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  1. The growth of Emonds Field is, like so much of the series(namely the size of armies), a very trying test of my willing suspension of disbelief. Why? What the crap are all these people eating? The region suffers over the course of the entire series an abnormally long winter that would delay planting, a massive drought that would kill crops dead, and an extremely devastating period of war where Whitecloaks and Trollocs went around burning fields and infrastructure, not to mention the whole food randomly rotting due to the growing power of the Dark One. Yet despite all of this, the whole of the Two Rivers population seems extremely well fed and healthy. Barring absurdly fantastic food preservation techniques, farming methods, or a miracle crop that we weren't told about, these folk should look like survivors of Auschwitz, not Iowa farm-folk.
  2. Art Modell is either The Dark One or Ishmael, I'm not sure which.
  3. The realization that the epic last battle was nothing more than character A kills trollocs, character B kills trollocs and a fade, etc. etc.
  4. Reading this thread all the way through has made me want to create another discussion. Mods, if you would be so kind, I would like a thread on the ways we as fans would change channeling to make this story better. Maybe call it "fixing channeling" or something more creative if that isn't enough for you. I know people won't like to hear it, but channeling and the one power, one of the most integral parts of the series, turns into IMO one of the biggest weaknesses of the series at the end. It is simply too strong, too much. Channeling being weaker, having fewer channelers, or having major restrictions on what individual channelers could do would have majorly helped WOT.
  5. As has been pointed out, the idiot ball was heavy in this book on all sides. IMO, though, nowhere was it more readily apparent than the genius four front battle plan, specifically the Andor front. Why do you need to draw them into an ambush in the Braem wood? The entire Shadow Army on that front is sitting in Caemlyn! They can't Travel! They aren't an army at that point, they are targets! I know you know the GD concept of scorched earth, you have already discussed using it! There are probably somehow some form of Duck Trolloc maybe, so they are literally sitting ducktrollocs! Travel to Caemlyn, set up some form of barricade/gateways outside the city gates, and burn the entire city to the ground! Boom! Done! One army annihilated and no more Andor front! /rant So much of the book was just pointless, boring battles. Battles are a part of what makes a fantasy story great, but characterization and motivations are just as, if not more important, and a little less battle and a little more development of oh, say, Demandred and the Sharans would have GREATLY improved this book. How did he come to power? What are their prophecies? What was the Sharan rationalization besides some platitude about destroying in order to remake the world? Instead of any sort of feelings of excitement or desperation at the battles, like I felt during Falme, Tear, Cairhien, Dumai's Wells, the Cleansing, the Damonas, or Maradon, I felt only boredom. I like ice cream, but I don't want to eat ice cream for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. That would be too much ice cream.
  6. Meh. At least it is done. I am always going to be dissappointed with the series falling off a cliff and needing overcorrection. A tighter pace would have helped this series so much. This entire book just felt rushed to me.
  7. I forget who the person was who first pointed it out in the long ago, but I am completely pulled out of the story every time I see the word "tempest" now. Thanks for that.
  8. It's Always Sunny in Lugard: A show following the misadventures of five completely terrible Lugarders who own and operate a hell.
  9. I highly doubt she was a darkfriend, and find the accusation ludicrous. It is possible she was guilty of being a politician and trying to increase her own power. There is one thing I think she was definitely guilty of, though. She was guilty of indecision and being stubborn to the point of stupidity because of her fear. To put it into fighting terms, she had effectively entered into what is called a "silent agreement" with the shadow. By sticking to her plan, she had already accepted failure and was simply waiting for defeat to come. Lews Therin, on the other hand, saw the writing on the wall. The war with the Shadow was entering the 15th round, and the Light was not going to win on points. The Light had to throw the mother of all haymakers to win. Latra called it risky, and she was right. However, Lews' decision was the only right one at the time. Yes, harmful things did happen because of his actions, but he did win in that he gave the light a fighting chance in the long run.
  10. I look at him the same way I look at the Seanchan. Yeah, being Lee or Rommel or Hannibal is great, but being Grant or Zhukov or Scipio is just as good, if not better. People don't realize that getting your resources to bear to defeat an enemy is just as difficult and just as great as being a brilliant tactician.
  11. Not really any quotes, but it always makes me laugh how he is massively hypocritical in so many ways, such as 1. He always claims not to be a hero, yet he is the closest of all the characters to what could be considered a classical hero. 2. His aggravation at Olver's continued corruption by other people even though it is obvious that Olver is modeling himself after Mat. 3. His stated preference for an easy, safe life when he always feels most alive in wildly dangerous situations. 4. His repeated disdain of nobility when he seems to be most in his element around them.
  12. Eh, the people who made that book already had a CYA clause in there where it is written by an unreliable narrator, so I wouldn't get overly concerned about it, the book is riddled with mistakes.
  13. Fain is a hoot, not my favorite but he is definitely a fun villain. I really liked Fain and even just the general idea of Fain for the first half of the series, but it's hard to keep liking a guy who's never around. Obviously I don't know what his role at the end will be but I think he's one of the great underused characters of the series along with Demandred, Shaidar Haran and a couple others. Maybe Jordan didn't know how to write them in more often while still keeping them as mysterious. It would be a problem. Or maybe he just didn't see them that way and didn't care. Either way, I think it's a shame. I gotta chime in on Fain as well. He seems to be one of only a few villains to really be truly effective, as wherever he goes he sows chaos and evil, is always able to make an escape, and constantly sees his power grow. The only other villain I can think of whose actions we have seen on screen and hasn't been a failure in at least some way is Taim. Edit: I kind of forgot the whole Two Rivers battle in there somehow, but Fain still left that place dodging an enemy (Luc/Isam) and left with a hard core of human minions. Even when he fails he succeeds.
  14. The only two I can think of that I haven't seen disliked are Moiraine and Verin. Hell, even Rand is disliked by a few people.
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