Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Readthrough of Time: Winter's Heart
After a bit of a delay, we're back on board with the Readthrough of Time. The plan is to catch up over the next five weeks in November - we'll skip on Thanksgiving, because no one should be subjected to this on a day you're already subjected to your family. As usual, this is less a traditional recap and more of an experience recap.
With all that said, the latest book is Winter's Heart, the ninth book in the series. We're officially on the back end of the Jordan-penned tomes, and, well, let's explore a bit behind the jump, because there's ultimately one word to describe the experience...
Let's get the good out of the way first - the prologue of this? The best 50 pages I've read from Robert Jordan so far, hands down. It was interesting, it actually advanced the story, it took some risks...it was perfect, and I was really, really excited - after two months away from this story, I was psyched to see that things were moving along still, etc.
That was the high point of the book.
Every problem I've had with this series is magnified to ridiculous levels. I swear, if anything of value happened at any point in this book, I may have missed it. There was a quick scene with Mat fighting some golems, and the last 50 pages, as usual, showed some significant upside, but wow is this disappointingly terrible.
I honestly don't know what to say anymore without beating a dead horse. Literally 500 pages could have been excised from this book. If I wasn't so close to the Sanderson ones, and wasn't reading these for this specific project, I'd have thrown in the towel.
How does this happen?
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