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Interviews: TOM Signing Report - Robert Mee

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Date

Nov 6th, 2010

Type

Paraphrased

Location

Bailey's Crossroads, VA

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  • 1

    Robert Mee

    So here is the report from the Bailey's Crossroads signing. As Leanne and Bayle have mentioned, there were not a lot of questions being asked in line (I was front row)...which was disappointing to me. I'll run through the notes I took and then the questions.
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    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    They opened with Harriet reading the Lan chunk of the prologue. With her pronunciation, al'Lan sounded like Allan. No pause for the apostrophe.

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    Robert Mee

    Moving into the Q&A, there were a lot of general questions about the series and other things.

    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    They are focusing on finishing WoT first before considering the other outrigger/prequel novels.

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    Harriet McDougal Rigney

    Harriet was asked to pronounce the Forsaken names. I had my BWB with me, which she borrowed so she didn't forget anyone. She also joked as she said Moghedien's name that Jim had said all of the Forsaken women were different sides of her, and that Moghedien was probably from when she had to remind Jim that he hadn't taken out the garbage. Even New York Times best-selling authors need to do housework apparently.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    A Memory of Light may be ready in time for DragonCon, but Brandon isn't going to promise anything. He has to reread the series (again) before getting to work on it.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Someone asked about why audiobooks are so expensive, and Brandon made it clear that it was an issue of production costs...which makes sense. Harriet is not a fan of eBooks, which is why it's taken so long for the books to be converted over to that format.

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    Robert Mee

    Now onto the questions. I was able to ask two of Brandon, and his answers are below.
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    Brandon Sanderson

    Rand destroyed Aginor—Brandon is 90% sure of this fact.

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    Brandon Sanderson

    Taim may not be a standard Third Ager. Brandon wouldn't say any further because he has about five chapters revolving around the Black Tower to write for the beginning of the next book and he didn't want to spoil, so it was half a RAFO.

    MATT HATCH

    Specific questions?

    ROBERT MEE

    I just asked if Taim was a "standard" Third Ager. He pondered it for a minute or so before explaining that he had a few more chapters to write about what was happening at the Black Tower, so he didn't want to give too much away.

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    Robert Mee

    Someone else (two different people, actually) asked about Nakomi.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon RAFO'd, but then said that there were some very interesting theories out there, and that some hard core fan freaks may have had some that were more accurate than others he'd seen. I don't know if he's referring to Theoryland specifically or just the OCD fan community in general.

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    Robert Mee

    The Tower Guard did a great job, and had trivia questions for the signing line. Who, when asked about Mat's lovers who have died (and the cause of their deaths) remembers Melindhra but forgets Tylin? This Theorylander does... I felt like such an idiot. But the person behind me didn't get ji'e'toh, so it evens out. I have a picture with myself and Brandon after the signing...I'll post it once I get it out of my email and onto my computer!
  • 12

    Robert Mee

    Just a tag on. Someone asked about Rand's new/old sword... the one he's carrying now.

    Brandon Sanderson

    Brandon said it had definitely been seen before, and not in a tapestry. Brandon also DEFINITIVELY stated that we saw it in The Great Hunt. I have a very good feeling that the sword being Justice (which we saw in Artur Hawkwing's hands at Falme) is the right "looney theory" for this one.

    Footnote

    It was confirmed by Brandon in an email that the sword is Justice.

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