Re-read side discussion: Reactions to re-reading

Discussion in 'Wheel of Time Discussion - Books 1-14' started by Rhed al'Tere, Jan 23, 2015.

  1. Rhed al'Tere

    Rhed al'Tere Aes Sedai

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    Every time I re-read, I'm reminded of why I kept reading in the first place. When I stopped at Chapter 20, I shook my fist at the heavens because I 'had' to stop. I'm excited and intrigued and scared and breathless at what might happen next all over again.

    Do you find the book as compelling as you did the first time you read it?
     
  2. Imzadi Hopewind

    Imzadi Hopewind Aes Sedai

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    Yes, and I love to see something that I've forgotten or didn't notice last time I read the series. I've read book 1 over and over again (each time it came out a new book, I re-read the series). ^^
     
  3. Aduiavas Ida

    Aduiavas Ida Aes Sedai Mistress of Revels - Europe

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    Yes, I have reread this series over and over, and I find it just as compelling every time.
    Until I get to Path of Daggers that is :look
     
  4. Ealandrelle Melyma

    Ealandrelle Melyma Aes Sedai

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    I'm with Adui :lol

    What I'm finding interesting with this "re-read" is all the stuff I'm suddenly noticing when I listen to the audiobooks. Though because I tend to be doing that when driving or something else, I don't always get the chance to make notes on things which make me go "Ooooh!"

    But yes, I love re-reading WoT. It's quite often my "go to" series when I run out of new things I want to read, as I know it'll keep me occupied for a wee while :)
     
  5. Siera al'Cere

    Siera al'Cere Graphic Goddess Aes Sedai

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    This is my first reread ever and even though I know what will happen I feel like sitting on the edge of my seat waiting to read what comes next. (I also don't remember much of what happened in the first few books :look)
     
  6. Wil Cambrae

    Wil Cambrae Sparkle Chief Gaidin

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    I was right there with you. "What I can't read more, but it's getting soo good!!" Curses and it was only Monday, and I had to wait most of a week to continue :lol
     
  7. Murun

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    Actually, I was just in the process of weaning myself from WoT - after rereading a couple of times one finally has to admit that it is over, and fantasizing storylines into the new age is a solitary pleasure. But when I saw the opportunity to learn more about all the cross-connections and subtexts Jordan put in to hold this mammoth story together, it was just too good to let pass by. I am looking forward to a very interesting year.
    EotW in a way has always been my favorite book in the series, one to which I returned time and again to read selected passages. I love the boys - silly cubs that they are - because I feel like I met such as them before - well, like I went to school with them. (There have been girls quite an bit like Egwene, too, no matter, I never liked them.) So it will be a special bittersweet pleasure to see them once more grow up into whatever the pattern needs them to be.
     
  8. Dralyn Montsier

    Dralyn Montsier Aes Sedai Aes Sedai

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    This is my first re-read, and I am loving it. I find myself looking at characters such as Egwene and looking ahead to their full story arcs and wanting to cry or giggle or whatever reaction is appropriate. All the character development! I almost feel like I'm reading caricatures of the characters because they all change so much between the first book and the last ones, and I haven't touched the first books in a decade. So I'm really enjoying that perspective.

    I'm also enjoying seeing all the foreshadowing and hints of things to come. Moiraine's telling Egwene about what happens to channelers who channel without outside help, and then reading and seeing what's happening to Rand before we "know" that's what is happening is fascinating and so "Duh" to me now. I'm paying more attention to details that normally I don't when I read. Since we're doing a chapter a day (well, I'm doing more to catch up), the slower pace allows me to really submerge myself into the reading. Like, normally I don't care about the details of how a place is laid out, or someone's clothing, etc. But this time I'm making myself read it carefully, and it's added a different flavor to the text as well.

    Anyway, yeah. I'm enjoying it immensely. ^^
     
  9. Megana Vallentin

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    I love re-reading everything, not just WoT. My brain doesn't hold onto stories very well so even my favorites get...forgotten with the passage of time. :look

    I'm enjoying this re-read in particular because it's the first time I'm re-reading since the series was finished. I re-read before the last book came out but it still makes a big difference in how I look at things.

    And it's also super fun to re-read with a group of people instead of on my own. ^^
     
  10. Rhed al'Tere

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    Meg, I think that's the part I'm enjoying most, is getting to read with others. It's a completely different experience than reading through alone.
     
  11. Imzadi Hopewind

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    Yup, because other notice other things than I do myself :)
     
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    I don't usually reread, but I'm beginning to think I should. :look I know I've forgotten a ton in books I've read even a couple years ago (or just last year) so it would be like a whole new experience reading it again!

    I'm loving rereading WoT and especially with the discussion thread. I'm learning so much that I missed on the first read-through and and I'm finding all kinds of things that make me go "Wow, how did I forget about that?" :eek
     
  13. Imzadi Hopewind

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    Do it Kassina ^^

    I'm reading about when Rand meet Masema first time :shifty He sounded creepy...
     
  14. Corrine Erydinan

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    I think the thing that is blowing my mind the most right now is all the foreshadowing. it is clear to me now after 14 books and rereading that Robert Jordan knew exactly what he wanted all of the characters to become later in the series. Its so subtle I think it would have been impossible to pick up on the first time around. The reread adds a layer of fun to the series that you can only experience the second time round.
     
  15. Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak

    Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak Aes Sedai

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    ^ SO MUCH THIS. ^^
     
  16. Megana Vallentin

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    I LOVE the subtlety! It's a peeve of mine when a story hits you over the head with foreshadowing, but most of Jordan's is so subtle you don't even realize it's there until much later.
     
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    Maibella ni Rhoiden t'al'Varrak Aes Sedai

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    I've reread the series multiple times and I'm STILL catching foreshadowing that I missed in the past.
     
  18. Iria Saronin

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    I couldn't agree more. I'm becoming more and more impressed by Jordan's writing, and I have been forced to re-think some of my judgement of the series. I still think that some twists of the plot were unnecessary and made books too long, but I have had to remove quite many of scenes from my "unnecessary scenes" -list already. I'm very glad that this re-readalong was going on when I joined here, otherwise I would have missed all this. It has been so long time since last reading the first books, that it's just impossible to remember all the details, that now seem SO important for the subtle foreshadowing.
     
  19. Imzadi Hopewind

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    I reread everytime a new book came out and I found something new everytime because I read something in the new book that I didnt notice at my previous reread etc etc :lol
     
  20. Ashlyn Sindal

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    Yes! I'm pretty sure I'm upwards of ten rereads for tGH, and I'm still catching new stuff. It's awesome.