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  1. Yeah, I agree LTT never "existed" other than as a construct of Rand's subconscious to separate his previous life from his current one, but I was just noting that that view isn't unanimous. Did LTT come back when he was going to kill Asha'man? I thought it came back before that in PoD, but I might be wrong - which I probably am, because that would make perfect sense.
  2. I don't think it's ever been explicitly stated (not that I know really) but I guess it depends on what you think of the LTT voice (real or madness). It disappears after Cadsuane tells Rand that hearing voices is a symptom of taint-madness. If it was some kind of saidin-induced way Rand dealt with his past memories, I've always thought that hearing it wasn't a real voice stopped Rand's subconscious from generating the voice as an outlet for his memories for some time (until the taint started wearing his sanity down again). If you believe LTT was a real voice in Rand's head, then I guess you could say that Cadsuane scared him away. Of course, someone from TJ might have answered this in the plethora of interviews and panel discussions that I haven't read!
  3. I've read and re-read these books a lot. I still adore them, simply because I find that Eddings' writing feels so natural if not exemplary. I prefer the Malloreon to the Belgariad. The characters are better written, Garion's a lot more awesome and there's some pretty cool moments throughout (Torak's letter to Garion, for example). I also like the character of.... the emperor. His name escapes me, but I liked him and his friendship with Garion.
  4. I find Hobb's writing style extremely hard to cope with. I find it gives the impression of nothing happening even when something is. Saying that, I find the story and elements of it so compelling that it didn't matter the first time I read it. The magic system is interesting. However, I simply cant read it again. I've tried, but to no avail. Unfortunately the ending of the Tawny Man trilogy is a let down (particularly, Fitz has what could have been a crowning moment of awesome in a decision he makes which is suddenly and inexplicably ignored simply because Hobb seemed to want him to end up a certain way, even though the whole series has been leading up to the decision)
  5. Why do characters have to die to make the books good? Some books and/or other artistic outlets handle character deaths extremely well and their implications, and I agree, that's great. But I don't think it's necessary, or even always appropriate. WoT already has so much death, destruction and angst that if one of the main characters died I think it would just be too dark. I also think it might have distracted from the main "dark" storyline of the books which is of course Rand. I mean, it's not like the main characters are immortal. They've almost all had brushes with mortality, including Rand. As for the Forsaken doing nothing... really? They very almost drove the Dragon Reborn to destroy creation. They've instigated wars and battles between men which have caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands who should have been fighting for the Light. They split the White Tower, and through the split prevented reconciliation between AS and the Dragon. They've turned the most powerful force of Channelers - the Asha'man - in the Westlands into a nest of Darkfriends. Every book has literally been the main characters putting out fires that the Foresaken have already caused considerable damage with. Just because our heroes score (often pyrrhic) victories in the end, you don't win a war by constantly being on the defensive.
  6. Veins of Gold, and all the scenes leading up to it. Completely my favorite sequence of the series; a brilliant payoff from everything that came before re: Rand going mad. Both sets of glass column scenes were brilliant. The first was startlingly well written and interesting. The second made me angry to the point I hard to put the book aside for some time. In a good way. Way back in TGH where Rand sees all the alternative lives he could live... I win again Lews Therin was chilling and just a tad scary. It's the only time I think epic fantasy has every really managed to convey a sense of complete hopelessness to me.
  7. I think he would be able to. But I think in general he'll be doing a lot less killing of people (except in terms of dispensing justice).
  8. I think he was clinging to what humanity he thought he could; the old Rand that wouldn't hurt a fly. He couldn't not kill anyone, so he tried to just not kill women. When you're holding onto sanity by a tether and you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, I can imagine something like that - your last connection to the humanity you're so scared of losing - becoming something of an obsession. It's irrational, but whoever said madness was rational? I think it's quite telling that as he gets more and more affected by the madness he gets more irrational about not hurting women until he snaps in tGS. By that point, he doesn't have the humanity left.
