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RAND AL THOR

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  1. Probably the main reason for my disappointment with COD and KOD is the absence of Rand. I should have gotten someone to warn me beforehand. Else I wouldn't have turned every chapter expecting Rand to pop up. I'd guess that the main reason why COT was rated so low on Amazon is the more or less stagnant plot, and the involvement of yet more characters. I'd have much preferred it if RJ had kept some of the characters back stage. I started reading this series at the beginning of high school, now I am about to finish college, and I think I will have completed grad school, a postdoc, a
  2. Then you're in the category of readers who rated all the books with 5 stars. (Nothing wrong with that of course) Ratings for books are going to vary depending on the personality of the reader. When it comes to electronics, the only issues involved in rating are the efficiency of the product and the service of the manufacturer.
  3. BS is just another writer. If his books are excellent and if people love them, then they'll sell well with appropriate promotion done by the publisher. Dozens of talented writers have books out there that the majority have never heard of. I've read books before and though, "this author deserved more popularity." Attacking bookstores is meaningless. Bookstores occupy a certain area of ground for which they pay rent or which they purchased. An intelligent store manager will find a way to make as much use of that space as possible to maximize profits. Fiction books fall into the Entertainme
  4. Exaggeration. The last 5 books have a lot of filler material, unnecessary characters and many winding side plots. Rand was kept carefully out of the picture for much of the last two books as the plot would have to proceed to fast if he made an appearance. Amazon Reviews: Crossroads of Twilight: 5 star -142 4 star -124 3 star -223 2 star -375 1 star -1556 Knife of Dreams: 5 star -117 4 star -121 3 star -99 2 star -77 1 star -110 Compare that to the Eye of the World: 5 star -998 4 star -315 3 star -149 2 star -114 1 star -126 The Eye of
  5. I immensely enjoyed Elantris, though I was a little let down by part of the ending that seems like Deus Ex. If Mistborn is much better, then I can't wait to get my hands on it. Elantris was so gripping that I got through it in less than 40 hrs.
  6. Haven't read Mistborn yet. The only problem that I had with Elantris was the use of the word 'metabolism.'
  7. I'd say leash for a month or two and then ban channeling in major cities. They don't deserve to have that sort of upper hand.
  8. I believe that you need to draw a certain shape (S & F symbol) to gain entry.
  9. It is not an angreal- just a piece of wood. Judging by the later books, such objects are completely unnecessary for wielding the power. During the EOTW, she claims that it helps her concentration or some such. What is the actual purpose? She doesn't have any trouble on focusing her concentration in the latter books without the staff. IMO, RJ put in the staff to make her fit the traditional 'mage' image a bit more. Thoughts welcome.
  10. I've got a few. 1) Both books have pages. 2) Both stories have living characters. 3) Leaves are green in both stories. 4) There's water in both stories. 5) Let's see.....mountains and rivers already mentioned....so.....wait- both stories have an ocean in them! Is that a parallel or what?
  11. Without Moiraine, MR DO more of less wins.
  12. Fantasy genre. This is typical. There's a thread here called LOTR parallels where we discussed something similar. Besides, I wouldn't recommend the Belgariad to a single soul. I seriously regret reading that series. It's very easy to list similarities among fantasy series and one could go on forever doing so. 'Tis fantasy.
  13. There is an actual theory, of course, on multiple worlds. I don't believe in it for the sheer number of worlds that would have to exist. You're making a decision every second, whether big or small. I might click on one tab on my browser right now, or click on another. Two worlds now, just for that? This is a book though. It's a confusing theory. The most confusing part is that if the DO is freed in one, then he is in all. But theoretically the DO SHOULD be freed in more than one since the multiple worlds exist due to branching possibilities. lol.
  14. She shouldn't have expected Perrin to know how to treat her, when she knows perfectly well that he doesn't know. That was unjust. On the other hand, she knows how to treat him as she has experienced the Two Rivers life. That is most people's complaint.
  15. In my opinion, Hawk's words were there to increase the thrill of the moment and to make everything all the more cool. If it were me, I wouldn't read any further into it. I mean this part: The Pattern weaves itself around our necks like halters,” Artur Hawkwing said. “You are here. The banner is here. The weave of this moment is set. We have come to the Horn, but we must follow the banner. And the Dragon. It's just so awesome. ;) However, I would agree that the Dragon is not needed for the heroes because Verin mentions that if darkfriends blew the horn, the heroes would work for
  16. I asked because some posts suggested that the 'Wheel' was creation itself and that destroying it means undoing all and leaving nothing but a void. I'm unsure on the whole agenda, of course.
  17. That was a stretch, yes. Let's rather say 'primary purpose.' The S&F game is very important in the rescue of Moiraine. And also remember that he is the one who provided Mat with the information on how to get into the Tower of Ghenjei. So while RJ likely put him in for those reasons, there were various other effects on characters such as Mat etc.... Another effect was Elayne leaving Mat behind while escaping from Ebou Dar. I believe it was because of Olver.
  18. I LOVE THAT. I re-read it all the time. Although the Aes Sedai vomiting is a bit much. Whenever something shocking happens, Aes Sedai seem to vomit. Seaine does it when they find out Talene is Black Ajah. Personally, I was not aware of this sort of biological reaction existing. I guess Aes Sedai have weak stomachs. ;D It truly is weird. A member on another forum attacked the WoT with that- and I could say nothing in defense. Indeed, I was on the offensive myself because there is no biological sense in vomiting at bad or shocking news. Generally, upsetting the stomach requi
  19. IMO, Olver was RJ's tool for introducing the Snakes and Foxes game to Mat. I believe that that is his sole purpose in the WoT. If he dies (and I don't think he will) I don't think his death would have been planned with intentionally creating a change in any character. Perhaps it would, but I do not expect it to occur (ie. the death).
  20. Agreed. I like the logical presentation of your points. I've seen numerous arguments on boards where fantasy readers are complaining that authors are 'copying' each other by using those principles you outlined. You didn't do so, of course, but I've seen it happen. I'm going to copy and paste those segments on those boards to inject some degree of reasoning. People generally fail to recognize why those aspects are recurring.
  21. Given the fact that Rand practically lost his sight while wielding the Choeden Kal, I see no possible way for him to wield both, though it is theoretically possible. Also, there is no reason. The Choeden Kal is strong enough for any man. Any more...........
  22. I LOVE THAT. I re-read it all the time. Although the Aes Sedai vomiting is a bit much.
  23. I'll clarify. ;D I don't like the Lannisters (Tyrion exception to some degree) I don't like Littlefinger. I like Ned, Daenerys, Rob, Bran, Jon etc........... So, I'm rooting for the unselfish guys who want to do some good. But I also want something terrible to happen to the Lannisters, Littlefinger etc... See where I'm going? If the books had been written purely from Lannister POVs with the Starks all dying at their hands- that I would not like to read. We DO have the noble and nice characters in ASoFaI. There are just more-than-usual bad characters, and more important
  24. This is exactly what thrilled me. I've read SO many books where the characters get into impossible situations and then the Joker pops up behind the Dark Lord and gives him a wedgie to let the characters and so on on on..... The first major death in ASoFaI absolutely shocked me. I won't post more on that (spoilers lol) but I was tempted to STOP reading. I wasn't used to it. But then the books turned into a deadly play of politics. It had fantasy elements (mythical beasts/magic) but is so different from everything else. I hated most of the character deaths, but I didn't stop reading. T
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