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  1. I finished City of Brass yesterday and really enjoyed it. I'm not sure what GRRM was talking about with the unexpected twists. I never knew what to expect at all from the book. The one thing I was not a fan of was the Hunger Game-style love triangle going on. But this is a super small complaint. I will read the next book soon (I usually try not to drop $10 on books too rapidly). I will also check out the spoiler-heavy threads to see what I missed. (ETA- well I guess I will wait on that until I read the whole series, seems like the thread is a spoiler for not just the first book)
  2. Anyone here read City of Brass? GRRM mentioned in his Not a Blog recently & recommended it. Just wondering if there were any opinions here from anyone if I should pick it up.
  3. thanks for putting this thread together. It's fun to think of all these questions and read all the replies. A) Who is the "Hodded Man" in Winterfell? 3 Someone else - I always thought it was Robett Glover. Where is he? Maybe he came to Winterfell with Manderly? B ) Who wrote the Pink Letter 1 Ramsay Bolton - this is the most interesting choice to me. Not that the letter is all true or even that Ramsay thinks it is true C) Rickon Stark, Shaggydog and Davos return alive from Skagos and Rickon is presented to Stannis and/or House Manderly 1 Yes D) Jon Snow after the mutiny at the Night Watch 2 is only wounded - death changes everyone who comes back pretty significantly. I don't think that is in store for Jon. E) Arya's killing of Raff the Sweetling (or someone from the entourage of Harys Swyft) was done on the orders of the Faceless Men 2 No - this is Arya crossing names off of her list F) Arya hears of or meets fArya (Jeyne Poole) 1 Yes - hears of for sure. Not so sure that she will meet Jeyne. G) Jamie/Brienne Lady Stoneheart 1 Brienne and Jamie meet Lady Stoneheart and Jamie survives the meeting - I hope this is what happens. The next most likely choice is that Jaime dies - that would remove a very interesting character from the books. I would like to see Jaime meet Cersei and/or Tyrion and/or Bran again. H) The boy with Jon Connington landing in Westeros in ADWD is Aegon Targaryen, the second child and only son of Prince Rhaegar Targaryen and Princess Elia Martell 2 False (thus he is a fake = fAegon) - He is Illyrio's son. that's why lIlyrio is so affectionate towards him in aDwD. I) Jon Snow’s true parentage 1 Rhaegar+Lyanna = Jon Snow - clearly J) Grey Scale will be transmitted by Jon Connington and/or Shireen Baratheon to other people 2 No K) The outcome of the Battle of Ice (at the Crofters Village), the capture of Winterfell is not included 1 Stannis wins and survives - I want Stannis to live as long as possible. L) Who is the Harpy in Mereen? 4 someone else - there is no one Harpy. It is all the nobles together (likely including the Green Grace) M) Robb’s will disinherits Sansa 1 Yes - we know this. He chose Jon to succeed him N) If Victarion orders the dragon horn (“dragonbinder”) to be blown, Victarion himself gains control over at least one dragon 1 True - but not for long, I think.
  4. I am almost finished with Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone. I hate to say this but I don't think I've ever read a book that was such a chore to finish. I really want to like the book. I love the world and the atmosphere. I love Gladstone's descriptive text & mood. I love his characters, Tara, Abelard and Cat in particular. I should really love this book. I'm not super satisfied with the lawyer fantasy genre here. It's more Law and Order detective / police drama and less the kind of Sidhe contract & loophole stuff of @Peadar's The Call and The Invasion, which I loved. But this is really a small complaint. I just can't figure out why I don't love this book when I love so many parts of it. When it comes together I can barely get the motivation to continue reading. Not sure if I'm making sense or if anyone else feels this way about Three Parts Dead or other books in general. I think I might try The War Hound and the World's Pain recommended by @stonebender next.