  9. I starterd reading when TGS was released so I could read through them all. Parts of the story dragged in books 7 to 10 - the Bowl of Winds specifically - and the whole Shaido thing passed me totally by. Honestly, the Perrin-Faile thing wasn't bad but by that time I was just bored of the Shaido. Honestly, I wanted to read more about Rand than I did about Elayne/Perrin/Mat. Re-reading has been different. Now that I know what happens with Rand and the bits of the stories I liked before I'm less hurried getting to it all. I'm in the middle of these books at the moment and far from finding them slow and uninteresting, I'm actually surprised I thought that on my first read. I still don't like the Shaido though.
  10. Egwene's had some possible foreshadowing in this area back in TGH, although it doesn't necessarily mean she will betray him (red herrings and all). She doesn't fit in with the Arthurian legends (unless you take the Guinevere comparison seriously and link her infidelity in the legends with betraying Rand. She doesn't fit Morgan Le Fay at all.) The biblical link doesn't necessarily work for her either. Judas was a trusted apostle and Egwene certainly isn't one of Rand's apostles. Oh, they're friends, but she's not a follower of the Dragon Reborn. As well as that, I really don't get the sense that Egwene's plot arc has been leading up to her "betraying" Rand. For one, her arc has been diverging her from Rand quite consistently. It would be odd for "betrayal" to come from someone who clearly doesn't agree with him very much. I think Mat works quite well. He sortof fits with Arthurian legends (Lancelot was Arthur's most trusted general, and "betrayed" him by sleeping with Guinevere), and I suppose he's one of Rand's trusted "apostles". Of course, I'm not sure the links of mythology/religion should be taken too far. But it's an interesting idea anyway.
  11. I think the sword thing is a constant Rand-ism. It was big in tFoH, and although he got better at relying on the Power he often used it to create a blade. It would make sense he'd rely more on his sword the harder it got for him to channel. Maybe it's a discrepancy, but I'm not sure. That's not the important bit really. Maybe the "sword" foreshadowing is Callandor? He's so focused on how that's important that he ignores the more important thing that has to be done (which causes his death somehow)? Or it might have just been minor foreshadowing for later in the book: Rand disregards the Callandor prophecies and rejects the "sword" for the more potent CK. Doesn't really explain the "killed" part though.
  12. True. I'd even hazard that the ONLY inequality in magic is that the Dragon soul is male in every iteration, and is (as far as we can tell) the most powerful, and most dexterous, when at its full realization. For proof, look at Rand in Maradon. RJ said that there is a female equivalent to the Dragon. Not the Dragon soul, and not with the same purpose, but one that exists if needed by the Wheel.
  13. Rand, for reasons already stated. I think his thoughts in VoG say it better than I could:
  14. Wow, really? I find it hard to believe anyone could have interpreted this scene in such a way. How could you possibly be enjoying the books so far if this is what you're seeing in your mind's eye when you read them? I agree I don't understand the way you saw that scene. At all. Egwene and Rand are effectively sworn to each other. Oh, it's obvious by now it won't happen, but that doesn't make a difference when they haven't even spoken about it. Engaged is engaged until said otherwise. So when Egwene is clearly jealous of Rand's (totally imaginary) "flirtation" with Elayne and Min, what's wrong with Perrin jumping in and pointing out Egwene's hypocrisy? Becuase she is being hypocritical - she's getting all uppity about Rand meeting Elayne and "flirting" with Min, and Rand doesn't even have a clue that she did a hell of a lot more than talk with Aram. Would you have seen the scene in the same way if it hadn't been those 4, but rather Nynaeve, Egwene and Rand, and it had originally been about Aram? If Rand had been jealous of Aram, and Nynaeve had asked "What about Elayne?", making Rand (inevitably) blush and making Egwene laugh? Would they have been "fucking heroes" for making Rand flustered and embarrassing him? Above that though, it was a joke. They're friends, and they've been through a lot. What one earth was wrong - or sexist?! - about it?
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