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Thinking of shutting this down

Okay, for the last few months, I've been blogging my thoughts on Lord of Chaos, and ASOIAF before then. I think I may have to quit doing so. It's turned out the blogging has begun eating too much into the actual act of reading. After I read a chapter, I sit there with the book open before me, looking for the things I meant to mention, and then I type it up... slowly. I wind up spending more time surfing through DM and waiting for updates on Facebook than I do typing up a blog entry. In the meant

Basel Gill

Basel Gill

 

OK, this is annoying

I decided to register for a Westeros forum account and maybe post my take on the first book in SoIaF. Right away, I discovered that whoever designed their registration page seems to be a moron. They ask the standard questions: what username do you want, what password do you want, what's your email, type in this text to prove you are a human, etc. And, like many websites, they have a challenge question which you can use if you ever need to log in and forget your password. Problem is, the challeng

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Lord of Chaos, the Prologue

OK, so I'm switching things up a little bit here. After doing two books of one series, I'm starting a book in the series DM is actually dedicated to. And yes, I know I'm starting my WoT blog in the middle of the series; it just happens to be the first WoT book I have started since joining DM. I was halfway through Book Five when I joined, and didn't think of posting my reading thoughts till I was almost done. I was going to do what I did with my coverage of ASOIAF and make the first post about t

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 7-9

Chapter 7 (A Matter of Thought): Nynaeve, Elayne, Siuan, and Leane all take a trip to the dream world for more helping the Aes Sedai with getting by in there. None of the Aes Sedai are very willing to listen, despite the fact this is why they want the four of them along in the first place. The Sisters are downright arrogant. Siuan's attitude isn't that great, either. Elayne has made enough copies of the dreaming ter'angreal for everyone. When the Aes Sedai finally show up, they are discussing wh

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 4-6

Rand is working on some really complicated plan. Details to follow.   Chapter 4 (A Sense of Humor): As if Rand wasn't having trouble with the heat in Caemlyn (and the Aiel worry about him getting a chill!), he Travels south to meet the army massing near Illian. Rand wants to hit Sammael. He still can't get the assorted peoples in his forces to work together fully. The Tairens and Cairhienin would just as soon stay as two separate groups, both of them totally pretend the Aiel don't exist, and t

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 34-36

Chapter 34 (Journey to Salidar): Everything about this chapter can be summed up by the sentence at the end of it. Egwene goes into dreamland in the flesh. (Some of you may have noticed that I always call it the dream world or dreamland. My mind just shies away from trying to spell "Tel'aran'rhiod" on a regular basis, and when I used it just now I had to copy and paste it from somewhere.) She conjures up a dream version of Bela in the flesh and rides superfast all the way to Salidar. She has to

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 31-33

Chapter 31 (Red Wax): So my suspicions about the Whitecloaks are correct; there is some discontent with Niall's way of running things. Eamon Valda arrives at the Fortress of the Light. He thinks he shouldn't have been called back to Amador; he should have been sent to fight Rand. He is sure that he would have had Morgase signing a treaty with the Children in just one day. The head of the Questioners wants to meet with him, and says that Niall will destroy the Children of the Light if left to run

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 28-30

Chapter28 (Letters): Rand is starting to annoy the Sea Folk. There are now two different Wavefinders who have been waiting to see him to no avail. Rand senses through the Warder bond that Alanna has been crying. I wonder why, could it be his rejection of her? Sulin gives him another letter, dressed as a palace servant. This would be her way of meeting toh for speaking to gai'shain as if they were Maidens. Apparently just going gai'shain herself wasn't shameful enough. Alliandre, queen of Ghaelda

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 25-27

Chapter 25 (Like Lightning and Rain): Well, it would seem that Gawyn has fallen completely for the rumor that Rand has killed Morgase and Elayne that he heard back in the prologue. Now Egwene knows why he hates Rand. Egwene realizes that she has dreamed of bonding him, and tells him she will do so when she is raised. She swears Gawyn to secrecy on her presence in Cairhien. Can he keep the secret, or will it be written all over his face so the Tower Aes Sedai weasel it out of him? She also makes