  5. Eight books now (Wintersteel just released a few days ago)
  6. Thanks for the suggestion. I started this book and I'm really enjoying it so far. Not your usual fantasy world. It reminds me a lot of Fallen London from the Sunless Sea PC game. Sort of steampunk with more magic. Mr. Gladstone really does a great job with establishing the atmosphere for his world, I think. I took a quick break from Three Parts Dead to read Wintersteel by Will Wight. Like the other Cradle books, I found it entertaining and very easy to read. Sort of reminds me of the Dresden Files where the protagonist starts as a "level 1" Wizard or Monk or whatever and gradually adds a collection of allies and magic trinkets to level up to fight tougher bosses and collect more allies and magic trinkets to fight tougher bosses. I don't mean that in a bad way. I enjoy that kind of thing. Now back to reading Three Parts Dead...
  7. Thanks! It is $2.99 on the kindle right now - I will read this next.
  8. I was intrigued by This is How You Lose the Time War, but never picked it up. I would like to try some more fantasy lawyering next, so if you have a suggestion on Mr. Gladstone's most lawyerly book, I will start there!
  9. Finished Peadar's The Invasion this week. Loved it possibly even more than The Call. I was afraid I would miss the chapters that covered each of the kid's calls, but I didn't. I really liked that we got even more characterizations of Anto and Nessa. I was pleasantly surprised to learn more about Aoife and Liz Sweeney. I wanted more of both, but particularly Liz Sweeney. I would take a whole book on her. I am very intrigued by the Faustian promises of the Sidhe and liked how they obeyed a twisted kind of legal code. I think there may be a whole missing genre of supernatural legal horror / drama. Probably I would be the only one interested... Not sure what else to say except I wish the book was longer.
  10. What a great response. Thank you for sharing!
  11. I loved Moorcock's Elric series when I was a kid. (I got into it because of the Melnibonian myths that were in D&D's original Deities and Demigods book, along with Cthulhu and the Grey Mouser) Wikipedia says this is the second book in the series. Would you recommend that I read The War Hound and the World's Pain first?
  12. I agree with this. I am also not a book purist. If I could keep the two versions separate in my head then I would happily have continued to watch the show regardless of quality. The trouble I had watching season 2 was I started to get confused about what things happened in the show and what things happened in the books. It was starting to affect my enjoyment of the books, so I decided to stop watching the show.
  13. Wow I'm really sorry to hear that. I suppose it is good that there is art out there like ASOIAF out there that can help people get through dark times. But it's sad to hear about your bad years. I hope things are better for you now.
  14. This certainly makes sense to me. And I agree with you, assuming the Harpy's Sons and their allies are convinced that they can take back Meereen with little cost to themselves. With the Volantene fleet they may believe this is true, but I'm not convinced it is. Tyrion and Brown Ben Plumm are not convinced either, even though they know just about everything (except about Victarion who is on Dany's side). So I would argue that it is not clear that war is the right strategy for the Great Masters even with the Volantenes. They certainly wouldn't give up their high status just because Dany wants them too. The only reason they would do that is because they are afraid of her or because she accommodates them. I would argue that before Daznak's pit she has struck a good balance between fear and accommodation to maintain a stable peace. After Drogon, that balance has been altered and the Yunkai become bolder. If Daznak's pit doesn't happen then the arrival of the Volantene fleet (in response to the summons of the Yunkai as @SeanF points out) might do the same thing in spite of Dany's presence. Surely it would shift the balance of power and force Dany to accommodate the Great Masters more if she wants to preserve the peace. It could also lead to war if Dany is not willing to give in to their additional demands. If we assume that Daznak's pit doesn't happen, Barristan does not depose Hizdar, Quentyn does not release the dragons, and the Volantene fleet arrives, this may cause the Yunkai to demand more concessions from Dany the same way they are demanding more concessions in the actual books (e.g. killing the dragons). She would surely resist this and would either start negotiations or just attack If she chooses to negotiate, then in the mean-time maybe the Volantene slaves revolt and Victarion arrives and Dany is the one who starts asking for concessions from the slavers. To me this seems also plausible in a non-Daznak universe. I surely would agree that the peace is fragile and difficult to maintain, and could fail. But I don't think it is doomed if Dany does not fly away with Drogon. Going back to the points of Steven's essays, in the US Civil War analogy, peace was possible with the Confederate slavers because the Union side accommodated the slavers too much. (hence peace without justice) Dany could surely have adopted the same approach if she chose.
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