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  1. Actually I'm starting to hate the books. I was walking around the library today looking for a series that I can dive into. And I kept measuring up everything I saw against the Wheel of Time and found them lacking. Most of the series out there are all the same. Elf, dwarf, orc, or some sub human race of people. Check Dragons. Check Everyone speaks the same language. (Well that is Wheel of Time but I lived with it) Check Zombie's or vampiers or some trendy paranormal creature. Check Ok lets look at science fiction. I would if people actually wrote Sci Fi outside of Star Trek. I'm in desperate state of being here. I need a series to read for a few years again.
  2. I always thought the story of why her country was never absorbed by Tear was kind of lame. "They don't take Mayene because Mayene only knows where the oil fish shoals are." Really just park a bunch of boats around Mayene and follow them. Or pay some dock worker to tell you where the shoals are. Or shove a red hot poker up a sensitive area. But back to Berelain. She is probably one of the strongest rulers in the story to be honest. Morgase then Berelain then a long gap and the rest of the world. Maybe Mat's queen in Ebu Dar. She seemed to have a handle on things until Mat showed up and spun her around. Anyway. The way Jordan described her at first was all about her upper chest area. Then she gets into a cat fight with Faile and you think ok she rocks. Then she goes off with Perrin and she starts to turn into one of the best rulers in the story. Well if you can overlook the aspect that she has been away from her little city state for almost five years.
  3. Ever wear a cloak and try and draw a sword or pull a arrow out of a quiver on the other side? Picture Rand walking around Fal Dara trying to get out of the city. Bag made out of a cloak over one shoulder held by bow (Huck Finn style). Sword on one hip. Wearing a cloak and coat. And no mention of Quiver. You would assume he would have one being he tells all the guards that he is going to hunt rabbits. Maybe it's a shoulder quiver. Then the cloak is really going to be a problem. First book. Rand walking down the road with his dad. Bow in hand with one arrow nocked ready to fly. Cloak flapping in the wind in fact he has to hold it shut with one hand. Again no mention of quiver. And have you held a long bow with a thirty plus inch arrow with one hand while walking next to a horse and cart with your free hand holding a cloak shut. First book. Party traveling through the blight. Mat turns and fires an arrow behind them because he is getting aggravated. You wouldn't fire an arrow at nothing if you only had a few to shoot. You would make sure that you had something to shoot at. Making an arrow from scratch is a time consuming thing you wouldn't want to waste them like that. I don't care how aggravated you are. Numerous fights through the first few books where Mat is shooting at Trollocs or whatever and he is loosing arrows like crazy. From the feel of the story he would have a quiver as big as a garbage can. When he would probably hold a dozen at the most. I just think that RJ was shy on this aspect of the story. And BS didn't have to deal with it being that the main caricatures have evolved into less bow related people.
  4. Being that the main characters are all good with the bow. Why is it that nobody carries a quiver in the story? Everyone has a bow but now quiver. I don't recall any mention of one in the story but it has been proven that my memory of the story is flawed to say the least. I remember Rand, Mat, and Perrin often talking about fresh bow strings and having an arrow ready. But nothing about only having a dozen or so arrows left. Just seems strange to me.
  5. Jordan used more Norse mythology than Christianity. So I always thought the horn brought on Ragnarock. Which means a lot of the main characters are going to die. Why do writers get free passes when they sprinkle in religion in the story and film makers get the criticism.
  6. Millions of channelers sounds about right. Since there has been hints that the AOL was the Earth at present day. That number is actually low if you take 3% of todays population you get hundreds of millions. Figure the Male AS going crazy over a two hundred year period. It's amazing that anybody not a channeler made it. You would go to sleep one night in a wagon wake up the next day and everything is made out of cotton candy. Hey if your going nuts might as well go big right.
  7. True, but the new book has been written since then. So let us pray to the light that the heroes from the horn are not like a ghostly jelly that flows over the landscape at a high rate of speed.
  8. Now isn't Luc dead? I thought Slayer and Luc were one and the same. He isn't dead. Perrin didn't kill him in their last fight in TAR to destroy the dreamspike. Slayer and Luc are the same. They are a man of two souls: Isam (Lan's cousin) and Luc (Tigraine's brother). So tossing the dream spike into the nightmare and the nightmare going away with Luc inside isn't killing him?
  9. The portal stone thing is a difficult thing to base the Mat betraying Rand thing. Because if you look at Rands alternate lives it was clear that every alternate life he choose the wrong path and the DO won in the end. Does that mean that all the lives that Mat saw were of him betraying Rand in the end and that was the wrong path he took? I don't know but it has been hinted about for twenty years that Mat would betray Rand because of that part of the book. If this horn is retrieved and brought to the fight wherever the last battle is fought. Please don't let it be like the Lord of the Rings where the demon army swarmed all over the battle field. Flame was bad enough.
  10. The Ying and the Yang. Bela the ancient symbol of the AS.
  11. Now isn't Luc dead? I thought Slayer and Luc were one and the same.
  12. Is it bigger than the Pacific or about the same size? After reading about the Land of Mad Men. The numbers come out to about the same size in my head if not a little bit bigger. And the distance from Seanchan to Randland is about the same distance from New Zealand to Easter Island about 10,000 miles/16,000 km. Not a small thing to sail that far with a small amount of islands in the northern reaches of the ocean. The Sea of Storms comes out to be the size of the Indian Ocean. And I would assume that the ocean between Shar and Seanchan is the same size as the Atlantic. Once again Jordan set it up to be Earth again. Question is where did South America go?
  13. I always looked at the Land of Mad Men as a chaos land. I have a feeling that the Wilders there would make the Red Ajah look like Tinkers. So chances of a male channeler living more than a week or so slim. Now if you are going there to look for female channelers, you might find a few that are strong. But they will all be crazy on a level not talked about in the books yet. Didn't the source for the Land of Made Men describe it as a wild land of active volcanoes and low resources. So Neanderthals with Wilders?
  14. Who is he going to fight to prove his worth? It would have to be a non channeler. So any Forsaken is out. He isn't going to fight his brother. He isn't going to fight Rand. He won't fight Lan because he is going to be a bit busy in the next book. Galad is going to be a bit tied up in the Caemlyn fight. I don't think that Galad will prove his worth in the next book if ever when it comes to the sword. As far as the most well rounded fighter would I would go with Perrin being a little bit better than Tam. Even though we haven't seen Perrin use a sword all that much. Perrin is good with the bow. Probably better than most outside of the Two Rivers and Bridgette. Perrin is great when it comes to close combat. Trolloc, Tinker, Shaido, Whitecloak, not many stand a chance against Perrin. I have a feeling he is good with a staff as well. Plus Perrin has the Tavreen thing going for him. Where would you put a Ogier as far as battle strength against a Trolloc? Loial a pacifist grabbed a Trolloc from behind by both arms and tossed him across a street with enough force to break the Trollocs back. I think a Seanchan Ogier warrior would do some serious damage against a Trolloc horde. Plus they have the Ever Victorious Army tag to live up to.
  15. I don't think the horn is going to be used in the next book. If there is some obscure interview given that I haven't seen then so be it. The reason that I don't think it will be used is this. Even though the horn is only a gateway away. I find it difficult for the story to progress to that point. Mat still doesn't trust AS. Mor and Suin are going to have there hands full for a good chunk of the next book. So for Mat to get his hands on the horn will be a 500 page evolution. Anything less will kind of seem cheap. Plus isn't Mat going to betray Rand anyway? So him not getting the horn is a good thing. But with all the loose ends in this story. I have a feeling that this next book will leave most people wanting when it comes to loose ends.
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