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  1. Mat and Min treated each other like old friends, when they barely knew each other at all. We as fans knew both of them quite well, but they as characters had very little interaction with each other. Why pick Emarin/Algarin as one of the 'prefers men' characters if they had to be picked? He had a wife(that passed away) and kids(that moved out). Androl and Pevara's dialogue was fine if you're 12. Chapter 2 was so clunky I could barely get through it, and that clunkyness/bluntness kept showing up throughout AMoL. I would never have finished the first book of WoT or any series if this was how characters interacted with each other. Characters are so devoid of inner thoughts that it's like reading a screenplay, and the ones we do get are pretty juvenile most of the time. Is there any redeeming attribute that makes AMoL worth re-reading other than a few nods to the earliest books I might have missed?
  2. I'm pretty sure anyone here would be more than willing to trade any miniscule amount of gratification gleaned from pointing out errors in the book for a book without them.
  3. What I'm saying is that after the scene is over, I didn't feel like the Light had just dodged a bullet. My heart wasn't in my throat, I wasn't frustrated at either or even both of the people arguing, really. It was pretty blah. The word 'Moiraine' provoked a bit of an emotional response, but after that I was reading people talking at each other as usual. Then there's no small secret smile (or anything) from her as she watched everyone sign their oaths to follow the Dragon Reborn, likely the answer to one or the other of her interactions with the Finns. It was a hastily drawn sketch of a scene, still awaiting the expertly mixed hues of the artist to reveal the whole thing. I know it was Egwene's PoV before and think it was Perrin's after she came in, which should have worked since Perrin has known both Egwene and Rand for his whole life (it was Perrin, right?) but it could have been any onlooker's, really, from what we got. There were very few instances where I felt I was in a character's shoes in AMoL. It was more like I was only looking through their eyes and ears. We get more internal characterization from a Areo Hotah pov in ASoIaF than most chapters of AMoL, which just ain't right.
  4. Per the author Moiraine had to be present for the meeting at the FoM so Rand and Egwene worked together instead of separately. All would have been lost had she not been there. Haven't read the whole thread, because of how long it is and how much time of mine AMoL has already wasted. Thinking on Moiraine's role in 'saving the world', and what she did while linked with Rand (almost a non-entity) the only possible explanation was her being necessary for Merrilor to not fall completely apart. Apparently if what Sutt said is true, then that is indeed confirmed. The fact that it needed to be confirmed makes it pretty obvious that the scene was horribly botched from that standpoint at least. That was supposed to be a scene on which the future of everyone was hinged, and it just kind of happened. As long as Egwene signed Rand's 'document' (I believe they called it that once or twice). So then I was waiting for her to do something later, and there was next to nothing. This one took a lot less time for the euphoria to wear off when I finished than TGS or ToM. It was less than half a day before I was leaning back to the viewpoint of it being better if it hadn't been done. AMoL took the tapestry of the WoT and frayed almost every edge it bothered to mention, which were actually a small minority of the threads left hanging from ToM or earlier.
  5. Having just finished the book, I have a few thoughts. I set my expectations extremely low for AMoL, due to ToM, the pre-release materials, both 'memories' and chapter excerpts. Had I not, it would have been next to impossible reading through the first over half of the book. Many scenes were very flat, repetitive, and numerous horrible character representations gave a lot of very cringe-worthy moments. Mat, Rand, and Tuon's meeting should seriously be stricken from the record. I have a feeling a good portion of the battles could have been greatly condensed and saved everyone a lot of time, leaving room to perhaps tie up some loose ends with the many foreshadowed moments and secondary plot lines from previous books that never happened or got a mention. There are many, many issues. That being said, around the chapters leading up to the big #37, I started to find myself being pretty excited about reading what was going to happen. It seemed the moments that felt a bit righter started to at least catch up with and in some cases outnumber the ones that put me off like the earlier ones did. At some point in 37 it was full speed ahead and I had to know what came next. There were many satisfying moments, many that left me wide-eyed in shock, some that made me roll my eyes, some that made me almost want to put the book down to collect my thoughts. By the end of the book, my opinion on the question of whether the series should have been finished was finally answered with a 'yes'. I know that personally there were moments while reading that I knew something was a mistake, and I'm sure I missed a lot of them in my somewhat hasty reading of some sections and incomplete knowledge of every line and implication in the series, and that re-reads will likely not hold up to even the smallest amount of scrutiny for things like that, but for a first read through my very low expectations were more than met by the end, so I enjoyed the experience of reading the last part quite a lot. It shed light on just how difficult a task this was for Brandon Sanderson and Team Jordan considering how little direction they apparently had in several areas of the plot. It isn't what it could have been, or probably even should have been, but in the end it did give the series another NY Times bestseller, and I'm fairly convinced that's what ultimately mattered. I'm very hesitant to read it again soon, lest my somewhat good feelings be shattered to bits.
  6. sorry to hear it, Luckers. I wish you the best of luck as the wheel turns.
  7. I agree. This could be from any of dozens of people's perspectives or at pretty much any point in the book.
  8. The Great Captains are all pretty well spoken guys, it could be one of them. It could even be Mat.
  9. could be an overconfident Moridin's thoughts
  10. I'm sorry, but I can't see the quote working unless Faile is actually riding Bela and therefore directing her movements. Otherwise she's just speaking aloud to a horse as if expecting it to understand her. (Yes, Bela is a horse, not the Creator or the DO or the Champion of the Light or what have you.) Faile has never met Bela to my knowledge (and in all likelyhood has never even heard of her so far), so I hope she isn't suddenly Bela's best friend just by proximity like something in the vein of Rand suddenly being impressed with how great a spymaster Balwer was from a half day of being in the same camp with him.
  11. To ask questions only through the one in Tear (assuming it was still usable), and then only at great need. So far in my life there hasn't been any such need or one that even comes anywhere close.
  12. It had nothing to do with DF's running free. It was the fact that he said Birgitte and Aviendha didn't need minders, making it obvious that of the four Nyneave and Elayne were the only ones he thought were unable to take care of themselves. Mixed in with their sacrifice (that he apparently didn't care whether they apologized or not), and the fact that he made the 'minders' comment with no hint of malice or humor at all, made them even madder at him because he had no idea he was insulting them. This is a wonderful example of how people 'on the same side' can be so incompatible that they rub each other the wrong way just by being who they are, and how RJ wove their reactions together to create a hilarious scene among completely serious characters that didn't find a single thing about the situation the slightest bit funny. Later, the 'sacrifice' E and N made to apologize to Mat paled in comparison the one he was forced to make as a result of it, one that had it happened to either of them, they'd be murderous (and rightly so!) about but in reality they were completely oblivious to until Mat spilled the beans later.
  13. This one makes sense. His attempt to save more than a remnant of a remnant ends up destroying all, from her vision. Pretty disconcerting. Not what I meant but since there are kids around, I'll go with it lol. yeah, though the other did occur to me, I decided to take the high road with it
  14. This one makes sense. His attempt to save more than a remnant of a remnant ends up destroying all, from her vision. Pretty disconcerting.
  15. Sthpoilerth! heh, thinking of ch 52 Mat playing 'Feels so good' made me laugh
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