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31  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 23, 2016, 10:12:52 AM
True, a tl;dr would be helpful. So before I write up the last long post on my blog, I'll do as Yoda requests right now. From best to worst:

1. The Shadow Rising, book 4. Takes a while to get started, but once it does it goes nonstop. Lots of action and revelations about the characters and the fictional world.

2. A Memory of Light, book 14. Written by Brandon Sanderson. Again, takes a while to get started, but once it starts it doesn't let up. The whole book is essentially one large battle taking place on various fronts. Comes to an excellent, unexpected conclusion in many ways.

3. The Fires of Heaven, book 5. No pacing issues! Many revelations and lots of action again. Jordan proves himself to be very adept at writing large scale battles.

4. Knife of Dreams, book 11. The first half of the book is slow, but the latter half is completely explosive. Many plot threads that have been ongoing for multiple books finally conclude.

5. Towers of Midnight, book 13. Written by Brandon Sanderson. Even more plot threads that have been ongoing for multiple books conclude here, mainly involving Mat and Perrin. Lots of great character development and page-turning action. Sanderson had a much better grasp of the characters this time around.

6. A Crown of Swords, book 7. Not as action-packed as some of the previous books, but there is some excellent character development on almost all fronts. Nynaeve in particular shines in this book.

7. The Great Hunt, book 2. Starts off with a bang, but has some pacing issues afterward. Seems a bit more focused on world-building and starting new plot threads than the characters (not a bad thing). Comes to another action-packed ending.

8. The Eye of the World, book 1. Has some pacing issues throughout, and can be disorienting for new readers who will need to make use of the glossary at the back of the book frequently. A good start with well-rounded characters and a wonderful climax and ending.

9. Winter's Heart, book 9. Some very crucial and exciting plot developments happen in this book. Unfortunately, character development is kind of stagnant. Lots of action in yet another explosive climax.

10. New Spring, prequel. Not a great, or necessary addition to the series, but it does tell the story of how two very important characters meet prior to the main series. Blissfully short in comparison to the main series.

11. Lord of Chaos, book 6. Character and plot development stagnates for most of the book. Redeemed by an excellent, climactic battle that seriously gave me goosebumps at several points.

12. The Dragon Reborn, book 3. Develops the supporting cast, including the women characters. Unfortunately, the pacing is pretty awful, and Jordan may have written himself into a corner with all the prophecies he teased in the previous books which forced him to fulfill all of them.

13. The Path of Daggers, book 8. All the excitement happens at the beginning of this book. After that the rest of the book is a long protracted battle that's sole purpose is for a minor plot development.

14. The Gathering Storm, book 12. The first Brandon Sanderson book. A few plot developments in this book, but mostly nothing happens. The conclusion may not be very believable to readers. Sanderson didn't seem to have a grasp of the characters yet.

15. Crossroads of Twilight, book 10. Nothing happens in this book. Seriously. The only important plot development happens in the last two or three pages.

EDIT: Fourth post covering books 11-14 is on my blog here: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/23/the-wheel-of-time-series-part-4/. I'm going to write one more post reviewing the series. I'm also going to include the above tl;dr in that post, but you guys won't need that since you have it here.
32  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 23, 2016, 09:30:52 AM
I'm to chapter 11 in Birthright. Haven't started the chapter yet as I'm finishing up some challenge maps. I also completed the first castle invasion. So far the story doesn't seem as sporadically nonsensical as Conquest for which I'm grateful. The maps are a little on the too easy side, and the maps in Conquest were a little on the too hard side. Hopefully Revelation will be the happy balance.

I've also been playing Batman: Arkham Knight on the PS4. This game has legitimately startled me several times already. Most recently I was blithely grappling along rooftops when the Manbat came out of nowhere and took a swipe at me. It scared me half to death. I'm currently taking detours from the main story to progress the side missions. Namely, Manbat.
33  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 19, 2016, 02:21:12 PM
Phew. The second part of my Wheel of Time series review is on my blog. It reviews books 4-7. Here it is: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/the-wheel-of-time-series-review-part-2/

EDIT: Alright, I've finished up the summaries and reviews of books 8-10 as well as the prequel novel. Here it is: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/the-wheel-of-time-series-review-part-3/
34  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 18, 2016, 12:38:46 PM
I typically get a lot of reading done on the subways and when I have downtime at work. I can usually get 100-150 pages or more per day depending on my workload. I actually read less on weekends these days because I'm not on the subway or working.

