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Old 08-14-2017, 05:57 PM   #46
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Personally, I would read the first of the Wheel of Time books, it was an exceptional book and IMPO can be read as a stand alone without too much issue. Yes, there are unanswered questions, but if you like it you can always get the next book.
I think I got around 5 or 6 books into the series before figuring out that it was just going round in circles and getting rid of all I had. I suppose book 1 wasn't too bad, but at the time there were plenty of epic fantasy trilogies around which did come to a resolution so I didn't miss it. There were some interesting ideas there, but as there was never any resolution to them (or so it seemed), I gave up. Besides, I always thought it something of another LoTR wanna-be (not in any disparaging sense - much epic fantasy seems to come across that way - and if it's well-written and has something fresh to bring to the trope, then all power to it).
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Obelisk Gate wasn't my pick, but it was good. I also liked All the Birds in the Sky and A Closed and Common Orbit. Not so much the other three. I also liked Every Heart a Doorway a lot and glad it won.

I like to read the Hugo books because while sometimes I like them, and sometimes I don't, it keeps me from reading the same writers over and over, and sometimes I find one I really like.
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Personally, I would read the first of the Wheel of Time books, it was an exceptional book and IMPO can be read as a stand alone without too much issue. Yes, there are unanswered questions, but if you like it you can always get the next book.
The series turned with with the Hugo voter package a few years back (So all 14 bricks in a single epub), comes in at over 10,000 pages I'll have a go when I have a spare year.
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The series turned with with the Hugo voter package a few years back (So all 14 bricks in a single epub), comes in at over 10,000 pages I'll have a go when I have a spare year.
It's a series I very much enjoyed, particularly the last three books, which were written by Brandon Sanderson, who I think personally is a much better writer than Robert Jordan. I have doubts that Jordan would have ever finished it.
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I have that Hugo-package Wheel of Time epub. Been slowly making my way through it for quite a while.

The Dragon Reborn remains one of my all-time favourite fantasy novels, but some others in the series have not been close to its quality.
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I have that Hugo-package Wheel of Time epub. Been slowly making my way through it for quite a while.

The Dragon Reborn remains one of my all-time favourite fantasy novels, but some others in the series have not been close to its quality.
While they were coming out, the word was that every other book advanced the story, while the others were just filler. I suspect that the series would have been a lot better written and would have resolved earlier if Jordan hadn't married his editor. A good editor would have reduced the series to 5 or 6 books focused on the main story line, then done the other story arcs as separate books.

I agree that the last three books written by Sanderson were much better than all except the first few books written by Jordan.
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