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Feb 1 2012 2:20pm
Wheel of Time Musings: The Eye of the World

I’ve read The Eye of the World so many times now that it’s very difficult to remember what my impressions were the first time. I know where I was when I first saw it, oddly enough. I remember the bookstore, the shelf it was on, and how awesomely big it looked. I don’t remember reading it, though I remember finishing it and being blown away. I was very eager for the second book to come out.

When the second book did arrive, my bookstore got it in both a trade paperback and a smaller mass market. I could only afford the mass market, but I remember feeling a (what now seems odd to me) sense of pride in my own good taste. You see, I took the fact that it arrived in trade paperback this time (when I’d only seen mass market the first time) to be a sign that this Robert Jordan fellow was getting popular. When the third book came out in hardcover, I went all proto-fantasy-hipster and told everyone that I had picked him way back when to do well.

Little did I know that both the first and second books had indeed had hardcover print runs. While the books did explode in popularity at about that time, my indicator — the printing of the book at my little bookstore — had less to do with what the publisher was putting out, and more to do with the fact that the bookstore had decided to start carrying hardcovers. (When they hadn’t before.)


Brandon Sanderson is the author of Elantris, The Mistborn Trilogy, and, with Robert Jordan, the New York Times bestselling The Gathering Storm, Towers of Midnight, and the forthcoming A Memory of Light, the final volumes to the epic Wheel of Time.

102 comments
Samuel Walker
1. lambada
Umm.... this seems abrupt. Was there meant to be any more?
Natenanimous
2. Natenanimous
I laughed at the bit about how awesomely big the book was, because that was exactly how I first came to the series as well (though years later than you did). I was hanging out in the bookstore while my mother got her hair cut. I was 15 and looking for something new to read, so I decided to look through the shelves for the biggest books I could find. I came across not only one big book, but a wonderfully enormous series of books. This was when the first seven books were out in mass market paperback.

Completely entranced by the idea of such a long series of enormous books, I bought the first one without knowing anything about it. It was the first fantasy book I had ever purchased, my previous reading being in young adult science fiction and mystery. I was captured right off the bat, and quickly bought the remaining volumes.

Though The Wheel of Time doesn't play as big a role in my reading life as it used to, I will always remember The Eye of the World fondly for being my introduction to fantasy, to epic fantasy, and to big, fat, lovely books.
Natenanimous
3. Hugh Thomason
I was in the Charlotte airport and ran across it in the bookstore. I was intrugued by it and picked it up there. Read it and loved it and have every book since then in Hardback and even a couple signed by Robert Jordan. These books will be in my collection until I die and will be reread several times.
Natenanimous
4. Michael Easley
I remember my first time with this book also. I was in the 9th grade and worked in the high school library. I has seen the book numerous time as I reshelved other books, but I passed it up because the cover just wasn't as appealing as some of the others. Finaly after reading a ton of boos that year I saw that this book that I kepts seeing was given a wonderful review my Piers Anthony, whom I had just finished reading one of his books. I finaly decided to give it a go, and was instantly in love. after reading the book I went to the librarian and begged them to get the next book, and then the next. As I grew I started buying the books and now have a copy of evey one to date. Tow of some of the older ones as I have gone back and re read numerous times and my copies were getting worn out. I have grown attached to the characters in these books and know them as well if not better than some of my real friends. I dread and can't wait to see the final installment. I want to read it, but I don't want the adventure to end.
Natenanimous
5. Linda from Paris
My encounter with The Eye of the World was unlikely : a French young woman living in Tokyo, looking for French interesting books in Takashimaya book store. I found nothing to my taste and the French books corner was so small. I went to the American corner, a big part was fantasy. My first idea was to pick Dragonlance series (already read in French so why not in English) and I finally chose The Eye of the World (appealing cover) and... wow !
Natenanimous
6. StooBush
Saw the trade paperback on a dedicated cardboard display at Encore Books in Chester, NJ. I was sold by the Piers Anthony quote on the cover (shows you how young I was to still be influenced by Piers). The book sat on my shelf for 5 years before I cracked it open. The intervening time was spent reading Donaldson, Eddings, and Brooks...good primers for the masterpiece gathering dust. Then I met Rand, Mat, and Perrin. The rest is history.
Natenanimous
7. PThesz
I was working overseas in Iraq as a contractor and my friend and I used to talk books quite a bit. He had recommended this series to me but I just hadn't gotten around to it. The day I was returning to the states for a vacation he thumped a new copy of the paperback down in front of me. He knew me well and there was no way I wouldn't at least give the book a try. While home I bought the next 2 in the series and bought the remainder of the available series over the next 3 or 4 months. I have read the entire series twice now and will re-read it yet again in the months leading to the final book's release.
Natenanimous
8. Fayler
My brother was a huge fan of WoT while I was growing up and remember seeing them lying around the house. I remember always loving the cover art as a kid but I never bothered to read them. Finally, after years of my brother trying to get me to start, I went out and purchased Eye of the World. By the time I finished it, I was actually mad at myself for not starting the series earlier.
Natenanimous
9. Patrick S.
I had just started attending a college in northern California and one day in the computer lab there I witnessed someone playing a MUD. I knew what they were at the time and watched for a little bit than inquired about the address to it so I could try it myself. The MUD was called Fires of Heaven and after playing it for about 2 hours I left the lab and proceded to the bookstore and picked up Eye of the World. The series has since become one of my favorites of all time. I've read every book multitudes of times and still find something new I didn't notice every time I reread them. Thanks for this wonderful world of characters Robert Jordan, and thank you Mr. Sanderson for continuing the project on his behalf.
Tina Pierce
10. scissorrunner
I found "The Great Hunt" in a little used book store in 1991, read the teaser and was about to buy it when I saw it was "Book Two". I sadly set it back on the shelf, but then found "The Eye of the World" right next to it. I bought both without even reading anything on tEotW at all!! The rest is history...or future...or...
Ty Margheim
11. alSeen
Are you sure The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt came out in hardcover originally?

Everything I've ever seen says that the trade paperbacks were the format for the first 2 books. That also goes along with the experience in used book stores. Hardcover used copies were impossible (to the point of non-existant) to find until recently. The trade books are also marked as first editions.
Natenanimous
12. trench
I found the Eye of the World in a laundry mat. It was 1999 and this horribly abused copy had been sitting on the window sill for months. I had often looked at it but never picked it up. One day I went to do my laundry and forgot my book, so I picked it up off the sill and was off to the races.
Natenanimous
13. LM
In 11th grade (back in 2000), my German teacher lent me Eye of the World, thinking I would enjoy it. I remember reading the prologue on the bus home, only half understanding what was going on, but totally intrigued, and making heavy use of the glossary. To this day I think 'Dragonmount' is one of my favorite chapters in literature.

