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  1. I am sorry to say that I think this is the worst of the WOT novels. I awaited it eagerly, finding from The Gathering Storm that I could reconcile differences in style (including diction) and characterization between Jordan and Sanderson. Unfortunately, those differences here were too much and too frequent; this book, from the pacing, the verbal anachronisms, the shameless Matrix-esque elevation of Rand's personality (and the frequent mentions of the brown cloak) overcame my desire to see the narrative finished. No such lengthy contribution to a series can rightly be called fan-fiction . . . but Towers of Midnight is as close as one can get, I do believe. In the hurried passages, the ostensibly earth shattering reveals, and the frantic POV switches, I found not an exciting prelude to a quickly approaching last battle, but rather a hastily assembled, poorly edited piece of WOT celebration. It reminded me of a last minute,interestingly conceived, but poorly executed college paper. All hail to Sanderson for undertaking such a task; but intentions aren't worth as much as good work.
  2. Bast, from The Name of The Wind . . . now hear me out. We have no real evidence that Bast is a bad ass except for one line: "I will cut you open and splash around in your guts like a child in a mud puddle" (or something very close to that) A very worthy line, and a very hardcore character if he means it.
  3. Aside from the books, in hardcover, and the guide, I have a Heron Mark blade made by windlass steel crafts. It came with some sort of certificate I think . . . I'll have to find that. Don't know where it was purchased, but it's not a bad piece, really. Took a good edge anyway.
  4. Gonna have to go with Shaidar Haran. Dangerous, by definition means likely to cause harm, and in that case I think Haran is the tops. Otherwise, literal definitions aside, I'd say it's pretty close between SH and Rand. When you can make a deathgate, you're probably not gonna have any trouble at the bar.
  5. I think that three volumes is probably a money grab . . . and I find that the argument relating to the size of the novel is disingenuous at best. I own a few books (and granted they are large) that contain considerably more than 750k words. If any of you are familiar with the Riverside Books (Milton, Shakes, Chaucer) you'll know that Shakes for instance has his entire body of work between two covers--that includes all of his sonnets. If they were really smart and after the money, they would have done something similar for the last book. I know that I would have purchased it. Oh, just an aside--I have to say that I am happy the book(s) are going to come out at all. Louis L'amour died and F'ed everyone in the A by not leaving any real work on his sequel to The Walking Drum; it's still one of the best books I have ever read and I hate L'amour forever for doing that to me.
  6. It might be interesting for Cadsuane to get a look at Taim. She was partly responsible for his capture (or at least mentions tracking him down and not wanting to stay for the journey to Tar Valon) so she would certainly recognize him. Remember as well that Bashere did not quite think that Taim was Taim when he presented himself in Camelyn--Taim said something to the effect of "I shaved, Bashere." Granted a beard can make a man look entirely different, and there is no real evidence that Bashere was ever within a suitable range to mark features other than that beard. Still, perhaps the grey haired old Cadsuane holds the key to who Taim actually is and Bashere was correct in thinking, even briefly, that whoever is Taim is in fact, not.
  7. Hello All I am curious about the seals. We know they shouldn't be able to break--they are breaking, or at the least are very fragile. The thing that I have wondered about, to some great dissatisfaction, is that Lews Therin wants to break them. IN LoC, A New Arrival, pg 80, Lews Therin voice thunders up "break it break them all must break them" but also "break them and must strike quickly, must strike now." The "strike now" is what gets me. It seems to parallel the dark one's counter strike in some fashion--was that counter strike (the taint) directed at the seals? Or is it simply that LT should break the seals, let the dark one free, and "strike quickly" before the Dark One can gather himself? This bothers me, and like other strange instances in the plot, I think its important; I cannot figure out why, however and it tickles my brain. Thoughts?
  8. Greetings I seem to remember that Min was not exactly troubled by the "oddness" of the children--it seemed less as if there was something wrong with them than there was perhaps something unexpected. I am curious though, as to when the pregnancy will occur . . . it has been some time since rand and Avi hooked up and I don't remember any signs of pregnancy in the later books. A One Power induced, midichlorian inspired, spontaneous conception perhaps? Cheers.
