“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”

"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds

Saturday, January 29, 2011

◦Day 19 – Best ensemble of characters in a book

OK, think this FINALLY catches me up after the week!

The characters inhabiting the world of The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.

Many, myself included, have commented and complained about the trilogy which has turned into an epic beyond measure... the fact that each book is hundreds of pages long, and that after over 20 years we are just now finally approaching the end.

But that is because Mr. Jordan made each character an individual, and takes the time to develop and write about each. If the play doesn't have just one star, but an ensemble cast, it tends to take a bit longer.

Along with this development, Mr. Jordan manages to get you invested in each of these characters - you aren't skipping a chapter to get back to the main story, or just skimming over things trying to move on. Each person's actions are important and have effects which reverberate throughout the tale.

Fortunately Mr. Sanderson has done a good job in continuing the style and quality - here's hoping that the wrap-up volume satisfies us all.

1 comment:

Josh Kruschke said...

Yes amen to that and RIP Mr. Jordan.