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Old 09-10-2002, 04:31 PM   #1
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Wheel Of Time

Has anyone read the wheel of thime series? I love Toilken and his work but I think Wheel of Time is far superior. Its a great fantasy series.
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Old 09-10-2002, 04:40 PM   #2
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never heard of it, what is it about?



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Old 09-10-2002, 04:53 PM   #3
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This is from the first book in the series.

Strangers have come to the Two Rivers during the Bel Tine holiday, and Rand al'Thor, Mat Cauthon and Perrin Aybara are all happy to live in peace with their families. With the mysterious travelers come strange stories of war and of a man named Logain, who claims to be the Dragon Reborn, the one prophesized to save the world, and also to destroy it in his madness. For it is known that no man can channel the One Power without going horribly insane.


On the night before Bel Tine, Trollocs come and ransack the village where the young men live. Together with the mysterious Moiraine and Lan, an even stranger man, the young men escape with a few other companions into the night and make their way toward Tar Valon. There they discover that they all have roles to play, and that evil seeks them out. They learn that this evil will search anywhere for them: even at the Eye of the World.
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Old 09-10-2002, 05:34 PM   #4
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C'mon someone must of heard of it
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Old 09-10-2002, 06:46 PM   #5
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I have. I have read the whole series through book nine "A winters heart" three times. Book ten is due out in november,
Awesome series, the heron marked power wrought swords are as awesome as any lightsaber. :-)

Alas, trying to explain this series in a post is not doable. The best way to associate it with something is it is like "Visiting old friends."
Awesome series, already a classic.

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Old 09-11-2002, 03:39 PM   #6
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Yeah, I agree. I just the basic plot of of Eye of the World. It is a real kickass series and is waaaaaay better than LOTR
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Old 09-11-2002, 08:39 PM   #7
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How far have you got into the series? I have some great WOT links if you want me to post them.

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Old 09-11-2002, 09:28 PM   #8
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I have heard of it, meaning to read it, but like an 1000 page book times 9 is a big commitment.


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Old 09-12-2002, 12:01 AM   #9
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Hmmm, never heard of it but it sounds awsome. Sounds like it would make a damn good series of modules for Neverwinter Nights to.
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Old 09-12-2002, 06:33 AM   #10
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by jordan right, it was pretty good, but he went on and on, and last time i checked he still havent finish the series. Is it finished now?
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Old 09-12-2002, 11:51 AM   #11
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Yeah, I've read it, the whole series 3 times in fact, I kinda got hooked.

A few tidbits for all you hardcore fans out there.

Book Ten: Crossroads of Twilight was intended to be released in November, but due to Robert Jordan's wanting to perfect it (I can understand this), it's been moved to January.

Another interesting bit is that he plans 12 books in the series. That means 3 more to go including Crossroads.

Also, you can purchase the Prologue from all over the place as well, it's been released as an e-Book.

And finally, best source of info IMHO is Dragonmount Check it out.

Oh, and the host of this page is currently developing a short animated movie, 6 - 7 minutes long, with RJ's approval, based on the prologue to Book 1: The Eye of the World.

Hope that tickles some interest.


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Old 09-12-2002, 05:36 PM   #12
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I've read the whole series... not crazy enough to reread them all over again, but I have read Eye of the World two or three times, same for The Great Hunt. The last three books have been sub-par... it does seem sometimes like he's just procrastinating, holding off the ending so he can make more money. Hopefully something will actually happen in Crossroads of Twilight.

In fact, here's the perfect summary of Winter's Heart from www.rinkworks.com :

Perrin
I was going to rescue my wife, but that will have to wait for the next book.

Mat
I was going to escape with my friends, but that will have to wait for the next book.

Egwene
I was going to attack Tar Valon, but that will have to wait for the next book.

THE END

BTW, there's also a Wheel of Time game for PC. It's my favorite computer game of all time. I don't know if they're still making it anymore, unfortunately, and due to bad advertisement (i.e. virtually NONE), there won't be a sequel. But try to find a copy and play it, you won't be disappointed!



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Old 09-12-2002, 10:14 PM   #13
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Yeah, unfortunately that was pretty much how the book went.

That's not to say his writting in the book was no good, he just seems to get too caught up in his own sub-plots and never moves on with the main ones.

Lets just hope that Crossroads will bring him back to par. *Crosses fingers*


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Old 09-12-2002, 10:17 PM   #14
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i love those books, they are truly works of art. very few authors have made me "see" there work vividly in my mind (zahn and stackpole are the only others). i really hope crossroads is good. i also hope that there will be more to come after. (anybody seen the picture of r.jordan on the back of books? looks crazy to me)


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Old 09-13-2002, 03:28 AM   #15
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That is a superbly awesome book, and ignoring Jedi Monk is a good idea, some people have poor attention spans, and have to have every page crammed with pure entertainment. They lack a basic understanding of building up suspense and creating and tying off subtle storylines. They are harder reading, but really, if you bother to read into what they are building towards, you should by simmering with anticipation for the finale.

Anyway, I am also awaiting his next books, which should be interesting, from what I understand, he wants to work with a more mature perspective, which should make for a good read.


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Old 09-13-2002, 07:42 AM   #16
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Well I think the book sounds good
Maybe I'll start to read it someday


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Old 09-13-2002, 03:45 PM   #17
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It is a great series. Im sure Crossroads is going to bring everything back together. Jordan is too good of a writer to let it go bad
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Selaris, I'm a huge Wheel of Time fan. I love the first six books, especially Eye of the World. I'm just saying the last three have been sub-par... the pacing has been bad, even the sub-plots are not being explored... something happened in Winter's Heart that we've all been waiting for since we found out Rand was the Dragon Reborn, but it was written in such a way as to make it really ambiguous and even boring.

