Yes. Definitely have to finish. And beyond those few quibbles, it was a good book. If not for the dissonance between how Jordan wrote the characters and how Sanderson did, it would have been a great book.
Will pick up ToM soon. Just putting it off, because I'm desperate for info. :P
Well, I'm part of the camp that enjoyed the Gathering Storm quite a bit more than ToM, but I guess it kind of depends on which viewpoints you like the best. I've always kind of disliked Perrin, and he really dominates the newest one. I guess Sanderson originally planned for them both to be a single book, but then he had to split them. Instead of just chopping it in half, he bunched two sets of viewpoint characters. This is fine, except you end up with some weird timeline issues that were really confusing until I realized what he'd done.
Bleh, anyway, aside from that mini-review, it's worth reading. You gotta find out how this all ends, right? :P
Hm, I guess it's not something I'd noticed. It wouldn't incredibly surprising--he does tend to have an overly casual use of prose that bothers me sometimes. Especially with the Wheel O Time books--when you're expecting near purple-levels of prose, it can be pretty jarring. :P But dayum, I hope it was a paperback, lol.
About Sanderson. He's doing a great job overall, but there are a few quibbles that just made me cringe. The anyway transition from one subject to another, with dialogue or prose, just became too much. It's an amateur move to a writer who should know better. I literally threw the book across the room when I read it twelve times too many. Rage! :P.