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Eldar14
08-22-2001, 06:36 AM
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A friend and I are always arguing about who's a better author, Tolkien or Jordan (author of the wheel of Time books), and I'm looking for some good arguments to use. If any of you have opinions about Jordan, please tell me.

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The Barrow-Wight
08-22-2001, 07:03 AM
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Re: Wheel of Time Books

Though my experience of Jordan is only the first 8 chapters of The Eye of The World, I'd say his writing is decidedly inferior to J.R.R. Tolkien. In only a couple hundred pages Jordan managed to introduce character after sterotypical character and creature after Monster Manual creature, all to fill an endless stream of miniplots that, together, did not add up to a whole plot. This might satisfy the average 13 year old reader, new to fantasy and eager for quanity (I may well have loved it at that age - who knows?), but it left me (not 13 anymore for a long time) tired from all the pointless action and poor story-telling. There's no sense of history, scale or grandeur that I found and still find in Middle-Earth.

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Eldar14
08-22-2001, 09:33 AM
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Re: Wheel of Time Books

Wanna know what's funny, on my copy of The Eye of The World (I'm reading it to appease my friend) it mentions Tolkien twice in the book reviews. Once on the cover, it says something like &quot;Jordan has come to dominate the world that Tolkien began to reveal.&quot; I'm still curious as to what world did Tolkien only begin to reveal. The world I can think of Tolkien revealing he seemed to me to have completed it fully.

The second mention says &quot;Women have a stronger role than in Tolkien&quot; From what I have read, it seems as if the womens' role in Jordans book is the comic relief and a piece of flesh for the men to drool over. I haven't seen any women characters who seem to be able to turn the tide of a battle by killing a Phantasmal Creature that rides a flying steed.

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The Barrow-Wight
08-22-2001, 10:30 AM
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Re: Wheel of Time Books

I don't understand any girl or woman that appreciates the female roles in The Eye of the World. Gitls are all portrayed as know-it-all sassy troublemakers with a penchant for getting themselves in trouble after not listening to directions. I got enough of that character type in Eddings' Belgariad.

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Mister Underhill
08-22-2001, 10:58 AM
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Yeah, that type of sassy troublemaker with a penchant for getting into trouble after not listening to directions is <u>so</u> not realistic.

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The Barrow-Wight
08-22-2001, 12:58 PM
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Yeah! And so not used in every cheesy book in the genre!

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Halbarad
08-23-2001, 03:59 PM
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Jordan's books jump around a lot- there is nowhere near the smoothness and continuity of plot that abounds in Tolkien.
Fragmentation aaarggh!

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Eldar14
08-24-2001, 08:59 AM
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Re: Wheel of Time Books

The farther I get into the book, the more and more it seems like generic Fantasy. It has very little originality, other than coming up with different names for things that have been done before.

Also, it's kinda humorous, but the friend of mine who likes Jordan read part of FoTR, but didn't finish it because he found it dull. Ha! He finds Tolkien dull, but likes Jordan. That's hipocracy at the extreme.

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Gwindor
08-24-2001, 08:23 PM
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I have thought about reading The Wheel of Time for a long time, but the feedback that I recieved has made me hesitate. I hear a lot of things like BW said, and I have also heard that the books are to long and that the series should be 6 books shorter. So I am not going to read it.

Anyways, how dare they try to compare Jordan to Tolkien! I dont even have to read Jordan to understand how ludicrous a statement that is!

Anyways, I have read all of the shannara books by terry brooks thus far, and have enjoyed them greatly! They are not as deep as tolkien, but I do think that they are very interesting, and have some great plot twists. What do you think of Shannara? All comments are respected and appreciated.

-Gwindor

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onewhitetree
08-25-2001, 12:35 PM
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Re: Jordan

He sucks, sucks, sucks!!!

His grammar is worse than a high-schooler's, his characters are shallow, and he dra-a-a-a-a-ags out any given situation for as long as possible. I have not discovered an ounce of originality in the WOT books. They're basically a melding of every fantasy, sci-fi, and mythological epic usable.

