The series is set in an unnamed world that, due to the cyclical nature of time as depicted in the series, is simultaneously the distant past and the distant future Earth. Fans have come to refer to this world as the Randlands (from the name of the central character) or the World of the Wheel (cf. a section of the companion book The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time).
The novel proved extremely difficult to write because characters and storylines changed considerably during the writing process. The series was originally centered on an older man who discovered relatively late in life that he was the 'chosen one' who had to save the world. However, Jordan deliberately decided to move closer to the tone and style of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring and made the characters younger and less experienced. Once this decision had been made, writing proceeded much more easily and Jordan completed the second volume, The Great Hunt, at roughly the same time the first book was published.
Jordan wrote full-time at breakneck speed for the next several years until he completed the seventh volume, A Crown of Swords, at which point he slowed down, delivering a book every two years. Fans objected when he took some time off to expand a short story into a prequel novel called New Spring, so he decided to shelve his plans for additional prequels in favor of finishing off the last two volumes in the series. He rejected criticisms of the later volumes of the series slowing down in pace in order to concentrate on minor secondary characters at the expense of the main characters from the opening volumes but acknowledged that his structure for the tenth volume, Crossroads of Twilight (where he showed a major scene from the prior book, Winter's Heart, from the perspective of the main characters that were not involved in the scene), had not worked out as he had planned. Knife of Dreams, the eleventh volume, had a much more positive reception from critics and fans alike and Jordan announced the twelfth volume, which he had previously announced would have the working title A Memory of Light, would conclude the series. According to Forbes, Jordan had intended for it to be the final book \"even if it reaches 2,000 pages.\"
The Wheel of Time is a novel from the modern fantasy genre, specifically high fantasy. The book is set in a world that is simultaneously the distant past and distant future of the real world, as a result of time being cyclical rather than linear. The opening of the first book establishes the concept:
In addition, Jordan also drew influences from Eastern mythology, which was rare for a Western fantasy series. The concept of a wheel of time was drawn from Hinduism. Versions of the concept include the Yuga cycle in Hinduism and Kalachakra in Buddhism. The series was also influenced by the concepts of reincarnation and balance, and the symbol of the Aes Sedai resembles the yin and yang.
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Will you smile at the enthusiasm I express concerning this divine wanderer Youwould not if you saw him. You have been tutored and refined by books andretirement from the world, and you are therefore somewhat fastidious; but thisonly renders you the more fit to appreciate the extraordinary merits of thiswonderful man. Sometimes I have endeavoured to discover what quality it iswhich he possesses that elevates him so immeasurably above any other person Iever knew. I believe it to be an intuitive discernment, a quick butnever-failing power of judgment, a penetration into the causes of things,unequalled for clearness and precision; add to this a facility of expressionand a voice whose varied intonations are soul-subduing music.
I can hardly describe to you the effect of these books. They produced in me aninfinity of new images and feelings, that sometimes raised me to ecstasy, butmore frequently sunk me into the lowest dejection. In the Sorrows ofWerter, besides the interest of its simple and affecting story, so manyopinions are canvassed and so many lights thrown upon what had hitherto been tome obscure subjects that I found in it a never-ending source of speculation andastonishment. The gentle and domestic manners it described, combined with loftysentiments and feelings, which had for their object something out of self,accorded well with my experience among my protectors and with the wants whichwere for ever alive in my own bosom. But I thought Werter himself a more divinebeing than I had ever beheld or imagined; his character contained nopretension, but it sank deep. The disquisitions upon death and suicide werecalculated to fill me with wonder. I did not pretend to enter into the meritsof the case, yet I inclined towards the opinions of the hero, whose extinctionI wept, without precisely understanding it.
For example, the field for a book's physical description (defined by the tag 300) includes a subfield for the extent (number of pages), a subfield for other physical details (illustration information), and a subfield for dimensions (centimeters):
\"Authority control\" means following a recognized or established form. Usually, a cataloger chooses subject and name headings from a list of approved headings. In a conversation, if you talked about visiting the \"Getty Museum\" and the \"J. Paul Getty Museum\" in California, your listener would know you meant the same thing. But if a cataloger sometimes uses \"Getty Museum\" and other times uses \"J. Paul Getty Museum\" as headings in a catalog, the library user will have a difficult time finding all the books on that subject. If a cataloger follows the Library of Congress's list of established forms for names, he or she will use the heading \"J. Paul Getty Museum.\" As long as the cataloger always uses one established form, all the books on that museum will be found in one place in the catalog.
What is more important on the computer-based library catalog is what is termed \"local authority control.\" Local authority control allows the librarian to look at the list of subject headings or the list of author names and ask to reuse one that has already been entered. In that way, all headings for the same person or same subject will be entered exactly the same way -- which is the point of authority control. Names shown in Cataloging in Publication (CIP) data in books are also based on Library of Congress authority records at the time of publication. The forms shown for current publications in an online catalog after a retrospective conversion of data should be correct, since nearly every book or data vendor's database is based on Library of Congress MARC files.
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