I read through the books as fast as she could lend them to me, and in the beginning of my senior year of high school, Winter's Heart had come out.

I also feel very bittersweet about the series ending; I have made many friends through reading the series, including my husband!
Natenanimous
14. Mithrin
I remember picking up the first three books during a sale at the local book trader. I brought my already-beat-up copy of EotW on vacation that summer. I remember sitting on the beach and enjoying the prologue, but then the actual story started and I thought, Mountains of Mist? Black riders? Is this really just an LotR ripoff? If memory serves, I actually put EotW aside in favor of Timothy Zahn's "Heir to the Empire." I'm not sure when I decided to give WoT another try, but I'm very glad I did!
Natenanimous
15. Maire IRE
Lyin on my mothers bed, lookin out the window bored out of my 16 yr old head and noticed a really worn lookin book with a cool cover, opened it and it took over my whole life have reread the series 3 times in 11 years. R.I.P Robert Jordan x
Natenanimous
16. Tenesmus
I found The Great Hunt in a Red Cross gift box in Saudi Arabia on Christmas Eve 1990 during the first Gulf War. Once I realized it was a "Book Two" I went back into the Red Cross tent and proceeded to dump out no less than 20 boxes of donated books until I found "Book One of The Wheel of Time." I lugged those two books around with me for several months until I finally gave them to a fellow marine. I read those books while driving a Hum-vee through minefields in Kuwait. I can not think about my wartime experiences without thinking about the first time I read these two books.
Natenanimous
17. N8
I don't remember when exactly I read Eye of The World but it was probably around 2004, 2005. I'm reading the series again for the second time so I can read the new books and remember what was going on. I remember getting turned on to the series because I had bought the audio version of New Spring to listen too while I travelled. I was so intrigued that it lead me to read the entire series. Also, having listenend to New Spring first made a great setting stage for the first book.
Natenanimous
18. dmuskett
I remember reading it for the first time in middle school - I had picked up the first 5 or 6 from my library. I somehow accidently started reading the fifth book first, and after reading the prologue I thought Rand was the bad guy and Elaida was the hero. I went to tEotW after I figured out I was reading them in the wrong order, armed with my secret glimpse of how the series went. It made my first read a bit interesting.
Natenanimous
19. RonRicoRum
A friend of mine had a pile of used books and said "feel free to take any that interest you". The only thing that caught my eye was a copy of The Great Hunt. It being the 2nd book only, I was hesistant, but I recalled someone making a comment when discussing Goodkind that it was "very Jordan-esque" (little did I know). So I grabbed it, went out and bought a paperback Eye of the the World, and dove in. A few months later, I was caught up to Path of Daggers and joined the ranks of the waiting for the next installment.
Juan Avila
20. Cumadrin
This is a nice post to hear about how people first met tEotW.

I shared my story on Monday on the post about the 99 cent ebook sale.
S Cooper
21. SPC
I bought EoTW secondhand to read on the plane out to a 10-week internship across the country. Every weekend I'd allow myself the 2-mile walk to the bookstore (no car) to buy the next in the series. My boyfriend sent me the only two paperbacks he had (having been a long-time reader and having them all in hardcover) in a care package. Winter's Heart was just out in paperback, so it lasted almost all summer. Another one of those inseparable memories.
Natenanimous
22. Nathan S. Hall
One of my best friends in middle school insisted I try the series after I'd read Feist and some Salvatore. I was hooked immediately; cetain scenes, such as Dragonmount and TGS's Great Balefire Moment, I think I've read 20 times. I borrowed the books from that friend and read an average of one every three months. They were heavily read and sometimes fell to pieces as I read them. I remember feeling a guilty pleasure as they broke--I knew I'd have to buy him a "new" copy, but I was just excited to own some of the series, if only because you-break-it-you-buy-it.
Rob Munnelly
23. RobMRobM
I've told my tale on this site before, but will do so again for this post.

One of my best friends was an addicted WoT fan from day one and kept pushing me to read them. Turned off by the goofy Sweet covers, I always politely declined. About three years ago, before TGS, I planned a beach hangout day with my friend. We stopped at a book store to get reading material, he thrust EOTW into my hands and told me to buy it, and I spent a 90 degree, cloudless sky day on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Northeast US (Crane Beach in Ipswich MA) reading the first half of EOTW. I was quickly hooked, read all the books in a month or two, Leigh started her re-read here and I became a WOT addict.

Rob
Anthony Pero
24. anthonypero
I first read The Eye of the World in 1993. A friend gave me a hardback of tEotW and tDR, and a trade paperback of tGH. They had been reviewer copies sent to the Milwaukee Sentinel (a paper which no longer exists.) To that point I had read everything by Tolkien, Feist, Brooks and Eddings. I was lready a fantasy lover, but these books were something else entirely.

What I remember the most is that while I was reading tEotW, and really I don't even think the party had reached Baerelon yet, my sister was reading tGH. She was on the other side of the room from me and started screaming "No Rand, don't touch it! It will kill you!" To this day I have no idea what scene she was talking about, lol. But her intensity caused me to start reading the book faster and faster.

If I'd known then that I'd STILL be reading this sucker 19 years later, I might have slowed down, lol.
Jane Smyth
25. Kaboom
I was first exposed to the series while in second or third year in grad school. A summer student lend it to me saying that I would enjoy it. I hesitated a lot to take it as I had never read any fantasy books andt I also had not read much books in English before.
Frankly after reading the prologue, I almost gave it back to him. But I did persevere in reading it and by the end of the book, I was hooked, read and reread the entire series several times.

Now when I read other fantasy series I sometimes get frustrated because it is not written in the "proper style". In my subconsious mind Jordan style of writting is the only way to write fantasy.
Natenanimous
26. RyanS
I picked up The Eye of the World getting ready for a work trip to Denmark in 2001. I had been there for a week a couple of months before this and had finished both books that I took with me. I wanted something long enough to last the trip. I figured it would be good because there were a lot of other books from the series on the shelf, but the main reason I bought it was that it was 50% off. I bought two books that day. I have no idea what the other book was...
Becky Hantsbarger
27. BeckyIA
I got the hardback of The Eye of the World when I worked part-time at a bookstore in Dallas WAY back when it first came out. Several years later, when Book Six was coming out, I was living in New York and Robert Jordan was signing at Forbidden Planet. So I took my first edition hardback of Eye and got it signed by the man himself.
Juan Avila
28. Cumadrin
@anthonypero

If I had to guess, I would say your sister was freaking over the Choedan Kal statue outside Cairhien. A couple other scenes spring up, but that would be my final answer.

