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  1. The Tower had to be useful enough at some point to give the AS the idea of making the doorways and treaties, which implies going in isn't an automatic death. The lack of visitors probably makes it more dangerous as they want the emotions like a starving man wants bread.
  2. TGS. ToM was ruined by too much Perrin and Dead Man's Chest syndrome (where everything that happened in the second film of a trilogy is negated by the third). AMoL was too cramped because of too much Perrin in ToM and needed much stronger editing.
  3. Readers have more feelings for Bela than Rand or Tam, even Egwene just tosses her aside when it becomes convenient. If Tam found her on the battlefield he wouldn't recognize her because there is no way he would be expecting his horse that was stolen years ago to be there.
  4. I disagree with the assumption that you wouldn't know that the universe was balanced. Assuming that the good/bad ratio is relatively specially localized, if you did what the universe defined as good to a significant degree, it would be fairly easy to see that the amount of what the universe defined as bad also rose by that same margin. Of course if it isn't localized, there could be planets out there living in utopia balanced by other planets 10 galaxies away living in hell, in which case it would be impossible for any civilization to know about the balance (assuming that the speed of light is still the limit in this universe for everything but cosmic balance), but in that case it would also be functionally irrelevant. Balance in fiction is generally only invoked when there is great evil around that you want to kill off. When everyone is happy no one runs around screaming that 100 years of light will create 100 years of darkness, even though the great sages that know about the balance are still hanging around.
  5. How exactly is this different from the world we exist in? Just because there are nations around the world where children die of hunger every few minutes doesn't stop you and me doing the few good deeds we are capable of. It is different because the events are independent. In a balance-universe, any good you do directly causes bad to happen somewhere else to keep the scales level. In the real world, any good you do is a net gain of good (barring unforeseen consequences of course).
  6. Transmigration has been shown clearly to have severe limitations and probably not of much use in the War of Power when you have a steady supply of channellers working for the DO. Those that died then would likely be seen as not useful enough to bring back, since they died once already. When you have a far more limited supply in the 3rd Age, suddenly it is worth the time and effort to preserve them.
  7. Cadsuane doesn't have some special magical power to reintegrate them, she just spent the time to do so. AS gentle men and then leave them to their own devices, Logain wandered around the tower with nothing to do and not allowed to leave. Stilling is usually followed by execution and the victims are criminals anyway (aside from BA antics anyway) so reintegration wouldn't be attempted. The two women we have seen stilled didn't waste away like AS assume they do, though they weren't stilled very long and the one burnout did fine after she got laid.
  8. The flight is all fun until the point where you have to stop, then you just go splat.
  9. It probably wouldn't work too well as channeling ability is both genetic and a function of the wheel. There can only be as many channelers as there are channeling souls after all and the wheel will allocate them as they are needed according to the pattern.
  10. The very first instance is undoubtedly rape. He had sex without giving his consent. What happens after that is more up for discussion, but you cannot deny that his ability to consent was removed from him in the first instance. He tried to forcefully reject her and was overpowered by her knife. It is also possible for a person to be raped, find that they enjoy the lack of control and continue to enjoy that in safer situations. That doesn't mean that the first instance wasn't rape. Also: "I might buy that if there wasn't plenty of actual rape in the series to be dealt with head-on." Mat's experience is the most onscreen sexual assault and the only one to have any real resolution to it. Morgase is the next most direct and she nearly jumps out a window because of it. All the others are extremely oblique references, nothing head on at all.
  11. It doesn't fit thematically with WoT unless you force it though. The balance in WoT isn't about a blend of good and evil, it is about opposite forces pushing down on each side of the scales. Saidin and Saidar are equal but cannot touch. Men and women always at odds. A man unhurt after falling out of a 3rd story window countered by one who dies by catching his scarf on a nail. On average there is a balance but all specific events are strongly one or the other. From that point of view, the idea that the DO is needed to make all people behave like people is completely out of sync with the rest of the story. As for rewriting, I would of had Rand attempting to kill the DO and the DO himself sealing the prison rather than being killed, willing to wait for another turning for a chance at freedom. That fits with the balanced but opposite theme. Rand willing to sacrifice himself to save the world, the DO not willing to do the same for freedom.
  12. What I like best is the world. Nothing comes out of nowhere. There is no random characters discussing something at the start of the book that just coincidentally is vital at the end. Everything has a justification in universe, and anything new (up until RJ stopped writing atleast) easily slots into how the world works. There is also a consistancy in the writing, as if they are all just one book spread over several volumes, which another author mentioned in this book cannot do. GRRM has little world building pieces set into his series, but they are each confined to their own book, that stupid maiden and the bear song being the most blatant example. WoT feels like there is an entire world there, much like A New Hope felt like. At the start of the series there are things happening in the world that have little relation to the characters, just there to make it feel more real. Though all those events do come to focus on the main characters eventually, RJ was forward thinking enough to build an in-universe reason for dues ex machina. This is a large reason why what BS wrote isn't as good to me. There is no world anymore. Everything happens for exactly the reason that it has to happen for and the things that don't need to happen only happen to the main characters. The entire world essentially ceases to exist outside of the main characters PoV as soon as TGS prologue ends. That said, RJ did spend too much time on trivial points. Perrin rescuing Faile taking so many books is unconscionable, but even in his slowest points he was still able to create living, breathing villages and towns and societies rather than the movie set, cardboard cutout places usually seen in fiction.
  13. The DO is like a nuclear reactor. When it is working properly you get sweet sweet electricity from it, but when there is a breach it leaks out deadly radiation. Having the DO exist is vital for the pattern to work, otherwise you don't get the negative emotions like greed and anger that are required for the world to advance, but letting him out to touch the world makes these things detrimental. Everything in balance. Though, personally, I really dislike these kinds of morality tales, they are far too cliche and RJ did a pretty good job of distancing WoT from standard fantasy tropes. I would of rather Rand simply not be able to kill the DO rather than choosing to let him live, or perhaps that the DO is a requirement of the pattern and destroying him destroys everything instead of destroying him makes everything less interesting.
  14. Even without the pattern bending, Rand is immortal now. He regained the memories of his past lives, so he is basically his TAR self living in the real world, he knows when he dies he will be spun out again. Rand living or dieing really has little effect if he wins, as any of the main characters can pretty much just visit him in TAR.
  15. It is at the meeting between Rand and Tam just before he runs off to do VoG. It is just a theory that Tam has, but knowing BS it was pretty blunt foreshadowing. EDIT: This is not correct, went looking for the quote. Will check some other places. I can't find it, but I am sure it is there somewhere, can't remember the exact quote though so it is hard. Double Edit: turns out is was correct after all, see below.
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