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MatsLuck

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  1. "Mat slipped back and left them to it. The general who leads in the front of battle is a fool. That came from one of those old memories, a quote from somebody whose name was not part of the memory. A man could get killed in there. That was pure Mat Cauthon." LoC
  2. I think RJ's humor was at its best when subtle, and often tongue in cheek. A few of my faves... Perrin after meeting Faile: "Once again he considered tossing her over the side. Seriously, this time." TDR And a little later, "He lifted two onto his plate with the serving fork, and grinned at Zarine around a mouthful."..."Eat your nasty fish, falcon, he thought." TDR From Rand's POV I believe, not sure what book: "All women are Aes Sedai" Rand's first meeting with Berelain: "It left her smooth shoulders completely bare, and exposed a considerable expanse of pale bosom. He found himself wondering distantly what held it up." TSR "Part of him wanted to tell her to put on a cloak, too. A thick cloak. Part of him did." TSR Thom Merrilin on the majhere of the Stone: "Horrible woman, he thought. If we had turned her loose on the Trollocs, she'd have had them all sweeping and mopping." TSR Mat to Moiraine: "'I do read sometimes...Treasures. Dealings. Lots of things in books.' Luckily, she did not insist that he repeat the titles; he had not paid attention once Rand brought up books." TSR Rand's POV observation that he supposed Mat must have read a book sometime. Not sure where that one is found. Rand: "'I am not mad,' he said to the empty room." aCoS Setalle Anan to Nynaeve and Elayne: "'I doubt I've ever seen so much foolishness poured into just two dresses.'" aCoS Queen Tylin to Mat: "'If that is part of what being ta'veren means, you must be very popular.'" aCoS Perrin and Egwene: "'Advice! Nobody tells us how to be men. We just are.' 'That,' Egwene said, 'is probably why you make such a bad job of it.'" TEotW Nynaeve observing that Elayne always looking pretty no matter the circumstances was "a secret the Aes Sedai should investigate." Not sure what book maybe LoC There are so many more.
  3. Ya pretty much like getting into any criminal organization. It's not so much going to a secret house and saying the password. It's a gradual procession, and probably very natural for some. Watch Donnie Brasco for a fine example.
  4. Did Jordan ever reveal, or is there any definitive proof about her viewing of Thom's man juggling fire? I had forgot about that till a recent listen through the audiobooks and figured it was about Owen. But that would definitely not be future.
  5. I probably have a favorite scene every five chapters in the first six books, but a couple that always stand out are Rand's last step through the glass columns, and the "six stories" fight scene. I've also always liked the mirror worlds/lives that were mentioned already. Picking one scene would be hard, but my favorite part of the series is the first few chapters of TGS for nostalgic reasons. It is the last time in the entire series where all the Emmond's Fielders are in the same place at the same time. And just about all the other familiar faces are there too. Thom, Moiraine and Lan, Elayne and Avi, Faile and Berelain, Loial, Gaul, Rhuarc, Jualin, even the Wise Ones make an appearance via TAR with Egwene. All it needs is for Min to show up on a boat captained by Bayle Domon, and they could have fought the last battle right there for all of me. In this series of chapters you get -the first bubbles of evil, increasingly cool through each POV -"the stone stands" battle scene -Mat's first trip to finnland -Rand acting as the Dragon Reborn, the start of his political career -Rand and Elayne -Nyneave and Lan, finally -Perrin vs Faile round 2 -Faile vs Berelain round 1 -Thom and Moiraine, if you didn't see them coming before now, you certainly should have from this point on In a nutshell, Mat and Thom are having fun with the staff, Perrin and Faile are fighting, Rand has women throwing themselves at him and is a little confused, but still badass with the nobles, Loial is a hero, and Moiraine and the wondergirls are going all over serious with Aes Sedai stuff. Business as usual, it's pretty classic WOT. Another great thing that starts to happen here is the farm folk finally beginning to come into their own and stand up for themselves more. At the end of the day though, even with all the cool things that happen in these chapters, the reason they are my favorite is just having all the characters together, interacting with each other. I've been wanting that big reunion scene ever since. And even if it never happens, I will always read those chapters with the same smile on my face that I get looking at pictures of old friends and good times. :)
  6. I think one of RJ's greatest themes is balance, and I think we see a perfect illustration here in regards to ji'e'toh. Some people think it's great, others think it sucks. The reality is it does neither. It does nothing. It is what you make of it. It has good parts (taking responsibility) and bad parts (knee-jerk reactions aka killing someone because their tattoo offends you in some way). It was also a good balance lesson for Rand. If you make the rules, you have to enforce them. And also I don't see this scene as Rand being hard at all, far from it. He was pissed at Rhuarc and Berelain for not carrying out the sentence, because he really didn't want to order the death of someone he liked even though he knew it was just. If he was that hard he wouldn't have cared.
