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- Brandon Sanderson, Robert Jordan
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- Wheel of Time
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While I am not completely unbiased, I feel that I can still say with a pretty large measure of confidence that Mr Sanderson has done very well with this novel. Before reading it however, know that the voice of this book will not be exactly the same as with the other novels written originally by Mr Jordan, for obvious reasons. If you go into it looking for problems, then you will no doubt find them. Mr Sanderson has brought the story back into focus, something that was lacking in the few previous novels (no disrespect intended). Very good action scenes, chapters with the characters we love and most of all, the story is progressing! The only thing I find worth "moaning" about is "Mat's voice", but I feel confident that this will be fixed in the next novel. READ IT!
When reading The Gathering Storm, every word reminds you that Brandon is only half the man Jordan was. Its painfully modern, which is the exact opposite of what everyone loved about Robert Jordans style. All the balderdash you buy in the shops has modern characters and theologies, but Robert had a way of gently reminding us what it is about antiquity that we fell in love with. Heroic men that stumbled when a lovely maiden blushes in his direction. The usual quippy sense of humour is also severely lacking in this novel. How Rand and his fellow comrades nip at each other boisterously. Yes, readers can understand that Brandon is trying to make it his own, but I believe that he could have at least tried to stay true to the characters and their emotional integrity. For example, Robert Jordans view on women was that they were somewhat cheeky, feminine, and quite enjoy being a mystery to men. The women portrayed were slightly whimsical, and somewhat saucy at times. However, Brandon's view of the characters that Jordan has raised, seems to be today’s 'hard' women who have two dimensions and are easily accessible, both body and mind. In other words, I as a reader, feel that Brandon is a child playing with grown up toys and he may have tried his best to encapsulate the awesomeness of the ending that Robert's notes have prescribed, but he missed it by a mile, and then some!
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