I didn't make it!
This is such a great book series. Even though it's like 11 or something books long at the moment, it's then only big series of books i've never become bored of. The author of these wonderful books is Robert Jordan. I love these books because the depth that it is writen in. By the end of the series, you know every main character almost as if you have known them in person for your whole life. There probably everything you can think of in these books, action, mystery, suspense, and yes, there is sex ;) . There are some dry boring parts, but in the end I think most dedicated readers can enjoy this book series. I recomend that anybody who can read a 1000 page long book (yes, they are that long each!) and loves fantasy and that kind of stuff should pick up this book series, and at least try the first book. Hopefully you won't regret it. -Ork Kommando
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Greates novel (if you can call it that) of all time. Has footnotes on each page. Hidden messages which most aren't decoded yet. Greatest book of all time. Then Focaults Pendulum. Tuff read, but great theories behind it.
I have only read eye of the world so far. Need to catch up on my dragonlance books first. But I agree the series is fantastic. Except for Rand. Oh my god do I hate him! But I've got Lan, Nyneave and Moraine to keep me entertained =)
Wheel of Time gets quite boring, I must say. It's entertaining in the beginning, but the story slows down a few books in. One thing that annoyed me was the all the women's sexist views on men. I can only hear the word "Woolhead" so many times before I want to burn the book. I just don't really get why they constantly do that, it's like they try to compensate for their own problems by blaming EVERYTHING on men, whether it's their fault or not.
Besides that, another thing that annoys me is how dull and whining some of the characters get later on in the series. At one point, I was tempted to skip over any chapter that "followed" either Elayne, Aviendha, or Nynaeve. All those characters simply annoyed me to no end. Nynaeve was too sexist and whining, Elayne was just boring, and Aviendha was just annoying with her over-the-top visciousness, and boring nature. The only really interesting characters in the book would have to be Mat, Rand (sometimes), and Perrin (sometimes). Mat was entertainging because he was the rogue of the trio, was always in the fighting, and overall actually DID things. Rand can be entertaining to read about, provided he's not just lying about a palace not doing anything. Perrin is also interesting, but his wife is just a pain in the ass. The "customs" that Faile has are just too odd, not to mention her jealousy problem she has with ANY women in the near vicinity.
Yet another thing that irritated me about the series was the Aes Sedai. I don't like how Robert Jordan flip-flopped with them a few books into the series. In the beginning, Aes Sedai are mysterious, in control, and always calm. A few books in they suddenly change their nature completly to become whiney, frustrating, and weak at times. Yes, this may have been because the characters understand the nature of them better, and because of all the strife they go through, but still. You can't so blatantly, obviously change an entire group of characters like that.
The whole concept of the One Power was unique, but rather bland as well. I liked how he actually came up with a new "type" of magic that isn't really expressed in any other series, but he could have expanded off it. Not much is explained, or really anything about it besides what it can do. I think that the One Power "system" could have been better if it had been built upon more. Another strange thing about it is "The Taint". You can tell it's only placed in there to help form part of the "shadowy evil of the Dark One". It's also not really developed, and when asked how it was tainted or why, all people say is "Because the Dark One did it" which is rather uninspired. I know I'm eggerating a little, but it's the same basic problem.
Rand's love life is also strange as well. I really don't know HOW you manage to fall in love with 3 seperate women AND have the luck for them to all want to marry you even with the other 2. It's just not "realistic" in any sense of the word. That just doesn't happen. What would probably happen in such a situation is that Rand would lose all 3 of them, except maybe the most desperate of them. :lookaround:
Wrapping this up, I feel that The Wheel of Time series is a bland series whcih is rather uninspired. It had a lot of potential in the beginning, but lost it with it's boring storyline, and annoying characters too early on to save the series from ineptitude.
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19th August 2003
read the entire series so far... its good, but it gets tiring.
im hooked on the Dark Tower series. killin', genocidin', shootin', evilin'. it got it all and i love it.
.am0kHouse of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. Greates novel (if you can call it that) of all time. Has footnotes on each page. Hidden messages which most aren't decoded yet. Greatest book of all time.
That's the craziest book I've ever read. I saw it in the library one day and started flipping through it when all of the sudden the page layout gets weirder and weirder so I decided to check it out. A guy I used to work with told me he had to stop reading it for a while because it was giving him nightmares. I'm sure I missed most of the hidden messages but it was still worth reading.