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Old 08-28-2009, 06:50 PM   #1
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Wheel of Time re-reading: help

Since Brandon Sanderson is going to finish Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, I've decided to resume my reading, after I stopped in the 3rd book. However, it's been a long time, so I really need to freshen up my memory.

Unfortunately, I don't have the time or will to re-read those 3 books again. I read slowly, it would take forever to read them again. And I don't like to re-read.

So I'm wondering if I can find comprehensive summaries somewhere. Of the whole books or even chapter by chapter. It would be a bonus if that could be found in a format readable by an ereader.

Do you know anything that can help?

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Old 08-28-2009, 07:31 PM   #2
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Never read them, but a few seconds with Google brought up both of these, which should be more than adequate:

The Wikipedia article on Wheel of Time, with links to articles on each of the books (which include plot summaries).

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A whole wiki dedicated to the Wheel of Time series, where you should be able to find more information than you want or need.

And I think there are some tools around here for dumping wiki articles onto your reader.
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You betcha.. here's a link to the Tor Books Wheel of Time Reread index.
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Old 08-29-2009, 04:42 AM   #4
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Thank you for the links, guys!

I'm gonna check out a way to dump those to my ereader.
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Old 08-29-2009, 06:47 AM   #5
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You betcha.. here's a link to the Tor Books Wheel of Time Reread index.
Oh, wow. I was unaware of this, but how cool! It makes me want to re-read the series again, along with notes and wiki information and see how the books progress.

I've been waiting for this series to finish for FIFTEEN YEARS. Geeze. One would have thought I'd have given up by now...
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Old 08-29-2009, 03:28 PM   #6
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I read slowly, it would take forever to read them again. And I don't like to re-read.
I would start reading nr 4 real soon then , because you'll have 8 big ones to go before you even get to the first one by Brandon Sanderson (he's going to write three books to finisch WoT, so in the end it will be a 14 book series).
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Is this series available as an EBook? Had a quick look but didn't find anywhere selling them.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:20 PM   #8
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Well I can't help on the re-read, I only started WOT a few months ago, on book 6 now.

http://www.encyclopaedia-wot.org/ is a good place to get a quick wrap-up of each chapter. I used it a lot during book 5 as I really started to get confused (and given I have found book 5 and 6 really hard to get into until about 200 pages in and then the books seem to take off).
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Is this series available as an EBook? Had a quick look but didn't find anywhere selling them.
Nope. I asked on the TOR site when they started the re-read and they said, "well, we have plans to *someday* have e-books". But I haven't seen anything yet.
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I would start reading nr 4 real soon then , because you'll have 8 big ones to go before you even get to the first one by Brandon Sanderson (he's going to write three books to finisch WoT, so in the end it will be a 14 book series).
I would never be able to read those 8 books in 2 months, but I'm not in a hurry. It's just that when there are so many new books, I find it hard to spend time in those that I've already read. So much to read, so little time, I would feel "guilty", if you know what I mean.

About reading speed, I'm a slow slug, compared to many people here, who read more books per month than me in a year (I read about somewhere between 8 and 16 books/year).

OTOH, I've read the mistborn trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson, in a flash. And those are not small books! So I'm curious to read what has he done with WoT.



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Well I can't help on the re-read, I only started WOT a few months ago, on book 6 now.

http://www.encyclopaedia-wot.org/ is a good place to get a quick wrap-up of each chapter. I used it a lot during book 5 as I really started to get confused (and given I have found book 5 and 6 really hard to get into until about 200 pages in and then the books seem to take off).
Thanks for the link. Very useful.
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Nope. I asked on the TOR site when they started the re-read and they said, "well, we have plans to *someday* have e-books". But I haven't seen anything yet.
Clearly getting the ebooks out before the release of the 12th book in October would not be a good way to cash-in on the attention that the first post-jordan novel would receive.

Sometimes it seems like they are trying to encourage piracy with their lack of foresight.

On an unrelated note, does all american scifi/fantasy novels always come with such childish looking covers e.g. the uk version of book 11 looks like "UK Knife of Dreams Cover" whereas the american version looks like "American Knife of Dreams cover"
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On an unrelated note, does all american scifi/fantasy novels always come with such childish looking covers e.g. the uk version of book 11 looks like "UK Knife of Dreams Cover" whereas the american version looks like "American Knife of Dreams cover"
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The Dragonmount site has a lot of good info and some FAQs to help you get up to speed as well. But, be aware that much of it is written assuming you've read the whole series to date so there may be spoilers for you.
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Before the books come out they should do a digest version of the previous books.

If you left out the sniffing, braid-tugging and skirt-smoothing, and the page-long descriptions of what someone is wearing in what is supposed to be a suspenseful scene, then you could read it in a couple of days.
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Before the books come out they should do a digest version of the previous books.

If you left out the sniffing, braid-tugging and skirt-smoothing, and the page-long descriptions of what someone is wearing in what is supposed to be a suspenseful scene, then you could read it in a couple of days.
You're not kidding. I always wondered what he meant by "sniffed" and tried it out as a teenager; sounds stupid. Then translated it to a sort of "hmph!", which doesn't sound any better, but at least didn't sound like the women had a weird nervous tic.
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