Can’t Wait for Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan and The Walking Dead Compendium 4

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.

Out today and soon to be in my grubby little hands: Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan and The Walking Dead Compendium 4.

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.

About H.P.

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8 Responses to Can’t Wait for Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Warrior of the Altaii by Robert Jordan and The Walking Dead Compendium 4

  1. Paul's Picks says:

    Typhoon! Happy reading. It’s was a knockout for me.

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  2. Bookstooge says:

    Jordan could be a real ass. Not wanting WoT finished is one of the biggest examples. Thank goodness his wife knew better. Or I’d be making annual pilgrimages to his grave to literally piss on him, and the cops be damned.

    I’ve got one of his Fallon books (Book 2 I think?) from when I picked up a huge bunch of random SFF books back in the day. Never read it, never had any desire. I’ll be looking forward to what you think of Altaii though. I’m always interested in what others are doing, even if I personally have no interest in it 😀

    As for Walking Dead, was there any reason given? I thought that was the serial that could do no wrong and would keep on going, just like a zombie.

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    • H.P. says:

      I have no idea about TWD. I’ve been avoiding reading anything about it because I wanted to avoid spoilers.

      Jordan only said he didn’t want WOT finished BEFORE his diagnosis and, even then, he was probably joking. Harriet picking another writer to finish the series was exactly what he wanted her to do and he worked on outlines to support that effort.

      I picked up the first two Fallon books recently. I want to work my way through his non-WOT, non-Conan books in the next couple years.

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      • Bookstooge says:

        Good luck with TWD. I’ve never been into it, as zombies don’t do it for me, so I’ve got no skin in the game. I might have to go to some of my research just because now I’m curious 😀

        Good luck with the Jordan bibliography. I hope it turns out well.


  3. jeneaw41 says:

    Hope you enjoy them both!!

    My CWW

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