Finished Reading "The Gathering Storm"
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i finished The Gathering Storm today, the 12th installment of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time, the most recent written by Brandon Sanderson (writer of the Mistborn books as well as his first one Elantris ) due to Robert Jordan's unfortunate passing.

Nevertheless, I've been reading this series for many years now through highschool and into college and when i found out that the 12th book was finally published I quickly and earnestly re-read through the entirety of books 1-11, a feat that lasted me from November 2009 to March 2010 as I didn't want to completely put off my studies for a series I dearly loved

As I delved into the book this past week a lot of changes happened to the main characters, Rand al'Thor and Egwene al'Vere being the two characters given the most light in this book, and I was impressed in hindsight at Sanderson's ability to make me loathe the character I had become to love (Rand) as he became more and more menacing and malevolent, but began taking a vested interest in Egwene as she evolved into this... very resilient and sure figure in the series.

I think it was because Egwene was actually fighting for a purpose that really made me shift my passion from characters, since Rand was transforming from a "wool-headed sheepherder" into a, aptly named, monster with no purpose save to destroy his opposition. Finally at the end of the book though, after an encounter with Rand's father and a subsequent mental breakdown (that almost broke the entire world, mind you) Rand finally came to his senses and found a purpose for his battle.

After this I felt a huge sigh and mental burden lift from me, I was so involved in this character that I was physically tense, something that in hindsight made me chuckle. Then as I was out hammocking in the beautiful weather, to be followed by a storm (with hail of all things!) I felt like things were brighter in my life and looking up. I thought it was odd because nothing had been wrong... but as I thought about it I realized that just as Rand became more menacing throughout the book and his moods became darker I was so caught up that I also began to get upset! But finally as I ended the book and all was well in Randland (respectively well ) my mood had lightened too.

It was pretty interesting, but I don't want to dwell on the fact that what if the book had ended horribly... especially with the next book releasing in late 2010.

Oh the joy of ... hm... life? lol

Albeit maybe I should read the bible more considering this shifts in moods.
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um... not trying to be rude but so what?
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Sounds like you solved your own problems...
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Um. Isn't this a little bit of a personal thread?
I'm just saying. /;
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ehah33 wrote:

i finished The Gathering Storm today, the 12th installment of Robert Jordan's epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time, the most recent written by Brandon Sanderson (writer of the Mistborn books as well as his first one Elantris ) due to Robert Jordan's unfortunate passing.

It was pretty interesting, but I don't want to dwell on the fact that what if the book had ended horribly... especially with the next book releasing in late 2010.

Oh the joy of ... hm... life? lol

Albeit maybe I should read the bible more considering this shifts in moods.



Considered writing a blog? Just sayin'.



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