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Monday, September 9. 2013
The Shadow Rising (Chapters 49-54) Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 08:57
I'm claiming a medical hardship waiver for my entry being a week late. It's a mediocre section this week, as we're getting near the end of book four and threads need to be wound down. Continue reading "The Shadow Rising (Chapters 49-54)"
Tuesday, July 30. 2013
The Shadow Rising (Chapters 19-24) Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 07:47
For me, these chapters are really great; probably the best part of book four so far. I don't recall choosing these chapters on purpose, but we get in this 5 chapter segment exactly the kind of depth of universe development that I love in Jordan's books (and find lacking in most other "epic fantasy"). Had an interesting discussion with MG the other day about how just as he's starting to get excited about the books, I'm hitting some of the rocky parts that make the series difficult for me. Thankfully, after this read-through is done, I won't ever again have to hear the glorification of women manipulating men to get what they want, and men being "wool-headed" fools, falling for it every time. Continue reading "The Shadow Rising (Chapters 19-24)"
Tuesday, June 18. 2013
The Dragon Reborn (Chapters 38-43) Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 10:03
Some cool stuff about Aiel, plus glimpses of what's going on with the Mat/Thom thread, and the Perrin/Faile/Moiraine/Lan/Loial. It's usually at this point in this book where I start to think "You know, for a book titled 'The Dragon Reborn', we sure don't spend much time around...you know, the actual Dragon Reborn." Continue reading "The Dragon Reborn (Chapters 38-43)"
Thursday, June 6. 2013
The Dragon Reborn (Chapters 26-31) Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 08:57
Sorry this is so late, everyone. It's been a really rough week. The early chapters were rough going - I don't know about you lot, but I'm pretty much done with the Hounds of Tar Valon for a while - but some good Mat stuff later on, and Thom comes back! Continue reading "The Dragon Reborn (Chapters 26-31)"
Tuesday, May 14. 2013
Wolves and the World of Dreams, pt. 1 Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 11:07
Great chapters - thanks to MG for trading me, and additionally for setting himself up so perfectly
About half of this post had to be cut because I realized it was full of spoilers. I'll save it for later.
Chapter 13 was previously accidentally left out of my post; it has now been appended. Continue reading "Wolves and the World of Dreams, pt. 1"
Wednesday, April 24. 2013
The Great Hunt (Chapters 42-47): The ... Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 01:44
Sorry this is late, been trying to run a campaign for office in the UCRP. Chapters summarized below the fold, but general tone: Jordan was still thinking he'd wrap this up in three books. In some ways, I'm glad he failed. Continue reading "The Great Hunt (Chapters 42-47): The Heron Wading in the Rushes"
Tuesday, March 26. 2013
The Great Hunt: Chapters 18-23 Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 11:40
I really enjoy these chapters because they start to humanize the Aes Sedai a little bit - we can start to understand the environmental factors that lead to them behaving the way they do. Chapter specific thoughts below the fold. Continue reading "The Great Hunt: Chapters 18-23"
Monday, March 4. 2013
The Eye of the World - Summary Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 23:32
I hate our blog. Twice now it has eaten posts > 2k words on this topic. I'm not doing it again - not tonight. I like book one; I wish Harriet hadn't edited the series; I wish James Rigney and Peter Jackson had known each other. Fin.
Tuesday, February 12. 2013
Eye of the World Chapters 37-42 Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 00:40
Good chapters; with 75% of the book behind us, I can definitely feel that "end of the novel" approach starting to loom. The 3-way rift in the party is healed as Moriaine, Lan, and Nynaeve find first Perrin and Egwene, then Rand and Mat. Long-held secrets are revealed, including the boys' dreams and Mat's Mashadarian dagger, and some subplots are tied up while deeper roots are laid for the later novels. We are introduced to more forms of prophecy, some information about Rand's heritage (he appears to have Aiel blood), and we hear of the Green Man, the Eye of the World, and meet the ruling family of Camelyn - including the Daughter-Heir Elayne, who finds Rand handsome.
More below the jump... Continue reading "Eye of the World Chapters 37-42"
Tuesday, January 29. 2013
The Eye of the World (Chapters 29-30) Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 08:36
These are some great chapters, and I'm glad I get to cover them. I don't know how anyone else is feeling about the series at this point, but I really enjoy the way Jordan is so carefully weaving each character's fate deeper and deeper into the very history of the land they travel across; almost without exception, every event that happens in these chapters has much a much deeper repurcussion later in the series (some of them, over and over again). While a lot of annoying recurring themes get introduced here, I did love Perrin's struggles with the "Way of the Leaf"; this struggle between a loving and pacifist acceptance of fate and the desire to affect one's own destiny is something that resonates VERY strongly for me. Chapter recaps, and some more of my thoughts, below the fold. Continue reading "The Eye of the World (Chapters 29-30)"
Thursday, January 17. 2013
I just got the following from the Data Center:
Ticket description: Equipment Upgrade
Ticket category: Colocation Services
As our commitment to keep your services the best possible, we have placed new equipment that will effect your collocation service. We are ready to make the switch over and will need to physically move your colocation cable from the old router to the new one. We will also be moving your ip’s to the new router. Since we are ready, it will include only about 5-15 seconds of downtime.
