Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Knife Of Dreams


I started Knife of Dreams, book eleven in the Wheel of Time, a couple nights ago. I've just gotten through the hundred page prologue, but at the rate things are going, this is going to be one of the best Robert Jordan books yet. Spoilers in the next paragraph.




On page 50, Javindhra smooths her skirt (it's deep red). On page 95, Egwene is allowed to wipe her chin with a handkerchief by Silviana (the Mistress of Novices in the Tower).

11 comments:

  1. Heh.

    I was at the point on this of "I've read 10 books, damned if I'm going to let that time investment go to waste!" when I checked #11 out of the library.

    I was pleasantly suprised that #11 was a bit tighter and better put together than the previous two or three volumes.

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  2. Be interested to see how you feel at the end of the book, but IMO, Egwene is probably the best developed character in the whole series thus far, and really stands out in this book.

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  3. I'm lucky. I think I got to the 5th book and decided "you know what? I just don't care how this ends, if it ever will. this is shit". I can't imagine how many hours of my life I've saved from that decision.

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  4. Well, if you read at the same rate or close to it as I do, approximately 52 hours of you life were spent on more worthy things, like cataloging your navel lint collection.

    Alas, spending on average three hours a day on a bus, I've gotten desperate in my old age for reading material.

    You can only read The Python Quick Reference so many times.

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  5. I got to that point at about book six. I hope someday to grow enough as a person to be able to stop using that excuse.

    That said, and despite the initial post, I have to agree - this one does feel better than the last several, at least so far.

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  6. Yes. The real test is how I feel in 700 pages ;)

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  7. Eh. I've never found a shortage of stuff to read, even spending a couple of hours a day reading. I've also grown less tolerant of bad writing in my old age. Just because something is SF or fantasy doesn't excuse it. . .

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  8. I thought you weren't reading anymore of these books after it took you an inordinate amount of time to read the last one which basically recapped the one prior to it from a different character's point of view.

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  9. I'm even luckier. I read about a chapter of the first book, and I remember thinking (I was ... 16, maybe younger?) that it was some of the most powerfully bad literature I had ever come across.

    In fact, it was, and still is, the only book that I thought was so bad I threw it away.

    I've been told that I missed a lot in the first few volumes, but I doubt it - I think that might have been the best intuition I've ever had.

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  10. Uh just a question but if you thought the book was so bad, why the HECK are you on this site after the ELEVENTH book still commenting on it.
    Seems to me that you would have been better investing the all time you spend surfing useless sites about things you apparently despise in either reading this terrible book or getting off your butt and getting a life.
    Just a thought, no offence but really its like what sixteen years since that book was published? If people enjoy it let them, if you don’t find something else to do!

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  11. Sorry if that sounds like I'm mad. I'm really not. I just though I might as well say what I thought since you did. Hey , I'm wasting my time on this site too so ... there you go.

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