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Default TofM Distinctions Excerpt Availability outside USA (NO SPOILERS)

So an excerpt of Distinctions is supposedly available on ibooks ONLY FOR US USERS. Booooo....

Does anyone know where/if non us users can get it? Please no spoilers in this thread, I want to read it before reading about what happens in it.

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So an excerpt of Distinctions is supposedly available on ibooks ONLY FOR US USERS. Booooo....

Does anyone know where/if non us users can get it? Please no spoilers in this thread, I want to read it before reading about what happens in it.

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I don't know the answer to that, only to say that as far as I know it is currently only available in the US.

However, I would point out that it contains only one of two Prologue sections that Brandon read at Dragon*Con. Terez posted a brief description of this in another thread ("DragonCon prologue reading SPOILERS").

Someone videotaped the reading, and if Harriet gives approval it will be posted online. So, you may soon be able to listen to it rather than reading it, and hear more bits than are available in the sample download....
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and I'm crying too since I don't have an iphone or a mac and I'm too stupid to figure out how to get it without one.
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Hopefully there will be similar offers from other publishers in the coming days. Again, I will transcribe the reading when the recording is posted, if people would rather read than listen.
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Actually, listening would be fine. I'll watch your twitter for when the link comes up, at least we'll get that part.
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So an excerpt of Distinctions is supposedly available on ibooks ONLY FOR US USERS. Booooo....
~sigh~ Yet another silly US company that seems to think that USA = The World, or at least that the USA is the only part of the world that matters.

I Want My WOT Fix!!!
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I just downloaded the preview - we get a Loial blurb for the header! From Loial's future book!

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It was in this time of sorrows that I stepped up to the Great Stump. At first, I was forbidden, but my mother, Covril, demanded I have my chance. I do not know what sparked her change of heart, as she herself had argued quite decisively for the opposing side. My hands shook. I would be the last speaker, and most seemed to have already made up their minds to open the Book of Translation. They considered me an afterthought.

And I knew that unless I spoke true, humanity would be left alone to face the Shadow. In that moment, my nervousness fled. I felt only a stillness, a calm sense of purpose. I opened my mouth, and I began to speak.

—from The Dragon Reborn, by Loial, son of Arent son of Halan, of Stedding Shangtai
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Thanks Terez!

This implies that Loial lives through the last battle to write his book. I'm somewhat surprised at that - given all the previous quotes we have seen from the 4th Age have often been more subsequent legend than first-hand accounts - in line with RJ's wheel-turning theme of memories fading quickly to legend and details being lost - I would have thought it more thematic for no first-hand account such as Loial's to ever be written and the details forgotten relatively quickly (with many people coming to believe, for example, very soon after Tarmon Gaidon that Logain was the true Dragon Reborn).

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Hopefully there will be similar offers from other publishers in the coming days. Again, I will transcribe the reading when the recording is posted, if people would rather read than listen.

Here is your answer of when, that Video will be Posted:

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Wheel of Time - Harriet has APPROVED my video of Brandon reading the ToM prologue... On the date @TorBooks publishes it. 9/21. Weeee! #WoT

11 days from now.
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Default Loial's book and Valan Luca ta'veren influence

Thanks Terez, for posting this blurb!


Ironically enough, Loial's blurb below just puts even more importance on the role of the person who pushed him to flee his Stedding, at least five years ago: Mahdi Valan Luca.


Without that push and influence by Valan Luca to learn the Treesongs and to develop an need to explore the world outside the Stedding, Loial and the Ogier would have flee this world... dooming all the worlds....



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It soon became obvious, even within the stedding, that the Pattern was growing frail. The sky darkened. Our dead appeared, standing in rings outside the borders of the stedding, looking in. Most troublingly, trees fell ill, and no song would heal them.

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And I knew that unless I spoke true, humanity would be left alone to face the Shadow. In that moment, my nervousness fled. I felt only a stillness, a calm sense of purpose. I opened my mouth, and I began to speak.

—from The Dragon Reborn, by Loial, son of Arent son of Halan, of Stedding Shangtai


Curiously, Loial is also foreshadowed as being tied to fightning Shaidar Haran in the future....
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Here is the entire free bit from iBooks. I typed it up.
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Here is the entire free bit from iBooks. I typed it up.

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Thank you very much for typing that up!
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Apparently, somebody has to do something right before I can give rep to Terez again.
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You can always go rep people that found/guessed clues, like WSB. But thanks for the thought...
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Bless you Terez! I cannot rep you for I have to spread it around some first. This was awesome. Thank you!

EDIT: I can't think of anything more rep-worthy than writing WoT. So thank you for doing this, T!
(I'd definately rep Brandon too, if he ever posted here)
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Unfortunately, I gotta spread it around before I can give it to T again, too.

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