Who will finish first?

Discussion in 'Fantasy / Horror' started by ChrisW, Jan 7, 2004.

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Which series will finish be finished first

  1. George R R Martin - aSoIaF

    10 vote(s)
    14.1%
  2. Robert Jordan - The Wheel of Time

    18 vote(s)
    25.4%
  3. Terry Goodkind - Sword of Truth

    9 vote(s)
    12.7%
  4. Steven Erikson - Malazan Book of the Fallen

    34 vote(s)
    47.9%
  1. Khallandra

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    Since I haven't read Erikson I'd say Jordan though it's a very tenious Jordan vote...
     
  2. MetzMan

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    Jordan will finish first I think, but Erikson won't be too far behind as he's been turning them out pretty regularly so far. As for Martin, no way. Waiting for his books to be released would drive the Dalai Lama crazy.
     
  3. ChrisW

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    Well based on Goodkinds recent news of SoT being finished in three more books it looks like he might win.

    No one voted for Goodkind though:) .

    If I could i'd change my vote to Terry.
     
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    Goodkind won? I think he's finished. Well done to the one person who voted for him:):cool:

    RJ with Sandersons help looks like he will be second followed by Erikson with GRRM a very distant third. Or will Erikson come second? I havn't really been following him since book 5 or so.
     
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    Sort of weird to look at this poll now with Goodkind done with SOT and Jordan gone. Funny about the twists and turns in life isn't it?
     
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    Wow ... yeah, it is weird to look at something like this now. I wasn't around when this pole was started and I didn't know it was here. Reading some of the old posts is ... interesting. [A Song of Ice and Fire was six books long not so many years ago! ... and, of course, Jordan was still with us. Its sobering to read speculations on how he would get on from back in 04.]

    Ah, well...

    I can't substantiate this, but now that Goodkind's won, [with Confessor released last November], it looks like Jordan will come second with Sanderson's help. I believe Sanderson has stated, probably in his rather handy AMoL project faq, that the tentative plan is to finish A Memory of Light in time for a fall 2009 release. May Brandon Sanderson be praised! If Erikson continues to produce a book a year, The Crippled God will come thundering upon us in summer 2010, [unless he opts to do anything silly like line edit the thing.]
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    I just voted without looking at the date :eek:
    I didn't even know that Confessor was the last in Terry Goodkind SOT : shows how annoyed I was after struggling to end the book with the shooting statues.

    after this thread maybe it will be interesting to make a poll "who will finish last?" for a multi-volume epic:
    -Martin with A song of Ice and Fire or
    -J V Jones with Sword of Shadows
    - Terry Brooks [how many Shannara novels are still planned?]

    I'm not sure Terry Brooks qualifies in the poll, as his novels are not a true multi-volume epic, but stand-alones loosely related. What other epics with more than 5 volumes are still in the books? Kingdom of Thorn and Bone maybe - but I don't think we will have major delays from this particular corner.

    Personally I hope and pray that the longest running multi-volume epic will remain the Discworld, and that Terry Pratchett will stay with us for a long long time.
     
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    According to his website, he's writing a new Landover novel for release in 2009, and preparing a new Shannara trilogy for release from 2010-2012.

    Still, you can't really say that he'll ever finish the entire Shannara world series. His series are mostly stand-alone trilogies with the next one building on what came before, although not necessary to enjoy the story, as opposed to, say ASoIaF or WoT.
     
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    Can we say that Goodkind is finished though? Confessor was the last book in the Chainfire Trilogy, but that trilogy was merely another chapter in the larger series (although it did allegedly resolve plot threads from earlier in the series). Most importantly, Goodkind has already said he's going to write more books in the series. So this debatable.

    Otherwise, Jordan and Sanderson look like they're going to get A Memory of Light out in late 2009 or early 2010 (I think Sanderson's postive attitude on his blog is masking the fact that it's going to take A LOT of work to finsih this series, and since he hasn't even started his work on AMOL yet it's unlikely he'll be finished by November or December this year as he wants), which will put them close to Erikson, who should release The Crippled God in June 2010 if he stays on target.

    GRRM is obviously right out. We should get A Dream of Spring in late 2015 or early 2016 if he sticks to the 3-years-per-book schedule that ADWD seems to have set up.

    As for other long-running series, we'll have to see about Jones. She seems confident at getting The Shadow Under the Ice (working title) out in 2009, but then her estimates for Book 3 were way off, plus there's another volume to come after that. Bakker's Second Apocalypse series should, in theory, be finished by 2015 or 2016 if he keeps up his one book every 18 months schedule, but he may have another three-year-break between Books 6 and 7 like he did between 3 and 4, so it's difficult to say.

    Raymond E. Feist confirmed that there will 'only' be another five Riftwar books: a duology called The Demonwar Saga and a trilogy called The Godswar Saga. Assuming he cranks them out pretty quickly, the entire 30-novel series should be finished by 2014-15.

    I doubt Scott Lynch is going to keep up his one-book-a-year schedule (he's slipping by a couple of months per year). Based on his current schedule I'd expect Inherit the Night in or arond mid-2013.
     
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    This is really hard to say, because we don't even know how many books the series will comprise. He was supposed to write four more books after TTT (book 3), yet the first duology is now a planned trilogy, and the second one may well become a trilogy as well, if needed.
    Plus he's written a SF thriller between books 3 and 4, so who knows if he'll decide to write something else after the second trilogy.
     
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    With regard to Greg Keyes "Kingdoms of Thorn and Bone", my understanding is that the series wraps this month, with the fourth and final novel The Born Queen. Keyes may well decide to do more in the world, [its a fairly big world it seems], but I believe this particular series is done. Have I missed some announcement of a fifth installment? [It did strike me at the end of The Blood Knight" that there was quite a lot left to do.]

    As Werthead points out, Sanderson's very positive blog face may well understate the amount of work that AMoL will take, but I think there is some reason for optimism. Brandon Sanderson seems to work reasonably quickly, though granted he's never tackled anything even close to this difficult and complex before. I have faith in Tor and Sanderson not to rush the process, but once it is done I'm guessing they'll want to get it on shelves as fast as possible, so I'm still betting that they'll finish in front of Erikson, if only by a few months.
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