This is NOT a review of the Wheel of Time books. I suppose you can call it a reaction blog... For it is a collection of my live reactions and thoughts to reading the Wheel of Times series for the first time.
The thoughts were originally shared on Twitter and have now been collected here for everyone's convenience. These are my full reactions from the second Wheel of Time book, with some post-read writerly thoughts at the very end.
To gain better understanding of what this is all about, please refer to this blog.
This time, I divided my readings up into days. Part 1 chronicles the first half, we meet Selene in this part 2, and in part 3 we finish with a grand battle and my final thoughts.
The Great Hunt
Day 9 : The day a most suspicious lady enchanted a builder, a sniffer and a woolhead.
But NOT ME.
Rand al’Woolhead.... you still haven’t figured it out, but I’m telling you, this is a parallel universe situation. You aren’t going to find the Trollocs you’re looking for in this place. Though you may be able to travel really far and catch up with them quite easily.
Yes Rand. I’m with the Builder over here. I don’t think it’s a.... Loial what were you going to say? Personally I was going to say that I don’t think that was a good idea but this is a builder speaking, so, now I think that what you’re riding towards isn't the spire.
Oh yes. Interesting! And it would explain why there are no Trollocs too then, I suppose. Because what are so many Trollocs going to eat and kill if they killed off ALL the humans when they won?
I doubt they’d be satisfied with wolves and deer.
Oh good, now the Ogier too is joining my cause. First Egwene, now the builder. Good. The more we work together, the bigger the chance of saving Rand al’Woolhead!
Yes, shout with me Loial: “Don’t tell her anything, Rand! Listen to your own advise!! Be careful!! Please....”
This woman and that bear (that is not a bear) really came out of nowhere though.... Usually Robert Jordan warns us a few chapters ahead. The only times he hasn’t strictly speaking warned us is with darkfriends...
Oh no.... wait! Is she one of the Foresaken??
Even the Builder is calling her nearly perfect. Something’s up. I don’t like this. I don’t trust her. She appeared as suddenly as Ba’alzamon (spelling?)
Oh! Is it him in disguise? He is so powerful he must be able to take on different form.
I’m suspicious of her.
Yo... this is getting creepy. If she’s not from this world, how does she know the name of the creature and that you have to shoot one of their eyes?
And why did one only show up when she did? And how did she get there!??
I do not trust this Selene person.
Aha, Rand. What do you say?
Maybe now you understand how I feel every time you meet someone suspicious and tell them EVERYTHING!
Except of course, this lady is too beautiful for you to be suspicious of her.... yet.
Oh please be cautious, Rand. And LEAVE HER BEHIND!!
SHE IS SO CREEPY!!
Does no one else remember what everyone’s been saying about people who want the horn. And how you shouldn’t have it if you want it and all of that?
Don’t bring her, Rand. No, no, no!! And certainly don’t let her touch the horn (OR the dagger)!
Mate... if you gotta remind yourself like this. I’m sorry, Rand, but it’s time I broke the news to you: I don’t think you ever really loved Egwene.
She was just the most beautiful girl in Two Rivers. Now you’ve seen and known other beautiful women. Each time you forget Egwene.
Okay. She just went from suspicious to DEFINITELY up to something. She can’t be for real.
What kind of human being can entertain an Ogier and rival his knowledge in history??
Nuh-uh. I don’t believe that.
So, parallel universes. Surprise. I told you so. Now that she says it, you believe it, huh? I feel like such a push-over.
But since I don’t give up, let me tell you that the possible ramifications of meeting yourself are too high. Not worth the risk. You’ve been warned.
YES!! You heard me, Rand! See what happens to your thoughts when she is not right beside you. You have actual smart thoughts! Finally! Thank you!
Listen to your instinct, Rand. No—not the ones telling you that she would look beautiful naked. The ones that ask: “how does she know?”
Yes, she would say that wouldn’t she...
Think, Rand. You don’t have to be a woolhead.
How does she know you can get her back? How could she possibly know that? And why do these creatures keep showing up when it’s most convenient for her so you HAVE to save her??
What was I just saying??? Guys... why are you all foolishly blind?
The Wisdom would roast all three of you over her fire if she were here.
Unfortunately she is not, so you’re going to be taking this woman into the real world, and get yourselves into trouble, aren’t you...?
Uh huh, Rand. You have the right idea, now keep with that thought. Why does she assume that you know? She knows a lot more than she’s saying Rand.