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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Robert Jordan: Another Sad Passing

I learned this evening from John Scalzi’s site that Robert Jordan, the prolific author of the Wheel of Time series of fantasy novels, has passed away after a bout with amyloidosis, a blood disease. My thoughts go out to the family and friends that he leaves behind.

While my interest in the WOT series had faded as the series moved along, there is no doubt that he was well loved by thousands of readers. They will miss his creative spirit and the characters that populated his world.

From his blog on the Dragonmount site:

It is with great sadness that I tell you that the Dragon is gone. RJ left us today at 2:45 PM. He fought a valiant fight against this most horrid disease. In the end, he left peacefully and in no pain. In the years he had fought this, he taught me much about living and about facing death. He never waivered in his faith, nor questioned our God’s timing. I could not possibly be more proud of anyone. I am eternally grateful for the time that I had with him on this earth and look forward to our reunion, though as I told him this afternoon, not yet. I love you bubba.

Our beloved Harriet was at his side through the entire fight and to the end. The last words from his mouth were to tell her that he loved her.

What I hadn’t been aware of was the history of the man who wrote as Robert Jordan. I had no idea that James Oliver Rigney, Jr was a well decorated Vietnam vet and a nuclear engineer or that he was a graduate of the Citadel. I had no idea, but my respect for the man grows with the more that I read about him. Rest in God’s grace, James Oliver Rigney, Jr.

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I met him once at a booksigning at the Little Bookshop of Horrors, years ago. Kind of flamboyant, as I recall, at least in the way he was dressed. I think it was for the fourth book, but it was quite a while back.

I think I’ve got all of the WOT so far, in a mix of paperback and hardback, but I haven’t read the last two (or three, I’m not certain). After the fifth book, it just didn’t hold my interest as well.

I’ve read a little of his other work, but not much of it. I’m sorry to hear he’s gone.

on Sep 17 2007 @ 06:14 AM
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