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  1. It was absolutely not handled well. BS's character confrontations too often result in the "right" side throwing down a lecture and the "wrong" side acting so stupidly that it's almost a caricature.
  2. "Hi, I'm Artur Hawkwing. I'm a big fan of your unification efforts, but you should be killing Aes Sedai, not leashing them. That's what I'd do, anyways. Keep up the good work."
  3. See the Egwene's Arc thread for the full context.
  4. Brandon has also said that Cadsuane's becoming Amyrlin was specifically in RJ's notes, but he doesn't know how she'll deal with it, since she was apparently planning to remove the Oaths and retire into the Kin. Is this what you're talking about? I couldn't find anything else on Cadsuane in the epilogue, but I'm hardly an expert as to all the random interviews, chats, whatevers.
  5. Personally, I thought that Androl was an interesting character concept, except for the whole "been everywhere, done everything" bit, which was pretty unbelievable in a medieval-era world where Traveling had not yet been rediscovered. However, he was criminally overused in the book, at the expense of established characters. I have no problem with his character being crucial to the resolution of the BT arc, but when it's at the cost of established characters getting just about zero screentime? No thanks. In addition, his overuse of Gateways quickly grew monotonous. Yes, we get it, his
  6. So she should have been turned into horse hamburger by the Sharans, is what you are saying.
  7. Personally, I don't think WOT would be very effective in a visual medium for that very reason. The internal descriptions are often critical to the understanding of the scene. For example, Mat speaking the Old Tongue without realizing it. Rand's nausea upon seizing saidin in the later books. LTT seizing saidin from Rand in KOD. Rand finding and channeling the True Power in TGS.
  8. Apart from the ending (and by the ending, I mean more than just the epilogue), this is probably my biggest complaint about AMoL. Ever since Mat first took command in battle in book 5 (or was it book 6?), we have seen several examples of Mat's great tactical ability, as well as several characters stating that Mat is a great battle commander and strategist. In AMoL, we again have much praise for Mat's battlefield tactics, but Mat's actions in AMoL tell a very different story -- they make him look competent (or at least mostly competent), but no more. For example, you mentioned Mat and Tuo
  9. 1) Lan taking out Demandred by once again demonstrating his understanding of sacrifice. Though I was not a fan of the lead up with the whole one-on-one dueling thing. That did not feel like an RJ type thing (unless he was demonstrating the stupidity of the tactic) and it was hard to believe that Mat had not tried to plan an attack on the most dangerous being on the battlefield. 2) Graendal messing with the Great Captains. Not because I like the forces of Light losing, but because it made complete sense. And it was one of the few plot threads in the book that I felt was brilliantly done
  10. TGS. Definitely the most focused book of the three with the least number of issues, even though Mat's POVs were so very off. TOM felt more like a setup novel than a book in its own right. AMOL last.
  11. I was extremely surprised at her death. The circumstances were fitting for a character as strong as hers, but I felt like her character had been left open for more development. She still appeared to fluctuate between great leader and stubborn stupid (though perhaps that was poor characterization in the last 3 books). I also felt like there are a lot of important issues to face Aes Sedai in the upcoming future -- e.g. regarding the Seanchan and regarding the issues that Nynaeve brought up in her testing -- and that it seemed only natural that Egwene be the one to lead them through that.
  12. It's almost certainly been said already, but: Rushed. Forced. Choppy. No closure. Too much is crammed in, so many of the events lack the proper weight that they deserve. To be fair, it was an impossible task and Brandon Sanderson did the best he could. But if I had to describe it in one word, it would be unsatisfying. On the other hand, it's made me want to re-read books 1-11 yet again (and maybe 12-13, haven't decided on those yet), so perhaps some good did come of it. (To be fair, I didn't dislike it, but I also didn't truly enjoy it.)
  13. TSR Easily my favorite. The scene in the glass columns is perhaps my favorite in the entire series. LOC KOD These are about equal. LOC has Dumai's Wells and KOD ties up three long-running plot threads in very satisfying fashion. TFOH Great but not outstanding. Nothing jumps out enough for me to comment on, but it was one of the books in the golden age of WOT. TDR Close behind the above four. This is where RJ really starts to hit his stride and find his own voice, and I really love the idea of a book mostly absent of Rand -- it allowed the other characters to s
  14. Bittersweet. On the one hand, it is an ending, at long last. And it had its moments. On the other hand, the book feels rushed. It feels forced, with too many new events and too many resolutions crammed into a single book. The pacing is choppy. The out-of-character moments and jarring modern terminology from the previous 2 novels show up again. And ultimately, it felt unsatisfying, with a lack of closure except for a handful of characters. I'm not asking for everything to be wrapped up with a little "happily ever after" bow on it, but it would have been nice to get a better gl
  15. That's pretty awesome. Thanks for your (and whoever else is working on that project) hard work.
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