All right, I had meant to save this for next weekend when I go out of town and have a four-hour car ride each direction. But it's a thousand pages in paperback, so I think I'll have plenty left by then.
Prologue (Maester Cressen): So now we finally get to see what's going on with Stannis after having it shrouded in mystery for all of AGOT. Cresen has official confirmation that summer is ending in the form of a white raven. Not just an albino, but a raven that was bred to be white. Special bi
This is where the train pulls into the station and I switch books (and series).
Chapter 67 (Tyrion XV): Okay, so Tyrion isn't dead, but he is heavily wounded. He has some very odd dreams, no doubt brought on by the poppy milk they're filling him with. Assorted people come to see him while he floats in and out of consciousness, but he assumes it's a dream. Tywin shouldn't be there, he thinks, nor should Petyr. But it was real, right? So He finally wakes up and asserts control enough to stop s
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
Chapter 50 (Theon IV): So Theon wakes up in the middle of the night, bu isn't sure why. It takes him a few minutes to realize that he can't hear the direwolves. It's not a noise that woke him, it's the lack of one. He rouses the castle and finds out that the wolves are gone, and so are Bran, Rickon, the Reeds, Hodor, and Osha. Theon is especially mad about Osha, since she swore allegiance. Here we learn about Winterfell's septon being murdered, as a sacrifice to the Drowned God. Theon takes a
Chapter 47 (Arya IX): Arya is a really strong character in this book, and she shines in this chapter. The Brave Companions return to Harrenhal with some prisoners from the Bolton forces. Jaqen finds her and wants her third name for him to kill, it seems he is getting a bit impatient. He also knows her true identity. She wants him to help free the prisoners. He is only willing to kill one person for her, but she twists his arm by naming him, and refusing to take it back till he helps her. So Arya
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
Chapter 63 (Danaerys V): It looks like Dany's time in Qarth is coming to an end. As magic is returning to the world, the warlocks of the city are growing stronger. And Dany has burned down their house. So she's made some powerful enemies. The magic users want her dead, a couple of the merchant guilds want her dead, and the Thirteen would like her dead but haven't acted upon their wishes due to Xaro's efforts. She isn't on good terms with him anymore either. She turns down his marriage offer, and
Chapter 60 (Sansa VI): A lot of this is basically just reports coming in of what's happened in the last couple of chapters. Cersei is getting pretty heavily smashed, but she still has her faculties about her. Enough to give Sansa some more pearls of womanly wisdom, or at least what Cersei thinks are pearls of womanly wisdom. I'm not sure how much of what she has to say would be backed up by women in real life, especially ones who don't happen to be power-hungry and halfway to barking mad to boot
"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
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
Chapter 21 (Tyrion III): I love Tyrion's sense of humor. He cracks me up during the dinner scene in this chapter. Alliser once again shows himself to have absolutely no sense of humor. Then Tyrion goes up to the top of the Wall for one last look He meets Jon, and their friendship deepens with a handshake that really carries some weight. I'm hoping this bit is done just as effectively on screen. He mentions to Jon he will be stopping at Winterfell on his way back south. Since he knows (through Jo
Chapter 53 (Jon VII): This was a weird chapter. Jon has a discussion with Qhorin about Mance, and learns some interesting stuff. Mance used to be a ranger of the Watch, but deserted because he couldn't handle the discipline because he was born a wildling north of the Wall. Jon goes to sleep, and has... a wolf dream? Apparently the warging ability is hereditary, since Jon and Bran both have it. So far there hasn't been anything about Robb, Sansa, or Arya experiencing anything like this. Granted,
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
All right, so now I start playing catch up. Having completed the first book, I have a good deal of blogging to do.
Chapter 47 (Eddard XIII): Robert is back from his hunt, and things don't look good. He is pretty badly wounded. But he got the board, and orders them to serve it at his funeral feast. Robert knows he won't survive. But in the end, he finally recognizes his mistakes, and admits he has been a bad king. Too little, too late. Robert dictates his will and names Ned as Joffrey's regen
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
Chapter 31 (Catelyn III):
Stannis and Renly meet the day before battle to have a little meeting, but they are both too stubborn. Neither one is willing to give up his claim. Cat is there to try and mediate, with hopes of getting them to join forces and accept the Lannisters as the greater enemy. It's at this point that she first learns of Joff's true parentage, since she hasn't seen or heard of Stannis's letter while she's been on the road. Renly enjoys a nice, juicy peach.The whole meeting
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
I have a few more chapters under my belt. Things seem to be heating up.
Chapter 43 (Eddard XI): Gregor Clegane is certainly an unpleasant person, isn't he? I'm with Ned on this, the Mountain is undoubtedly acting on orders from Tywin in conducting these raids, but even so, the henchman is no less evil than his Lord. I bet that Gregor actually enjoyed himself. I'm also with Ned in figuring Tywin is hoping to incite some sort of Tully retaliation, which would actually make the Tullys look like
Chapter 9 (Arya III): The band of recruits for the Wall is starting to run into trouble. Hot Pie was brave before, but now we see he still has his moments of fear. They have to leave the Kingsroad for safety, and forage for food. That proves difficult, since those they meet on the way are unwilling to help them, and make a point of running them off. Yoren is disgusted by this behavior. Ayra runs into some wolves in the woods, and they leave her alone. I wonder if they're part of Nymeria's pack,
Chapter 40 (Danaerys III): Dany has been way underused in this book compared to the last one. She's starting to realize that she isn't going to find the help to conquer Westeros won't be had in Qarth. The Pureblood have refused her, and only saw her as a novelty due to her dragons. She also gets to watch a firemage, who performs many interesting tricks while the unsuspecting and enraptured audience gets their pockets picked. Sneaky, sneaky! An interesting tidbit is how the mages had little or no
Chapter 34 (Jon IV): The Fist of the First Men rises up out of the ground in the far north. All I can think of is Devil's Tower, but shorter. It sounds like a good place to camp. Defensible, and easily fortified. So the rangers stop here and wait for Qhorin Halfhand to join up with them. Mormont's plan is to wait where they are and let the wildlings come to them, since he feels the wildlings will have to go by the Fist to hit anything further south. Sam is getting braver, I think. By the time th
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
Okay, so Ned has stumbled quite badly. Now we get to see the ramifications to this upon the other members of his family.
Chapter 50 (Arya IV): Syrio is a crafty devil, isn't he? Giving away where he is going to strike verbally, and then lying on the last hit. He is teaching Arya to trust what she sees, and not fall for a deception. I thought it went nicely with Meryn and the Lannister guards saying Ned has sent for Arya, but Syrio sees through it and realizes it's a trick. Nice parallel. The
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
Chapter 56 (Theon V): So now we're back to Theon. He's not made Winterfell very happy with him. Three of his men have died mysteriously, and he's executed the kennelmaster Farlen for it. Farlen manipulated him into doing the job himself, since he'd look weak otherwise. But I suppose he looks weak now anyway, since it took him three or four whacks with an axe. Then it turns out Theon himself killed his own men, to keep them from blabbing some big secret. Farlen was just a believable fall guy. But
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