Hi, I just started reading this wonderful series 6 months ago. So far, I'm on book 7. At times, I'm having difficulty remembering the characters and multiple sub-plots. I heard there are 1,880 characters or something other. Obviously nobody is able to remember that much, and most of these characters don't need to be remembered anyways. I'm more concerned about the characters that will return in some way or have some sort pivotal role in the story. A character that is mentioned once just as someone's brother is really of no concern to me. Those names can be forgotten. But when characters comes back after a gap of several books and ends up mattering, that's where it gets a little tough. How was I supposed to know he/she was a significant character?
I believe that I have a good memory (as I haven't had any problems on any other book series that I've read), but it is by no means a trivia or photographic memory. People tell me that they just use the internet guides to look up the characters, but I just don't feel "right" doing that. It's not that I'm concerned about spoilers, but rather that having to consult an encylopediaesque resource just to keep up with the series seems a little ludicrous to me, that's all.
Does anyone else have this problem?
What about the glossary in the back of the book? Does anyone use that exclusively?
Do you have any tricks or methods to remembering the characters, places, and sub-plots without the use of a resource?