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    How would you rate episode 201?

    I watched the first episode with a few people that haven't read the books and the only parts that were unclear to them were exactly who Melissandre was and the significance of what was happening during the whole idol-burning scene. It was a little abrupt and disjointed. Throughout the first season, I was never sure which parts I was going to have to explain because of the pacing and how much they had to cut from the book story, but the people I've watched it with seem to be following fine.
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    [Book Spoilers] Ep 201 Discussion Part 2

    I died laughing at "cumin" mishear. =P OT: I don't know why everyone is upset by the script here. The chemistry between the actors seemed slightly awkward, and it's a slight alteration from her character in the books, but it's perfectly understandable that Tyrion would be enchanted by someone who was more brash, blunt and foul-mouthed than bookShae. He, himself, calls Jon 'Bastard' despite the fact that he likes Jon. He's bluntly self-deprecating in portraying himself as the same as a bastard. In fact, he seems to hate euphemisms, so if Shae is any good at her trade she would have some idea how to make Tyrion like her.
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    [Book Spoilers] Ep 201 Discussion Part 2

    No pleasing some people. I'm just glad we're not dealing with season 1's dire puppies who all looked ready to harrass you for kibble rather than engage in direwolf badassery. I've got zero complaints with season 2 dire wolves.
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    How would you rate episode 201?

    I pictured a fat, dirty guy with long scraggly hair and big bags under his eyes. I thought he was described somewhat like this in the books, but I could have made the whole thing up. <shrugs>
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    How would you rate episode 201?

    I think it was a conscious decision to tweak the character slightly and was meant to show that Cersei is a lot like Joffrey in her childish, impulsive use of her power. They don't have as much time to spend on this as the books had, so a quick few scenes served as reminders as to exactly why Tywin would want Tyrion there whilst Cersei and Joffrey are acting like irresponsible political idiots.
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    How would you rate episode 201?

    Eh, yeah, 'pirate' was a brainfart wording on my part. I meant dirty, land-awkward, and less properly speaking. 'Pirate' just inadvertantly popped off my fingers.
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    How would you rate episode 201?

    I give it an 8. I was impressed. I guess I went in with lower expectations and I kind of thought they'd drop the ball after a fairly solid first season. I was also pleasantly surprised with Greywind. Considering the budget, I'm infinitely happier with more CG direwolves than some fucking poorly trained husky puppy. Joffrey was great, I actually lied the Cersei/Littlefinger bit, and even Melissandre was better than I expected. Stannis is too young and too soft, Melissandre feels a little less arrogant and succubus-like, Davos is a garbage interpretation so far (the guy's supposed to be a pirate,) BUT this show never held a candle to the books. This is MUCH better than what I was expecting, and I enjoyed it more than several episodes of the first season.
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    Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    Probably all been mentioned, but these get my gold seal of approval: The First Law Trilogy (Joe Abercrombie) - Great characterization. Lots of morally grey characters and a solid plot. Has kind of a Conan meets Pulp Fiction feel. The Dark Tower Series (Steven King) - Solid main characters, and a good plot. This series traverses just about every genre and there are some really clever and surrealistic moments. A few good stories: The Lies of Loch Lamora (Scott Lynch) - A few good characters and the book had style, but wasn't interested enough to read the second one. Ender's Game (Card) - It's a classic. Orson Scott Card is obviously a good writer and the concept of Ender's Game is brilliant, but I think Card lacks style. Ender, (and none of the kids in the book for that matter,) don't feel at all childlike. Despite factoring into the story, when reading his child characters, I get the distinct feeling Card does not know much about the minds of children. Still, I enjoyed the first book enough to finish it, if not continue the series. Mistborn (Brandon Sanderson) - I've only read the first one of the series, but Sanderson does magic systems well and his imagery is fantastic. His overall writing style has its flaws and he has a somewhat naive and/or innocent style of PG13 storytelling reminiscent of his influences, (Card, Robert Jordan, etc.) I prefer to think of these stories like fast food; I realize they aren't all that good, nourishing, and are sometimes talentlessly made, but I still enjoyed them for one reason or another... (get your tomatoes ready to throw, I'll try to duck): The Wheel of Time (Robert Jordan) - After reading the series, looking at the story (minus the last book) it is a good story as a whole. The whole is much better than its parts. There are a few good characters, there are emotional moments and moments of badassery, the magic system is fantastic, and the books are absolutely FULL of (sometimes not so obvious) parallels to everything from King Arthur to Taoism and Norse mythology. The problem is that several of the characters are the same character on a very 2 dimensional level, the emotional moments are somewhat ruined by a lack of chemistry in a lot of the relationships, moments of badassery are absolutely ruined by an old magic lady threatening to spank the main BA character SEVERAL TIMES!! and the really obvious parallels start to seem like cheap inspiration at times. That said, I enjoyed The Wheel of Time. If you like fantasy you should definitely read it. But it is the epitome of what is a classic but is not the peak of the genre. The Sword of Truth (Terry Goodkind) - This book had some really cool ideas and some nice battle scenes. A few of the characters were solid. The overall plot was pretty weak and, most infuriatingly, there were a few times when one of the main characters did something COMPLETELY out of character and just left me going "WTF? (S)he wouldn't have done that." Overall I still enjoyed the series. Legend of Drizzt (RA Salvatore) - The epitome of fast food quality entertainment, but sometimes you want a fucking Big Mac. <shrugs> Drizzt is pretty two dimensional, but the character has serious style. If I'd read these when I was 12 I'd have thought they were the best thing since McDonalds. Semi-relatedly, I just finished Kingdoms of Amalur (video game that RA Salvatore was involved in.) It was actually better than his books.