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« Reply #1785 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.
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« Reply #1786 on: May 18, 2016, 05:27:17 PM »

Damn that was quick. 900 pages in like 8 days

I used to churn through WoT pretty quick it's kind of a page-turner at times.
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« Reply #1787 on: May 18, 2016, 09:53:41 PM »

I am loving American Gods but I am about half done and it feels like a book where the conclusion will be rushed. As a fan of Stepehn King I know this feelig
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« Reply #1788 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/
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« Reply #1789 on: May 22, 2016, 09:50:12 PM »

Jimmy ill check those tomorrow. Please do a ranking of best to worst at some point wi a brief sentence as to why it sucked or not
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« Reply #1790 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.
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« Reply #1791 on: May 23, 2016, 02:36:58 PM »

Bravo, sir.
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« Reply #1792 on: May 24, 2016, 11:06:06 AM »

Alright, the last post where I review the series as a whole is up on my blog. It includes the tl;dr, which I updated slightly. It's mostly the same as the above post still.

Here it is: https://jimmyspopcultureblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/24/the-wheel-of-time-series-review-conclusion/
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« Reply #1793 on: May 24, 2016, 05:05:45 PM »

I finished American Gods and really enjoyed it. I was not expecting a book that takes place mostly in the midwest and in backwater parts like the northwoods. I also had no idea what to expect but i was very happy

Speaker for the Dead is next
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« Reply #1794 on: May 25, 2016, 04:19:00 PM »

I guess I should mention that I'm reading The Last Mortal Bond, by Brian Staveley. I started last week after I finished up Wheel of Time. I haven't gotten very far though because I'm only reading during down time at work. All my usual reading time is spent playing FE Fates: Birthright. So far Last Mortal Bond is boring. But the previous book in the series was pretty explosive, so hopefully this will be the same.

After that I have several options to read: Ready Player One, Abaddon's Gate (Expanse #3), or Neverwhere.
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« Reply #1795 on: May 25, 2016, 09:29:30 PM »

I don't know Abaddon's Gate, but both of the others are books I really like.

I randomly picked up The Necromancer's House at a local bookstore a few days ago, and it was great.  The owner let me pick a free "blind date" book, and it's also good, but unusual for me.  It was a book wrapped in brown paper with only the first paragraph taped to the outside of the paper.  Turned out to be Dashiell Hammett's The Glass Key.  I've always meant to read one of his, and I'm enjoying it, but it's a slow read because it's all dialogue, and he leaves out some stuff that would be assumed by someone reading it back when it was written (1931).

Oh, and I read Cold Days, the next-to-currently-last book in The Dresden Files, enjoyed it like I've enjoyed the others.  And I started on Stephen King's recent collection of short stories, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.  The first story is dumb, but I will soldier on. :)
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« Reply #1796 on: Today at 10:02:52 AM »

Yeah, I really enjoyed both Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War. I haven't found the series to be very groundbreaking by any means, but it's well written with great characters and cool stories and ideas.

And I've seen those "Blind Date with a Book" books at B&N. I think it's a really fun, cool idea. I've been tempted to get one myself.
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« Reply #1797 on: Today at 05:28:05 PM »

Do you get to pick the book? Hi my name is Yoda, let us read Choke
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