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  1. Ser Uncle P

    Do you like Feast and Dance?

    Liked them more when re reading using a suggested Feast/Dance sequence I came across on the Tower of the Hand page. Still though, not as well written as the first 3 books.
  2. Velaryons weren't originally a dragon lord house in Valyria but by the time of the Dance they had married into the Targaryens so many times that they were de facto dragonlords. No mention of this for the Celtigars.. Possibly the Velaryons had "blood of the dragon" from previous marriages, and thus were more attractive spouses for the exiled Targs than the Celtigar..
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    George and Maurice Druon

    Tywin certainly springs to mind when reading about Philip. Also Littlefinger can be traced to Guillaume de Nogaret..
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    The appearance of The Others

    From the way the characters mention them. E.G. Aemon on his deathbed to Sam "them how it is upon the Wall . . . the wights and the white walkers, the creeping cold" or Sam's first chapter in ASOS "The horn blew thrice long, three long blasts means Others. The white walkers of the wood, the cold shadows, the monsters of the tales that made him squeak and tremble as a boy, riding their giant ice-spiders, hungry for blood . . ." Making it clear that "Others" and "White Walkers" are synonymous
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    Is the show's version of Jenny's song canon?

    Thought we couldn't discuss the show in this section under pain of suspension??
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    The appearance of The Others

    It's clear that Others and WW are interchangeable terms, bit like Free Folk and Wildlings or Blood of the Dragon and Valyrian.
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    Good news? Bad news?

    I've said it before, the ONLY way Martin will give us the end of ASOIAF is in a Fire and Blood style faux history book. That's not a bad thing in itself, at least he will have given readers his ending without the pressure of turning out 2 doorstop multi POV novels on an antique PC!!
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    Titles of the person who sits on the Iron Throne

    Don't think the 3 fold Royal title is the 3 heads of the Dragon, but it's a neat parallel. I don't think a King could permanently renounce any of the titles as they carry huge significance. "Lord of the 7K" def is a law focus, and is a succint way of showing both the autonomy and unity of the 7 Kingdoms in the person of the king. The "Protector of the Realm" title can be outsourced to a Regent or a Hand if the king is underage, but it is definitley a martial title, like a modern ruler being titular head of the armed forces. Note that it's King of the "Andals Rhoyanar and First Men" even though the first such King was Valyrian to the bone and his supporters (Velaryon, Celtigar, Baratheon) were of same ethnicity. It implies a common ground with the 3 ethnicities of Westeros, sign of having nothing more to do with Essos.
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    Horns

    I don't think Mance is Jon's father...I said "on first read" ie nearly ten years ago when I first read the books, I thought Mance might be, based on the Bael story...I later re read AGOT and caught the Tower of Joy flashback properly the second time.
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    Horns

    The stories of Jon's parentage, e.g Ned Dayne telling Arya, Borrell to Davos, even the story of Bael the bard had me convinced on first read that Mance was Jon's father...
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    Horns

    Good question!! I just hope they aren't further examples of GRRM writing himself into a corner with his "gardening" approach and no clear way to resolve them in final books...
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    Horns

    Horn of Winter and Dragon Horns are (IMO) red herrings. FAB gives us detailed historical accounts of Targaryen and Velaryon dragon riders. Bugger all mention of using Horns to control or bond with a dragon, whether a hatchling or a full grown monster like Vhagar or Balerion. The Horn that Mance found in the Frostfangs was a total dud. Probably no real Horn of Winter either.
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    What was the plan if House Targaryen died out?

    If Morning was still alive, then whoever bonded with her could put it down to Targaryen blood and claim the Throne...
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    Why Does Darkstar Matter?

    I didn't mention Euron or the Ironborn...but do you really believe that the Iron Island and Dornish arcs are as interesting or as well written as the Iron Throne arc from book 1-3? Is the writing as tight or characterisation as good as everything that occurs from the murder of Jon Arryn to the murder of Tywin Lannister? Would you care to show me examples?
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    Why Does Darkstar Matter?

    Dorkstar is a textbook example of how much GRRM's writing dipped in between Storm and Feast. The fact that George doesn't understand why fans eye roll at Dorkstar speaks volumes. It makes me cringe that in the Dornish Winds Chapters... Blatant attempt to get readers to "buy into" a shit character
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