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peregrine al thor

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    I enjoy reading (of course!), music, woodworking, birds of prey (especially falcons), swords and other bladed weapons, being outdoors and being with my family.
  1. You're welcome! I've wondered the same myself. : ) I've done a version of the ashandarei all in wood. I used a 1 7/16 pine for the haft.
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    Very cool! What are the overall dimensions?
  3. Nice! I take it you work metal? I'm curious if you put the inscription in the haft?
  4. I understand completely. I picked up EotW at random in '90 or '91 when I was in my early 20s. I'd read fantasy almost exclusively since the age of 13. I've re-read the WoT more times than I can count over the years. I did a re-read before every new book after TSR, I think. It did not take long for Jordan to become the greatest fantasy writer in my own personal ranking, surpassing even Tolkien. The WoT has been in my life longer than my wife of almost 17 years and my 2 kids. It's been a best friend all the way through. I would usually say that music has been the "soundtrack" of my life; I can always recall where I was and what was going on in my life when I hear different songs/albums etc. I know WoT has affected my life greatly, but it's so woven in that I don't know that I could ever explain exactly how. I've known for a long time that I'd be crying my eyes out no matter what the ending was. I wasn't even all that excited when the release date was announced because I knew once I read it, things would never be the same. But as the new year turned and I finished my re-read leading up to it, I found I couldn't resist. I finished AMoL last week (won't say a word about it here) and was incredibly depressed afterwards. Not anything to do with the book itself, just sorrow that it's over now to a great extent. It feels like losing a great friend of half my lifetime. It also feels (to me) like we've lost RJ for a 2nd time; his final words have truly been spoken now. I only know one other person (my sister-in-law, whom I turned on to WoT and fantasy in general) who reads the WoT so I've been very grateful for Dragonmount, a place to go commiserate with others who love these books as I do. I will continue reading fantasy and hoping (in vain, I'm afraid) for something else to come close to the WoT in the future. I don't think I'll be doing a WoT re-read any time soon. I'm going with Erikson's Malazan series next, when I'm ready to read again, I believe. It seems different enough from WoT that I won't be making mental comparisons all the time. I hope.
  5. I finished AMoL 57 hours ago. I've read every post on this thread. I'm still not sure how to say all I'd like to say.. I don't remember the name of the bookstore but I remember exactly where in the store's layout the Fantasy/Sci Fi section was. It was '90 or '91 and I was looking for something new to read. I'd been a voracious reader of the fantasy genre since the age of 13. I was now 21 or 22. A book with a blue cover showing a man in armor on a black horse and a woman in shades of blue on a smaller white horse with a full moon behind caught my eye. I picked it up and read the back description. I left the store with The Eye of the World and gained a best friend. I have identified with Rand very strongly from the very beginning. I feel I have quite a few things in common with him, one of the biggest being that I am adopted also and can lay the lion's share of credit for the man I've become on mostly one parent; my Mother, in my case. So my main focus, when I did contemplate the possible endings, was whether or not there was any way Rand was going to live beyond the Last Battle. When RJ passed, I was deeply saddened for him, Harriet and the rest of his family. I'm very ashamed that at least the 2nd thought that ran through my head was "Well we'll never get the ending now". I wish I had discovered Dragonmount then but it wasn't till after the announcement that Brandon would make the attempt that I found this site. I read Elantris and thought it was a good effort for a 1st book. I read the Mistborn Trilogy and thought it was brilliant. I had hope. I've only read books 10 through 13 of WoT once each. When it was clear that the book following WH wouldn't be the last, I put the series on hold until I knew the last one was forthcoming. I had done a re-read before each new release since probably TSR and couldn't do it anymore. I never was angry about the delays in between (frustrated perhaps) and I never agreed with some that thought RJ was dragging it out or adding too much fluff. I was grateful for every word of what had become, to me, the greatest fantasy series I had ever read, surpassing even Tolkien. There were a couple of things that I didn't love about Jordan's style but it was never anywhere near enough to change my opinion overall. Brandon is not RJ, although I think he is a very good writer, at the least, based on what I've read of his so far. There are differences in the characters and the way they're written to an extent, certainly. I don't think there was any way that wouldn't be the case, under the circumstances. I believe Brandon did the best he or anyone one earth possibly could; first and foremost because he is a huge WoT fan himself and knows what getting the end means to all of us. I choose not to be critical because I still view all of this as an incredible gift. That doesn't mean that criticism shouldn't be spoken, I would never say that. As to AMoL itself, I for a long time knew that reading this book was going to very bittersweet for me. I've had these characters, this world, in my life longer that I've known my wife of going on 17 yrs and my daughter and son. Once the end was known, I knew no possible future re-read would ever be the same. I fully expected to be crying my eyes out at the end, no matter what ended up happening. I was not wrong; I shed many tears during this book and several during the books leading up to it. Rand's reunion with Moiraine was something I was most looking forward to and it certainly got me. It was good but I thought it could've been better somehow, although I couldnt really say how. I, too, wish she had had a bigger role, as well as