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Re: Author Adam Roberts tackled the WoT. orius Send a noteboard - 22/03/2010 02:47:23 PM
Honestly, he comes off less like he actually wants to read the thing and more like he just wants to snark on it. I feel he's also playing up the LotR angle a bit too strongly; there may be some parallels in the early books, but he's really overextending the comparisons here. I mean Caemlyn = Lothlorien? Yeah, that's stretching things a bit. He doesn't seem to be paying much attention to the story either, for example, he can't recall if the Horn was introduced in the first book or not. The overall feel is bascially, "This is a long unoriginal series written by an American author for the money, so it's obviously trash as opposed to great literature".

It's not as bad as it could be, while he comments on the padding, he doesn't seem to completely dislike the style. Not to mention that WoT would feel pretty damn thin without the padding at all.
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Author Adam Roberts tackled the WoT. - 19/03/2010 09:30:25 PM 9982 Views
A question for Larry - 19/03/2010 09:40:37 PM 2087 Views
Roberto BolaƱo - 19/03/2010 11:09:57 PM 1853 Views
I completely agree with his review. - 19/03/2010 11:11:17 PM 2027 Views
Ouch! Somebody pull that guy off RJ! *NM* - 20/03/2010 03:47:07 AM 910 Views
Can't say that I really disagree. - 20/03/2010 05:19:26 AM 1401 Views
My problem with the reviews: - 20/03/2010 06:29:08 AM 1951 Views
Hear Hear !!! ....................... = ........................ *NM* - 20/03/2010 06:37:11 AM 883 Views
I agree - 20/03/2010 11:19:29 AM 1482 Views
You know what else I'm finding annoying? - 07/04/2010 07:29:37 AM 1419 Views
Fully Agree *NM* - 21/06/2010 12:41:05 AM 768 Views
well I agree and disagree - 20/03/2010 06:51:29 AM 1771 Views
Re: well I agree and disagree - 20/03/2010 02:12:43 PM 1313 Views
I'd say just The Eye of the World - 20/03/2010 05:26:19 PM 1304 Views
Indeed - 21/03/2010 12:34:19 AM 1317 Views
These reviews are pathetic - 20/03/2010 12:52:22 PM 1300 Views
I'm amused by some of the responses - 20/03/2010 07:20:03 PM 1656 Views
+1 *NM* - 20/03/2010 10:48:14 PM 868 Views
Are you suggesting that we are unqualified to disagree with him ? - 20/03/2010 11:21:44 PM 1476 Views
No, I said rather that it's ridiculous to make such disparaging comments about his takes - 20/03/2010 11:37:56 PM 1515 Views
I considered doing so - 21/03/2010 12:27:27 AM 1297 Views
I will reply to myself: What's the problem McFly , chicken ? - 21/03/2010 12:29:36 AM 1257 Views
My sister called me chicken once - 10/04/2010 01:18:31 AM 1295 Views
what's wrong runt... are you yellah? *NM* - 10/04/2010 10:40:16 AM 863 Views
NICE! *NM* - 10/04/2010 02:19:44 PM 723 Views
Re: I'm amused by some of the responses - 23/03/2010 04:50:42 PM 1389 Views
And I'm even more amused by this response - 24/03/2010 01:11:50 AM 1324 Views
Re: And I'm even more amused by this response - 24/03/2010 03:03:28 AM 1195 Views
Nah, TGS was the only serious review of the series I've done - 24/03/2010 04:31:28 AM 1237 Views
On a completely unrelated note... - 24/03/2010 06:15:25 AM 1108 Views
Ha! - 24/03/2010 06:34:48 AM 1257 Views
My congratulations then . *NM* - 24/03/2010 06:36:11 AM 1149 Views
You say it as if I had been condemned to hell! - 24/03/2010 07:13:45 AM 1071 Views
No. Well, maybe. - 24/03/2010 06:52:28 PM 1163 Views
! - 24/03/2010 06:54:34 PM 1223 Views
