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Eye of the World: In a blink, nightmares balance dreams in a journey's start

  • Jul 1, 2010
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   Brilliant book and a bloody good beginning to my favorite series: The Wheel of Time.  Robert Jordan, like a lone fly fisherman, slowly lures you in knowing the day's light is long and hunger builds as time passes.  The fly, being a single character, pulls at you until you surrender to Jordan's power.  You are released to find another fly.  So different, yet so enticing, and again, you give in, and again, you are released.  The point is, Jordan gives you a reason to love every character, to know what makes the characters who they are.  As the book progresses and characters veer down different paths, it is hard to leave one character behind to catch the others up.  It is this power at first that made me continue reading.
   In the Eye of the World, we find the small self-sufficient town of Edmond's field.  Rand Al'Thor, Perrin Aybara, Matt Cauthon, Nynaeve Al'Meara, and Egwene Al'Vere draw the focus and present an innocence that we can reflect on and somewhat forgot we had.  Of course, things change quickly when out-of-towners make their grand entrances.  Soon a type of magic, which was only myth to the small town folk, leaps forth to grasp at the very breath they breathe. 
   This, being the first book, makes a great point to tell you straight up here are the core characters.  However, there's no sloppiness about it.  Jordan's words dance in your mind, keeping you up at night to read just one more chapter.  I loved every minute I escaped to the enchanted world of the Wheel of Time.  Reading the entire series (at least to the most recent release) and returning back to the Eye of the World deepened my feelings for this series.  You cannot go wrong with this book, honestly. 
  However, as a side note:  discussing this book with my friends in person brought up one key issue.  What is the correct pronunciation for the characters' names???!? I'm terribly serious, it took us a while to just agree on this before the discussion really began. 

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July 15, 2010
Totally made me laugh about the names pronunciation, we always argued about that as well. It really seems like everyone comes up with whatever version of the name sounds best in their heads. I bet you a really cool psychological experiment could be put together about which people prefer what sounds when they are not reading aloud. A little Masters and Kinsey type research. On a different topic how much of a let down was the new book for you? I really don't think they got the person to do it, but then again the right person died. But seriously Brandon's strength is in plot development, and killing off characters, not personality development, and this series is all about the personalities and how they interact with each other. Sad. The characters are so strong, and in the last book, they just became stereotypes, repeating the same things that made them who they were in the past, but not showing any growth. I will give him props for taking it on at all, and he did a really good job with Egwene, so there is that.
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ISBN-10: 0812511816
ISBN-13: 978-0812511819
Author: Robert Jordan
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Fantasy
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