I'm back to work after a 6 month sabbatical so probably won’t get the chance to post here any more. I’ve been meaning to do a quick summary of what I liked and disliked about TWOT so here it is. Apologies if this has been posted in the wrong area. Please feel free to move it.
Likes 1) World creation - I have never read a series with such a diverse and well thought out world. The TWOT world is massive and RJ spent a lot of time thinking and developing it 2) A light read - For the most part I have enjoyed the simple nature of TWOT prose. Both RJ and Sanderson did not bombard you with complicated sentences or vocabulary 3) Descriptive fight scenes - thoroughly enjoyed the sword forms. I've read a bit of fantasy but have not encountered sword forms described the way they were in TWOT. Though not a sword form, to this day, I adopt "cat crosses the courtyard" when I walk through open public spaces! LOL! 4) Magic - a very unique concept for magic in TWOT. Again very well thought out with flows and weaving used to depict its use 5) Sanderson - I'm glad Sanderson was brought in to finish the series. He did a fantastic job Dislikes 1) Lack of character development - other than Rand I felt none of the other characters really developed through the series. I found this disappointing as there was a lot of potential here. It would have been nice if some of the main characters chopped and changed around a bit 2) Stereotypical characters - you had the joker, the serious guy, the gollum guy, the wrinkled old women, the bitchy girls etc. What TWOT really needed was an anti-hero. For a time I thought Taim might be a candidate but he also fell into the one dimensional mould 3) Decrease in bad guy power - in the beginning the Trollocs were formidable, myrddraal were beyond fearsome, the Aiel were unbeatable and the foresaken were practically Gods. By the end of the book Joe Bloggs soldier was killing myrddraals by the dozen and even teenage kids from two rivers were knocking of seasoned Aiel warriors. Unfortunately this is a way too common trend in TWOT 4) Slow down from book 8 to 11 - sigh, this almost killed TWOT for me. In fact these books are still a bit of a blur as I had to skim read them 5) A very stupid and forgiving bad guy - Ah come on already. Just kill the cronies and kill your opponents when they're still weak. Why do you want to fight them when they've become strong? Kinda reminds me of Independence Day where the aliens wait till we have nukes before they attack us. Yeah, I know what you're going to say. The DO was trying to turn Rand to the dark side but as a plot element I find this weak. I'd have preferred a DO who was a no nonsense bad ass MOFO
Note: These are my opinions. Don't get upset if you disagree! LOL!