Re: Author Adam Roberts tackled the WoT. - 22/03/2010 02:47:23 PM 1275 Views
Re: Author Adam Roberts tackled the WoT. - 23/03/2010 01:53:16 PM 1284 Views
Wow, you guys have completely missed the point of the Wheel of Time series - 22/03/2010 05:28:07 PM 1338 Views
There's a point to it? - 22/03/2010 06:47:12 PM 1332 Views
I thought the point was to write about a bunch of stuff happening? - 09/04/2010 03:42:49 PM 1324 Views
Re: Author Adam Roberts tackled the WoT. - 23/03/2010 04:54:38 PM 1255 Views
pfft wth-ever - 26/03/2010 12:35:53 AM 1126 Views
Dude's been up for more awards for his writing than RJ ever was - 26/03/2010 12:28:19 PM 1361 Views
bla bla bla - 29/03/2010 06:17:07 AM 1224 Views
Usually, it's spelled "blah" - 29/03/2010 07:03:51 AM 1249 Views
Wow. That post was more entertaining than Mr. Roberts' review. Thank you *NM* - 29/03/2010 08:23:41 AM 1065 Views
You must have low standards for entertainment - 29/03/2010 08:54:03 AM 1213 Views
Re: You must have low standards for entertainment - 29/03/2010 09:13:44 AM 1324 Views
I know you were, thus the at the least of my comment - 29/03/2010 09:19:30 AM 1205 Views
Unimpressed - 29/03/2010 10:50:07 PM 1564 Views
Thank you - 30/03/2010 12:35:39 AM 1141 Views
*Standing ovation for DomA* - 30/03/2010 07:36:59 AM 1338 Views
Yes. Also, Roberts is a wanker. *NM* - 05/04/2010 09:28:57 PM 885 Views
Re: Dude's been up for more awards for his writing than RJ ever was - 29/03/2010 04:32:23 PM 1319 Views
Might want to re-read their Wikis again. - 29/03/2010 07:07:11 PM 1206 Views
Awards - 29/03/2010 07:42:03 PM 1191 Views
That link is out of date - 29/03/2010 07:54:56 PM 1161 Views
Re: That link is out of date - 29/03/2010 08:22:03 PM 1288 Views
This is a battle of win/lose? - 29/03/2010 08:47:54 PM 1215 Views
Re: This is a battle of win/lose? - 29/03/2010 09:03:07 PM 1273 Views
*considers employing the Chewbacca defense* - 29/03/2010 09:28:06 PM 1243 Views
Re: *considers employing the Chewbacca defense* - 29/03/2010 09:44:58 PM 1282 Views
The final point explains the "defense" - 30/03/2010 12:24:56 AM 1130 Views
Re: The final point explains the "defense" - 30/03/2010 01:33:04 PM 1131 Views
No, no, no - 30/03/2010 06:38:41 PM 1200 Views
Re: No, no, no - 30/03/2010 07:51:34 PM 1243 Views
Still continuing, huh? - 31/03/2010 02:10:13 AM 1245 Views
Re: Still continuing, huh? - 31/03/2010 03:56:57 PM 1164 Views
Those were polls - 31/03/2010 08:46:07 PM 1191 Views
Re: Those were polls - 05/04/2010 03:22:13 PM 1139 Views
Does it gives him right to insult me? - 13/04/2011 02:10:32 PM 1138 Views
I wouldn't know. Was he speaking directly to you? - 14/04/2011 11:28:16 PM 1296 Views
He's now reviewed the third book - 26/03/2010 12:27:16 PM 1363 Views
Well, this time I must disagree with him . - 29/03/2010 07:31:40 AM 1193 Views
I don't think he was claiming that RJ was alone in doing that - 29/03/2010 07:44:07 AM 1152 Views
Hah! - 29/03/2010 06:07:28 PM 1155 Views
Well... - 29/03/2010 06:52:10 PM 1146 Views
Differing perspectives, I guess. - 29/03/2010 07:58:13 PM 1217 Views
I suppose - 29/03/2010 08:50:43 PM 1154 Views
Re: I suppose - 30/03/2010 12:18:30 AM 1313 Views
True - 30/03/2010 12:23:28 AM 1156 Views
Hey, DomA, do you know why the Shienarans randomly speak in the Old Tongue? - 30/03/2010 12:52:01 AM 1063 Views
Re: Hey, DomA, do you know why the Shienarans randomly speak in the Old Tongue? - 30/03/2010 07:45:08 AM 1201 Views
But why only them? - 30/03/2010 08:07:00 AM 1225 Views
Re: But why only them? - 30/03/2010 03:56:54 PM 1175 Views
