I think he did have a bit of cheek choosing a Hemingway character as his pen-name though. If you're going to write the most bloated, over-elaborate series in history, don't choose a non de plume from the tersest, simplest writer around...
I'm sorry the poor dude died, I don't like to hear that anybody succumbed to a disease. I feel for his family.
But we are talking about one of the fantasy literary wind-bags of our time here.
I KNEW that long winded, under edited, word happy author wouldn't finish.
According to Slashdot, he wasn't due to publish the last book until 2009 and it is unfinished. There is talk of another writer finishing it with his notes.
The below comment by vux984 on Slashdot sums up my feelings about Jordan's writing style:
"Tolkien could let characters like Gandalf go off on side quests without covering every detail. We only knew Gandalf was rescued by the eagles - that's about all that's in the book. Jordon would have taken us on that flight. We know he found his way back to Rivendell; Jordon would have taken us on that walk. At one point Sam is cooking some rabbits he caught - Jordon would have made damned sure we knew exactly how and where they were caught. And gollum? Jordon would have been sure to cover everything he did too... from leaving the mountains, to being captured and tortured, to his release, and tracked him all the way back to Moria. When the sword that was broken was remade, we didn't have half a book dedicated to the tale, nor the tale of its delivery."
I'm sorry to hear he passed, but I don't think this was the passing of a great.
"It is virtually impossible to effectively aim a jellyfish, a creature created by God almost solely for the purpose of not flying."- CRwM
I agree with you though. The world was good, but the story and writing were terrible.