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Friday, November 19, 2021

If there's one thing The Wheel Of Time isn't short on, it's substance. Robert Jordan's sprawling fantasy spans 15 hefty tomes (including one prequel), and took 29 years to complete, ultimately outliving its creator (the final three books were completed by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan's death)

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"But why is this story so awesome that more than 90 million people voluntarily read (or at least bought with the intention to read) its 14 novels (plus a prequel), each individual book big and thick enough to kill a guy, totaling a staggering 4.4 million words?

And how is Amazon going to make that behemoth into a series that will wrap before all the actors retire and/or civilization collapses? Here's what to know about The Wheel of Time.

Wheel of Time initially centers on five young people"Rand al'Thor, Egwene al'Vere, Perrin Aybara, Nynaeve al'Meara and Matrim Cauthon"from the remote village of Emond's Field in the Two Rivers."

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Trailer at above link... thread link is a review.

I'm about halfway thru the first epi now, and have the next two. It may take a few episodes to get into if one hasn't read the books; it can't be easy to tell this story on film. But it's looking pretty good. This was the main fantasy novel series published between LoR and Got, and I read them as soon as they came out.

Reading the 4th book of Brandon Sanderson's Stormlight Archive, The Rhythm of War now. Damn thing is 1200 pages! It's like lifting weights to carry around.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-19 12:14 AM | Reply

This series is the only thing I've ever finished reading out of pure spite. Started off good enough and turned into a terrible slog but I had to know how bad it got. Pretty damn bad.

The casting for the TV show is pretty spot on, the CGI trollocks were a bit clunky though.

#2 | Posted by qcp at 2021-11-19 08:48 AM | Reply

The casting is spot on? Rand is supposed to be super tall. Lan and Perrin are supposed to be rather buff.

And it just feels so low budget...

I got through all the books but...I just expected so much more from the series than its coming up with.

#3 | Posted by Sycophant at 2021-11-19 12:39 PM | Reply

The thread review says that the it's slow starting, which is why they released 3 episodes right away, but that future ones are better. It was ok... I also didn't care for the casting at first, but I'll give it a chance.

It's certainly not GoT quality casting and filming, but it's also seems to be better than most fantasy films.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2021-11-19 02:38 PM | Reply

Watched the first three episodes yesterday.

Meh.

Was like the hobbit movies, people walking and walking and walking punctuated with a few CGI heavy fight scenes.

#5 | Posted by jpw at 2021-11-21 10:06 AM | Reply

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