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Wheel Of Time Review

If you read an enjoyed Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" series, then you'll absolutely love Robert Jordan's "The Wheel Of Time".

Firstly, the name isn't a big turn-on, I know. It can sound quite corny, but really, it's a very good anology on a "religious" theory concerning the workings of the universe. That's all that I'l say about that. Also, don't let the incredible thickness of every book dissuade you. After beginning to read them, you'll be wishing that they were even longer.

Now then, The Wheel of Time centeres around a boy named Rand, who, along with a number his friends, are whisked away from their small hometown by a wise, mystical woman following an attack on the town by Trollocs. (Trollocs are Jordan's equivalent of Orcs, so to speak.) Throughout the series, the plot takes twists and turns, following the characters' stories of war, love, treason, magic, and much, much more. The series, which spans at 11 novels so far, is too long to give any more information here, or else it would spoil the whole plot.

Anyways, Jordan did a fantastic job at putting brand new faces to old fantasy cliches. By this century, any story about kings, wizards, and magic words & wands would be ragarded as corny and outdated. Robert Jordan had great originality at approaching these subjects though, and every single aspect in The Wheel of Time will sound new. For instance, rather than having wizards who wave their staffs, there are Aes Sedai, who are certain people who have a natural connection to a source of power which controls the four elements. Use of this power is described as like weaving a pattern, rather than simply creating something out of thin air.

The main antagonist is more than just an evil wizard or overlord residing just off the edge of the map now, too. The Wheel of Time's anti-hero is essentially Jordan's representation of Satan. Simply referred to as "The Dark One" for fear of his real name, he is an entity that was trapped in a prison and deep sleep for thousands of years, and now is just beginning to be able to touch the world again, now that the wards around him are weakening. With the men who trapped him gone, and the abilities of Aes Sedai feeble compared to the time before a world-wide cataclysm, this is the base of almost every obstacle throughout the series.

As for the structure of the world Jordan wrote about, it is nothing but mind-blowing. I'll have to explain this in sections.

First, there are the nations of the (unnamed) world that the series is based on. Really, it's only one continent, with the rest of the world uncontacted with each other. Anyways, Jordan did an outstanding job of creating a diverse population of different nationalities, and by reading, you'll find that they're all based on Earth's own. For instance, the main characters are generally English, while the people from the islands close to the main continent perfectly reflect those from Africa. Every country shows it's own fashions, cultures, types of government, and occasionally, language. Just the fact that such a structure was created so well, much less maintained through the entire series so far shows just how well written it is.

Next, the workings of governments and other organizations. An amazing job was done in building up hierarchies and complex clockwork of so many people. It's all like a page from a history book, as Jordan left nothing out when describing the workings of a castle during political war, or the mind-numbingly difficult ways of the tribul nation known as the Aiel. Power is never securly held in a single hand, as many stories will often portray. Rather, there's the presense of advisors, heirs, and scheming officials that give everything an intense feel.

What's more, the battle scenes are astounding. Perhaps it was Robert Jordan's experience as a war veteran that gave the series the ghostly impression of a first-hand experience. Clearly, a battle never ends happily for either side, a fact accurate both in reality and this fiction. Even though there exist aspects that could never happen in real battles - magic and monsters, among other things - reading this will still give you the feeling that the author was actually there to see it all happen.

No story is without love-interest, though, and Jordan is a master at even that. With a remarkable skill at giving points of view from both genders - and from a huge array of characters - Jordan could have just as successfully written a love column on the internet. (Although that would never be as popular as these novels.)

His writing quality itself is extraordinary as well. The finely detailed descriptions of the scenery and the deep dives into peoples' minds prove how well written this is. Just by reading this, I found that my own quality of writing shot up like a rocket.

So, throughout tales of deceit, invasions, love-triangles, plots, and never-ending more, The Wheel of Time proved to be an absolute masterpiece, which is still in the making. I'll quote the New York times in saying that "Jordan has come to reveal that Tolkien began to reveal." Just by reading that, it should say something.

It's unfortunate to the entire world that Robert Jordan passed away, as we all lost a true master of the time. Although I hope I do not sound shallow in saying so, I just hope that the ghostwriter has what it takes to finish this amazing story.

Dragonlance Review

Dragonlance, an enormous series put together by an array of different authors, is something that is fun to touch on if you're in the mood for a good fantasy, but it's not recommended to try reading through every book.

