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The World of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time
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on January 15, 1998
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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on January 6, 1998
I waited in anticipation of this book for months, and when it finally came out I was disappointed. After all of the typos, blatantly unreliable artwork, and missing/useless information I decided to actually just try to enjoy the book for what it is...
A compendium of all the information that has already been told to us in the first seven books, with a little extra, Artur Hawkwing, the Seanchan, and the Age of Legends, to keep us all drolling in ecstasy for the next book.
For me, the book wasn't really that helpful because I'm in the midst of re-reading the series for my fifth time, but next time I try to force a friend to read one of RJ's books, I will give him/her this neat little book that SOMEHOW manages to sum up the world of the Wheel of Time in such a short span.
A lot of the pictures in the book are wrong. Whether it's a little or a lot, it doesn't really make a difference. If you really want to see what Moiraine, Lan, Rand, or Loial looks like, go to one of the MANY, MANY sites on the web devoted to artwork. If you have a question that's eating you up about the series, join the mailing list, or visit the newsgroup devoted to it. I've read other people's reviews of this book and most people seem disappointed. I am not. The seven full page spreads of the book covers are worth the money of the book alone. Remember this book isn't supposed to answer any questions regarding the future of the series, that is for book eight to deal with, this book is a celebration of the Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan, and all of the fans that are so addicted to WoT that they want anything WoT related.
How many of the people who negatively reviewed this book heard about 'The Strike at Shayol Ghul', and ran to Tor's web site to read it? It wasn't 'Great', but it was part of the WoT and even if it wasn't as good as book 1, or 4, or 7, it didn't make a difference. It was one more piece of knowledge that was added to your collection.
This is not THE best book ever, but it will be nice to re-read it during the lull between books 8 and 9, when I'm itching for a new RJ book
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on December 18, 1997
How can you give it a one? Did you even read it? It talks about so many things in great detail that were left open and unexplaned in the series. It was like an encyclopedia of WoT. SOME of the pictures were not that good (The White Tower looks like an office building and Verin looks like a substitute teacher I once had) but some of them are great (Lanfear). It is not just reiterating facts from the series. It is going deeper into the tellings of the wheel. Try NOT to read this book and see what you miss. When the wheel of time series ends (knock on wood) and there will be questions left open that are in this book let us see who has the last laugh. The World of Wheel of Time is a great book for WoT fans to own. It is pricy but it is printed on super quality paper. They should of made it in paperback too (I would of still purchased hard cover anyway). Well that is waht I have to say. Get this book for a christmas present if you don't want to shell out $40 for it. Adios et Au demain.
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on June 18, 1998
Many choose to critisize this book saying the text is general, the typos are many, and the information is the same that you find in the series. As to the typos: it's a first edition! expect typos; that's why people buy first editions. Also, if the text got anymore specific, can you imagine how long this book would be? Some of the information is new and can't be found in the regular series, but most can. Of course! This book wasn't written to give us spoilers; it's a compilation of all the odd facts presented in the books and a useful reference. If a person buys it expecting otherwise they'll be disappointed, but for what it is, it's great! I will conceed that many of the pictures are inaccurate, but no more so than those of the book jackets, and as far as I'm concerned a few (not very many) do seem to be accurate. Overall, it is a good reference and did answer some questions I had about the series. I knew what I was buying beforehand, and it lived up to my expectations.
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on November 29, 1997
Reading the reviews displayed here, I have seen a lot of critiscism for this Guide. I'm not sure why, as I found it to meet up with my expectations. The artwork I ignored completely; simply because I think all artwork about books is dissapointing. What I didn't ignore was the content! This is not a book about the events taking place in the Wheel of Time, it's a history book about the world of the Wheel of Time. It's a book that could have been written about the world, in the world. It features biographies on the Chosen/Forsaken, the history of the Age of Legends, and explanation of their society, explanations of the Aiel, the Seanchen and others. This is not part of the Wheel of Time, it stands aside from it. Personnaly I found it to be a captivating read, and a MUST BUY. It reveals nothing about what is going to happen in the series, and only fills in other gaps. Don't be put off this book because of its artwork; if so, why did you EVER pick up the Eye of the World?
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For those who liked the Silmarillion best of all Tolkein's works- who really enjoy history and geography, even if it's fictional, this is an excellent work. Jordan provides the history, culture, philosophy, xenology, and geography to his world, with many extra bonuses that you won't find (yet) in any of the novels. For a series that has dragged on way too long, with some 7,000 pages, it is really hard to keep track of who is doing what, and who is who. This very encompassing work gives you the background you need to remember whenever that new Jordan novel comes out. And it is amazing to discover secret tidbits that you can't find anywhere else, like a large continent to the South of the main two, populated by madmen, where the anarchy and lasse faire attitudes towards the One Power rain supreme. You got to check out this book to find out more about this place, and many others.
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on March 24, 1999
I started reading fantasy at abou age twelve,and quickly graduated to sci fi.I have read all the favorites Brooks, Card, Asimov ,ect,ect,ect.(Yes I loved The King and I).And I have to say this series can be read over and over again.I have to say this because after reading Tolkiens series(Appologise to Tolkiens fans) I just could not take fantasy anymore.It all just seemed to predictable.Then I picked up The Eye of the World on a whim about five years ago and was hooked.This series is what fantasy should be.I have read The Path of Daggers and look forward to reading it again.My only dissapointment was the absence of Mat.But I am sure he will return soon,and probably leading Artur Hawkwings armies. Thankyou Mr.Jordan sir I look forword to the next book.
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on February 19, 2002
I have read the entire series so far, and have never been disapointed in the content of his books. He provides a rich and animated world of calibur not seen since Tolkien's famous works. This is not your average rehash of dwarves and elves, or any other fantasy epic. Well, there is a prophesy spoiler, given in the first book. This in my opinion spoils the ending of the book series, leaving the reader with a soap opera style epic. For fantasy readers looking for something new and original, this is it.
As for the artwork, well, I usually put post-it notes covering them up. Since my time in art school, looking at pathetic artwork sends shooting pains behind my eyeballs.
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on November 10, 1997
Robert Jordan has excelled yet again with this essential addition to the Wheel of Time series. Written from the perspective of a near period historian, the book offers an in-depth of the amazingly descriptive world Robert Jordan has created.
Including several full page color portraits and maps, The World of Robert Jordan's wheel of time allows those who have followed his series from The Eye of the World through A Crown of Swords to review in one well-organized work, all that has been described. Fans of the series will not be dissapointed for the delay the writing of this book may have created for Jordan's next novel in the series.
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on December 25, 1997
Well, I really can't understand why all of you people are so dang picky. I've just started the series and this book is a Godsend, it helps me in everyway possible. A few typographical errors? Reading all of your reviews I've found about 15. No one is perfect, no one will ever be perfect, don't expect it. The pictures were fine, all you people are going crazy because someones eyes are supposed to be blue, but in the pictures they are blue green! Big Whoop! I think it is wonderful that Mr. Jordan and company took the time to write out this book so that the storyline is easier to follow. I give Jordan a pat on the back for this one.
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