Re: But why only them? - 30/03/2010 08:29:37 PM 1264 Views
I really liked a lot of the minor characters in The Great Hunt. - 30/03/2010 12:49:03 AM 1235 Views
I barely thought twice about those, to be honest - 30/03/2010 06:39:55 PM 1213 Views
I can't wait what he's going to try to do with TFoH and beyond - 28/03/2010 08:18:59 PM 1255 Views
Glad you enjoyed it - 29/03/2010 09:33:43 PM 1092 Views
The Shadow Rising review - 02/04/2010 09:42:53 AM 1345 Views
I wonder if this borders on trolling - 02/04/2010 02:29:58 PM 9960 Views
You want complaining? You got it... - 02/04/2010 06:38:09 PM 1250 Views
That would be a mistake - 02/04/2010 09:16:25 PM 1421 Views
Re: That would be a mistake - 02/04/2010 10:28:56 PM 1143 Views
I agree, Roberts is more and more coming across to me as just bitter - 10/04/2010 01:24:52 AM 1284 Views
Little late to this one as well - 10/04/2010 11:12:04 AM 1331 Views
Perhaps you should have led with this bit - 10/04/2010 02:52:23 PM 1378 Views
Re: I wonder if this borders on trolling - 04/04/2010 09:16:22 AM 1223 Views
What review? I couldn't find one... - 02/04/2010 08:00:45 PM 1419 Views
Re: What review? I couldn't find one... - 02/04/2010 09:22:13 PM 1384 Views
See my comment below - 02/04/2010 09:32:54 PM 1376 Views
Re: See my comment below - 03/04/2010 09:31:22 AM 1801 Views
Sorry I'm late in responding, but I've been quite busy this week - 07/04/2010 09:45:48 PM 1606 Views
Yes, I can probably agree with what you say here. - 08/04/2010 12:29:16 AM 1105 Views
- 08/04/2010 12:32:53 AM 1193 Views
I agree completely. *NM* - 02/04/2010 09:53:44 PM 772 Views
Speaking of irritation - 02/04/2010 10:50:04 PM 1366 Views
Commentary, then? - 02/04/2010 09:27:18 PM 1195 Views
Here's the thing... - 02/04/2010 10:11:18 PM 1198 Views
Re: Here's the thing... - 02/04/2010 10:31:56 PM 1083 Views
Re: Here's the thing... - 03/04/2010 01:34:05 AM 1115 Views
I somehow overlooked this last week, it seems - 10/04/2010 11:01:17 AM 1397 Views
Indeed - 02/04/2010 10:34:00 PM 1069 Views
Re: Commentary, then? - 05/04/2010 03:44:07 PM 1158 Views
for a man that bitterly complains about an author who is padding his work - 08/04/2010 09:41:07 PM 1319 Views
1400 words is long-winded? - 09/04/2010 10:07:41 AM 1365 Views
since you can sum up those 1400 words in about 25 yes that's longwinded - 09/04/2010 01:36:16 PM 1233 Views
Except I didn't really sum it up, as I left out quite a bit - 10/04/2010 11:15:42 AM 1300 Views
You are very defensive over this - 10/04/2010 01:54:15 PM 1069 Views
Nah, more of a devil's advocate than anything else - 12/04/2010 03:57:12 AM 1152 Views
Re: Nah, more of a devil's advocate than anything else - 12/04/2010 05:30:53 PM 1081 Views
You sound like a Goodkind webmaster from a couple of years ago - 12/04/2010 06:58:42 PM 1160 Views
You don't come across as a devil's advocate - 30/03/2011 03:07:32 PM 1101 Views
Well Larry I have started reading Gradsil by Adam Roberts - 07/04/2010 08:59:28 PM 1266 Views
I demand a paragraph by paragraph review, with footnotes! - 07/04/2010 09:50:39 PM 1197 Views
Re: I demand a paragraph by paragraph review, with footnotes! - 08/04/2010 01:06:20 PM 1070 Views
Which Invisible Man? - 09/04/2010 09:58:44 AM 1271 Views
Re: Which Invisible Man? - 09/04/2010 01:26:42 PM 1172 Views
I have a very different take on that book - 10/04/2010 11:17:13 AM 1156 Views
Re: I demand a paragraph by paragraph review, with footnotes! - 09/04/2010 01:45:44 PM 1222 Views
Hrmm... - 10/04/2010 11:19:01 AM 1034 Views
