Dreams and Speculation's Wheel of Time Challenge.
Tor.com's Wheel of Time reread of TFoH by the ever-entertaining and in-your-face Leigh Butler
Adam Roberts' witty and snide review of TFoH. What most concerns him is the writing style. And really, I agree with him.
A very sprawling read, and I really began to feel bored. Very tedious and repetitive detail. What kind of literary mind repeats unilluminating details over and over, as if that conveys character? Perhaps he wrote each scene in isolation, then stitched it all together without realizing, "hey, I used that same description in the last chapter." A good editor could have pruned and tightened this up and reduced it by 200 pages without losing anything. This book demonstrates a failure in editing as much as writing. Perhaps by book five RJ's Tor editors were bowing and scraping — unwisely.
A Little Further into Bas-Lag
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