Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Dragon Reborn Read-Along, Week 1




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1) Both Niall and Carridan seem to be playing with two-edged swords. Niall wants the Dragon Reborn to create enough panic, sorrow, and destruction to have the populace begging the Children of the light to do something. Whereas Carridan vows to one lord to keep the Dragon Reborn alive and vows the opposite to another. Did you enjoy this beginning more or less than the first two books in the series?

My favorite beginning of the three is the Dragonmount Prologue in book 1, but I like all three. I thought this was really interesting. The characters seem very real and dangerous. And obviously somewhat flawed, given what they're planning and what their motivations are. It will be interesting to see if their plans come to fruition or not.

2) Throughout this section we see that Min believes herself in love with Rand. What do you make of this one sided romance?

Having read the series before, I'd rather not say too much. I remember not liking it the first time through. I was very territorial about the fact that he and Egwene are supposed to be together. Reading it again, though, Egwene seems less and less interested as she moves into her new life, and Min is nothing if not loyal to Rand. Besides she's smart and doesn't take any crap from anyone, so I like her. :D

3) Within a few chapters, the big picture story arc of this book starts to follow the story arcs of Book 1 and Book 2 - trollocs unexpectedly appear and shortly thereafter our main heroes are separated for one reason or another. What do you think of this pattern?

People keep making a big deal about this arc, but personally I don't mind it. Unless he finds some way to eradicate trollocs, having them not show up would be somewhat unrealistic. Then there's the fact that this arc keeps working really well for the story, so why not continue to use it?

 
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4) Rand has run off and some of our heroes follow, tracking him. At one place they come across a village that recently suffered a bout of weddings and Whitecloaks going AWOL. Did Rand make the right choice, leaving? Do you think the decisions made by folks while Rand is around will hold after a few days?

I think it's hysterical that Rand walks through town and everyone gets the love bug and just starts throwing themselves at one another. It's hard to say whether such whimsical choices will last, because we don't know how puritanical this society is about divorce/separation. I think it's possible the choices could remain in place. Where the marriages are concerned, it was generally between people who knew each other pretty well anyway and it probably wouldn't occur to most people that someone/thing outside themselves was influencing them.

5) Do you believe that Moiraine had not caught fish before in the manner Perrin and Loial 'taught' her or do you think it was some clever ploy of her's?

I think she was using the One Power somehow. It's like an astronaut in zero-gravity space doing one-armed push-ups and acting like it's hard. Of course Moiraine can catch a fish if she wants. She's got all kinds of power!
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6) Perrin's wolfish gifts are growing in strength. Then we come upon a man, Noam, who has lost himself completely to such gifts. Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation as Perrin, facing what you might become if you lack self-control?

I think most of us face things like that all time, if not on such a grand scale. Without inhibitions, people would constantly get drunk, stuff their faces with chocolate, do the wild thing with perfect strangers, etc. With Perrin, though, it's a very real threat because he feels like he can't control it, which--while I think talking to wolves is all kinds of awesome--is pretty creepy.

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Extras:

Really liking all the stuff we're getting from Perrin's POV. Loved the whole wolf battle scene. And I really like their names for things: two-legs (humans), hard-footed four-legs (horses), long knives (swords). They're just so great! Do you notice how Rand thinks Mat and Perrin have a way with women, while Perrin thinks Rand and Mat are great with women? I don't know that we've had much from Mat's POV yet, but I'm willing to bet we'll see the same belief with him at some point. Always makes me laugh. ;D

How is everyone else liking it so far?

1 comment :

  1. Yes, all the wolf speak does make me laugh. I am listening to the audio, so the chill factor comes through really well.

    And yes, it is funny how each of the boys seems to think the others are so good with the women. And the women find each of the boys to be a bit silly or presumptuous at times.

    Since Min left Egwene in the lurch at the end of the last book, I think it will be interesting to see what her feelings are now. I mean, Min did make an accurate, if harsh, point about Egwene tossing Rand away. Perhaps Rand should stay celibate, and therefore preclude a cat fight.

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