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Wheel of Time
« on: April 24, 2015, 02:51:23 pm »
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I have always enjoyed fantasy books, but somehow I have never actually read the Wheel of Time books.  Well, I am about to remedy that.  I have started all sorts of incomplete series (Game of Thrones/Kingkiller Chronicles/Stormlight Archives) and am really excited to start reading a series that is actually complete. 

So anyway, before I pick up the first book, I thought I would start this thread to chronicle my journey through the series.  Please, no spoilers for those of you who have read the books (I assume several of you have).  My intent, however, is to post stuff about the books as I read them, so this thread will eventually contain spoilers for people who have never read the series. 

And please feel free to say anything about the books or whatever that won't give anything away.

Here we go....
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2015, 03:25:46 pm »
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I'm far more interested in reading this thread than actually attempting to read the Wheel of Time series.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2015, 04:06:10 pm »
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They're the kind of books you want to have a long time to read.  I've heard a lot of criticism about them, but it's still my canonical epic fantasy series. It was also the first series I read after Lord of the Rings.  I picked up The Eye of the World in 5th grade on a whim.. I had finished Lord of the Rings and wanted something similar, so I went to the book store and just thought the covers looked cool. At that time Lord of Chaos had just come out.  It was hard to read (I was still young), but I still got into the story.  I became pretty engrossed in it.  I remember one year in middle school, I checked out one of the books from the library (it may have been Lord of Chaos, or possibly A Crown of Swords had just come out).  There was some kind of 10-day limit on it (I think they only had one copy?), so I basically read it nonstop to finish in 10 days.  I think this had caught me up with the published ones, so then I was waiting book-by-book for the new ones to be printed.  For the next couple of books, I reread the series in preparation for the new release, so I ended up reading the first six or so books three or four times. 

Anyway, the books are very in depth in terms of the world he creates and the amount of detail he describes.  The language, culture, religion, etc. of this world is explored extensively.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2015, 04:51:42 pm »
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It really is amazing how Christopher Paolini just took everyone else's stories and merged them to make his own.  I mean, seriously?  It is like he took the first few chapters of Eye of the World and changed the names and a bit of the story.

edit: Don't take that the wrong way, I did enjoy the Eragon books and all.  But they are literally a combination of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings,  and at least through chapter 6 of Eye of the World.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2015, 04:52:52 pm »
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It really is amazing how Christopher Paolini just took everyone else's stories and merged them to make his own.  I mean, seriously?  It is like he took the first few chapters of Eye of the World and changed the names and a bit of the story.

I never read him.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2015, 05:01:43 pm »
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It really is amazing how Christopher Paolini just took everyone else's stories and merged them to make his own.  I mean, seriously?  It is like he took the first few chapters of Eye of the World and changed the names and a bit of the story.

I never read him.

I saw the movie.  It was terrible.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2015, 05:03:14 pm »
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You may also be interested in Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson.  While I was reading that series, I saw many favourable comparisons with ASOIAF.  Now that I'm almost caught up on it, I can say that comparisons are valid but Malazan is way heavier on the magic side of things.

For something very different but still very good, consider Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky.  It's a great fantasy series but it has a very unique spin to it.

Eragon and the other books in the... I think he named it the Inheritance Cycle?  I read it and I recognize how derivative it is, but I still enjoyed it.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2015, 05:06:49 pm »
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I read eragon several times. I think the plot is pretty generic and the world super generic, what makes it special is the conveyed philosophy and maybe some of the supernatural mechanics. It's also overrated though.

PPE: The movie is of course god awful

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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2015, 05:09:50 pm »
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Eragon and the other books in the... I think he named it the Inheritance Cycle?  I read it and I recognize how derivative it is, but I still enjoyed it.

I enjoyed the first one, loathed the second, liked the first half of the third, and loathed the second half again. I've heard the fourth is not much better.

The movie somehow manages to be way worse than the book, despite having Jeremy Irons in it.

