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jordan/oliver is asleep at the wheel...,
This review is from: Knife of Dreams (The Wheel of Time, Book 11) (Hardcover)
...but he's still clacking at the keyboard. I have read books like this before... you know... where you feel like you are reading through a fog and the writer is using a series of cliches to get through the book? We've all been there.
We just haven't volunteered to do it 5 times.
At least this book is comparable to Lord of Chaos. Remember that one? Stuff happened that tied into the previous books. KOD ties into stuff that happened in the first 6 books... and I mean that literally, you could skip the books between Chaos and KOD and be just fine.
Rand is a cogent presence in the book, which is a relief since Jordan had turned him into a whiny rat-crazy loon. Egwene is still dumber than a box of carpet nails but it is nice to finally have some action in that part of the story. I almost recaptured my previous affection for her. Nynaeve has thankfully quit tugging on her braid and started to do something... and, you know, now that she has a good man to twitch her skirts for her she's calmed down a lot. No doubt that is Jordan's solution to most woman issues. The Mat-Tuon thing is cute because Mat is cute and we already have a relationship with him. Elayne is filler to make the book similar in size to the other books on Jordan's bookshelf. It isn't even backstory, it is sillystory.
But if I may here, now, in the presence of Amazon and God, plead for the extermination of both Faile and Perrin. Yes, he and his wolves were once adorable, but, unlike Lan and Nynaeve, he has been driven annoying by love. No doubt Jordan's view of the male half of the heterosexual union. Do yourself a favor and skip those chapters (and I mean... CHAPTERS). I would have torn the pages out but I was reading a library book.
Finally, I'll just note that there are many unhealthy addictions in the the world and this is one of the more benign. We could be smoking or drinking or snorting, after all. But we are not. Unless reading this series drives us to that. The upside is that by the time jordan puts a bullet in this tired tale there will be a vast shortage of trees to make paper products to roll tobacco in. Think of the lives that will be saved. Unless, of course, you use the Faile/Perrin sections to roll your own.