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  1. The first time I started read The Wheel of Time I had read up through book 10, Crossroads of Twilight, reading each one after it was released. However I delayed picking up Knife of Dreams (partly because of what I thought of Crossroads) and still hadn't when I learned of Robert Jordan's death. Then, in early 2016, I decided I'd finally complete them. However it had been so long since Id originally read them that I'd forgotten most of the details so I decided that I'd start from the beginning. The entire time I was reading though I was worried that I'd commit so much time to reading the series only to get to the point where Brandon Sanderson took over and discover I didn't enjoy his writing. I'd started on of his books before and hadn't cared for it. However, now almost a year later and nearing the end of the first of Sanderson's three WoT books I can happily say that my worries were unnecessary. I've never read a series that had been finished or continued by another author but I think Sanderson has done an excellent job. In fact I've been enjoying The Gathering Storm as much if not more than the earlier Jordan books. I'm sure part of that is due to the fact events are coming to a close and the action is thus more dramatic but I also think Sanderson's writing is greatly responsible. After 11 books I had grown weary of Jordan's overly descriptive style to the point I'd found myself often just skimming past entire paragraphs at a time. Plus, toward the end of his run, I'd found that much of what Jordan focused on writing about was largely unnecessary to the overall story, particularly with Crossroads of Twilight. I'm sure there were some crucial tidbits in that one that aren't coming to mind right now but both times after finishing that particular book I found myself thinking that the story hadn't really progressed at all from where any of the storylines had been at the end of book nine. That said, Jordan did pick up the pace quite a bit with Knife of Dreams and I thought that that was one of the best of his WoT books. Now, almost finished with book 12, thanks to both writers I'm as into the series as I've been at any point, often reluctantly turning out the lights and going to bed hours later than I should have. I both can't wait to see how it all ends and am reluctant to finish and have to say goodbye to characters who've kept me company for so long and through so much. Any thoughts are welcome but please remember I've yet to finish book 12 or even start 13 and 14, so please do not spoil even the tiniest detail of what I've yet to read. Thanks!
  2. It's easy. Just skim the page with your eyes. After ten books it becomes simple to recognize what's what.
  3. I would love it if there was an abridged version of WoT like those Reader's Digest books. I never finished the series when I first started reading them years ago and am trying to now. While I love the books, Jordan's writing can get so bogged down in description, often repeated and IMO useless description, that reading becomes frustrating. I'm on book 10 now and I've gotten to the point where I often skip the majority of a page, sometimes skimming past 2-3 pages at a time without missing anything relevant. Often it feels like whenever a character walks into a room for the first time before anything substantial happens we know what every bit of furniture looks like, the rooms temperature and how it's heated, the sources of light, and what's in every drawer. Even his dialog can be tedious at times with descriptions of what each speaker is wearing, the size of their bosom, the look on their faces and what theiyre doing with their hands (usually it's smoothing skirts) described between each line of actual dialog. Maybe I've just read too many of his books back to back but it really does get to me sometimes. I'm a huge fantasy fan and love good world building and characterization and the details that come with both but to me RJ takes it to a level that's far past what's needed or even desired and the flow of the books suffer. It makes me wonder how much shorter an abridged version that left out nothing at all of consequence would be. I'd bet you could trim off at least one sixth of it without it even suffering. In fact I'd be willing to bet it would make it better.
  4. I'm going to pretend she's white. Before I started noticing all the black porcelain doll comments of Mat's I'd imagined her as white and with his other descriptions and her personality I thought of her as being really hot. I want her to stay hot, for my imagination's sake, and since I rarely find black women physically attractive it's hard for me to imagine her being both black and hot. (And before anyone tries to take offense, I've got nothing whatsoever against anyone of any color. It's just a matter of what I'm attracted to.)
  5. I looked again last night at the end of book one, and one of the two forsaken even mention that another, Ishamael, is also out and about. It just doesn't seem to make sense that after knowing that three are already out that afterwards everyone seems to forget this.
  6. Hi. I'm currently on the third book and have a question. Many times in this book and the second book characters have wondered whether or not the forsaken have broken out of their prison. Where I am just now, Moiraine burst into Perin's room, seemingly shocked, announcing that one in fact is lose and ruling in Illian. My question though is, did all of the characters just up and forget the events that happened at the end of the first book? At the Eye of the World they openly fought Baalzamon and two forsaken I can't recall the names of. Rand killed one and the Green Man killed the other. Shouldn't that have been a big enough hint? Sorry if this has been asked before. I did a quick search and didn't see anything right off. I did not want to look to deep though as only being on book 3 I didn't want to see a bunch of stuff that might spoil things I haven't read yet. Thanks for any info.
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