EDIT: I'm also hoping that the third part of the Kingkiller Chronicles is more like the first than like the second. The second one was really embarrassing at times.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2015, 05:11:54 pm »
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You may also be interested in Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson.  While I was reading that series, I saw many favourable comparisons with ASOIAF.  Now that I'm almost caught up on it, I can say that comparisons are valid but Malazan is way heavier on the magic side of things.

For something very different but still very good, consider Shadows of the Apt by Adrian Tchaikovsky.  It's a great fantasy series but it has a very unique spin to it.

Eragon and the other books in the... I think he named it the Inheritance Cycle?  I read it and I recognize how derivative it is, but I still enjoyed it.

Malazan Book of the Fallen is my favorite series ever.

Edit: And Glen Cook's The Black Company is comparable, I think.  Also Glen Cook heavily influenced Erikson, I believe.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2015, 05:21:35 pm »
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I remember liking Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. I was young though, I don't know if I would still like it now.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2015, 05:23:29 pm »
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Eragon and the other books in the... I think he named it the Inheritance Cycle?  I read it and I recognize how derivative it is, but I still enjoyed it.

I enjoyed the first one, loathed the second, liked the first half of the third, and loathed the second half again. I've heard the fourth is not much better.

I've forgotten most of what happened in the series.  It was just -- Dragons, but only a few!  Magic!  Child of destiny!!  I did read it all, but nothing was particularly memorable.

You may also be interested in Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson.  While I was reading that series, I saw many favourable comparisons with ASOIAF.  Now that I'm almost caught up on it, I can say that comparisons are valid but Malazan is way heavier on the magic side of things.

Malazan Book of the Fallen is my favorite series ever.

It's got a bunch of books outside the main series too.  I've read the main 10, and I think I read most of the other books that were released prior to the last one in the main series.  At some point I mean to re-read all of it.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2015, 05:30:13 pm »
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Erikson has released a lot of short stories in the Malazan series, mainly focusing on our buddies Bachelain and Korbal Broach.  His friend with whom he created the Malazan world, Ian Cameron Esslemont, has written a number of novels himself, most of which provide some backstory on some characters, as well as some insight into historical events.

The big thing Erikson is doing outside the main series is a trilogy about the early Tiste Andii (back when Anonmander Rake was just an angsty teen), The Kharkanas Trilogy.  The first one came out a couple years ago; the second one is supposed to come out later this year.  It's pretty fascinating, I think.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2015, 09:32:36 pm »
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So far so good.

The Aes Sedai seem to be the good guys....but they are so stuck up and full of themselves that they have allowed most everyone to forget that.  Well, that and the fact that they have special powers and evil factions within their own ranks...common people don't like that so much.   Also, talking to wolves.  Something I did not expect.  But cool.

I like how the "breaking of the fellowship" occurred.  I can only assume that as the books progress I will have to keep track of even more storylines....not just the 3 or so that have developed.  Plus trying to figure out how the whole prologue works into things.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2015, 02:42:16 pm »
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Finished the first book.  Thats what happens when you get a day off work I suppose.

I like the story so far.  There are plenty of little things that still need to work out.  Like put all those arrogant women in their place.  I mean, women are the only people who can touch the One Source and not go crazy?  Eh, I don't know.  I mean, maybe recently yes.  But that will obviously be something important moving forward.  But yeah, probably won't be able to read the rest of the books quite as fast.
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« Reply #15 on: April 25, 2015, 02:48:56 pm »
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I read the first book in Swedish when I was younger. It's only half of the first original book. Didn't like it at all. Can't really say why. I may give it a try again sometime.
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« Reply #16 on: April 25, 2015, 05:59:13 pm »
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Be forewarned, the books run into some pretty serious pacing issues around the fifth book.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #17 on: April 25, 2015, 06:00:07 pm »
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To continue the off-topic Eragon discussion...
I got the first two books for my 10th birthday and thought they were the greatest thing ever. I like the third one fairly well, thought of course as more and more viewpoints were added, some of them were bound to be far less interesting than others. I thought the whole "the elves are all atheists and there's theological controversy between them and the dwarves about how coral is alive and also a rock" to be pretty hilarious.

