To the OP I'm a little envious to be honest. I've been waiting for the conclusion to the saga for nigh on 20 years now, and just thinking back to the start of the journey all those years ago brings back some good memories. I would say it's definitely worth the read even if some of the later volumes are a little laborious.
One of the definitive works for any Fantasy lover, it's not as dark or gritty as say Martin or Erikson but the cast of characters is great and the story is suitably epic.
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
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.
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.
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....
They don't really begin to trust Moiraine until TSR or TFoH. (From what I remember)
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 envy you, reading it for the first time. Makes me want to go back and read them all again. For the 3rd time.
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.
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.
Still my favorite series. I could still punch Perrin in the face, though.