Jump to content




  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

About MrMatrim

  • Rank
    Lurking behind a Waygate
  • Birthday 07/27/1976

Recent Profile Visitors

1759 profile views
  1. I started reading the series either right before or right after my 16th birthday. I was at the local library during the summer of 1992 and ran into an acquaintance from one of my classes the previous year. We both apparently liked fantasy books so we obviously discussed recent reads and favorites. He went to the rack and put The Eye of the World in my hand and was gushing about how much he liked it, and how the words just flowed. I saw the library had books 2 on the rack, and book 3 was on the new release shelf, so I thought it was a trilogy and had just been finished. (Well, not so much.......) So the first book I had to wait for was The Shadow Rising, though only for a few months.
  2. I think the implication is that the Seanchan made more from the one that they seized from Domon. I always figured the damane who could make a'dam were set to make them.
  3. I suppose it's very possible the poor man would sink into depression without ever knowing why, or what this feeling of loss is. I was hoping catching it at the very beginning might bypass it
  4. I mean something like the second; i.e. Rand being gentled before reaching Fal Dara. How long do you think he'd live for?
  5. This is something that has been rolling around in my brain for a bit. It's been well-documented in the series that gentling/stilling/severing essentially leaves the victim with a deep depression because they can never experience the One Power again, an uber-withdrawl, if you will. I always wondered if that would be the case if a man was gentled before they were even aware what they were doing, and never realized that they were channeling at all. Obviously the chances of that happening would be slim, as it would require a very observant Aes Sedai who was in the right place at the right moment, but do you think such a person would be able to live a normal life in ignorance?
  6. Adam, that is a fifteenth printing. That string of numbers at the bottom is what you are looking for. The lowest number in that row is what your identifier. (So copies that were printed back in 1990 would have numbers going down to 1.)
  7. This is a theory I've been mulling over for quite awhile. It started by my trying to figure out how the Horn of Valere exactly worked. One thing about RJ's work I always really liked was that he had a very meticulous sense of how the One Power worked, and and how the various -angreal functioned. He also seemed to like just giving us enough hints to figure things out for ourselves, rather than spelling them out. (See the deaths of Galldrian and Taringail) So I figured with something that is supposed to be this important to the story, he'd know exactly what it did, how it did it, and why. After spending probably way too much time on this, this is the conclusion I came to: Bringing back the Heroes of the Horn to fight was NOT the only thing the Horn is meant to do. I don't even think it's the main purpose of the Horn. I wouldn't call it a side effect exactly, just the one effect that is easiest to communicate its importance to the layman of the WoT universe. Summoning the Heroes is all well and good, but think about it. The Heroes only number about 100. (And wolves, I did not forget them.) Yes, they are skilled, mighty, and brave. They are NOT invulnerable and invincible. One of them even says straight out in aMoL that they can be defeated. Against all the hordes of Shadowspawn etc, how much of a difference can they TRULY make? Not insignificant, but enough to actually tip the scales? Probably not. Putting that aside for now, here is something else to consider. When Mat blows the horn in TGH, after it summons the Heroes, other weird things happen, things that are not easily explainable: Rand is standing on clouds above the battle, Rand somehow encounters Ishamael, who seems to mostly stay in dreamshards or Tel'aran'rhiod proper. And the progress of their struggle and the struggle below are linked somehow. How? Why? These questions and the question of how exactly the horn summons the heroes led me to the following theory. The Horn doesn't exactly summon the Heroes. What it does is somehow either merge or interweave a radius of the current world with Tel'aran'rhod. Perhaps the radius is wherever the soundwaves reach before dying out. I don't have that part worked out yet. This merging is what allows the Heroes to ride and affect the real world. What is ALSO does, it make reality malleable there, much like it is more malleable in the world of dreams. That can explain being in the clouds, it can explain encountering Ba'alzamon, and give some explanation of how Rand's fight with Ba'alzamon can be linked to the Heroes' struggles with the Seanchan. I also think that this was