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  1. I want King Stannis to burn this fucker in TWOW.
  2. I enjoy delving into abnormal psychology, so I enjoyed the direction GRRM decided to take the Winterfell saga. There's nothing there to suggest that Ramsay's acts are intended as shock value and nothing more. Quite the contrary - you look at Roose's tale of Ramsay's conception, and then Ramsay's hunting method and you see some deep-seated self-loathing implicit on the outcomes of Ramsay's hunts...and he transfers a great deal of that onto Theon, a member of the Nobility that consider bastards to be subhuman. I would rather have this bit of abnormal psychology laid bare for study than pages of walking, singing, eating or any of the other filler mainstays of fantasy fiction. Some of you seem to have missed the memo: the Westerosi system of government is a rotten, horrid thing when you strip away the fairtale trappings of noble knights, lovely princesses, and conquering kings. That is on the greater themes of the series - Ramsay, Theon's breaking, and Jeyne's torture at the hands of Baelish and then Ramsay, are symptomatic of the system's sickness.
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    Upcoming Cover Art VII

    Yeah, the US cover for that is way way better.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP503 Discussion

    She really is. Her and the QoT are my favorite alterations from their book counterparts.
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    [Book Spoilers] EP503 Discussion

    D&D certainly got their kink on.
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    why was Ladystoneheart cut out

    Licensed adaption.
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    Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    Lol. You forgot one of the other threads where I mentioned I'd read Assassin's Apprentice up to the point where I really haven't read Night Angel beyond the series first two chapters.
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    Fantasy and SF Recommendations: Series

    Night Angel is YA that gets progressively worse with each volume. If you are interested in Weeks, check out his Black Prism. I recommend A Land Fit for Heroes by Richard Morgan. Book one is The Steel Remains. Excellent sword and sorcery. Yes, oversimplification is what made me put down The Way of Kings.
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    Would reading through what's been published stateside feel jarring, since there's a volume missing from the sequence? Or can I pick up on what's happened previously through exposition in Blood of Elves?
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    Andrzej Sapkowski II

    I'd like to get into this series. I'm a reader from the United States (so that you'll have an idea of the translations that are available to me locally). I've seen The Last Wish, Blood of Elves, and The Time of Contempt. Are there any novels missing from this lineup, or do they proceed in a chronological order?
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    References and Homages

    Valyria reminds me of Michael Moorcock's Melnibone, Both societies were conquerors who rode dragons, both hail from an island nation, both are regarded with a certain degree of superstitious dread by the other kingdoms of humanity. Similarly, when I read about the Brazen Beasts, I was immediately reminded of the Empire of Granbretan from Moorcock's Hawkmoon novels. Both groups wear beast masks.