I first read that about 20, 25 years ago, and about a year ago I checked it out again. I was a bit disappointed upon return. First of all, I didn't think any of the other books stood up to the first (Magician), and the pace seemed just too fast. It feels like long periods of time were skipped over. That book could have been made into a 2000-page trilogy, rather than a 700 page novel. The whole time Pug was in Kelewan, both as a slave and then his development as a Great One, was mostly skipped over. And Thomas's development, too, seem more like "before" and "after" pictures.If you like wheel of time I would highly recommend the Rift-War Saga by Raymond E. Feist... Its just fantastic
Derp. Missed this when you posted it.
Slightly off-topic here, but have either of you (TWC or Sam) read Pat Rothfuss' stuff? I might not put him up there with Martin (yet)...but they are great reads.
I've never heard of him, but I appreciate the recommendation. Looks like an interesting series. I just started re-reading the Wheel Of Time series, hoping to finish with the final book, whenever the fuck it gets released (rumors say November, but with the WoT series, the rumors are always remarkably wrong. And then, I'll be able to read something else again.
Maybe I'm just deadened by the even (a charitable way of saying "glacial") pace of the WoT series. I mean, over the course of the whole series -- 10,000 pages! -- only ~three years will have taken place. I like the subtle changes in characters that build upon and stem from even the most minute of details (but man, there are times I really want to slap some of them around). I love the breadth of characters in the WoT. Hundreds of them, and all fully developed. Jordan had a pen for detail. The series slows waaaaaaaaay the fuck down during books, oh, say 6-10, where it takes like 3500 pages to got through two months of simultaneous action, but with as many characters and situations that were started, I don't think he had a choice to take the time he did. I was really reluctant to read the last two books when Sanderson was brought on board to help complete the series (and I think his first effort was a bit uneven), but the scene between Egwene and Elaida was the best thing I've read out of that series since the fight at Toman Head.
But, yeah, I'm gonna stop here before I get too fired up, and you all get too bored.