Furthermore, my favorite books include Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility, 1984 and Animal Farm... these books aren't exactly jam-packed with explosions and gunfights.



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Old 09-13-2002, 09:47 PM   #19
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Selaris, I'm a huge Wheel of Time fan. I love the first six books, especially Eye of the World. I'm just saying the last three have been sub-par... the pacing has been bad, even the sub-plots are not being explored... something happened in Winter's Heart that we've all been waiting for since we found out Rand was the Dragon Reborn, but it was written in such a way as to make it really ambiguous and even boring.

Furthermore, my favorite books include Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, Sense and Sensibility, 1984 and Animal Farm... these books aren't exactly jam-packed with explosions and gunfights.

I don't recall ever saying anything about explosions or gunfights...I believe my exact words were pure entertainment, which I would contend that the novels you listed are filled with, since none is as long as the series of books we are talking about. Try re-reading what I said, and then arguing here. I'm sorry that you don't like the pacing of the storyline, but, as I will again point out-in different words-sometimes it has to be slow.


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Old 09-14-2002, 02:07 AM   #20
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Excuse me, but I thought these kinds of books were supposed to be entertaining

Note: I do find the WoT series as a whole entertaining, and I can suffer through the lulls. I am looking forward to Crossroads of Twilight, I just hope that it'll be of higher quality than the last three. I just bought the Wheel of Time soundtrack at Barnes & Noble tonight, listened to some of it in the car--it's excellent! Every WoT fan should have it in their collection!



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Old 09-14-2002, 03:37 PM   #21
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I have the WoT soundtrack also. I think all fans should get it also but the title track was not that good. It sounded kind of corny with the voice saying wheel of time over and over. Other then that it was good
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Old 09-14-2002, 09:50 PM   #22
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Sometimes you have to look hard to be entertained. Fun isn't always easy Now I must go off in search of the soundtrack and a different new book I want


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Old 09-14-2002, 09:59 PM   #23
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Old 09-16-2002, 09:53 AM   #24
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BTW, there's also a Wheel of Time game for PC. It's my favorite computer game of all time. I don't know if they're still making it anymore, unfortunately, and due to bad advertisement (i.e. virtually NONE), there won't be a sequel. But try to find a copy and play it, you won't be disappointed!
Just curious, but did you ever join a WoT Clan for the game or play online extensively?

It's a very small community over there and I was just wondering if I've ever seen ya.
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It's a very small community over there and I was just wondering if I've ever seen ya.
I used to be on the WoT messageboards at www.wheeloftime.com mostly the book forum, but I did slip over to the game forum every so often. I haven't posted there since I got into an argument about how good SW2 was and I was flamed. I've never been in a clan, though. My username on the WoT boards is Young_Grim.



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Old 09-16-2002, 04:36 PM   #26
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What books is the game based on? Just Eye of the World?
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What books is the game based on? Just Eye of the World?
Nope; the game is a prequel to the book series (methinks Star Wars started a trend here ). I'm not sure how long before the books it's supposed to be, though.

There are a bunch of inaccuracies in the backstory and little ones through the game. For instance, the opening of the game states that the Dark One created the Trollocs and Myrddraals, when they were actually made by Aginor... also, the beginning says that after the male channellers started to go mad, "the women of the White Tower rallied..." when, in fact, the White Tower wasn't built in the Age of Legends. But it's still an excellent game... the gameplay is great, especially multiplayer.



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I used to be on the WoT messageboards at www.wheeloftime.com mostly the book forum, but I did slip over to the game forum every so often. I haven't posted there since I got into an argument about how good SW2 was and I was flamed. I've never been in a clan, though. My username on the WoT boards is Young_Grim.

That's cool. I first started posting there in 1998 when the game was still in development (the book forum, that is) but, later, posted mostly in the game and clan forum. My username was Daehawk.
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Is the game a FPS?
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Yes... you play a character who can't channel the One Power "more than a trickel..." a point which is eluded to about five times in the cutscenes using those exact words But anyway... she uses ter'angreal as a crutch. During the course of the game, you can collect something like 40 ter'angreal, for attack, passive defense and active defense. An example of the three kinds: Attack would be fireball, dart (your repeater) and Seekers... defense would be your shields, they come in each of the five elements (water, fire, earth, air and spirit) and a shield that gives you some protection against blunt assaults... active defences can either steal the ter'angreal that's been used against you from another player (like the Absorb), or can send the weave back at the person who sent it (the Reflect). You can also find Healing ter'angreal. You collect them, put them into one of, I think six hands, and then you can use them at any point in the game. There's definately room for some great stratigy and great comboes in multiplayer.



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Do you get any weapons? ex. sword,axe,bow.. Or do you stick with ter'angreals?
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Do you get any weapons? ex. sword,axe,bow.. Or do you stick with ter'angreals?
One of the ter'angreal summons a Warder, and they hack up enemies with their swords--that's the closest you get to using a physical weapon in the game.



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Has anyone read the wheel of thime series? I love Toilken and his work but I think Wheel of Time is far superior. Its a great fantasy series.

Ive been meaning to read em.


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That sucks. I was hoping to go blademaster on everyones ass
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Old 09-19-2002, 04:30 PM   #35
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A great series and superior to Tolkien in every way.

But my all time fav is anything from Terry Brooks.


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I didnt really like Brooks that much.
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Didnt Brooks write that Shannara crap?


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Yeah. Terry Brooks wrote the Sword of Shanara. It was basically
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