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Oliphaunt
08-25-2001, 01:44 PM
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Wheel of Time

I have read all 9 of the Wheel of Time books. I have enjoyed them. No, Robert Jordan is not half the author Tolkien was, but I still found WOT enjoyable. Despite the annoying girls. Some of them get better later on. I find it funny that the Wheel of Time starts as a more gender-equality than previous fantasy, but as you go further in, the seemingly wise Aes Sedai are revealed as manipulative, (some) of the &quot;strong&quot; female characters get more and more superficial, and the main character ends up marrying all 3 of the girls who were chasing him. That last sentance was very long.

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red
08-25-2001, 06:00 PM
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Re: Wheel of Time

I very much enjoyed the first 6 books of the Wheel of Time. I had to set them aside for a while. When the series is finally finished, I will read them all through at one time. It is too hard at this point to wait so long for the new books to come out as I forget all the characters during the interim. Not everyone who loves Tolkien hates Jordan.

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the Lorien wanderer
08-26-2001, 01:54 AM
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I found the first book unbearably Tolkienesque but as you proceed with the series, Jordan develops his own rather enjoyable style. One of the main flaws is that there are 9 books of about a thousand pages each and still going strong. However, there can be no comparison between Tolkien and Jordan. Tolkien is by far the better of the two.

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Eldar14
08-26-2001, 04:28 PM
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Re: re

I was reading more of Eye of the World (or whatever it's called) today, and noticed something else that was wrong. It seems as if new things are introduced about the character's that do not have any thing to back them up whatsoever (and in some cases, contradictory to earlier material.) Also, Jordan can seem to pick a pov.

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08-26-2001, 05:27 PM
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Re: re

I don't dislike him because he's compared to Tolkien by some; I dislike him because I feel that he's careless with...I was going to say his grammar, but it's also his situations and characters. <img src=wink.gif ALT=";)">

Darn split infinitives....

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Aldaron
08-27-2001, 02:50 PM
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Re: re

I rather enjoyed the first Jordan book. Tried the second and found it slower than a yak-drawn cart. Just couldn't make it through. Nothing much happened, or if it did, it took forever. Terry Brooks took a lot of flack for his first book being derivative of Tolkien, but I think his books have gotten better as he grew older. Try him. Or try David Gemmell.

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the Lorien wanderer
08-28-2001, 03:05 AM
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Swords of Shannara was LoTR under a different name.

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Oliphaunt
08-30-2001, 02:15 PM
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Brooks

My grade 10 English teacher gave me all the Shannara books. All 9. Books 5-8 are good and I recommend them. The first 4 are a Tolkien rip-off and repetitive.

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Valros Barazhor
08-31-2001, 02:29 PM
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Re: Wheel of Time Books

Though I am not very familiar with Jordan's work here is probably the best argument of why tolkien is a better author.
Tolkien's works are far more influential than Jordan's.
Cite examples of: A movie trilogy, three animated films two which were produced solely for Prime Time United States television(how many t.v. pilots never make it there?), action figures, Role-Playing Games(the creations of middle-earth are pretty much the basis for any fantasy RPG ever made), board games, Lead miniatures, comic books, and how many people would actually buy 11 volumes of author's notes of Mr. Jordan's books. Iv'e known people who only marginally read the LOTR and named their pets after characters, there is a community development in Gainseville florida called Hobbiton or something like that, Prime time sit-coms have made reference to tolkien works(&quot;Just Shoot Me&quot; character saying I don't have time for your Hobbit riddles! as an example) and finally...
I don't see anyone writing a biography called Robert Jordan- Greatest Author of the 20th Century.
Tolkien has influenced far more people with his writings than Jordan and in the end is't that what all writers want to do?
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Taimar
09-05-2001, 06:41 AM
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Re: Wheel of Time Books

Well, first post in a long while, but here goes, anyway.

I`ve read all nine volumes of the Wheel of Time and enjoyed them greatly. Jordan is not a patch on Tolkien, but I think he is a decent storyteller. The problem with WOT is the length of time it is taking for the damn thing to finish. I first read The Eye of the World in 1990, eleven years later and I`m still waiting! I reckon there are at least three more volumes to go, so at Jordan`s current rate of one book every two and a bit years, I`ll have to be patient until 2007.

I used to worry that Jordan would die before he finished the series, now I think I might die before I get the chance to read it.

