HODOR is mine
― remy bean, Friday, 8 July 2011 21:29 (2 years ago) Permalink
― ☂ (max), Friday, 8 July 2011 21:30 (2 years ago) Permalink
Tyrion 4 Life
― Number None, Friday, 8 July 2011 21:31 (2 years ago) Permalink
Started a thread for the new book: Anticipating GRRM's A Dance With Dragons
― schwantz, Friday, 8 July 2011 21:43 (2 years ago) Permalink
maybe Arya gets better but so far it's just been "arya trying to escape / arya gets captured" beat played over and over again.
― Mordy, Saturday, 9 July 2011 04:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
have you been keeping a "wench" tally
― my Sonicare toothbrush (difficult listening hour), Saturday, 9 July 2011 05:35 (2 years ago) Permalink
Finished Feast of Crows!
Really came to hate the Cersei chapters, partly for GRRM's less than sterling prose, partly for how thinly he fleshes out her character. Agree w/ Princess TamTam (Dornish?) upthread about her deal being paranoia instead of outright stupidity, but the way that he writes marked direct speech (i.e. what I allude to here) gets incredibly tiresome in Cersei's chapters -- mostly because GRRM seems more invested in having us look down on her all inna "lol @ her smug butt" way rather than focus on giving her more dimensionality (she's been WAY more interesting in the tv show). That said, very very happy where she ends up in the book, so clearly GRRM is doing something right.
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARYA~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ;_; I am so ready to have her become a blind assassin though, which I no doubt will be able to read about in 2017.
I have to say some of the TWISTS, even in book 3, are telegraphed, even the Red Wedding, which for narrative-structural reasons (the way the chapters were set up) and plot reasons (why would Frey marry off what's her name to you know who especially when HE'S in a better bargaining position?) I saw coming. But then heheh I was all o_OO_o in the epilogue.
Also, a minor I've been wondering about the second book: why do Tyrion's mountain men hang with him in such an obedient way? These guys were on the verge of chopping off his manhood and feeding it to the goats in book 1, then in book 2 they're his unquestioning bodyguards. Were the splendors of King's Landing so, uh, splendid that they awed them into submission?
Finally: 3 > 1 > 2 > 4.
― Leee, Lord of Wtfomgham (Leee), Sunday, 2 October 2011 00:20 (2 years ago) Permalink
PS I figured that by the time I was going to finish book 4 that book 5 would be out in paperback, but clearly I'm going to have to splurge on the hardcover now.
― Leee, Lord of Wtfomgham (Leee), Sunday, 2 October 2011 00:22 (2 years ago) Permalink
yeah the way that for a few hundred pages people are going "hey remember the LAWS of HOSPITALITY which are REAL IMPORTANT which no one EVER EVER breaks" is kind of ..... nnnghh
like i'm not sure if this is inept foreshadowing or even more inept dramatic irony
oh well, see you on the book five thread
― thomp, Sunday, 2 October 2011 12:16 (2 years ago) Permalink
Yes, it's slogging. About 60% of the way through now, and so much Ironmen padding grrr. Though people who've read everything out assure me that by the time the 6th book comes out he'll have set everything up for something huge. Anyway, LOLed heartily at Lancel's description of treason. Liking Cersei & the Dornish settings a lot.
I'm glad to see the storyline with the sparrows because it hopefully means there's going to be something big with the faith militant/the red woman's religion and it's not just a buildup to nothing.
Now to read the comments upthread...
― gyac, Friday, 6 April 2012 19:32 (2 years ago) Permalink
You'll appreciate aFfC more in retrospect.
― tales from endoscopic oceans (Jon Lewis), Friday, 6 April 2012 19:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
I finished this! Saggy midsection but flew through it in the last third of the book. Could have lived without description of Sam's "fat pink mast".
I understand why people moaned about it as it can be quite slow going and at times you wonder why the fuck there's so much Iron Islands stuff, for example, but looking back at it all, you can see things shifting into place.
Starting ADWD now. I really hope he can deliver on this big climax.
― gyac, Wednesday, 18 April 2012 22:38 (2 years ago) Permalink
the iron islands stuff were the only parts of affc i really hated.
― these pretzels are makeing me horney (Hungry4Ass), Wednesday, 18 April 2012 22:39 (2 years ago) Permalink