The Great Hunt (Wheel of Time #2)
And it is stolen.
*hastily types out review and stomps off*
Far better than its predecessor. The Eye of the World was a pleasurable enough read but a little unfulfilling, with much of its future depth and scope deferred rather than delivered. I was willing to give Jord...more
Another view: Do you trust your readers to be able to fill in the details?
Someone -- I think Neil Gaiman -- once said that Gene Wolfe's writing makes his readers feel smarter. It's because Wolfe trusts his readers to pay attention and to fill in the blanks.
How do "The Wheel of Time" books hold up to this approach?
It's a little inconsistent.
When it comes to winds, cultural tr...more
The tone of the series really changes with this second installment. It goes from following a few country bumpkins on their first wide-eyed adventure into the world, to what we know and love the Wheel of Time for - a sprawling epic covering an entire continent. From the prologue, we're suddenly bombarded with the styles and personalities of all the diverse regions of the land, and though it will be hammered home so we always know what Jordan...more
Re-reading it for the..well I have read it a lot
Rand knows he is the Dragon and does not yet believe it. I like the beginning in Shienar and how they hunt the horn later. Because here the threads are coming together and we are starting to believe.
As always my fav parts are the Rand ones, he is a bookboyfriend for a reason. The Mat and Perrin parts are good too. But the women parts, eh, boring as always. But that is just cos I keep favorites. I never did care to read about Egwe...more
Typically, when I think of that term, I think of something along the lines of this: "Ohmigawwwwd like really? You're dating HIM?!! I'm going to get revenge on you by messing up your hairstyle." Basically, a glob of ick that makes me sink despondently down onto my doorstep and bury my cheeks in horrified tears that something like this exists.
That being said, there's good melodrama, too. Really. Think of Lord of the Rings and Mount Doom. Ohhhhh yeah that's melodramatic, but I...more
The warning is not because the books are bad. The first few, actually, are very good. Great character development, interesting universe for those who love fantasy novels.
The warning is because these books never, ever, ever are going to end. Ever.
There are so far 12 books (including a prequel that came out somewhe...more
Dec 4 2009 - Jan 2 2010
I own the english version and the Finnish versions of this great book. The english version has been translated into finnish as 2 parts: Valeren torvi (eng. The Horn of Valere) and Lohikäärmeviiri (Dragon Pennant). I don't know why but all books from Wheel of time has been translated into 2 or 3 different books, of which usually the first book has the same name as the "motherbook" of those few separate books.
Wheel of time has been my favorite past time reading...more
I first attempted The Great Hunt a year ago, and I threw it aside with contempt and loathing. The second time I dove back into Robert Jordan's enormous world, I appreciated it a bit more.
The Great Hunt picks up shortly after The Eye of the World. The Horn of Valere has been stolen, along with the evil dagger that's slowly killing Mat. Rand and the gang set out to retrieve the items, and adventure follows. Meanwhile, the girls (Egwene, Nynaeve, et al.) are all becoming...more
Just as good if not better than the first time through as I can see all the "threads" (get it) that have been established for lots of great things to come. Also, Audiobook is definitely the way to do a reread as I don't have that terrible feeling that I'm neglecting everything else, plus I don't think I'll get worn out when it comes to the middle/slower volumes.
As I mentioned in my Eye of the World review, this is just where I write down a few things so I can later keep track o...more
There are too many main characters, and our main man (Rand), though...more
Nelle ultime cento pagine de La Grande Caccia Jordan ci infila una trovata geniale una dietro l'altra, con un susseguirsi di colpi di scena che lasciano esterrefatti dall'intensità di quella parte.
Peccato che per le 600 pagine precedenti non succede quasi nulla di significativo, la cosa, se non si è abituati a descrizioni dettagliatissime e elucubrazioni pseudo psicologiche, potrebbe anche risultare noiosa.
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This 700+ page novel is far too long for its own good. Robert Jordan clearly loves the world he has created, but he goes on at...more
This is my humble, if somewhat strongly worded opinion. Not really humble at all actually, but it feels cathartic to vent online when you have just read something as god awful as this...
Two books (over 1,000 pages) down and bitter disappointment has followed. I trudged through the quagmire of boring, repetitive drivel in the first one in the hope that my efforts would be reward...more
This book sets up the pattern that dominates the rest of the series: The major characters split off in groups at the beginning, there's a lot of character interaction, traveling, and foreshadowing in the middle, and then a lot of revelatory action is crammed into the end.
Leggermente migliore del volume precedente in quanto la trama non è pesantemente ispirata al SdA, ma non per questo si tratta di qualcosa di originale: seicento pagine della più classica delle quest per trovare l'Artefatto Magico, peraltro abbondantemente diluita. Qualche sprazzo interessante (la prova delle Aes Sedai, la statua con la palla di cristallo, la visione delle vite alternative, i Seanchan soprattutto), diverse banalità (tutte le ragazze che spasimano per Rand, l'esercito di mo...more
The main characters in this book are incredible. We can applaud Robert Jordan for producing such relatable characters. It’s not only that, but when the characters are hurt the reader can feel it. When the character’s have their internal struggles of old life meeting new I could relate.
The setting of the book is in a fantasy world. The...more
I enjoyed the first two thirds of the book a little more than the last. I found the intrigue of “The Great Game” in Cairhien lacking. I also felt that how Jordan chose to...more
For the first time in over ten years, I read an audiobook. It was the Great Hunt.
Audiobooks have always been somewhat frustrating for me. I read much faster than spoken word, and I have a lot of books I want to read, so it has always made more sense for me to read a book in a few hours rat...more
This was a poor book; though how much of that was down to feeling let down after such a great series opener than the actual quality of the book, is hard to judge.
It felt very... un-directed. I don't know how best to put it - it just didn't really feel like it had a destination. Up until now I didn't realise (consciously) that books w...more
Note: I am engaged into the task of completing the entire Wheel of Time series. I have read eight or nine of these books around ten years ago, and I found myself very disappointed with the series as the novels progressed. The lack of focus in conjunction with overwhelming focus of Jordan was very tiresome. Jordan’s lack of focus typically revolved around the side plots and characters that he created. Now, for those who have read Jordan will understand that he does not do “small” plot...more
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Robert Jordan was the pen name of James Oliver Rigney, Jr., under which he was best known as the author of the bestselling The Wheel of Time fantasy series. He also wrote under the names Reagan O'Neal and Jackson O'Reily.
Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He served two tours in Vietnam (from 1968 to...more