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  1. It had the best "battle" (More like slaughter :D) I've ever seen on a screen of any kind IMO and I did give it a 10/10 rating, although to be fair the first half of the episode wasn't that spectacular. All in all it was quite a bit like Hardhome. Both episodes have a very basic first half and an epic af second half.
  2. I'll be quite disappointed if the NK is not the final villain in the series. It's always been about how mundane the southern wars are and if the series ends with one of those, well, it'll be more than a little anticlimactic.
  3. I might appear there on Sunday. Not quite certain yet, but I'm definitely considering it.
  4. One of Jaime's chapters. Don't really know which one is my favorite but they are the only chapters I truly enjoyed in the entire book. The rest ranged from bad to passable.
  5. Never seen or heard of this. I'd say, in a broad sense, it's a story about saving the world just like all the other fantasy stories out there.
  6. 10/10. Probably the best episode in the entire series which would make it my all time favorite episode of anything. Hardhome might have been even better IMO, but it's hard to say.
  7. Most of my friends seemed to think he was dead for real, and weren't quite convinced when I told them that he'll be resurrected.
  8. To be honest I found all things Dorne (Except the Darkstar chapter which was awesome) to be worse than Brienne.
  9. A book needs either good POVs or interesting events. Preferably both. AGOT - ASOS have both. AFFC has neither. ADWD has some of both. If the POVs are good I don't mind if the pace is slow. I've got through many books where nothing happened but I cared about the POVs so I didn't mind (eg. Crossroads of Twilight). I've also gotten through some where I didn't really care about any of the characters but the events were interesting enough to keep me going (eg. Gardens of the Moon). The latter kind tend to be harder to push through, for some reason. Now for AFFC and ADWD. AFFC: 1. Nothing happens? Check. Apart from the very end there is nothing interesting in the book and even the end is pretty lame considering it's an ending. 2. I don't care about the POVs? Check? Jaime was great as usual. A few others were okay. Roughly half were plain boring. ADWD: 1. Nothing happens? Check? Some stuff happened and some more stuff was about to happen in the end but it got moved onto TWOW. Again the ending was lame for an ending, but at least it would've probably been pretty good had it not been cut. 2. I don't care about the POVs? In ADWD I actually did care about quite a few POVs. There were still POVs like Quentyn whom I consider totally needless, but at least we had Jon, Tyrion and Dany. As can be expected, I rate ADWD far above AFFC.
  10. 65 days for the entire series.
  11. This would be awesome!
  12. Haven't read his books, though I've heard plenty.
  13. We shall see if I avoid those arguments this time. After all, I didn't compare anything to ASOIAF in my post, at least not in terms of overall "goodness".
  14. As for series that are not on the list? (In order of my preference) Wheel of Time: This one has loads of magic in it and some violence but not anywhere near as much as in ASOIAF (Wouldn't call it gridmark), however otherwise it has many similarities with ASOIAF. Both series have really complex and long plots, both series are really long (ASOIAF 5 890 pages, WOT 14 600 pages), both series have loads of named characters (ASOIAF 2 303, WOT 2 782), both series have extremely detailed worlds... Oh, and this one is also finished. Stormlight Archive: This one again has loads of magic in it and again some violence but not anywhere near as much as in ASOIAF (Wouldn't call it gridmark either). Slightly smaller in scope than ASOIAF and a slightly less detailed world (At the moment that is, there are only 2 out of 10 planned books out at the moment). When ready this one will be really long too, possibly even longer than WOT. Has some of the best characters in fantasy, and is tied with Malazan Book of the Fallen for the best action scenes I've ever read anywhere. Malazan Book of the Fallen: Once again, loads of magic. This one, however, can most definitely be called gridmark. ASOIAF is light compared to this. I don't remember ever thinking "Holy f**k, did the author seriously write this into a book?" when reading ASOIAF but it happened multiple times with Malazan. Tied with Stormlight Archives for the best action scenes I've ever read anywhere. Really long (11 000 pages + loads of prequels and sequels, which, at the moment, amount to around 6 000 pages), with a very big scope (The story takes place on 3 different main continents, but another four are visited too). Really hard to get into as the characterization starts out quite weak (It gets better with time though) but pretty damn good once you do. Each book is somewhat independent (Something I don't particularly like), but it ensures that each book also has a seriously kick ass ending. Kingkiller Chronicles: Really good characterization although there is only one POV so it's to be expected. The plot and the world are decent, but nothing spectacular. The Second Apocalypse: Tied with WOT, ASOIAF and Malazan for the most interesting and detailed fantasy world. Lots of magic and violence (Definitely gridmark). Somewhat predictable, unfortunately. The quality of action scenes varies somewhat, but at his best Bakker is very much equal with Erikson (Malazan Book of the Fallen) and Sanderson (Stormlight Archives).