why it was so important for the Horn to be at the true Last Battle. It seems to be VERY important that reality be malleable when Rand is trying to seal the Bore at Shayol Ghul. I doubt he could have forged all three powers together without it. A fluid reality would also make something like the body swap more likely; Rand and Moridin's sould were already linked somehow by crossing the balefire streams, and Rand was almost remade into Lews Therin when physically in Tel'aran'rhiod at the end of TFoH. (Not exactly the same, I know. But it does let the reader know that such things are at least in the realm of possibility). I also think that this is why Rand could light his pipe at the end of aMoL. Birgitte saying she needed to leave soon in a scene previous tends to imply that whatever effect the horn has was diminishing, but not yet totally gone. And Rand WAS still in the vicinity. I do wish I had more info on the Rand part. I know BS won't/can't say how Rand lit his pipe, but I'd love to ask him the following questions, to look at it from another angle: Is that ability unique to Rand? Is it a repeatable ability? How repeatable? Will Rand be able to light his pipe the same way in 10 years? Could he have done it from Tear? Seanchan? (I suspect most of the answers to be "no".) I think the only reason the dead Heroes part of the Horn is the main legend is that it is more relatable. Can you imagine trying to explain the World of Dreams to a soldier? A farmer? It's easier to say "Bring the Horn here to have Legendary Heroes fight for you." I did get to present part of this theory to Brandon Sanderson on his Words of Radiance tour. He said "I'm really fond of that theory. I can't say anything more specific, but it's a REALLY good theory." That makes me think I'm at least on the right track. Thoughts?
  8. Questions not answered: What were Moiraine's three questions that she asked the Aelfinn? What was Rand's third question?
  9. I believe he was referring to the Two Rivers region.
  10. One book I could not finish was Gardens of the Moon by Erikson. I got roughly 40 pages into it and just had no interest in continuing. It just did not grab me. Perhaps I just was not in the right frame of mind to read it. I may give it another chance down the road. I tried to read Black Trillium twice, and just could not get into it. I don't know what it was, but I just could not care less about the story. I could not finish The Golden Key either. Maybe it was all those Italian terms that I did not understand, and were not in a glossary in the book, but I felt like I just missed too much. One last book I could not finish my first time through was A Feast for Crows. I think the main reason was that of all the characters, the ones whose storylines I was looking forward to most were Tyrion's, Danearys', and Jon Snow's. And then I found out that after waiting 5 years to find out.....I was going to have to wait even longer. That just soured me, and I was too annoyed and care about the characters the book actually covered. Plus I was hazy on a lot of the fine details after waiting so long, and had no desire to reread the 2,800 pages previous to catch up. I finally read it and book 5 last year, since the show roped me back in. It was much easier without the long wait in between volumes, and being able to go right to book 5.
  11. It sounds like you have a Doubleday Book Club Edition, or perhaps a SFBC (Science Fiction Book Club) Edition. I wasn't even sure that those were printed in those editions, but I cannot think of what else it can be. Book Club Editions tend to be about 3/4 the size of normal hardcovers, and while most do not have an ISBN, some DO have the same ISBN as the original hardback editions. Getting two in a row is weird though...are you sure you're not ta'veren yourself? ;) Rest assured, TGH does come in a normal size hardcover. I own one myself. Oddly enough, I do remember that one being somewhat tricky to get way back when. I know you were buying them used to save money, but I do know that the normal hardcover is still in print, and is at least available to order through B&N.
  12. It took me about 21 years. I first picked up The Eye of the World in the summer of 1992, and finished the series on January 10th, 2013.
  13. I'll be there, since I actually work at that store :P
  14. What is everyone talking about? Was there some thing other than Book Fourteen that explains some of what happened in Shara, from Demandred's point-of-view? Yes. Deleted sequences from Book Fourteen were published in a fantasy anthology titled "Unfettered". The sequence is called "River of Souls". It was published by Grim Oak Press earlier this year. The easiest way to get ahold of it is as an ebook, as Grim Oak Press is a very small press, and the only way I know of to get a print copy is through their website directly. (I think the hardback runs $35, if I'm not mistaken.)
  • Create New...