Wander89

New To The Series - Any Tips?

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I'm going to be starting my ever Wheel of Time read through, I've currently got books 1-6 and (if I manage to like these books) will purchase the rest at a later date.

My question is: Any tips about this? Would you suggest buying the companion book? Reading New Spring first? Is there even a slog or is it just an information dump for 3 books?
I've got the remaining books from Stormlight Archive to finish for my full Cosmere re-read so hopefully start my next adventure shortly

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@Wander89 I just finished my first read of WoT a couple of months ago, actually. 

I'd say that, if you aren't having fun reading the series by book 6, you should definitely stop. There is definitely a slog starting at some point after that. Most people agree the sloggiest book is book 10, but when the slog starts is up to interpretation. Personally, the slog didn't really start until book 9, though for some it starts in book 7.

I haven't gotten around to reading New Spring or the companion book, though I'd suggest reading New Spring after you finish everything. The only reasoning I have for that is I think reading it before the first book ruins some of the mystery behind certain characters in the beginning of the series, and there isn't really a good place to read it anywhere in the middle of the series. The companion definitely has spoilers for everything, but I don't think it's required reading, especially since you'll (theoretically) be reading the series straight through.

If you have any questions, tag me!

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4 hours ago, StrikerEZ said:

@Wander89 I just finished my first read of WoT a couple of months ago, actually. 

I'd say that, if you aren't having fun reading the series by book 6, you should definitely stop. There is definitely a slog starting at some point after that. Most people agree the sloggiest book is book 10, but when the slog starts is up to interpretation. Personally, the slog didn't really start until book 9, though for some it starts in book 7.

I haven't gotten around to reading New Spring or the companion book, though I'd suggest reading New Spring after you finish everything. The only reasoning I have for that is I think reading it before the first book ruins some of the mystery behind certain characters in the beginning of the series, and there isn't really a good place to read it anywhere in the middle of the series. The companion definitely has spoilers for everything, but I don't think it's required reading, especially since you'll (theoretically) be reading the series straight through.

If you have any questions, tag me!

I want to be able to get through to the very end, I'm a fan of the story and my grandad gave me Eye of the World before he passed so it's really for him (though I'm a massive Fantasy fan myself. I've read up to book 3/4 but I ended up reading the Cosmere again because people kept mentioning a slog through the later books. I have New Spring so might wait until the very end to get that sorted but was hoping to Companion Book would have further insight after each book. I don't want to spoil too much before I've even started.

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4 hours ago, Wander89 said:

I want to be able to get through to the very end, I'm a fan of the story and my grandad gave me Eye of the World before he passed so it's really for him (though I'm a massive Fantasy fan myself. I've read up to book 3/4 but I ended up reading the Cosmere again because people kept mentioning a slog through the later books. I have New Spring so might wait until the very end to get that sorted but was hoping to Companion Book would have further insight after each book. I don't want to spoil too much before I've even started.

Hmmm...I’d say go ahead and start over from the beginning and just read all the way through. I think if you go in expecting to get to the end (for me, I wanted to get to Brandon’s books, so that was a huge motivation), it’ll be a lot easier to get through the slog because you’ll have a reason to keep going.

As for the companion, I’m not really sure what’s in it, but I would assume that it has spoilers for lots of things. 

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Okay, on New Spring, My advice is after Fires of Heaven or Knife of Dreams. It's a pretty quick read compared to the rest of the series.

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23 hours ago, StrikerEZ said:

Hmmm...I’d say go ahead and start over from the beginning and just read all the way through. I think if you go in expecting to get to the end (for me, I wanted to get to Brandon’s books, so that was a huge motivation), it’ll be a lot easier to get through the slog because you’ll have a reason to keep going.

As for the companion, I’m not really sure what’s in it, but I would assume that it has spoilers for lots of things. 

I think i'll be giving it a shot after Oathbringer which should hopefully be wrapped up shortly. I probably won't even bother with the companion, probably the completionist in me going crazy.

15 hours ago, Wyndlerunner said:

Okay, on New Spring, My advice is after Fires of Heaven or Knife of Dreams. It's a pretty quick read compared to the rest of the series.

Yeah, I've heard reading it at the start can take away some surprises so i'll wait until later in the series!

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All I can say is: It's gonna take a while. It's something like 4.4 Million words. (At least, that's what I heard.) And all the better for it. More to enjoy.

Edited by Turin Turambar
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Sorry, this got a little wordy. But you're about to read WoT, so you should be ready for that. :lol:

Books 1-3 are very similar in style and structure, and they almost read like a trilogy. If you're not a big fan of these three, you should push on because the series really comes into its own with book 4. That's really when the story begins to branch out into something amazing. I agree with Striker that if you aren't enjoying yourself at the end of book 6 then you should put it down. If you don't like what you've read at that point, it's not going to suddenly get better for you. If you ARE enjoying yourself at that point, you have the slog ahead of you between books 7 and 10...

On 6/2/2019 at 0:24 AM, Wander89 said:

Is there even a slog or is it just an information dump for 3 books?

It's NOT that bad if you're enjoying the books. It's not an info dump. Basically what happens is that the story expands too much and the the story becomes a bit of a tangled mess. Lots of minor PoV characters introduced, that you maybe don't care about. Lots of plot arcs being juggled, which means none of them seem to advance particularly far from one book to the next. Books begin to feel less distinct because there's a lack of focus and finality with each one.

My advice to everyone on this is to check your expectations. If you REALLY want your favorite main character to go do some big thing that you've been anticipating and move the story forward.... You're probably going to be disappointed. You're probably going to feel impatient. You're going to have a hard time being interested in the minor characters. You're going to have a hard time savoring the journey because your eyes are on the destination. Don't do that to yourself. Take a deep breath and tell yourself to be patient. You'll find a lot more to love in the sloggy books if you have this attitude. (In my experience with rereads, where impatience to see what happens with the main plot is no longer an issue, these books are a pleasure to read because there are so many little intricate things going on.)

On 6/2/2019 at 0:24 AM, Wander89 said:

Would you suggest buying the companion book? Reading New Spring first?

The Companion is more for reareads or general perusal after you've finished the series. It has MAJOR SPOILERS. You don't need it. That said, if you have questions when you're reading I would discourage Googling them as well. Google autocomplete will spoil big things for you from the final book. If you have a question while reading, I'd recommend finding an online community where people are cautious with spoilers and asking there.

I definitely recommend reading New Spring. You shouldn't read it first though. It's a "prequel novel" in that it takes place before the first book, chronologically. But it will spoil things from the middle books and I'd say it will give you a different experience than Jordan intended if you read it first. Most people recommend reading it in publication order, which is between books 10 and 11. Another common recommendation is after book 5. It's a relatively short book with VERY few PoV characters and a very simple plot... So I often recommend that people use it to take a short break from the slog books if you need it. If you make it through book 10 and never felt like you needed a break, then great... Now you're at publication order and you can pause to read it then. Some people say to read it after the end. Personally, I think it's rather anticlimactic for that purpose. But that's certainly an option if you never feel like putting the main books down.

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Finally started my own wheel of time journey today!  In one sitting I read the prologue through chapter eight!  Not too shabby since I'll be reading even more through the night!  I really like what I've read so far, and even then, it's barely scratching the surface.  I'm really looking forward to the rest of the journey!

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