Re: Well Larry I have started reading Gradsil by Adam Roberts - 12/04/2010 05:37:36 PM 1249 Views
He brings up some interesting points, if in an unnecessarily rude manner - 08/04/2010 12:42:25 PM 1207 Views
To be honest, I doubt most readers of the series obsess over it that much - 09/04/2010 10:05:49 AM 1228 Views
Re: To be honest, I doubt most readers of the series obsess over it that much - 09/04/2010 01:28:17 PM 1741 Views
Re: To be honest, I doubt most readers of the series obsess over it that much - 10/04/2010 11:40:22 AM 1147 Views
why are you so bothered by people being unimpressed with Roberts? - 10/04/2010 02:19:08 PM 1268 Views
I don't understand it either - 11/04/2010 12:44:25 PM 1229 Views
right? - 11/04/2010 02:13:00 PM 1241 Views
Nah - 12/04/2010 04:13:44 AM 1031 Views
And in vol. 5, Roberts discovers the horrors of the circus - 09/04/2010 09:57:03 AM 1161 Views
5 reviews without saying more than "I hate the series" - 09/04/2010 01:31:13 PM 1100 Views
Basically he just states the "nothing happens"-argument... - 09/04/2010 03:26:02 PM 1082 Views
Well, what was really resolved here? - 10/04/2010 11:25:25 AM 1096 Views
Well... - 12/04/2010 05:05:20 PM 1289 Views
well exactly - 12/04/2010 05:33:11 PM 1312 Views
So very little was resolved and much was set into motion, then? - 12/04/2010 06:55:45 PM 1261 Views
Yes... - 12/04/2010 10:51:08 PM 1051 Views
Ever read Umberto Eco's How To Travel with a Salmon? - 12/04/2010 11:07:19 PM 1256 Views
I guess... - 13/04/2010 10:03:03 AM 1309 Views
Sounds like you value prolixity for the sake of prolixity, to be honest - 13/04/2010 04:41:07 PM 2458 Views
Nah... - 13/04/2010 05:29:34 PM 1060 Views
He's read and enjoyed Proust, among others - 13/04/2010 07:37:39 PM 1107 Views
Ah, well... - 13/04/2010 09:45:45 PM 1082 Views
Dismissive, much? - 13/04/2010 10:52:30 PM 1228 Views
About that bifurcation... - 14/04/2010 02:02:15 AM 1196 Views
I'm rather moderate - 14/04/2010 10:11:30 AM 1105 Views
I'm just a liberation theologist at heart - 15/04/2010 01:51:16 PM 2034 Views
So, if you don't mind... - 13/04/2010 05:51:06 AM 1184 Views
That's fine with me - 13/04/2010 06:31:41 AM 1151 Views
I'm sorry, but he's totally right. "The Circus" made me put down this series for 5 YEARS. - 09/04/2010 03:38:16 PM 1169 Views
I didn't find it quite that bad, but... - 11/04/2010 08:27:52 AM 1072 Views
LoC represented a sharp drop in quality!!? - 19/05/2010 03:27:21 PM 1191 Views
And ignores everything else... - 09/04/2010 05:10:00 PM 1253 Views
Inchoatus went offline a couple of years ago - 10/04/2010 11:42:26 AM 2148 Views
This guy is going to get what he deserves... - 09/04/2010 10:26:14 PM 1159 Views
I'm waiting with bated breath for his CoT review *NM* - 10/04/2010 01:00:59 PM 861 Views
Just wanted to point out that he is not reviewing the series. - 16/04/2010 04:04:49 PM 1179 Views
Lord of Chaos commentary - 16/04/2010 03:39:39 PM 1185 Views
He has reached - The Hump. - 16/04/2010 03:55:51 PM 1147 Views
Re: He has reached - The Hump. - 18/04/2010 08:08:59 AM 1355 Views
No no. It was Lord of Heaven! - 16/04/2010 05:51:11 PM 1098 Views
Yeah, I noticed that - 16/04/2010 11:16:26 PM 1018 Views
I would love the see him review Goodkind... - 16/04/2010 11:51:07 PM 1199 Views
Finally re-read that post - 20/04/2010 09:35:45 PM 1140 Views
The magic items are mostly irrelevant... - 21/04/2010 03:37:36 AM 1157 Views
A Crown of Swords - or is it deco-porn? - 23/04/2010 08:36:17 AM 1259 Views
