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    Book characters lookalikes

    He's Edric Storm for me!
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    Gender relations in Westeros

    Mmmm, true. I guess that being a heterosexual man, female breasts appeal to him in a different way than it does to us. If I was Daenerys and my tokar fell off, all I'd think about would be ''whooops''.
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    Gender relations in Westeros

    I'd compare the way he often describes women's breasts with erections. I remember it was a common theme in some of Tyrion's and Sam's POVs, also mentioned in Jon's.
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    The first time I read ADwD, I had Bylar by Dead Can Dance playing during Jon's last chapter. I was so shocked and my hands were sweaty whilst reading it, the built up tension that led to the final scene... And somehow every time I hear this song it reminds me of that. I love it/makes me feel edgy at the same time.
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    Gender relations in Westeros

    That is something I missed too. Women seem to be much more important within the Dorne royal family than in the other families of Westeros, so I'm positive we'll learn more about them, but I agree on the rest. We know nothing of the Tullys or other Stark women, save the infamous Lyanna.
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    Gender relations in Westeros

    Throughout medieval history, I can count with the fingers of my hands the number of women who were referred to on their own. All of them, no matter how powerful or relevant, are referred to as ''mother of x'' or ''wife of x'', as you say. Very few ladies earned, among their male counterparts and male historians who wrote History, their own titles: Matilde of Canossa (La Gran Contessa), Æthelflæd of Wessex (Lady of the Mercians) or Joan of Arc (La Pucelle d'Orléans), to name a few. I believe that GRRM tried to emulate real history when not giving the women of Westeros the credit they deserved, seen even in the way they are remembered by men and women alike. On the other hand, just because that's the way you see it doesn't mean it is a fact. Different point of views, which why I always refer to my arguments as ''the way I see it...''. I don't read a book with the preset mindset of ''I want women to have X or Y representation'', neither do I search for it. A story is a story and it is built as the author wants, then it's my choice or not to read the book. I, personally, don't see a problem in how Westerosi women are represented. I believe, from a medieval history point of view, that it is actually pretty realistic. Do you believe that in the Middle Ages women and young girls alike were pissed off because women didn't have enough representation? That's a modern optic. Maybe one in a hundred did, and that being optimistic. And we have this minority represented in ASoIaF too with Arya and Cersei: Arya often refers to Nymeria and old queens of the past as role models, and Cersei often complains, in her thoughts, about how women have no power in comparison to men, and how unjust that is. On the other hand we have Brienne, who is by all means a woman breaking the schemes of a world made for men, and if my memory doesn't fail me there isn't a single moment in all the books in which she complains about her position because she is a woman, or thinks about how the world is unjust to her for being one, or how there aren't enough/any other female knights, etc. Which serves to the argument of how women in the Middle Ages just didn't stop to think about gender roles or representation. The fact that GRRM uses rape within the personal history of many of the women you mentioned is because it was a much more common violent tool towards women than it was for men: for men it was straight torture or death, not rape. Also, women don't participate in battles, sieges or parlays, so the chances of suffering any other means of violence is simply impossible.
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    Book characters lookalikes

    I like to picture Peter Steele (Type O Negative singer) as Sandor: plus, he was 2 meters high :-)
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    Gender relations in Westeros

    All these women are dead, and what we learn of them is through the memories of the people that knew them (completely or up to a certain degree). I don't see an imbalance between deceased women and men in ASoIaF, to me they are equal. Neither do I see where Rhaella or any other female is used as a prop for male character development, as you mention. In my eyes, these cases exhibit the same problematic as Kvothe POVs in the Kingkiller Chronicle: everything we see and learn is done through Kvothe's eyes, and, as everyone who has read that series knows, reality is terribly distorted. I don't see the slightest problem in gender relationships within GRRM's work, on the contrary, I consider it to be realistic and crude, and beautiful many times as well. I'm very intrigued by characters like Arthur, Robert and Rhaegar, and yet all the information we receive about them is different and crisscrossed: Arthur is pretty much a mystery, aside from Jaime's POVs in which he's an idealized hero (makes sense since he was his squire and boys tend to idolize and love the knights they serve); what we know about Robert varies between Ned and Cersei, whom offer the most in-depth information about him... And Rhaegar's figure is also opaque and enigmatic, we can't trust 100% what Barristan says about him. Like with Robert, we'd need to hear what Elia has to say. We get glimpses at how even Cersei idolized him, and the tender thoughts she has of him in her last FfC chapters, and we all know how Cersei is and how she feels about men. Rhaegar is the only man she doesn't think contemptuously of. Whatever the case, I'm positive we will learn much more about Rhaegar in the next two books, and from different POVs, especially if that theory comes true (I hope so!) and Ashara will appear in TWoW.
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    Jon being resurrected?

