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#1 May 05 2008 at 12:04 PM Rating: Decent
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It appears that the Wheel of time series will get finished after all,
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Tor Books announced today that novelist Brandon Sanderson has been chosen to finish the final novel in Robert Jordan's bestselling Wheel of Time fantasy series.


Lets hope it's written with more of the style of books 1-7 than the later books.
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#2 May 05 2008 at 1:27 PM Rating: Good
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I've never even heard of the guy.

(Not that I really care anyway. I've never been a big Robert Jordan fan in the first place.)
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#3 May 05 2008 at 5:18 PM Rating: Excellent
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HE wrote a book called Elantris, which was pretty good. I think he'll be able to pull it off.
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#4 May 05 2008 at 5:31 PM Rating: Decent
I loved Elantris. Now, I have never read The Wheel of Time series. It will be my next series after I finish up with Neil Gaimon. But I hear people raving about them, so I hope he finishes the series off well.
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#5 May 07 2008 at 6:11 AM Rating: Excellent
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Do yourself a favor and read the first 3 books, then skip everything until Book 9.

You will be much happier that way.
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#6 May 07 2008 at 7:42 AM Rating: Decent
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Do yourself a favor and read the first 3 books, then skip everything until Book 9.

You will be much happier that way.
No No no it's read books 1-6 then skip to 12.

Just read the blurb on teh wiki or something.

If you miss out book 4-5 you miss the Back story of the Aiel and Perrins bits in the Two Rivers which are the best bits.

Also Book 10 is 300 pages of charicters dress sence, which is mind numbingly boring.
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#7 May 10 2008 at 3:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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Baron von tarv wrote:
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Do yourself a favor and read the first 3 books, then skip everything until Book 9.

You will be much happier that way.
No No no it's read books 1-6 then skip to 12.

Just read the blurb on teh wiki or something.

If you miss out book 4-5 you miss the Back story of the Aiel and Perrins bits in the Two Rivers which are the best bits.

Also Book 10 is 300 pages of charicters dress sence, which is mind numbingly boring.


Well you at least need to read the end 2 chapters of book 9. And i'm sorry but I keep rooting for Perrin to get killed horibly sometime in here in penance for whichever book it was where they literally spend 400 pages chaseing after a slow moving army encamplent and still somehow not managing to catch it to rescue faile or whatever her name is.

I'm not usually a fan of abbriged work, but someone could make millions doing that for that series.
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#8 May 10 2008 at 4:22 PM Rating: Decent
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Well you at least need to Stay awake long enough to be able to read the end 2 chapters of book 9.
FTFY.
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And i'm sorry but I keep rooting for Perrin to get killed horibly sometime in here in penance for whichever book it was where they literally spend 400 pages chaseing after a slow moving army encamplent and still somehow not managing to catch it to rescue faile or whatever her name is.
That is i think book 8 or 9, i said stop at book 6.

Book 8-10 are complete drivel, so much so that i haven't even got book 11 just incase it was the same.

I will borrow books 11 and 12, if 12 is the last book. If they are of the same standard as the first 6 i will then buy them, if not i'll send the rest of the set i do own to the recycling plant.
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#9 May 12 2008 at 6:44 PM Rating: Good
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Brandon Sanderson has a draft of one of his books available for download on his website. After reading it, I look forward to seeing how he wraps up the WoT series. His writing style was simple and easy to read, and he kept his story moving at a good pace. I used to think Robert Jordan wrote like that before WoT, though.
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Perrin's my favorite character, it ****** me off that he had been on a wild falcon chase for the last 4 books. Don't blame him, blame the dude who got his coffin nailed shut BEFORE he finished writing the series.
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#11 May 28 2008 at 12:07 PM Rating: Decent
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:


I'm not usually a fan of abbriged work, but someone could make millions doing that for that series.


I totally agree. There is no way I'm slogging through much more of that stuff. Maybe I'll read the ending. I may have gotten through book 9, (maybe into 10?) but there was just less and less actual moving forward of the plot and more and more just background details.

Yes, yes it is nice to live in that world for a while. In fact, after the end, maybe it would have been nice to go back. I think the Harry Potter series shows what this could have been like, were it only well written. Jordan just thought this was the way to maximize income, I'm sure.
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Books 1-3 are nails.

Books 4,5,6 are hit and miss. Certain story arcs with the Aiel, Two Rivers, etc are a joy to read. I found most of the Elayne, Nynaeve material to be the most mind numbingly boring read ever.

Books 7,8,9 are progressively worse getting dark, meandering, think and just plain not fun to read. Book 10 I absolutely could not have detested anymore than I did. From page 1 to page 680 (hardback) the storyline didn't move forward at all, except in a few key places. Absolutely no momentum, it is not as if he needs to flesh out a 10 book, multi thousand page story anymore than it is and when you wait 3-4 years for a book to walk into a story that in the end achieves nothing in forwarding character development, the story line, or revealing any of the big questions of the last 3 books kind of sucks.

