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Continuous read-through of Robert Jordans Wheel of Time Spoilers for all books, Spoilers unblocked and blatant

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Posted 19 September 2014 - 05:28 PM

Also bk 3 is the one that solidified my choice for fav character from then to the end of series.
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:11 PM

View PostAndorion, on 19 September 2014 - 02:27 PM, said:

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1. The heroes summonned by the Horn ar ebound to the one who blew it. But they took orders from Rand and addressed Mat, who actually blew the Horn as 'Trumpeteer'! How???


because Matt summoned them but they followed the Dragon.


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2. What happened to the heroes after the battle? Did they vanish back into the fog? Will they come again if the Horn is blown again?


Poof gone. Yes. In theory.

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3. This is the second book in a row where Rand apparently kills the Dark One. The Dark One was genuinely alarmed when Rand started taking swings at him, and the sword was melted, so it was a physical enounter. Its also obvious that the Dark One is not dead. So what was the point of that charade?


One would almost think there was more going on....
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 06:53 PM

View PostAbyss, on 19 September 2014 - 06:11 PM, said:



One would almost think there was more going on....









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Sorry, thats how i heard it in my head.
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 07:30 PM

I've just started this series again. I originally read all the books that Jordan himself had written and never read any of the Sanderson ones. At the time I decided to see what other fans would think of them as well as wait for the series to be completed before going back and reading them all back to back as the OP is doing.

I agree with a lot of people's sentiments with the quality of the series as it goes on, as in it gets better then kinda just goes meh for a few books. The last one Jordan himself wrote, for me, was a complete return to form. I remember how excited I was to read it and be blown away, how excited I was to see where he would go with it, then he died ;)

From reviews I've read, Sanderson does a good job finishing the series so I am looking forward to reading them all again.
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Posted 19 September 2014 - 09:26 PM

View PostBriar King, on 19 September 2014 - 05:06 PM, said:

You ll just have to keep reading lol. Your questions will be answered.

Also there is a world map from that shitty guide book that came out after bk 7. I ll try to find it.
World Map http://i58.photobuck...11/WoTworld.png & Seanchan: http://4.bp.blogspot...+-+Seanchan.png

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:48 AM

How the artwork of that guide EVER made it in that book is confusing to me. It was horrible...
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:54 AM

View Postfirvulag, on 19 September 2014 - 07:30 PM, said:

I've just started this series again. I originally read all the books that Jordan himself had written and never read any of the Sanderson ones. At the time I decided to see what other fans would think of them as well as wait for the series to be completed before going back and reading them all back to back as the OP is doing.

I agree with a lot of people's sentiments with the quality of the series as it goes on, as in it gets better then kinda just goes meh for a few books. The last one Jordan himself wrote, for me, was a complete return to form. I remember how excited I was to read it and be blown away, how excited I was to see where he would go with it, then he died ;)

From reviews I've read, Sanderson does a good job finishing the series so I am looking forward to reading them all again.


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:57 AM

View PostAbyss, on 19 September 2014 - 06:11 PM, said:

View PostAndorion, on 19 September 2014 - 02:27 PM, said:

...

1. The heroes summonned by the Horn ar ebound to the one who blew it. But they took orders from Rand and addressed Mat, who actually blew the Horn as 'Trumpeteer'! How???


because Matt summoned them but they followed the Dragon.


Quote

2. What happened to the heroes after the battle? Did they vanish back into the fog? Will they come again if the Horn is blown again?


Poof gone. Yes. In theory.

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3. This is the second book in a row where Rand apparently kills the Dark One. The Dark One was genuinely alarmed when Rand started taking swings at him, and the sword was melted, so it was a physical enounter. Its also obvious that the Dark One is not dead. So what was the point of that charade?


One would almost think there was more going on....






1. So they will return only if Mat blows the horn, but they obeyed the Dragon coz he is the Dragon? If Mat had been alone, I am assuming they would have followed him...
2. I was kind of hoping they took Rand literally and chased them all the way across the Aryth Ocean!
3. RAFO, then?
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 01:05 AM

View PostD, on 19 September 2014 - 09:26 PM, said:

View PostBriar King, on 19 September 2014 - 05:06 PM, said:

You ll just have to keep reading lol. Your questions will be answered.

Also there is a world map from that shitty guide book that came out after bk 7. I ll try to find it.
World Map http://i58.photobuck...11/WoTworld.png & Seanchan: http://4.bp.blogspot...+-+Seanchan.png

Not great resolution, but there's not much detail on the originals.







Thanx, these will do nicely, especially as I don't have the guidebook. Nice to know what Seanchan looks like, but wtf is "The Land of Madmen"???