    That would be an extremely sad scenario. I truly hope it won't end like that. Too much foreshawoding, mysterious origins, magic and prophecies around him to end that bitterly.
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    Denethoring the Lannisters

    I always saw the Red Wedding as ''Evil is Evil. Lesser, greater, middling… Makes no difference. The degree is arbitrary. The definition’s blurred. If I’m to choose between one evil and another… I’d rather not choose at all.'', just that Tywin did choose. In my eyes it was diplomacy in the sense that, in order to prevent war from spreading further and further, he cut the problem clean with a good pair of scissors: the Freys and the Boltons. Tywin had power and a strategic mind, and was smart, he used the weapons he had at his disposal to solve the problem of the North. It was Robb who blew up the diplomatic path. A political pact can be clean or evil, but the way I see things, the Lannisters (minus Cersei, who wouldn't know how to keep a sand castle running) were always excellent at exercising diplomacy: Jaime parlayed Riverrun with Blackfish and then with Edmure, that last time succesfully. Tyrion is a master at diplomacy, as his father was.
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    Jon being resurrected?

    Ahh, well, I haven't read FaB yet. This is very interesting, one more reason to purchase it soon. I remember I was very interested in Alysanne when I first read about her.
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    Jon being resurrected?

    Wasn't it mentioned in one of Bran's chapters that a Targaryen princess was a friend of the Night's Watch and used to fly there often with her dragon? I may be confused, but I believe I remember that she visited the Wall... My Targaryen history is very rusty. For some time I too thought that Jon would somehow return to Winterfell to free it, but I've discarded that idea. I don't want him to be the tragic hero with a written destiny, even if predestination seems to be a solid motif throughout ASoIaF, I believe that GRRM has something different in store for him. I certainly hope it's not to remain inside Ghost forever and then slowly fade into the wolf's spirit and die. Neither do I wish for a Coldhands 2.0. Jon is my favourite character and no matter how many theories I revisit, his fate is, in my opinion, the one that hangs bya thread the most. Because, let's imagine what you said takes place: what would be his fate once Winterfell is freed and returned to a trueborn heir? Such a scenario would make him a stranger in a strange land. Back to the Wall? North of the Wall? Impossible. South? I don't see Jon/whatever he becomes going to KL, or the Vale, or the Riverlands, Dorne etc. What connections would he have left in the world? Sansa's the only one which we know 100% will remain within Westeros forever. Arya's another mystery. God knows what will become of Bran. When and IF Sam returns to the Wall, maybe there isn't a Wall or the Night's Watch anymore... Encountering Rickon somewhere in the North is the only possibility left in a scenario like this.
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    Is it likely for Bronn to return later on?

    I believe he'll be back, or at least he'll be mentioned in later on Tyrion's POVs. The way we last heard of him in the Cersei chapter didn't seem too final for me. I don't see him keeping the Stokeworth castle forever. I think that when Tyrion comes back to Westeros, he'll at least wonder about Bronn's whereabouts, and either contact him or merely remember him.
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    Fourth Quarter 2019 Reading

    Like always, I got trapped in a re-reading ouroboros. I began AGoT in June, and yesterday I began ADwD... I've got a feeling that Winds will be released next year and I wanted to start preparing in advance. I've also started re-reading The Witcher series, given the fact that the tv show is coming out in a couple of months and I barely remember any underlying details. On the academical front, I'm revisiting a phenomenal PhD thesis called ''Tournaments, Jousts and Duels: Formal Combats in England and France, circa 1380-1440.'', by Rachel Whitbread (University of York). Really, really good.
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    New Forum Census

    Nobody expects us, but Spain.