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  1. Honestly, I enjoyed all new information we get about female Targaryens. Rhaenys (the Queen that Never Was) will always still be my favorite. Back in the Princess and the Queen, her final flight at Rook's Rest gave me chills. Finally learning more about Good Queen Alysanne and how she was such an exceptional person. Her Women's Court was a very interesting inclusion, and it's curious none of her daughters of granddaughters ever sought to continue that tradition. Specifically, her Women's Court in Mole's Town was very unexpected and speaks to her sense of duty towards the entire realm, including the "untouchables." Rhaena (the Queen of the West) is also a very interesting character, and I enjoy the subtle hints throughout that she preferred the company of women. I actually was a little disappointed when the narrative hinted how she married the second Farmore son to stay near his sister. I think it made it obvious without that explicit comment. The complicated relationship she had with Aerea was very "Mommie Dearest." She kept her daughter near her as a possession, especially after she had lost everyone else to poison. How she transformed from a girl that doted on her siblings like a mother to such a hard, cold woman is very understandable as you follow her. I'd be even more curious to find out how she and her first husband (Aegon, son of Aenys) got along considering her sexual preferences. Aerea... wow... how very Lovecraftian. Still don't know what to make of this one! BUT, now we know Balerion the Black Dread also had female riders. Elissa Farman! Am I the only person that actually likes Rhaenyra? It's just too bad all the tragedy that visits her in the loss of her children warps what was once "the Realm's Delight." It also makes me wonder if she would have been more successful if she had maintained her figure (like Queen Alicent Hightower). I hate to say it, but a Queen's beauty plays a role in her legitimacy. Also, I guess it all depends on if you think she was the true heir or not. It's so unfortunate that her defeat pretty much disqualified all future women from ever inheriting the throne. Except ones with 3 dragons. I'm sure there are more women I'm not thinking of at this moment. Those are just the ones on the surface of my mind. I'm just now finishing the DotD sections. Most of the stuff included in there is just a repeat with some additional details here and there... honestly had to skim the battles towards the end. Not as exciting reading them for a third time. I also have enjoyed trying to keep track of all the dragon eggs! I think the ones that Elissa Farman stole and sold are perhaps a little too obvious to be the ones Daenerys ended up getting. But so far they seem the likeliest candidates. I'd be more impressed if it turns out some of these single eggs (such as the one Viserys II carried when he was captured on a ship during DotD) were collected by someone and eventually given to Daenerys at her wedding. Back to reading! Rhaenyra about to get eaten...
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    [SPOILERS] Jaehaerys and Alysanne

    What is equally obvious is the problems that would cause. If one lord gets redress from a wrong done to them "over a thousand years ago," then that opens a floodgate for all claimants to past wrongs... which would probably be every House at some time or another. Not to mention they'd likely have to take Dunstonbury away from another (unnamed) house in order offer redress (if that is what was meant); House Peake (Manderly rivals of old) no longer holds it. It's a quick way to become a Tyrant if you suddenly try to revoke lands and titles from lords for thousand-year-old grievances. It just stood out to me as odd. Perhaps it's a boldfaced lie Rhaenyra's heir couldn't see through. But it's explanation as to why they would marry a daughter to an old Manderly with plenty of trueborn children already.
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    [SPOILERS] Jaehaerys and Alysanne

    I've been reading this thread for a couple of days now and haven't had anything to add. I'm actually in the Dance of the Dragons section. When Jacaerys approaches Lord Manderly, he brings up a (supposed) promise that was made to him by the Old King: George R. R. Martin. Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire) (Kindle Locations 6438-6441). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. Just thought that was interesting. Why on earth would a King make that promise and seal it with a marriage? Or, was the marriage the redress spoken of? The latter doesn't make much sense because House Manderly was already in White Harbor before Aegon the Conquerer took flight. Anyone have any thoughts?
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    References and Homages

    Omg I totally did! Nice catch.
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    References and Homages