BTW, Aldaron, you and I seem to be the only people who have ever given David Gemmell a mention here (although I seem to recall BW buying one of his books), but at the risk of repeating myself, I urge anyone looking for new fantasy to read to give him a try.

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Derei
09-23-2001, 04:02 PM
Jorden came up with a lot of cool ideas, but takes them nowhere. And it Draaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags on. smilies/redface.gif

Eldar14
09-24-2001, 01:00 PM
The more I read of Jordan's books, the more and more I see a character that just sticks out at me as a character from Tolkien. One example is the ogier, who seem rediculously similar to Ent (one, bigger, two, very long lived, three, meetings that last for months or years, etc.) And that's just one example! smilies/eek.gif

Derei
09-24-2001, 06:54 PM
Yes, I noticed a lot of that too. smilies/rolleyes.gif

the Lorien wanderer
09-25-2001, 10:24 AM
Yes, I remember pointing that out in another thread. Ogiers seem like ents with a different name.

dlsevern
12-14-2010, 10:29 AM
You know what. All of you need to just cut it out. I am a huge Tolkien fan, but I've also been reading the WoT books by Jordan, I'm in the ninth book now and completely love the storylines and plots. His world is nothing like Tolkien's and for some reason people always want to compare the two but they are like night and day. I read Tolkien first and I'll admit that when I first started reading The Eye of the World, I was looking for comparisons to LoR. There just aren't any, they are nothing alike. Tolkien created histories, languages, and a world that will never be outdone. Jordan's character development, plot twists, and storyline will never be outdone. They are both geniuses in their own right and should be put upon a pedestal next to one another.

Morthoron
12-14-2010, 11:23 AM
You know what. All of you need to just cut it out.

I believe they did cut it out...

about nine years ago. ;)

Alfirin
12-14-2010, 11:47 AM
I too have experianced all of the WOT up to the current volume, though to be tecnical I really have only read part one one book (the problem is that the whne I came upon my copy of The eye or the world it was in the form of an audiobook as were the next five or so I came across, by the time I was done with those I was so used to how the audio reader pronounced the names and places (which is not neccarily the most obvious pronouciation as they are written out) that I franky found trying to read the books and connect them to what I had already heard too confusing so I have gone with the unabridged audiobook for ever since (besides, it's nice to sit and listen to someone tell you a story).
I I have one beef with the late Robert's work it is the lenght of the serios. No, I take it back the length is just fine with me (I've gone through Alan Dean Fosters Flinx books, and there are probably as many of those as there are volumes of WOT, though they are shorter.) My read problem is the fact that as the series keeps going and the books get longer, the amount of in-story time covered by each book gets shorter and shorter. I'm faily sure that the events of the fistpages of book 13 and those of the last pages of book 15 (that's about 3000 pages of text) take place only about 2 weeks apart within the story. I understand that due to the nature of the plot all the events are coming to a head and the varios story threads are interweaving but it is getting waay too complicated. The long text versus short time problem also means that events that are of siginificane to a bit in the current book often perdicate on very minor one line bits in a book ten or twelve volumes ago. In Tolkien the reading of the books that come before can give you a deeper insight into the events of the current book, but each book can sort of stand alone as a cohesive novel. You may not understand everything of Reurn of the King if you haven't read Fellowhip and Two Towers and the Hobbit and the Silmarillion, but you wont be totally lost. Jodans work on the other hand is reach that point, the point where the only way to make sense of the current volume is to have read all of the previos ones, and probably(unless you have a superb and near photographic memory) have re-read them all immediately before starting the current one; repeating this process before each new volume. now that there are someting like 15000 pages of text, this is a daunting task.

alatar
12-14-2010, 12:06 PM
Skip Jordan. There are other, better works out there.

