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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty sure not all women view men like this!, 20 Sept. 2007
This review is from: The Fires of Heaven: 5/12 (Wheel of Time) (Hardcover)
I recently finished Book 5 of the considerable Wheel of Time series. It took me longer than expected as there were numerous occassions when I had to put it down and read something better. Indeed it was only my own Herculean determination that allowed me to grind on through painful chapter after excruitiating chapter, alleviated now and then when Jordon returned to Rand.

The reason behind this excruitiating experience lies solely at the feet of Nynaeve and Elayne. The phrase 'he is only a man', or variations on this, must crop up over 100 times! Whilst I can appreciate that the author is trying to establish the (somewhat obvious) differences in the way the sexes perceive each other and the self evident tribulations associated with any male / female relationship, the reader does not need to be told 'he is only a man' every other sentence. It's derogatory and pointless.

To summarise; Elayne and Nynaeve appear to think of men as being entirely useless whilst Rand and Mat remain merely 'confused' by women. The chapters dealing with Rand are still enjoyable and by the conclusion of the book Jordon is back to near his strongest, but the over repetition of certain annoying phrases detracts from any enjoyment this book may have offered. The other classic - 'Her piercing / clear / penetrating / flashing blue (and occassionally green) eyes' also makes several dozen appearances and whilst less irritating than the above, does rather suggest that every character is going around with rather special optical abilities!

I wont be reading the next book in the series for a long long time.
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Initial post: 5 May 2009 15:00:24 BDT
I completely agree. I have been reading this book on and off for over 20 months. Normally, I finish a book in a week or less.

The continuous dragging on and on of the female contingent is utterly boring, and frankly, confusing (probably as I have left the book for so long I have lost touch with who is who). I don't care about following some bunch of contrary tarts to some place of no importance. I want fighting, spells, death and general all round chaos and mayhem, not what dress whatshername is planning on wearing that night.

Jordan, you fail.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2013 20:04:33 BDT
D. J. Mattherws "Pretty sure not all women view men like this!"
It's FICTION, that means it is made up, pretend, make believe, not real.
In other words the author is not suggesting that some/all women view men like this in the "real" world, just that they do in the "Pretend" world he is writing a fictional story about.
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