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  1. It is almost September. Dear publisher, can we get an ISBN number at least?
  2. First, the sales will be very poor. (Best Sellers in Epic Fantasy - amazon.com: EOTW #62, AMOL #83, EOTW audio #96). Not so long ago 8-10! WOT books were in the TOP50, at this pace there will none in the TOP100 next year. I am so sad, so sad. It was a bestselling series (1990-2005) then the publisher and Sanderson killed it. ON: I really hope that they will include stuff written by Jordan only. Good maps, good drawings (BWB, shivering), deleted chapters, and the most important: Jordan's commentary. I don't care what x and y think about the series, I need the thoughts of the creator
  3. If you need inspiration, then abandon the series. If you don't like what you are reading then the whole thing is just a waste of time. Path is "dull", Winter is also "dull". Knife is a little bit better. As many people used to suggest: read the first six books, then forget the rest. Sanderson's books are terrible: Jordan's target audience was 14-114, Sanderson's target is under 12. Terrible writing, terrible characterization, making his own rules, you will not survive it.
  4. Magicana, how many people would understand a lecture about taxation in university level without any preparation?
  5. I don't believe the 'detailed ending'. They said that Jordan left detailed notes but Sanderson confirmed that all of Jordan's stuff was max. a few dozen pages with many contradictories. They said that Jordan (on his deathbed) told them the ending, but there was no tape (!), so someone recorded his words with shorthand. Sanderson told us that he 1. did not touch the ending, 2. tinkered a little bit, 3. tinkered a lot, so I assume the 'detailed ending' is just a myth.
  6. Really great idea, although I'm afraid the price will be high.
  7. OT - our favourite one: Verin is Mat's daughter http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/topic/32971-librarian-gone-wild-verin/page-2?do=findComment&comment=1035608
  8. Using GoT as an example: old fans (1996-2000) - they hate (and most of them don't watch!) the tv series, new 'fans' (2011-2014) - the tv series is superior in every way (and only idiots read the books). Interesting aspects. We are lucky, because WoT cannot translate to small/big screen without looking ridiculous (plus the story has to scaling back to basics etc.) One more thing about the reputation. The series is constantly under attacks but most attackers are not going to take the time to bother reading WoT properly. They had heard a few phrases (it is just a retelling of LotR, pul
  9. Rand will stop (a few hours later), and he will go back to his 'harem'. He will heal Avi, then they will live as a big, happy family.
  10. (Personally I hate tattoos.) It is your body, it is your choice. She has a really cool name.
  11. Sounds about right. Ironically I'm re-reading KoD, and when Rand returns to Tear, he thinks to himself that he had no idea whether his tax cuts were actually helping people and Elayne would know better. LTT replies to him by trying to explain wealth creation and how it interfaces with taxation to create jobs. Rand doesn't understand a single word of it. Magicana, this is true but Rand is not a total idiot.
  12. It's hard to imagine that these quotes are posted on his website without his knowledge. However, the essence of my post was this: why should I read Brooks when I can read Tolkien? Why should I read Abercrombie instead of Martin? I choose Rowling over Rothfuss, and - of course, I will read Jordan's books only in the future. One can enjoy subordinate, not original novels. It is their choice, if they are happy, then no problem but I go after the better, 'original' books and I will stuck with them. Sanderson/Abercrombie admitted that he is just Jordan/Martin's shadow. And I agree with Roth
  13. I see where you are coming from but to me is very clear that almost everyone is able to compose/read letters/books, yes, that is my big problem. There is a sense of a very good general education (a blacksmith - 'at the end of the world' - reads several books on history, 20-40-60 books per household) but we don't see it (aside from AS).
  14. Source? This is the first time I see this claim. I'm now in 'search mode'. I remember there was a page and even Terez had a comment on this. Terez, where are you? We need your help! Or it would be really good to see some official numbers from TOR, Sanderson, Sanderson's assist. The graph looked like this: TGS 100%, TOM 50-60%, AMOL 65-70% I'm not sure at all, my memory is really fuzzy. Anyway, a member of our book club posted this last year: Apart from the fact that szilard and cseresz are not the masters of the English language, these facts are very interesting.
  15. There is no 'if'. I forgot to add this last time (tEotW, chapter 36): So many books. A simple inn has a huge library. Or is it normal??? The bolded part vs "all of Bran’s books stood idle on the shelf opposite the fireplace" (tEotW, chapter 2) I could call this a contradiction but who knows, maybe there is a villager who owns at least 40-80-100 books. Maybe.
  16. Basic literacy was common in the Classical antiquity. Then I'd say that it's quite possibly small. ;) Very good post, thank you.
  17. @ Suttree From his own site: Rowling was/is not an original author, but she was better handling that theme than Rothfuss. @DemandredFO If you are not good enough (and you have money from elsewhere) then you just say: No, thank you. (Sanderson saw the opportunity of his life after Jordan's death, the publisher thought that Jordan's readers will convert to Sanderson, that's the story behind the last three books, nothing more. Ironically, the sales plummeted after the readers had read TGS. They said: No, thank you.) Jordan had enough, so he wanted to leave t
  18. They were hyped up to the sky but I (and most members of our book club) don't see anything special in their works. The scope is (very) small, everyone is 'grey', their books are based on superior material (Martin, Rowling), the writing is mediocre and so on and so on. Of course, you could say, their output is better than 99.9% of sff writers but one could say that Avatar is better than 99% of movies. That is true but that does not mean that Avatar is a 9/10 movie.
  19. asoiaf = there is no character to root for. Arya was cute but now boring beyond comprehension. Tyrion was interesting in the first two books, now he is a borefest. Jon ..., well, Jon is ... I just don't care about him. The other problem with the series is that it is over 5000 pages long and honestly, very little happens in it.The first two books were so-so, the third one is just a huge mess, the last books are lame. It does not worth the time. I read for enjoyment not for gatheing clues. Edit: nudity/sex - I'm not a virgin, so it's not a big deal killing/maiming/
  20. I understand your point, but it does not click to me. Aiel: how many books do they have? 10/30/50/100 per holdings/septs/clans?
  21. David, thank you very much, this was a very helpful post. Two things: the leader of our book club suggested to me that I should read a book called The Making of the English Working Class, I'm skimming the book right now (I will read it this week), and while the author gives us plenty examples how parents teach children, I think there is big difference between the 16th century and the 19th century regarding the teaching, reading etc. The second one. Two Rivers has no real connection to the world but they have so many books, they are 'too' educated. Coming from a little village, I can sa
  22. This post went a little bit astray with too much quotes but I think it is necessary. What I meant to say (I'm just guessing of course) that while the original plan was radically different from what we know as Wheel of Time, many aspects of the books are very loyal to the roots. So I get this feeling that Jordan had a totally unlike ending in his mind. And I don't want to adduce again that Sanderson admitted that there was little to none material to finish the book. (Plus these materials are not clear at all.) Many readers stated that (they feel) the final chapter was written in
  23. I'm not a history buff, I can barely remember a few things from HS. When Perrin states that he studied SEVERAL books of history what does he mean by it? They are basically peasants (but they can read and write) in a very little village far from the world. What kind of education did a peasant have in the 16-17th century? Or is this an error? (For example blacksmiths are not bodybuilders, no, they are not.)
  24. He was the Creator of the series, so I have no problem with this. And while I think identification with characters is important, projecting myself into them (and not reverse!) is strange.
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