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    ASOIAF or Memory Sorrow and Thorn?

    George has been written Aryas since the 70s. Marya pretends to be a boy to make it out of the castle and to reach her uncle Joshua. But she's no tomboy, nor interested in learning to handle a sword. That said, Marya was one of the first fleshed out female POV characters in decades of fantasy that almost always was written with male protagonists. WoT introduced female protagonists too, many more, but they were barely realistic imo. Marya was complex, real to me. But no, I do not think of her as Arya whatsoever. And I have read MST since it was published every few years.
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    ASOIAF or Memory Sorrow and Thorn?

    Yeah, sure, so interesting that the reddit poster had to include "long descriptions of food" as a comparison ETA: If 90% of it was based on MST, Jon would have grown up as a kitchen boy alongside Myrcella in the Red Keep. And then Myrcella would run off with him together after her brother Joffrey gets the throne.
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    ASOIAF or Memory Sorrow and Thorn?

    GRRM's endng was blacked out. And no, in MST, Miri and Simon didn't grow up as half-siblings, nor are they first cousins.
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    ASOIAF or Memory Sorrow and Thorn?

    I wrote a reply to one of the twitterers claiming George ripped/plagiarized MST and this one And this one Now, it's not just my tweets that are important here, but two significant people who liked them: 1 & 3 liked by Tad Williams 2&3 liked by Tad Williams' wife Meanwhile his wife tweeted this After MST comes another trilogy and there's a post-immediately-after-MST too... so 6 out of 7 have been published. That happy Simon-Miri ending of MST is sort of on the rocks 30 years later... and so it goes. Tad himself retweeted this today: /thread
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    Puns and Wordplay

    Yes, both Dany and Cersei end up hairless. Cersei even loses her pubic hair. Dany's hair is burned twice, and twice her heir that never gets to take its first breath. Rhaego is born dead long years before, and Dany's hair is burned in the pyre, after she is told the prophecy when she will see Drogo again (never), when she will have a child (never). She loses her hair once again during the events of Daznak's Pit, and miscarries her heir in the Dothraki Sea. Cersei was prophesied that she would have three children, but that they would all die before her. There is no information on Jon Arryn's hair, but Lysa Tully still had lush locks of hair I believe. Stannis has shadow babies and his brother's by-blows. But his own direct heir Shireen we expect to die. What about the Prince of Dorne? He has his hair I believe, but Norvosi women shave theirs off and wear a wig. Arya's hair is shaved as well at the moment. Will she allow to grow it back? Xaro of Qarth is bald too. He regularly asked Dany to marry him, but she refused, for he prefers men. Hizdahr too went almost-shavepate. There's likely something with altered hair-color too, but no idea yet what either. It's usually a dye to hide they are an heir, unless you're Tyroshi (except for Daario methinks).
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    Puns and Wordplay

    Not sure if it has been brought up yet, and if it was my apologies. How about hairlines/heirlines. George makes his eunuchs bald. Real world eunuchs actually didn't go bald. But eunchs have no heir, so George makes them have no hair. There are some Lords in Westeros with "receding hairlines" - Tywin, Jeor, Jorah, Stannis... It's not just their hairlines, but also their heirlines that are receding. So, does this apply to women being shaved or having their hair burned off as well? Dany lost her hair after Rhaego died, and she lost it again not long before she miscarries. Cersei was even shaved at the pubic area.
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    Who is Quaithe?

    I like Jon. Don't want him making incest babies with Dany whatsoever.
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    Who is Quaithe?

    It is. Dany's the venomous dragon of Saint George's myth (the basic root of Serwyn of the Mirror Shield legend). Everything she touches in pursuit of power, every land she crosses, every group she associates with, no matter how she may want to protect them or liberate them or save them... it all becomes an immense horror show: from the attack to the Lhazareen, to Eroeh's fate; Astapor... And yes, even Dany herself thinks to herself that whatever she tries it all turns to dross. She manages to achieve peace in Meereen, but then Drogon shows up. Hell, she even sacrifices her own dragonseeds in the process. Meereen will go the same horrific route as Astapor did, just far slower: already started. Pale Mare is galloping through Meereen, and will be racing faster in tWoW. Selmy fears the blue graces are dead already from the pale mare. Viserion and Rhaegal have destroyed several of the pyramids. It's all slowly but surely starting to crumble. Unlike the "abomination we don't speak of here", Meereen will be a complete failure. So, far the only being she actually managed to "save" was Drogon. Everybody else she liberated to die for or because of her. I do think she abolishes slavery overall in Slaver's Bay. Taking Dothraki and biggest sellsword companies and destroying the slave-maker and slave-market cities Yunkai, Astapor, Meereen and Volantis will ensure that. All the others may want to buy slaves but without catchers and markets, that won't happen.
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    Tyrek Lannister theories?

