I've had the last 2 to read for ages, there was such a long break I got out of the rhythm and will be starting them again soon, the wheel weaves as the wheel wills
This is my sandvich. There are many others like it, but this one is mine. My sandvich is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life. Without me, my sandvich is useless. Without my sandvich, I am useless. I must eat my sandvich true. I must shoot straighter than my enemy, who is trying to kill me. I must shoot him before he shoots me. I will. Before lunch I swear this creed: my sandvich and myself are defenders of my country, we are the masters of our enemy, we are the saviors of my life. So be it, until there is no enemy, but sandvich. Om nom.
They aren't bad as such, they just have long periods where almost nothing is happening - if you are enjoying them I'd recommend continuing to read them, but from firsthand experience it became a bit of a chore reading the middle books...and hence took me nearly a year to get through them.
It's definitely worth reading the first parts about the Aiel as the later books won't make any sense without the context for it.