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 Post subject: Wheel of Time series
PostPosted: 12:00pm May 22, 2019 
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I think I'm still way ahead of you all but I want to get some stuff out of my head about this book while it's fresh in my head.

I'm at Chapter 42.


I am deeply hooked on this book. Deeply.

It's as straight as classic high fantasy gets. There hasn't been a ton of Big Mystery to try to figure out. According to Young Zack (who is doing the re-reads), there isn't anything to figure out until you're a couple of books into the series.

Every time I've run into something where I think "oh man, I bet character X is gonna [do something] with character Y, it just happens like 5 pages later.

But even with everything being Classic Fantasy, it's not a situation where I'm bored or anything.


It is definitely much longer than any book I would pick up on purpose. If I hadn't had the 40% jump start via audiobook and a drive to Chicago, i don't know that i would have even started it.

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~91% done.

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I am really in to the Wolf Brother stuff. Very cool idea and the Elyas was dope.

I'm curious to get to the end to hear about Rand's birth. He's obviously a different race and the Green Man has called him out as a Child of the Dragon. Is that because of his birthplace or of whatever is inside him?

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The last 5% is a glossary. Would have been useful to know that at the front end.

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100% done.

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So they didn't say anything about Rand's birth. For a book that didn't leave any plot mysteries, this is a big one for me that was left open.

The climactic battle was pretty cool. I like the idea of the anchoring ribbon/cord of Light or Dark.

The disappointment of the local king at what appeared to be the return of the Dragon was a cool angle. Because he knows that it's not gonna be Good Times. That part of the battle was killer.

Aes Sedai are cool. I like that she hid the Dragon banner, to try to keep a lid on what's really happening. No telling what her motives are.

The Gleeman has to come back later, right? It's a classic "no body no death" proposition. And there was a fair amount of talk about how Thom "might be more resourceful than you think."

The way Rand was kind of mad and stormed off at the end reminded me of Luke deciding to go to Dagobah even though he should have stayed with the rest of the gang. I haven't done any reading on what the next books are about. I wonder if we're in for a Tom Clancy-ish ride where we get dedicated chapters of the disparate plot threads that come together in a big, boss-killing reunion.

Either way, I'll buy in to at least the next book or two. I like that there is a lot of

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Started the second book because of the Peter Grant delay.

Still very much in-in and I'm at about 10%.

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I'm at Chapter 11 of the first book. I'm liking it a lot.

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The Warder and Aes Sedai are mysterious enough and the Trollocs are intimidating. Jordan is doing a good job of not showing too much yet. Rand is primed to be some hero from legend, growing up in a small unknown village. Would be a cool twist if it ended up being Mat or Perrin, but I'm doubting that's the case.

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Book 2, 60%

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I'm not loving this lengthy introduction to the Seanchan. They seem like bad motherf*ckers, though. And Aes Sedai on leashes?!? Gnarly.

I heard from Adam that the voice acting for Domon (captain of Spray) was a little over the top. Adam's not going to love this interlude.


Kevin called the book "cozy" and that is a terrific word for how it feels to tuck into this world and read a little bit.

Still into it. I'm churning through, way faster that I would have thought.


I've got Aaronovich coming up this weekend.

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Book 1, 100%

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Agreed on Thom needing to/having to come back, he is too cool to be dead. Elyas was my favorite character, though it is probably a toss-up between him and Lan (the warder). The ending sure did go fast considering how many pages there are to get there. On that note, it is a thicc book, but it never feels like it waste time. There aren't any George and his food complaints to nag about. It moves.

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Book 2 76%

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I'm glad I was right about Tom.

I feel like there could have been more time spent in the city with all of the backstabbing and intrigue. It's not my favorite thing in a fantasy novel but I would have liked a little more of it. Kind of like how Rothfuss did it.

The Waygates might be kind of dumb. I'm not sure yet because there hasn't been someone who knows how to use them. I'll hold judgement.


