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DRAGONMOUNT

A WHEEL OF TIME COMMUNITY

Alric

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  1. It is not that absurd later in the series. Most of us probably read these books over 10-20 years, but the time that passed in Randland was not that long. The characters are still quite young despite their positions and their hardships. It is not surprising that they are still acting that way from time to time. To judge that characterization, I think it would be better to ask someone who read them all for the first time (in less than a year).
  2. I would have loved the prequels if they were written by RJ. I would probably have looked forward to them as much as AMoL. I also loved New Spring for the freshness of a new angle at some of my favorite chars and a new look at parts of Randland some years before. If I remember correctly, RJ had planned a prequel about the hunt for Rand leading up to Moiraine's arrival in Emond's Field, and the other about Tam's adventures in the Aiel War. I could have accepted those if written by Brandon too (if approved by Harriet) but only from detailed notes prepared by RJ. And since those notes don't exist we'll never get to see them anyway and I don't see much point in arguing about what they would have been like.
  3. I've had a break of two months because I didn't feel like reading any fantasy at all, and not even coming here. It wasn't that I was disappointed with aMoL (although there's a couple of things I won't forgive Brandon for), but it was a thing in my life that had been going on for 17 years and.. well, "what now" for me was to get it completely off my mind for a while. I will check back for recommendations, and considering how much I love WoT, I'd be happy to get some pointers as to how these book compare. Its not that anything has to be just like WoT but its a good benchmark.
  4. I voted no but I really wish it would be. I do not like the idea of cyclical time and I don't think it really makes that big of a difference in the WoT other than to depress us.
  5. Just got it. My hands were literally trembling as I looked at the chapter list. It's been 16 years soon. No book and no characters will ever make the same impression on me again. Very emotional. I've been staying out of DM for some months, both for RL reasons and because I didn't want to risk _any_ possible spoilers whatsoever. There's plenty of stuff coming up in the days ahead so I'm not sure how soon I will start reading, but I'm obviously not going to be able to wait for very long. I think I'm gonna read through the chapter summaries of tGS and ToM at WoT Encyclopedia before i start. I'm going to be back here for tons of discussion when I'm done. Right now I'm just hyped and anxious and every imaginable emotion. I'm definitely hoping for a happy ending because I'm a big wuss. I am prepared for unresolved plotlines since RJ basically promised us that.. and I'm prepared for Rand dying, although I hope there's a way... Other than that I am NOT prepared to lose any of my dear friends in Randland and I'm probably going to cry like a baby if they die since I've been worried about their safety since 1997....
  6. It seems obvious that Thom did in fact kill Taringail. I mean, it was a "hunting accident" (teehee), Thom would have been the first to pick up on Taringail's ambitions, and well... he was there. Considering the fact that Taringail was Elayne's father and Moiraine's (half-)brother, this could become.... interesting. These are probably the two people Thom is the closest to. Do we have any insight into whether Moiraine or Elayne suspect it? I can't seem to remember anything specific other than the fact that Elayne in ToM issued a declaration clearing him of crimes commited in Andor or Cairhien. But that could be explained away by the fact that Morgase had asked for Thom's head and that Thom did in fact kill Galldrian... So what do they know? And if they don't, do you think they will find out in aMoL?
  7. Mat is unknowingly hitting on Siuan v2.0. One of the lesser known scenes I guess but its one of my favorites with two of my favorite characters.
  8. Perrin learning about what happened to his family.
  9. Aviendha's vision of the future of the Aiel and the Seanchan.
  10. Has there been any word on what will be corrected in later editions of BS's books? Will there only be minor spelling/name/word corrections, or will there be bigger changes? I'm not talking about serious rewriting here, just the kind of corrections that the team can do itself without really affecting the prose.
  11. I agree with the top 3. If it wasn't for Rand/Moridin/Lanfear having experience from the last Age, I would definitely place my bets on Alivia.
  12. Graendal. The idea of losing your mind (literally) is more scary to me than torture and the rest. What she does is a few levels worse than damane breaking/brainwashing which is pretty damn scary and infuriating too.
  13. Not just irritating but infuriating. Like not just wanting to throw stuff or bang your head into your desk, but actually doing it. Or very close to at least.
  14. Siuan was raised in 988, when she was 30. So she reigned for ~11 years. As to how, yep that would definitely be interesting. Seaine supported her, I think that's all we know about it. Although she is very intelligent, that is probably only a part of the reason.
  15. I would like to see that as well, IF (and only if) there are detailed notes. I don't need to read fanfic about that time period, then I'll rather just have what we currently have.
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