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Interview with Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009 at 1:33pm

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Robert Jordan passed away in 2007, before completing book twelve in his bestselling Wheel of Time series. His widow and editor, Harriet McDougal, chose Brandon Sanderson, bestselling author of the Mistborn series, to complete the book. The size of the volume was such that it could not be contained in a single book, making The Gathering Storm the first of three novels that will make up A Memory of Light. This short sequence will complete the struggle against the Shadow, bringing to a close a journey that began almost twenty years ago and marking the conclusion of The Wheel of Time, the pre-eminent fantasy epic of our era.

In the first of three videos, Jordan's wife Harriet discusses how Sanderson was chosen to complete the series, and Sanderson speaks about how he first laid eyes on the notes and materials left by Jordan.

Categories: Discussions

On the Legality of Fan Fiction

Monday, Jul 21, 2008 at 5:08pm

Literary Review of Canada offers an interesting essay by Grace Westcott on the legality of Fan Fiction. This grey area of literature has seen devotees of Star Trek, Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars and more telling their own tales in the universes they love so much. But where do they stand in the eyes of the law?

Categories: Discussions, SciFi & Fantasy

Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow....

Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 7:42am

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow creeps in this petty pace from day to day to the last syllable of recorded time

Macbeth -- William Shakespeare

Shakespeare had something completely different in mind when he wrote the above, but it nicely fits the feeling of readers when their favourite author's new book is delayed. I found myself wondering, last night, just who it is that suffers the most when a book doesn't arrive as expected.

Categories: Discussions, SciFi & Fantasy, New Releases, Publishing News


50 Crime Writers To Read Before You Die

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 2:31pm

The Telegraph recently listed their 50 favourite crime writers of all time.

Speak up if your favourite didn't make the list.

Categories: Discussions, Mystery & Crime

Digressions with Dashiell Hammett

Thursday, Feb 28, 2008 at 2:27pm

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Crime legend Dashiell Hammett was recently featured in a Guardian story on literary digressions. His "Flitwick Parable" from The Maltese Falcon was held up as a nearly perfect example.

In a scant three pages, Hammett's Sam Spade tells the story of real estate agent Flitwick who leaves his office for lunch, and never returns. When Flitwick is found, he is living under an assumed name, and leading a new life, much like his old, but with a new wife, house and responsibilities. The tale has nothing to do with the plot of The Maltese Falcon, but for the remainder of the novel the reader is left with the sense that anything can happen.

Categories: Discussions, buzz, Authors, Mystery & Crime
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