What is The Wheel of Time?

What is The Wheel of Time?
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I started a podcast!

I started a podcast!

Since becoming a communications student, I have fallen in love with the idea of sharing my thoughts and opinions on different topics for everyone to see or hear.

I started this blog as an assignment, but went above and beyond what the assignment required me to do, and I have now taken to keep updating the blog, even after school has ended for the year.

It’s a lot of fun. I like sharing my thoughts and opinions, and in doing so, I have had so many great discussions about books, movies or TV shows, and I wanted to keep doing it.

I have my opinions on things, but so often, I find my opinions being influenced by other people’s when I discuss it with them, or other people have an opinion that I had no idea about. Hearing other people’s opinions is something I enjoy doing, and I thought giving my opinion might help other people.

That’s why I wanted to start a podcast.

Podcasting seems like the perfect platform to discuss a certain topic, and the idea of starting one has interested me even before becoming a communications student.

I haven’t released any episodes yet, but I have recorded a few. They’re not great, but they’re a good stepping stone to be sure, and I hope to keep making better content for any listeners that I might have in the future.

The podcast is called The Winespring Inn, and it is about The Wheel of Time. I love the books, and since the books are being adapted into a TV show, I figured it would be good subject matter to start talking about.

Currently, it’s just me, myself, and I, which kind of sucks, because I would like a partner to talk to on the Podcast, but I’m okay with going solo.

I’m going to try to get episodes out every week, but I’m not going to promise that because who knows? I might be busy.

The idea of the podcast will be more of a discussion/encyclopedia type. I’ll discuss certain topics, but also give a sort of encyclopedia entry on different aspects of the series. Whether it is locations, people, weapons, or various other things, The Wheel of Time is a massive book series, and it can be pretty confusing.

But yeah! I started a podcast, and I am pretty excited about it. Look out for it this weekend!

Quote of the Day: Lord of Chaos

Quote of the Day: Lord of Chaos

Since I couldn’t decide which quote I liked better, today you get two quotes from lord of Chaos. Both are great in their own regards, but I think the second one is cooler because it comes from Mat and we all know he is the coolest person in the series.

“Often you don’t know whether a woman is friend, enemy or lover until it is too late. Sometimes, she is all three.”
Robert Jordan, Lord of Chaos
Here lies the second quote:
“One more dance along the razor’s edge finished. Almost dead yesterday, maybe dead tomorrow, but alive, gloriously alive, today.”
Robert Jordan, Lord of Chaos

Book Review: Lord of Chaos

So since I started A Crown of Swords this morning, I thought it would be a good idea to review the book right before it, The Lord of Chaos.

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Author: Robert Jordan

So this is my first time reading through the Wheel of Time series, and as you probably know by now, I am in love with it. Like I said in past reviews, I bought all 14 books before I had even finished the first one.

Lord of Chaos is by far my favourite of the first six books though, and probably by quite a bit.

Lord of Chaos doesn’t necessarily have my favourite moments for each character (though Mat is just the coolest 24/7), but all of the character’s stories put together as a whole provided the best overall story.

The one problem I found with Lord of Chaos is it comes at the point in the series where people are becoming ‘bored’. There aren’t many series out there with more than a few books, because it’s just the way things work. Turning a world and a story into three books is going to be much easier than into 14 books, but I still think Robert Jordan has done a pretty good job of it.

Over the first five books, the style of Jordan’s enemies are on the verge of being repetitive, but in Lord of Chaos, Jordan moves away from his regular plots/characters and changes up the style of bad guy, which is sort of just a less good, good guy.

Rand has fully come into his role of being the main character, but Perrin (he’s back from his honeymoon), Mat, Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne are back in action and bad ass as always.

My favourite part of Lord of Chaos was that it set up A Crown of Swords, and yes that probably sounds dumb because all books set up the next one if it’s a series.

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What I mean by that is this book didn’t solve all of it’s issues. There are still a few story lines that weren’t resolved by the end of the book.

For the other four books before this one, Jordan has each of them contribute to the overall story line of the series, but each book has its own story line that is wrapped up. In Lord of Chaos it isn’t completely wrapped up, which came at a good time in the series in my opinion.

It’s an important thing for writers, more so those with long series, to know how to keep readers interested. That’s why people often shoot for a book series that is somewhere from two and four books long, because each book introduces more risk of losing readers.

If you’re writing a book there’s a big risk of becoming too in tune with your writing style, and you end up writing a bland story that is repetitive and makes people lose interest in your story.

I’m not a master of books, or literacy, or reading or anything like that, but I think Jordan did a good job knowing the status of his story at this point and changing it enough to keep people interested.