I've reread LotR a gagillion times, but never read a WoT novel twice - too painful. Like I need to read text describing how a person straightens her skirt one more time...:rolleyes:

Nerwen
12-14-2010, 05:03 PM
diservern, welcome to the Downs– that is, if you're not a new type of spambot that actually reads books, which would certainly be an interesting development.;) I ask because... well, why are you getting so riled up over such an ancient thread? Most of those people aren't even around to reply.:confused:

–Myself, I rather like the Wheel of Time series, at least the earlier books. After that, as other posters have already complained, it does get tied up with trivial details and minor subplots, so that one begins to suspect the author's written himself into a corner with the main plot and is now just stalling. (Supposedly, though, Jordan did work out an ending before he died.)

dlsevern
12-14-2010, 10:10 PM
I would like to make my apologies, I came across this thread by pure accident and I didn't pay attention to how long ago it had ended. I suppose I will just have to agree to disagree about the WoT series. I have not been lost at all throughout the entire series and feel that Jordan knew exactly where he wanted the series to go and through foreshadowing he has shown that, even from the very first book. I realize that some readers don't enjoy many different storylines, but if you are an LoR fan, I know you have to love detail. That is what I love about the WoT. I love all of the characters and that they all have their parts to play. Sure there are characters that you don't like, but that is what makes a great story, more than just one antagonist and one problem.

Oh by the way alatar, about you ignorant little comment, LoR had plenty of moments that I could have done without too. I have to skip over everytime someone sings in the series. It drives me out of my mind. That doesn't mean that I don't love LoR though. It just means that Tolkien's writing isn't perfect.

Morthoron
12-14-2010, 10:36 PM
Oh by the way alatar, about you ignorant little comment, LoR had plenty of moments that I could have done without too.

Alatar was stating his opinion, and he's welcome to it. Personally, I agree with his sentiment that Jordan often times is tediously meticulous in belaboring a minute (and senseless) point. Referring to his opinion as "ignorant", however, is unacceptable.

Disagree, if you must, but save the personal attacks for some other forum. Or at least couch your derision in a manner which implies the same thing but is not so outwardly contemptible. ;)

Estelyn Telcontar
12-15-2010, 06:06 AM
All of you need to just cut it out.

Oh by the way alatar, about you ignorant little comment,

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alatar
12-15-2010, 08:57 AM
I would like to make my apologies, I came across this thread by pure accident and I didn't pay attention to how long ago it had ended.
No problem. I like when older threads are churned up.

I suppose I will just have to agree to disagree about the WoT series. I have not been lost at all throughout the entire series and feel that Jordan knew exactly where he wanted the series to go and through foreshadowing he has shown that, even from the very first book. I realize that some readers don't enjoy many different storylines, but if you are an LoR fan, I know you have to love detail. That is what I love about the WoT.I too love detail. My issue with WoT is the inconsistencies with said detail, and it's probably because I've been tainted forever by reading LotR (though even Tolkien makes some blunders). To me, and it's just my opinion, LotR seems more thorough, more solid, than WoT.

I love all of the characters and that they all have their parts to play. Sure there are characters that you don't like, but that is what makes a great story, more than just one antagonist and one problem.Agreed. Again, my issue, especially with the later books, is that, after 600+ pages, the story then started, something happened, then I had to wait for a year or more for the next book, which followed the same formula.

Oh by the way alatar, about you ignorant little comment, LoR had plenty of moments that I could have done without too.Agreed. I suggest that when reading LotR, people skip the first few chapters and start at Bree.

And I apologize if I came off rudely (not ignorantly, as I have read most of the WoT series ;)), as that wasn't my intent. My posts lately have been shorter, more blunt, and so may come off poorly.

I have to skip over everytime someone sings in the series. It drives me out of my mind. That doesn't mean that I don't love LoR though. It just means that Tolkien's writing isn't perfect.Again I agree. I have the unabridged audiobook version of LotR, and as soon as a song starts...Next! :D

dlsevern
12-15-2010, 09:11 AM
No alatar, I shouldn't have said that, you made a simple comment about your opinion and I let it get under my skin. I apologize. We just see things differently, that's all.

dlsevern
12-15-2010, 09:23 AM
Agreed. Again, my issue, especially with the later books, is that, after 600+ pages, the story then started, something happened, then I had to wait for a year or more for the next book, which followed the same formula.



Yes, the prologue might be a little more extended than what I'd like it to be. 600+ pages is exagerating a bit, but I just looked at the prologue on the one I'm reading now. It is 87 pages long, lol. I just never noticed them being that long I guess. It would probably be a little irritating if you had to wait for each new book of the series. I on the other hand haven't had to wait, so it hasn't bothered me much.

dlsevern
12-15-2010, 09:35 AM
Agreed. I suggest that when reading LotR, people skip the first few chapters and start at Bree.

