Reading Wheel of Time for the first time

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  1. Icarus

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    Finished my read through and was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed them. I don't know if was the speed i read them or the fact I did a full run through but those middle books were in no way as bad as I remembered. They did labour a bit at points but still kept me very much entertained and had started to improve at the tail end. The story really got on song once Sanderson took over though, I really do like him more and more everytime I read some of his work.

    Very much looking forward to January now :)
     
  2. CarlAlves

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    I am currently reading Winter's Heart, which is the ninth book of the series. I enjoy the overall story arc and the characters, but it can be really hard to read at times. There's a million characters and it is hard to keep track of them. Also, there seems to be so much wasted pages and chapters. It seems like I can read fifty pages or so with no advancement of the plot. Generally speaking, I think Jordan would have been better off cutting his word count by half to make a tighter story.
    Carl Alves
     
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    Pretty much what everyone says at about your point in the story. As we said on this thread, it gets better with Knife. Then TGS and ToM are both back to being the amazing story that got you hooked in the first place. Even better if you ask me. More modern style. Also to keep track of characters, mainly Aes Sedai and different people. Refer to the character list I mentioned above. http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~karlh/cgi-bin/wot.cgi - Besides the spoiler already pointed out, which I believe was a small mistake by the webauthor, it should be SPOILER FREE.
     
  4. Doggles

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    Finished The Great Hunt last night and have to say its a much much better book. I was thinking of reading something else before I went on to The Dragon Reborn...but as tGH was so good I have decided to go straight onto the next one.

    One thing that has irked me a little is that at the end of tGH when Min is cradling Rand a beautiful woman named Lanfear appears and says that Rand is hers, we do know that Lanfear is one of the forsaken and I'm guessing there is a very strong possibility that she is Selene. She tells Min who she is etc...At the beginning of tDR Moiraine is discussing the possibility of the forsaken having being freed but Min never mentions that Lanfear visited Rand and spoke to her, she just says to Perrin to be wary of a beautiful woman. You would have thought Min would have said something to somebody so they knew Lanfear had escaped. Found that bit very frustrating....
     
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    With limited memory of every detail, my guess is around this time they don't trust Moiraine. I don't think they start trusting her until the end.
     
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    They don't really begin to trust Moiraine until TSR or TFoH. (From what I remember)
     
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    Ive been on holiday this last week so have had plenty of reading time. Am ploughing through The Dragon Reborn and absolutley loving it. It really has improved in the last book and a half.

    Mat has just met up with Thom and theyre off to give Morgase the letter from Elayne.....
     
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    I was hooked with the 1st book, liked the Great Hunt even more, but The Dragon Reborn was where it all got really exciting for me as well.
    I envy you, reading it for the first time. Makes me want to go back and read them all again. For the 3rd time.
    Keep reading.
    B&N keeps sending me emails with links to partial preview chapters from Memory of Light and I eat them up. It looks like the last book will be quite a ride/read.
     
  9. EllenS

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    I read all of the series that Jordan wrote in one fell swoop. I found myself skimming through some of the the later books, finding the parts that I was anxious to see what happened. I finished just as The Gathering Storm was released, and read it in about 12 hours.

    Then I started right at the beginning and re-read the series and used the internet as a resource to follow all the characters, and I LOVED all the detail in the later books. I think many of us who've enjoyed all the books find the same thing - with the exception of one interminable plotline- it seems almost universally disliked, but even that almost adds to the epic nature of the series.
     
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    Still my favorite series. I could still punch Perrin in the face, though.
     
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    I'm not quite finished catching up (starting Towers of Midnight now), but I agree with these sentiments wholeheartedly. Once of the greatest series I've had the pleasure of reading, barring nearly all of Perrin's storyline from the time his deviated from the rest.
     
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    Which plotline is universally disliked? I can think of a few
    Nynaeve and Lan(or anything involving her)
    The bowl of the winds
    Perrin and Felesin
    EDIT: Wow. Felesin Paran from Malazan? Getting my books confused...it's Faile! Where's the strikethrough tag?
     
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  13. Rob B

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    I'm guessing Cadsuane is universally disliked? I also tend to gloss over the Elayne stuff.
     
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    Kinda weird but I actually ran into a guy who dressed up as Ishamael at a halloween party. He was real glad that he actually found someone who knew (although vaguely) what he was dressed up as. He spent the rest of the night trying to convince me to reread the series and to go through with it to the end (I am only up to book 4). He kept promising me that all the issues I had with the earlier books are resolved toward the end and that it gets better and better. I was still pretty skeptical about it, but after reading this thread, it looks about time to give it another shot. I liked Perrin though, does his plot get worse or something?
     
  15. EllenS

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    Almost everyone likes Perrin, but almost everyone complains about his plotline.

    I think Cadsuane is awesome, but I'm in the minority there. I wouldn't say she has her own plotline though.
     
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    Yeah, I like Perrin. I am just annoyed by his dynamic with Faile. And the whole wolf thing is slightly annoying, simply because it feels like it's so dragged out.
     
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    I don't mean any offense, but I just have to ask: How does someone dress up as Ishamael? How did he dress? What did he look like? And how did you recognize him as such?
     
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    My least favorite plotline was Perrin's through books 8-11. Just takes WAY too long for progress to be made, and all he does is brood and complain. But he definitely redeemed his storyline in ToM. The Bowl of the Winds storyline was another dislike of mine but better then Perrins.
     
  19. hyperchord24

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    Okay, I'll jump in. I just started reading The Eye of the World and it is some exceptional writing! One thing I'm not sold on is the fact that this was written AFTER Lord of the Rings AND Sword of Shannarah. So I feel it's even less original. It feels more like a Tolkien retread more than Shannarah.
     
  20. Rob B

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    It is a well documented fact (and known by a great many readers) that Jordan deliberately modeled the opening on LOTR to give the reader a sense of familiarity.