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on April 14, 2010
I'm going to have to disagree with many of the reviews I've read here. I most certainly CAN tell when Jordan stops and Sanderson picks up the narrative. It is painfully obvious. I won't be too critical of Sanderson, because I don't think he should apologize for it, but his style is different. It's shorter, less rambling or descriptive. Also, the dialog is a bit weak.
But there are some more serious problems with this book, namely editing.
I felt like the editors tried to preserve and publish every last word that Jordan wrote before his death. Noble, but doesn't make for the best book. Jordan needs an editor to trim his ramblings down to something manageable. We don't have it in 'The Gathering Storm".
Instead, we have hundreds of pages of painstaking detail of almost nothing happening. Just a sense of doom coming. I could have forgiven this excess if it weren't for the treatment of the actual pivotal action scenes.
12 pages. One of the most anticipated scenes in the entire series is reduced to 12 pages. I waded through hundreds of pages of NOTHING for 12 pages of action? Nooooo!!!! I don't blame Jordan, and even Sanderson can be given a pass -- this time. I blame the editors. Clearly, in the quest to preserve all of Jordan's original writings, there wasn't enough room left in the book for a proper treatment of the climax -- clearly written by Sanderson.
The editors should have trimmed Jordan's work down by 200 pages or so, and told Sanderson to sit down and stretch out the action scenes another 150 pages.