Today’s post should really be a review of Steel Crow Saga by Paul Krueger, but I wasn’t quite able to finish reading it last night, and I wouldn’t have time to write a full review in any event. And I am about to become very, very distracted after the UPS man comes today.
Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.
Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan is the first piece of original fiction by Robert Jordan since his untimely death (not counting the Wheel of Time fragments finished by Brandon Sanderson) and will presumably be the last. Jordan wasn’t known for having a desk drawer full of manuscripts. Warrior of the Altaii, though, has an interesting history. It was the manuscript that got Jordan his publishing deal. In fact, it got him several publishing deals, but it never wound up being published. It got him the gig writing and then later editing Conan pastiches for Tor, but the torrid pace they demanded for those helped push Warrior of the Altaii to the backburner.
By all accounts, we should expect something more along the lines of Jordan’s Conan books than the Wheel of Time. 1980s muscular fantasy (his widow and editor in fact described it as just that). I don’t have sky high expectations – even when his earlier works under different pseudonyms got new hardcover releases in the 90s, it stayed in a trunk. But I do really like his Conan novels, and I expect that I will like Warrior of the Altaii.
You may have heard that Jordan never wanted Warrior of the Altaii published. He did say that publicly. He also said publicly that he didn’t want The Wheel of Time finished. There is no reason not to trust that his widow and editor has a better understanding of his final wishes than we do.
The Walking Dead Compendium Four by Robert Kirkman
One of the more surprising revelations in the comics world recently was the abrupt end of the enormously popular zombie apocalypse comic series. Rather than make a big hullabaloo, Image Comics and Kirkman quietly put out a final issue of The Walking Dead ending the series on their own terms. I don’t read the individual comics. To the extent I read any comics these days, it is purely in bound form. For The Walking Dead, I have been buying the softcovers right as they come out. But when I saw that they would be publishing a fourth and final compendium I decided to wait for that so that I could have a complete set. I will finally get to learn how it ends (I am definitely going to skip to the last several issues rather than read the entire compendium).
I also look forward to reading my review copy of Wes Chu’s The Walking Dead novel, Typhoon, which imagines the zombie apocalypse in China.