  7. I've had two pretty interesting path crossings with WOT fans. The first was when I was in jail a few years ago. A white, Muslim guy, in for dealing, asked me if he could borrow the books after I was done. Books are a big deal in jail, and I had the first five. I'll never forget how big he smiled and said, "I love fantasy man." He said he had read part of EOTW, but didn't get to finish it. He asked if it was the one where they "burn his dad's farm in the beginning?" I smiled and said yea. I let him borrow them till he got transferred then let other people borrow them. I ended up leaving them inside, hopefully they are still there making new fans and hopefully helping some guys out. The second was with a woman who responded to a post I made on a BDSM site about the series. We exchanged a few messages about the subtle and not so subtle dominant/submissive themes permeating the series. I've had one or two more random meetings with other fans, but those were the type that help you remember you never quite know where you might find them.
  8. Love the new hand theories, heh. It's funny to me because when I first read it I was of course wondering and theorizing as we all do. But I couldn't help smiling thinking RJ slipped a Luke Skywalker/Darth Vader reference in there among all the others :)
  9. Not sure why it didn't die right away. Perhaps the gateway needs to close first? But it is definitely shadowspawn. It is mentioned a few times that it, along with five others, were created by Aginor to be channeller assassins, and that even the forsaken were uncomfortable around them.
  10. Some of mine have been mentioned, Mat leaving Tar Valon, the portal stone various futures scene, the glass columns (Both Rand's and Avi's trips). So a few others... 1. Six Stories...mentioned already but I will expand. I believe it starts with some good Mat/Elayne humor along with newlywed Mandragorans, a little light conversation with Mat and Nalesean, and then goes into my favorite small scale fight scene in the series. When Mat simply says, "You can't have her"...one of the most heroic scenes in the series. 2. Not sure of the name and it may have been more than one chapter, but the rescue of Egwene and the horn from Falme before the big battle was great. Nyn and Min rescuing Egwene while Rand is fighting Torak, and ending with Ingtar's redemption. Awesome. 3. Two chapter sequences I've always liked were the Four Kings/Rand and Mat on the road alone part, and also the beginning of TSR which was the last time until ToM that we saw that many of our friends in the same place at the same time. Great character interaction (Faile/Berelain, Mat/Egwene, etc.) Also includes Mat's trip to Finnland and the "The stone stands!" battle scene. 4. Last, a real quick one that makes me laugh and includes some good action is Rand, Hurin, and Loial in Cairhein, with Rand playing the Great Game without even trying hehe.
  11. I had forgotten about the viewing of Carlinya, and now I am wondering if that wasn't something that was missed by Brandon and Co. The viewing is more specific than just Seanchan. Raven tatoos, if I remember correctly, are only specifically mentioned as being on Deathwatch Guards and Seekers. If Carlinya had any contact with either of those groups, it must have happened off camera. I love all the new found uses of TAR, Bair making herself part of the wallpaper especially comes to mind. It does kind of beg the question of why did it take them so long, but yea well. TAR seems to be a bit of a paradox...a dream world, but a real one too. There are rules, but they don't all seem set in stone. You can imagine things, and they happen, but within limits. Perrin could imagine Slayer dead, and it would happen except for Slayer's counter-imagining. But could Perrin try to kill Slayer by imagining all of Randland not existing? Well he could try, but it wouldn't work. Also, in Verin's initial explanation of TAR to Egwene she says something like TAR is all around or perhaps between all possible worlds. If that is so then why are certain places not accessible in TAR. I think the rules of TAR are somewhat scientific, but also contain intangibles which we will never be able to explain that way, or we don't have enough information to do so.
