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  1. In lionarium. What I'm becoming more curious about is: how did Tunney elevate himself to be a pal with a prince? The way I imagined him, he seemed more of a cynic, trying to survive and make a living by keeping his head low. Carousing with a prince seems the opposite of that. Though, he would be in his, what, 50s, 60s now?
  2. I was also going to say that. As the joke goes "Abercrombie planned it all!". Also, she is pretty memorable character (name: Savine), and I would say that events in Valbeck will define her character much more than (unwittingly performed) incest.
  3. I would assume that the topic of her own mental health would be of greater concern. You can take various lessons from crises you survive, just as Victarine learnt to always side with the winning side, Savine might come to conclusion that it's every man (and woman) for themselves and that you can't trust anyone. I don't see that she has to become all altruistic all of a sudden.
  4. I enjoyed the book very much, even though, as someone said, this is more a set up operation for the events that will unfold in the following novels. Couple of points to make: I don't think there is enough information to conclude who is the lamb or who is the owl. I would assume that these will not be some veiled links. If it's assumed that sun is the Union and wolf and lion Stour and Leo, these are all part of symbolism that has been clearly set out before. Sun is badge/crest of the Union and Union forces, Stour describes himself as a wolf, bares his teeth even like a wolf would, while Leo is, well 'leo', and everyone refers ti him by his young lion nickname. Technically, Broad might be the sheep since he was a shepherd before the army, but I would sooner assume it's Orso, because he is called Lamb by the jeering crowd (why do they call him that, I didn't really understand, where did that come from?). Similarly, I think we haven't met the owl yet, or rather, when we do, there would be clear connection between the person and nickname or symbolism attached to that person. Also, I think that people expect too much from Savine in terms of changing the working class conditions. I believe she is suffering from PTSD. Events she survived were traumatic and she is reliving them constantly, images coming unbidden, torturing her again and again, and there is no support for her at all. When she comes to her mother, aching to be held, she is held at arms length and drinking is provided as the answer. The father figure in her life basically tells her to snap out of it. Person who she is in love with is her half brother. Even the effects of cocaine are different now, making her not relaxed and at ease as it used to but permanently on edge and making her reckless, as evidenced by giving Rikke the necklace, seconds after making a very low opinion judgment about her, and swapping gifts that are ludicrously disproportionate in value. Very much looking forward to the next books. Edit: I also believe that Savine might be carrying Orso's child. Why else mention her period on couple of occasions, followed by them having sex for the first time weeks after that. I mean obviously not first sexual interaction, but as i understood it, it was only oral sex before.
  5. Good review to hype things up. I would assume you were discouraged to reveal more of the plot, or at least the general direction of the thing. I am curious about the theme. Best Served Cold was obviously about revenge, right from the title, while Heroes were about what heroism is (well, duh)... What would you say the main driver is for this book?
  6. Well I for one enjoy the updates even if I'm not doing the re-read actively.
  7. I didn't mean that the whole Dogman's crew was influenced by Bayaz, rather that their adventure was setup by Bayaz influencing Logen / Bloody Nine one time, which set off things in motion that made Bethod wage more wars, which in turn ... And so on and so forth.
  8. Aside from obligatory jokes of actually finishing the work you started, I liked both, Name of the Wind and everything Abercrombie wrote. Completely different feels when reading either, but enjoyable altogether. If I'm going to call myself a fan, I'd say that I'm Abercrombie's fan though.
  9. That makes a lot of sense actually. You get a sense that Logen and crew were plucky independent gang, fighting it's own fight in the North. It is more likely like you state, Bethods wars and later Union's wars were prolonged through Bayaz's will and his manipulation of first Logen, then Jezal, then Shivers (at least in the Heroes). It's an amusing thought, but perhaps not grounded in text: as Monza and Benna were brought up by Cosca, it seems almost like Benna turned out exactly like Cosca (especially in Red Country) while Monza turned out like Cosca imagined himself to be (or was, before alcohol and greed and other inner demons took over).
  10. He seems like a type of person who would belittle anything and everything that is beyond his control or knowledge or simply better than him at anything.
  11. When is this said? Is it by Logen when he picks a weapon when Bayaz lets him choose from his arsenal? I think I mentioned this before somewhere on here, it seems to me that Logen might be a demon actually, I seem to remember his wording suggesting something similar to what Fenrig said, how he was a part of ancient battles. I may have misremembered but at one point Logen mentions demons as part of him, but the way he phrased it can be understood in different ways.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    She looks vaguely similar to how I imagined Lady. I hope they make it and after that I hope they make a bit more... true to the original, for lack of a better word, than HBO made Game of Thrones. I also wish they don't sugar coat it and leave the Company as black and vicious as brutal as they were in the books. Based on recent TV shows, I can't see them making the good guys do that carnage like The Company did in Beryl, when they slaughtered their enemies while they were asleep.
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    Glen Cooks The Black Company series

    They hold up very well, at least the first 3 did for me. I skipped the rest and re-read the last few chapters of the last book of The Books of the Glittering Stone. I just can't suffer another re-read of the book where Murgen is the Annalist. I just don't know how I went through it the first time. It's dense, difficult to read and yet in the middle of all that madness are throw-away lines which explain a lot later on. It bothers me that no one can actually write like this. It's as if someone transferred his train of thought directly to paper. Sitting down and writing a sentence takes knowing what are you going to write. For example a lot of times he just throws in "Wait, what was that?" and the chapter ends or he continues almost without a pause. It conveys how mad he has become, , but I'd see it much more easier to comprehend if someone else was the Annalist and had the duty to write down everything Murgen utters. Regarding the death count.
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    References and Homages

    and well oberyn being called the viper and all that.