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  1. @divica, courtesy of Lost Melnibonean Here is where a good deal of the discussion about the northern timeline in Dance/Winds begins... Here is the current thread...
  2. True, she did play kissyface with him, after all
  3. This has been discussed over in the general section. I can't find the thread, but the theme was that Jon has to literally kill the boy (Bran) so Jon the man can be "born" to do his great world saving acts in life. I think it was by @TyrionTLannister Let's just say that this idea did not go over very well with many posters , but as George says, his art is not a democracy. Lots of cute people are going to die.
  4. Actually, we don't know if Brandon knew this Aerion story at all, and that is ok because the point of the companion books is for the readers benefit... so we can argue geeky details such as this! The broad strokes to the events in the Hedge Knight can lay out some details for the future/current events in the story. It gives examples of precedent. And George hardly ever (if ever) does a one to one comparison in either his inspiration sources or even in his own work in and out of ASOIAF.
  5. I don't think this is correct and it also isn't how George usually makes his underground humanoids look. Just one example: The creature in the pool of light was small, barely over four feet. Small and sickening. There was something vaguely manlike about it, but the proportions of the limbs were all wrong, and the hands and feet were grotesquely malformed. And the skin, the skin was a sickly, maggoty white. But the face was the worst. Large, all out of proportion to the body, yet the mouth and nose could hardly be seen. The head was all eyes. Two great, immense, grotesque eyes, now safely hidden by lids of dead white skin. Von der Stadt was rock steady, but Ciffonetto shook a bit as he looked at it. Yet he spoke first. “Look,” he said, his voice soft. “In its hand. I think-I think that’s a tool.” Silence. Long, strained silence. Then Ciffonetto spoke again. His voice was hoarse. “I think that’s a man.” Also, the skin patterning and ears of the CotF also doesn't match the requirements for ling time cave dwelling. George does maggot white, not fauna brown. The CotF seem to be their own race for their own reasoning. I am not sure IF George is even doing an evolved race in ASIOAF. As far as hybrid races, maybe this concept just has not been brought up to the in-world people... yet? But I bet "improved model" Val will have something to say about it.
  6. Interesting.! Could be, because even with all of the typical reused tropes in literature, this book shares a huge amount of rather unique scenes with ASOIAF. But I guess it is coincidence Isn't there a phrase that goes, "Nothing is original. Everything has been seen, said, and done."
  7. Oh yes, I did forget the convo's about the Volcryn itself avoiding gravity wells. Thanks! --- “The propulsion system, d’Branin. Don’t you feel? The pulses? They are threatening to rip off the top of my skull. Can’t you guess what is driving your damned volcryn across the galaxy? And why they avoid gravity wells? Can’t you guess how it is moving?” “No,” d’Branin said, but even as he denied it a dawn of comprehension broke across his face, and he looked away from his companion, back at the swelling immensity of the volcryn, its lights moving, its veils a-ripple as it came on and on, across light years, light centuries, across eons. When he looked back at her, he mouthed only a single word: “Teke,” he said. She nodded.
  8. This book is like a Maxfield Parrish painting come to life;_ylt=A0LEVjqe41FZ5WsAgiInnIlQ?p=Maxfield+Parrish&fr=yhs-mozilla-002&fr2=piv-web&hspart=mozilla&hsimp=yhs-002
  9. It's my specialty Have you read anything by the Swann dude? I am thinking of ordering a few more in this series, at least to hold me over as I patiently wait for Winds.
  10. It was once you got in the rhythm with the syrupy sweet prose of it all. There were some dark parts, and some penile parts , but overall for it being a short book, the plot and character development was fairly good. It did take me until about halfway in to get to that level of sucked-in-ness where you did not want to put the book down for any reason... so cereal was for dinner.
  11. I just finished reading it a few hours ago. Hella curious, I tell you what!
  12. No, no wolves in Seven Times Never Kill Man. However, if you want a story with a lot of 'wolf' everything, try Dying of the Light. Poem listed below is where the story title came from. A planet called Wolfheim, and note the 'heim' suffix which is the old Norse for world, or, home. Wolfmen, from Wolfheim, and one was an famous astronomer Crazy complicated character names that only certain people can use at certain times which include the proper name Wolf in them. Part of that crazy naming sequence comes with identity (you have to know your name is a big theme in this one), and at one point the main character goes in to detail about identifying more as a "Wolf" than "Iron Jade". The silver and white wolf air-car that a main character tries to steal and ends up hiding in to get away from the "bad guys". It has laser cannons mounted on its sides that are red lights. The character, Dirk, tries to get in to the air-car for protection and he notices that the wolf air-car still has full power. The air-car snaps shut on him and Dirk looks out of the "great eyes" with a "wry smile" on his face. George has wolves in many of his stories, and some are human-wolf skinchange beings (as well as a woman who puts on a cloak to change into a large hunting bird). He also has the werewolf series The Skin Trade. And GRRM says his favorite monster shows as a kid were the werewolf stories. Do not go gentle into that good night Dylan Thomas, 1914 - 1953 Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
  13. Trauma to the people around him that are only on this mission because he asked for them. He felt responsible when the shit started hitting the fan in the lounge. This is when the mother-ship was telepathically screwing with people and killing them. Let me see if I can find the exact quote... The talks had broken up, and one by one the academicians had gone to bed. Even Karoly D'Branin had retired, his appetite for chocolate quelled by his memories of the lounge. When before, as Bowen Marsh and Alliser Thorne the other crew mates start wondering who this Royd Eris (Jon) is and start assuming he is working against them... before they start planning a mutiny>>> sound familiar? Karoly D'Branin would sit around and sip it with ease as people often do with a scotch. I will say, of all the GRRM stories that I have read, many have characters drinking booze, beer, or wine. This is the only one with a drinking chocolate and it is bittersweet. "... lots of us have been getting uneasy about Royd Eris. What do you know about this mystery man, anyway?" "Know, my friend?" D'Branin refilled his cup with the thick bittersweet chocolate and sipped at it slowly, trying to give himself a moment to think. "What is there to know?" Nope. Robb was having more of an eye opening experience, a personal existential revelation, compared to this one in Nightflyers. Karoly has a rather bittersweet ending on his own in this story as do the other two main characters who have a bittersweet ending "together".
  14. Hmmm. Isn't this the same argument made to Tyrion from people like Tywin? Marry the girl to get the claim to Winterfell. Even Uncle Creepyfinger knows that Sansa is the key to get Winterfell and that is why he is trying to get her into whatever weird marriages he has arranged for her.
  15. Ok, I have purposely been avoiding any show info for several months because the show just doesn't make any sense within it's own world. However, I just caught a longer HBO commercial by mistake that showed more scenes than the other clip that was forced upon me about two weeks ago. Um, the Mountain's armor???? That armor makes him look like an "evil" Orko from the cartoon He-Man