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David Selig

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  1. I very much disagree. This level of stupidity is quite common in the series when the plot requires it without either of these things.
  2. Yes, I did. The guy can't stop whining. Tyrion didn't whine about being a dwarf? Really? He only did it about 237 times.
  3. Oh, yes, they will continue. Though in fairness they will have more legitimate reasons for complaining in the future. But none of them reaches Tyrion or Stannis level so I am bit baffled by your claim that there are no characters with "woe that is me" mentality in ASOIF. ;)
  4. The gap in education between Elayne and Nynaeve (and Egwene early on) is shown to be pretty big quite a few times. Egwene is quite annoyed about it a few times in TDR. ;)
  5. WoT isn't really like real 16-17 history in this respect, at least in Two Rivers and other areas. Everyone in Two Rivers is literate and plenty of them has read a lot of books. Books seem to be relatevely cheap due to printing presses. Here is what Jordan said about this when asked: "For Kison, education in this world is a very sometime thing. In the Two Rivers, where literacy is valued, parents teach children, and if, say, old Jondyn is known to be knowledgeable about history, parents send their children to him. This education is not as broad as that they might receive in a school, but then, the education given in many schools as late of the 19th Century would hardly stand up to today's standards. Rhetoric was given as great a weight as mathematics when it wasn't given more. Modern languages were deplored, and not taught even at university level. Parents teaching children is the general model followed. Sometimes a village might hire a sort of schoolmaster, but this is usually thought to be a waste of money since the parents between them have enough knowledge to teach most subjects to the extent necessary."
  6. I don't see the problem. Just because there's no prostitution doesn't mean there aren't cases where men or women sex to achieve their political goals.
  7. Yeah, the whole Perin and the Shaydo subplot is so dumb it's just painful to read. Perin needs an army and has Travelling available it makes zero sense that he didn't ask go to ask for help his close friend, who happened to be the most powerful man in the world and was already an enemy of the Shaido and had a huge army and numerous channellers. No, instead he made a deal with the Seanchan of all people. Completely ridiculous stuff.
  8. It's not subtle, it's an extreme example of "Strangled by the red string trope. It went straight from Thom giving Moiraine admiring looks but not trusting her and them having one actual conversation which wasn't about their feelings at all to "Let's get married right now and get bonded forever" without as much as a date, or a kiss, or a single conversation about their feelings.
  9. When he thought he had raped Min even though she literally tore his clothes off in her rush to get him naked ASAP I really wanted to slap Rand for being a total doofus.
  10. This bugged me while reading. The leaders of the non-Seanchan armies should've objected strongly to this.
  11. None of the ASOIF books is even close to being as slow as CoT. Or even PoD or WH. Doesn't make one better than the other, of course, but it has to eb said.that's just the way it is.
  12. What are these things? Everyone in the books considers Birgitte a Warder, including herself.
  13. They are not supposed to be equals and everyone who applies to become a Warder knows it. The Aes Sedai are the employers and, the ones with real power (magical, political, economical). The Warders are the bodyguards, the muscle. Birgette isn't, but Birgitte certainly is. Is this some elaborate sarcasm or something?
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