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The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Paperback – Nov 10 2001


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (Nov. 10 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312869363
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312869366
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 2.1 x 27.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #282,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again." Jordan's Wheel of Time series has uncountable fans, and those who are looking for an encyclopedic history and mythology of Rand al'Thor's world will enjoy this work, which fills in background rather than furthering the story. Also included are double-page spreads of Darrell K. Sweet's seven book jackets for the series. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Fans of Jordan's popular "The Wheel of Time" epic fantasy series now in its seventh volume (A Crown of Swords, Tor, 1996) will benefit from this illustrated guide. It includes 70 new full-color paintings of maps, flags, characters, and objects of power. A detailed text explains plot and characters in a narrative form rather than in encyclopedic entries. Although the lack of an index may make this volume hard to use as a reference source, its completeness will serve to introduce new readers to the series. Recommended where the series is popular.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Jan. 15 1998
Format: Hardcover
Have you read the books yet? If you haven't then this book is useless to you But if you've read most of the series so far then this is the book for you. Ever wondered what the Age of Legends were like or what the flags of the nations looked like? Have you ever wanted to know more about the Bore or the Aiel, well its all in here for you.
It serves as a reference book an fill in many of the details that were fleetingly mentioned in the book, but not elaborated on. If you love the series and want to know more about customs etc of the World of the wheel of time then I strongly recommend it.
And yes, the pictures do suck. Lan's face is bigger than Moraine's body, but the content is excellent. Remember the old saying? "Don't judge a book by its cover (or its pictures in this case)."
Ususally I'd just give Robert Jordan a rating of 10 on all his wheel of time books, but b/c of the pictures, the book deserves a 9.5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Bennett on Dec 7 2003
Format: Hardcover
Artwork has nothing to do with the book. I create all the picturs in my mind anyway. If I want to buy a book for pictures I'll buy a comic book. This book however was great. In the large elaborate world of this series a guide is almost a necessity. I know it takes from some of the intrigue of the book. But there are so many characters that directly relate to the plot that I think some of the facts covered in this book will never see print in the series. I highly recommend this to all true fans. I have read the series almost as many times as there are book in the series. Maybe even more. I am unsure. But I still like the information presented here. Artwork is never as good as the pictures in my head anyway.
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Format: Hardcover
This is a nice, big illustrated coffee-table book that gives background on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time fantasy series.
It's not that bad. However, since the series is ongoing, it doesn't focus on characters or plot details, so it aint much help in clearing up questions about the series. The most revealing thing you'll get is the occasional picture of a main character. Instead, the book heavily focuses on providing a history of the fantasy world depicted in the series. In this regard, the book breaks new ground by covering the events before and after the Breaking of the World, pictures of the Seanchan creatures, and hints of what other lands (Sea Folk islands, Shara, Isle of the Madmen) are like. There is also a rather nice section on the Forsaken and Shadow creatures.
The major flaw of the book is that the history can get pretty boring at times. There's a lot of unnecessary repetition and political history. The book doesn't just focus on the political background of kingdoms such as Andor and Illian, but on the long-forgotten kingdoms that preceded them as well. This attempt to make the land more complex just falls flat. Mantheron, once hailed as a mythic empire, is shown just to be one of dozens of tiny blobs on a map. Even more annoying, while the maps show dozens of lost kingdoms, Malkier is missing in action. Malkier was supposed to have been claimed by the Blight. Yet every map in the book dating back to the Breaking of the World shows the Blight as unchanged. Unless it was a tiny dot the size of Mayene you would think a kingdom that was supposed to intrude up into the Blight would show up.
All in all, despite its flaws, the book is ok. If you're a die-hard Wheel of Time then go for it. But if you're just a casual fan, or are looking for answers to plot details about the series, then don't bother with it. At most, you can pick it up and glance at the pretty pictures while killing time in a bookstore or library.
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Format: Hardcover
My apologies to the artists who worked on this book. I feel bad for what I'm about to say about somebody's work.
However, the art in this book is so bad that it actually ruins the entire experience of reading. It's so ugly that you simply can't stand to look at it. I don't know who thought that the art submitted was good enought to be included, but they are almost certainly related to either Robert Jordan or Teresa Patterson who "co-wrote" the book. It's almost childish the quality of work contained here. Perspectives are off, the colors are unwisely chosen, and I pray that the character protrayed look nothing like this in "reality".
And another thing...who the heck is Teresa Patterson? Was Robert Jordan too busy to explain the world he created himself? I mean come on. Is this woman some sort of expert on the wheel of time? I mean the writing is okay, but it's also poorly orgainized and not too insightful. I imagine that a 14 year old fan could've written a better description of the history of Jordan's universe here.
Get this book only if you want every possible scrap of garbage you can get on the Wheel of Time.
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By EMAN NEP on April 20 2001
Format: Hardcover
I'm a BIG WoT fan--I own all the books--which is why I couldn't resist the urge to buy this book. The main reason why I got it is because I've always been fascinated about the lands of the Seanchan and Shara. Although the book doesn't tell you much about those lands, there are MAPS of the WHOLE WORLD. There are Age of Legends maps and present-day maps. As for the artwork, it is not that good. The only picture that does a good job of resembling a character is the one of Lanfear. Now keep in mind that everyone's idea of "beautiful" will differ. Also keep in mind that Lanfear has different shades of beauty. The reason why I like that picture is because it makes Lanfear look attractive--at least--BUT AT THE SAME TIME you can see her potential for evil. It's that dark look in her eyes. As for the book itself, you'd expect more from Robert Jordan. I've heard somewhere that his pile of NOTES is TWICE as large as the whole series. If that's the case, I wonder what he's leaving out. I like the 7 book covers enclosed in the middle--but you can't take them out without damaging a very expensive book. These book cover pictures don't have the lettering, just the picture, and they take up two pages apiece. I just wish that they would have been made into tear-out posters. Finally, I don't understand why Robert Jordan published this book when the series wasn't even done yet. Tolkien was smart enough not to do that. In short, when the series IS done, you can bet that Robert Jordan will have to crank out ANOTHER textbook with ALL the covers and everything else. All in all, I'd say that ONLY HARDCORE WoT fans should get this book, if not for the artwork then for the narrative. Or, better yet, wait for the FINAL (?) textbook-like Wheel of Time book to come out.
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