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TGS thoughts chapters 4-9


Chapter 4: Gawyn! And he's less annoying again! And it looks like we might actually *gasp* get him on the right side without much more ado and weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth! The shock! He might be willing to ADMIT HE'S WRONG! WTF, people?

Chapter 5: More Rand the Bland. And Our Heroes are actually using their brains and *gasp* realizing what the "flashes of colors" are. And using them as needed. Le Gasp! Not to mention a (granted, brief) appearance by the Sea Folk that doesn't make me grit my teeth hard enough to break them! Although Cadsuane still needs a few slap-downs I think.

Chapter 6: I saw the first two words, was thinking that that was the name of Geezer!Farmer, and had to put the book down and walk away for a while. It's sorta okay though... I was wrong, but it's still another new character from the Prologue. -_- Fuck off, new characters!

And a quick shift back to Egwene in the Tower, which took me by surprise, since the chapters thus far have been pretty much focusing around one basic area, if not just one character. More weirdness with Bubbles of Evil shifting things around, which along with the rotting food and lack of growing things is just disturbing, and really makes me wonder how any sort of civilization is expected to survive *at all* after this.

Chapter 7: Nynaeve, without much braid-tugging or sniffing for a change, and her difficulties in being accepted as Aes Sedai. She is however showing more patience and wisdom as appropriate for, well, a Wisdom, which is welcome.

We also see Rand, who's being somewhat annoying, but at least realizes it and apologizes, which is a start. And Aviendha still putting up with Meaningless!Punishment. *sigh* Although at least this time we get the Aiel without any of the actual Aiel viewpoints.

Chapter 8: The rebel Aes Sedai (rebelrebel), and Siuan, and Gareth Byrne. I'd forgotten how Siuan and Egwene were meeting. The constant reminders that yes, Siuan was a fisherman's daughter like 40 fucking years ago for about 1/4 of her life get a bit grating again, but it's nice to see her actually admit to herself, at least, that she's falling/fallen in love. It's also nice to see some actual COMMUNICATION for a change. Except that I nearly keeled over from the shock.

Chapter 9: Perrin. Ugh. Now, I don't hate Perrin (although I'd like to see more of the wolves again), but Perrin has with him some of the more irritating parts of the cast. Like, well, Faile mostly. But she doesn't show up much, and we DO get to see a bit of Tam, so... not all bad. Although I could also do without emo!Perrin, but hey, whatever.

It also seems like he might be moving to rejoin Rand, getting some of the disparate plot threads back together again, which is welcome.

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stormfeather
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:36 am (UTC)
True, I still wanted to smack Gawyn a bit for 1) finally realizing that Elaida's just trying to get them killed off but then 2) not doing a damn thing about it, although at least some neurons are finally sparking, y'know? So at least it's an improvement!

And yeah, the Perrin stuff, zzz, except for getting some more Tam, and I totally can't wait to get him and Rand in the same room again.

But that also reminds me: we've made it through a prologue and nine chapters now, and like 2 1/2 Rand chapters and 1 Perrin chapter, without one mention of "Rand/Perrin/Mat wished he could deal with women/whatever like Mat/Perrin/Rand"? Is that some sort of record?
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stormfeather
Oct. 29th, 2009 01:50 am (UTC)
Hah, yeah, when Perrin sees a flash of Rand and is like "now that's what a king should look like!" which made me sit back and cringe, but... nothing more than that!
theweaselking
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
I distinctly recall seeing at least two of those. But I don't remember what chapter they were in, beyond that I *thought* it was really early on.
dscotton
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)
I remember at least one as well, but I can't blame Sanderson for using that to maintain some continuity. He doesn't seem to be overdoing it from what I've seen.
skwidly
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Rodel Ituralde is not a new character! He had at least two POV segments in KoD.

theweaselking
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)
That's "new".

But he was mentioned way back in book 1, so at least he's not Random Farmer Dude.
stormfeather
Oct. 29th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Well, like I can remember this when I can't remember half the *important* shit from KoD!
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silmaril
Nov. 2nd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Eamon Valda died. The Shaido fuc... I mean, rode off into the sunset, never to be heard from again (*little dance*). And they took the Sevanna and the Galina they rode in on with them (*little dance*). I guess Faile got saved or something, sorry, can't care. The Empress died. Mat got married and sent Tuon back to the Seanchan. Mat and Thom finally, like, talked and Mat realized he had to save Moiraine and they all figured out about the Tower of Ghenji---in one chapter all, not in 500 pages. Elayne finally got to be the Queen, officially, and the siege ended, and she rooted out the Black Ajah with her, and the Darkfriend Central HQ in Caemlyn. Egwene started resisting in captivity and the TAS Black Ajah hunting contingent started to have some success and the SAS figured out Halima and drove her off and accepted an invitation to bond Asha'man.

All in all, Knife of Dreams was pretty eventful in a good way.
silmaril
Nov. 2nd, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Now that we are at the end of the book, Gawyn's got both more of a clue and is under more control, but as far as I recall (and I sort of tore through the last chapters veryveryfast) he still hasn't given up on the Must Kill Al'Thor Everyone's Wrong About Him But Me obsession.

Soon, I hope. As soon as Egwene gets a hint of it, at least.

Nynaeve did grow up well. Which is ironic, considering where she grew up to be is pretty much where she was at the beginning of it all---the Wisdom, authoritative and self-confident and listened-to. I guess the difference is a matter of scale.
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