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  1. That same scene with Logain made me love him as a character too. I remember thinking "I don't know how he'll manage it but I hope we see that guy again". I wanted so badly to see his story. That was one of the things that got me to love the series--that even minor characters (as Logain is at this time) have a life and depth of their own. They stand by themselves, as they so often don't in other works. Great post!
  2. Winter's Heart is my favorite of books 7-10. I always felt that Path of Daggers and WH felt like one book, and the payoff at the end of WH was totally worth it to me. I've also heard from various people that books 7-10 don't seem so bad on a re-read now that the series is complete and they don't have to wait years in between books. CoT was the one I stuggled the most with, personally, but I found KoD to be a great improvement.
  3. @EpitomyofShyness: I had a similar experience when I was reading AMOL. I'd read it whenever I had the time, and one day while I was reading the epically long battle chapter something happened that made me sob uncontrollably. My boyfriend was in the room and had no idea what to do--he knew what I was reading and how important it was to me, and he didn't want to interrupt, but when you see someone you care about reacting like that it's hard not to do something about it. The worst part was that he was reading the series too, but he hadn't reached the last book yet, so because of spoilers I couldn't even tell him what I was upset about! And yeah, it is pretty mind-boggling to think about the time this series has enveloped. It's weird to think that EOTW and I both came into the world in the same year.
  4. Ten years for me. I bought the two-volume edition of EotW (the one with the "Ravens" prologue) in 2003, when I was twelve, and took it on vacation with me. Needless to say it wasn't a good vacation read--far too interesting. I finished AMoL a couple of weeks after it came out (at age 22), because I was just starting a new quarter at college when it was released. If I hadn't been in school I would have finished it much faster.
  5. On my own time, it'd probable take me 2-3 days to finish it, since that's about how long it took me to finish ToM the first time. I know my own impatience, so I will be standing in line at the nearest Barnes and Noble that morning rather than waiting for a pre-order to get here in the mail (reading while in the checkout line, of course). Sadly, I believe the 8th is in the first week of the new quarter at my college, so I don't know how much time I'll have for reading things on my own--I'm an English major and they like to pile it on early. So it's either drown in aMoL and early 19th century novels (as in, entirely withdraw from the world), or do all my required stuff reading and save WoT for the weekends. I think I'll pick the former.
  6. The Mat in the second one looks younger and less disheveled than I usually picture him, but it's still a great piece. The others are all great, too. And there isn't enough fan art of Verin out there! This one is awesome.
  7. Actually, there are a lot of books I have had trouble finishing. I don't force myself to finish books that don't interest me . I give them 100 pages, and if by that time I still don't care about the plot or characters, I give up. I can't just leave them for a while and come back; if it's been more that a month or so I have to start from the beginning or nothing makes sense to me. Also, I usually give away books I don't finish because book space is a precious commodity where I live. A couple of things that are still on my shelf or are otherwise memorable: Mistborn and Way of Kings--I like what Sanderson has done with WoT, and I liked Elantris a lot, but I think after those two I won't be trying more of his books, and if I do it will be from the library. A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay--I liked one of his other books, but after three weeks I gave up on this one. That's waaay too long for me when I'm not interested in a book. Twilight, but that goes without saying. It was recommended to me by a friend, and we stayed friends for a while but I never took another book recommendation from her. Oh, and I think Crossroads of Twilight took three tries before I made it through. I can't think of others right now, but I know there are many.
  8. In terms of real books stores I've been to, there's one in Pasadena called Vroman's, an independent one in an older, 2-story building. All the teen and kids' books are upstairs, as well as a small stage-type area for events, and all the adult fiction and nonfiction is downstairs. They have a similar feel to a Barnes & Noble, but since they're independent they have a somewhat different selection. There's also a chain in Arizona (they don't have them in California, where I live) called Hastings, and the thing I love about them is that they sell new and used books all mixed together on the shelf, though the used ones are marked with stickers and are cheaper. And there is an organization where I live that buys old books (of varying quality) and sells them for $1-$2 each, with all their profits (after rent is paid) going to buy books for school libraries. They move stores every few months, so they're kind of tough to track, but the aisles are narrow and packed with all kinds of books, no matter where they locate. My absolutely ideal bookstore would be two stories, with railings/a balcony to look down at the floor below (there's a B&N I sometimes go to that has escalators. It's awesome). It would have new and used stuff, mixed together like Hastings, and the aisles would be wide enough to sit in while I pull books out to look at (without the annoying employees showing up and telling me to move). The employees would also be knowledgeable, but not pushy or nosy, popping up every two minutes to ask if I want help (I've been to places like that. They don't get return visits from me). But really, the most important thing for me is the books, not the store. My ideal bookstore has a very wide selection, and their sections make sense and are larger than 2 shelves (I'm looking at you, B&N mythology section). Wow, I almost never post on Dragonmount. Guess I just needed the right topic.
  9. Wow, how did I never find this piece on my own? It's great! My only quibble with it is that I pictured that angreal as being somewhat smaller, maybe 1/2 that size. But still a great piece. Shame that the artist's blog hasn't been updated in so long--I'd like to see more of his/her work.
  10. Wow, I never thought of Fortuona/Tuon being turned by the 13x13 trick. Wonder if that's possible for semi-untrained channelers like her? madterryk mentioned Lan above, and while I don't think Lan would turn to the Shadow, it's just occurred to me now that a Forsaken or high-up Darkfriend could use Slayer to make people THINK Lan has turned. I seem to remember Nynaeve seeing Slayer in TAR once, and horrified because she mistook him for Lan and he tried to kill her. Don't have a quote, but I think it was in TSR, when Slayer first appears in the narrative.
  11. Hmmm...the only characters I really hate are some of the villains (Elaida, Valda, Byar, Galina, etc). And I know those characters were written for us to hate them--they're the people you have to deal with even though you hate their guts and they make life miserable for you (understatement). The others annoy me sometimes, occasionally a lot as in Faile at the start of TSR, but it never rises to the level of hate.
  12. What I don't understand is why so many people seem to think sex is completely vital to good novels. I agree that it's an important part of human interactions and it can help character development (and sometimes plot), but personally I've always though off-screen sex adds much more to a story than explicit scenes do. Good novels can have sex scenes--some of my favorites do--but they aren't essential. There are plenty of good books that have none, and not all of them are YA. Someone mentioned that most authors don't write sex scenes well, and I agree with that too--I've seen some that were just plain funny. One of the things I like so much about WoT is that I'm not bombarded with gratuitous sex scenes every few chapters. Just my personal opinion.
  13. Actually, the first of the Fallon books is pretty good. I discovered it a few years ago in a used book store and gleefully brought it home. It's in a slightly different style than Wheel of Time, but if anyone out there is a fan of historicals I'd recommend giving it a look. I haven't stumbled across the sequels yet so I don't know what they're like, but I'm glad I read the first one.
  14. I was also surprised by Mat's Aiel girlfriend turning out to be a Darkfriend, and on my current re-read it's hard to reconcile Sheriam's character with what I know she is. Sort of off-topic, but re-reading the chapters in TGH where that expedition of Aes Sedai comes to Sheinar, I was surprised by how many of those sisters turned out to be Black Ajah later. Ingtar and Verin I think were made better, more interesting characters by the revelation that they were Dakfriends (not that I didn't like them before I knew that).
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