On my third reading of A Game of Thrones - amazing how much you pick up
Posted 13 September 2012 - 09:56 PM
Just last night, was reading Mirri Maz Duur saying how she learned her trade from this place & that, and then dropped the name "Maester Marwyn" I was like, "Holy $@! - that's the Archmaester from the end of A Feast for Crows that's going to see Dany!" (you'd be even more amazed if you knew how rarely I cursed...)
And, things I had forgotten, like that Edmure was captured by Jamie in AGOT, then later rescued.
Not to mention how many times I said, "what if?"
What if Ned had followed Renly's advice and taken Renly's 100 swords and struck at Cersei to capture Joffrey, Tommen & Myrcella? (Granted, Renly rode out of town with 50 swords, including Loras... but, some could have stayed in the city). Cersei would have risked the North, plus Highgarden & the Stormlands uniting against her if she attacked Ser Loras and Renly.
Or, what if Lysa Arryn had chosen a better champion, like Lyn Corbray? Bronn is good, but I thought it pretty clear that Vardis Egan was old, slow and overmatched. Maybe good in his day, but clearly not the best knight there and well past his prime.
oh, and a ton of others, too.
Just thought I'd get some of that out there.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 08:26 AM
Posted 14 September 2012 - 09:30 AM
Spot on there's so much information in these books and you realise that you'll probably have to read them at least half a dozen times each and then you become obsessed. When I first read A Game of Thrones I kept wondering who had actually murdered Jon Arryn. After I read all the books I then re-read A Game of Thrones and couldn't believe that I didn't even suspect Lysa in the first place. You just pick up so much more and become addicted the more amount of times you read them.
Posted 14 September 2012 - 12:17 PM
That might have still surprised me - I had suspected Cersei or some lackey of hers in the "will no one rid me of this troublesome Hand?" way - then profess shock & sorrow when it actually happens.
I'm also surprised at how many times Ned flashed back to Lyanna saying, "promise me Ned." My original reason for the re-read this time was to look for hints about R+L=J and the Tower of Joy flashback. But I was surprised at how many times that "promise me Ned" was in there.
And, I'm hoping to move on to the Dunk & Egg books next.
I'm sure I'll re-read the books again before Winds of Winter comes out, as I'll need to refresh my memory. (Plus, I have them all on audio book for my commute to work. I just hope Roy Dotrice can make it to the end of the series...)
Edited by NewJeffCT, 15 September 2012 - 11:42 AM.
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Posted 15 September 2012 - 09:52 AM
Brace yourself. It's a bumpy ride.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:41 AM
Oh, that was another one - I was like "wow, Anguy was the guy with the Brotherhood when Arya first meets them..."
Posted 15 September 2012 - 11:44 AM
I think it might be coming out this fall, but don't hold me to it.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:11 PM
What country you from? USA? It's out in England, but it's been split into two parts because it would have been to big to publish as one whole book in the UK.
Posted 15 September 2012 - 01:40 PM
March 26th 2013 for the MMPB. It was supposed to be released last month but they pushed it back to coincide with the season premiere of the TV show (thanks HBO).
Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:29 PM
Are they going to include a chapter of Winds of Winter in the paperback? (hopefully, one we haven't read before, or one GRRM has already read to an audience)
Posted 15 September 2012 - 03:44 PM
I hope so.
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Posted 16 September 2012 - 01:07 AM
I miss Westeros
I'm going to re-read in a few months even though I want to now.
Posted 16 September 2012 - 03:28 PM
Speaking of dreaming of Westeros, I was in a book store today and saw a child's toy in there called "Ned's Head" and all I could think of was Ned Stark's head on a spike and not the actual toy.
(in case you were wondering - this was the toy: http://www.fundexgam...roductId=4899 )
Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:00 PM
I also never, ever re-read, but here I am, re-reading AGOT. I am enjoying it even more the second time around. Seeing what I missed is just amazing..."has my heart turned to stone" so many "promise me's" "the Vale maester's info to clue you in on Jon Arryn's death" and so many more. It is like reading it for the first time.
When I finish this re-read of the series, then I think I am going to do the POV re-read. I love everything about this series and cannot get enough. Although I am glad I am late to the game, otherwise I think I would have lost my mind through all these years of waiting. Just waiting for the last 2 may kill me!
Posted 04 October 2012 - 06:37 PM
Of course the joy is short lived, the Lannisters are already in Winterfell and now I have about 5000 pages of misery to go through...again.