‘The Gathering Storm’ by Brandon Sanderson (Book 12 of the ‘Wheel of Time’ series)
The one thing that was regularly levelled at the series was how it seemed to get too involved in the micro-management of the characters. Yes, the evil is seeping is back into the world, we understand that is affecting everyone. The cast of central characters is large, without even looking at the first- and second-level supporting characters.
It is still there, but Brandon is doing a wonderful job in balancing the scale. There are still the first- and second-level characters, but putting them into scenes together instead of giving them their own sections does not make it seem so much like padding.
Enjoying it so far, but there is still over three quarters of the book to go (200 of 824). Brandon is proving that his choice to complete the WoT series was a very good one =)
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I admit that, due to other tasks having been set, my ‘Big Project’ has been sorely neglected. Efforts to find a readable and study-worthy copy of Avicenna or Galen’s medical manuals have been fruitless, and caused the complete stall of Chapter 4.
The purpose of my short stories was to give a break from a stalled project, and hopefully connect the neurons through another outlet. ‘Mune and Mura’ helped to a degree, as ti got me through ‘Big Project’ Chapter 3 and up into Chapter 4. OVCC#9 got started, and was going great guns until ‘Sayeh and Zia’ popped into my head once Chapter 2 was completed.
And now that OVCC#9 and S&Z are being juggled, the brain has (somewhat) unconsciously returned my focus to the ‘Big Project’. The weather data tracking is now up to Book 6, and the brain is doing everything it can to keep me focused on getting all the locale weather data up to date RIGHT NOW!
This was a slightly long-winded way of apologising again for my Muse trying to throw many balls at me to juggle. The data tracking will be completed tonight, in time for the Easter long weekend. Four whole days! My solemn vow is that there will be a scene from both OVCC#9 and S&Z posted by the end of this long weekend, and I will do my utmost to get some scenes ahead so my stalled brain does not cause lacking posts.
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Post 146. Five more to go…