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Patrick Logan

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  1. I understand all that...which is why I said "desire not to" instead of "not able". He was still burdened by the idea that this is where we need to get to, these things have to happen...now how do we get there. With the Outriggers, there would be no finish line in place and he could have developed the story all on his own, not half his and half RJ. Please don't get me wrong, I think when BS picked up the books he straightened out some things that seemed to be all over the place. In my reading of the last of the all RJ books, it seemed as if he wasn't sure where he was going with the characters and BS was able to redirect them. I also think BS did a credible job finishing the series. I just got the impression that on many things his hands were tied, albit loosely.
  2. Personally, I think it is a mistake for BS and Harriet not to consider the Outriggers series. The reason being, while I appreciate BS finishing the series, he did it trying to stay true to RJ's voice and vision. While he put his own stamp on the books, he was constrained by what RJ had already written and the desire to not change things RJ had done even if it served the story better. With the Outriggers, there are no real notes besides what was in the WoT books to go from. While it would not be the same as if RJ had gotten the chance to write it, it also would prevent the need to have a "this is where we need to be and these things need to happen so lets figure out a way to make it happen" feel that came in this last book.
  3. It's a matter of the various character's personalities. Gawyn - Always 2nd best. From birth he's told that his sister is the one to rule and he must die to support her. At the WT, Galad was always better with him at the sword, not to mention that Galad was way more handsome. After Siun's fall, he was never sure if he was on the right side once he relized Elaidia was trying to have him killed. When he got together with Egwene, he was always in her shadow. And he even mentions himself that he was a prince, but it was Rand who was out there waging war and bringing countries together. By the time the LB came around, he had a severe insecurity disorder. When he went to fight D, it was for a chance at glory. Galad - Will do right no matter who it hurts. His flaw is that the one thing he won't sacrifice is this ideal. He wouldn't dream of cheating, even if it meant defeating D. He failed much as the oak falls and not the reed....he refused to bend. Lan - Sacrifice. Lan would sacrifice everything to win. He went in expecting to die. That allowed him to sheathe the sword and take D out.
  4. How is it the circle was able to help crete the Hammer? The 3rd Oath is they will not use the One Power to create a weapon, but here the AS are, lending their power to making a weapon.
  5. I know that the general consensus is that Sylvie (Egwene's guide in the World of Dreams) was actually Lanfear, but doesn't it make more sense that she was actually Nakomi. In both Egwene's case and Avi's, the character in question acted as a guide. If we belieive that Avi had fallen asleep and that encounter took place in WoD, then it even makes more sense. If Sylvie = Nakomi, then it puts her in the position of another agent for the Pattern pushing things towards where they should be, including her appearance at the cave mouth with Rand.
  6. The biggest flaw that I saw in Egwene's character was that while insisting that others see her as she has changed, she refuses to see anyone else as having changed. In her eyes, Nyn is still the angry Wisdom pulling her braid, Mat is still the troublesome youth, Perrin is still the slow but sturdy dependable one, and Rand is still the stubborn woolheaded youth. Each of these, at one point or another, she put her foot down insisting that she was the Amrylin Seat and whatever they knew about her from before must be suppressed, but that they were the exact same people who left the Two Rivers in the 1st book.
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