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DRAGONMOUNT

A WHEEL OF TIME COMMUNITY

Ashaman Valen

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  1. I finished the first book a couple days ago and was surprised that I enjoyed it. I thought it was a decent book which was a surprise because I knew the reputation of the first book being the weakest of the series. Hopefully, I'll get to the second book soon, but been pretty busy with school and work though.
  2. Gray is what I am. I thought it was going to turn out to be yellow ajah, but it was a close second :).
  3. That is impressive. I hope they get to the first 3 so that you can complete you collection.
  4. He is also completely mad, so there is that. Good call. @canu No one is discussing complex weaves here. Again to suggest soemeone from the AoL couldn't have come up with something is seriously selling them short. I'll entertain the argument that he wanted to be the better swordsman, but certainly not the suggestion that there was nothing else he could have done. Just because he's from AoL doesn't mean he's invincible. I'm not sure what demandred could do other than use op to throw a rock at Lan. I mean has there been any weaves that demandred could have used in that situation that has been explored in the earlier books? BS has said that he wasn't going to invent new weaves that we haven't seen before so I'm not sure what else could have been done. Demandred was just too cocky. Remember the blademaster, jearom, getting defeated by a farmer. Let that be lesson for us all.
  5. From what I remember of reading them, they are not the easiest reads. I went through the first two books pretty quickly, but I had trouble getting through the last one. It's been over 10 years since I read them but I definitely recommend them.
  6. Looks guys, Robert created an epic and complex world. The ending should have been equally epic and complex, if not more so. This is not "too high expectations"--it's actually the expectation for which we were prepared. And a good job nonetheless is just an apologist's way of saying at least we get an ending. I don't agree with that. So was your expectation that of BS presenting the same quality as RJ? Idk man, I just think your expectations got in the way of enjoying amol for what it is. But at the same time I understand how you feel. Amol could have been so much better in hands of RJ. And you know what? At this point, given the choice, I may prefer that it was never written. At least then the mystery would survive. Fair enough. I respect that.
  7. Looks guys, Robert created an epic and complex world. The ending should have been equally epic and complex, if not more so. This is not "too high expectations"--it's actually the expectation for which we were prepared. And a good job nonetheless is just an apologist's way of saying at least we get an ending. I don't agree with that. So was your expectation that of BS presenting the same quality as RJ? Idk man, I just think your expectations got in the way of enjoying amol for what it is. But at the same time I understand how you feel. Amol could have been so much better in hands of RJ.
  8. Actually, no. He flat out did not spend enough time working on this. You can tell when you analyze the quality of writing and the degree of completion of some of the plots. You know how you can tell? Because you look at everything else the guys written and it is miles better. Let's not forget the 1.2% comment. I agree, I never said he put in enough time. What I said is that it is unrealistic to expect an author to spend a decade of work on WoT.
  9. The thing is they needed to find an author who was 1) a fan of WOT 2) an author not in the middle of his/her own series and 3) someone who was willing to do it. When people start saying stuff like BS doesn't care (enough) or doesn't spend enough time to complete the series (not taliking about TOM editing/revising which needed more time) are people that are unrealistic, unfair and disrespectful. No author would have given the time and effort that was truly needed to make the last three books truly great. It would probably take a decade of rereading, studying, writing, and revising to get it in tip top shape. That is asking a lot of an author who is in the middle of his own career who wants to write his own stories. It just isn't realistic nor fair to have a professional author give a decade (just a time I'm throwing out there) of his career to finishing someone else's work. BS did give us 5 years after all. "Then he shouldn't have taken the job!" There lies the problem. If it wasn't BS a different author would have other issues. The question becomes a flawed ending to the series or no ending? Now I'm not saying BS shouldn't be critiqued. I appreciate this thread where we can discuss the quality of amol. I agree with a lot of the flaws that were presented. I just think some people go a little overboard. That just tells me people's expectations were too high to be so emotional and not take it for what it is. No one could have finished it on the same level as RJ but I think BS did a good job nonetheless.
  10. So did anyone get the reveal to who the POV is for River of Souls or is BS still tight lipped on it?
  11. I have to agree that RJ kind of dropped the ball with demandred in not giving us background with the whole shara situation. I wish RJ could have found a way within the series to have demandred and rand interact in some way (not necessarily in a fight). There was this huge build up of rand and demandred being rivals and then they don't even see each other, but I fully enjoyed demandred in this book
  12. That was Rand's vision. The DO couldn't participate in that one fully, lest he be annihilated. DO asked Rand if he (Rand) thought that was his idea of perfection. My bad. I must have remembered it wrong. Next time ill double check before posting :)
  13. Perhaps the whole issue with the DO was a trick. Who presented the vision with no evil = no free will? It was the DO. Maybe the DO wanted rand to think that so as to save his own butt. The DO is known as the father of lies after all.
  14. I enjoyed perrin's arc but was disappointed that his badass hammer wasn't highlighted more.
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