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Just Reviewed two “Wheel of Time” books at SBR

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Folks, I reviewed THE GATHERING STORM and TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT, both written by Robert Jordan (and continued by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s death in 2007) this evening at Shiny Book Review.

Take a gander:

http://shinybookreview.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/brandon-sanderson-continues-robert-jordans-wheel-of-time-credibly-2-for-1-review-special/

Here’s the upshot: Sanderson writes very well.  I enjoyed what he did, and think he did an excellent job — I know how hard this is because I’m trying to finish Michael’s novels and he wrote in a completely different style from me.  (When he helped me with my novel, ELFY, Michael wrote in my style.  Writing in Michael’s style is much tougher for me than Michael writing in mine was for him, apparently, as it doesn’t come naturally.  I leave it up to the reader as to whether or not Michael was more advanced as a writer/editor at the time of his death, though I know I think he was.)

Both books are good.  I liked TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT better.  I think that book was more humane and made more sense.  But both are good and if you’ve read the previous eleven books in the WoT series, you will enjoy them.  (But if you haven’t, please go out and read the first eleven or you will be hopelessly lost.)

Written by Barb Caffrey

November 30, 2011 at 11:03 pm

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Part 22 of “Changing Faces” in progress

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Folks, I take my victories where I see ’em. And writing CHANGING FACES is definitely one of those, because I’ve persisted writing this novel over the past ten years.  It’s gone through revisions, the death of my husband Michael, and now the death of my best friend, Jeff . . . and yet I persevere.

I hope that once I am finally done with this MSS, it will find its audience; I may have to self-publish it but I will try it, first, at a few places as it’s, in essence, a Christian-derived fantasy romance.  Not my usual thing, and of course it has some New Age sentiment in it — but there’s nothing in it that is inaccessible, either.

I can also only hope that both Michael and Jeff, who were big fans of my writing in general and CHANGING FACES in particular (both wanted to see this finished and published in their lifetimes), will be happy with the final result.  I know they’d be happy with me continuing onward, though I can’t do anything but that and be me . . . at any rate, getting a thousand words of writing in tonight into the next chapter (part 22) of this work is something to celebrate.

So let the happy dance commence.

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November 30, 2011 at 2:25 am

Posted in Writing