@Kaboom

I am the same way. RJ basically taught me how to write. For that reason I'm a little proud of the small amount of WoT fan-fiction I wrote. Even 8-10 years later, aside from being bad, I like to think it could have been a first draft of something he started.
Natenanimous
29. Anthony R
My mum bought me the first 3 books from a mail order catalogue in 1993, i was 14. I remember being so impressed by their size and cover art when they first arrived, that I was a little intimidated to start reading them. They were mass-market paperbacks and I had a thing about preserving the quality of covers, so i laminated them with contact before i start reading tEotW. Every fantasy series I'd read to that point had been a trilogy, and all the way up to the last few chapters of tDR i thought this would be the same, and you can imagine my surprise at how it ended. I was elated when afterwards I went to the local bookstore and found tSR and tFoH on the shelves. LoC was the first book that I had to wait for to be published and I was sure that was going to be the last book as it was book 6 and surely fantasy series came in sets of 3?

Thankfully not long afterwards the internet took off and I was able to get my WoT fix on discussion boards, and then through websites like Dragonmount while i waited for the next book, and the next book... In some ways people who have just picked up the series are lucky that they will be able to read it straight through without the years of waiting, but they'll also have missed out on what has been a brilliant journey.

I'm not sure how I will feel when it's all over, WoT has been a constant thread in my life for almost as long as i can remember. I think I'll be a bit sad.
Erdrick Farseer
30. Erdrick
For me it was seeing a friend reading "The Dragon Reborn." I found both the title and the cover fascinating. Then I read Dragonmount...
Natenanimous
31. B. Nelson
My younger brother was a fan and he bugged me and bugged me to read it, almost to the point where I didn't want to read it because I was so sick of hearing about it. So glad he "suggested" it, and then backed off so I'd actually read it. He turned me into a fanatic.
Kerwin Miller
32. tamyrlink
I remember I was in high school in 01 or 02 and a teacher had been letting me borrow books from her private library. I returned $5 dollars I found tucked in a book and she gifted me with The Eye of the World and The Great Hunt in paperback. She kept telling me it started out slow but I would love it if i stuck with it...and so I did and have :)...
Natenanimous
33. Nuto
A few days before Christmas '96 I went shopping with my mom. She already had a gift for me, but had spent more on the gifts for my brother and sister, so she wanted to get me a book and I picked Eye of the World (or to be precise: the German translation of the first half). I remember that I started reading it in the car on the way back home and I think I had already finished it by Christmas.
Natenanimous
34. Kris Whitehead
I am blown away by this series. I get completely enthralled in each character so much that I feel like I know them. Jordan's writing was just so compelling and drew you in like a moth to a flame.
My first impression of Eye of the World wasn't too complimentary. My friend hands me this book that looked miles out of my league and I, very snobbily, turned my nose up at it. But he (my friend) expected me to read it and so I started it. I was hooked hopelessly by the end of the first chapter. And it's still the books I turn to when I need an escape.
Per Beltoft Madsen
35. Herr_Flick
Stumbled upon this book in a bookstore in Zagreb, Croatia in ´94 when I was serving with the UN peace force.
Some Canadian soldier suggested it - so thank you or merci, it has been read a lot of times since.
Natenanimous
36. jahmes
it was in a surplus bookstore, circa 1998, senior year in high school... and it was the "the first half of the eye of the world". I was newly into fantasy books then, having just read the sword of shannara. Suffice to say I have been hooked on high fantasy since then. RIP Robert Jordan and thank you Brandon for not putting his legacy to shame.
Natenanimous
37. duke
I believe that this is the shortest non-tweet that Brandon has ever written.
Jay Dauro
38. J.Dauro
2007. Started using the treadmill, and wanted audiobooks so I wouldn't go insane. I had gone through most everything that my library had in SF and Fantasy, when I saw New Spring. I asked my niece about it, because I knew she had read the series. She recommended it, but warned me the series wasn't complete. I got hooked, and then found that RJ had passed. Was very glad to hear that the series would be completed.
Natenanimous
39. turtlegirl784
My dad started reading WoT on recommendation from a friend towards the end of my 4th grade year. I started reading them that summer, and even took The Fires of Heaven to school for an assignment where we were supposed to read a page (or so) out of a book in front of the class. I read the part of chapter 22 where Mat is lounging in the tent with Melindhra, feels the medallion go cold, and then rushes outside to kill some shadowspawn. I chose it because I thought the boys in my class would be impressed that I was reading something with fighting in it. In retrospect, my teacher probably worried about me reading something so bloody and violent. Oh well! :D

I also always loved the looks I got from people whenever I carried one of the books around. I don't think a lot of people knew what to do with a kid reading that big of a book.
Natenanimous
40. AndrewB
I picked up TEotW during my first semester of my freshman year in college (1992). It took me a while to get into the story. But after the TR boys (and Egwene and Thom) left Two Rivers, I got hooked. It took me about a total of six to eight weeks to finish TEotW, plus TGH through TFoH. Ever since, I have eagerly awaited the next book.

It was also during my freshman year that I came across the Robert Jordan old "use net" (at least that is what I think it was called -- to this day, computers are not my fortay). To this day, I smile whenever I think about Verin and the Purple Ajah (It is funny to think that in some way, that theory was not so far off the mark -- Verin was a member of the Black Ajah; but as a spy for Team Light).

RobMRobM -- FWIIW, my sister loves Crane Beach. She finds it much less crowded than the beaches on the South Shore and Cape Cod.

Thanks for reading my musings,
AndrewB
Natenanimous
41. L Schultz
I remember when I first found the Wheel of Time books. I actually found a hardcover copy of Eye of the World and Lord of Chaos at some random dollar discount/overstock type of store. I realized it was book 1 and book 6, but I fiugred if I picked them both up at the same time I could see if I liked book 1 and then if I did, I could buy 2-5 and be all set with a hard cover of 6. Unfortunately for me it took me quite a while to find The Great Hunt becaue the bookstores kept getting sold out of it. Once I did get it, I couldn't read through the books fast enough.
Natenanimous
42. Janna1g
I was working on my master's degree, and I didn't have time to read for fun. But my son had gone off to college leaving a copy of Winter's Heart on the stairs, and I picked it up and started reading. That's a strange book to start with in the series, I somehow got the impression that the Two Rivers men were sort of sinister. Then I was frantically digging through my son's boxes and shelves of books to find more in the series. No time for reading for fun, and series I couldn't leave alone!
Natenanimous
43. Cai
My parents bought me WoT for christmas. At that point in time during my middle school, I was failing numerous classes and was in with many tutors to no avail. My family was angry at me with my bad grades, and I with myself, as I was loosing lots of friends from lack of confidence. However, this one little (big) book, turned my life around. I read it and was enthralled. I had to read the next one immediately. Soon enough I loved reading. It transfered over to my studies, and soon to myself esteem. This booked has literally saved my life.
Liz J
44. Ellisande
Hm, that's so strange, I could've sworn I had started reading it in high school, but it wasn't even published until college. I guess it just feels like it's been part of my life for that long. I already liked doorstopper fantasies so I gave it a try. I eventually got all of them in hardcover, since the paper ones fell apart so easily. I'm now especially grateful I lugged all of them to an RJ signing.