Book 11 you could tell he was sick, you can also tell he was trying to resolve book 10 and start wrapping up the story. Was it a good story though? At parts but more often than not it was still reading for the sake of reading to find out what happened to characters that you stopped liking 5 books ago/

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#13 Jun 03 2008 at 1:16 PM Rating: Good
I'm currently a couple of hundred pages into book 6 and have already made up my mind to finish out the series. Are 7-10 really that bad? Any defenders?
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#14 Jun 03 2008 at 2:10 PM Rating: Decent
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All of the main characters kind of split into a number of different story lines which all reach different level of painfulness. It gets dark, plodding and gets really thick. I'd go as far as to say that some of the plot lines are skippable due to the fact that it is like reading an encyclopedia it is so tedious. Rand's line gets really dark, won't go into due to spoilers but I believe one of the later books you barely see him at all for most of the story. Matt gets bogged down in Ebou Dar for a long time building towards thing foreshadowed in earlier books and there are some good moments but a lot of the story is slow as well. Perrin sees little love and thats sucks cause I like the guy.

Salidar vs Tar Valon drags out like molasses the entire way and with each page becomes more intolerable.

A myriad of "Game of Houses" type encounters with Andor, Tairens vs Illian, rebels, Aes Sedai and various factions which are just at this point beating a dead horse and not interesting.

As mentioned by Book 10 things slow down to a grinding halt and you are left with a book with absolutely no forward momentum at all. The individual story lines are seperated by huge chunks of other story lines which leaves you reading 80-100 pages of pure filler waiting to see what happened only to get 20-30 pages of fluff and be faced with another 100+ pages of nothing resulting at a net gain of 0 for the other all story except for one significant change.


It came back to the fact that on their own merit I wouldn't have even finished books 7, 8 , 9 or 10 except for the fact that books 1-6 were good enough to get me invested in the characters and I had to see what happened to them even if it meant plowing through an unenjoyable book.

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#15 Jun 03 2008 at 9:37 PM Rating: Decent
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It came back to the fact that on their own merit I wouldn't have even finished books 7, 8 , 9 or 10 except for the fact that books 1-6 were good enough to get me invested in the characters and I had to see what happened to them even if it meant plowing through an unenjoyable book.
This.

I read about 150 pages of book 10 before putting it down and i've never picked it back up, most of the 150 pages i did read seemed to focus on the fashion accessories of Aes Sadai.

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#16 Jun 30 2008 at 10:22 AM Rating: Decent
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I kicked myself for reading 7 - 9, skipped 10 and 11. Might read the last one if it really does tie up the story lines.
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To anyone who wants to read this series, don't listen to what other people say about it. Read it yourself and form your own opinions.

I see alot of people complaining about how the books are bogged down with alot of side stories and stuff that doesn't further the main plot. Oh well too bad, if you don't like that then don't read it. I agree alot of the Elayne and Nynaeve stuff was dull beyond belief but that's just part of the story. When I read the Lord of the Rings books I skimmed over all the songs/poems ect. You don't see me telling people not to read the books.

Bottom line, don't go by other peoples opinions about a book. Sure it's good to see what people think but don't let that decide for you.
#18 Jul 03 2008 at 10:06 AM Rating: Decent
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I see alot of people complaining about how the books are bogged down with alot of side stories and stuff that doesn't further the main plot.
No you see alot of people complaining about how incredibly badly written books 8-10 are. No need to elaborate of what is badly written because ALL of it was badly written.

When 99% of people say "God this books sucks!" generally it's best to avoid it.
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#19 Jul 03 2008 at 1:28 PM Rating: Decent
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This thread made me pick the series back up. This will be my first time rereading it in about 3 years but I have read it from 1-9 about 5 times. Moving along at a good clip, less than a month and I am on book 7.

What Kaolian and others have wrote is really starting to hit home, in The Great Hunt you had a chase that went from Sheinar to Cairhien, all the way to Toman Head. Each chapter the story was go go go action, character development, and more. He had 650+ pages and each one counted. Not only was it filled with a crazy amount of story it was a good story. Then you get into some of the later books and you have story arcs that are pretty much skippable and unreadable. Or he drags out a plot line to the point where it has no momentum, case in point Perrin chasing the Shaido across Ghealdan trying to get Faille back. That isn't just "bad" it is so down right horrible.

End of the day while it is easy to see what he was trying to accomplish in terms of making an epic story with huge cast of characters it all falls on its face because it loses the heart and soul that captured people in the first place.
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#20 Jul 08 2008 at 5:52 PM Rating: Good
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My favorite character is Lanfear, which is where my gaming name "Laifierr" originates from. I love WoT and can't wait to read the conclusion. I was about to get rid of all of my books, but I might hold on to them a little longer to read the series once more.
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#21 Nov 17 2009 at 1:52 AM Rating: Decent
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Bumpity bump

For those who still care the new book is now a trilogy and the first one "A gathering Storm" is out and getting very good reviews.
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Unfortunately I got tired of the series by book 10.
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A friend of mine at school downright loves these books. He obsesses over them and cannot wait to get the next.

Nearly every day in the lunch line I get to hear about how the mostly-female race are a bunch of controlling ******* and some other junk about the last 13 of some race. He joked that Jordan is a bit sexist in the way that the female-only race acts.
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Unfortunately I got tired of the series by book 10.


It took you that long? I don't think I made it past book 8.
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