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  1. I'm not sure-she's initially playing with a four year old, but doesn't identify it has her son. At the end of the chapter her son is "clasped to her breast," which makes me think it's a baby. http://books.google.com/books?id=yLmG1BB4XUQC&lpg=PP1&dq=lord%20of%20chaos&pg=PA124#v=onepage&q&f=false
  2. Gaidal is reincarnated as Jur Grady's son. The timing works out (baby in LoC) and Jur said that he was unusually ugly.
  3. This too. The shadow seemed pretty intent on finding the seals. Why would they let one of their people hand over the seals? Did he really just get the seal from some dude?
  4. I was always under the impression that Taim's rescue was conducted by the BA, just like they had planned. That is when Demandred started working on him and with him. He has been tutored by one of the most prominent Forsaken and of course would have knowledge of old weaves (more so than new weaves isolated at the BT) and refer to Aiel as "so-called" since that is how his teacher refered to them. We know that it wasn't-the BA that gave that story was the unstilled-one, who was bound by the oath rod and thus incapable of betraying the Black Ajah. They were able to get useful information from the other one, who had been stilled and thus freed from her oaths. And that doesn't explain all the weird AOL-era references and knowledge.
  5. Did not have to fight.... doesn't mean he can't or won't in the future. I don't think it contradicts anything, this time he had his massive army behind him and Sakarnen, and it was the Last Battle for pete's sake. At the cleansing he went because the DO would have expected him to, but he didn't want to fight there, he wasn't prepared and didn't have an interest in that battle. The point is that he is outraged and panicked about having to be in direct combat. Hardly the mindset of the world's greatest swordsman.
  6. I'm a big fan of Sanderson's own books, but I've not liked his WoT writing very much, but that's probably better for the quality thread.
  7. I'm pretty sure that this was a Sanderson-invention. Doesn't Demandred kind of crap himself during the cleansing battle and think about how as a general he wasn't expected to fight along his troops?
  8. The lack of revelation on this really cheesed me off. We never got any clarification regarding a lot of Taim's suspicious behavior. Why did he use AOL language ( calling Rand's Aiel "so-called Aiel" and "renegade Aiel") if he was recruited by Demandred, someone who was buried in the Bore until TGH? He started talking like a Forsaken in six months? Was he a "real" false dragon or was he serving the shadow from the start? Was he actually freed by his followers or did the Forsaken free him?
  9. RJ said that Andor alone has about ten million people putting the total population of the Randland continent conservatively at 50 million. We don't see anything like that or any reference to their much-smaller standing armies being dwarfed by much greater numbers of newly-arriving civilians. http://www.theoryland.com/intvmain.php?i=128 Rand's musings at the end about going on adventures and visiting cities, etc, don't suggest a world where all of civilization has collapsed.
  10. I had thought that Logain would become the public "Dragon" that was remembered as winning the last battle, allowing Rand to disappear into obscurity. One of the running themes of the books had been how stories divulge from actual events. It also would explain the scale of glory that Logain was predicted to have. I don't really see how what he's achieved gets him that type of glory.He's basically going to be an influential and maybe famous person but no more so than any of the other important non-Rand players in the Last Battle.
  11. I don't think so. I can't find what's relevant in 453 but the part in 431 makes me believe it's the DO. I know the DO saying "I will not interfere" in tEoTW makes no sense but there we have it. The text says that the Dark One "only now sensed his [Rand's] arrival" not "the Dark One sensed Rand's arrival a little while ago and inexplicably advised him that it was the right time to go to Shayol Ghul which inexplicably cured Rand's doubts about whether he was making the right decision causing Rand to inexplicably thank the Dark One for his advice and reminding Rand of an earlier episode where the Dark One had assisted Rand in his fight with Ishamel even though the Dark One couldn't talk to anyone outside of Shayol Ghul at the time"
  12. Well, as far as writing is concerned, BS has everything it takes to make a great writer...except the command of the language. I think he should try screenplays and such, It's not enough to have good ideas and good work ethics to write good literature. You need to care about words, and I don't think he does. I don't think that it's a fundamental problem with him as a writer. His characters use modern terminology in his own books (which I think are great). But seeing them in Wot is jarring and takes me out of the story. Just to pick a few of the top of my head...Nynaeve calls Rand "paranoid"...Perrin offers "medical" assistance to the Whitecloaks...Soriela refers to "off-duty" windfinders....Slayer refers to the Two Rivers "operation," etc. This isn't how people in WoT talk.
  13. I *really* didn't like the Sharans being dumped on us so abruptly. Other than a brief description from the Graendal POV we haven't heard anything about them before this point. Then suddenly Demandred shows up with their entire army and is the subject of prophecies that we'd never heard of before and has a girlfriend. In fact one of the main objections to Demandred-Shara speculation was exactly that it would be so lame to introduce this new major force so late in the game. I also didn't like the idea of Demandred being this super-blademaster. Had we heard anything about this before? Doesn't Demandred freak out during the cleansing scene and specifically note that as a general he wasn't actually required to be in the middle of fights?
  14. I assumed that it was the Creator telling Rand to do his thing. Still, much less than I was hoping for. That was explained. If you have the book, reread page 431. I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to. I understand that Rand recognizes it as the Voice from the EotW and that RJ has strongly implied that this is the Creator. RJ never implies it's the Creator. The Creator does not interfere. Rand steps into Shayol Ghul, hears the VOICE, and recognizes it from TEOTW. It's the Dark One. The VOICE also doesn't "interfere." The VOICE specifically notes that it *doesn't* interfere. "The wind died. The screams died. The earth was still. Dust and smoke swirled back down the pass to surround him. "The Light blind you, Ba'alzamon! This has to end!" IT IS NOT HERE. It was not Rand's thought, making his skull vibrate. I WILL TAKE NO PART. ONLY THE CHOSEN ONE CAN DO WHAT MUST BE DONE, IF HE WILL. "Where?" He did not want to say it, but he could not stop himself. "Where?" The haze surrounding him parted, leaving a dome of clear, clean air ten spans high, walled by billowing smoke and dust. Steps rose before him, each standing alone and unsupported, stretching up into the murk that obscured the sun. NOT HERE." Why would the Dark One call Rand the Chosen One or advise him on where to find Ishmael? Also, the Dark One isn't able to talk to anyone outside of Shayol Ghul at that stage. In ToM Graendal is surprised that the seals have weakened enough for Moridin to communicate with the DO outside of Shayol Ghul. Rand notes that he was hoping to hear from the VOICE again. Why would he be hoping to hear from the Dark One before going in? Rand is also uncertain if he's going in at the right time and is reassured by the VOICE's comment that it's time. Why would he trust the Dark One's advice?
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