So, yes, these have been part of my life a very long time now, and I too am sad that it's now coming to an end, while also being grateful we'll have an ending at all.
Natenanimous
45. CBass
thanks to my mother and brother, i grew up a voracious reader, mostly Hardy Boys(through first and second grade), then i found this massive book set by some guy named stephen king just lying around on the bottom shelf.. so i picked that up and started having fun(man, alot of stuff makes more sense in TDT now adays)... my thirst for large books/series fed off of that and for most of my third/fourth grade years('90,91) i was constantly stopping off at the library checking out Dragonlance books by the score, i would commonly read 2-3 of them in a school week, and up to 5 a week over the summer.

going into 5th grade i started to raid my brothers bookshelf, and was quickly engrosed with Eddings, Fiest, Cherryh, Moorcock and others.. (i stayed up for nearly 2 days straight coursing through the Belgariad for the first time)..

then a wonderful thing happened, this absolulty massive blue book magically appeared upon the bookshelf. it had the most amazing cover i had ever seen, i honestly remember just takeing off the flap, spreading it out, looking at it for over an hour takeing the whole thing in.. then i saw the map.... the most detailed map i had yet seen in a book.. and i knew this was going to be something special... i forced myself to wait 2 days until friday( we were going to have a NorEaster that weekend, so it was going to be a long weekend off from school) just so i could sit and enjoy as much of it in a single setting as i could.

that summer i bought my first 3 books, tEoTW, TlotR(big red book form), and IT.. and all three of them still sit in places of honor above my head where i sit now, well read and well loved

(also, holly wall of txt!!! didn't mean to write so much)
Randommer
46. Randommer
Can I just say, I love how many people were pestered into reading WoT lol. I do that my friends all the time; there's something about the books that just makes you want people to discuss them with.

For me, WoT was something I always knew I'd give in to one day (big series of dramatic-looking fantasy books lingering in the fantasy sections I spent so much time in), but kept putting it off. Eventually around four years ago, I found that I had nothing to be into at the time (yeah I'm one of those), and decided to take the plunge. I enjoyed the first three books a lot, but they took me a while to get through, and I had WoT sort of pegged for one of those fantasies without romance or all that much emphasis on emotions. But the next two books added way more depth to the story and characters, and I was hooked from then on.

Now my mission is to get my boyfriend and best friend to read them before the last one comes out. I don't care if I have to tape them to their faces.
Ian Johnson
47. IanPJohnson
It was the swords.

I was studying European Broadsword in a continuing attempt to become a BAMF when my instructor handed out some tattered old catalogues of replica medieval swords. I looked them over, and found that what I liked best in the catalogue was the discreet little section in back where the fantasy swords were listed. They were pretty cheesy– I seem to remember a five-foot two-hander with a black iron skull on the pommel– but hey, to a fourteen-year-old whose mind was swimming with images culled from Dungeons and Dragons, video games, and heavy metal music, they looked pretty sweet.

On one page, there were several swords from the Wheel of Time series (the company that made the catalogue was the licensed purveyor of WoT swords). Because some of the swords (especially the Heron Mark blade) looked pretty cool, I picked up a copy of Eye of the World when I was in the local used bookstore.

Looking back at the fantasy novel I was writing at the time, I can see the stylistic debt to the early chapters of EotW. In fact, I think I was ripping off Jordan a little bit in some of the scenes. Even though my tastes have changed, and I never finished the series (I was spending too much time reading the goddamn books instead of paying attention in my Algebra For Slackers and Morons class, and my grades suffered for it), I enjoyed them. They were fun.

Maybe I'll return to them someday.
Birgit
48. birgit
I found the first four German books (first two English books) in a department store. The cover of the first book had a Myrddraal looking like a Nazgul. Since I liked LotR I bought the books.
Some time later I visited Munich where a large bookstore had the next three books in English. I've read the rest of the series in English and later got the first book in English, too (only the second book is missing in English in my collection).
The split of the first book isn't exactly the same in German and English: the English first half ends with Wolfbrother, the German with A Path Chosen.
Natenanimous
49. Shudlick
Yes, there was a hardcover, at least for Eye of the World. I think (?!!) it was 1991, I think I was 15, and I'd like to say I know I was hooked, but it took a few books to cement the deal. Now my wife just rolls her eyes when a tattered version of (insert book title here) comes to bed with us.
j p
50. sps49
I was on a Conan reread, and had found some Conan hardcovers written by this author I had never heard of. I liked those six stories enough to look for more by the authoer, and within a month had caught up to the Path of Daggers. Then I fidgeted until the next one came out. I found the Usenet group about the time I read about Galad's duel, but it was all TAN (and felt insular) by then. The WoT-FAQ entertained me for a while, though.
Amanda Hayes
51. Kisanthe
I saw the books out of the corner of my eye in the rural library I visited every summer, as often as my grandmother would take me; I remember the distinctive cover of Dragon Reborn. I sometimes found them on the shelves in Indianapolis libraries, too. Never the first book. Always books three or four. Finally I decided I would have to buy Eye of the World if I wanted to know what these delightfully fat books were all about, so I did.

I was reading Eye on the day I took my SATs. Every time I had minutes to spare between test sections I dove into the book. I want to say the characters were riding through the Blight at that point, and it was so hard to put it down and return to the delights of trying to remember geometry formulas.

I spent a good chunk of my senior year gulping down the rest of the series to that point. Every study hall found me curled up with the Wheel of Time, as best the desks allowed. I snuck moments from my computer programming class to surf the web for Richard Boye's character art. It's no surprise that WoT is bound up with high school memories for me, and I'm glad it is--all I have to do is crack one of the first seven books and I'm seventeen again.
Natenanimous
52. Wolfian
I found the first three books (or six, since they were split) in Finnish from the local library when I was about 12, and by the time WH came out I had started reading them in English - mostly because I couldn't wait for the translations, but also because the translator changed and some of the words were translated differently than before.

I remember the first book (half of EotW) was the first one I just couldn't put down and ended up staying up all night to read it. Even now when I read those passages I remember how it felt to read them the first time, when I was younger and the characters and places became alive as I read.

