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  1. Well... it seems to be pretty clearly based on meditation exercises. I doubt it'll do much for your reflexes, however.
  2. This thread merged with the simple questions topic The medallions protect their wearers from direct weaves, but not from the consequences of those weaves. Lightning is not a weave, it's a natural phenomenon that results from certain weather-controlling weaves (notice that channelers can't bolt people out of the blue; storm clouds appear first). Channeling directs the clouds and guides the release of energy, but the release of energy (the bolt) is not made of the One Power.
  3. Presumably because the DO's quasi-unleashing was part of the Pattern's way of restoring balance to a world that was skewed too far towards eliminating all suffering and conflict?
  4. I don't. I think one has to wade through a lot of garbage to find something good. In every genre, not only Fantasy. The quality of most writing being published these days is poor. Imo. Sturgeon's Law: 90% of everything is crud. The fact that there is a lot of garbage doesn't diminish the quantity of good stuff out there. Also, I find it easy enough to let others wade through the garbage to find the good stuff and use that to find the stuff I like. It does diminish the proportion of good stuff, though, which I take it is relevant. (Having said that, I'll say again that I think the brute numbers of good things are better than they were even ten years ago!)
  5. That would be a mistake as there are pretty deep mysteries in that series central to the story. Re-reads of ASoIaF are well worth it in terms of picking up on it all. Pretty good thread comparing the two series somewhere on that count. I'll poke around for it a bit later. I'll believe it when I see it! (Note: my intuition is that I picked up on most/all of them, not that they aren't there. But that may well just be arrogance on my part!) Here is a link to the old debate if interested: http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/topic/61908-compare-contrast-wot-asofi/?hl=+ice%20+and%20+fire%20+mysteries I have to say, that was a mind-numbing thread. But thanks for providing the link. I can't say my opinion's changed--I still think I gathered all the clues/info there was to gather in ASOIAF, or close enough to all that re-reading wouldn't give me much new insight. Plus, the desire just isn't there. (In fairness, I might have picked up on most of the WoT stuff too had I read it as an adult, and without such long breaks between books. But I don't think so. Part of the joy of WoT's world development and magic system is that it gives us the juice to theorise about events well beyond those that take place in the books.)
  6. That would be a mistake as there are pretty deep mysteries in that series central to the story. Re-reads of ASoIaF are well worth it in terms of picking up on it all. Pretty good thread comparing the two series somewhere on that count. I'll poke around for it a bit later. I'll believe it when I see it! (Note: my intuition is that I picked up on most/all of them, not that they aren't there. But that may well just be arrogance on my part!)
  7. I don't have much to add to the consensus here, but a couple of items: I agree. When I last re-read the series (my first *full* re-read) last year, I had something of a realization: yes, some of the gender attitudes are annoying (for a while I thought they were really problematic), but they're actually symptomatic of young adults, which most of the central characters are. They're all pretty headstrong and sure of themselves, and drunk with newfound power and the freedom that comes from living away from home (and a sense of immortality)--but so was I at their age. Now I know better, but I'm a fair bit older than they are now. As for ASOIAF/Game of Thrones... it's OK, but I think it's been vastly overestimated. (My guess is that part of it is just because when it first came out, the bleakness was something pretty new and exciting in fantasy, and the other part is that for some reason I can't fathom the general public loves the TV show, which I can't stand.) There's better stuff out there these days, IMO. And the clincher for me, as for others here, is that I have no desire to re-read it, and no expectation that I'll "get" any more out of re-reads than I did upon first reading (whereas every new reading of WoT gave me something new to chew on).
  8. Actually, you have that backwards: the Oath is not to speak no word which is untrue, but to speak no word which is not true; they are prevented from speaking an absence of truth, not a falsity. If an AS convinced themselves that words have no truth value, she'd thus be unable to speak at all, because any and every word word she spoke would not be true. Aha. If that's the way the oath is framed (and I think you're right, come to think of it), then you're absolutely correct: Aes Sedai should not be able to speak at all. "proposition" could be one interpretation of the term "word". Unfortunately, no. That's not the case in logic and the philosophy of language. The use of "proposition" is pretty strictly regimented. But Mr. Ares (above) is right: if the oath is to speak no word that is not true (rather than untrue), then the problem is worse: they can't speak at all (since, again, truth is not a property of words).
  9. Impossible to answer. We have virtually no details about the battle fought there. But ask yourself how Hannibal was able to wipe out the Roman horde at Cannae without cannons, and you'll likely have a partial answer to your question.
  10. I don't think it has a name, it's just the Wheel, and the snake is the Great Serpent.
  11. According to the Wiki: "No one is born ta'veren, they are made so as the Wheel needs them to be." To add to that, the impression I got in the series was that ta'veren-ness both comes and goes (not from day to day, but rather as the Pattern needs it). The three may well have ceased to be ta'veren (one needn't be ta'veren to have an important role in shaping society, after all). Some might become so again, although that seems strange and kind of arbitrary (why would they cease to be ta'veren only to become so again later?). My sense is that Rand's done with ta'veren-ing for good. I get the impression Perrin is, too. I don't get the impression that Mat is, just because of his weird luck thing (which I know isn't just an artifact of being ta'veren, but it seems connected somehow). What's for sure is that their ta'veren connection is gone, so if they're ta'veren, it's (1) not for a joint purpose, and (2) probably much weaker (what could be more important than the LB after all?).
  12. The first part of your question is in the Strike at Shayol Ghul (Quoted below). My understanding of Callandor is that its flaw was accidental, and that there were no TP channelers involved in its construction (Evidence: <30 people had access to the TP, 13 of them were sealed at Shayol Ghul, and the rest were either dead or being hunted). Thanks for that, that was the passage i was thinking of in regard to the Choedan Kal. As for Callandor if it was a accident i wonder how it was found to be able to channel the TP, im guessing that was what Min discovered in the writtings about it? There aren't really any answers to be had, but it's not such an unbelievable bug in its design. It effectively amounts to using Callandor to enhance all male channeling rather than restricting it to male use of the OP. Those sorts of mistakes/that kind of neglect isn't uncommon, especially if the person doing the creating isn't aware of the need for the restriction or is rushed. Or, you know, maybe an unknown Chosen infiltrated the process and was, for some reason, unable to reap the rewards of his labour.
  13. That's how I did it too, thinking it was pretty badass. In the audiobooks, it's more like Sem-er-hahg, which is pretty badass too.
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