Robert Jordan, 1948-2007

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Robert Jordan has died.

I’ve poked fun at Jordan in the past on this blog, but now seems a good time to own up to the pleasure his pages have given me. Because I did read the first 8 books of The Wheel of Time, and for a reason: there are lots of good things in them. He hit on a genuinely smart and original magic system — I was really taken with the whole idea of the Asha’man — and I remember being particularly creeped out by his handling of the Waygates and Machin Shin. Anyway, RIP, and sincere apologies for the mockery.