I've been getting the urge to restart the series for a few days now, I guess it's about time to do just that. I can't wait for AMOL, though at the same time I don't want the books to end at all...
Natenanimous
53. DragonWolf
This is B.S, I think Tor, is just pulling back to cash in. There was no reason, to wait think long to release the last book. It seems to most fans I've read around the forums to be the number one reason.

Not to mention that Sanderson, is the worst person to pink to finish the series. He was a bad writer to begin with who makes his other books a top priority.

Its pretty, much disapointing, You Can tell the difference between Sanderson and Jordan. I just hope, the ending will be worth having to endure sandersans bad writting.
Anthony Pero
54. anthonypero
AndrewB:

haha! Purple Ajah indeed. I remember reading an article on "Stone Dog's Hold" about Verin that first explored that. My handle on rec.arts.sf.written.robert-jordan was Lancelot.
Rob Munnelly
55. RobMRobM
@40 - AndrewB - I strongly agree with her. The beaches north of Boston (Crane, Wingersheak, Manchester, Marblehead, Nahant) are very nice but the water can be freaking cold before August.

Rob
Peter Czyzewski
56. sebastianelgar
I found tEotW in the library in the basement of my dorm at Univ of Ill my sophmore year then started looking for copies in the used book stores around campus, now both me and my wife have full hardcover sets of the books to date.
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57. Pilmiph
I was in a small branch of the Vista, CA public library and checked out a copy. I was a high school sophomore. I was hooked from the beginning. I purchased all the later books as soon as they came out in hardback, I even had the first four signed by RJ when he was in SD on a book tour. I grew up in that world, ji e toh had a big influence on my philosophy on life. I have a dragon's fang tattoed on my back. (just a small one in the upper middle back) It was funny trying to describe it to the artist, just got a confused look :) but he got it right.
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58. justins
I got TEOTW because a girl browsing the SF&F section of the mall B&N I was in recommended it.

Did not really like the cover art, but figured it was worth a try. I tend to recommend more then I get recommended in book stores, but seem to have fair luck with it.
Natenanimous
59. Shane Scroggins
I'm pretty certain that the first book came out in hardcover. One of my friends had it in trade. I borrowed it from him and read it. I enjoyed it and went to Chronicles Bookstore in Bolingbrook, IL and asked them if they could order a hardcover. They said that I couldn't get a first printing. I think that I have a 2nd printing on my shelf at home. Pretty much the entire rest of the series in first. In response to the post talking about reading Donaldson, Eddings, and Brooks while a "masterpiece" gathered dust. I enjoyed Eye of the World, but don't think that holds a candle to the orignal Chronicles of Thomas Covenant.
Natenanimous
60. sanddanglokta
I got my start with the first half of EOTW which was given away for free with another purchase in Fall 94 (95?) in a bookstore in NYC. What book I bought with it was long forgotten, and I've given away my copy of EOTW to others countless times so that my EOTW copy is shiny and new, the others are coverless and taped together.
Philip Wardlow
61. PhilipWardlow
Just as Brandon said I personally don't remember my first reading of the series...(yes I've read it them that many times over as well) ...and listented to the audio readings which are done very well by two very good readers. Definitely recommend listening to the series that way for a change ..it actually helped me get some of the pronuciations down for all the character's name....(there was a funny part in one of the audio readings where the woman reader called the citizens of the country Tarabon - phonetic speak here "Terra-boners"......lol

btw...Dragonwolf...your completely wrong when you say Sanderson was the wrong choice to take over the writing of WOT....Sandersons a great writer (read Way of the Kings - classic in the making) and I do very mcuh feel he has treated these book with the reverence they deserve in regarding the time he has put it..and so what if you can tell the difference in the writing styles...it's a good difference..I think Sanderson style is more eleoquent in many ways to capturing the feelings and personal turmoils of the main characters better than Jordan did..in the last set of books I think it is very important to capture that as much as you can...
Debbie Solomon
62. dsolo
My nephew (in high school at the time) introduced me to this series around 1997 (we share a passion for SFF). I w as divorced and not dating at the time, so I read the first 7 books over 2 weeks time. I read fast, and except for work and sleep, I was reading continuously. I was so upset when Faile was kidnapped, and I had to wait for the next book to see how it resolved. Little did I know that was the beginning of the PLOD. I have reread the series at least 3 times since then, but now I rely on Leigh's recaps (which have still shown me things I missed). My nephew is now married and living in Seattle, and this will be the last year he'll get the new WoT for his birthday (sigh). Oh well, there's still GRRM.
Natenanimous
63. Philanor
I was reading a Chinese language magazine many years ago, in it one article mentioned that if J.R.R. Tolkien was the father of the fantasy genre, then Robert Jordan would be the modern successor. I was intrigued, I know Tolkien's works very well and could not imagine anyone else being his modern equivalent; let alone one recommended in a Chinese magazine.

Next day, I went to the local bookstore and asked for the first book in the Wheel of Time series. What captivated my interest was Jordan's use of the Yin & Yang theory and translated its principle into the magic system of Saidin & Saidar. That pretty much sealed the deal for me. Bought all 8 other books in the series the next day.

Ah the memories, they never fade.
Lindy Brown
64. lbrown
I had just graduated college and was doing a temp job with an older guy who also liked to read. He said that he was reading the Eye of the World series and he would just devour them. I don't think I even knew what genre the books were, but I remembered the title. So a few months later, I looked them up at the library. One thing that kind of intrigued me at first is that on the cover of Eye of the World, I saw that one of the reviews said that Jordan had come to dominate the world Tolkien created. I thought that the reviewer meant it in a more literal sense, like the books were set in Tolkien's world. How silly, I know. But I was really into Lord of the Rings at the time (Lord of Rings being the only epiq fantasy I had ever read.).

I, of course, at once realized that the books weren't set in Tolkien's world. I thought the first book was okay, but kind of didn't like all the Tolkien similarities and I hated how they would use our expressions but put "Light" instead of "God." I'm not sure why I didn't like it, it just bothered me. I finished the first book and liked it but wasn't too excited to read the next one. A few months later I picked up the 2nd one and read it. I thought it was pretty good, but could still wait to get the next one and read some other books in the meantime. I also remember being a little irritated at the Ba'alzamon dying and then not being dead. I remember thinking that if the next book does that (Ba'alzamon dying but then still being alive in the next book), I was definitely going to stop reading.

Luckily, that trend ended with Book 3. Also, with Book 3, I really fell in love with the series. The "Thank the Light"s didn't bother me anymore. I was used to them. Also, the Tolkien similarities didn't bother me, anymore, either. After reading some more Epiq Fantasy, I realized they all would have similarities at the beginning, but would branch out in new and unexpected ways with later books, as WOT definitely did.

