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Book Title: The Wheel of Time Companion: The People, Places and History of the Bestselling Series|
ISBN 13: 9780765314611
The author of the book: Robert Jordan
Edition: Tor Books
Date of issue: November 3rd 2015
Format files: PDF
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I’ve recently started reading book three after a break of around six months between books. I read a lot, so when I revisit a series after such a length of time, I also forget a lot. It’s only natural. So this book was a massive help to me.
I remembered the plot of the previous books fine; it’s just the character’s names that eluded me and their past. I recall the main cast fine, but the minor ones, the ones that appeared a few books ago or only in a single chapter escaped me completely. This is an absolutely huge fantasy world. It’s so easy to forget things. And this book is so good at reminding me. I can just flick through and find the name, and then it all comes rushing back. Obviously, this makes enjoying the series a lot easier. The book is easy to access, too, with it’s a-z format.
However, this book is extremely dangerous. There are absolutely no spoiler warnings in the text. Returning readers are fine, but if this is your first time reading through the series you need to tread very lightly. I stumbled across a massive plot spoiler; it ruined a later aspect of the books for me. I mean, I can guess how it will all end but that doesn’t mean I want those ideas confirmed. It ruins a lot of the excitement when reading and slows down the momentum drastically.
I only recommend this to those that have read the series through all ready. New readers look elsewhere, unless you are prepared to quickly close the book, and I mean quickly, when those all so juicy spoilers start dripping off the page.
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Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Jackson O'Reilly.
Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to 1970) with the United States Army as a helicopter gunner. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with bronze oak leaf cluster, the Bronze Star with "V" and bronze oak leaf cluster, and two Vietnamese Gallantry Crosses with palm. After returning from Vietnam he attended The Citadel where he received an undergraduate degree in physics. After graduating he was employed by the United States Navy as a nuclear engineer. He began writing in 1977. He was a history buff and enjoyed hunting, fishing, sailing, poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting.
He described himself as a "High Church" Episcopalian and received communion more than once a week. He lived with his wife Harriet McDougal, who works as a book editor (currently with Tor Books; she was also Jordan's editor) in a house built in 1797.
Responding to queries on the similarity of some of the concepts in his Wheel of Time books with Freemasonry concepts, Jordan admitted that he was a Freemason. However, "like his father and grandfather," he preferred not to advertise, possibly because of the negative propaganda against Freemasonry. In his own words, "no man in this country should feel in danger because of his beliefs."
On March 23, 2006, Jordan disclosed in a statement that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis, and that with treatment, his median life expectancy was four years, though he said he intended to beat the statistics. He later posted on his Dragonmount blog to encourage his fans not to worry about him and that he intended to have a long and fully creative life.
He began chemotherapy treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in early April 2006. Jordan was enrolled in a study using the drug Revlimid just approved for multiple myeloma but not yet tested on primary amyloidosis.
Jordan died at approximately 2:45 p.m. EDT on September 16, 2007, and a funeral service was held for him on Wednesday, September 19, 2007. Jordan was cremated and his ashes buried in the churchyard of St. James Church in Goose Creek, outside Charleston.