trumwill: I take it you heard about Robert Jordan?

quenkyle: Yeah. I expected as much, though.

trumwill: I never did get around to starting the Wheels of Time series. I wanted to know for sure that it would have some sort of ending.

quenkyle: Ironically it’s more likely that it’s going to be finished now that he’s dead.

trumwill: But if he’s dead, they may or may not hire someone else to finish it.

quenkyle: If Jordan were immortal, the chances that he’d end the series were still not good.

trumwill: I see.

quenkyle: I tried reading the 10th book in the series… 3 times. I couldn’t get past 1/4 of it before being bored to tears. It doesn’t bother me as much as other people… I got to read through 9 all at once without waiting, but he was definitely losing it. Most readers don’t give a rat’s arse about the history of the golden earring a random pirate was wearing on his right ear, and the political ramifications of his doing so. I’d much rather, I dunno… learn more about the *main freaking characters*.

trumwill: My ex boss said that the phone book has fewer characters and more plot than Jordan’s later novels.

quenkyle: Well I don’t know about the plot part, but the phone book definitely has less characters.

trumwill: Nonetheless, it’s a shame that he couldn’t finish his work. I can’t imagine putting that much work into something and not completing it.

quenkyle: I think he’s got different problems now.

trumwill: True. Being dead probably sucks more.

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3 Responses to IM Chatty: Robert Jordan, RIP

  1. logtar says:

    I had just bought book one of the WOT last week… I wonder if him knowing through some cosmic web that I was beginning to read it had anything to do with it.

  2. Abel says:

    A good writer knows when to end the story instead of dragging it out ad nauseam. I have lots of friends who like Jordan’s books and that series. The main reason I’ve never bothered to pick one up is because I don’t want to invest time in a series that has no ending.

  3. trumwill says:

    That was my main fear of the Lost TV series. It was only once I was convinced that they knew where they were going with it and that they had an end in mind that I decided to give it another shot.

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