1. Well, I'm happily married and a father of two wonderful kids. We all live in Utah. I'm one of the bureaucrats at The Wheel of Time wiki. As such, I do a lot of the maintenance around the site. When I started at the wiki, all I did was update an analysis of the series. As time went on, I became more involved in editing and creating articles and eventually got into some of the background stuff. Templates and categories and the like. For the last couple of years, I've helped maintain the site and have seen it through the last three book releases.
2. I didn't really read a whole lot of fantasy when I was a kid. While I did read the Narnia books, I never really got into anything else at the time. I actually started with sci-fi, and grew up watching Star Trek. It wasn't until late in 2003 when I got more into fantasy literature. I actually started out with Harry Potter. Someone saw me reading one of the books a few years later and recommended that I read The Wheel of Time series. I have to say that at first, it really didn't pull me in, but about half way through the book, I knew I was hooked. I've been a fan ever since. Since becoming a fan of WoT, I've also read a lot of Brandon Sanderson's books, as well as The Lord of the Rings.
3 (and some of 5). Epic fantasy usually involves a series of books, a long time span, and a large back-story. The Lord of the Rings is the quintessential example. People who have only watched the movies won't know that decades passed between Bilbo's and Frodo's departure of the Shire. One of the great things about epic fantasy is the world building and the details that the author uses to weave the story. I would recommend starting small. Find a trilogy whose covers spark your interest. Brandon Sanderson has a great series out called the Mistborn series. At first, it started with a trilogy; The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension, and The Hero of Ages. These three books show the lives of the characters over a couple of years. Mr. Sanderson has since expanded the series with The Alloy of Law, which takes place about three hundred years after the trilogy. Mistborn has a great magic system, and I think it's a wonderful story and a good way to get into epic fantasy.
4. There really isn't a particular series or author I wouldn't recommend. There are a lot of series out there that appeal to different people. Find something that looks interesting and give it a go. And if you end up not liking the first book, donate it to a local library.
5. Be prepared for the long haul. The Wheel of Time series is fourteen books long, plus a prequel. It started in 1990 and was finished in 2013. There are people out there that have grown up with this series. I've only been reading the series for the last five years and I will have to admit, it has changed my mindset on how I read fiction. Recently I re-read a stand-alone novel that I really enjoyed when I first read it and I found myself wanting more. I found myself wanting to know what happens next, to know how thing play out in the long run. In short (insert scoff here), get ready to dive in head first and take in all the details.
6. As a wiki, we are trying to chronicle the series and bring together all of the references of everything in the series into their own articles. If you're just beginning the series, stay away! There is nothing worse that a spoiler, especially when you're just starting out. Even the disambiguation notice on the article about the first book might be considered a spoiler. However, fans of the series are always welcome at the wiki. We have a lot of articles that still need writing and we also have an active blog where there are posts about characters' fates and thoughts on the series.
I want to apologize for breaking the rules, which resulted in my banning from the Collaborative Writing Project. I believe the event which caused me to get banned was adding the section Red Bat: Fairy Tales. No offence, but I just don't see how that break the rules. The story was over, so creating a "sequel" made sense so that I wouldn't end it and break the rules. Looking at the rules, I see nothing which says the story can't be a two-parter if it isn't officially implied to be a sequel. I'm quite embarrassed by breaking so many rules, and I promise to adhere to them in the future. I just really want to help complete the Red Bat saga before the next Collab Writing Project. I'm sure you get messages like this all the time, but hear me out - I really want to be involved and help move the story forward, and I intend to carefully adhere to the rules even if I disagree with some of them. Thank you.
I just wanted to make a request to u,i am a member of ur anime wiki and recently there was a user who was deleting all the pages we created we restored those pages but there was no admin to block him except u we got help from community team and that user is now block and u are not using that wiki from many days so i was hoping can u make one or two back up admin at that wiki so he can help us as soon as possible plz do consider my request thank you :)
I'm a big fan of Patrick Rothfuss (Name of the Wind). He's not classic high-fantasy by any means, but he's knowledgeable of what came before him and incorporates that into his work to defy expectations. He's a lot of fun.
Personally, I'm also a fan of Brian Sanderson. I know he's controversial since he took over Jordan's work, but Mystborn is excellent for its strong fundamental rules.
Thanks for the kind words, everyone. I'm happy that you guys like the blog series and I appreciate the suggestions. A blog about high-fantasy is something I'm very interested in working on. I'm sure, in addition to you guys, there are a number of admins who'd be interested in shedding some light on the subject matter. I'll be in touch!
As Jorge was saying, splitting Fantasy up into subcategories is absolutely necessary -- trying to encompass everything in a single post would prove overwhelming and we'd certainly miss a lot of essential stuff.
Hey, I got a chace to check out your blog, "Guided Tour: Zombies". It's very nicely done, I think this should be a great series! I created a blog on The Walking Dead Wiki directing people to your blog here on community central. I think it may be a good idea to recommend to the other admins you interviewed from other communities.
1. Tell me a bit about yourself and your involvement with the Zombiepedia.
I've always been a big fan of Zombies, Werewolves, Vampires, and many other types of monster horror, especially the ones that are creative, or make one feel like they are really there, such as Cloverfield. After reading Max Brooks' World War Z (now a major motion picture) I wanted to discuss concepts Brooks touched on. Zombiepedia was very high in all my web searches, but at the time, Zombiepedia's admins had abandoned the wiki, and it was in disarray. After fixing what I could as an editor, I needed to delete vandalism, so I applied for the administrator position, and the rest is history.
2. How did you get into Zombies?
I was shown Night of the Living Dead in a university course on horror film and literature. I was blown away. Left 4 Dead, the 2004 Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead also captivated me.
3. How would you recommend a beginner get into Zombies? Any particular books/movies/comics/TV shows/games/etc. that would serve as a good starting point?
I would say all the titles just mentioned. The Last of Us for Playstation 3 is also getting decent reviews, and encapsulates alot of the realistic "social horror" that some other zombie games and films overlook.
4. Anything you wouldn’t recommend?
I would warn that the genre can be very campy and excessively gory and unrealistic, and it's not for everyone. The recent renaissance of smart zombie fiction brought about by Brooks And Robert Kirkman are more exceptions than the norm.
5. Any additional advice you’d give to someone new to Zombies?
Like all fiction, Zombie works are a form of entertainment. However, the genre's popularity is partly due the the questions it raises about survival, order and chaos, social constructs, and humanity. Are zombies real? No. It's fun (almost an inside joke) to write as if they are. Are the questions they raise about how mankind functions worthwhile to take seriously, and apply to one's own life? I think so. So does the Federal Government.