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I did a little bit of digging as I was writing this post, and it seems like Lord of Chaos isn’t one of the most popular books in the series, but it is generally ranked higher than all of the books coming before it, and usually lands about the mid way ranking in terms of popularity.

I think the reason is because Jordan switched it up and changed his formula enough to get people interested again.

What is your favourite book in the Wheel of Time series? Let me know in the comments, or give me your ranking of all of the books in the series!

Channel Update

Alright so I originally started this blog as a school assignment but I really started to like it and spent some free time during the term figuring out whether or not I should take the blog full time, and how I would be able to do that.

Well good news is I figured out how I can do both of those. I’ve got new ideas for the blog and plan on updating it every day, but I’m not guarenteeing anything with school going on.

So here is the updated schedule of what the posts will look like:

Monday: Book Review

Tuesday: Type it Out Tuesdays (post different writing prompts for people     interested in writing themselves)

Wednesday: Book related news (books being adapted to movies/tv shows, new books coming out, etc.)

Thursday: Thursday Thoughts (different thoughts I have on book related things ex. My Top 10s, Book related life stories, seasonal book topics, writing challenges etc.)

Friday: Quote of the Day (from the book I reviewed that week)

Saturday/Sunday: Taking a break to relax

I also have some channel updates coming out too. I want to update the books I’ve read/want to read  and throw in alphabetical shortcuts so it’s easier to find the author.

I’m also gonna make a Facebook group book club so theres an easier platform for more people to chat about a book. The book club will be one book a month to start instead of every week.

I’m also going to update some pictures and minor pages on the blog itself.

I hope everyone is as excited as I am for this update.

Book Review: Wheel of Time Books 1-3

Book Review: Wheel of Time Books 1-3

Hello ladies and gentlemen, no book review today… Sorry. Instead I’m gonna talk about a problem I’ve had my whole life that really causes me some grief.

There’s no good way to talk about it, so I’m just gonna put it out there.

I CAN’T HELP BUYING BOOKS!

Every time I walk into a book store I buy at least one book. I don’t even need them! I have 50+ books all stacked in the corner of my room just collecting dust.

I buy books faster than I can read them.

I’m pretty sure I’ve bought the same book two or three times before too.

I was joking about the book review though, its coming now. 

I stumbled across the Wheel of Time series when I found myself in a bookstore one day.

I had never even heard of it, I just stumbled across them by accident while looking in the Fantasy section.

I was amazed when I saw there were 14 books in the series.

I didn’t read a single thing about them, I don’t even think I read the titles of all the books. I grabbed the box set for books 1 to 3, paid for it and went home.

It just so happens that I am covering books 1 to 3 in this review, but I won’t necessarily be covering each box set as a whole.

I’m reviewing the first three books because I consider them as a different “storyline” than the ones afterwards.

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The first three books are called:

  • The Eye of the World
  • The Great Hunt
  • The Dragon Reborn

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Books 1 to 3 are more about the “hero” of the books (Rand) before he becomes the full fledged hero. All of the books after that are more focused on Rand when he has adopted the role of the hero, so I will cover them accordingly.

I’m only on book 6, but so far they mainly focus on 5 people coming from a small village in the middle of nowhere.

They go from being basically nobody in the grand scheme of the world to becoming some of the most important people alive at the time.

I’m in love with the series so far, and the first three books are great.

If you’re even decently well read, you’ll be able to see where Robert Jordan got a lot of his inspiration from, but honestly I’m okay with having parallels from these books to other works of fiction.

What’s really interesting about the first three books is the change that the 5 main characters go through when their worlds are torn apart.

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All five of them have different wants, needs, and personalities, and Robert Jordan does a terrific job at keeping the characters consistent while telling the story.

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Personally, I really like the characters Perrin and Mat. They are two of the main characters in the books. The other three are awesome in their own ways  but not my favourites.

Another interesting aspect of the books are the women in general.

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Robert Jordan writes most of his women in a way that show how strong, independent, and capable (often more so than the men) they are and it’s an enjoyable read because of it.

Most books have capable women who can keep up with the men, but honestly in the first three books it’s the men who are keeping up with the women.

The main character is Rand, but despite him being the focus of the books, his viewpoint still has to compete with other viewpoints that are being told, and honestly, during the first three books Rand’s viewpoint is the least interesting. (In my opinion)

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Hope you guys enjoyed the book review. Honestly I could write a book about everything I want to talk about so I’m keeping it “short”.

I want to hear what you guys are reading at the moment. I love hearing what others are reading because it’s a chance to talk about books that we have read or may be interested in.

Next week I’m gonna take a look at a book thats about a serial killer and a ferris wheel. Hope you can guess what it is.

 

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