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Safia al-Maaz

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  1. I like your theory, Mane, it gives me some hope for Rand's future haha, but it would require someone to rip Rand out of TAR, and his memories would almost immediately start to fade anyway. Birgitte only remembers a few things, mostly related to Gaidal, and I don't think she chose what and what not to remember. So someone would have to talk to him before they ripped him out, which he would not necessarily survive, in which case his knowledge would probably be useless. I dunno. Maybe that's where all the foreshadowing (or maybe just random mumbo jumbo) about Nynaeve's desire to bring the dead back to life would come into play. Pure speculation here though, haha but it's a cool thought!
  2. I feel like it's almost a moot point to try to figure out how the bonds will affect Rand, since I don't think anyone really knows. People have suggested that Rand would not go mad if one of his ladies dies because he can channel, but that does not mean he will not be debilitated by grief, just as the Aes'Sedai are. But the point still stands that without the bonds, Rand probably would have gone completely insane, and though this would be an interesting plot twist, I doubt it would have turned out well. I'm just waiting for Elayne to die, since she is so convinced she is not going to. I really don't want her to though, this is the first book where she has even started to behave in an adult-like manner towards others, especially Mat. Honestly though, I really don't want any of his ladies to die (excluding Alanna, as I really don't care about her), because poor Rand needs a break.
  3. I feel like this is an insult to the taste of 6th or 7th graders... but otherwise I agree. My best friend is a dedicated reader like myself and she couldn't get passed the 9th WoT book. And she had already read to 9! 9! and she quit. A lot of people have problems with the stereotypical male/female attitudes/gender roles. Like, and this is according to my friend, the women are all pushy b*tches and the men are all stubborn idiots. Which drove her insane. I have heard similar opinions from others who have read them. I personally love WoT, but I think this is a main reason people do not like them.
  4. I am interested to see how the bonds influence Rand, Elayne, Min Aviendha, considering they're all bonded to each other and only Min can't channel...
  5. I think the three girls will survive this series, or at least longer than Rand, since Min had a viewing of them all around his funeral bier. I'm hoping he's not actually dead... but that's a different discussion. I feel like this indicates none of the girls will die. But RJ could have thrown that in there just to trick us :)
  6. What if the story ends with Loial reading the book he wrote about all the events preceding and during TG to future people, as in all RJs books were meant to reflect Loial's writing? Loial closes his book. Rand's grandkids and or kids: "So THAT'S why (grand)dad is a total nutter!" THE END. Not saying it will be that exact wording, but I think that ending would be amusing :-P
  7. I think we are all forgetting that when Rand bonded his three lovlies, they could feel how he felt about them, and he loved them all identically. If RJ says he loves all three the same, I believe him. No matter how WE think Rand should feel about them. Just saying.
  8. I don't want Rand to die. And I want him to at least be somewhat happy at the end of this. As long as that happens, I will at lest be semi-satisfied with the end.
  9. GASP! :o I hate to say I agree... but I do... maybe RJ and Sanderson solidify his character more in the books to come? I'm hoping so. His character does improve in the latest book, I think, but I'll leave that alone so I avoid spoilers ;D
  10. Egwene and Mat. Nuff said. Lol, but seriously, I definitely agree, Egwene and Mat are much cooler now that Egwene doesn't b!tch about basically everything, and Mat doesn't whine all the time. And Galad, actually. He is so much more interesting now that his character has some depth besides the "he always does the right thing" bit. He seems much more human and reachable, if that makes sense. I can't decide how I feel about Gawyn, because his character switches so much. In the first book all we really saw was the protective older brother and trying-to-be-obedient son. Then he turns out to be a crazy guy who believes anything the general populace decides to spread around that day (even though, since he grew up in a political house, you'd think he would know better). And then the woman he loves tells him directly that Rand did not kill his mother and he just thinks she's being controlled (which I feel like he should also know better). And then the last book boosted my opinion of him a little. So I'm not really sure about him. Any helpful incites anyone? On the other hand, I used to like Perrin, and now I really hate reading anything that has anything do with him. Him and Faile, who is crazy, just throwing that out there... I also liked Aviendha better when she was first introduced, now she's become too whiny. I'm hoping that stops after TGS (which I'm guessing it will for reasons I can not say without spoilers :-P ), so I can start liking her again. And I just generally hate Elayne all-around. I liked her in the first book, and then maybe the beginning of the fourth, but my love for her ended there. Now I hate her about as much as everyone else hated Egwene in the beginning.
  11. I think my favorite was actually Gathering Storm. It was the best paced book, with no slow or boring parts (IMO), and it had the epic ending flavor RJ always favored. I'm assuming that that is one of the parts of the book he wrote out completely.
  12. You know what I found interesting? I thought it strange that Rand thought of his need for Min's love and support as "using" her. In that sense, doesn't everyone who loves and needs another person "use" them? Human interactions themselves are generally about "using", or a give-and-take sort of relationship. Why would he feel guilty about needing Min? That is what makes her happy in the first place: she wants to be needed by him. He swept her off her feet in Book 8 when he told her that he needed her, just because he needed her (rather than for her viewings). I just thought this a strange way of thinking, even though we know Rand is starting to go over the edge.
  13. I believe so, but by doing that he made it necessary that Rand kneel because all the Seanchan think he must. So either way he's screwed.
  14. It may be wrong, but I really like it, it's very poetic.
  15. I thought there was a point where the books said that the Dragon has been turned before, but that didn't mean the Light lost the war. Many of the wars ended in ties rather than wins because of that. The Light hasn't won every time, but it's never lost. Correct?
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