Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan

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    I'm really looking forward to this. Maybe I should hunt down the Fallon books as well.
     
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    Apparently, Jordan had left provisions in his will that the manuscript be burned. How do people feel about the fact that it apparently will be published against Jordan's express desires?
     
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    For me, it would depend on whether or not his wife approves... since it is a minor thing really in the larger scale of things.
     
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    I just saw this book is up for pre-order on Amazon, $27, pretty steep price. Does anyone know if Harriet approved of this book being released or is it a case of the publisher having rights to it and just not caring what Jordan wanted? If it's the latter I am going to pass, but if Harriet approved (and hopefully edited) I think I will buy.
     
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    @Ephrem Elpidius:
    "Harriet McDougal, Robert Jordan’s editor and wife, elaborates:

    Warrior of the Altaii has been sold twice, but has never been published. Until now.

    When I reread Warrior of the Altaii this winter, after this long intermission, I was amazed at the foreshadowing of The Wheel of Time. You will find many hints of what is to come. One of the most obvious is the name of the major mountain range – the Backbone of the World. In The Wheel of Time, it is the Spine of the World. I think you’ll have fun finding them as you read this brand new Robert Jordan – a fine wine that has reached its perfect maturity."
     
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    well her sentence where she says I think you will have fun - confirms she is the one approving this publishing. So yeah I guess I am ok with buying it now ^^ I am partly hesitating still as $27 is a bit steep (for $18 or so I would do it asap... but I feel like I am not missing out on too much if Jordan himself said don't bother with this), I might actually just request my local library get it :) if you want a book they don't have in stock they will find it from another library in Indiana, and if no other libraries have it in Indiana they order it for you... we have an A+++ library system where I live ^^
     
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    Just an update, my copy of Warrior of the Altaii arrived today, I got it for $17 shipped, so not bad. Going to pause my Lightbringer read through briefly and finish this book probably within a few days, it's not very big. I'll try to remember to update this post with a brief non-spoiler summary when I am finished, cheers!
     
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    oh, I forgot to mention I found the Fallon books on ebay, got both of them on my shelf now, was quite cheap. $6 for both or something like that. I have not read them yet, I bought some very fine sandpaper, and I am going to sand down the browned worn out edges first, to try to get it in better condition. it is a pretty worn out pair of books.
     
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    So it is best to read this book before Wheel of Time?

    Got my book yesterday ^^
     
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    I can't say for sure yet, but so far it doesn't seem to matter as it is still quite different from wheel of time, even though I am coming across several references to WoT... but I don't think you would know them unless you had read WoT anyway, so not sure I would call them spoilers per say. I will let you know in more detail once I fully finish the book.

    I hope you enjoy it! It seems like a short read... I wasn't expecting this book to be so small.
     
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    A small Jordan book? :eek What is small? Even smaller than New Spring?
     
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    At this point a 'small' RJ book is still 600 pages to me. :lol
     
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    It's 352 pages long I just checked my hardcover copy. Also, the spacing on it is like triple spaced and the margins are like one inch on each side... so really its probably a lot less pages than even that if it were his original WoT format and font. I expect to finish the entire story in 3 or 4 binge read sessions.
     
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    Just a quick update, I only have about 100 pages left to finish this book. I can state with confidence this is really well done, more so than I was expecting. I can definitely see RJ used a lot of similar things from Warrior of Altaii drafts to use in The Wheel of Time. I'm not going to risk any spoilers, but yeah almost every few pages I was like holy crap this reminds of this in WoT... lol

    So far it has been a very fun read, the Altaii people are a hybrid of the Aiel of WoT and his Conan the Barbarian themed books. I want to write more, but I don't want to risk spoilers, so yeah that's that. I give it a 8/10 so far, pleasantly surprised he did not want this book published. It really stands on it's own very well. I imagine a lot of the thought process of not wanting it published was due to the fact it really is like a groundwork for WoT, but it's still it's own story and theme.

    I think if he had published this in the 90's it would have stole a bit of thunder from WoT... a couple scenes were a bit ahead of it's time and I think would have really created a nice fan base... major spoiler here for Warrior of Altaii...
    particulary the gun scene when Eslbeth is captured and the hints at time travel due to 'magic'
    that scene in particular he wrote what... all the way back in 1979... very ahead of it's time, doesn't really have the shock and awe anymore, but back then I think this would have been a NYT best seller, but again steal thunder from WoT.
     
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