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Wheel of Time Fans?

Malveth
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Jan 14 2013, 10:49pm


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I'm 2/3 through the 2nd volume (The Great Hunt) and I have to say, for my money, this is easily the greatest "fantasy" saga after Tolkien, and I've sampled them all! (Or most of them, anyway). Let me narrow the field: the best of the big series marketed to adult sf-f readers that started with The Sword of Shannara in '77, the ones clearly influenced by, or written in response, to Tolkien.

At first I thought, "This is a really engaging, solidly written fantasy work-out, with touches of Tolkien, Lloyd Alexander and Katherine Kurtz." At this point I am pretty much blown away & astonished at the depth and sheer scope of the story that is unfolding. I'd like to clip a lot of RJ's sentences and rearrange his word-order here & there but overall I have to say I love his prose style - so warm and confident, it has a real feeling of literary depth and deep strength, a very masculine "voice". I love the mixing of real-world historical frame works, mythologies, religions and all the literary allusions. The characters are memorable, very noble and likable. The world building is off the charts, it just puts so many other series to shame. Maybe it's just me but I really appreciate that there's no smut in the books - I can't stand that stuff in modern fantasy (this is coming from a socially liberal atheist!). It really is an extraordinary work!

I know the series had some "problems" in later volumes but I'm actually looking forward to them, since they were the last books Robert Jordan ever wrote.

Any fans around here?


(This post was edited by Malveth on Jan 14 2013, 10:54pm)

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Wheel of Time Fans? Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Jan 14 2013, 10:49pm
    Yes, I have read everything and am just waiting to get the last book. Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jan 15 2013, 12:07am
        Awesome! Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Jan 15 2013, 12:25am
            As far as the cover art by the late Darrell K Sweet, Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jan 15 2013, 3:32pm
                Didn't Sweet also do some cover art for Tolkien books? // N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 15 2013, 3:51pm
                    Absolutely Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Jan 15 2013, 4:58pm
                        Some of his JRRT art work Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jan 15 2013, 6:10pm
                            I should mention... Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Jan 15 2013, 7:45pm
                Spoken like a true veteran! Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Jan 15 2013, 3:53pm
                    Here is a Darrell Sweet tribute Eruonen Send a private message to Eruonen Jan 15 2013, 4:51pm
                        DKS Malveth Send a private message to Malveth Jan 15 2013, 5:05pm
    yep acheron Send a private message to acheron Jan 15 2013, 12:40am
    Knowing what you're in for - hopefully - will see you through to the end zarabia Send a private message to zarabia Jan 16 2013, 2:55am

 
 
 

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