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  1. Ever wonder how the average trolloc might view the story of WOT? What exactly would growing up trolloc be like? All we ever see are full grown rampaging trollocs. It begs the question where are all the Trolloc young? all the infant Mydraal? For that matter where are all the Trolloc women at? Are we to believe that Trolloc barabarism makes them inherently less sexist and more egalitarian than the average Rand lander? (Excepting of course the Seanchan who not only have women in their army but integrate them as regulars, unlike the aiel who allow their women to fight but still maintain a sexually segregated female warrior society). I've always felt a little bad for the trollocs. Created, by humans, through no fault of their own. Reviled and feared since the very genesis of their race. Prophecied to undergo certain genocide when the light's champion does his thing. Should we not look at the trollocs as not monsters but as a race of beings fighting their creators for the very right to continue existing? anyway just food for thought....
  2. Fain really confused me. Other than a walking zombie plague, WTF was he at the end? His POV mentioned the battle going on in the pit and called the combatants his old friends? Did he mean Elan and Rand or the DO and Rand? Was he there just to provide the idea that evil isn't monolithic? If so how does that square with the idea that the world can't be the world with the DO extinguished? Or was he really just another poor deluded creature of the DO, the unwitting last line of defense for the DO when all the other weapons had been spent ? It's easy to read his underwhelming presence in story as just a way to make that particular plot line disappear but still his presence was part of the story, and the thoughts related to us through his POV were actually quite mind blowing in the context of the mythology of Rand land.
  3. after my first reading i admit to having been underwhelmed. However i think that was mostly becuase I was just plowing through the book to see what happened. Once I settled down and did a slower second read I saw all the little flourishes that I had missed on that first "just tell me what freaking happens to Rand' read. Much better the second time.
  4. was dead on about predicted callandor being able to handle the true power and being used as the fulcrum for the 3 become 1 using the taint to shield the DO was way off in the following was convinced either perrin or faile would die. still think this should have been the case, they were both perfectly set up to be tragic hereos lan lives, annoying, if anyone had been fated to bite it in the last battle it would have been him. letting him live after slaying demandred left me unfufilled. was convinced that elayne would die. ok with this not being the case thought loial would have a bad ass moment speaking before the stump, still wish it had happened
  5. the things i really wanted to be in there but were not 1. loial addressing the stump and having his shining moment as he convinces the ogier to unite with humankind. 2. afterglow, there was no bloody afterglow.
  6. My guess. Callandor can also serve as a saangreal for channelling the TP. Through it, the three powers (Saidar, Saidin, and the TP) become one. Also, In the TDR final battle between Ishmael and Rand, Callandor fends off balefire. Not sure how it that is managed, could be an inconsistency in the rules of the world, but still there it is.
  7. Just finished the Mist Born series. It probably won't make it into my annual reread cycle but it was a good read. Just started the Malazan series, I'm about 150 pages into book one and while I'm still interested, I really have no idea what is happening. Hopefully the story will start to congeal soon.
  8. ok this may be a little bit off the wall but here goes my suggestion. At the end of chapter 32 when Rand is sitting by himself at his campfire, he is playing a song called "Rose of the Morning" and thinking about the crazy dreams he had been having. The song is mentioned by name 3 times in as many pages. To me that appears a little heavy handed to be just extraneous detail.
  9. I don't believe her plea was genuine. I think her appearance in his dream was her taking over the role that Moridin had previously assigned to Greandal. I'm not sure of the quote but when Moridin gave the Dreamspike to Greandal to aid in the assasination of Perrin he mentions that the task of driving Rand to distraction had been assigned to another. I'm pretty sure that dream was the first installment of Cyndane's efforts toward that end.
  10. Fantasy novelist and redditor Brandon Sanderson will be available live on /r/fantasy to answer questions from 12:00 Mountain until 4:00ish (2:00 to 6:00EST) on Wednesday, August 31. Think of it as a reddit open mic session with one of the most talented and nicest fantasy authors around.
  11. For a high school class I would suggest On a Pale Horse - Piers Anthony It's fantasy but not your traditional epic fantasy. It's a great novel for teaching the idea of personification. Also it's a great read for that age. The Belgariad - David Eddings Excellent introductory story for epic fantasy. It hits all the major points of modern Epic fantasy. It's short and has been bundled into a single volume. A Princess Of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs Another non-epic fantasy but excellent for illustrating that not all fantasy has to be swords and sorcery. Many people who have never read it would consider it sci fi but it's a great deal more fantastic than scientific. Wizard Of Oz - Frank L Baum Possibly the best known non-epic fantasy story. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman Another not quite epic fantasy. Also there are some nods to the Martian Chronicles which in tandem with the Princess of Mars story could show how modern fantasy builds upon creations of ealier authors. Anyway there are plenty more but those would be my first choices were I to teach a fantasy lit class in highschool
  12. Just finished a reread of the first two books of Peter V Brett's Daylight War series (The Warded Man, and The Desert Spear). It's a fairly traditional fantasy epic in a slightly off kilter world. Worth reading but you might want to wait for the final installment to be published before starting. Now I am in the middle of Riddley Walkey by R. Hoban. I'm loving it so far. It's a bit difficult to get into the flow of the language, but once you do it's an amazing story.
  13. I concur. I don't know who started the rumor that Robin Hobbs has ever produced anything worth reading but whoever it was should be sued for intentional infliction of boredom.
  14. just finished swan's song by Robert McCammeron. Of the two end of the world books that came out at the time (Stephen King's the Stand being the other) it is the better one.
  15. You said you were open to science fiction as long as it is not to sciencey correct? OK these series will fit the bill Epic Space Opera Series Nights Dawn Trilogy - Peter F Hamilton (A stunning work that is amazingly broad and is more of a epic future fantasy than a classic science fiction story. I would say this series and the Commonwealth and Void Series by the same author are the sci fi equivalent of Jordan's WOT Masterpiece. I can't recommend these series highly enough) Lost Fleet Series - Jack Campbell (Epic Military Sci Fi Tale about a space fleet trapped deep in enemy territory, not on the same level as Hamilton but still worth a read) Ender Series - Orson Scott Card (Another stunning work that cannot be overvalued) Entire and The Rose Series - Kay Kenyon (Another world building effort worth reading, not quite as classic as the above but incorporates as much of an epic fantasy feel as it does sci fi) anyway there are plenty more out there. I would say the Hamilton Stuff is the best of the best.
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