I haven't waited as long as most die-hard WoT fans for this book, but I've still been waiting for 10 years. In fact, the only thing that kept me from giving up on the series was the thought of just how awesome this book would be. A few goosebumps appeared on my arms when I held this book in my hands for the first time; that hasn't happened since Harry Potter. Speaking of Harry Potter. . . .
Yes, those are authentic wands from the greatest trio of all fiction: Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Best Christmas bonus I ever got. Neville's and Luna's wands should be there as well, but the owl that delivered them got all lost and confused and delivered them to my parents' house instead. My plan is to Summon them to my apartment, but I need a little more practice first.
It was very hard getting any work done today, knowing that these wonderfully nerdy gifts were sitting at home. Think 8-year-old kid on Christmas Eve.
In fact, what am I talking to you for? I've got some serious reading to do.