Roose Boltons Pet Leech

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  1. Oh, they're still going to win, but it's hilarious to watch.
  2. Amusingly, the most recent YouGov poll would have Corbyn outpolling Milliband, Brown, Foot, Kinnock '87, and Kinnock '92, while being tied with 2005 Blair.
  3. Best novel: Fevre Dream. Best short story: The Way of Cross and Dragon (honorary mentions: With Morning Comes Mistfall, and In the Lost Lands).
  4. Yes, it is. All my reads this year have been new reads.
  5. An inconvenient case for your argument, perhaps? Let's look at this another way: as far as we know, there were no assassination attempts on Tar-Palantir from the King's Men, and while his Dad wanted to deny him the throne, he didn't. Nor did Pharazon pull a Ramsay Bolton, and plan to get Miriel with a child, then kill her once the heir was born. Why didn't the (more nasty and more numerous) King's Men kill Inziladun and his daughter? Do the baddies respect authority too? There's also some serious question-begging here. Does the fact that only the IRA ever tried to assassinate Margaret Thatcher mean that Margaret Thatcher was only truly hated by the IRA? Does the lack of attempts on recent US Presidents mean that they are universally loved? Fact is, real-life assassination attempts are rarely done by professionals (you can't accurately guess the consequences) or as part of a wider conspiracy. They tend to be done by lone nutters. As for Melkor and Sauron - usurping Manwe would imply that Melkor wanted to take Manwe's place. Which he didn't - it would have been far too confining with regards to his overall goals. Sauron didn't overthrow Kings under him, he tried to become their de facto God. That doesn't fit with the standard meaning of usurpation.
  6. I started writing a lengthy fanfic about this once. Incidentally, it's from Pharazon's point of view, with Tar-Palantir having done his own share of paranoid purging over the years.
  7. 1. The usurpation has nothing to do with Miriel being a woman - we are talking a realm where female rulers are perfectly normal. In this case, you've got a precedent six hundred years earlier, where the male consort ruled in the name of his wife - and then seized power when she died, over the head of his own son. He presumably got away with this because he was already de facto ruler to start with, and because the son could hardly launch civil war against his own father (especially when the son knew he was going to inherit when Dad died). Basically dirty palace intrigue. In the case of Miriel, depending on which version of the story you run with, either Pharazon straight-out seduced her with his not inconsiderable charms, or he basically launched a palace coup, secure in the knowledge that he was far more popular than she was. Again, palace intrigue. As for there being no assassination attempt on Pharazon - I'd hypothesise two reasons. Firstly, Pharazon doesn't have any children. If you know your faction is going to get the throne back eventually, you can afford to wait things out. Secondly, a failed assassination attempt on Pharazon (or even a successful one) would see a pogrom against the Faithful. Note that even during the Sauron era, Pharazon was hardly pulling an Aerys on his opponents (Amandil gets to keep his title) - a violent rebellion would change that. 2. Melkor isn't trying to usurp Manwe. He wants to destroy creation because it isn't his. Nor does Sauron want to usurp anyone in the sense of wanting a crown - he just wants everyone (kings or otherwise) to do as he says. BTW, for an example of a (de facto) Elvish usurpation, see Orodreth, who suffers it twice.
  8. Small problem: Ar-Pharazon was both incredibly popular and incredibly powerful, meaning the Faithful were in no position to overthrow him. The most they could do is flee to Middle-earth (which the regime doesn't mind), or basically do their thing under cover. Rather like the Catholic Church in England up until the early nineteenth century.
  9. Finished off Memory of Water. Beautiful prose (all the more impressive given that the author wrote the book in two languages, thus literally translating her own book), and interesting premise. A shame that there really wasn't much of a story - as far as science-fiction depictions of natural disasters in that part of the world, Sinisalo's Blood of Angels works much better. Next up is A Cavern of Black Ice, by J.V. Jones.
  10. Finished The King in Yellow. This one was frustrating... some delightfully creepy supernatural stuff in the first half (reaching its pinnacle with The Yellow Sign section), followed by a second half devoted to late nineteenth century Parisian soap opera. I realise the latter is supposed to be read in light of the former, but I wanted more horror, damn it. Next up is Memory of Water, by Emmi Itäranta.
  11. Finished Magician. A bit of a slog... while the second half was unquestionably stronger (and in some cases Feist actually ventured into sexuality, which the likes of Terry Brooks wouldn't have touched), it still ran into the problem that I didn't care about any of these characters. Whereas I found Salvatore to be OK story, godawful prose, Feist is OK prose, godawful story. Or perhaps I'm being a bit harsh on account of reading it for the first time in my 30s (I think 15 year old me might have really enjoyed this). Next up is The King in Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers.
  12. Except that the reader is supposed to identify with the hobbits - they're audience surrogates, being ordinary people in a world full of epic figures. Yes, hobbits are different from Rohirrim, Eldar, or Gondorians, but only because hobbits are supposed to be mundane and average. That is their purpose (otherwise why have them?). This is one of Tolkien's more unique influences on the genre - the idea of Epic Fantasy centred around Joe Bloggs. A more traditional fantasy author would certainly have Aragorn as the protagonist, since that is what an Epic is supposed to be all about. Martin has no such Joe Bloggs figures as his protagonists - by contrast, his three major protagonists consist of a Targaryen chick with special blood, a secret heir with special blood, and the son of the wealthiest lord on the continent. I would also argue that the reader is supposed to see Ned as the good guy (specifically, a good guy who makes mistakes).
  13. Had a 300 word story published at Flash Fiction Press: Yay!
  14. Mordor wasn't destroyed. You've got the agricultural fields in the South being given to the enslaved peoples, and Aragorn making peace with the Haradrim.
  15. I personally found it a case of amazing research combined with an average story (I mean, we know Agnes is guilty, and what will happen to her - there is no particular tension).