Sandydragon wrote: Stom wrote:
Which Tyler wrote:If you've made it past the opening 3 books with their bog-standard hero's journey and hunt for the McGuffin; I'd recommend getting to the end of book 7 before really re-assessing commitment.
There's an event in Book 6 that I suspect the show writers have been told they'll be allowed to reach more-or-less regardless (given second season before S1 aired, and a 3rd already greenlit about half way through the first season.)
In terms of plot books 4-7 are the peak of the series - but that's mostly looking back in retrospect.
This book appears to suffer from the same thing the last Harry Potter did: a nice 12 day journey taking up 100 odd pages where all the action could have been explained in 2.
I find this a lot with fantasy, especially older fantasy: these editors really weren’t very good, lol.
I would never have let some of this through. And I’m far from the most ruthless editor.
I’ll be honest, I can’t imagine I will get too much from the story, but I do enjoy the drip feeding of lore. That couldn’t have happened with more knowledgeable main characters, so I can forgive some of their ignorance, but still… jeez. The women are some of the worst written characters I’ve ever encountered, ffs.
If you don’t like Egwene now, wait until the later books…
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All 3 of them are some of the worst written characters I've ever read, and it's the biggest thing making me think I'll never finish these...
Honestly, how this can be held up as important fantasy is beyond me. The world is great, sure, but this is appalling literature, and the interaction between characters is the worst I've ever read, worse than critiquing my fellow students' work when I was a uni!
Lol, I remember critiquing one girl's story, and it was good, but it was basically the story from the computer game Oblivion. She had no idea. Don't know why that came into my head.
While reading this, I'm thinking that you could easily chop 3-4 books worth off of this and still have a coherent story.
I might dig out one of my stories again and try to turn it into something usable. My problem is, it was originally from the PoV of a female character, but then it felt stale and bland, so I switched it to the PoV of a male character, but the female character was still the "lead". Then I thought that might not be taken very well in this day and age...maybe rightly so...and now I'm kind of lost. I was reluctant to copy the ASOIF style of multiple lead characters, even before GoT.