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/
Edited, May 28th 2008 5:21pm by bodhisattva
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