|I have to admit that The Wheel of Time is my
favorite story at this time. This may change when I find out how it ends in a few years, but
until then he will be number one. He has also written some Conan the Barbarian
books but these are said not to be as good so I have not bothered with them.|
I once met Jordan, in person, at a book signing and found him quite a character. His current volume (Path of the Daggers) of tWoT was completed at the end of 1997, and published in 1998. I would expect the next volume is due at the end of 1999, possibly 2000.
Robert Jordan was born in 1948 in Charleston, South Carolina, where he now lives with his wife, Harriet, in a house built in 1797. He taught himself to read when he was four with the incidental aid of a twelve-years-older brother, and was tackling Mark Twain and Jules Verne by five. He is a graduate of The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina, with a degree in physics. He served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Army; among his decorations are the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with "V", and two Vietnamese Crosses of Gallantry. A history buff, he has also written dance and theater criticism. He enjoys the outdoor sports of hunting, fishing, and sailing, and the indoor sports of poker, chess, pool, and pipe collecting. He has been writing since 1977 and intends to continue until they nail shut his coffin.
- An epic story, told with style by Jordan. I found this a fascinating series, with huge world mapped out by Jordan. It is dragging on a bit, and it may get worse with the couple of volumes left to be written in the series. I will have to known how he will end this series, Jordan claims to know the final scene and is moving towards that end, but have been very impressed so far.
His most recent volume in the series, The Path of Daggers, is a very good novel, it leaves a some major story threads unanswered. Jordan thinks it will take at least three more volumes, to bring the story to a conclusion, and perhaps another volume if he introduces any more threads.
This series has created some very avid fans, you only have to try to read rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan to realise that they cannot have lives of their own. :-)