I would hav eliked one book on the exploration and crossing of the Aryth Ocean. There are far too few fantasy books centering on exploration. I can only recall one series and even that I forgot the name off....
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 01:37 AM

If you look at world map you can guess that Land of Madmen is Australia , Randland is Europe, Shara is Asia, and Seanchan is N & S America. That's the way I took it anyway.
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 01:47 AM

View PostBriar King, on 20 September 2014 - 01:37 AM, said:

If you look at world map you can guess that Land of Madmen is Australia , Randland is Europe, Shara is Asia, and Seanchan is N & S America. That's the way I took it anyway.


Yeah I get the real world parallels, but Land of Madmen? Really? He better have a really good reason for that name.
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 02:17 AM

How far into bk 3 are you now?
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 12:26 PM

View PostBriar King, on 20 September 2014 - 02:17 AM, said:

How far into bk 3 are you now?


Spent the day absolutely blasting through Book 3. Around 25 chapters in. This is some of the fastest reading I have done, but for the most part the narrative is pretty simple. I am beginning to increasingly like and look forward to Egwene and Nynaeve's PoVs. they seem to be doing lots of important stuff, and plaing meaningful roles while the Dragon Reborn is meandering around the countryside instigating mass marriages (seriously wtf?) and Perrin is terrified of turning into a wolf. Things seem to be shaping up to a climax at Tear and the sword there - Cal something or the other.
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 01:36 PM

Holy shit! Rand just massacred a seemingly innocent merchant party for no reason whatsoever! Is he losing it already?

Also, so far all the females I have seen have been romantically attracted or are otherwise interested in the three male protagonists (except Aes Sedai) I am not sure I like where Jordan is going with his female characters, though I love Nynaeve or Egwene's PoV, but when they or any non- Aes Sedai females are being described from the male PoVs..... just seems a bit strange.....
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:09 PM

You have a fav character yet? I'm hoping you were like I was on bk 3 choosing.
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:17 PM

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You have a fav character yet? I'm hoping you were like I was on bk 3 choosing.


So far my favourite male character is Perrin and female character is Nynaeve. Perrin just seems a lot more stable than the others and I like it when Nynaeve gets angry. RJ has a tendency to throw in random stuff sometimes. I just read this and laughed for 2 minutes straight:

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Posted 20 September 2014 - 05:57 PM

I know, it was a total over reaction. I mean, how else were they meant to cut the cheese?
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Posted 20 September 2014 - 06:58 PM

Damn I was hoping youd say Mat. Mat is the shit!
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Posted 21 September 2014 - 09:01 AM

So finished Dragon Reborn. First and foremost, I owe Briar King an apology. As the book progressed, especially in the last quarter Mat became the person to watch. From essentially lying around and eating in the first part, it was a huge change and yeah he has become my favourite character to watch now. The progression of his character is nice. From an irresponsible prankster to what he is steadily becoming.. scheming, unpredictable, dynamic... my favourite type of protagonist.

So, as for the book, RJ pulls of a repeat of Eye of the World, where the title character - The Dragon Reborn barely receives one chapter of coverage. how exactly is this a good way to write? We get Rand all broody in the beginning, then he disappears, then he shows up in brief episodes, increasingly unstable, then without any explanation as to how or when he shows up at the finale, and fight shis by now requisite fight with the Dark One. Seriously, a bit more Rand coverage would have helped.

Best new group are the Aiel who are at last here in significant strength. They are really cool and I woul dlov emore of them.

Perrin's progress is quite good. he is becoming increasingly mor elikable and taking more of an initiative in things. Every bit of back and forth between Moiraine and Lan was gold. Why can't we have more of that?

The girls ended up quite creditably though so far Nynaeve and Egwene have overshadowed Elaine to the point where I am not even sure if she is a main character anymore.

Moiraine's rediscovery of Balefire struck me as just a bit too convenient and once more a Forsaken went out just that bit too easily. I understand Balefire is pretty much unstoppable, but I am pretty sure the heroes in the Age of Legends knew how to use it. The Forsaken survived them just fine.

Also started up the fourth book Shadow Rises and so far its been random comedy gold. Perrin's axe suddenly started flying around by itself and tried to kill him and Faile. Guess it got jealous of the hammer and the girl. He had to actually wrestle it into submission. Meanwhile Mat just got stabbed in the hand by a drawn figure in a playing card. Thats where I left off. Best go back and check I suppose if Rand is getting beaten up by a chair and Nynaeve is having an arm-wrestling match with a hairbrush. (Sigh)
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Posted 21 September 2014 - 09:43 AM

View PostAndorion, on 21 September 2014 - 09:01 AM, said:

Moiraine's rediscovery of Balefire struck me as just a bit too convenient and once more a Forsaken went out just that bit too easily. I understand Balefire is pretty much unstoppable, but I am pretty sure the heroes in the Age of Legends knew how to use it. The Forsaken survived them just fine.
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