    Ser Kermit Tully and Lord Elmo Tully in The World of Ice and Fire (p. 160). If no one has mentioned it yet, lol. Reference: Sesame Street. I sometimes wonder if those were placeholder names that never got revised. I was listening to a Secrets of the Citadel (youtube) chapter analysis and she says that Littlefinger's mockingbird imagery is a reference to Harper Lee's book. I always just thought it symbolized Littlefinger's many games and schemes. Like a mockingbird disguises it's own song to sound like that of other birds and amphibians, he disguises his intentions with sweet words that people want to hear. He even manages to convince Eddard he is his friend, when clearly this was not the case. But then, when I really thought about it, there is definitely some multi-layered thematic overlap. "I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it. "Your father's right," she said. "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." It's a clever mask he's made using a mockingbird. Then people usually take it further and say that to kill a mockingbird is the death of innocence, which also references back to Littlefinger's childhood trauma. Sorry if that one has been referenced a lot on here. I didn't want to thumb through 89 pages!
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Well... Loved the first book. Intriguing ending. I got a few chapters into the second book and the style is not to my taste. The "chapters" are very short and, in my opinion, arbitrary. I'm glad I finished the first book, at least.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Will do. Thank you!
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Thanks! It's making me feel like I missed something, but good to know I didn't. After Edit for above: Three pages after my bookmark, One-Eye figures it out. Seems like I was right. I don't really get how he figured it out, but he punched a ham (literally). As an update, I'm almost done with the first book... I didn't realize I had a bundled version of The Black Company, Shadows Linger, and The White Rose. I was scratching my head about how this book could be so long when it seemed like everything established was wrapping up... Makes sense now. I'm surprised at how likable Croaker is. Or more like how someone so likeable can be found among a den of devils and call them family. In regards to the show, I've read a lot of people having concern that it would be switched to be more about The Lady than the company. I can see the concern now, at least from a "season one" perspective. Half of the tension in the book comes from the anticipation of Croaker finally encountering her in person... and It would seem a waste to just shift things and feature her in episode one beyond explaining The Domination and her revival. From a writer's perspective, it's interesting how she is such an important impact character on Croaker but her presence is only implied or felt. Eerily like Big Brother... Anyways, Glen Cook has a new fanboy.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Goblin is (surprisingly) probably my fav. The descriptions of him squawking and screeching at all twists and turns (especially regarding One-eye) makes my laugh. Every. Single. Time. I imagine the sounds a pterodactyl would make. In sum: Goblin's casting better be good.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Thought I'd drop a line. I'm pretty much hooked. I started back from the begining and pushed on. Glen Cook does not tell me everything I want to know, but when he does give me a juicy morsel I gobble it up with much satisfaction. It's a different reading experience than what I'm used to. I'm typically not a big fan of first person but I've grown to like this. There are some things he drops (even in the first chapter) that I think "oh he'll address this eventually" but don't think I'll remember. The one bothering me because I don't know if it's simple or complex is at the end of the first chapter: This is killing me.
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    Moments of Foreshadowing v.12

    Getting close to the dreaded Red Wedding in my reread. Lots of foreshadowing and ironic lines throughout Catelyn's chapter before. A couple that out: Fairly obvious what he was speaking of here. Making sure Edmure didn't throw a fit and disrupt their diabolical plans. She has all the evidence in front of her, but is not seeing that Gregor is being fed insider information. He had given her similar looks a couple of times throughout this scene in the chapter. He is acknowledging that of all people in the room, Catelyn is the most astute. Her unique ability is her worry for her children that allows for tireless analytical thinking to try and ensure their safety. Later on during the wedding, she is the first to be suspicious and discover the treachery that is about to happen moments later.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    Well I guess that would make sense! To clarify, I find Erikson to be difficult to read more often than not but the POV switches at least changed it up. I was introduced to both series as something to tide me over while we wait for the next ASoIaF book to come out. I started with Black Company, didn't get too far, and then gave Malazan a try and the characters drew me in a bit more. I think coming at the first book with this in mind is gonna help me. Seeing it as daring to be different rather than just judging it as "not what I'm used to." Thanks for both your replies! I'm gonna pick up where I left off tonight and see how far I can get. I'll keep you posted.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    So... I realize how arbitrary this request is but I'll make it anyways: About what page/section does this book really start to grip? I had to put it down a while back and I couldn't say why. It took me forever to get past the first part where I don't skim but I kept feeling like I was missing something and ended up constantly flipping back to see if I did or not. Perhaps that's the problem. I've read a good ways into the Malazan Book of the Fallen so I'm used to being given a lot of information you can't do much with when you first read it. However, it almost feels like I'm given very little information overall when reading the first Black Company book... But yeah, maybe I won't mind so much if someone can give me a solid point of interest to read to. Then if I'm not gripped I'll know I tried.
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    Regina Spektor -- Us I always think of the Stark Crypts at the bridge of the song. Specifically Rickard, Brandon, and Lyanna: The chorus is befitting of Westeros as well:
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    Who is Haldon Halfmaester?

    Supposedly Targaryen loyalists. There's enough circumstantial evidence to at least call into question how true that is. If you believe Maester Marwyn's statement about the Citadel's conspiracy against dragons and magic, you have to wonder about the Hightowers since they are the founders and patrons of the Citadel.