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Old 10-04-2013, 10:37 AM
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Oh, but she does. She is always the nicest person in the world when she's talking to fans because she understands that she has both her own reputation and RJ's legacy to protect, but I have seen glimpses of her claws. You know how good I am at bringing out that side of people. She is very refined in everything she does, so even then she doesn't come across as a shrew or a scold. I imagine that's exactly how RJ saw the Aes Sedai, which is a very different picture than most people seem to have.
I can totally see that. I would not want to eff with Harriet.
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Have you read GLotD's Blog? Cause more thoughtful commentary is just waiting for you!
Me? As it happens I have dipped in and out, altho I am in no way up to date with it. I tend to swing by on quiet afternoons at work
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Yup, you. I'm lucky enough to be in the same province as GLotD. Having these types of discussions in person are even better, let me tell you!
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When he made it out here last year we had those same conversations. And he also tried to get me to join the "RJ is wrong" group. Still don't know what to think.
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When he made it out here last year we had those same conversations. And he also tried to get me to join the "RJ is wrong" group. Still don't know what to think.
Wrong about what? I still believe Taimandred...
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I just wanted to say, GLOTD, that I did post my own ideas about the slowdown quite a while ago, but it was on wotmania, and not here. So I would expect you never saw it. And anyway it is lost in time.

I had a slightly different take on the slowdown. I see it as occurring because the Shadow is stymieing the Light with delay and distraction. They want the world to resist change: keep the nationalism, keep the factions, keep the anti-male channeller attitudes. That way there is division and not unity and cooperation. The world comes to a standstill, a giant spanner in the works. It can be broken then. RJ wanted the Shadow to really appear powerful and dangerous. (Showing a few more Shadow POVs would have helped, I believe, rather than holding everything over to the end.)

Rand being the agent of change - Lord of Chaos - had to break the societies into rubble drectly or indirectly, so that something fairer or more unified could be rebuilt. This parallels what happens with the Seals and Bore. It's meant to. When Fel wrote about clearing rubble before you can build it refers to the Land as much as to the Seals. Rand was naturally forcussed on the latter, but what Rand does is mirrored by what happens to the Land as a whole.

Jordan took a big risk writing the slowdown for two reasons. One is that it bores many readers, often because they can't see the purpose. Or they do see the purpose but didn't want it to go on so long (4 books, unheard of!). The other reason is that having bogged everything down, it can be difficult to get the plots going again. KOD is when RJ commenced the start up and some of it felt poorly paced.

It's late here, so I'll stop. Hopefully I have expressed this coherently.
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I can totally see that. I would not want to eff with Harriet.

I can totally see this as well. Nicest person in the world but you can tell that she can hold her own, that's for sure.
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