Egwene does annoy hell out of me with her houlier than thou attitude. I think I can remember her getting taken down a peg or two, well sortof, in one of the last books but obviously I'm not going to spoil it for you. I think it's just one of those things that, apart from The Seanchen, you're not going to see female channelers kicking ass on a battlefield. I've still to read most of the last book so I hope it changes - surely for the Last Battle!?
Something in this thread just got me thinking. If Stannis finds out that Theon didn't kill Bran and Rickon nor did he sack Winterfell, would that mean Theon could be kept alive even as a prisoner? I mean he still took Winterfell, so Stannis will still view him as a traitor but he would no longer have to kill Theon, to prevent the northern lords from abandoning him.
Davos is coming back with that information. Hmm.
As for the HM, well I've not read all the theories, but it's amazing how many names can be put forward with evidence to support the claim.
The Davos and Manderly is up there with the best. I also loved the last or second last chapter from Bran. A few Reek chapters would be close aswell. It's been over a year since I read it so I'm not sure.
Unlike most people I really enjoyed Tyrions storyline esp the bits where he learned some of the history of essos and the part with the giant turtle.
Oh! when Jon beheads Janos Slynt. I fucking loved that :-)
Still, a people that come from an extreme barren desert are going to be a bit alike. The whole "waste water", "they give water to the dead" when someone cries is a pretty obvious thing to be writting about in a desert society. I would even bet that Dune was not the first novel to feature the idea. Has anyone heard of it before?
It's got to be said that RJ did put an extra twist in the Aiel that is different from the freemen? There were also laws, ways of cleaning, ways of warring, the type of people who are held in highest regard are different, they have unique sayings and they have an insane sense of humour and honour code. To say that the Aiel are exactly like the freemen is just wrong... def influence, but isn't that the difference between a rip off and an influence? that you add to it and make it your own and not just copy it?
Although, it's been a while since I read Dune and I remember how the freemen change in the future but their past is nothing like that of the Aiel, or is it?