After talking to EVGA and some folks more tech-savvy than myself, seems to be that it’s probably the motherboard. The RMA just cleared with EVGA today, and I’d expect them to ship out the replacement within the next couple of days. So hopefully the loyal readers will not have to put up with too many more digressions like this before I get back to the business of PC gaming.
Meanwhile, I’ve been doing a lot of reading.
At one point I was a pretty big fan of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time. The first four books or so were really solid, and the fifth had some good stuff in it as well. But with the fifth book, the pace of the story, always fairly leisurely, started to slow down. By the end of book 7 it had become glacial, and it became apparent to me that Jordan had lost his way and had no idea how to move the story to its already-written conclusion. I abandoned reading them at that point, although I still bought the next couple, intending to eventually get around to reading them. The consensus at this point is that there’s about one piece of significant plot progress in books 7-11, all quarter-million-plus word doorstops. I don’t have the patience for that.
I used to keep up with fantasy literature fairly avidly, but I slipped out of it after a while as other things came up to command my attention (even before MMOs.) So maybe it’s not surprising that I’d never heard of Brandon Sanderson when Jordan up and died and he was selected to finish the series. Maybe not surprising, but I also doubt I was alone. But Sanderson wasn’t an unknown, already having published the Mistborn trilogy and a stand-alone or two by that point.
The first of Sanderson’s posthumous collaborations with Jordan is now out: The Gathering Storm, the first of three volumes intended to finish the series. There seems to be a consensus that it’s the best Wheel of Time book in a good long while, and the reviews have been very positive. I’m now tempted to pick the series back up, at least once it’s finally finished. But that appears to now be in sight.
And in the meantime, I figured I’d sample some of Sanderson’s own work, so I picked up Mistborn the other day, and am about halfway through it.
It’s pretty good. Pure world-building is not Sanderson’s strongest suit, but he does manage to make the setting fairly engaging, and in any event, in the case of The Wheel of Time, where the world has already been built up by Jordan (who was good at it,) I doubt this will be a liability. It’s almost not even in Mistborn, where I have questioned aspects of the setting in a couple of places, but which has some really neat twists as well. I think I see where Sanderson is going with the story (thanks to the spoilertastic back cover blurb,) but I really want to see how he plays it at the end. And there’s two more books after that.
I’m still waiting until all the Wheel of Time books are out to start in on that monster again, and I dread the 5-book slog I know I’ll have to put up with to get to the good stuff again, although I also expect the climax of Winter’s Heart to make up for quite a lot.