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  1. Book two is the best of the series. What Erikson does is he introduces a sequence or a scene and it gets explained three books later. He does that a lot. And he is often ambiguous with it. Unfortunately, this extends until The Crippled God. When I finished it, I had a similar feeling to when I finished Crossroads of Twilight...errr is that it? Fortunately, with CoT it was a feeder to all the great plotlines that finished in aMoL. There isn't that with Erikson and it is very frustrating. I get that he plays with convention and tropes but what I don't get is that when one has a ten book series, it isn't too much to have some sort of big reveal!!! In some ways, you use his co-author Ian Cameron Esslemont as the person to explain plots, ideas, magical systems etc. He explains in one paragraph how Warrens/Holds work. But he doesn't have the talent of Erikson.
  2. I think my only issue with Androl was, whether this is true or not, came at the expense of Logain's arc. His story seemed patchy. A paragraph or two showing his capture and his internal monologue when fighting Turning would have been good.
  3. Ingtar is not dead. Rand will not completely seal the bore. It will be partially sealed and thus break the wheel. Cadsuane will pop her clogs (Die). Mat will kill Demandred. The Aiel will return to the way of the leaf. Some will. A remnant.
  4. Gaul is the Aiel light relief character for WoT. Theoryland rocks. Its where the mentally-addled yet less-whiney WoT hangs out.
  5. Ingtar is NOT dead. Fain is the conduit between the DO and saidin/saidar. Thom and Moiraine will die.
  6. Your best bet is to go to one of the signings: http://www.brandonsanderson.com/events
  7. And from those 'Memories of Light', will her truthspeaker be Setalle Anan?
  8. I don't think it works like that, dude.
  9. I think the first response labelling this thread as Luckers' meandering diatribe had it about right. Chill, man! Go watch a Big Bash match or something.
  10. I know what shops released the books early for the last four in the UK. They also flogged GRRM's stuff early, ironically not long after he gave a speech there.
  11. Ashaman at the BT figured out how to bond their wives while experimenting widely with the weaves. It's how they found to add the "extra bit" compulsion aspect. I thought the extra bit was the 'orgasm' they had while being bonded.
  12. I lost faith after the crippled god. I can't be arsed to read this new book as I have a suspicion it will be vague and unfulfilling like most of Erikson's recent stuff. Why must everything be so confusing?
  13. What's wrong with some gay affection, people? Relax. I still think it's Androl.
  14. I think the whole 'tying Perrin up while balefire was flying around in TAR' was a lowpoint for Egwene. That said, she is the daughter of the most important man in Emond's Field (before Moiraine turned their lives upside down). She was to become a wise woman, a position of isolation and decision-making. She was then whisked away to become a she-wizard. She was then betrayed, captured and tortured. Twice (Falme and Tear). After all that she is foisted as a puppet ruler of a less-than-powerful Aes Sedai faction via Black Ajah politics and then, through machinations, talent, help and sheer luck becomes their leader. I think she is a true leader and the paragon of Aes Sedai virtues. And that means she is occasionally arrogant, aloof and a know-it-all. Remember, no ones says she has to be correct all the time! Who in the series IS right all the time? It's one of the overarching themes of the series, pomposity and poor communication. It is deliberate.
  15. Since when is making money a bad thing? It makes the world go around (or is it love? I get confused sometimes.) I can't help thinking that the decision to delay until the new year is not Tor-related at all. Why would they not release a VERY anticipated book (and most likely, their biggest seller) at peak selling time? They wouldn't. After reading Brandon's blog on this issue, I may be wrong but I really sensed a frustration on his part but he is merely a cog in the wheel (of time.) Harriet is the keeper of the Jordan legacy and if she wants to take a little longer to release the final book in the series and get it right and perhaps reduce the stress on herself, so be it and good for her. It is not as if this is a monetary decision on her part - it so isn't. I would rather the continuity errors (e.g. Sulin in the wrong place in TGS).This is the culmination of over twenty years work, what is wrong with waiting a few more months so such errors and clunky prose are refined and fixed? This is an artistic decision. And that's fine. I'll read something else while this happens.
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