VERY first impressions of WoT

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That's hilarious :laugh:
 
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My first impression beginning WoT was trepidation because 14 books plus the prequel is a lot and they're all big chunky books which I'm no stranger to but with so many it does feel a bit like a mountain. I did find Eye of the World to be on the slower side and it took my quite a while to get through it but I don't think that's a bad thing since it's setting up the story and characters so taking my time was probably a better idea. When I began book 2 I flew right through it, could not put it down at all and it was the same with book 3. Now starting book 4 I'm taking a slower approach again because I don't want to just blaze through them all as I have a tendency to do with books. I read a little too fast sometimes and with a story and universe as big as this I don't think that's wise. I want to get the companion book but I know it's full of spoilers so I'll wait until I'm finished with the books and just try to dodge my way around spoilers
 

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Huh, I thought I had posted here already. It seems not!

Well, in the fall of 1995, I was a freshman in high school, and I had just spent all summer ignoring the English class summer reading list I'd been given and instead glutting my brain on a steady diet of Raymond E. Feist books, which I had gotten into after exhausting what of Michael Moorcock's stuff I could get my hands on at that time. If memory serves, I had just finished Shadow of a Dark Queen and was frustrated that the next book would be some months coming out. (Rise of a Merchant Prince dropped that November, IIRC, but I didn't get to it till late 1996 or early 1997, as we shall see).

So anyway, I told a friend of mine with whom I often swapped book recommendations that I was looking for something new, and she put me onto the Wheel of Time. At the time, Lord of Chaos was the most recent book, with A Crown of Swords almost a year away, and supposedly, the rumors went, we were getting only eight or nine books, tops. Or maybe the seventh would be the last one. But surely not any more than nine, and those ought to be all done by the time I finished high school.

:rofl

Ahh, the ignorance of youth.

But I digress. My friend recommended it very highly and gave me a basic rundown of the concept behind the series, though she did her best not to spoil anything. I went out to look at buying a copy, and for whatever reason what sold me on it was that very striking image of Lan against the moon. I liked just about anything to do with samurai at the time, and Lan looked like a samurai. Plus the story sounded rad. So I was in, at least for a couple of books, I decided.

Before even halfway through The Eye of the World, I was hopelessly hooked. A Crown of Swords ended up being the first book I ever preordered. It was only in the couple years of lull between it and The Path of Daggers that I made time again for Ray Feist, or for Anne McCaffrey, or Robert E. Howard, or any of the other countless authors I read back then.
 

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I can't remember. I know books 5 and 6 weren't out, because I got book 5 when it came out in paperback and from Lord of Chaos onwards, when it came out in hardback (around the same day)
But something about it grabbed me. I remember reading it and at the end, felt that I had to know what came next (apparently some people had thought it might be a stand alone, but I never understood that, there were so many plots set up, and glimpses of what was to come, that this never felt like a possibility)
 
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