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Xeratul

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  1. We live in a free market system and that market determines price. If you are willing to spend $10 on a book, retailers will charge $10 for a book. It's that simple. If someone is charging less it's because they think they can make more money in gross volume than by charging more. There is nothing altruistic about it. (Although there are exceptions to every rule.) Except Apple and five of the major publishers are price fixing...hence the anti-trust lawsuit. They are trying to keep Amazon from pricing the books super low, which they will do if they can. Amazon makes up the money they
  2. I would have been able to do nothing buy agree you about any other part with Elayne. She is an unlikable character that adds nothing to the story, but imo, RJ has fewer of those than most other series out there. However, I loved that part of the series. I liked her daddy issues with Thom, for what they showed us about Thom. Further, I liked the Circuis subplot because there was a lot of Mat development and interaction with Tuon, Aes Sedai, and Wise Women.
  3. Yeah I get you and agree. As for series I'm sure you are familiar with a bunch but here goes in no particular order, some all time favs and some that have stood out over the last few years. 1. Richard Morgan "A Land Fit for Heroes"* his scifi "Takeshi Kovacs" trilogy is ace too. 2. Scott Lynch "Gentlemen Bastards Sequence" 3. Patrick Rothfuss "Kingkiller Chronicle" 4. David Durham "Acacia" 5. Daniel Abraham "The Long Prince Quartet" & "The Dagger and the Coin Quintet" 6. Gene Wolfe "The Book of the New Sun" 7. Joe Abercrombie "First Law Trilogy" 8. Mervyn Peake "Gormenghast"
  4. @suttree: I also don't really mind a slow series as long as it is the main plot that is slow and not everything. The main plot is slow in WoT, but so much other stuff happens at a very nice speed. The Perrin chasing Faile plotline, however, is WAY too slow. As in NOTHING happens. This is how the "Sword of Shadows" has bogged down, and it makes me so very sad. Despite that, it is still better than the vast majority of stuff out there. Since you seem to have a similar take on this series as me, I wonder if you'd give me a few of your favorite series. I have such a hard time finding new stuff
  5. Yeah, I've got no sympathy for book publishers. I took an entertainment law class last semester that really showed me the fraudulent accounting (called "creative accounting" by its users) that book publishers, music publishers, and movie studios use. Their business models are simply not sustainable, and they are being forced to adapt to the new millennium. One example from a movie studio; they have an accounting method (at least one US District Court has declared fraudulent) that makes it so every movie produced shows a loss. There were fewer than 10 films produced in Hollywood last year t
  6. I agree with Luckers. The series is incredible. It has one of my favorite characters of all time as well. The writing is just so much better than almost anything else in this genre. The follow-up series isn't as good, but that's only because "The Prince of Nothing " set the bar so high.
  7. She's a pretty good writer, and the first couple of books in the series are immersive. The sad thing is, by the third and fourth books, the series makes Winter's Heart and Crossroads of Twilight look as fast-paced as Transformers 2. If you don't know, Transformers 2 is very fast-paced and action-packed. But the series is still pretty good. It's better than most of the other stuff out there.
  8. You did come off a little gruff, but thanks for the explanation. No offense taken. There are some issues with labels and whatnot. Given that the time period we're discussing is 800 years, there could easily be some miscommunication. I am content to drop it.
  9. 24 Male. Mat and Thom are my two favorites by a country mile. I also really like Moirane and Nynaeve. The reason why I can't talk about all of the ones I like is because there are too many. I loved Bayle Domon until he became submissive to the Seanchan woman, and I still really like him. There are just too many really likable minor characters. I can't stand Egwene and Elayne. They are really everything that is wrong with most Aes Sedai. Both feel they have a god given right to dominate others because they were born with great power (political as well as magical in Elayne's case.) You'd
  10. You are wrong about the Feudal Japan Warrior Class and Aristocracy had to wear the top knot - Only the SAMURAI wore the Top Knot, Aristocracy of Japan did not and other soliders or warriors did not either...The Samurai is a way of life and was a separate class. Again you should read the descriptions closer the Cairhien shaved and powdered the front of their scalp again like Ancient China (Manchurian style mostly) while the Samurai in Ancient Japan shaved the whole top of their head and then tied up into a top knot. The Ronin did not shaved the head and top knot tied differently. The powde
  11. You are wrong about the Feudal Japan Warrior Class and Aristocracy had to wear the top knot - Only the SAMURAI wore the Top Knot, Aristocracy of Japan did not and other soliders or warriors did not either...The Samurai is a way of life and was a separate class. Again you should read the descriptions closer the Cairhien shaved and powdered the front of their scalp again like Ancient China (Manchurian style mostly) while the Samurai in Ancient Japan shaved the whole top of their head and then tied up into a top knot. The Ronin did not shaved the head and top knot tied differently. The powde
  12. Someone is a touch bitter. You only attack, and attack BS, there is no call for that. It's unfair, and unwarranted. You seem to think RJ infallible. When he isn't. No author is. They all have weak points, and good points. You seem to only attack BS and not RJ. A lot of the middle to latter books are very bad in parts. Most of the fans will tell you, you could remove huge chunks and crunch books 8-10 into one. Yes, BS does have a tendency to slap a scene down, however, how much sniffing, and smoothing of skirts do we get? For me, personally books 12-13 do not make me want to leave them out of r
  13. I'm not sure if you nailed the Taim quote spot on, but yeah best quote in the series BY FAR. You saved me looking through the posts to see if anyone else had posted it before I did. I stared at one of my buddies for about an hour while he was reading LoC until he got to that part. He just looked up at me when he got there and quoted it, because he KNEW that's what I was waiting for once he saw it. Damn, what a good quote.
  14. This thread is really to address what plot thread that you were really looking forward to and honestly believed would have eventually made it into the series if Robert Jordan had never taken ill and died. This hypothetical really implies that Robert Jordan never has a reason to question his mortality and lives to the ripe old age of 100 without ever going senile. I make this stipulation, because I don't believe that Robert Jordan's obsession with ending the series as quickly as possible, with only one book if need be, really started until he was faced with his own mortality and the idea of
  15. I wholeheartedly agree with your 1st paragraph approach to Tarmon Gai'don with regard to the Seanchan. This is a strategy they should utilize.
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