  12. This book was nothing BUT favorite scenes, so I'll pick a few by category, as some others have. Most emotionaly poignant- Avi's first step. I knew what was happening right away, and I was just like Oh no, no, not the Aiel. It was very humbling, and it was SO WoT. It said this could be you in 1000 years...this could be the repercussions of your actions right now...what are YOU going to do about it? I get teary at many parts in this massive series, from Ingtar's redemption on down. This scene was so sad I couldn't cry. It was too much, I just had to look away for a minute and say wow. Her trip as a whole was not as profound and epic as Rand's (that was RJ's masterpiece imo), but that little Aiel girl digging for scraps was the saddest scene in the series for me. I don't care who wrote it, it was brilliant. Loved her response of course :) Avi does not disappoint. Most it's about time- Rand Sedai You go "boy"!!! Love cumba ya Rand. Most hey man nice shot- Rodel surviving Maradon. If there was doubt before (none here) this guy is THE Great Captain. My money's on Rodel vs anyone but Rand and Mat. And I think he would give either a nice run. And yes, that does mean I think Rodel wins vs Dark One Most thank God- Hey Perrin! Where have you been for the last 9 books? Most cool new thing- Dreamspike Most epic- TAR fight with Perrin and Egwene Most fun- I always love Mat and Elayne on screen together...Rand and Egwene were great too...would like to see the cat for a hat line show up again heh Most badass- I'm going to go unconventional here and say Padra. Her pov brought the concept on channeling to a whole new level for me. Imagine someone who learns to channel the way they learn to walk...that's sick. Lanfear? piff. And Most innocent looking sentences that put the biggest smile on my face- By the time I got to page 707 I was already pretty certain that this book was going to bump LoC as my second fave in the series, and then I came across these two lines, "Perrin puffed on his own pipe. Only he, Thom, and Mat were in the room." I read that and actually put down the book for a second to absorb the surreal moment. I was all smiles as I started reading again, it didn't matter what they were going to talk about. Gotta love old friends and all the reunions in this book.
  13. I think being happy and sad is fitting for the series. I've also been reading WoT since the nineties and share that feeling of friendship with the characters that others have mentioned. And while I will be sad to see them go, I will be happy for them...that they can rest, and I know I can visit them anytime. The nice thing about a neverending, outlandishly long, epic series is that by the time you get to the end, you can start right back at the beginning. And it's been so long since you were there, it almost feels new again. I love noticing things I didn't before, or laughing out loud at comments by one character that I had totally forgotten about. I'd say I'm more sad that there will not be any more WoT novels than that this series is over. I would have loved to see RJ do the war of power and the breaking, but alas.
  14. I like to think this is a foreshadow of Logain taking credit for winning TG and/or becoming the most prominent male channeler of the next age since Rand will be dead (and alive) as far as most of the world knows. I've always thought that Rand post TG (whatever that means heh) would want to return to anonymity.
  15. I'd say you could easily be a hero without being ta'veren. Heroes do cool stuff, Ta'veren change the course of history (the pattern). Birgette and Gaidal may have gone on hundreds of adventures in one lifetime without really altering the course of events for the whole world. Indeed Birgette's reluctance to lead Elayne's troops, seems to back this up. If she was ta'veren in past lives, one would think she MUST have been a great leader at some point...yet she always sees herself as a regular gal who just happens to be able to shoot a bow very, very well. Ta'veren are movers and shakers of the pattern...it stands to reason then that at some point they must have been able to influence large groups of people, if not nations themselves, but we see no evidence of this in Birgette. And for Hawkwing...Who knows really? He called Mat hornsounder and Perrin bannerman, but who is he? He wasn't always Hawkwing so why do they refer to him so? Why do they call Rand Lews Therin? They both are very strong Ta'veren and have both been spun out countless times, so why do they refer to them based on their last known incarnation? Maybe that's all they know at the time...and maybe that's why Hawkwing doesn't refer to Mat and Perrin by name, but by position. Perhaps the last time Mat and Perrin were around was an age before Hawkwing. I think in this case if you want to make an argument about Mat and/or Perrin it should be important to keep in mind that this event happened in book 2. I know RJ had "The Ending" prepared from day 1, and I love the guy. But If you don't think he made some adjustments since than you need to reread the series. It may very well have been that he just hadn't fully figured out at that point how he was going to include the two of them.
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