Today I’m over at Here Be Magic talking about my all-time favorite series: Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.
And yes, I have started to reread the massive series. I will need to repurchase the first three books — the paperbacks fell apart a long time ago. I thought about buying them in Kindle, but I like to have the entire series in the same format. Book 4 and beyond are all in hardcover, so I guess I’ll stick to dead-tree books for this series.
This isn’t the first reread I’ve done. It used to be my tradition to help the years pass until the next release by rereading all the books in the series so far. I did that through book 7. After that, I just couldn’t do it any longer. I was working full time, then we had kids, then I started writing myself. I started to fall behind. I’m pretty sure the last book I actually read was 10. Yikes! And these are massive tomes too – I’ll get a workout just holding the darned book!
I always said as soon as the last book was released that I’d read the series start to finish one last time. So let the reread begin!
I’ve finished the first two chapters of The Eye of the World. This time I’m trying to savor the book instead of rushing to finish so I can see what happens next. (I read book 6 straight through in about 24 hours–in between classes–because it was sooo good and I was terrified it’d end on a cliffhanger and I’d have to wait 3 years for the next book!)
Reading book 1 is like coming home to an old friend. Rand has just met Moiraine and Lan. We’ve met Mat and heard about Egwene, Nynaeve and Thom (although he hasn’t been named). It’s funny to know these characters so well, to be eager for them to show up. It’s awe-inspiring to know that Jordan laid down so many crucial threads in this first book. Amazing, really. Thousands and thousands of pages, and here the delicate first threads are woven and the Pattern begins.
The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend.