Wheel of Time
Lately I have been re-reading The Wheel of Time series in anticipation of the upcoming book 11 release. Book 11, Knife of Dreams, will supposedly be the second to last book for WoT series. The author Robert Jordan promised to end the series on book 12 even if he has to make the last book 1,500 pages. A normal book usually has 200~250 page. A normal Robert Jordan Wheel of Time book is about 800 pages. So 1,500 pages will be large even for Mr. Jordan. In fact, the book War and Peace that is famous for its length only has 1,400 pages.
Knife of Dreams should tie up a lot of loose ends that has accumulated in the past 10 books. The last 3 books, 8, 9, 10, have been very slow in terms of development. Robert Jodran promised that Book 11, Knife of Dreams, will be fast paced and leave the readers sweating by the end. I hope so, we shall see.
So far, I have re-read 3 books and is now on book 4. Knife of Dream comes out on October 11th, which is about the same time Age of Empires III will comes out (October 18th). Interesting timing in my opinion. I have 6 days to finish 6 more books, which will be a tight fit due to Robert Jordan's insane length on each book. In fact, the book I am on now has 1,008 pages. Probably no further update until I finish all 11 books ^_^
- The Eye of the World 832 pages (15 January 1990)
- The Great Hunt 736 pages (15 November 1990)
- The Dragon Reborn 704 pages (15 October 1991)
- The Shadow Rising 1008 pages (15 September 1992)
- The Fires of Heaven 992 pages (15 October 1993)
- Lord of Chaos 1024 pages (15 October 1994)
- A Crown of Swords 896 pages (15 May 1996)
- The Path of Daggers 704 pages (20 October 1998)
- Winter's Heart 800 pages (7 November 2000)
- Crossroads of Twilight 864 pages (7 January 2003)
- Knife of Dreams 783 pages hardcover (11 October 2005, expected US publication date)
side note: other books I am waiting for which has no relase date in sight,
- Jean Auel's Earth's Children Series book 6 (last book)
- Orson Scott Card's Mayflower Trilogy book 2 - Rasputin
- Orson Scott Card's Tales of Alvin Maker series book 7 - Master Alvin
- Orson Scott Card's Pastwatch Trilogy book 2 - The Flood
- Terry Goodkind's Sword of the Truth series book 9 - Phantom (2006, expected US publication date: but truth to be told, I haven't read book 8 - Chainfire)
- J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series book 7 (last book)
- Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga book 20, she writes this series when she has an inspiration, let us hope she has one soon.
- L.E. Modesitt's The Saga of Recluce book 14, he writes this series when he has an inspiration, let us hope he has one soon. (deja vu?)