volume in this long-running fantasy series: A Memory of Light.

The questions will range from the specific, to the silly, to the broad, eventually encompassing the Wheel of Time’s legacy itself.

We’ve looked at the threat of the Shadow, the threat of everybody else, and what may happen after A Memory of Light. Now we make a wishlist of the scenes we want to see in the final book.

[Read more]

Wed
Nov 30 2011 2:00pm

Ages to Come, Ages Long Past: The Wheel of Time Roundtable, Week 3

Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Roundtable! In this weekly mini-series from Tor.com, we’ll be asking a panel of Wheel of Time experts a number of questions that look at the upcoming final volume in this long-running fantasy series: A Memory of Light.

The questions will range from the specific, to the silly, to the broad, eventually encompassing the Wheel of Time’s legacy itself.

Each week (unless it’s Thanksgiving and we are turkey-bound) a different question will be posed to our panelists, then you, the commenters, will be invited to join in.

We’ve looked at the threat of the Shadow and the threat of everybody else to figure out just what still awaits us in A Memory of Light. Now we turn past the events of the final book, to ponder the layout of The Fourth Age and beyond.

[Andor as a tech capital, a worldwide stedding, and the One Power disappearing]

Wed
Nov 16 2011 2:15pm

We Can Do Bad All By Ourselves: The Wheel of Time Roundtable, Week 2

Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Roundtable! In this weekly mini-series from Tor.com, we’ll be asking a panel of Wheel of Time experts a number of questions that look at the upcoming final volume in this long-running fantasy series: A Memory of Light.

The questions will range from the specific, to the silly, to the broad, eventually encompassing the Wheel of Time’s legacy itself.

Each week a different question will be posed to our panelists, then you, the commenters, will be invited to join in.

Last week we looked at the threat of the Shadow as it loomed over our intrepid heroes, despite their victories in recent books, and we postulated how we’d kill Rand and company ourselves. (Then Leigh adopted a puppy and the light came out.)

This week, we move on to threats of the non-Shadow variety. And boy, are they ever legion...

[Read on for the second question]

Wed
Nov 9 2011 1:00pm

Thinking Dark Thoughts: The Wheel of Time Roundtable, Week 1

Welcome to the Wheel of Time Roundtable! In this new weekly mini-series from Tor.com, we’ll be asking a panel of Wheel of Time experts a number of questions that look at the upcoming final volume in this long-running fantasy series: A Memory of Light.

The questions will range from the specific, to the silly, to the broad, eventually encompassing the Wheel of Time’s legacy itself.

Each week a different question will be posed to our panelists, then you, the commenters, will be invited to join in. Let’s meet our panel, and read the first question, below.

[Undead Trollocs! Pudding mines! And how we would kill Rand]

Tue
May 18 2010 4:09pm

The Path of Daggers eBook now available

Flush from the fantastic JordanCon a few weeks ago, where my Theorylanders had the pleasure of arresting Jason Denzel for crimes against Wheel of Time fandom, I have the wonderful opportunity to introduce the release of The Path of Daggers ebook (and share more of my “adorable enthusiasm”). While the ebook has been freshly minted by Julie Bell’s beautiful rendition of Elayne, Aviendha, Nynaeve and the Bowl of Winds (which should be reason enough to go grab a copy, like now), The Path of Daggers had me at “Verin.”

That’s right, Verin. In fact, no statement more appropriately describes the journey of Verin Mathwin than “On the heights, the paths are paved with daggers.” While the use of the Bowl of Winds, the Seanchan and Ebou Dar, the travails of Perrin, Rand’s “dealings” with the Seanchan and Egwene finally moving toward Tar Valon and war are all compelling events, Verin’s point of view in the prologue, for me, is its most memorable moment.

[Theory Freak continues below the fold...]

Fri
Apr 23 2010 8:00am

JordanCon Invades Atlanta!

After successfully naming the Dark One last week, I’m back to remind the inner Wheel of Time fan in each of you that you are missing out on the greatest WoT event of the year: JordanCon. For the second year in a row, Team Jordan is here again to make each panel memorable: from Harriet McDougal, the editor and wife of the late Robert Jordan, to Maria Simons, the continuity editor and longtime assistant to Robert Jordan (our very own real life Brown Ajah!), these are the most accessible and humble professionals you’ll ever meet.

Not a Wheel of Time fan? Who cares! JordanCon may be dedicated to the discussion of all facets of the Wheel of Time world created by Robert Jordan, but we have writer workshops for aspiring writers, led by best-selling author Brandon Sanderson and award-winning author Jana Oliver. Come check it out; we know you will enjoy our fanboy (and fangirl) energy. And of course, don’t miss the fan favorite and editor of Cracked.com, David Wong!

So, what are Wheel of Time fans to do when they’re missing out on the greatest WoT event of the year? Other than cry a bit pitifully, they can watch streaming video, follow along on Twitter, and catch up with blog posts and photos. So if you’re not able to attend JordanCon this weekend, we feel for you, we really do—and that’s why we’re going to make it a bit easier for you by providing you with everything you need to stay informed.

[Learn more about the invasion, links and live footage...]

Fri
Apr 16 2010 5:41pm

George R. R. Martin is the Dark One? Musings on the Suvudu Cage Match 2010 and How Rand al’Thor Defeated a God

If you are not a fantasy fiction fanboy, or the Facebook acquaintance of such, you may have missed the epic battle of fantasy worlds that occurred last week at Suvudu.com. Thanks to a fellow fanboy and an apathetic Friday afternoon (more like Monday morning) full of Hulu, Starcraft 2 and Keeping Up With the Facebookians, I followed the shared link that came with an  urgent, “Go now, Rand’s life depends on it!” Admittedly, it took me a few moments to understand all the fuss...I mean, Rand al’Thor was pitted against some guy named Locke Lamora. Not so urgent after all, Jason. As the Cage Match of popular fantasy heroes continued week to week, I kept an eye towards the results, believing with the certainty borne of decades of theory-making that Rand al’Thor would survive to fight the Dark One at the Last Battle.

It took a few rounds of the Suvudu Cage Match for me to recognize the necessity of fan freaks such as myself when it comes to epic fan pride smack-downs. How else can Raistlin’s loss to Dumbledore, Gandalf’s loss to Roland and Hermoine Granger’s loss to Jaime Lannister be explained? Exactly. Fans. In reality, the Suvudu Cage Match was fan vs. fan. And that’s how I found out that George R. R. Martin is the Dark One.

[What?]