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Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan

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Submitted by Anonymous 
(Apr 04, 2003)

Don't buy the book. That's all I have to say. Jordan needs a good editor. Not only are there obvious typos ("are" for "or," etc.), but every single paragraph could be reduced to a sentence or two. He repeats himself over and over, and the descriptions are becoming annoying. I don't need to know what every character looks like every single time she or he walks in the room. And what's with the constant focus on women's breasts? All the female characters, which started out so nicely unique in the beginning, have all turned into the same woman. All the male characters are the same reticent stubborn man. Everyone's pigeonholed so much it becomes stereotypical.

And then there's the action, or rather, lack of it. Between Book 9 and half of Book 10, Jordan has only covered 6 days. I'm up to page 300 of Crossroads and it's still an introduction. I find myself skimming it. It takes four pages of description and thinking/feeling to get from one piece of dialog to the next. Enough already with what the characters are thinking! Get on with the action.

Jordan's constantly introducing new minor characters and focusing on them instead of just getting on with focusing on the characters we got into the action for in the first place. We want to hear about Rand, Egwene, Perrin, Nyneave, Mat, and Elayne, and maybe a few other minor characters from early on in the series. It's annoying me, and I know I'm not the only reader who feels this way. Many of my friends gave up at books 4 or 5.

Glad I didn't buy it. I borrowed it. Won't be buying another Jordan book, ever. They're not worth it.

Submitted by Chris 
(Apr 04, 2003)

Robert Jordon is one of my favorite authors. Some might complain that he writes in too great detail...that it takes half a book for one journey to take place. We have to remember that some journeys take longer than others. The fantasy lover in me is like all fantasy lovers; wanting a magic show full of explosions, romance, and good versus evil. Robert Jordon gives us plenty of that, and that is the plot of his tales. The drama lover in me, however, wants an in-depth look at characters and character interaction. Robert Jordon gives us this. Good drama has ALWAYS been about the people. Robert Jordon has given a gift to fantasy by doing just that. Drama. His characters are like friends to any readers out there. How many pages does it take to describe a person? How many words does it take to chart the mind? Limitless.

Submitted by Scotty 
(Apr 04, 2003)

Don't buy this book or any other in the Series till he finishes. Robert Jordan is treating his readers like a cash cow. In the process he is destroying the great characters he created. I have never seen 600 pages devoted to less in my life. Egwene is now just a stupid fool based on her actions in the prologue. Rand has become a boring stone. The Perrin saga has stalled. Matt is a bright spot but I'm not a fan of the daughter of the nine moons. And nothing really happens other than a shopping expedition. Maybe Robert Jordan could devote a little more time to the textile industry. I'd really like to know how all the various materials are made. Is the review starting to drag yet? If so then you have a good idea of how you will feel if you make the mistake of buying and reading this book.

Submitted by Reggie 
(Apr 04, 2003)

I think the previous comments made here about the latest instalment of WOT were made by readers who just like the flash/bang action of fantasy novels and can't respect them as works of literature. I think that this book was very necessary to the development of the series. A book in which, while no epic events took place, all of the characters were developed to a much fuller extent and placed in a position to make book 11 one of the best in the series. Think of all that will happen in book 11 based on the set up book 10 created. Every character is on the brink of that epic event everyone seems to hate literature without.

Submitted by Yong 
(Apr 04, 2003)

All in all it's a terribly written book, and shows a severe lack of planning on the author's part.
Basically nothing much happened in the whole book, and the plot advanced by 1 or 2 weeks story time. How someone can write so much without anything significant happening, is really beyond me.

What annoys me endlessly is that the author spends excessive amount of time describing people's clothing, their tastes in their clothing, or what the women think of each other's fashion sense. Some small amount of description might help to flesh out the scene for the readers, but the amount of description used in these books is excessive.

Reading the past 9 books in the series has convinced me that the author does not plan his story properly. Often the stories drag out over many chapters with no plot advancement, and then 1 or 2 chapters appear that have sudden and drastic changes. In one part the hero decides to negotiate with windfinders, then for no good reason decides to teleport himself right into enemy camp. What sort of plot is that? Does that not show a severe lack of planning on author's part?

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