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#1 Aug 29 2011 at 3:13 PM Rating: Good
So...I'm 400 pages into the first book. It is feeling like a blender set on slow mix.



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Rip your eyes out now, now, NOW! :0 (0.0%)
Burn the book :5 (29.4%)
Procrastinate :4 (23.5%)
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#2 Aug 29 2011 at 3:26 PM Rating: Good
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The blender will go into a higher setting, but so much will be thrown in that it chokes and stalls at certain points before whipping into high speed again. Sometimes the choking and stalling is a book long.
#3 Aug 29 2011 at 3:49 PM Rating: Good
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I really wanted to like Wheel of Time but I only managed to get part way through the first book before giving up out of boredom and annoyance.

I's also a little annoyed at the series this many books later. I absolutely LOVE Brandon Sanderson but I'd have to read through all of Jordan's books first to get to Sanderson's.
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#4 Aug 29 2011 at 5:28 PM Rating: Good
Procrastinate all over that book.
I was going to try and get the audio of this series, but if it is really that slow..F that, I need to stay awake at work.
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#5 Aug 29 2011 at 6:05 PM Rating: Good
So yeah, this is one of my favorite series, but even I can admit that it's slow at points. And also close to impossible to keep track of every plot thread. But that's part of what makes it so exciting for me, is seeing these threads start to come together. You just have to make it through the middle books to get there. I can assure you that it gets REALLY good in the later books, but it's up to you if you think you can stay entertained long enough to make it there. It is certainly a big investment of time.
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#6 Aug 29 2011 at 9:27 PM Rating: Excellent
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Read to book 3, skip to book 9, skip 10, then read the last ones. i think it's 10 at least. Whichever one has Perrin chase whatsherass all over the planet for 1,500 @#%^ing pages, covering a grand total of maybe what, 10 miles? tops?
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#7 Aug 29 2011 at 10:59 PM Rating: Good
I guess I stand by my sig, then.Smiley: glare
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#8 Aug 30 2011 at 1:51 AM Rating: Excellent
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I think the problem was that Robert Jordan started getting bored with it. Book 1-3, great. Book 4 and 5, needed story exposition, back characters, etc, a bit long, but I get it. You needed something like that to give the story depth. Book 5, he has his big heart attack. After that, his writing changed. Changed for the longer, but not necessarily for the better. Books 6-8 realistically could have been 1 book. Book 9, when they finally do the really cool thing they have been hinting at for 8 books, that was worth it. But then he goes back to "i'm writing because I get paid by the word" mode. And then after putting everyoine through that, he dies before finishing it. Though I will say that Branden Sanderson really seems to be doing a good interpertation to finish the series, much closer to the first 3 books, and perhaps even a bit better.

I figure George R.R. martin is going to end up doing the same thing to us.
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#9 Aug 30 2011 at 7:46 AM Rating: Good
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I can't remember which book I stopped reading it in, but I was SO disappointed. There was a book or two when NONE, NONE of the original cast of characters were in them. Or if there was one, he was hardly there. It was infuriating, because the first few books were this tight ensemble cast. Their interactions with each other, their disparate characters, their paths to maturity, their hints of great fates, were what interested me so much in their story. And then...nothing. Thousands and thousands of pages of absence. I might have forgiven Jordan if the new characters were in any way interesting, but they ALL fell flat on me.
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#10 Aug 30 2011 at 8:59 AM Rating: Good
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I enjoyed the first three books. Book four was ok, iir. Originally I was reading them as they were released. As the character web grew and the time between book releases lengthened, it got really hard to stay current with the rapidly expanding storyline. The stories weren't good enough to reread. I made it to book 7 or 8 but never finished the last one I started.

I think the main plot got watered down with all the diverging then converging character stories. Or something.
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#11 Aug 30 2011 at 9:53 AM Rating: Good
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I stopped after Book 9. Unfortunately to continue I'd have to go reread them and well, I don't have 2 months to dedicate to reading. :(
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The only book that seriously annoyed me was Book 11 I think. Felt more like a very long side story. I've heard complaints about filler sentences where one sentence is as long as a standard paragraph, but that's never bothered me before...
#13 Aug 30 2011 at 2:35 PM Rating: Good
I'm about to start book 10, Bijou. As mentioned before, the series really does have some slow spots, but otherwise it's pretty decent.
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#14 Sep 17 2011 at 4:21 PM Rating: Good
Book 2.

Oh, boy!!!
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#15 Sep 17 2011 at 10:41 PM Rating: Good
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Book 2.

