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  1. [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    I vaguely remember a comment by GRRM about there being two chapters of Aeron moved out of aDwD - if correct, it may be that there is only one more Aeron chapter (covering a naval battle?) before we see the last of him.
  2. [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    There is still Aurane Waters' fleet (albeit small) and Salvador Saan (minimal) that could inflict damage on any Ironborn fleet that is heading for King's Landing. And the Manderely ships hidden upriver, as reported in a Davos' chapter. Plus whatever naval strength ends up coming to Westerns from Essos after events in Slaver's Bay. I wonder if GRRM is not tying himself up into a naval equivalent of the Meereenese Knot - multiple fleets whose movements and timings have to be synched up correctly.
  3. [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    It will need to be confirmed or denied by someone who was there. I read it, and it doesn't sound like GRRM, tbh (but I was not at the reading).
  4. [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    As with all con readings, this one is going to have one immediate effect - and that is to make me want to go back and read all the connected previous chapters all over again to reassess information we have already received. It's a shame that we only just got a newly-released chapter (Arianne II); we are probably going to have to wait quite a few months before this one is published on GRRM's website.
  5. [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    So maybe the Great Other is female. Hence the tall terrible shadow that she casts, standing at Euron's side. Would be symmetrical with the Rh'lor being male and fire-related. Could also be the same Other woman in the tale of the Lord Commander who wed her.
  6. [TWoW Spoilers] Aeron I (Balticon)

    Wow so many details. Fantastic! At a stretch I wonder of the woman with hands of white fire is the Sand Snake in King's Landing who is adept with poisons. With the white fire being metaphoric for the poisons that she seems to be able to apply with her touch.
  7. I have found a grocery store here on this tiny little island in the middle of the Atlantic that stocks Shropshire Blue cheese from back in the UK. I am very happy. Blessed are the cheesemakers.
  8. Scott Lynch's THORN OF EMBERLAIN

    Something readable to look forward to this year finally.
  9. Rickon vs Ramsey

    Given the contraction of so many plot lines in the TV version, the Umbers are probably playing the role that the Manderleys do in the books - namely a house that allies with the Boltons, but only to betray them. If this is the case, then they may very well bring Rickon with them to Winterfell as a way to demonstrate their allegiance to Bolton, only to reveal their true colours (i.e. the Starks being the rightful lords of the North) later.
  10. Episode 3 teaser

    I hope the gift mentioned in the trailer is not Rickon. Maybe it turns out to be Theon, returned to Winterfell by that Umber.
  11. Fifteen minutes in and I am so happy to be back in the PD universe. After Episode 2 of Game of Thrones and all that THAT contained, this is tuning into an excellent night.
  12. [Spoilers] EP602

    I am so fucking pumped right now. And now there is the Penny Dreadful premiere.
  13. [mod] There is aReddit post with alleged spoilers from a review of a leaked script for Episode VIII. Don't be posting anything about this script without the heaviest spoiler protection. [/mod]
  14. Mancunicon - EasterCon 2016

    If you get a chance, say hello to the incredibly talented and beautiful couple at the Luna Publishing booth/stall. Francesca and Rob.
  15. First contact Dorne meets Middle earth ?

    We should also consider how the girls at Mallory Towers by Enid Blyton would get on with the Sand Snakes.