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 22-24

Chapter 22 (Heading South): The Band of the Red Hand is still making its way south along the river. Mat thinks they are about halfway to Tear. He sees Aes Sedai heading along the opposite bank in both directions. Who are they? Where are they headed? And which side of the Aes Sedai split are they on? One of Mat's scouts finds a camp of Tinkers, all of them brutally murdered, even the women and children. Who did it? And what does the note on the bottom of a wagon saying "Tell the Dragon Reborn" me

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 19-21

Chapter 19 (Matters of Toh): Lews Therin is starting to take over Rand's dreams now, apparently. A small crowd of Aiel, Tairens, and Cairhienin are waiting for him in the morning. Berelain is there too, for some reason the Wise Ones think a great deal of her. I haven't yet figured out what she has done to impress them so much. Berelain tells him that the hanging he ordered for an Aiel murdering a Cairhienin will be carried out that morning. Rand tries to impress upon her that he doesn't need to

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 16-18

Chapter 16 (Tellings of the Wheel): So Rand is trying to shore up his power base and legitimacy in Andor. He has this meeting with some important Andoran nobles. Rand states his intention to only hold the throne till Elayne can be brought to Caemlyn. A couple of the nobles think House Trakand should be removed from the throne altogether, and pledge their support to the Lady Dyelin. Problem is, Dyelin promptly throws her weight behind Elayne. Now, Morgase did alienate a bunch of her longtime alli

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Lord of Chaos, Chapters 10-12

Chapter 10 (A Saying in the Borderlands): Well, this chapter floored me a bit. Sooner or later, Rand was going to find some Aes Sedai in Caemlyn. It's just to pivotal a location for them to stay away from. Caemlyn is not only a major city. It also happens to be a centrally located major city in Randland, and the capital of the strongest nation. But I didn't think of Verin and Alanna stopping there, although for the reasons I just gave, perhaps I should have. I had no idea they'd found that many

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Lord of Chaos, Chapter 13-15

Chapter 13 (Under The Dust): This one was kind of frustrating for Nyn and Elayne. More Aes Sedai arrogance they have to deal with. Nyn has to deal with Theodrin's attempts to break her anger block, and this isn't all that bad (aside from getting a bucket of water dumped on here and then getting into a fistfight, it isn't that bad). She does want to break the block, after all, and realizes that she has to do what it takes. Still, Theodrin has a superior attitude about her, and this from a woman w

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Basel Gill

 

Lord of Chaos, Chapter 1-3

Now that the prologue is out of the way, things should settle down here for me. The first few chapters of the book seem kind of Rand-heavy, not cutting to anyone else for a bit.   Chapter 1 (Lion on the Hill): The weather hasn't been that good to Randland during the series. It started off in Book One with winter lasting way later than normal. Now things have come full circle. There's a major drought going on, and the prologue and first few chapters give the impression this is the case all over

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Basel Gill

 

I have to finish this!

Well, I've been a bit lax in keeping the AGoT stuff going. Preparation for a weekend vacation has taken a good deal of my time when I wasn't reading, and over the last few days I've done a lot of reading in airports and on planes. I haven't had much time to get online to continue posting my impressions. I actually finished the book yesterday afternoon, and bought A Clash of Kings today. I don't think I will be reading it for a few weeks, though. I'm planning to set it aside for my next trip out

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Basel Gill

 

Going to read Game of Thrones

This is going to be a First Time Read. I've been thinking of getting into SoIaF for several months now, but hadn't got around to it yet. With the HBO series starting in just a few days, now is as good a time as any. I'd actually been considering reading it before I ever heard of the TV adaptation. I don't have HBO, and will likely wait to watch it when it comes out on disc. In any event, I want to be done with the book before I watch any of the show. I just ordered the novel in paperback from Am

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Game of Thrones, Prologue/Chapter 1

