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  1. If you're talking about RJ, then yes, he has a lot of detail, many times too much so, but hard to call him nerdy ... at least I never found him so. If you were asking how I got through TGS ...well, I struggled through it, growing increasingly irritated until I could take it no more.
  2. I am not so caught up in the series that the way he changed the characters bothers me much, other than Mat. But even with Mat, enough has been said about the way he absolutely slaughtered that character that I was prepared for it before I started TGS. What makes the books unreadable for me is the fact that he is a bad writer. There is no other word for it. When your language is full of current American colloquialisms, and you appear to make no effort to make it more neutral, the only conclusion one can draw is that you're either lazy or writing well is beyond your skills. I suspect the latter since his other books are no different. And then there is nerdiness. [Removed} All in all, not worth my time. An additional consequence is that I am done with Sanderson as a writer, in general. [Removed]
  3. I am part of the way through TOM, and I am giving up. I cannot read Sanderson any more. This was the last straw: <<<Gawyn joined him. Sleete threw the deadbolt a few times in its lock. "This door might have been forced," he said softly. "See the scrape here on the deadbolt? You can pop open this kind of lock by sliding a thin pick in and pushing it on the deadbolt, then putting pressure on the handle. It can be done very quietly.">>> Forget the needless drama. Forget the use of "deadbolt" and "pop open" ... I think we can all acknowledge that Sanderson's language leaves a lot to be desired. What set me off here was the reminder that as a writer, Sanderson specializes in this kind of nerdy [removed] detail that makes me want to climb up the walls. Mistborn is full of stuff like this - others might be able to abide it, I'm done. I'm going to switch to Leigh Dickinson's re-read so I get the story (I'm OCD that way), and if there's anything particularly interesting in the story, I'll switch to the book and read those chapters. I guess I am just surprised that he got picked to finish the series.
  4. Thanks for the warm welcome, all! Have actually stopped reading the book since I stumbled here, discussions are quite interesting.
  5. Posting here since this seems to be the latest thread with a discussion on the quality of BS's work. I have read most of his other books, and the same thing stands out: he writes like he's writing a current best-seller - short, staccato sentences, lots of single word sentences and italics for dramatic effect, his language embarrassingly full of current American colloquialisms. E.g., the use of the word "ridiculous" to mean "a lot" - as in "Egwene had received a ridiculous number of beatings", a farmer referring to a lightning strike "on his property", and innumerable other examples. He did a lot of that in Mistborn and Stormlight as well. I didn't expect that the writing style would be the same, but then, nor did I expect that we'd be transitioning to a whole 'nother class of writing, one that has me cringing as I read. Oh, well - I AM glad that someone finished the series ... would have sucked big time, otherwise. So, in the end, you're left with a good story, but none of the beautiful language that characterized Jordan's work ("She stood there giving him one of those looks women carry in their belt pouches" had me rolling with laughter, and admiring the turn of phrase at the same time)
  6. Hi, new to this site and to Wheel of Time. Started reading a couple of months ago, and am at TGS. Naturally wanted to see what people thought of Brandon Sanderson, and found this set of forums. Mat Cauthon made me stay, hence my handle.
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