According to this report from the American Book Center, A Memory of Light will be split into two, perhaps three, volumes. The first installment, The Gathering Storm (Canada), will be published this fall, while future volumes would likely be released in 2010 and 2011.
If true, this shatters what little hope I had that they wouldn't try to milk this last WoT volume for all it's worth. Shades of the Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert Dune books are already haunting me. And forcing fans to wait till possibly 2011 to reach the conclusion of this epic fantasy saga is unacceptable.
Moreover, if The Gathering Storm is published as trade paperback instead of a hardcover, it would be inexcusable. My entire WoT collection is in hardcover format, and it wouldn't make sense to change that. The book will debut at number 1 on the NYT list whether or not they release it in hardback. But Amazon shows a hardcover version, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
And how they managed to top The Shadow Rising and Lord of Chaos in terms of crappy cover art, I'll never know. . .
Any way you look at it, it smells like dog poop in the sun. Bad, bad, bad. . .
Call me naïve, but I thought they would try to honor Jordan's wish to see A Memory of Light be published as a single novel, or one split into two volumes that would be released back to back. Anything else is taking advantage of fans and screwing them where the sun don't shine.
Extremely disappointing. . .