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Offline timechaser

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Wheel of Time readers
« on: February 17, 2007, 10:47:52 AM »
I can't be the only one to read this overwhelming series. I've recently finished book eleven and I've been reading them on and off since i was twelve. I heard that Robert Jordan is going to finish on the twelfth book, which could be over 1500 pages long, the way he writes. I love the books, but the stories are so drawn out now, and the hundreds of characters get me confused. Plus, the Aes Sedai can be so bitchy sometimes...
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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2007, 12:01:18 PM »
I own them all, frankly I just want the series to be over.  The first 6 or so books were really good (yes the first book is a Tolkien ripoff, the author acknowledges it.  It's still good.) then the series got seriously bogged down in minutia and unnecessary plot tangents.


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2007, 03:20:52 PM »
I only got to the 2nd book, finished that, then never started it up again. I think it was just because of what a lot of people said that it just drags on and on with nothing accomplished. I guess they were right with what you guys are saying


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2007, 05:54:17 PM »
if you have a longer book than war and peace, its IMO not worth the time ;)


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #4 on: February 21, 2007, 05:35:08 AM »
My feelings on Robart Jordan are mixed. He's a decent epic fantasy writer. He uses stock cultures and stock species, but he does them well, draws out their potential and fleshes them out in glorious detail. I do have a problem with the Aes Sadae and Robert Jordan's magic system in general. The Feminine/Masculine magic thing is, in my view, overused in fantasy, and his attempts at insights into relationships between men and women tend to seem a little to harsh and stereotypical. The moment any female gains power or influence she becomes a jealousy-charged paranoid manipulater, and most of the guys turn rather intensely clueless and long-suffering. The Ogiers are well done, but the core concept is rather uninspired. The trollocs are visually interesting, but heavy with the scent of "generic pure-evil easily defeated minions" with a kind of broadband immorality that frees the writer from having to give them motives and makes it easy for them to overpower a large well-trained group or be driven off by a few peasants with torches.

I'd be more interested in seeing say, Ogiers or Trollocs channeling the One Power, than an endless yin-yang dichotomy about masculine and feminine with the aristotle element system.
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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #5 on: February 22, 2007, 07:42:49 PM »
I actually just started reading the series.  Literally just started reading it yesterday and I see this thread here.  SO far it seems pretty interesting though it starts off kind of slow.  I've been told it gets much better but the series dies off later on and isn't as interesting.

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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2007, 05:42:28 PM »
I'm still reading the series, though mostly just to finish it at this point. I figure after this many books, if I don't actually finish, then it would have been a complete waste of my time. At least this way I'll be able to legitimately critique the series as a whole, instead of being one of those people who decide everything about something after only the first small N% of something (be it book 1 of a series, or episode 1 of a tv series, or whatever). Plus I just have to finish a story. I hate not knowing the end of a story.


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2007, 09:12:07 AM »
I'm still reading the series, though mostly just to finish it at this point. I figure after this many books, if I don't actually finish, then it would have been a complete waste of my time. At least this way I'll be able to legitimately critique the series as a whole, instead of being one of those people who decide everything about something after only the first small N% of something (be it book 1 of a series, or episode 1 of a tv series, or whatever). Plus I just have to finish a story. I hate not knowing the end of a story.


Thats exactly how I feel at this point. The latest book had some good points, but I didn't really like how Rand keeps discovering new ways to destroy millions of Trollocs single handedly. It really takes away the feeling of danger whenever they show up just because they're so easy to kill now. Plus all the insanely long and boring subplots involving retarded nobles.
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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2007, 10:23:53 AM »
If I'm not mistaken, he's working on the last book right now. Although doesn't he have some form of cancer? I think he has a condition where his heart is filled up with amyloids or something. Anyway, I hope he gets better (and not JUST because I want to finish the series...)


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2007, 05:24:50 PM »
Is this really true? Robert Jordan is dead? That's too bad even though I hated his books with a passion.


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2007, 06:56:11 AM »
As sad as it is to have RJ pass on before finishing his colossal series, I'd be ten times more upset if George R. R. Martin couldn't finish his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series.


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2007, 05:45:15 PM »
A new author was chosen to finish the last Wheel of Time book since Robert Jordan died.

His name is Brandon Sanderson. I'm actually way excited, cuz Brandon Sanderson has written some of my favorite all time fantasy novels.

Check out him and his work. A couple of his books are called Elantris, Mistborn,and The Well of Ascension If you check out his website he also has a rough draft for a free novel you can download and read, so far it has been pretty cool. It is called Warbreaker.

Check out his website, www.brandonsanderson.com


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2007, 07:34:00 PM »
I've read Elantris. It was fairly original in its handling of magic, so I give him some props there. I liked the book, although I wouldn't say it was phenomenal or anything. It was pretty good light reading I suppose.


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2008, 12:13:34 AM »
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The 24 method of literature...only it takes a month to read...and instead of Jack Bauer saving the world you get Naenave trying on dresses.

And tugging on her braid, and sniffing, and saying, "Light! Men!"



I still think somebody should shave her head in the last book so there will be no tugging of that friggin braid


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Re: Wheel of Time readers
« Reply #14 on: January 06, 2008, 06:49:32 AM »
I'll have to check it out. Admittedly, I lost interest around book 5, but I'd like to see how it ends up. The series was outstanding in the beginning, but Jordan kind of got wrapped up in the small stuff. I wish they'd re-release the series editted down to 6 or 8 books. That's what Jordan needed..an editor.

I think that's true for a lot of authors, great and not-so-great alike.  Melville, for instance...

God yes.  SHUT UP ABOUT WHALES AND GET ON WITH THE STORY!  :)