    Did they? They were not acting with great discretion when Bran could catch them in the act, or when they fucked with Robert sleeping on a rug at their feet, or when Jaime fucked her beside the body of dead Joffrey in Baelor's Sept. I would never refer to such behavior as discreet at all, let alone "with great discretion", but the opposite - quite reckless. And it depicts they got a thrill out of sleeping with each other in risky circumstances. Hmmm, let's see As for Tyrek's personality: doesn't matter. He was too young when he disappeared to be sexually active, and only Lancel was implied to having been actively trying to do stuff for Cersei. Lancel is a sinner, repentant sure, but he's got blood on his hands and can be painted as a jilted lover. Cersei's defence cannot do that with Tyrek. And Tyrek independently corroborating Cersei's words that gave Lancel the idea would certainly boost her guilt in the eyes of judges.
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    Arianne's snitch

    Yes, Arianne's seduction of Arys may have been well played, but both she and the Sand Snakes come across as summer children so green behind the ears you can smell the grass. And then when you have the actual chapter where Arianne and Co abduct Myrcella and intend to "runaway" and crown her, almost all of Arianne's friends read like these super naive teens on a field trip they only planned out less than half of the way. Only Arys acts weary enough, but even he is quite naive we know from Sansa's chapters. Gerold Dayne is the sole man within the team who comes across as an adult knowing what he's about, and he's up to no good. So, yeah, team amatueur plotting treason less than half the way acting as if it's a field trip. I also agree that both Areo and Doran do not actually reveal how they came to know of it, exactly because Arianne needs to learn to be less trusting with people, even those who are indeed loyal to her, but just way too naive and trusting of others themselves. However, we do get tips that Garin is the most naive and easiest talker of all, and also the one who was necessary to help make the contacts for the first leg of the journey. Sylva and Drey are written as far less knowledgeable of the actual route that was planned out, and are going along to please Arianne.
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    Arianne's snitch

    Yes, we even get the warning between Jon and Arya: "Don't tell Sansa!" early on, because she cannot keep something to herself. Doran specifically points out that Garin is a well intended blab, and Arianne actually thinks of Orphans and Garin as gossips and boasters herself, but fails to make the realisation that Garin blabbing about others to her, also can work the other way around.
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    Tyrek Lannister theories?

    Thank you. (Gal actually) It certainly fits with the timing that Illyrio sent a ship to Qarth to fetch Dany with her young dragons back to Pentos, while Westeros was torn apart in civil war by several claimants, and Lannister armies were getting beat up in the Riverlands and Renly and Stannis were fighting one another.
  13. That is the big question isn't it? Notice how Will warns Waymar to leave the sword behind and instead get a dagger, and later the "trees" try to rid Royce of his sword and cloak. Not only did they slaughter Royce with a huge number of Others (six!), but that sword was splintered into pieces, the cloak slashed several times as if they not only wanted to kill Waymar, but destroy the sword and cloak as well. And Will was left alone up in the tree, that tried to glue him to itself with its sticky sap... Only when Will comes out of the tree (at night) and PICKS up the remainder of the sword is he attacked by a wighted Waymar. (The sword was 'black steel' btw) Well, we don't know what happened between the time that Gared was left at the tree, where he crossed, whether he had help, whether that help might have given instructions... The possibilities of what happened to Gared are too many to condemn him right out of the bat without knowing more, and become more numerous the more you learn about the Wall and allied activity north of the Wall. It's not like he was doing what the NW man did that Bran encounters in the forest later on his horseride.
  14. Waymar had the arrogance of being a knight, being of nobility and being youthful. It is clear that Will is amenable, someone who tries to make compromises and be helpful. Will is not one to debate with Royce and thus will not question his authority. Gared as the far more experienced ranger can characteristically question Royce's authority far easier. Men who've ranged for two decades are well respected amongst the NW. And though the NW does lean to putting men of nobility in commanding positions, common born men with experience can rise high in ranks too. Gared heeds the warnings of the trees, the wolf and the wind, because they actually mean something, something that Royce would have considered old Nan tales. And ye, kudoz on mistaken Royce making a brave but pointless stand.
  15. Gared was ordered to remain with the horses and no fire. Meanwhile the missing wildlings we are sure have turned into something like Waymar Royce at the end (wights). They certainly were not at the scene of Waymar, so it is entirely possible they shambled into Gared. Did he run immediately? Or did he put up a fight? He might have, until more came and even more and a dagger does nothing against them. It's not as if NW brothers running from wights can be argued to be cowardly given later events. He gets through the Wall somewhere, but not via Castle Black (which is entirely possible). George avoids giving us a word per word account of what Gared says to the men who "captured" him and to Ned. We only learn of Ned's and Jon's general assessment of it, which may be a very mistaken assessment. It is entirely possible that Gared wished to alert the Starks.
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