I read the fourth book, but it felt different than the other three. In particular the final battle was soooooooo anticlimactic and botched, it was astonishing. Also, things got kind of weird with intimations of nuclear fallout on Vroengard, and then yay dragon sex! And then having the prophecy of Eragon leaving at the end seemed like such a shoe-in. There was basically no reason for it aside from what Paolini had tied himself to earlier. And then King Orrin suddenly becoming this colossal dick of an alcoholic almost out of nowhere was also just weird. There were some good parts too though. Murtaugh and Nasuada's relationship, the cache of stuff on the island. Really though, after three books of hype about Galbatorix and how powerful he was, I didn't like how what we saw of him through Nasuada's torture scenes and whatnot...it just didn't jive with my expectations at all. It was almost like no real character could actually live up to the reputation he had. I could say a lot more, as I amused myself for hours reading the pages and pages of hilarious one star reviews on Amazon for the last book after I had finished it. And ended up embarrassing myself in the library because I couldn't help but laugh out loud at some of them.

On-topic. I've started the Wheel of Time series three times, in book and audiobook form and was never able to get very far. It's unfortunate, because my understanding is that it was much more unique in it's own time. It's just that so many other people have used those same ideas over and over again, the series seems kind of cliche now. Granted, I probably have a much shorter attention span these days.

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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #18 on: May 02, 2015, 12:08:40 am »
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Book 2, chapter 9.  Leave Takings. 

About time.  Get away from that desolate castle and get the story up and moving again.  Some good development though.  building up the Black Ajah was important, as well as revealing that a big important leader in the White Cloaks people is evil.

(yeah, pace slowed quite a bit.  What can I say, I got on a Breaking Bad binge)
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« Reply #19 on: May 02, 2015, 12:58:06 am »
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Hahaha, he thinks book 2 is slow... how cute.
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« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2015, 01:43:02 am »
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So I am on book 5 now. Basically, never ask me to do a blog or anything that requires me to post about every day. You know, like a mafia game or something.

Anyway, favorite character right now is probably mat. He just needs to turn up how badass he is and quit following rand around.  Most interested to see how things will turn out with logain. Totally don't care about the white tower being divided. Destroy both divisions of the tower I say, start from scratch. 
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Also, I find it extremely hilarious how the girls in dream world constantly get "lower necklines" whenever they think of guys. Like, hilarious. Sure, changing clothes based on emotions, blah, blah. But for all his creativity, when it comes to dreams, all girls care about is cleavage.
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« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2015, 01:45:45 pm »
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Hahaha, he thinks book 2 is slow... how cute.

This.

Also, you guys have way too much tolerance.  Can't anyone else summon up my pure, absolute hatred of WoT and Eragon.  Those books are not well-written.  Worldbuilding ideas do not a good writer make.

Malazan series, however, is excellent.  Also good is Robin Hobb, despite her books' tendency to have absolutely terrible covers.
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Re: Wheel of Time
« Reply #23 on: July 04, 2015, 08:36:39 pm »
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It really is amazing how Christopher Paolini just took everyone else's stories and merged them to make his own.  I mean, seriously?  It is like he took the first few chapters of Eye of the World and changed the names and a bit of the story.

I never read him.

I saw the movie.  It was terrible.

Movie adaptions of books are quite often terrible. Do not hold it against the book series, which was actually quite good. Not LoTR good, but good.
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« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2015, 09:41:25 am »
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Hahaha, he thinks book 2 is slow... how cute.

This.

Also, you guys have way too much tolerance.  Can't anyone else summon up my pure, absolute hatred of WoT and Eragon.  Those books are not well-written.  Worldbuilding ideas do not a good writer make.

Malazan series, however, is excellent.  Also good is Robin Hobb, despite her books' tendency to have absolutely terrible covers.

I agree that eragon isn't that well written, actually. he also world builded himself into a corner, defining too many specific elements which lead to a few unsolvable plotholes and an inevitably disappointing conclusion. But the ideas and morals are great. that just has to carry the book for you... if it doesn't, like in your case, you won't like the book.
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