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  1. I've just run a check over some of my books and my copy of EOTW has it but not TDR, and my guess is that it's a printer's mark, for coordinating separated batch printings of page sets. Or in other words, if you're printing a thousand copies of the first five hundred pages, and someone else is printing the next five hundred pages, and so on and so forth, and you're all going to combine the lot to make a book, having something like that is useful. But that's just my guess - I can't say for certain that is it.
  2. I've just started reading Cheyenne Raiders, which has that byline: Robert Jordan writing as Jackson O'Reilly. For a novel set in classical Spaghetti Western territory, it seems to have been written more as a historical novel, judging from the first few pages. He's written a trilogy, The Fallon Blood, The Fallon Pride, and The Fallon Legacy, as Reagan O'Neal. What's the general consensus on those novels? (Considering that the German public have been very well served with Karl May's Winnetou parodies, and likewise the Finns with the Hulkkonen Western parodies, it would not have surprised me if R
  3. Nynaeve points out that it's the sign of a personal commitment to fight the Shadow. I expect there would be men who wouldn't wear it, though they would not be many, and even Darkfriends would wear it to blend in. Though in the southlands, it's become interpreted as a warning: "Treat with respect. This man may be volatile". I doubt Malkieri would've slept with hadori on, except on active duty in the field.
  4. Stedding Shangtai. Failing that, the Westwood in the Two Rivers. Failing that, and a city being required as the address, Caemlyn. Tar Valon would be next on the list of preferred addresses ... and after that, Rhuidean.
  5. There were some significant authors before Tolkien. Arthur Machen wrote a lot of fantastic literature - mostly short stories or novellas - that would fit into the "dark fantasy" pigeonhole nowadays. Read The Inmost Light or The Great God Pan if you want dark fantasy without 21stC trappings - his trappings are 20thC.. ER Eddison wrote The Worm Ouroboros, the Zimiamvian trilogy comprising Mistress of Mistresses, A Fish Dinner in Memison, and The Mezentian Gate, left unfinished at the time of his death. And then there was William Morris, wallpaper designer, socialist, and fantastic fiction writer
  6. I was more amused than offended by Nynaeve and Lan. Min and Rand was "fated" which generally means "contrived for the sake of the plot" - however, Robert Jordan had the skill to turn that into a real relationship between two people. I got sick of the Egwene - Galad - Gawyn triangle, and it got worse imho, when it got trimmed down to Egwene and Gawyn. Egwene getting trapped in Gawyn's dream time and again was not the same as real character and relationship building. Mat and Tuon was the obverse of Min and Rand - "fated", but not enough done to draw it out of the "contrived" basket. Mat was a re
  7. That's difficult, and very much depends on the criteria, but based on the assumption that constant re-reading of a book indicates recognition of its qualities, that would have to be: Lord of the Rings Wheel of Time Wizard of Earth-Sea The Eternal Champion, mostly the Elric and Corum books and it's a toss-up for fifth place between Kristine Katherine Rusch's Fey and Tad Williams' Memory, Sorrow and Thorn
  8. Yes. where's a nice, friendly mriswith just when you need him? Hint, for those writing stories where people with shields fight those without - a shield was regarded by Homer, for example, as an offensive as well as a defensive weapon, and several people in both armies, Greek or Troian, had their fights severely upset when they got bashed with a shield - not to forget, their faces smashed in ... he was probably writing from observation. And those soldiers weren't very coordinated, going in separately. No wonder they lost out to Richard.
  9. That's probably the best way to see it, instead of some imposition by The Man (if you're one of those lunatics) or something unpleasant that you'll do because it offers a tiny bit of hope that something will improve along the way ... Veiled and ready to do battle, with my trusty spear/briefcase/whatever in hand, I issue forth ... en garde, world! Touche!!! 🙂
  10. Well, finding this thread brought a bit of it back to me. I started reading Terry Goodkind with his Debt of Bones novella, and that, looking back, is probably the best piece of work he's ever written. Then I came across Stone of Tears in a public library for-sale bin, and bought it. I was put off on opening the book by the mad creature that haunted Richard and Kahla in the first chapter, though I struggled through to finishing the book. Later I bought the first and second books to try to find if he was worth reading, but decided that he wasn't, and haven't thought about them since. I hated the
  11. You might also find Kate Elliott's Crown of Swords series interesting. It consists of seven books, King's Dragon, Prince of Dogs, The Burning Stone, Child of Flame, The Gathering Storm, In the Ruins, Crown of Stars ... unfortunately I've only managed the first four, but it's not often you find a dragon-human hybrid, the inhuman Eika, that actually makes sense biologically.
  12. But that is why they must join the Dragon's Peace. Their original purpose was to be peaceful and non-aggressive, servants to the Aes Sedai; only the Tinkers still hold to the peaceful part. Aviendha's quite right - the only way to ground their aggressiveness after three thousand years of constant battle against each other, is to give it a purpose, to act as a buffer between the kingdoms and states of Randland and a guarantee of the Peace Treaty's provisions.
  13. Frankly I'd expect the (un)lucky sod who wound up with Sevanna would trapped in a never-ending cycle of come-ons and put-offs and petty rebellions and overly "enthusiastic" crawling, that he'd be only too happy to sell her on to the next (un)lucky sod. And this would continue until her will was broken, or she got onsold to a Seanchan Lady with an iron will and not much tolerance for pettiness or self-pity. At the stage we see her last, she's at the mercy of a Seanchan military woman we know to be level-headed and honest, and is due to be sold and broken. She doesn't have much - exc
  14. Every now and then I wonder, what is the fate of the Shaido Aiel clan? They've disgraced themselves to the extent that they are almost-but-not-quite outcast from the community of Aiel clans, they've gone a long, long way down the road that terrifies Aviendha when she is shown it through the Rhuidean ter'angreal - ji-e-toh without any obligation and certainly no honour, they've tried and failed at the game of conquest and are now off to the Threefold Land to lick their wounds (and presumably to prey on the remainder of the Aiel who have stayed there to look after their clan holdings and territo
  15. And the one I forgot - Steven King's The Dark Tower series. And Ursula Le Guin's Earthsea books, starting with the Earthsea trilogy and continuing up to Sparrowhawk (Ged)'s death on Gont. Six books, five novels and a pile of short stories making up Earthsea.
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