As soon as I got done with Book 3, I had to get Book 4 right away and start reading it. I think I read straight through to the end of the already published books (COT). When I got done with Book 5, I bought all of the first 9 books in paperback from Amazon. I was so excited to open that box when it arrived.

I have taken days off work for the last 3 books when they've come out and just read as much as I could. I 've read all the books 3 times and am listening to them via Audiobook right now. I even got my mom and stepdad to read the whole series.
Natenanimous
65. Geckomayhem
I honestly don't remember the first time I read it. I was already a pretty avid fantasy fan when I first came across the series, having read David Eddings and the like (and attempted to read The Hobbit at a rather young age).

What I vaguely have are impressions of the start of the story. In those days, I read a lot of fantasy books and had already started my little collection. In fact, when book 4 became available at the library, I read it in a day and a half -- all 1001 pages. ;)
Cynthia Ahmar
66. tenkuu
I would love to read a more detailed impression of the book as a whole from you, so please post that sometime if you ever get the chance. :)
Natenanimous
67. TheDream
TEotW introduced so many fascinating things that I doubted whether the series could ever deliver on the promise of this first book. I loved the deep sense of culture that came with the various societies of WoT, giving it tremendous flavour.

Now I'd say that WoT has already delivered on the promise with one book still to come. I'm very grateful to RJ and Brandon.
Natenanimous
68. mad_for_fantasy
I read tEotW quite a while back. I enjoyed it immensely; the intricate detailing, the characters, the magic system. It reads like a good-old fantasy but it certainly has much more to offer. The grand scope of the book, the concept of duality it addresses are some of the better qualities it has to offer.
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69. Robbin
I started reading WOT before book 3 came out. And I remember I even wrote about WOT for my secondary school book report, wrote something how the characterization was good because of how they evolved over time, and how the world was fully fleshed out, etc etc, all the things that made WOT famous.
Sigh, nostalgia bites.....
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70. Jackie89
I was in high school and looking for something new to read. It was a total accident that I found it because soeone put it back in the wrong spot. tEotW helped me fail math, Once I started I couldnt put it down, even for class.
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71. Reverse Dragon
My best friend and brother from another mother pestered me all through middle school that I just HAD to read this series. I'm a bit of a contrarian so being told I had to read it made me really reluctant. Finally I caved and started in on tEotW. I was a little ways in when I complained to him that it was too slow and nothing was happening. His response surprised me.

"Would you have stopped reading Lord of the Rings because of how boring 'On Hobbits' is?" he asked.
"No." I replied "It's slow but it's essential in setting the stage for the rest."
"Keep reading." he said with a smile.

Needless to say, by the time I reached Rand's flight from the trollocs with Tam I was quite engrossed. That was in 1992. Now, twenty years later, I'm finally going to get to read about Tarmon Gaidon itself... and I couldn't be more excited.
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72. Logain
The first time I read tEotW was in ninth grade, my english teacher let us do a book report on any book we wanted, and I remember thinking "wow that books big, I should do my report on that one maybe I'll get extra credit." Needless to say I've been hooked ever since.
Natenanimous
73. maze of the winds
For me, it all started in my first year of middle school (now over 10 years ago), getting EOTW as a present for my birthday. Up to that moment, my experience in fantasy was limited to tolkien's LOTR. And i must say, Robert Jordan was the best thing that has happened to me, period.

He got me addicted to fantasy, he got me addicted to "good" writing ... I blame mr. Jordan for no longer enjoying a reread of LOTR because its not Robert Jordan enough, and he has been responsible for me picking up works from wonderfull authors such as Feist, GRRM, Goodkind, and many more.

I still remember sitting unsuspectingly in a train in 2007, almost at my home station, when i heard two people talk about Robert Jordan passing without being able to finish the books he spent so much time of his life writing and the same books we all love so much. As i had not yet heard of his condition, I was very shocked to hear that my favorite author had passed away.

At first i was a little sceptical about Brandon taking over mr. Jordans legacy, but after reading TGS i picked up his Mistborn trillogy to saturate my fantasy fix. Now, five years later i have read all of his works, and i must confess that Brandons books have taken over the top spots on my bookshelf since. This was a hard descision for me because his books and WoT are both rating a 100% on my personal scale, but in my oppinion brandons pace won me over in the end. He will however, never get that special spot in my heart that got occupied the instant i got that deliciously fat, shiny blue covered book in my gruby puberescent hands, that changed my life ever since.

Thank you, Robert Jordan and Thank you, Brandon Sanderson, for making any other book I read seem like its just not your level.
Natenanimous
74. cookiekins40
This is the first book by Robert Jordan I ever read. A large, hardbound book from the library, not quite sure what drew my attention to it. I read it first, not knowing until I took up another volume that this was a prequel. It has taken me years to read this collection, but I keep trudging along, slow at best but never deterred! I am on book 11 now, so with any luck I will have the rest completed in time to catch the fever when the new one comes out. I am more than excited now! It is hard not to wade ankle deep into all the articles about the new volume, but alas ~~spoilers!!! So I keep the news in the corner of my peripheral vision, and read on!!!!
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75. Chris Z.
Oddly enough, my mother - a non-reader for the most part, and, as far as I know, a woman who has never read any fiction in her entire life - came home from work one day with a copy of The Eye of the World for me, way back near the end of 2000. I was 12 at the time, and though an avid reader, my experience with the fantasy genre until then had been underwhelming, to say the least. Nonetheless, I gave it a try anyway and was immediately, absolutely enthralled by the incredibly organic world RJ had created so perfectly. I devoured the series in no time at all, reread it again leading up to the release of CoT, and, sad though this may be, my life has never been the same since. More than a decade and countless comprehensive rereads later, the series is still just as thrilling and magical as it always has been for me. Each time through, I still pick up on things that I've somehow missed during all of my past readings. No other fantasy book or series of books has been able to hold my interest since I discovered WoT, because absolutely nothing can compare to it. Robert Jordan's world has forever enriched my own in ways I cannot put into words, and horrifically sad though I am to see this story come to a close at last, I have also never been more excited for anything in my life.
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76. Aan'allein
Growing up I was not what you would call an avid reader. The only things that peaked my interest were snes games, the occasional Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys story, and sports. When I began high school, in 1999, I was disenchanted with life as a boring rural teenager and looked for an escape from reality. My journey began with The Hobbit, followed by LOTR, I even read the stories of Harry Potter.

It was not until after I graduated High School that I came across The Eye of the World when my roomate told me of a book he was reading. I was with no novels to read or games to play so I asked if he would mind me borrowing his extra copy. Little did I know that I would be entering a world that there was no escaping.

