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The Wheel of Time, #1: The Eye of the World (BOOK REVIEW)

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Insomnia176:

Bless you, sir. I tried to read this book and just couldn’t do it. I may pick it up and try again one day, but not right now. Heck, it took me three tries to get started on The Dark Tower series, so maybe The Wheel of Time isn’t too far out of my reach.

Originally posted on Geekritique:

With the Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan set out to do something truly epic. Although he set out to write a six-book series, he would eventually write 11 books and a prequel before he passed away, with another author finishing the series’ last 3 installments. At the time of it’s arrival the series was extremely popular, becoming the second most successful fantasy series after Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Now nearly 25 years later, after an onslaught of brilliant fantasy literature that constantly evolves, builds upon itself, with strong deviations from clichés and stereotypes, the first work of Robert Jordan’s long-winded series struggles to keep up.

The first and most egregious err on Jordan’s behalf was his attempt to try and fix Tolkien. He attempted to beef it up with more factions, with more realistic scenarios. But the parallels between the Wheel of Time and the Lord of…

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Longing for the good ‘ole days…

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Originally posted on World of Ares:

I am a pretty tech-savvy guy. I stay up to date on the newest gadgets, I work in the IT industry, and usually, my days revolve around something electronic. Sometimes though, I long for the good ole days of yesterday. I feel on some days, that with all of the technological advances we have made, we’ve taken a few steps back as a people.

Most families are connected. By connected I mean, connected to the internet. In a typical family, you may have the father watching tv on the big screen, the mother will be reading something on her tablet or e-reader. the daughter will be texting away on her phone, and the son will be gaming on his handheld device. Everyone is in the same room, yet no-one is talking to each other or communicating or doing family activities. It’s like our technology has created a wall between us.

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Tips on Creating a Successful Online Gaming Community

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There was a brief moment in time when I had the bright idea to start an online gaming community of like-minded people. This wasn’t a well thought out plan, mind you, or a simple one as I came to find out. Building a good, strong community of people who are willing to participate and support one another is near impossible if you aren’t willing to put in the effort. Aside from that, if the people you are looking to as a community aren’t willing to join in conversations or events, that adds to the difficulty. So what are the things one should be focusing on to make a community work?

Below are three sites I’ve stumbled across that give some pretty decent ideas for anyone wanting to get a social group up and going.

1. Top 10 Tips on Creating a Successful Online Community (from Popten.net)

2. Build a Popular Gaming Community in 5 Steps (from Boostlikes.net)

3. 3 Ways to Grow a Successful Game Community (from Scumlabs.com)

Awarded Top 15 Books Blog in India

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Insomnia176:

Congratulations to Confessions of A Readaholic for being awarded 2nd place in the Top 15 Books Blog in India.

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It does feel good when you are appreciated for the work you love to do. For me, it’s always about Confessions of a Readaholic. I appreciate all readers who from their precious time, do spend some moments here. Recently, I was awarded a second place in TOP 15 BOOK BLOGS in my native land, India, by a gorgeous website called Baggout.com.

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I am not bragging ’bout myself or something. I just want to thank you all for making me earn it.

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