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  1. I blame authors with no imaginations when it comes to living 500-700 years. If engineers/scientists live that long, imagine how far technology could advance. A group of scientists working together for centuries at a time could achieve amazing things. And Any society with that kind of longevity would be able to solve so many engineering/mathmatical/biological problems as to be able to goto other planets and not worry about the flight time taking 50 years. It would also mean that the birth rate would not need to be very high at all. Thus all education could be broadened and improved
  2. It's because RJ made Randland similar to our universe where the creator does not take an active role in the day to day. Where-as the DO does. For your final question involving an evil empire to exist: If the Creator is anything like Judeo/Christian-God, then 1. A perfect God created the heavens and earth and therefore would not interfere because it would go against his omniscience (ie, if there were a problem with the universe, He would have solved it at the creation point). and 2. God gave man free-will, and it is man's right to do as he wills, even if it means making Aes Sedai into Dam
  3. Yeah I saw it as Demo's followers were so dependent on him for everything, that him dying made them go crazy.
  4. You are feeling the burn on TSR? Already!?
  5. Sell it?! Give to a real fan who will make it the center-piece of his bookshelf :)
  6. Since tGH I found Egwene's storyline to always be interesting. From Falme to the Waste to the Rebel Camp to Amyrlin, it was fun to read.
  7. Logically they should have formed circles and gone on extermination tours through the blight centuries ago.
  8. The recitation of every women who ever died near him got old fast...
  9. I think with Rand, Mat and Perrin all thinking that the other two were better with women than themselves is pretty honest and amusing in the beginning, especially in regards to young men. But, I also think that women thinking that all men are stupid troublemakers in need of a good ear-boxing is kind of simplistic at best. And, I know that his ta'veren nature had something to do with it, but three beautiful women falling in love with Rand and willingly sharing him with one another? Seems a bit of a stretch to me. Yes but at that point in the series, RJ had given me so many good moments,
  10. True, why didn't Egwene flip the F*** out when they left. I could have totally seen her cursing a storm at Mat for letting personal issues effect the Last Bloody Battle!
  11. Too obvious, you'll be dead by chapter 2 of eotw
  12. The Dragonmount trick was the bit that jarred most for me...it just made Androl seem a bit like a 'Gary Stu' character to use the fanfiction terminology. It stood out a lot when we have major characters like Moiraine, Nynaeve, and Min, not really having much in the way of 'awesome moments' to have Androl have so many and such prominent ones. I also felt it was a shame that he was used so much as there were several interesting Asha'man characters of varying prominence (e.g. Narishma, Logain, Grady, Neald, etc.) who we hardly saw at all. It would have been nice for them to have more screen ti
  13. Well consider this: if Fain was meant to play some epic role: RJ would have written it explicitly. Don't you think it strange that if Fain was meant to have some mega huge badass role in the LB, there would be some notes on it like we have on everything else? Therefore, everyone is blaming Brandon and Team-Jordan on the let down. Its obvious by the later books even RJ had no more use for the character as a plot device anyway. I did find the power up in ToM, only to be dead in 6 pages flat in AMoL to be annoying as well...
  14. See I thought his treatment on gender was spot on, and seeing how people let their ego and gender bias cloud their judgment was one of the perks of the series!
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