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  1. And we must not forget GRR Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" aka "Game of Thrones" - yet to be finished 🙂 And Chromosome Coyote - oops, wrong story 🙂 - Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun", to wit, "Shadow of the Torturer", "Claw of the Conciliator", "Sword of the Lictor" and "Citadel of the Autarch", followed by "The Urth of the New Sun" - I ignored them when they came out (I don't like torturers), but later had the opportunity to pick one up and skim it, followed by me buying the entire series. I've never enjoyed being wrong about a book quite so much. The "Book of the Long Sun" contains "Nightside the Long Sun", "Lake of the Long Sun", "Caldé of the Long Sun", and "Exodus from the Long Sun", which is when they finally arrive at their destination - followed by "The Book of the Short Sun", comprised of "On Blue's Waters", "In Green's Jungles", and "Return to the Whorl" ... give Gene Wolfe a read - he's perhaps one of the very best writers in the SFF field I know of.
  2. Centigrade/Celsius, Fahrenheit or Kelvin? Come on, you've got to state the temperature scale you're using! 🙂 For myself, I've always had a thing for Min. She's probably the calmest of all the women in Randland (or WOT) - though I must admit, if Tuon looks Melanesian (Fijian, New Caledonian, Vanuatan, Solomon Islander, Papua Niuginian or West Papuan) I just might lose my heart to her ... though her attitude's not exactly sterling ...
  3. There's Roger Zelazny's Amber series. I'm currently up to Sign of the Unicorn, but there are ten books in the series, starting with Nine Princes in Amber and finishing with Prince of Chaos. Two main characters, Corwin, and his son Merlin by chaos-princess-demoness Dara, who is incidentally the great-granddaughter of his brother Benedict and the hellmaid/chaos-princess-demoness Lintra ... it's a ton of fun. 🙂 It's also the first fantasy series where a Prince of Amber (order) who is simultaneously a Prince of Chaos, earns a living as a computer programmer.
  4. IIRC, RJ doesn't give us a percentage of how many Trolloc births versus Myrdraal births from each hundred Trolloc matings. So I get the feeling that they are not as many as the Dark One would like. And that is why he can't randomly throw them into every situation he would like fixed to suit him. For that he has to have the human Darkfriends - and if there's enough of them for Trolloc cookpots courtesy of Fain, there's a lot more of them than there are of Myrdraal. Judging from the books, they were "special forces" troops, except at the last throw of the dice, when they could be wasted at Shayol Ghul itself.
  5. I just remembered - Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Fey series, which for all intents and purposes includes The Black Queen and The Black King. This is The Sacrifice, The Changeling, The Rival, The Resistance, and Victory. I enjoyed them.
  6. I've just consulted my copy of "The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time", page 79, which is the only place where she is mentioned, and it merely gives her three names - Ilyena Moerelle Dalisar - so the conclusion I came to, was that she had earned her third name the way her husband, Lews Therin Telamon, earned his - through hard work and honourable service. I'm more interested in why she chose to add Lews Therin's name to her own. The fragments of Age of Legend life we see, chiefly through Rand's eyes, do not give the impression that women had to take their husband's last name. Did anyone ask Robert Jordan that?
  7. I noticed that Gehennah/Jehennah thing too, but since Jehennah plays a very minor part in the entire series, I thought it was just the author, who obviously knew something of the Bible, playing with words (Worth pointing out that Gehinnom was a valley near Jerusalem (The Old City) where rubbish was burnt?). I mean, FWVLIW, in Tolkien's legendarium, he has Moria, which happens to be the name usually spelt Moriah in translations stemming from the KJ/AV translation - but which is spelt Moria in the Catholic tradition translations. In Canaan, Moria/h is a mountain city; in Middle Earth it's a cave city. Significance? Blowed if I know!) I think you're reading too much into it.
  8. Has anybody else commented on this? That in their final attack on Emond's field, the Trollocs charge, shouting ISAM! (ISAM is an IBM technical term for data file access, "Indexed Sequential Access Methods".) I'm wondering if it's an in-joke of some sort, or perhaps Robert Jordan had a bad experience with an obnoxious IBM staffer or salesman while in service in Vietnam, and decided to make a joke of it? Did he ever explain this?
  9. Perhaps the first Saldaean king's name was Jack? And his wife's was Jill? Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.
  10. But on the other hand you have the stories Thom alludes to, when humanity was brother to animals, and the wolves' delight at finding someone new who can talk to them just like they did way back in the beginning ... My take on it - my .02c worth - is that the Randland that nearly all the action takes place on, is a horribly mixed up - and diminished - Eurasia plus fragments of Africa and most of China. The Seanchan islands are an equally horribly mashed up North and Central and South America with a lot of Africa and South-East Asia thrown in for good measure. While the solitary island continent in the Southern Hemisphere is of course Australia and New Zealand. So the destruction of the old world during the Breaking of the World, was rather more comprehensive than otherwise.
  11. I've just watched again the 1980s NZ film The Quiet Earth starring a cast of three including Bruno Lawrence in the lead role as a scientist partially responsible for setting up what is intended to be a world-wide standing flow network but instead has a negative effect on the local forms of universal constants within a radius of several light minutes at the very least. And it's the standing flow thing that's got me wondering, was this a film that Robert Jordan ever watched? Did he use it as an inspiration for his own Age of Legends standing flows?
  12. I'm wondering, did Robert Jordan ever give any indication of the effect the cleansing saidin of the Taint would have on the Ways? If their darkening was a result of the Taint on the "algorithms" used to create it, surely cleansing saidin of the Taint would alter the Ways substantially?
  13. Well, when time gets very short, they begin to see each other whenever they think of each other - Mat gets embarrassed at seeing Rand together with Min ...
  14. And then there's the young-old Alivia, 414 years young and having been damane from about 13 or 14, and still thinks of herself as a teenager. Any hint of just how old Lews Therin was when the War of Power swept over the Age of Legends?
  15. Well, I have just remembered that when Egwene encounters her first non-Chosen Dreamwalker, Amys. Amys is reliving her Maiden of the Spear days and hunting; a lion is present. So lions may have been "driven" into the mountains and survive mostly in the Aiel Waste and the Spine of the World. From which they are captured and exhibited ...
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