Nynaeve. Some have spoken of a few uses of modern words jolting them during the read. I kind of thought Rand calling Egwene a brat didn't really quite work. Was that term ever used anywhere else in the series? I can't recall it, but my memory retention is far from the best. I found the whole book to be very engaging for the most part, almost all of it kept me riveted and I read it as fast as I've ever read any book, even though part of me didn't want to. I welled up at Gawyn's death even though he'd always been a "meh" character for me. Suian's death was sudden and caught me off guard. Egwene's dying got me pretty good. I did not expect that. She had gotten so strong, when she went back to the battlefield, I just assumed she would find a way to power through. Suian and Leane both managed to make it through stilling, with Suian losing her warder also. I found when Egwene spoke to Rand after she had passed even more powerful than her death; that broke me up. I liked Mat's arc for the most part. I think Brandon writes Mat pretty well although there are differences there as well. I felt all the war and battle scenes were probably necessary. This was practically the whole world gathered up for the Last Battle; that meant a lot of humans had to die to get down to enough to seem like all was lost. I get that the combatant death toll on both sides was massive and a lot of it felt generic but I don't know that it could've really been avoided. The arrival of the Sharans under Demandred stunned me! I have to assume Demandred's consuming hatred/jealousy of Lews Therin explains some of his actions. Lan being the one to finally kill him was fantastic. I enjoyed Androl and Pevara, surprising for characters that had been introduced so lately. What Androl did with gateways was amazing. I felt Perrin's part was good, not great. Someone mentioned that his scene when he forged his Power-wrought hammer was more powerful/emotional than anything he did in this book. I think I agree with that. I liked Faile in this book. I have found her annoying at times previously, but not this time. Her sacrifice to try to keep Olver alive with the Horn was poignant. Olver's story was very satisfying. I did not know where his storyline was going to go. I agree with most that the Padan Fain part in this book got short shrift. I did love Mat surviving the Mashadar spear and killing Fain with the dagger. I was glad to see Talmanes character get some development; he was an unexpected, yet pleasant, little surprise. I understood and was good with, the way Rand's confrontation with the Dark One went. It was an interesting way to present it, but the philosophy worked for me. I understood not killing the DO at the end but sealing him off properly instead. I admit to some disappointment that we didn't get the description of what Alivia did to make the body transfer happen. She was "to help Rand die" and it seems she did but that was all behind the scenes. With all the new wonders with the Power that had come about, I thought this one would be huge and had hoped to read it. I was good with the way Rand slipped away, though after some reflection, it does seem a little off that he seems to be riding away from his unborn children. I was starting to get concerned about his seeming nonchalance about fatherhood until the scene with Elayne when he touched her belly. I choose to believe he will not wander indefinitely but find his way back to be in their lives somehow. Part of me agrees with those who wanted more epilogue, more "after". But I don't think I expected to get too much of that, so I'm not that upset about it. I was unbelievably depressed in the aftermath of finishing; even more than I thought I would be. I'm happy and I think pretty satisfied with this end. I do feel like I've lost a best friend that I've known for half my life. I also kind of feel like we've lost RJ for a second time now. It seems that his last words have now truly been spoken. I choose to believe what I've heard and read; that there will be no outriggers written by others. It's better than hoping for more that may never come. I would like to thank Robert Jordan for his masterpiece creation that he shared with us. The Wheel of Time has affected me like nothing I've ever read before and I fear nothing will again, although I will continue reading fantasy, probably for the rest of my life. I would like to thank Harriet, Brandon and the rest of Team Jordan for bringing us the end, as RJ wished when he knew he would not be able to himself. I am eternally grateful. I'm sorry this post is so long but I needed to express a little more than just what I thought of AMoL. Thank you to Dragonmount for giving us a place to do so. Wow, I'm welling up again as I finish this. May the Light illuminate you all.
  6. Thanks very much! Much as I would love to sell my work, it seems clear that derivitive fan art (which this certainly is) is covered by copyright and I am not an official WoT "artist". Were that ever to happen though... : )
  7. I am humbled and honored to be featured here. Thank you very much!
  8. @Alcarcalimo: Well I guess my memory is slipping as I've suspected for some time, lol. After checking up on all the Shannara books (and there are a ton now!) it seems that I have read through the High Druid trilogy. I'm certain I found them entertaining and attention holding but not overly impressive or I would still have them on my shelves. I probably got them from the library or bought them used and traded them back in. I do recall pretty clearly the end of the trilogy in regards to what happens with Grianne Ohmsford. As I said in my original post, I don't know if my aging has altered the way I rate books and authors, or that I just find Terry Brooks to be good and not great these days, but that is my perspective of his more recent works. I would not rule out returning for the books I haven't read as I am somewhat interested in a post-apocalyptic modern day world becoming the "genesis" of the Shannara world.
  9. @ Alcarcalimo: Well it seems Brooks has written quite a few since the Voyage series, which is the last of his that I read. Are those you mentioned before or after Genesis of Shannara? That was the last one I had heard mention of that ties the Word and the Void series to the original Shannara books, I believe.