EDIT: Okay, I've written up summaries and reviews of the first three books in the series. I've tried to keep them as brief as possible, but it is still a lengthy blog post. Here's a link: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/the-wheel-of-time-series-review/

If you'd prefer I just copy and paste the summaries here without the images then just let me know. I'm happy to do either.
35  Media / Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: May 18, 2016, 10:21:27 AM
Since I finished up reading the Wheel of Time series, I got back to Birthright on the commute to work this morning. I'm to chapter 9 and finding it to be much, much easier so far than Conquest. I'm okay with that, honestly. Still a bit of RNG nonsense, like Rinkah having a 97% hit rate and missing, but nothing too crazy.
36  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Legend of Zelda Topic (Latest: NX title delayed to '17) on: May 18, 2016, 10:17:30 AM
I'm going to get it for Wii U. Even if the NX turns out to be the best console ever (which is unlikely), I will wait a year or two to purchase one.
37  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 17, 2016, 01:44:32 PM
I just finished Wheel of Time 14 on my lunch break, and dang, what an ending! I'm still kind of processing what happened, so I'll post more, as well as the summaries of each book that Yoda requested.
38  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: The Final General Fantasy Discussion Thread on: May 16, 2016, 03:55:42 PM
I'm on the "Exvius looks cool" train.  Doesn't mean it will BE cool, but it LOOKS cool.

I'm of the same opinion. I could actually see myself playing this.
39  Media / General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: May 16, 2016, 02:48:05 PM
Nintendo CEO talks about stuff:


Mostly he talks about movies, smartphones, and the NX. Every response is terse and calculated. He isn't giving away much, but it sounds like they're working on developing animated movies for some of their franchises. Nothing really new as far as smartphones are concerned aside from the FE game being decaf, and all he says about the NX is that it's completely new and different.

Still a few things can be garnered from it. In a nutshell it seems they're trying to diversify their portfolio, so to speak. That way they won't be dependent on the success (or lack thereof) of a given console.
40  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: May 16, 2016, 11:19:11 AM
Saw Civil War over the weekend. I enjoyed it a lot, and definitely got a kick out of Spider-Man. Glad to see him come home.

No offense to Joss Whedon, but I actually liked this better than Age of Ultron. Marvel does it again.
41  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 10, 2016, 10:10:47 AM
I hope Jimmy posts a book by book summary when he is done as a final sendoff to the series.

Woof. I wasn't planning on it, but I guess I can. I was going to write a post on my blog (which I rarely do anymore), so I can post that here as well.
42  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 09, 2016, 04:27:29 PM
Yeah, you're probably right on that - I was thinking "oh, there's so much bullcrap going on, they'd never fit each book into a season."  But they'd probably cut out a LOT of subplots.  No Seanchan at all, perhaps?  No, they've got to leave them in.

I wonder if they'd stick to the accents Jordan says they have at all. (Speaking of the Seanchan, Jordan said they're Texan.  Weird.)

I imagine some of the sub plots would be cut out. Maybe not all, but some for sure. Really, though, the series is just very long-winded. There's a lot of just plain verbosity that will be cut out solely because you won't be inside each characters' head, which I'd honestly be grateful for. Nynaeve annoyed me through most of the early books because every other sentence she was thinking was "men are stupid." Perrin annoyed me in the middle part of the series because every other word he thought was "Faile." Cut out the characters' lengthy ruminations, and the series would actually be much shorter.
43  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 09, 2016, 02:36:17 PM
I imagine they could cut out quite a bit, actually. Here's what I think:

Book 1 - 1 season needed
Book 2 - 1 season needed
Book 3 - Half season needed
Book 4 - 1 very full season needed
Book 5 - 1 season needed
Book 6 - Half season needed
Book 7 - Half season needed
Book 8 - Half season needed
Book 9 - Half season needed
Book 10 - One episode needed
Book 11 - Half season needed
Book 12 - Half Season needed
Book 13 - Half Season needed
Prequel - 2 episodes needed

Since it's the end, I'd probably say one full season for book 14. That would give us nine seasons plus a few miscellaneous episodes for the prequel and book 10. I'm sure they could fit the whole series in to 9-10 seasons and be just fine.
44  Media / Brush and Quill / Re: Book Thread Continued on: May 09, 2016, 10:20:15 AM
I finished Wheel of Time 13 on Friday. The first half was pretty boring, but it got very exciting during the second half. Lots of cool things happening, and lots of plot threads finally tied up. I'm surprised though that there were some threads left untied. I wouldn't think there is enough room for them in the last book, but the Kindle edition is over 1000 pages, so I guess there is.

Speaking of which, I started reading Wheel of Time 14! After I finished the previous book I looked out of curiosity to see if Memory of Light was available at the library and it was. I figured I'm at the finish line, so I'd just as well wrap it up and borrowed it...and again, I'm a bit miffed at the pacing. I'm over a hundred pages in and Rand's meeting with the leaders of the world hasn't even happened yet.

900-ish pages to go...
45  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: May 06, 2016, 11:53:31 AM
Isn't there some forest that they spend like 50 episodes in?

I thought the whole series takes place in a forest? There are certainly almost always a lot of trees. I only remember them not being surrounded by trees in an episode with Koga, and it was a rocky area.
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