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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Knife of Dreams: Robert Jordan

So the new Robert Jordan book pleases me. Might be that it's better than the last few installments, might be that I read it for free thanks to Brian's PDF. I think Jordan's feeling his mortality a bit, trying to move through the material quicker. One of my biggest pet peeves, the total slow-down of time thanks to ridiculous number of characters, was addressed in the book in two ways. First, characters specifically mentioned how many days had passed since events that affected the whole world -- and we actually moved through at least a week of action! Second, there was almost no Nynaeve. Which meant almost no braid-pulling and a drastic reduction of the "women don't understand men" asides. There were still plenty of "men don't understand women" moments thanks to Matt and Tuon, but I can live with that.

I say, go ahead and have it on hand in case you decide that a long, chatty "what's new with these characters I've been following for a decade" novel is what you're in the mood for. Also -- don't read the comments if you're not interested in spoilers!

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5 Comments:

  • Has it been stated how many books this series will be? I'm waiting until the end of the run to start them again.

    By Blogger evt1618, at 5:05 PM  

  • Um, you might want to edit your post. Not everyone has read up to the current point, and the fact that Rand has cleansed saidan is a big-ass spoiler.

    By Blogger bshort, at 2:50 PM  

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    By Blogger Anna, at 7:06 PM  

  • Hi
    came across your post. I liked the Knife of Dreams as well, for one the pace has certainly increased. But i wonder how he will bring it all together in the next book.

    By the way, would you have a pdf copy of the earlier books. I read them a long time back and dont have them with me. Reading this one is like wanting to read the series again. can you help? thanks

    By Blogger aditya_pant, at 5:27 AM  

  • Actually, no. I found a bad pdf of KoD, but I don't have any others available.

    Half.com has fairly inexpensive copies if you're looking.

    By Blogger bshort, at 9:29 PM  

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