First of all, Dragonlance is, unfortunately, quite heavy with clichés and obviously draws on books such as The Lord of the Rings for content. The authors write about castles and kings, princesses, elves, dwarves, dragons, and more. While these stories might have been more fascinating a hundred years or so ago, in this century, it is nothing new and gets quite boring.

Now there are a number of plot devices that seem more original. There are a great number of gods involved in the novels, each having separate affinities such as Roman and Greek gods do in reality. Another factor is that the use of magic, good, evil, or neutral, relies on the presence of each of three corresponding moons. I mention this specifically because, although these ideas are original, it felt to me like I was reading about an RPG game like Dungeons and Dragons, with the way that some of the plot was structured.

If you're an advanced reader, you might not enjoy the writing style either. It's quite simple and clearly made more a younger reader, even though the book is normally filed in adult-fiction. Simple words and short descriptions in the novels make it seem quite bland and the reader may not want to continue reading. Some of the books also have an omniscient viewpoint. While many good literatures make it work, it just doesn't turn out well in Dragonlance.

Now, some people read through a mediocre series often just to know the gist of the plotline, even if it is below their level. Sadly, for anyone who is not honestly in to the series, it is impossible to read through the entire thing. Dragonlance easily numbers up to around 100 different novels to date.

100 novels for one series seems like a lot for a single storyline. It would be, but the Dragonlance novels are in fact not of a single storyline. Instead, the series is split into a large number of sub-series. For instance, the original three books are part of the Chronicles trilogy. Most of the time, the trilogies are only loosely connected due to being in the same setting but at a different time or vice versa. This sounds like it would be fun to read, but it quickly gets boring, and also frustrating, as it is hard to decide what the correct order to read everything is, as a lot of the trilogies refer to each other.

Overall, for someone looking for something original, or is a more advanced reader, Dragonlance isn't recommended. For anyone looking for a quick read of something really simple, but not expecting to read through a whole series, this isn't too bad to pick up in said case. All in all, no surprises should be expected, however.

His Dark Materials Review

The series, His Dark Materials, but Phillip Pullman, consists of the three books, the Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber spyglass. It's a very innovative and immersive story, and I praise Pullman for his amazing insight and philosophical view. In the beginning, an ordinary child named Lyra lives an average life, yet struggling to break free of it. Soon enough, she embarks on a mission to save a lost friend, which quickly becomes a journey through multiple universes, facing unbelievable danger, and unraveling the largest mystery to ever exist. And she herself is the key to it all.

The first book starts off a little shakily. As far as anyone can tell by reading the first novel (or from watching the movie), the story is a clichéd, run-of-the-mill children's book. There's magic, mystical creatures, and a young child saving the day. The first book is more or less a simple introduction to the workings of the world it portrays. Human souls are projected outside the body in the form of animals, there are mysterious, world's can be traveled in between, powerful forces are conspiring, and more. Overall, this gives a very narrow foreshadow to the masterpiece that the later books turn out to be, so don't let it fool you.

Once you begin reading "The Subtle Knife" and on, the plot goes very deep, dark, and amazingly gripping. I'll say one thing before I go on. If you are deeply religious, this story could very well be offensive to you. Not to say that no one who is religious will enjoy this series. If you're open-minded towards the subject, you should have no problem. Why? Because Pullman portrays God and his kingdom of Haven nothing short of evil.

Basically, the plot gets into the fact that people have no free will because of Heaven, that the Church misinterpreted Christianity, and that nothing save for a war against God will resolve things. With the latter two books, the significance of many things in The Golden Compass comes to the surface. The Daemons give an extremely deep look into the souls of the characters. There are an infinite number of parallel universe in existence (many of which have different views on the same religious stories). And the reason why it's a mere child saving the day? Well, that would be giving away the plot.

Pullman really has demonstrated his mastery at his art. He never once goes ahead and states religion as wrong, but rather misunderstood. His reinterpretation on one of the largest religious beliefs to ever exist is actually 100% believable! He also did his research on huge scientific and astrological mysteries and put conclusions to them that make you really trust them. The pages about the inner workings of government and even that of Heaven include betrayal, usurpation, hierarchy, and control, and the thrill will keep you on the edge of your seat, unable to put the book down.

Overall, this is one of the greatest masterpieces that I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I couldn't believe that Pullman was able to create this story and make words to fit all of these thoughts that he had, or that he even had these thoughts to begin with. Truly, I'd recommend this series to almost anyone. It may be viewed as blasphemy, but that's really only to the narrow-minded. If the Anglican leader enjoyed it, I believe that virtually anyone could.