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am 14. Dezember 1997
character detailing was good, about the only plus i can give to this novel (and sequels). The characters were thoroughly described (though RJordan could use better names for his characters) The rest of Wheel of Time is a highly overrated rehash of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Halfmen, Fades, Fetch, call them what you will, are nothing more than glorified Nazghul. The black rider archetype has been abused and misused over and over and over again. The spark of innovative genius that was "Trolloc" seems to me to be nothing more than a pitiful excuse for a unique monster that Jordan needed to populate his vaguely described universe. What is wrong with using the classic monsters such as trolls and orcs and goblins and the like? There are many events in the Eye of the World that sound suspiciously like events in Lord of the Rings. If you are looking for exciting swordfights and fireballs, this is not the series for you. Jordan does not know how to narrate fight scenes. He does not even try. However, if you are into long and tedious journeys, and tons of girlish chatter and VERY CONTRIVED and pointless secrecy and hush-hush (i'm sick of Lan and Moiraine's secrecy in all of their quests and journeys) and weak phrases ("Light!" "Burn me") and such (did i say long and tedious journeys already?), this is definitely worth passing your time and money on. Oh yeah, there is an overabundance of useless characters that he introduces and that fade away into obscurity and you wonder what the heck he brought them in for. After reading the first novel, I still had little idea of what his world was like, how it was structured, how big the continents were, seasons and such. (heck, trolloc descriptions were vague enough) It's supposed to be ages upon ages, so where are the darn maps? There seems to be a strong women's front in Eye of the World and subsequent novels, all of which is nice and fresh...IF Jordan knew when to pull the reins on it. Don't get me wrong, I like women strong-willed and with more important roles in the story (something which Tolkien lacked, I'll admit), but Jordan is bordering on trampling the male gender. Maybe if all those pointless and stupid praises from critics hadn't been quoted on the cover, back cover and insides of the book....i might have thought better of this book (and series). As it was, my expectations were falsely raised at the start and brutally shattered at the lame ending of Eye of the World. Only my friend's enthusiasm kept me reading (and the fact that i needed some sort of fantasy novel escape from the daily paperwork). I'd rather read Tolkien all over again. I'd get back to the classic Dragonlance novels (not the new ones).