Today, we begin a new series of posts under the banner The Storm is Coming!, building up to the release of The Gathering Storm on October 27th. In the vein of the Read-throughs, these posts will bring you a bit of everything, from review, analyse or commentary on the TGS material being released before the book (chapter one and the prologue that goes on sale on September 17h) to whatever we can come up with from the earlier books we think should be brought to attention before reading the new one.
The first of these posts deals with our comments on chapter one.
Looking into TGS' Tears from Steel, Part One
Instead of coming up with a classic/formal review of Tears from Steel, chapter one of The Gathering Storm, Linda and I have decided to offer you our detailed comments about the chapter in the form of a dialogue, a cleaned up and edited sum of our exchanges about the chapter over the last days.
It's very hard to make a formal review of anything from a single chapter, and it seemed a bit unfair to Brandon to attempt it, all the more since this chapter is presumably, at least from what I remember him saying on his Blog long ago about the 'Wind opening", some of his earliest writing on the "A Memory of Light" project.
With this post you get a sneak peek at the sort of long discussions (over 500 pages in 2006 alone!) Linda and I have been holding with each other for years (don't worry, though - we'll spare you all the news about kids, bonsaï and Japanese food, squirrels, embroidery and quilting and Canadian and Australian politics, or weather, and stick to the Wheel of Time topic!).
This post discusses everything from chapter one of The Gathering Storm, available for free upon registration (also free) at Tor.com.
It contains all sort of spoilers for the chapter, so if you haven't read it yet, this is one post you may want to skip altogether..
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