I proceeded to read the entire series that was out at the time in a matter of weeks. I was reading at work, not sleeping, and becoming a hermit. No less than 3 of my friends have joined the ranks of WoT fans due to my galliant efforts. I have only had the pleasure of waiting for the last three books, but I wish I had had my entire life to read and re-read these books. I am a fantasy story lover and potential writer and there is no greater pleasure in life than to pick up a book and be transported to another world that is so vivid.

I could go on for days writing about how much WoT has meant to me, but I shall forego doing so. I am looking forward to the final book with much apprehension of sadness and joy. Most of the books have brought tears to my eyes and weighed heavy on my heart, and I expect A Memory of Light to do no less. Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson will be the Tolkiens that future generations of authors will to strive to achieve to become.
Natenanimous
77. Ashley G.
I first came across this book when I was in the library looking for something new to read. I had already been a fantasy-geek, it started with reading The Hobbit back in high school.

I distinctly remember that I was tired of seeing dragons on the covers of the fantasy books, so I absolutely didn't want to read another book about dragons. So I saw this book and something about the cover and title stuck with me.

I don't know why I didn't pick it up back then, but the next time I was in the library I took it home with me and was hooked from the beginning. I'm so excited about the last book coming out!
Natenanimous
78. Jackie Anne
When I was in 2nd grade my dad started reading the Eye of the World to me and my little sister before we went to bed. I took us a year to get threw it but we finished. From there I read all the books myself, it took me years to pick my way threw the large volumes, elementary school and middle school I was reading them at every oportunity possible. I will never forget when my 6th grade teacher threw the Dragon Reborn in the Recycling bin...now I am a junior in college, the final book will come out my senior year of college. The characters in the wheel of time are my oldest friends, I can't wait for the final book but it also makes me so sad to think of it ending.
Natenanimous
79. Claudia H.
I actually found this series about two years ago in my school library. I read all 12 books in two months. About half a year later I reread the series. Then about a month ago, I went through the whole series again in about 2.5 weeks. It is the most amazing series I have ever read. I love being drawn into Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time.
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80. antichris
I just don't get the hardcover/paperback dichotomy thing. I hate hardcovers - they're such a pain to lug around and read. I also hate having to wait a year or more to get the paperback of my favorite new books! I guess I'm full of hate today.

Seriously, though, publishers! I will gladly pay hardcover prices to get the paperback at the same release date! TAKE MY MONEY!
Ron Garrison
81. Man-0-Manetheran
I first came upon Lord of Chaos on the bargain books table at a local bookstore. "6th in a series. Wow," I said to myself. "Must be a helluva good story to get 6 thick books." But being a look-before-you-leap guy, I checked out The Eye of the World from the local library. I was hooked. I went back to the bookstore and grabbed LoC for $5. They had no others in the series, so I checked out the relatively new Amazon.com. There I found the first five books for the bargain price of around $5 each - hardback. Most of them were first printings, oddly enough. Now I have an entire shelf of my library containing the hardbacks of the series, and there is room for exactly one more.