  10. I have to agree with several of the other posters here. The Sword of Shannara was my introduction to fantasy as well. I read it at 13 or so, in the very early 80's. I had been given The Hobbit the previous year, but for whatever reason, could not get into it. Curiously, I had read all the Narnia books but didn't really classify them as fantasy until years later; possibly because of the Christian overtones (at least in the 1st book). My family attended church regularly until I was into my late teens and the Narnia books probably came my way from that direction. The Sword of Shannara really opened the floodgates for me and fantasy has been my favorite genre to read to this day. (I'm in my mid forties now.) I read the Hobbit and LOTR very soon after the first couple Shannara books and Tolkien became the pinnacle of fantasy authors to me until the WoT. I recognized the "heavy borrowing" (to put it nicely) in the Sword of Shannara, but was able to overlook or forgive it because it was "my 1st", if you will. I have had a theory for quite a long time that fans of fantasy seem to be influenced heavily in rating their favorite authors by the order they've read books in, and this thread seems to bear that out, to an extent at least. Perhaps it is simply nostalgia. Those who read LOTR before attempting Shannara seem to view Shannara with derision as a Tolkien ripoff and as I said, I can understand that. Another possible example of this seems to be WoT and Goodkind's Sword of Truth (?) series. I haven't read any Goodkind but many WoT fans seem to have downright disgust for him and his series, claiming blatant ripping of RJ. I think most "defenders" of Goodkind probably read his series before reading WoT. As to Shannara, I also found The Elfstones of Shannara to be a fantastic book, possibly the best book of Terry Brooks' that I've read. I read Magic Kingdom long ago, and thought the concept very intriguing, but never went back for the rest of them. (They were brand new then and there was so much else to read that was ready and waiting!) I haven't read the Running With the Demon series either; I've read every Shannara book/series through the Ilse Witch/Jerle Shannara set. The 1st three books; the Sword, the Elfstones and the Wishsong are by far the strongest, in my opinion. Each series after that seemed to lose just a little bit to me. I wonder if growing into adulthood helped alter my opinion or if it really is just that the subsequent books did get a little weaker? I have not re-read the early Shannara books in a very long time. I am somewhat interested in seeing how Brooks ties the "modern day" series (the Word and the Void, is it?) to the original Shannara thread and so may someday give them all a try.
  11. When Rand revived him after the hanging, Mat unknowingly translated the inscription from the Old Tongue it's written in. The ravens are actually described as being inlaid in a metal even darker than the black of the haft, but doing that was beyond me. I had to settle for carving it all the same way and staining the haft in the" darkest" black I could get.
  12. I have to agree with Reeve and peacesells on the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant. He is absolutely an anti-hero in my opinion. His very unique situation, which the majority of us would have a hard time relating to, "prevents" him from being able to act like someone "normal" in the interest of self preservation. All that being said, there is no justification for rape. It does happen early in the 1st book and the ramifications play out through the rest of the series. I read the 1st two trilogies for the first time before I was 16 and while I found the rape detestable and shocking, it did not deter me from finishing what I still consider a very good series. Thomas Covenant is very hard to like but his situation is unique and the Land and the people from there are very much worth knowing. As to the works of Brandon Sanderson, I have only read Elantris and the Mistborn trilogy. I liked Elantris for the most part and thought it was pretty good for a 1st book. I thought the Mistborn series was brilliant and felt that Brandon was the most impressive "new" author I had read in a long time. I found allomancy to be a quite unique and ingenious "magic system", even though I had to check often to keep straight what did what during the action scenes.
  13. Hi Alex. I agree with Jaedan; it definitely sounds to me like the Dragon Prince/Dragon Star trilogies by Melanie Rawn. I've read them more than once and the scene you describe does take place in the 1st trilogy, I believe. Jaedan is also correct in the way "it" happens (trickery/ magic/ deceipt) and the fact that the effects are far-reaching afterwards. The main character's name was Rohan and the female protaganist from the scene mentioned was named Ianthe. I found both series pretty good and keep them in my collection. Hope that helps your search.
  14. The first one that came to my mind is Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever from the Stephen R. Donaldson series. I would have to agree that Rand could be considered tortured. Imagine being the potential savior of the entire world but knowing you're fated to die in the process of that saving. And loving not one but three women, knowing they're likely to become widows yet hoping against hope to elude the noose of prophecy. He's endured some physical torture as well. The two seemingly unhealable wounds to his side, the "punishments" doled out by Elaida's Reds during captivity and the loss of a limb. That qualifies in my book. I would give a nod to Fitzchivalry also; he went through some serious stuff in the Farseer Trilogy, the only ones I've read of Hobb's so far. Anakin Skywalker: Yeah, that guy was tortured. I thought of Grianne Ohmsford as well. Far from Brooks' best work but... To Apples First: I've read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn multiple times and there are some tortured souls in that series for sure. An excellent series, probably in my top ten.
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