Gonna finish Book 2 and then go to Aaronovich.

And then it's looking like a short story anthology, and then it'll be back for Book 3.

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Book 2 100%

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Nynaeve's trials to become Accepted were cool. Very Luke in the Dagobah tree and I am fine with that. I am a fan of her character. I didn't trust Liandrin and I was happy to see Nynaeve get away by explosively using The Power. She's cool.

I liked the idea of the Rand/Ba'alzamon being projected into the sky. Also very cool.

I didn't love Ingtar as Darkfriend. His confession scene was good but I didn't think it tied directly to the scene from the beginning of the book where all of the Darkfriends had their Eyes Wide Shut party. And it makes sense now that they kept mentioning that Hurin couldn't smell Darkfriends, since Ingtar would have been outed pretty easily that way.

I liked the duel between Rand and the High Lord, too. I think the swordfighting and the sword training have been done well. The names of the forms are cool.

Oh sh*t! How crazy was the melting of the Heron Marked Blade? I thought they were indestructible?


There is a lot of neat, classic fantasy stuff in here so far and I'm eating it up.



I'm gonna get a couple of other things from the pile read before I go to Book 3. I'm hyped to get there, though.

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Book 1, 100% done.

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Once again I wish Goodreads had half stars. Thuis was a solid 3.5 out of 5 for me. Somewhere between "it was okay" and "I liked it".

Amelia was asking me what I thought and I said, "It's not great, but I really like it?". This book was like Lord of the Rings and The Belgariad had a baby. Heavy and portentious but at the same time kinda kid-like? YA high fantasy?

I liked it but I didn't love it. It probably lost a half star (maybe not its fault) when I completely stalled three weeks ago. Returned from vacation around the time that everyone got to Camryn, and it felt like all the character development stopped and the plot didn't move forward. You gotta do one. It's also possible my expectations were too high.

I'm definitely not reading Book 2 right now. I might later. I have been looking for a high fntasy series and this is definitely that. Not sorry I read it, I liked it, but didn't love it.

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This is an interesting one. It's definitely a product of it's time. Not quite as travelogue-y as Tolkien, but the world and environments are definitely a major character. The plot moves along at a fairly good pace for most of it, which I can't say for Tolkien all the time. That being said it's funny after 800 pages to feel like I've only been introduced to these characters. It feels like a prologue to me, knowing there are 57 more books in the series might have something to do with that.

The plot does move along well, each scene is expanding what we know about the characters or advancing the plot. But somehow I too stalled out after the Wolfbrother section. We all knew that everyone was going to get back together, I guess I just wanted it to hurry along. It felt bleak and stunted in Camelyn, which I guess was the point? He wanted to communicate Mat and Rand on the edge of hopelessness. But I would pick up the book, read a few pages and put it back down.

If this was written today I feel like the author would get ripped on the internet for lifting things from Tolkien. The ruby dagger corrupting Mat like the one ring and Padan Fain basically being Gollum. I thought it all worked though.

The ending did feel very fast after 750 pages. The battle with the Dark One was interesting, very satisfying to shut that f*cker up after he was so goddamn smug the entire book. The brevity of that last portion I think cemented the prologue feel for me. It basically established the characters and their roles, set up some interesting conflicts (Aes Sedai and Rand) and are now setting them on their own journeys. I'll pick up the next book at some point and keep it in the rotation, but I'm not chomping at the bit to know what happens next.

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There are lots of seeds planted in that first book that seem to be where the series goes. I'm working through some comics backlogs right now but Book 3 is in the hole.

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but Book 3 is in the hole.


What does that mean in this context?

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With more time to mull it over, the Dark One really felt like a red herring. He gave them nightmares for 95% of the book, and then Rand finally confronts him, cuts him off from the dark power, and he's defeated. I suppose it just speaks to how much this book is simply setting up the rest of the series. The real struggle will be Rand accepting his power and working against the Aes Sedai's expectations.

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