Tai'Shar Manetheren™
Debbi Chambers
82. dchambers59
I found it at the bookstore across the street from where I was working at the time. I needed something new to read, and it had just come out. Picked it up, bought it, and the rest is history. He had me at "The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go..."
minalth minalth
83. minalth
I picked tEotW up from the library in spite of the horrible cover, which I hid, so that I didn't have to look at it.
After reading that I got up to date and haven't been a week out of date since.
Philip Wardlow
84. PhilipWardlow
I remember in 1998 picking up a new release called "Legends" which was essentially a collection of current fantasy authors who contributed short novels to the collection from their own established series/worlds they had already been writing about...such as Raymond E. Feist, George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card...etc. When I read "New Spring" in that book which I'm sure everyone knows was the prequel to "Eye of the World" I was hooked and wanted to read the first book in that series. Reading the prequel definitely gave me a different perspective of Moraine and Lans characters when they first rode into the little town of Two Rivers at the beginning of the story than I would have had as a first time reader. They weren't this mysterious pair you knew nothing about until much later on in that book or series even. Always like those little surprises in life that lead to bigger things ...:)
Natenanimous
85. Novashannon
I actually bought the first book when it came out in paperback (first edition). I passed it on to two of my sibs, and now all three of us wait for the next book. That means I have been reading it for a Loooooooooong time.
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86. ding dong bells
I had just started university in 1993 and met a few friends, one night I went out drinking with a bloke on my course to his local pub and crashed at his uni house. I couldnt sleep very well and saw a bookcase in the room I was staying in. I went over and scanned the titles, there I saw a battered blue covered paperback called TEOTW.....
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87. shalon
I was bored in Drivers Ed. it was that part where a few got to go drive and the rest of us just sat around.. and a friend gave me his copy of TEOTW. and the rest is history.
Jerry Blair
88. Linekat62
Winter'sheart has to be my favorate WOT because that is where I was 1st introduced to the series. I than mostly checked the series out from the nearby library in no particular order since others were checking out the books ahead of me, so I can't be sure when I read The Great Hunt the first time. I'm looking to start rereading the WOT for about the 13th time again, starting with New Spring.
Robert George
89. Samje
I started reading this series in 1993 when I was in high school. I remember standing up my text book on my desk so I could hide the novel behind it. I then bought second book in the series and was soon cutting out of school by 4 th period so I could sit in my car and finish the book. I still take a vacation every time a new one comes out so I can read it interuppted from start to finish...
Natenanimous
90. Lord Vader
Everyone alive and old enough remember what they were doing and where they were the day that JFK got shot. Isn't it amazing that this series has such a deep impact on us that it seems most can recall where and when they first were introduced to the series. It's fascinating to read where everyone was in their lives. This is really cool.
I hadn't heard of it until 1999 when a young man on the Bookmobile bus said that since I like Star Wars I'd probably like this series. I figured I'd try. I don't see the correlation between the two, but he was right. I had the audio books. Popped in the cassette tape and listening and I realized I had gotten tremendously lost then suddenly I was able to follow the story. After making it to through EoTW I went back and started again. I realized I was so lost because this Prologue had not much to do with the story. I listened to that Prologue after every book I finished for a while and came to really enjoy the way that it tied the whole series with just a short burst. Since then I have recruited numerous fans with my excitement and my 11 year old will be finished with EoTW this week! What a fun thing to talk about a book I love so much with my own child. It's just awesome! I look forward to the end with excitement and reservation and even reverence.
Natenanimous
91. Carly Jo
I first picked up EOTW at the base exchange at FT Sam Houston in San Antonio TX in 1991. I was living with my husband's parents while he was deployed in the Persian Gulf during Desert Storm. I didn't read it at first because I thought the beginning was boring. One night after putting my two year old to bed, couldn't sleep and there was the book again, so I started in over and got hooked. I don't know how many times I have re-read the series. I have lived with this series for most of my adult life. I love every book, every scene, every character. When Robert Jordan passed away, I cried. Brian is doing an awesome job of continuing Mr. Jordan's legacy. I want the last book to come out, but it will be the end of an era for me. I will savor the last book, but there will never be anything that will fill the void of WOT in my life. It will be great sadness when I turn that last page. But the Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills.
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92. krakatak
I was in college when I finally read tEotW. One of my roommates at the time, Dave, had started reading the series years previous, and was rereading to prepare for the next volume (Winter's Heart). When he handed me hardcover of tEotW, I politely told him there was no way in (pick your bad place) that I was going to read some stupid fantasy book. I had no desire to be one of those "wolf t-shirt" people. He finally convinced me that I would only need to read the first 50 pages and I'd be hooked. Grudgingly, I did read those first 50 pages...and was not convinced. He thumbed through a few pages, handed the book back to me, and said that he was wrong and I "needed to read the first 60 pages". I figured what the heck, it was only 10 more pages and I could forever ignore WoT. And then I kept on reading....
Natenanimous
93. Wotman
This might be a bit off topic, but I have a friend who is only 9, and my wife thinks I should turn him on to the Wheel of Time, I am debating this because:
Even though he is only nine, if you talk to him you would swear he is at least 25 - 30 yrs old. I went to his piano recital and of all the people ranging from 4 - 55 yrs old, only he wrote his own composition and played it. I saw him in a video interviewing a proffesor of biology and I was absolutley amazed.
I am hesitant because; while I don't doubt that he coud read it well, I wonder if at that age, he would comprehend and understand all the mature threads that are inherant in this type of work.
I was thinking that even if he didn't get it, if he was interested, he would reread it and get more out of it.
If anyone would like to comment on this please do.
Natenanimous
94. DaveJ
Wotman - I started reading them when I was 9 years old and I was definely not as accomplished as your friend seems to be. Obviously there are things I didn't understand, but I fell in love with the books regardless. I found I'd sort of just skim the parts I couldn't quite grasp. Made it interesting every time I did a re-read because I'd pick up on things I'd completely missed or hadn't understood the first few read throughs.
I think it's pretty interesting how many people seem to have been sucked in by the cover art - I know I was for sure. Even before I was able to really read I can remember looking at the covers from the first three books and thinking how I had to learn to read so I could see what they were all about.
I believe I finished all the available books by the time I was done grade 5, and would do a reread every summer after that, and sometimes more than one reread if a new book was being released. To say they consumed my life is an understatement. The release of AMoL is such a bittersweet thing for me.
Natenanimous
95. mojoe
A friend had loaned me Eye of the World, and I must have started it 3 or 4 times. I'd get a little ways in (Rand and Tam on the way to Emond's Field) and lose interest.
One day a temp at work was reading a book and I asked about it. It was The Path of Daggers (which had just come out) and he excitedly went on and on about the series. When I got home that night I looked up the series and realized that the book I kept trying to read was the start of it all.
I picked it up that night and the rest, as they say, is history.
Natenanimous
96. Bouwser
Love reading everyone's story of how they got started. I read the first book back in '96. I was in high school and was looking for a good book series to read. I was a little turned off at how large the book was, but thought it was only a trilogy. (The Dragon Reborn title sounds like a name for the last book in the series.) It wasn't until I got to the end of book three, that I realized it was far from over, but by then I was hooked.
Natenanimous
97. Wotman
Thanks DaveJ for the comment, I didn't want to cram it down his throat becasue I am a big fan, I tend to do that and it seldom works out.
He has read all Harry Potter and is reading the hunger games now. I think he would like it myself, but then again, I am a big fan!
I will talk to him about it and see what he thinks.
Natenanimous
98. Beonin
Having now read TEOTW a massive 17 times, it has become my most read book [in terms of re-reads] of all time, slightly in front of LOTR at 15. Having also started at the time of release (pretty much) I've re-read the entire series for each new book, and again when the delays were ridiculous. (There will probably be two full re-readings of the entire series before aMOL in 2013!) Each time I read it, I find that a little more [subtext] is revealed, and my respect for Robert Jordan as a world builder increases that little bit more, and although I find he does not quite match Tolkien on that score, the story he has delivered through it has been much more interesting. My only negative comment would be that the books seemed too slow on occasions [generally Perrin's POV or Perrin's subplots, so may be intentional], and too fast on others. Certainly the last two books lacked the detail of some of the earlier books whilst gaining pace, and whilst I do not blame Mr Sanderson for this in any way, I do wonder how on earth RJ was convinced he would get it all into one final book.
Natenanimous
99. blandocalrissian
I first came across this book when I was in, maybe 5th grade. I had already read all of Tad Williams' "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" series and was proud of my relatively youthful ability to tackle large fantasy epic tomes. I was on a family trip to a football game and we stopped into a bookstore beforehand, where I saw the largesse of epicness that was the first book. The subsequent four installations were also there (which assured me of the series viability), and I very quickly devoured up through TFOH. Interestingly, I was able to pick up LoC before I otherwise could have because I was in Australia traveling with the city boys' choir and saw it in a bookstore there. So by 7th grade I was done with the first six. Yet even then I was able to read the cards regarding how long this was going to go on and estimated that I would be in my senior year of college by the time RJ would be done. That turned out to be quite a conservative estimate, sadly...
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100. Ayesha Sedai
The WOT series is an epic fantasy dream-come-true. While reading the Eye of the World, I kept it within arms reach at all times fearful of the house burning down or the car being towed.

I had been trying to hold out until the final book - to buy the last two novels together, avoiding the painful wait. But when confronted with TOWERS OF MIDNIGHT in my bookstore my will power crumbled instantly. Now, I just want to live long enough to read a Memory of Light. People. Make some noise. Get that published by October in case the Mayans have it right. I live in the tropics. I'll have to wait longer for shipping and handling.
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101. DavMe
A friend loaned me the book and I absolutely loved it. I went to the bookstore to get book 2 and they told me that book 1 had not yet been published. He had loaned me an advanced review copy. I hate waiting on books to be published. Now I'm in pain waiting for #14!!!
:-P
Natenanimous
102. Mandy_zulu
I first discovered it in a bookstore in i think 1995. I saw the Eye of the World and the cover drew me in. As you can remember from the paperbacks, there was no description of the book on the outside, but I still had to have it. I finally read it and was blown away. Little did I know that I would still be involved with this series of books 17 years later. I can't believe it is coming to an end soon! We will finally find out what happens to Rand in the end...what he has fought so hard for and sacrificed so much for.

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