The only problem I see with that is that they would miss the The Old Forest and The Barrow Downs, two of my favorite parts of Fellowship and Bombadil is one of my favorite characters of the entire trilogy. He sings way too much but I love him anyway. LOL

dlsevern
12-15-2010, 10:08 AM
Alatar was stating his opinion, and he's welcome to it. Personally, I agree with his sentiment that Jordan often times is tediously meticulous in belaboring a minute (and senseless) point. Referring to his opinion as "ignorant", however, is unacceptable.

I am not picking a fight with you but I just wanted to add that nothing Jordan wrote in any books of the series, that I have read, was tedious or senseless. Everything had its purpose, whether it was character development or foreshadowing. I love meticulous detail, maybe that is why I love Stephen King so much. Many people don't like him because he is too detailed, but me, I love that sh%t. That is not to say that don't like writers who aren't as detail oriented as Tolkien, Jordan, or King. A lot of writers can be just as effective without as much detail. I digress.

alatar
12-15-2010, 10:11 AM
No alatar, I shouldn't have said that, you made a simple comment about your opinion and I let it get under my skin. I apologize.
No offense taken. And if I am writing rudely, please feel free to call me on it.

We just see things differently, that's all.That's what makes the forum interesting.

I guess the other thing that taints my feelings towards WoT is that it seemed to have so much potential - another LotR perhaps - but, for me, it didn't deliver.

Note that I feel the same about Peter Jackson's film version of LotR. ;)

dlsevern
12-15-2010, 10:42 AM
I guess the other thing that taints my feelings towards WoT is that it seemed to have so much potential - another LotR perhaps - but, for me, it didn't deliver.

I realize this is probably going to get a lot of groans and possibly even a few F.U.'s, but I feel that WoT is a superior story to LotR. Okay, you can started flinging the rotten tomatoes at me.:eek:

dlsevern
12-15-2010, 11:09 AM
Note that I feel the same about Peter Jackson's film version of LotR.

I feel the same way. I appreciate it, but he left many of my favorite parts of the books out. I understand that theatrical releases have to be limited somewhat, but because of the way they wrote the script, they weren't able to add them into the dvd releases. Example: The Old Forest, Tom Bombadil, The Barrow Downs, The Woses, The Battle of the Shire. :(

alatar
12-15-2010, 11:13 AM
I realize this is probably going to get a lot of groans and possibly even a few F.U.'s, but I feel that WoT is a superior story to LotR. Okay, you can started flinging the rotten tomatoes at me.:eek:
To each his or her own, I guess. :)

There are those that think that the post-Frank Herbert 'Dune' books are better than the originals as well. I disagree.

For me the test has been rereadability. I read LotR at least once a year. WoT; I've read once (though, if you count the extended prologues, I guess, technically, I read every book twice ;)).

WoT feels 'ad hoc.' LotR, with the Silmarillion as a background, seems to have a plan, a history, and it feels like it ties somehow into our present day. Another difference in WoT and LotR could be the age at which I read each initially. It's hard to get interested as an cynical adult when reading about the 'teenage travails' of Rand al'Thor, or about the 'political intrigues' of the world after having read Dune.

But that might just be me.

Pitchwife
12-15-2010, 12:47 PM
Welcome to the Downs, dlsevern! I used to be quite fond of WoT myself up to, say, somewhere between Lord of Chaos and Crown of Swords - I felt Jordan had something interesting and (apart from the nods to LotR in the first book) original going there, but like alatar said, he sort of failed to deliver. In my experience, the last couple of volumes have all more or less been like this:

Prologue, which hints at some momentous action going to happen soon;
100-150 pages of 'reaction shots' referring back to the last vol.;
Several hundreds of pages containing a tiny amount of dragging development buried under tons of 'skirt-straightening' (more of this later);
50 pages of hastily slapped on momentous action;
Epilogue containing three or four cliffhangers to guarantee the reader buys the next book.

It gets tiring. I haven't tackled any of the posthumous volumes yet - I'm probably going to read them sooner or later, just to satisfy my curiosity how it all ends, but I'm not really ready to spend money on them. (Thank Eru for libraries!)