Oh, boy!!!
At this rate, you'll be done in 5 years!
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#18 Sep 18 2011 at 3:34 PM Rating: Good
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Friar Bijou wrote:
Book 2.

Oh, boy!!!
At this rate, you'll be done in 5 years!
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Your math-fu is weak, Grasshopper.
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#19 Sep 18 2011 at 4:03 PM Rating: Excellent
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Friar Bijou wrote:
Daimakaicho, Eater of Souls wrote:
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Book 2.

Oh, boy!!!
At this rate, you'll be done in 5 years!
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Your math-fu is weak, Grasshopper.


To be honest, given the slowdown you'll hit in book 6, he might be underestimating that timeframe slightly...
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#20 Sep 18 2011 at 4:18 PM Rating: Good
The books start doubling in size around halfway through Bijou. Add that to the stretches where nothing happens, and I promise you will not be keeping this pace.
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#21 Sep 18 2011 at 7:24 PM Rating: Good
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I can not, for the life of me, understand why people put themselves through the pain of reading these books. Even the hard core fans of them will warn you of the boredom you're going to encounter.
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I can not, for the life of me, understand why people put themselves through the pain of reading these books. Even the hard core fans of them will warn you of the boredom you're going to encounter.


Deciding not to bother with them 4 chapters into the 1st book was one of my better decisions then, I guess.
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#23 Sep 18 2011 at 9:13 PM Rating: Excellent
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Some of us run out of reading material quicker than others.
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#24 Sep 19 2011 at 5:44 AM Rating: Good
Because once I start a series, I have to finish it. I can't just stop halfway through. And it's not like there are whole books where it's boring. Just chunks in the middle of a few of them. That happens in other good series too (e.g. Song of Ice and Fire). It just seems more pronounced in WoT because there are so many more books.

Plus, the last couple of books have made it so worth it. They have been excellent. I am so excited for the last book to come out.
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Daimakaicho, Eater of Souls wrote:
Because once I start a series, I have to finish it. I can't just stop halfway through. And it's not like there are whole books where it's boring. Just chunks in the middle of a few of them. That happens in other good series too (e.g. Song of Ice and Fire). It just seems more pronounced in WoT because there are so many more books.

Plus, the last couple of books have made it so worth it. They have been excellent. I am so excited for the last book to come out.

Did Wheel of Time finish?

I was under the impression that it would go on endlessly. It made it seem like I wasn't quitting a series that was going to come to some climax...if I just read another volume or two.
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Daimakaicho, Eater of Souls wrote:
Because once I start a series, I have to finish it. I can't just stop halfway through. And it's not like there are whole books where it's boring. Just chunks in the middle of a few of them. That happens in other good series too (e.g. Song of Ice and Fire). It just seems more pronounced in WoT because there are so many more books.

Plus, the last couple of books have made it so worth it. They have been excellent. I am so excited for the last book to come out.

Did Wheel of Time finish?

I was under the impression that it would go on endlessly. It made it seem like I wasn't quitting a series that was going to come to some climax...if I just read another volume or two.


The next book is the last.
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I can not, for the life of me, understand why people put themselves through the pain of reading these books. Even the hard core fans of them will warn you of the boredom you're going to encounter.


Deciding not to bother with them 4 chapters into the 1st book was one of my better decisions then, I guess.
I can't honestly say for sure, since I gave up half way through book 2, after forcing my way through book 1. The above is just my impression from having read multiple discussions about the series before.
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Daimakaicho, Eater of Souls wrote:
Because once I start a series, I have to finish it. I can't just stop halfway through. And it's not like there are whole books where it's boring. Just chunks in the middle of a few of them. That happens in other good series too (e.g. Song of Ice and Fire). It just seems more pronounced in WoT because there are so many more books.

Plus, the last couple of books have made it so worth it. They have been excellent. I am so excited for the last book to come out.

Did Wheel of Time finish?

I was under the impression that it would go on endlessly. It made it seem like I wasn't quitting a series that was going to come to some climax...if I just read another volume or two.


The next book is the last.
... until the next age starts.
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#29 Oct 18 2011 at 9:33 PM Rating: Good
OK, so I didn't do any reading on #2 for, like, 3 weeks. Then, I burned through the last 250 pages in a day or two.

Book Three!!


These books have entirely too many characters to keep track of.Smiley: glare

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#30 Oct 19 2011 at 6:28 AM Rating: Good
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These books have entirely too many characters to keep track of
For the most part, if a minor character gets forgotten, he'll throw in enough reminders if it becomes important later.
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