We will be making the move Friday night (1/18/13) starting at 11pm to 1am Saturday morning (1/19/13). If there is a slot in this time frame that would work best for you, please let us know. If we don't hear from you, then we will make the move during that time.
Thank you, Dylan Fibernet Data Center Operations Manager
Unless I hear from one of you indicating otherwise, I will request they move us as close to the start of that window as possible.
Monday, December 31. 2012
WOTR: Getting the Ball Rolling Posted by Ancient of Days in Wheel of Time Read-Through at 02:57
Here is my first summary. As you publish your own, please make sure to categorize them under "Wheel of Time Read-Through".
Note that I wrote considerably greater detail than I would expect anyone else to write, because I like to write, and I really like to write about WoT. I included a few tiny pieces of information that are not directly evident from the novels themselves, but come instead from the many external resources I have collected over the years to help my own understanding and appreciation of this series.
I'll start with the tl;dr, which is somewhat closer to what I imagine most of you will be writing, and put the full write-up behind the jump. So, without further ado, I give you The Eye of the World - Prologue through Chapter 6.
3000 years ago: A powerful magic user named “Lews Therin Telamon” (or the Dragon) nearly destroyed the world in a fit of madness, and then DID destroy himself, creating a new mountain in the process.
Now: The boy Rand al’Thor and his friends Mat and Perrin have been seeing a disturbing image of a rider dressed in black, but it cannot spoil the Bel Tine Festival with a gleeman, regal-looking visitors from beyond the Two Rivers, fireworks, and a peddler bringing news of War, and a man claiming to be the Dragon.
However, all these excitements do lose their appeal when Tam and Rand are attacked by Trollocs - monsters directly out of the stories used to scare children. As he tows his wounded and fevered father back to town on a litter, Rand is shocked and dismayed to hear Tam mumble about how he found the freshly-born Rand near the corpse an unknown woman on a field of battle, and brought him home to be raised by Tam and his wife as if it were their own child. Continue reading "WOTR: Getting the Ball Rolling"
Monday, December 3. 2012
A War on Two Fronts - The Homestarmy ... Posted by Ancient of Days in Group Activities at 01:23
All right, let's do this thing.
First of all, I need to mention that this Saturday is our annual Homestarmy Christmas Party; it will be held at my house, and starts at 7pm. If you're late, that's cool - no pressure from my end. The address is on Facebook - if you think you should have been invited, but were not, let me know and we'll get the address to you.
Secondly, with a New Year approaching, it's time to get serious about this "Wheel of Time (Re-)?read" idea. I can't remember who all said they were interested, but I've shared a document with Sideshow, MG, Johnny Elbows, Radar, and my wife. It's a spreadsheet that breaks the books into pieces - if you want to participate, here are my proposed rules (open to friendly amendments):
1) Select the chunk you'd like to read by putting your name in column E; if I have already signed up for one you want, feel free to remove my name and insert your own - I've simply gone through and inserted my own name at a regular interval for now, and I imagine I will be picking up some of the unassigned chunks.
2) By putting your name in column E, you are committing to write a post of at least one paragraph in length summarizing the chunk. Feel free to write more than one paragraph, and feel free to write something more than a summary of the chunk (see below for some ideas); however, you need to at least write a one paragraph summary of the chunk.
3) Your summary should be posted here, to this blog, before the date in the corresponding column A;
4) Column D is labelled "Additional Posts"; initially, I have filled these with entries indicating that I will be trying to write a summary of each book sometime during the same week as the post due for that chunk. If there are other correlated posts you'd like to sign up for, feel free to add them where you feel they best fit; if you would like to sign up for one of the volume summaries, please feel free to remove my name from that one and insert your own. Correlated posts are not due on the Tuesday, but it would be nice if you could time any book summaries you sign up for to be published at the very least before Saturday of the week in which we finished that book.
If you need some ideas on other things to write about in your post, here are some off the top of my head (I can come up with more if you don't like these, just contact me directly): other books that have a similar feel as the chunk; possible inspirations for the events/content of the chunk; associations to the Campbellian mono-myth (if you don't know what I mean by that, see Joseph Campbell's "The Hero With a Thousand Faces"); things I liked/hated about the chunk; what I wish the author had done *instead*; top ten lists of "Events Thus Far"; predictions on what prophecies/visions/et al. mean.
If there's someone who wants to participate in this read-through that I didn't include in the document sharing, please let me know, and I'll share the document to you as well. If I included you, but you don't plan on participating in the posts, please let me know that as well. If there's something in the structure that I've laid out here that you'd like to change/amend, let's discuss it!
I don't know about the rest of you, but I am excited about this.
Monday, September 24. 2012
Television, 2012 - Snark Never Dies Posted by Ancient of Days in TV at 23:53
I wasn't going to write one of these this year, but Sideshow asked for it, so you all get to suffer - because it's time once again for my annual pre-snark of all the new filth hitting the airwaves this year. Since I'm late getting it out this year, I'm also including a special section called "OK, My Bad", where I retract some of the snark I dished out prior to 2011. Continue reading "Television, 2012 - Snark Never Dies"
Saturday, July 21. 2012
I have just completed the process of upgrading our blog platform to the latest version, Serendipity 1.6.2; it appears to have gone smoothly, but if you see any problems, please let me know and we can roll back.
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