Starting The Wheel of Time, and a giveaway

The Eye of the World, by Robert JordanI’ve started reading Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time last July. Actually, that’s not strictly correct: I started listening to it last July. I was going on a trip with a friend, and I wanted to have a book with me. And I wanted to make sure it would last any downtime we needed.

So I went on Audible and, and seeing that the audiobook version capped at a whopping 29 hours and 32 minutes, I was sold. I’d always wanted to try reading it, but just never got around to it.

Admittedly, I never did get around to listening to it seriously during the trip. The next month, though, I was bedridden for dental surgery, and having nothing to do, I resumed the audiobook. I was promptly hooked, on to the second book before the week was out, and since I was still bedridden, I used up another Audible credit for it.

It’s probably too early to tell, but Jordan’s world is amazing. It may likely be a bit dragging for people who prefer quick reads like Harry Potter, as Jordan has a very descriptive style of writing, but I can certainly see why this is a classic. I still have a lot to read before I get up to speed, but I do have a fair bit of time, I think ;)

A giveaway

Before I left the Philippines, I had gone hunting for the books, since books are cheaper in the Philippines than Singapore. I found only found a small selection, but that’s likely because I only went to a small branch of Powerbooks–we didn’t have a lot of time.

I am a sucker for having series books in the same edition however, which means when I got here in Singapore and saw Kinokuniya with a complete collection in an entirely different edition set…well, I was sold.

Which means, I have a completely new, still-wrapped edition of The Eye of the World to give away. (What else would I do with it? It’s such in pristine condition.)

To enter, you can do either of two things: comment on this entry with who your favorite character in The Wheel of Time is, and why; or if you haven’t read WoT before, why you’re interested in it. Names will be run through a randomizer, so you don’t need to feel pressured to write an essay ;)

A couple notes: I don’t mind spoilers for this kind of epic series, so don’t worry about that. I’ll be contacting the winner via email, so be sure to leave a working email address (and I assume you are alright with giving me a mailing address). The book will be sent from Singapore to wherever via regular mail in a bubble-wrap envelope, so standard shipping duration applies.

Giveaway ends next Thursday!

Giveaway has ended, and congratulations to Demory!


  • I remember picking up WoT as a recommendation a long, long time ago. I think I ended up part way through the first book but school and life got in the way. I would love to read the series properly, especially since it’s ending. It’s such a popular world, I know I would get absolutely hooked.

    Maybe audio books are the way forward! Where is the cheapest place to get a hold of them?

    • It depends! I started with Librivox, but I didn’t get very far :/ Since it’s volunteer-driven, quality/style may be hit and miss–plus the fact that they only do Project Gutenberg books.

      I like Audible, I’m a member and I get a free credit every month for around $15/mo, which I can redeem for one audiobook. Some will cost 2 credits, but I don’t see a lot of those; most fiction ones are just one credit. They usually cost more than $15 as well. They have a promotion of ~$7 for the first three months, and you can cancel anytime, if you’re of a mind to give them a spin :) At least you can get 3 audiobooks for only $7 each? Lol.

  • Demory said:

    I’m interested in reading WoT because it’s one of the biggest series in the fantasy literature world! Andddd it’s so hard to find book 1 in bookshops. People in Perth just don’t appreciate fantasy, it seems.

    I’ll have to collect it in December though ~~

    • I don’t mind mailing it to Australia, unless you don’t trust the mail system there! Lol. December is a bit far off eh?