Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series???

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  1. Illuin

    Illuin Fire On The Mountain

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    I read The Eye of The World and thought it was decent. After I was finished, I thought about continuing the series, but I obviously didn't think too much about it, because I haven't done it yet, and it's been years. I don't know, I just don't have the time to read a tale that takes 10,000 pages to complete unless it is beyond uber-spectacular. If a writer can't close the deal in a thousand pages or so, then I'll pass. The only soap opera I've ever gotten into is the one with Luke & Laura about thirty years ago, and that will never be topped, so why bother with another :p.
     
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    I had also hoped for a final book this year, but I am not entirely displeased. There will at least be a book and the conclusion of the series certainly needs quite a few pages, as there are still too many loose ends. It really wouldn't do to rush it.
     

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    The first three books are excellent, but the following 6 were hard work. I didn't bother reading 10 or 11. There is also the fact that the man is now dead, and that a second rate fantasy writer has become his literary executor.

    I dislike the publishers splurge at the back of the books, which says 'dominated the world that Tolkien created' - blah. Not true. It doesn't hold a flame to Middle earth. Randland is a shallow world masquerading as being deep. All the socieites have superficial differences which Jordan deliberate invented so as to make them appear different - whereas you never doubt for a moment that Tolkiens world is entirely organic. I think Jordan is guilty of trying too hard, as well as being a much inferior writer.

    That said, there are some good aspects. The story can be exciting at times, and its best when its sentimental.
     
  6. Belladonna

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    I have read and reread ALL of Jordan's Wheel of Time books. They are epic in many ways: the vast subplots; the numerous characters and the larger-than-life story which never ceases to captivate. Yes, the middle books are slow, but get past them to books 11 and 12 and the pace picks up really well. Sanderson has done a great job on The Gathering Storm. The audio books are wonderfully read and bring the story alive (and make travelling in heavy traffic a breeze!). If one is a fan, as I am, then the books are compelling. I suppose that like Tolkien, one either loves Jordan or not. I love Tolkien's books and, old fashioned though they might be and a little "stuffy", they are wonderful tales to read and reread. Jordan is the same, only bigger, deeper in some respects, and just as powerfully gripping. To those of you who cannot remember what's what - try the audio books instead. However, one cannot read Jordan half-heartedly because then one will not remember what is what and who is who. Open The Eye of the World and simply enjoy it. It's worth the slog at the end.
    "The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills."
     
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    Halasían Dunedain Ranger

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    I still haven't found the time to read more of Wheel of Time....