I have reopened a nerdy obsession of mine, totally by accident. I was looking for another blog or website or SOMEthing online to get completely immersed in, so I went to Tor.com to scan their recent posts and found out that Leigh Butler is doing ANOTHER re-read of the Wheel of Time series. !!!! Yay!
I’ll pause so you can collect yourselves.
Actually, I’ll pause so you can roll your eyes and say “Who cares?”* and “What’s a re-read?”** and “Oh, THAT series?*** You finished it?***^ You still like it?***^^ NERD!***^^^”
Are you done?
Thanks. I care, a little. Enough. Okay, I care plenty. I started reading the series in 1990, maybe 1991 because I remember waiting for the third one to come out (1991, paperback 1992), which is basically right at the beginning (the first two were published in 1990). I have reread those first three of this 15-book series too many times to count. This is the first series I did that with, where I’d go back to the beginning and read every book out so far to prep for the next book to come out. It’s the first series I waited for, with years in between books. It’s the first series that made me go searching online for people who might know something about it. It’s where I discovered the WOTFAQ sometime in college, where SO many people more obsessed than me gathered to chat and share theories. I never joined them (they’d been doing it for years – what could I add?), but I read the ENTIRE thing and then went back after each book was published. (I’m a lurker. I’m a lurker on reddit, too.) They all seemed to know each other, and some really did – they went to conventions together, or met there. (Stories about JordanCon (and DragonCon) may have sparked my interest in going to conventions myself.)
Anyway, I care plenty. In 2009, Leigh Butler (who was heavily involved in the WOTFAQ and the fandom and the conventions and met Robert Jordan and spent time with his widow after died) started a re-read of the entire series on Tor.com.
Re-read of a series online – she reads through the books and posts summaries and her thoughts and commentary on a chapter or two at a time, once or twice a week. The commenters go nuts (in a fun way).
She thought she had 9 months before the last book of the series (written by Brandon Sanderson) was supposed to come out. The last book was split into three, and what was supposed to be done by the end of 2009 took until May 2014. I didn’t read along (my memory of these books is pretty good – I have read them many many times), and I didn’t start in 2009 when she did (I don’t remember when I found it), but I did read ALL of her posts and a lot of the comments, and it was a fun way to revisit the series and get a LOT out of it while waiting for the last books to be published.
I was poking along online yesterday, and I found that she’s doing it again. Why? Because when she did it the first time, the last books hadn’t been published, and the things that happened in those books shed a ton of light on things that happened in earlier books, and this fandom WANTS TO KNOW. Including me. So we’re all going back with fresh eyes and a new perspective, and I have another fun way to waste time online.
I love the internet.
**I explained. Be patient.
***Yes, THAT series.
***^Yes, more than once.
***^^^Yes. Stop yelling and JOIN US.