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TreeJoe

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  1. I don't need to hear about the Malkieri, Seanchan, etc....the Dark One was re-sealed, Shayol Grul is sprouting flowers before day's end. I can tell you: Things go well for the forces of the Light henceforth. Seriously, what is the WoT without the struggle against the Dark One and his forces? It's a borefest :) It'd be like Rand's vision of an "uprising" being one person taking some shots at an Aiel patrol. Mat's ending was, to me, the worst. Perrin found Faile and Rand was deliberately given his fine ending - he gets to finally get the peace he's wanted, without the body pains, without
  2. So here's my assessment and commentary after spending 16 years reading this series: 1. One of the best things I did prior to starting this book was avoid the D.M. forums for ~3 weeks. So much less obsessed about writing quality, so much more enjoyment of the book. 2. I don't think Rand was burned out, I think he supercedes channeling. Channeling is an act of tapping a specific power stream and becoming a conduit. Rand stepped out of the pattern and acted as the creator. He manipulated the pattern itself. I think he reached a stage where he no longer hs to act as a conduit, no longer ha
  3. Also, I've commented elsewhere with my thoughts on some of the critiques where I disagreed. I'm keeping my comments here to a more overall stance, rather than goign down the slippery slope of nitpicking smaller arguments.
  4. ArveduiEreinion, I have re-examined my post several times now and I literally cannot see how I created a strawman argument. I understand both you and Suttree interpreted it as such, but I was literally using his own examples and words in an analogy - I did not create a seperate argument. Nonetheless, ok. I have read all I care to read, and it has been enough. The critical mass of negativity pushed me away from the forum and tainted my view on the series, and that's when I realized that it wasn't the actual books doing it to me....it was the forum. Despite the lowered quality of the las
  5. Suttree - you gave a quote indicating that because Brandon is capable of good work on his own novels, he should be similarly capable here. That is a strawman argument. The strawman argument came from you. I simply wrote out your thinking. You were defending that line of thought as reasonable. I provided an analog to that strawman to paint it's ridiculously. Your sig is a joke, yet you express thinking going down the same line? Perhaps it is both a joke and a sad reality to you? ... I appreciate both your responses and your timeliness in doing so. Nonetheless, you have neatly ev
  6. This is quite simply not true. It's never been about being as good as RJ, it's about being as good as Brandon can be and that is what people have an issue with. From that last Dom post for instance... "And the sad thing is that Brandon's novels are a fair indication he's capable of having achieved that," As for RJ's quirks those have been discussed and critiqued for years and years here and at TL. Everyone is very much aware of them. Around CoT the mood on these sights was at least as (if not more) negative than what we are currently seeing. This is quite simply where we are with the
  7. Suttree - It was a joke of a paraphase ,which you acknowledge, and then you parse it? It was deliberately over the top man - but your replying to it as a serious commentary is a good reflection of the mindset I was (gently) mocking. If you don't see anyone complaining about the lack of action (and by action I mean every scene must have major forward movement in the storyline - i.e. plot action) - then you haven't been reading the same threads I have. People don't expect it to be as good as RJ, but then measure against RJ. They also don't step back and realize how much of RJ's quirks th
  8. I think by these standards, this series could have been accomplished in 2 books if you cut out talk of dresses, baths, angry badgers, dicing, descriptions of sea folk ships, Tylin, maybe if the land just had one prophecy vs. 3+... And conversely, if RJ was still with us, I think today we'd be anticipating a last book delivery date of somewhere between 2020-2025 and probably book 18. And, also, to paraphase some of the emotions I've read, "I want these books to be an exact replica of RJ's work and style. But it needs to be non-stop action packed. Any deviant scenes which feel like f
  9. I find the timing odd as well and would love it if they accelerated this up to either Thanksgiving or early December :)
  10. I'm one of those frequent readers/infrequent commenters but I feel the need to weigh-in on so many things here. Let's start with Aviendha: 1. She is still young and impetuous, albeit Wise. She wants a private conversation with the Queen of Andor, who is her first-sister, so she takes pride in sneaking through the camp and idly thinks about showing the warder who noticed her a thing or two. That's totally within Aviendha's character. She is a woman of two worlds who likes to remind herself of her own strengths as a spear sister. 2. She toys with her knife, like she's always done. 3.
  11. Yeah, Nynaeve sharing things like: - I can heal stilling - I cleansed saidin along with the dragon reborn - I can heal madness These things are actually pertinent to reveal widely, even on the eve of TG....
  12. Maybe it's just me, but if you believe Rand is the Dragon Reborn, then perhaps you give him the benefit of the doubt that his plan to...ya know....battle the Dark One....might have some merit or at least be worthy of consideration. Instead, Egwene said it was insane and immediately started working against it. She did not seek further audience with him, or ask him to explain his plan. This is part of how I think Egwene will downfall. The second you start scheming against the Dragon, you've ascribed yourself to the dustbin of history... ;) Seriously, I'm sure she'll be awesome in any
  13. This thread has gotten totally derailed for 3 pages. One of the few things I'll point out is that Egwene is one of the few YOUNG characters in the entire book who consistently sought out positions of power and influence. Rand, Perrin, Matt, Nynaeve....not so much. Nynaeve simply wants to bully people and have them do things her way. Egwene sought power and control over events. Not ascribing evil motives to that, but it is a very different personality. ... I think she's going to die. I also think she may betray Rand, and then regret it, and turn back. One of the most dissapointing thing
  14. I will be very dissapointed if the caemlyn band isn't predominantly wiped out. Trollocs OVER-RAN that city to the point where they could control all gates, man all walls so that people couldn't approach the walls, harry the palace itself to the point the palace couldn't send out sorties, and still have enough trollocs to run rampant throughout the city. At the end, the band is completely surrounded (and they have thousands of townsfolk as well as their own) inside the city walls by streets flooded black as well as walls jam-packed with trollocs. And that was just one small section of the city.
  15. Once you dive in to his work you'll understand a bit better why that one jars. All in all no biggie, just another Brandonism. That was my point: not diving into his work, nor having any desire too, Dreamshard didn't jar at all. I don't think it's fair, at all, to ping Sanderson because you happen to have read his other work and some of his carryover affected your read. I understand it happening, but I don't get opining on it publicly :)
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