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  1. I agree that Mat grew up, but seems to be the least changed of all the main characters. To me, he the main way he changed is that he got smarter. I'm always a little surprised when I go back to reread and see him do something really dumb in the first book, like talking about Trollocs out-loud in Baerlon when he'd just been told not to, or going off to explore in Shadar Logoth, when they'd just been told not to. He was tricksy and mischievous back then, but he didn't truly have a grasp on true deception. I think his experiences in the world and his memories from the Finns ultimately changed that a lot for him.
  2. I think $35 (or 34.99) is the retail price, from what I remember.
  3. I don't remember reading a lot of reviews on the last books, but that doesn't mean there weren't a lot; I don't usually go looking for that sort of thing. Last year, I think I only read Leigh's and Jason's. I wouldn't assume it's a bad thing. They may just want to keep as much of the last book as quiet as possible, since it is the last book. I would think the publisher would make that decision, but it also could be an author/editor request.
  4. I like the theories that the quote about "throwing it away" could refer to Callandor, Fain's dagger, or the bloodknives' rings. With regards to the quote saying "it" instead of "them"... Gawyn might just put one ring on. He wouldn't really need all 3 to give him an edge. I rather like the idea posted at TL that this could be Galad learning he has another half brother I like this theory too; it was the first thing I thought of when I read that quote. I wasn't sure if that was just me, though, since I REALLY want to see Galad find out that Rand is his brother. Glad someone else thinks that too :D Like Sutt said, one week at the most. However, AMOL will be an S.O.S. title, meaning the bookstores cannot legally sell it to you before the actual release date.
  5. I thought this one might be Gawyn with the bloodknives' rings.
  6. I have so always wanted Logain and Leane together, ever since she tried out her feminine wiles on him ha ;)
  7. Thanks for the reply, Suttree. I admit I have not been around in several weeks; this is my first time back in a while. I came by mostly to see if there was any discussion on Leigh Butler's review. So if things have improved, then that's great. I stopped hanging around back around the time when the Mat chapter and the prologue were released, I believe. For what it's worth, I have never seen your critiques as out of hand or repetitve, so I wouldn't apply the 'beating a dead horse' schtick to you. Your criticisms are usually professional and sincere, whereas some other people's sometimes come off as unnecessarily snarky. And I'm usually a pro-snark kind of person :D To clarify, I didn't mean it was only 4 or 5 people making critical comments; I meant that there were 4 or 5 people who seemed to be making the same comments and arguments over and over, all over the place. I would not count you among those people. I have, of course, seen negative comments elsewhere, including at Tor, though in general the vibe there is just much less...vitriolic. Again, though, this is going by what I had seen around here a few weeks ago. Anyhow, I did enjoy reading the speculation here on Leigh's review, so perhaps I will tentatively pop in here and there over the next few weeks (I just finished my WOT reread, so I have nothing else to do!). I'm just in a very happy place right now with regard to WOT and AMOL coming out, and I don't want to ruin it for myself by feeling like I'm in a negative place.
  8. I'm kind of late to the party, but I wanted to add my two cents, especially since this is pretty much the one and only time I'll say this. Personally, I'm just sad that the WOT Discussion boards here on DM have turned into this, on the eve of the release of the last book. I was really excited to get back into things here on these boards, to flail and discuss and theorize for the last time before AMOL comes out. But this is the first time I've even logged in here in weeks, because it's become such a toxic place. It's not fun at all. I've mostly been hanging around tor.com and other places, with other fans who are excited for AMOL like me. Because here, I just feel like I'm surrounded by people harping on about the same things over and over again. I agree with Drekka that it's gotten to a point where it's no longer "constructive" criticism, it's just beating the same old stuff around. And I hate that anytime I say something like this, I get shot at by people who say I'm not "allowing" them to express their own views. Express your views, but once you've made your point, why belabor it? You get to express your views, your dissatisfaction, with Brandon's writing on the WOT books. Can I not express my dissatisfaction with these boards? I get that for some people, like Luckers, they're really disappointed by what they're getting. All I'm saying is, I'm really disappointed by what I'm getting here on DM. I remember this being a really fun place before the release of TGS and TOM, and was looking forward to more of that for AMOL. But it's just not like that anymore. And I think the numerous replies on here, which are much like my own, shows that many other members here feel the same way. And sure, I could avoid threads like this. I have avoided the thisguy thread for that very reason, haven't looked into it once. But so many of the other threads are getting hijacked by people who just want to complain on and on. Anytime new material has been released, you get the same people (pretty much the same four or five people) complaining about the quality and the errors, instead of discussing the plot and expounding on new theories and ideas for that. Anyhow. I don't know if this was the right place for this, but I just felt like I needed to express my dissatisfaction with these boards and with the fandom here on DM. I don't think it's been good for the release at all. At the same time, retreating from this place has sort of allowed me to just enjoy the new material in my own right, for myself, and maybe that's a good thing.
  9. Nothing in Texas at all?! That's so upsetting. I wonder if I can make it to another one somewhere else.
  10. I just reread LoC and am constantly surprised it's a favorite of so many people. I guess it's because the last third of the book is really stellar, and it is - Dumai's Wells is freaking amazing. But wow, seriously nothing happens in the first half of the book. It's incredibly slow. Before I started rereading it,almost every single thing that I remembered happening in that book happened pretty much in the last third of the book, beginning with Nynaeve healing Logain and Egwene going to Salidar. Rand meeting with the Aes Sedai and all that ensues from there, Perrin turning up, Min turning up, Mat going to Salidar...all happens after that. Before that, Rand walks around talking to Lews Therin and complaining about all the Maidens surrounding him all the time, and Nynaeve thinks about whether they should leave Salidar or not. Mat and Perrin are actually not in the first half hardly at all. Anyhow, the end is truly spectacular though. I'm currently doing a ranking as I reread the books, but right now it would probably look something like this: 1. TSR 2. TOM 3. KOD 4. TGH 5. TDR 6. FOH 7. WH 8. TGS 9. EOTW 10. ACOS 11. LOC 12. COT 13. TPOD
  11. Oh heck no. But then, I never do that. I know a lot of people do that often with books. For me, it's a big no-no, especially with a book like this I've been waiting a lot for and that really means something to me. I mean, sure, I'm excited to see how it all ends, but how we get to the end is just as important to me.
  12. Yeah...the Mat/Tuon outriggers would have been awesome. I always got the impression that more people were excited for the Tam prequel, but I Mat and Tuon in Seanchan were the ones I was most looking forward to.
  13. The Mat/Tuon chapters are the one thing I really love about COT.
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