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    Heresy 227 and the Great Turtle

    Musing on the Cold War analogy for ASoIaF, which is just too delicious to spit out, i would likt to add one modification: I think that the entire history of Planetos can be seen as a series of Cold Wars and their escalations and aftermaths; gradually turning a "normal" world into the hot/cold mess that we know.
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    Heresy 227 and the Great Turtle

    Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone series is always good, and on the plus side I am pretty sure it as fundamental to ASoIaF's thematic geneology as Lovecraft. Iain M. Banks' Culture novels are great, but not tied together by a single narrative thread, not sure if that counts? Roger Zelazny's Amber saga covers 10 novels. Steven Brust's Draegaran novels have I think surpassed 20 at this point, and I have to say the he handles it like friggin champ. Rounding out my short list, my all time favorite series, Gene Wolfe's Urth of the New Sun clocks in with four. There's a few I can think of off the top of my head, but it is possible.
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    Heresy 227 and the Great Turtle

    Dualities within dualites within dualities. Fire and Blood, Ice and Fire, East and West...
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    Heresy 227 and the Great Turtle

    Daaaaaaaamn that's good. I really need to keep up with these threads more but I always feel a little overwhlemed by the volume. I need to chew on that for a hot minute, particularly in light of his fixation, imho, on dualities and the ultimate unreliability and artificiality of them, but a brief question: have you delved much in here the theme of alloys/hybrids/blending of opposites/dualities?
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    A bit predictable, perhaps, but just too perfect for me not to toss them in: The Wildlings vs the Night's Watch/Led Zeppelin vs Jimi Hendrix
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    For Elissa Farman: Orinoco Flow, Enya
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    For the Many-Faced God, singing to Dany: "Bridge Over Troubled Water", Simon and Garfunkel on Amazon Music "Bridge Over Troubled Water" When you're weary, feeling small, When tears are in your eyes I will dry them all I'm on your side Oh when times get rough And friends just can't be found Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down When you're down and out When you're on the street When evening falls so hard I will comfort you I'll take your part Oh when darkness comes And pain is all around Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down Like a bridge over troubled water I will lay me down Sail on, silver girl Sail on by Your time has come to shine All your dreams are on their way See how they shine Oh if you need a friend I'm sailing right behind Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind Like a bridge over troubled water I will ease your mind
  8. House Foyle: ruled by Morton Foyle, Knight-protector of Crazytown from MadHouse. They swear fealty to the Tyrells. Words: "It's all connected!" Sigil: 3 magpies natural in flight bearing shiny streamers in their beaks on a gray field. Morton's brother Beston is the archmaester of tinfoil at the Citadel. House Morton follows the Seven as they are primarily of Andal descent. They are not wealthy enough to own any Vayrian Steel.
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    Faceless of Death edition Jaqen H'ghar: People Are Strange, The Doors (to the House of Black and White) The Kindly Man: Don't Fear the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult (More cowbell!) Arya Stark (a girl): A Stranger, Ordo Equitum Solis (order of the Knights of the Sun) Bonus song for "Show" Arya sung by "Show" Gendry: Break My Stride, Matthew Wilder
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    Songs that Make Us Think of A Song of Ice and Fire

    Cleagnebowl in two songs, one singer: Gregor Clegane: And Sandor Clegane:
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    The appearance of The Others

    People also thought the Others were either extinct or a fantasy to begin with. That some people think they are, anyways.
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    The appearance of The Others

    From what?
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    The appearance of The Others

    Not to split hairs, but I think that there is a distinction between the White Walkers and the Others- all White Walkers are Others, but not all Others are White Walkers. I think the humanoid form is only one form taken by a polymorphous race that includes at least the White Walkers and Ice Dragons, and probably a primal or original form. As for the WWs, I picture them pretty much as shown in TWoIaF, like Sidhe made of glacial ice.
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