I'm sorry. I have a lot of posts to make, actually! I'm really behind on my meta. I'll be back in full defensive mode shortly, I promise.
In other news: I've almost finished my re-read now. Cersei's AFfC chapters, whilst infuriating because of Maggy the Plot Device, are still brilliant. She is one of the few POVs that I still look forward to reading. The only others are Sansa, Jaime and Asha. AFfC and ADwD certainly read better together -- the pace is still slow, but at least there isn't a Tyrion chapter every time I turn the page!
Meereen is still awful. However, I'm actually finding my re-read of Dany's chapters very similar to my first read (except now I actually like Daario). After finishing the book I came on this forum and was surprised to find so much hatred for the chapters and even for Dany herself. Re-reading I was expecting to like her a lot less and like Jon a lot more... but surprisingly I don't. Honestly I still find Jon's leadership to be quite amateurish; whilst Dany silences the threatening men of her court and even frightens them, Jon has to tell the wildlings of Mole's Town: "... You will be under my command. Disobey an order, and I'll have your head off. Ask my brothers if I won't. They've seen me do it." To me this shows the fundamental difference between Dany and Jon in ADwD -- she's a far more imposing, threatening, authoritative figure than he is. And yet she tries to shy away from this while he tries to embrace it.
... Okay I think I got a bit off topic there. But yeah. I guess my confession is that I still find Dany and Jon to be pretty much equal in ADwD. He makes better decisions, but he has easier choices.
Edited by PatrickStormborn, 12 December 2012 - 05:05 PM.