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1.0 out of 5 stars Sanderson has ruined this for me., 4 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Towers Of Midnight: Book 13 of the Wheel of Time (Hardcover)
I liked Jordan's other books, and I could tolerate the previous one in the series as it still read...at least a bit like Jordan. However, put simply, Sanderson can not write. It actually reads like bad fan fiction, which was published by accident some how. Particularly odious are...oh, the hell with it, the whole book is just awful - as well as riddled with typos and minor grammatical errors.

The writing for Mat - ESPECIALLY Mat - Perrin, and any of the female characters at all is all fairly atrocious, and any attempt Sanderson makes at an action scene falls flat because he insists on using at very least double the number of words he should... In fact, basically, vast vast swathes of the book are just as boring as hell.

It is hard to explain how badly done, half-baked and poorly phrased most of this book is. Every attempt at drama, suspense, sentiment or... ugh. It all falls flat. It all rings hollow.

Sanderson sucks. He is awful. You should avoid this book unless (like me) you absolutely HAVE to know how the whole thing finishes because you've been reading it for so long.
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2011 14:30:07 GMT
Kevin Roche says:
You're so right! Fortunately, for him, he has a captive audience in this series and, unless he was several shades worse a writer than he actually is, I think we'll all buy the last volume. The only consolation is that, however badly written, it is still Jordan's story with Jordan's ending.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Feb 2011 16:15:47 GMT
Cervantes says:
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Posted on 24 Feb 2011 20:55:16 GMT
D. Laverick says:
Are you guys insane? Take off the rose tinted specs, Jordan only started to recover the series in his final book, the previous three were all terrible - too long, far too descriptive (do we really need to know about the fabric of every woman's dress) too many characters, too many scenarios - he lost control of it and it lost its way. Sanderson has done the right thing, he keeps the action moving, he ties up lose ends and returns the series to its glorious early days. Your review sucks.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Feb 2011 11:07:48 GMT
I have to agree with D Laverick. Really the comment in the review that he was a bad fan fic author is totally stupid. Need I remind you that he is the author of at least 4 different series (I think?), and they're all in varying degrees of awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Jun 2011 14:42:33 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 Jun 2011 14:43:34 BDT
Kevin Roche says:
Well, opinion is all rather subjective. I praised Gathering Storm very highly in my review, but I think, in towers of Midnight, Sanderson completely wasted what momentum he'd built up. Towers of Midnight is awful, two-thirds of the book about Perrin, in which nothing significant happens that couldn't have been resolved in a couple of chapters. It's a pity, but on the strength of Towers of Midnight I would never be encouraged to read anything by Sanderson.

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 13:00:57 GMT
Adam says:
Am I missing something here? Jordan was boring the hell out of his readers with absolute rubbish frokm book 5 onwards. The man used repetitive sentances likely because it just meant copy and paste to fill half his books.
I've not even bothered reading the last few books becaue there is nothing any writer can do to salvage anyhting from this series after Jordan buried it in tedious characters and kept adding more. I guess Sanderson could have started by killing almost every character in the book and just carrying on with a select few, that may have helped.
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