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  1. Lynesse

    Things you found oddly amusing

    Joffrey being rather inefficient with a crossbow. A lot of Theon's inner monologue in ACOK – his “cunning” plan, the way he sees the world etc. Imagining the Ghiscari hairstyles – horn, wings, hands...
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Thank you! Jon Arryn knighting Robert would also be my assumption.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    A Mesopotamian one, I remember reading about it a while ago. Babylon? I'll see if I can find it again.
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    Small Questions v. 10105

    Do we know who knighted the three Baratheon brothers? (I assume Stannis was knighted, though we never hear of it, since he knighted Davos.)
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    Beware the perfumed seneschal

    Agreed that Illyrio is probably the most likely candidate. I have two more ideas: Satin, Jon's steward. He combs sweet scent in his beard. More of a crackpot – how about the Tyrells? The are upjumped stewards, their sigil is a rose, they are associated with pleasant smells. Off the top of my my head, when Sansa meets Olenna for the first time, Olenna “smelled of rosewater.” (ASOS Sansa I)
  6. The Lannisters. Tywin, Cersei, Jaime, Tyrion, Genna are wonderfully complex and entertaining characters. Most of the others we know – Kevan, Lancel, Devan come to mind – are sympathetic and very human. They are a house of extremes and glamour. I also love their naming conventions (the Ty- names).
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    Least favourite POV character per book

    AGOT – Jon Snow (tough choice – I neither dislike the character nor the POV, his is just the one I enjoy the least in this awesome book) ACOK – Jon Snow (see above; plus find Ygritte slightly annoying) ASOS – Bran (with the exception of the Harrenhal tourney chapter) AFFC – all of the Dorne POVs, Aeron, Samwell (still love the book for the Cersei and Alayne/Sansa chapters) ADWD – Tyrion (mostly boring travelogue; his self-pity and repetitive intrusive thoughts are somehow both boring and disturbing)
  8. Great idea for a thread! Generally, I feel GRRM writes women very well. At times however it is obvious that he doesn't inhabit a female body. I found Sansa's PMS before her first period (cramping, breasts aching, irritability) in ACOK described rather well, so he does make an effort. BUT – no woman would ever apply perfume to her outer labia, at least not more than once. (Probably not to her nipples when she is supposed to put on a thin silk gown over it, either.) That is like applying perfume on your upper eyelid, close to the eyeball. Ouch. Regarding Daenerys' masturbation scene, a woman doesn't gasp when feeling how wet she is down there. You can usually feel your vagina lubricating, and it's not like that is shocking to you. I found the whole scene to be cringe-inducing. (These are just two examples off the top of my head.) Also, and it is understandable for GRRM not to write about it since he lacks the experience, but the menstrual cycle and everything that comes with it is very influential in a woman's daily life (speaking for myself and friends here). Which is why I found the Sansa example so commendable. Arianne apparently being mostly boobs bothered me. Imagine a guy described as being mostly his scrotum (“fondling his lush scrotum” etc.). The Daenerys/Drogo relationship was disturbing to me and reeks of Stockholm Syndrome. The widespread hatred of especially Catelyn and Sansa in the fandom (often by people who habitually defend utter monsters like Littlefinger) disturbs me and seems to originate in misogyny. In describing the physical attraction his female characters feel for males, often the effort absolutely is there and it works well, like when Asha thinks about her lover Qarl. There is room for improvement, though. (Speaking only for myself and a few close female friends I often discuss this topic with, we tend to pay the most attention to the face, the general body shape, especially the shoulders, the hands and upper arms, the voice, and the smell.) I agree with the point that some tertiary or even secondary female characters – Shae, Tysha, Ygritte – don't seem to have much of a tangible personality. I have a soft spot for Pia (and the way she is written as seen by Jaime), though, who, by the way, is not a prostitute but works in the buttery at Harrenhal.
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    Family Defining Features - Will No Longer Get Updates

    Regarding the Tullys being tall-ish: both Catelyn and Lysa are described as being taller than Littlefinger, which might point to above average height for a female.
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    What was the best scene from the books in your opinion?

    Many were already mentioned (Red Wedding, Littlefinger pushing Lysa out the Moon Door)... Robb reuniting with Catelyn (AGOT) Jon meeting Mance Rayder (ASOS) Samwell manipulating Denys Mallister and Cotter Pyke (ASOS) Roose Bolton talking to Theon/Reek about Ramsay (ADWD) The scenes of Jon talking to Stannis in ADWD
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