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19 September 2014 @ 07:47 am
Wheel of Time  
Since it will be awhile until Words of Radiance comes out in paperback, and even longer until the next book after that comes out, i'm thinking of finally getting around to continuing Wheel of Time.

It looks like the last time i posted to r.a.sf.w.rj was in 1996, however i think i did get through Path of Daggers after that. I don't think i got around to Winter's Heart, or at least i believe that's the one where my sister warned me "nothing happens" and scared me off. (I could be off a book in either direction on that however.)

But in any case i'm very vague about what exactly was going on when i left off. I seem to remember Matt was wandering around some strange city on his own. The Seanchan invasion was going on. Asmodeal(?) had been shuffled out of the story awhile ago but we still hadn't learned any details about what exactly was going on there.

So since i know there are at least a few people reading this who are knowledgeable about the subject, what's the best place to go to refresh myself on what's been going on and/or figure out where exactly i am in the series?

And while i'm at it, did the books in the middle really get as bad as i've heard, and would it be worth just skipping any of them and reading the recaps instead?
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Steuardsteuard on September 19th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
I got less enthusiastic about the progress of the series when I realized that the events in the 850 pages of A Crown of Swords took place almost entirely within the space of a week. But I still read all the way through The Crossroads of Twilight.

The big problem that I had with the series toward the end of what I read was just that it got massively bogged down in more and more plot threads. Not that there weren't interesting things to see in all those scenes, but as storytelling it just had trouble holding my interest.

I have no idea what parts of it are realistically skippable via recaps, unfortunately, nor what the good recaps would be.

Fun fact: A couple of years after I wrote the Tolkien Newsgroups FAQ, I found out that one of the primary authors of the WoT FAQ was also a grad student in my department. (I went to her thesis defense, but opted not to ask "Where is Jain Farstrider now?" during the open question period.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 28th, 2014 09:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, that's what i heard, and started to hit the front edge of myself. There was so much to keep track of and the plot thread had to keep jumping around so much after everyone split up that the books were really just spinning their wheels and getting nowhere.
Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on September 22nd, 2014 11:43 pm (UTC)
I don't WoT, but I've heard from certain folks who do (not sure they read LJ any more?) that you have to either read with the book in one hand and the wiki in the other, or it's basically what Kindle X-Ray was made for.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 28th, 2014 09:21 am (UTC)
Hmm, the first seven or eight books weren't like that, or at least i managed to get through them before wikis even existed :)
Just Another Idiot: penguintiurin on September 24th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
Start where Brandon Sanderson picks it up. I believe it was Book 12.
DonAithnendonaithnen on September 28th, 2014 09:13 am (UTC)
Really? Skip two or three whole books? Did they really get that bad before Sanderson took over?