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  1. I started Wheel of Time in the 90's, when epic fantasy was scarce. Before WoT I read LOTR, of course, Shannara, Michael Moorcock's Elric Saga, and the Recluse books. I really enjoyed Wheel of Time for the most part despite feeling like many of the later books drug on incessantly. When I read that Amazon would be making a series, I started a re-read and have really struggled enjoying the books. Maybe they're just outdated, with all the male-female bickering, the constant descriptions of every single piece of clothing that every character wears in every scene, the idea that so muc
  2. They should just use this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZOCCEuROPk
  3. Lord of Chaos is my favorite. The conclusion is epic and I feel like the series started to dip in quality after that as the story was exponentially expanded by the addition of dozens of new plot threads until it quite literally dragged to a near-halt at my least favorite book (and most people's I think), Crossroads of Twilight. I don't mind saying I really feel like Brandon Sanderson dragged the series out the muck. Maybe RJ had plans to get things back on track and moving again but Knife of Dreams was only moderately less of a chore to read that CoT. Towers of Midnight is my second favo
  4. Pale in comparison to the ebook covers. But, the Darryl K. Sweet covers were, well, something, at least for those who judge books by their covers. These are a considerable improvement.
  5. Either Shadows Rising or Lord of Chaos had just been released in hardcover. I purchased a bundle of Eye of the World, The Great Hunt, and The Dragon Reborn in paperback for like ten bucks, on sale. By the time I got to Lord of Chaos, A Crown of Swords was just about to be released but hadn't yet. This was before the internet so the only way I knew was by asking someone at the bookstore. After that I would buy the hardcovers as they were released and eventually back filled my collection. There really wasn't a lot of fantasy in the 80's and 90's. I remember the SciFi/Fantasy section being
  6. Episode 1 ends with the fight in Shadar Logoth. I would completely cut out the stuff in Baerlon and have the group leave Emond's field, a few LOTR type traveling sequences, maybe a conversation around a campfire, and then start the entire Shadar Logoth sequence, end with the separation. Episode 2 could end where the book ends. Stuff is going to have be cut out, no way around it. Perrin and Egewene's visit to the Tinkers, condense that entire subplot to a single encounter with the Children of the Light, make that Perrin's introduction into wolf-hood, the wolves coming to his aid and creatin
  7. I think season one should cover the first three books, end with Rand taking Calindor and declaring himself the Dragon Reborn. I would almost even daresay The Eye of the World could be condensed into one two part pilot episode with the majority of the first season focusing on the build up to the battle on Toman Head, mid season, and conclude in Tear with Rand taking Calindor. Even though I love the first three books, it still feels like it takes too long for Rand to finally come to terms with who he is and to start doing something about it. Don't feel like a television audience is going to b
  8. Also feel that the Aes Sedai were heavily influenced by the Bene Jesseret in Dune, which also heavily influenced the Jedi in Star Wars. Moiraine always felt like a conglomeration of Gandalf from LOTR and Jessica from Dune. The whole Min/Elayne/Aviendha felt like it was influenced by Paul's relationship with Princess Irulan and Chani - Elayne = Irulan, Chani = Aviendha/maybe Min. Tom Merrylin = Gurney Halleck, Matt = Pippin, Perrin = Merry, Lan = Aragorn, Padan Fain = Gollum, Two Rivers = Shire, Blight = Mordor, Shinear = Gondor, Loial = Treebeard, wow, once you get started you
  9. https://winteriscoming.net/2018/08/25/wheel-of-time-tv-series-would-have-massive-production-issues-to-hurdle/
  10. Funny, going back and reading some of my old posts - UPDATE, I did stick with COT, trudged through Knife of Dreams which was not nearly as bad but not nearly as good as earlier books, mourned greatly when Robert Jordan succumbed to his illness, cheered when Brandon Sanderson took up the helm (HUGE fan of Mistborn), and felt that Towers of Midnight was the finest book since Lord of Chaos, and was deeply satisfied by A Memory of Light despite feeling it didn't quite live up to 13 hefty volumes worth of setup. Now, I'm going through the series again, this time in audiobook form, and
  11. If you read enough books you begin to see commonalities between various writers and their works, charcters, sitautions, environments, plot points, borrowed from other writers, from films, TV, pop culture, etc. I've often wondered if those commonalities are real, meaning the author was truly inspired by another work, or simply the product of my ever growing mental cache of stuff making those connections. The first time I read about an Aiel sharing water I immediatly knew that Frank Herbert inspired these characters. Had a similar moment when I first read Dune and thought, incorrec
  12. Here's an observation on pacing in The Great Hunt. I first read The Great Hunt in or around 1997 or 1998. Path of Daggers, if I recall correctly, had just come out in hard cover and Crown of Swords in paperback. I picked up the first three WoT books and blew through them in a just a couple of months. I eventually caught up to the released novels around Winter's Heart and then read each subsequent novel as it was released. I recently decided, likely prompted by news of a possible television series, to re-read the entire series. To be more specific, I chose to listen to the se
  13. Not new. Was a regular here many years ago while reading through WOT. Started the series in college just after The Dragon Reborn came out in hard cover and was a hardcore fan for many years. Read each book as it came out and to be honest, by the time I finished A Memory of Light I was soooooo over Wheel of Time. I was very critical of the later books (some of them I absolutely hated - Winter's Heart, Crossroads of Twilight) and honestly thought the epic finale just wasn't one of the better books in the series, hardly as "magnificent" as Brandon Sanderson described it. But, here I am.
  14. Nynaeve - while WOT in general is a study in characters mercilessly and perpetually hanging on to their misconceptions about themselves and the world around them (recently re-started the series on audiobook and am now far too painfully aware of just how often Perrin says "I'm just a blacksmith" or Rand "I'm a shepherd from the Two Rivers"), Nynaeve is just over the top. She seems a smart character yet her refusal to appreciate the events of which she is actively a part, to synthesize the things she's witnessed, and to finally conclude that maybe Moraine was on to something is just flat out an
  15. So after reading TOM and finally enjoying this tedious series again I picked up all of Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn novels, having never read any of his work before (other than his two WOT entries). I know most here will disagree but nonetheless - here are ten reasons why I think Sanderson is a better writer than the late Robert Jordan in no particular order. Mistborn spoilers abound, tread lightly. 10. World building – although Jordan’s world is considerably more fleshed out, it took him well over 6 of the novels he wrote to fully develop the world while Sanderson managed to accomplish
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