Arianne Flint

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  1. Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Stand-Alone Books

    The Last Unicorn - Peter S. Beagle I thought this was a beautiful story with a most bittersweet ending. I think the animated film from the 80s is fairly close, but I think the book is darker in tone. Currently Beagle is in some sort of legal tussle with the film's distribution company over not getting what he's owed. The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle I was recommended this by a colleague. It's a very interesting narrative on alien first contact, and is also considered "hard" science fiction in that there is a lot of discussion of how interstellar space travel might actually work. There are some slow parts in it but I think it's well worth it. The two people I recommended read this both enjoyed it thoroughly. The Gripping Hand - Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle The sequel to Mote; it's interesting what happens 20 years later. There are a few returning characters, not necessarily the ones you would expect. I thought this one started off slow and then got better about halfway through. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever - James Tiptree, Jr. A collection of short stories; one of Tiptree's major themes was on gender roles and male/female relations. I highly recommend "The Women Men Don't See" and "Houston, Houston, Do You Read?" (You can read "The Women Men Don't See" at this link here) I Am Legend - Richard Matheson Ends a lot differently than the film, and much more realistically also. Set in Los Angeles as opposed to New York City. The paperback I had also included a handful of Matheson's short stories which were also delightful to read.
  2. Sansa Stark Samwell Tarly Asha Greyjoy Davos Seaworth Olenna Redwine Bronn Jeyne Westerling Gendry Mya Stone Hotpie I don't know about any of the major POV characters, as most of them seem to be fated to have troubled lives no matter what the outcome of the story will be. However, I'm fairly certain Sansa will make it out all the way through; with her tactfulness and grooming under Littlefinger, I suspect she will either become the next Lady of the Eyrie, Lady of Winterfell, or Queen of Westeros. I just don't think she's grown into her own yet, but at the same time I think she will have a happy outcome. I think in the last book all bets will be off and GRRM will feel free to kill off whichever beloved characters he pleases.