Hi everyone - I'm another lurker who has just caught up to the re-read. I've read through tCG, haven't read any ICE books yet, and have picked up GotM for the first time in 18 months. I've spent a month reading all the commentary by Amanda and Bill - love, love, love the insights of both. And I've read nearly all of the comments by all of you and the Q&A by SE. This is an amazing set of books. Since I'm so late to the review, but hope to be a steady participant from this point on, I was wondering how you would feel if I posed some questions and thoughts on books 1-6 in here - things I didn't see anyone else tackle? I was thinking of doing one entry for each of the books over the next 6 postings so as not to be a bore.... I know this is supposed to be commentary on the current chapter, but many of the characters and plot lines are still in play from the very start of the series.... Thanks!
Amanda - I just got such a kick out of the quote you cite: "Leave Letur Anict to his world made simpler. What he would have it to be and what it is, are not the same. And that, dear Factor, is the path to ruin." You may have implied this, but I thought it was worth making more explicit: "...And that, dear Factor, is the path to [Silchas] Ruin" SO much fun.
Alisonwonderland - I think the epic nature of the MBotF series skews the idea of set-up and planning greatly. A typical novel is 200-400 pages long and in it, every character and plot line that is ever going to be introduced or resolved gets introduced and resolved. In MBotF, we have 10 books of 800+ pages that are complemented by numerous books from ICE, so the introduction of any major character at this stage seems a little too convenient. Aren't all characters and plot lines DEM when you think about it? IMO - SE has indicated that his goal is to make us feel. Beak does that without question. That's good enough for me.
Amanda - You indicated in your comments - "Whether you love him or hate him, you've gotta agree with Redmask's verdict on Hadralt and his warriors, what with their betrayal of the Togg/Fandaray army, which I think we're all inclined to like since we've seen decent representations of them in the past. But is that a mistake? To blindly believe all are good because some have been? I would say that there's a chance Erikson might force me to rethink this!" I didn't see anyone point this out, but this army is the one formed from the remains of the Tenescowri - the mob of mindless cannibals that followed the Pannion's army. Reconsider, indeed! Even though I'd like to have seen them redeem themselves, some part of me is relieved that they are no more!
OK - I'm now VERY looking forward to Elayne meeting Faile! Can you imagine the imminent smack-down that would be? My bet is on Faile.