  9. Hello All I decided this morning, over a chicken biscuit and the ridiculously named "Pure Life" Nestle water, that I am going to re-read the Wheel of Time. I think this makes it four times all the way through with the odd chapter or even entire book thrown in from time to time. However, I do have a question for all you--who has read the books in reverse order? I don't know if the idea is simply insane or just . . . idiotic, but I think I'm going to try it. Given the perennial mysteries that the books contain, I think that perhaps I might find some answers if I start at the last point that anything occurred and work my way to some conclusions by going backward . . . think Memento, but with less tats and no Carrie Anne Moss. if you read the books in reverse order, tell me how it turned out--if you haven't I still want to know what you think of the idea. it is probably foolish . . . almost certainly foolish, but I hope it yields something nonetheless. Regards
  10. I like the Dune series too. Too clarify: I don't believe that criticism implies dislike. I appreciate High Fantasy a great deal and am quite aware of all that that term implies. My job is criticizing literature . . . that is what I do and in no way do I use the term "criticism" lightly. I like to analyze the works that I read and thought that others, particularly those that use this cite, did too. I am sorry if I have implied some sort of dislike for Jordan or his books, and am sorry as well if other fans feel that I have impugned their aesthetic perception in some way. I have been reading these books since I was 11 years old and it is one of the series that has fostered my love of literature in general and fantasy in particular. And hey, my original question was just that. A question, albeit with some commentary thrown in to the mix. I appreciate the replies. THanks Kadere, Demandred, BJ.
  11. It could have been done in six. Easy.
  12. A living oxymoron. I sort of like that. Contrary to the previous assertion, however, I am a big fan of the series and I think that it is perhaps one of the best fantasy series ever undertaken. Unfortunately, the story has become bloated, the characters hackneyed, and the thematic implication less important than the various mysteries that pervade the texts. That said, I would like Jordan to complete his work, at the very least for his own sake. There exists the potential for a stunning finale that will defy all of our expectations and wide-ranging theories. I do find however, that the idea of a tragic non-ending, particularly at this late date, has a certain fatalistic appeal to me. I like the idea of perhaps not knowing, and subsequently forgoing disapointment in reading a manufactured attempt at tying up all the loose threads. Oh, and by the way, I'm glad, BJ, that you have figured me out after that brief post and felt confident enough in your perception to characterize so succintly my pathos for Jordan and his work. Good job.
  13. Hey all Yes, I am referring to the entire series. Should it end? Do we need a final book? I was thinking not some long time ago that I would probably fall into a multi-year funk were Jordan not to finish the series. As time has gone by, however, and people keep posting, debating, analysing, and flaming, and I keep reading, posting, debating, analysing and refraining from flaming, I have come to the conclusion that few will accept the end Jordan might furnish. Now, I know he's a clever guy, and a not so bad writer, but I don't think Jordan can achieve a complete finale in one book. I don't know that I would like to read two or three more books of wrap up in any case, but I fear that the ending our admirable author will posit will might fail to satsify even a majority of the readers. On the flip side, I almost don't care what happens to most of the characters. I want to see the end for Rand, and perhaps for Matt and Thom, but other than that, I am not truly concerend. The perhiphary has expanded to such an extent that I think I would feel about Tuon or even Perrin's death much like one would feel about hearing of an earthquake in Turkey: "Oh, that's a shame." Or perhaps like I would at receiving the knowledge of a high school peer winning the lottery: "That bastard." But that would be where my pathos would end. No, at this point, I almost wish Jordan would start on something else. Just leave us hanging, gnashing our teeth at the sheer unfairness of it all and let us have our eleven books of speculation, argument, and postmodern, no knowledge is certain, malaise. Well, that got a little more longwinded than I intended, but I do want to know what the rest of you think. Cheers.
  14. --I don't think "incoherency" is a word . . . but feel free to use it if you like. The copyright hasn't come through yet.--
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