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Subject: Wheel of Time -- summary site?
Date Posted: 12/14/2009 12:56 PM ET
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Hello, fantasy forum.  First time visitor here, looking for a recommendation.  I read the Wheel of Time series a few years ago, shortly before Knife of Dreams came out.  I'm ready to dig into the Gathering Storm now, only I find that I've forgotten so much, that I really need a refresher on the whole series first.  Does anyone know of a good site that provides a summary of each book?  I'm thinking something like a page mabye, per book.  The sites I've found so far seem to be either significantly shorter or much longer.  Thanks!

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Date Posted: 12/14/2009 1:27 PM ET
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Wikipedia might be a good resource.  I haven't read the series myself.

Date Posted: 12/30/2009 3:59 PM ET
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just re-read the series. Seriously...

Date Posted: 12/30/2009 7:51 PM ET
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Reread the series?  No way!  One reading of a 1,000+ page novel with about 50 pages worth of plot is plenty, thank you.

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 1/1/2010 11:39 AM ET
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I'm still plugging away at my quest to re-read the series too... I'm currently halfway through A Crown of Swords (book 7).  The original idea was to read the whole series before reading the final book, but now that book 12 will be a trilogy coming out over the next three years, I find I'm not in as much of a hurry.

Date Posted: 1/3/2010 10:00 AM ET
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exactly Paul. I haven't read a new one since "Winter's something or Other". I'm waiting til the last one is coming out, then I'll dig in. I'm looking at it as a couple months worth of reading :-)

Date Posted: 1/19/2010 2:49 PM ET
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Here you go.  Wheel of Time Re-Read Index

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Date Posted: 1/23/2010 7:57 PM ET
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I have never been able to follow them without rereading. So I've read the series over and over until the last one came out. I tried that without rereading and was pretty lost.  I am waiting until it's done to reread now.  There are so many little subplots that I just can't keep track of after a year or so. I read a lot, mostly fantasy, so books tend to merge together for me.

Date Posted: 4/26/2010 7:22 PM ET
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whoa I totally need the refresher myself... been trying to work through the last book and it takes a little getting used to... Thanks for the link!

Date Posted: 5/24/2010 3:05 PM ET
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I think I suggested the re-read a long time ago (couple of years I think!) and then did nothing about it until last month, when my WL copy of Gathering Storm arrived. Read the first five books last month and am just loving re-reading the series again... though if I remember right, somewhere about books 6/7/8 it starts to get really slow and there's far too much wandering about with minor characters.

Anyway, I think a re-read is totally worth doing! I figure I'll be done with it by the time Towers of Midnight (or whatever it's called) comes out in October, and then one last book is not so much to wait for.

Date Posted: 6/14/2010 5:28 PM ET
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I'm re reading the series again for this same reason :) I've forgotten so much!

Date Posted: 8/15/2010 6:27 PM ET
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This is a little off subject, but I am trying to read the first book, Eye of the World. I'm not into fantasy that much; I read for books that my children can read w/o being exposed too young to swear words or sexual scenes. Oh, and detailed torture scenes. I would rather just hand this book off to my daughter, but I can't find any reviews (like Amazon or PBS) that mention these issues. Is this because the book doesn't have these issues? I'm on chap 5 and it FEELS as if the book is safe, but in past experience I had seen books change drastically from beginning to end. So if I am trying to avoid these issues in a book, is the book good readingon that level? How about more of the series, in case it lights a fire under my daughter?

Over all the book is well done.I can see a lot of quality in it and since my daughter is a new fantasy writer herself, this stuff could really feed her creativity. Also, she is crazy for sword fights and has a sword (or two) that she babies. I would love to give her something to feed her intense interests in fantasy.

I apologize if this is a thread jack. I was looking to post the question and stumbled across your thread. Since you're here, I was hoping you could help me. But I really don't want to impose on anyone.

Thank you.

Paul H. (PaulH) - ,
Date Posted: 8/21/2010 7:18 PM ET
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Swearing is mostly relegated to made-up phrases... "blood and bloody ashes" for example. Maybe an occasional damn or hell, but nothing vulgar that I recall.

There is nudity, but it's not dwelled upon in any sexual or lustful way (in my opinion). It's typically mentioned as a simple matter of fact and dwells more on other character's and culture's reactions to it (embarasement, shock, indifference). For example, Jordan will placea character from a typically modest society among a culture where women walk around as bare-chested as the men. The scene will dwell on that charcter's discomfort and embarasement, not really on any details of a character's particular.... em, physical attributes, shall we say?

Sex does occur, more so in later books, but it takes place "off camera" so to speak. We know it happened but the scene will end before we see it, and then will pick up with the character the next morning.