Well, such as it is. I finally finished off The Fires of Heaven and began AGOT tonight. I could have read farther, but I wanted to get my thoughts down while they are still fresh in my mind.   "We should start back," Gared urged as the woods began to grow dark around them. "The wildlings are dead." Not a bad first line, but not a great one either.   I found Ser Waymar Royce to be an arrogant bastard if there ever was one. He doesn't know everything, but thinks he does just because he holds t

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Basel Gill

 

Game of Thrones, Chapters 9-12

Chapter 9 (Tyrion I): BRAN IS ALIVE!! I thought sure that fall would kill him. Joff here shows that he isn't ready for the world of political intrigue quite yet when he can't be bothered to go to Ned and Catelyn and express his sorrow over Bran.Not only is he a jerk, but he is a dope (granted, he's only twelve). Sure, Bran doesn't matter to him, but the forms must be followed. Tyrion so far seems like the only likable Lannister there is. But I'm assuming he will still work toward the Lannister c

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Game of Thrones, Chapters 68 to The End

This should be my last installment here till I crack open Clash of Kings. That won't be for another several days.   Chapter 68 (Danaerys IX): So Drogo isn't doing so well. Mirri's techniques have left him pretty much a brain-dead invalid. Mirri has taken her revenge, Dany's child has been delivered stillborn. This was where it got weird for me. I could understand her magic killing the baby, she'd already said that death would be the price for Drogo's life, and that no one should enter the tent

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Basel Gill

 

Game of Thrones, Chapters 64-67

I'm finally coming into the home stretch here.   Chapter 64 (Danaerys VIII): Like I said, there was just about no chance that Drogo would follow Mirri's instructions, no matter how good for him they were. And that's even assuming that she is being honest here (more on that later). He's just too prideful, too macho, to do what a strange woman tells him, especially if it involves not doing things he likes. So the poultice fails to do any good cause he tore it off after it burned. I'm guessing it

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Basel Gill

 

Game of Thrones, Chapters 60-63

Chapter 60 (Jon VIII): OK, so now we go back to Jon. His actions in dealing with Othor's undead corpse seem to have redeemed him after the attack on Ser Alliser. The Watch, and the readers, learn that Barristan escaped, killed two gold cloaks and managed to get away from King's Landing. I knew he had more mileage in him as a character; I'm betting he shows up in Book Two. Jon hears about Robb calling the banners, and feels guilty about staying with the Watch. I don't blame him, in his shoes I'd

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Basel Gill

 

Game of Thrones, Chapters 6, 7, & 8

"Shocking. Positively shocking." Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger   Chapter 6 (Catelyn II): I seem to have gotten to the series first major bombshells. In hindsight, it isn't hard believing that Jon Arryn was murdered. Hand of the King seems like the sort of job that comes with a giant bullseye on your back. Murder... "murder most foul"... would certainly explain Arryn's sudden illness when he had been the picture of good health just a couple of weeks before. I bet it was poison of som

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Basel Gill

 

Game of Thrones, Chapters 57-59

Chapter 57 (Sansa V): This is one of those chapters where all kinds of things happen. Sansa has been given freedom of the castle, but is plainly still a prisoner in all but name. Joff holds his first session of court and comes in after being introduced as Joffrey of the Houses of Baratheon and Lannister. So in this, he is keeping to the preference he set with his coat-of-arms. He seems to pretty much think of himself as only a nominal Baratheon. I still wonder if he knows about his real parentag

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Basel Gill

 

Game of Thrones, Chapters 53-56

Chapter 53 (Bran VI): Robb is maturing a great deal. He's about to make his first major decisions as the acting Lord of Winterfell. The banners are called, and it doesn't seem like many of the bannermen are willing to take a fifteen-year-old boy seriously as their commander. Going by the numbers Luwin has told Bran, Robb has a sizable army built up. Rickon, being a young kid, is highly impressionable, and isn't taking everyone he loves and holds dear leaving all that well. He hasn't seen either

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