"The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and go..."

I recently embarked on a re-read of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series - ten substantial books and counting of intricate fantasy. I loved it first time round (even if the quality of writing and pace of plotting does fall away to almost nothing after book 4 or 5), and have been enjoying it again. But I seem to have completely run out of stamina a third of the way through book 9. So I’ve given up for now, and decided it’s time for Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.