On the matter of skirt-straightening, braid-tugging and other assorted habits: Yes, they can be a nice element in characterisation if used economically; but when I get Aes Sedai by the score thrown at me and only can tell them apart because of their different compulsive tics, it gets, once again, tiring. Not to mention their annoying habit of bullying everybody who has a Y chromosome and isn't stronger than them; if I want a reverse satire on sexism, I prefer Daughters of Egalia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerd_Brantenberg), thank you very much.

Sorry if this comes across as perhaps a tad too dismissive of Jordan; much of my frustration with him is really disappointed love. He had a couple of great ideas, but not quite the ability to work them into a truly great series in my opinion.

dlsevern
12-18-2010, 07:28 PM
I certainly don't want you all to think that I don't absolutely love Tolkien because I do. I've only read The Hobbit, LotR, and The Children of Hurin, I tried to read The Silmirilion but couldn't get through half of it. Everyone tells me it's great, but for me it's like reading the appendixes at the end of LotR but more dull.

Snowdog
12-18-2010, 08:20 PM
I think I managed a half a book once. Couldn't be @ss'd to put any more time or effort into reading them when I found other more enjoyable books written by less-well known authors to read. Should they ever declare an end to the wheel's movement, I may try and give them a read one day.

Elemmakil
01-06-2011, 10:54 PM
At the insistence of a friend, I gave WoT a try. I really did. I read the first five books but finally gave up. While the basic plot was fine, the writing was utterly tedious.

Some folks (my friend, for one) insist that Tolkien is too long winded, etc. Really? The entire LoTR story (possibly even including the appendices, but I'm too lazy to do a page count) only adds up to ONE of Jordan's ponderous tomes. I really cannot comprehend such thinking.

I found myself skimming entire chapters in the WoT series, it was so painful to read. What Jordan really needed was a sharp and ruthless editor to stand up to his diarrhea of the word processor and cut out all of the useless drivel. Seriously. I do not care one whit how many ribbons are in Egwene's dress, nor do I need a travel guide to all the taverns between Two Rivers and Caemlyn. And all the incessant babbling about the "taint of Saidin" blah blah blah.... One could very easily told the entire essential elements of WoT in a couple of books, three at most, and had an excellent series. Instead, we got what we got...

At least the Good Professor had the excellent sense to stuff all of the detail stuff in appendices. Perhaps such would have aided Jordan's work as well. Couldn't have hurt....

Nor did I find Jordan's attempts at Conan to be any better.

I have found Terry Goodkind's books much more enjoyable to read that Jordan and the character's much more pleasant, even if I think the plot of the latter's may have been somewhat better. And I have found George R. R. Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" to be far and away better than both. That *is* a top notch series, though I still prefer Tolkien a great deal more. (Parenthetically it would be nice if Martin would get around to finishing just the latest book - I do not hold out much hope of him finishing the series)

Jordan's books remind me of a great line from Commander Ivanova of Babylon 5: "If you get anywhere near a point, MAKE IT."

Blind Guardian
01-06-2011, 11:07 PM
Right now I am reading The Great Hunt. Blind Guardian got me into them. Well sorta (Blind Guardian got me into the Lord Of The Rings though!). I was reading Sword of Truth by Goodkind, but then I got WoT and started to read that. I'll go back to SoT soon though, went I'm finished with The Dragon Reborn.
I have to say the books, so far, are quite good. There could be less but if the books to come drag on for ever I might stop. SoT Pillars of Creation is boring at the beginning. What the heck does Jennson have to do with anything...?
Anyways, does anyone know if Logain comes in to WoT again?

Pitchwife
01-07-2011, 01:15 PM
Elemmakil, I couldn't agree more, and I can assure you it gets much, much worse after the books you've read.

BG, the first three or four WoT books are the best and fastest-paced ones; Eye of the World and Great Hunt were good enough to draw me in, and Dragon Reborn and Shadow Rising still not too bad, but after that, the flaws in Jordan's writing start to outweigh the merits IMO.
But yes, Logain comes back, and he gets a lot more to do in the later books.

Blind Guardian
01-07-2011, 02:41 PM
But yes, Logain comes back, and he gets a lot more to do in the later books.

Oh thank God, i got the feeling he did.

Does anyone see the similarities between WoT and SoT? i.e. And invading force comes in on the second book?