Re: A Crown of Swords - or is it deco-porn? - 29/04/2010 06:02:28 PM 1158 Views
I disagree - 29/04/2010 09:34:49 PM 1031 Views
I agree. - 29/04/2010 09:45:29 PM 1217 Views
Took me a moment to realize with whom you were agreeing - 29/04/2010 10:19:05 PM 1114 Views
Well, I did mention the necklines get overdone... - 06/05/2010 06:17:46 PM 1462 Views
Well, there's now also the tea to comment about - 07/05/2010 11:29:03 AM 1209 Views
A bit of a stumble this week - 30/04/2010 01:53:31 PM 1259 Views
The Path of Daggers commentary - 07/05/2010 10:39:03 AM 1243 Views
You'd think a Brit would like the tea... *NM* - 11/05/2010 04:05:42 PM 749 Views
Maybe he's just a contrarian? - 11/05/2010 07:55:43 PM 1087 Views
Winter's Heart - 21/05/2010 12:46:14 PM 1243 Views
To be fair - 21/05/2010 01:56:49 PM 1345 Views
I think WH was my least favorite of the WoT novels I re-read - 21/05/2010 04:49:31 PM 1144 Views
Re: I think WH was my least favorite of the WoT novels I re-read - 25/05/2010 05:05:09 PM 1334 Views
WH was my least favorite novel in the series, and that is saying a lot. - 28/05/2010 03:15:13 PM 1245 Views
I completely agree with his KoD post. Here is my favorite quote: - 28/05/2010 03:08:31 PM 1416 Views
CoT, you mean (link to actual post included) - 28/05/2010 04:56:10 PM 1261 Views
Yep, I meant COT. *NM* - 28/05/2010 07:02:48 PM 731 Views
Knife of Dreams - 18/06/2010 09:07:27 AM 1161 Views
Re: Knife of Dreams - 19/06/2010 05:49:38 AM 1233 Views
Agree... - 19/06/2010 05:08:44 PM 1220 Views
Roberts reflects back on WoT 1-11, with answers to questions asked of him - 25/06/2010 12:51:29 PM 1239 Views
This guy should be burned at the stake - 25/06/2010 03:22:34 PM 8633 Views
Are you done making a fool out of yourself, Mark? - 26/06/2010 06:53:37 PM 1191 Views
Oh come on... - 26/06/2010 09:06:01 PM 1316 Views
Well, the burning at the stake was a bit much... - 26/06/2010 10:19:40 PM 1302 Views
Well, really! You brought the comment to his notice... - 26/06/2010 11:34:08 PM 1260 Views
And your point is...? - 27/06/2010 12:37:00 AM 1344 Views
Well... - 27/06/2010 05:38:12 AM 1283 Views
Indeed... I think it's rather clear that Larry's goal has been to cause trouble - 27/06/2010 10:57:36 AM 1422 Views
There is no "borderline" about it. - 28/03/2011 05:17:15 PM 1162 Views
Ridiculous - 27/06/2010 06:38:46 AM 1192 Views
I like his FAQ and his overall musings on its' popularity. - 29/06/2010 06:35:10 PM 1264 Views
One year later... - 27/03/2011 03:40:29 AM 1175 Views
Re: One year later... - 28/03/2011 05:03:32 PM 1106 Views
I see you subconsciously support critical takes. - 28/03/2011 11:41:48 PM 1396 Views
No I conciously support telling you and him that you are pathetic, arrogent, & jelous. *NM* - 30/03/2011 01:40:36 PM 812 Views
Jealous? - 30/03/2011 05:20:32 PM 1158 Views
I agree, I didn't even notice it was an old post, definitely did not deserve to be revived. *NM* - 30/03/2011 02:41:12 PM 716 Views
Seconded. - 30/03/2011 04:04:36 PM 1055 Views
Now I notice as well that this is a year old. You're very silly, Larry, very silly. *NM* - 30/03/2011 04:13:38 PM 760 Views
Yep! - 30/03/2011 05:16:38 PM 1093 Views
Jeez Larry, you're starting to sound like a GRRM detractor. - 31/03/2011 03:01:38 PM 1194 Views
Nah, no detractor - 01/04/2011 03:00:41 PM 1308 Views
Could a thread be locked? - 31/03/2011 07:48:26 PM 1077 Views
Re: One year later... - 01/04/2011 02:55:02 AM 1348 Views
Yep - 01/04/2011 02:57:52 PM 1247 Views

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