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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 Talent is creating Gateways. It's not necessary to have him do every single freaking thing with one so that we remember. Seriously, though, I think that the overuse of Gateways was a major weakness in AMOL's battle scenes. It broke immersion for me repeatedly -- if you're going to use a Gateway to smother Trollocs in molten lava, why aren't you doing that all the freaking time? It's not like only Androl can open a Gateway to Dragonmount. Unlike RJ, I don't think BS thought through the implications of what that meant. --- On another note, and this isn't necessarily BS's fault, I was pretty unsatisfied with the way that the BT arc ended. Rand knows that it's a trap, but does he really think that Taim is just sitting there twiddling his thumbs and waiting for him to show up? Grab as many channelers as you can -- most of them will be women, so they can form circles, show up, and stomp Taim into oblivion. It's not like convincing anyone is going to be a problem. "Hi, Egwene, Taim is almost certainly a Darkfriend, so I need you and the Aes Sedai to help me get rid of him." "Rand al'Thor! You can't tell me what to do!" "Did I mention that he has at least 20-30 'favorites' who are almost certainly Darkfriends as well, so he could be Turning at least 2-3 channelers at once? Because I can't remember if I mentioned that."
  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 Tuon's fake argument. I initially thought that the fake argument was a clever move. But it ended up meaning that a huge chunk of Mat's forces (the Seanchan) sat out several critical hours of the battle, which arguably was a major contributing factor to Mat's forces nearly losing. This was one example of many where Mat just didn't come across as looking like a great battle commander. BS unfortunately tends to "tell, don't show" rather than "show, don't tell." However, this particular case is more understandable when you compare what we know of their backgrounds. RJ was a war veteran and a history buff, which gave him a deep understanding of warfare on both a personal and an objective level. BS doesn't have that experience to draw from.
  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. 3) Hanlon/Mellar going after Elayne. Again, not because I enjoyed the prospect, but because I felt it was well done. Elayne has spent a good portion of the series talking about how she was safe due to Min's viewing . . . and then that cruel bit of irony. (On a side note, you have to feel bad for her at this point. She's basically spent the entire series as the Shadow's punching bag.) 4) Rand's comment to Roedran. "I was sure that you were him" or some such. I chuckled at that. 5) Androl and Pevara. I enjoyed their POVs and teamwork, for the most part. 6) Mat killing Fain right after Fain finishes doing nothing of consequence. But only from a reader/fan perspective (I hate Fain). From a writing perspective -- why was he in the book? He could have been killed off in ACOS right after wounding Rand and it would not have changed the story. At all. 7) Rand's ending. I didn't love it -- didn't like the turning his back on friends and family bit even if it was necessary, didn't like the total lack of closure between him and his three girls -- but I did really like the bit about how he just wanted to see the world as himself. That just felt right.
  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. Brandon Sanderson leaving it open for debate is very suggestive. Then again, that would also imply that he chose to kill both Gawyn and Egwene, because I cannot imagine one surviving without the other. And Gawyn's death felt pretty natural and planned. Probably the most natural in the entire book.
  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 shine through, especially Mat and Perrin, and to a slightly lesser extent (as we'd already seen them on their own) Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne. ACOS WH TPOD These three are about equal, a good step behind TDR. There's plenty of good stuff, but the pacing has begun to unfortunately slow down. TPOD has some great moments (e.g. Egwene's conversation with Talmanes), but it also lacks Mat, so it winds up below the other two. COT I've found on subsequent re-reads that I actually don't mind the endless politicking as much as I once did. Plus, it has Mat. TEOTW TGH I'm torn with these guys. On the one hand, there's a lot of great stuff in there. Foreshadowing, character introductions, heightened tension, suspense. On the other, it's RJ before he settled into his writing style. And no Mat. TGS TOM Nothing against Brandon Sanderson -- he did the best he could with an impossible task-- but the out-of-character moments, use of modern terminology, and choppy prose and pacing were far too jarring for me to truly enjoy those books. AMOL Yeah. Felt rushed, forced, and very incomplete, plus it suffered from the same problems of the previous two. I didn't completely dislike it, but it was ultimately very unsatisfying.
  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 glimpse of the future. To get the reactions of everyone involved as they dealt with the cost of victory and planned for the future. Instead many of the character deaths felt like a quota being fulfilled, and other characters simply never (or barely) appeared. Part of me really wishes that the act of writing this book had been drawn out. I wouldn't have minded waiting longer and/or buying more books if that's what it took to truly do the ending justice. But a longer process would be completely unfair to Brandon Sanderson. This was an impossible task, and he gave it his best. But if I had to rank this book against the others in the series, it would land just about at the bottom. --- On a non-writing quality related note, I have to say that the death that shocked me the most was Egwene's. I mean, I knew she was a goner as soon as Gawyn went down, but I felt that she still had more character development left in her future (especially re: Aes Sedai issues brought up during Nynaeve's testing) and it's hard to imagine the White Tower surviving without her. And the survival that shocked me the most was Talmanes. I thought for sure that he and the Band were going to be decimated in Caemlyn after the end of ToM, and that feeling was reinforced by his Myrddraal-inflicted wounds. Don't get me wrong, I love the character, but that felt for sure like it was heroic sacrifice time.
  15. That's pretty awesome. Thanks for your (and whoever else is working on that project) hard work.
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