A Dance with Dragons

Winter is coming…

…and goddammit Martin, HURRY UP AND FINISH YOUR BOOK ALREADY!!!!!

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A Dance with Dragons was just as much fun, and just as frustrating, as all the rest of the series. Except, now, there is no “rest of the story” at this point. I know more is coming, but I can’t just grab the next book off the shelf and holy cow what a cliff hanger. Multiple cliff hangers!!!!!!

The timeline here is a bit confusing, since it overlaps with A Feast for Crows. You see Samwell Tarly back with Jon at the wall, and it makes absolutely no sense…until you remember he hasn’t left yet! For the first half of the book, the chronology is the same as the previous book, it is just a different set of narrators. Then, the timeline slowly starts to align again, and by the end of the book, everything has converged and moved on.

Oh, and remember how troubled I was about Theon Greyjoy’s storyline? We see him again here, finally. And wow, I had no idea how much the show had elaborated on his torture. No WONDER I was so confused about him. On one hand, it does show more about how Theon became the damaged Reek, but geez guys. That’s a lot of torture to add, that isn’t actually written into a pretty heavy book. In the book, everyone just assumes he’s dead. And now they’ve already shown the Asha card–she’s already tried to go in and rescue him once and failed. How are they going to get him out the second time?

I am really looking forward to seeing how Maisie Williams does Arya’s time in the Temple of the Many Faced God. That’s going to be a really interesting part to play!

And, of course, I have a lot of thoughts…mostly screaming…about the ending. But, I’ve given away a lot of spoilers already, so I better keep my mouth shut.

 

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HURRY UP GEORGE RR MARTIN!!! WINTER IS COMING!!!

 

December Read-A-Thon | Wrap Up!

I’m always both sad to see a Readathon end…and a bit relieved. Sad, because Readathons are FUN! Everyone reads as much as they possibly can, we put aside everything else and go into marathon reading mode. Many of us forgo all TV and any other activities and plow through as many books we possibly can. There are reading sprints, friendly competitions. I always keep track of how much I’m reading each day and try to beat my numbers.

But, by the end of it, I’m usually ready for a TV day. My brain is worn OUT. It doesn’t help that I’m in the middle of rereading Game of Thrones right now, either!

So, how’d I do?

Books Read:

A Feast for Crows by George RR Martin

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

The Suicide Index by Joan Wickersham

Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo (Page 1-57)

Backpacks and Brastraps by Savannah Grace

A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin (Up to Page 408)

Plus a short story per day, usually 3-7 pages.

Pages Read:  2,900

 

I did all but one of the challenges. Sorry Saturday…I just am not graphically inclined enough to recreate a book cover!

 

I skipped over The Iliad, which technically was on my TBR list before most of these, but that would have sucked up the whole challenge time. I will read that soon, I promise. I also am overdue on an ARC, but it’s only readable on my tablet, which died right before the Readathon started. Yikes! Other than that, I think I did pretty well. I would have been able to read a higher number of books if I hadn’t been reading Martin, but I got through a lot of actual pages, so I’m happy with the turnout.

A Feast for Crows

Can I just tell you how excited I am for the next season of Game of Thrones? When last season ended, I could not remember what was going to come next. Even when I finished reading A Storm of Swords, I was left with a feeling of hesitation and fear, because so much happens in that book that surely nothing else could happen to top it. What else could possibly happen?

But, this is George RR Martin we are talking about. His brain never stops working, and his world never stops turning.

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I have a lot of thoughts on this one, so I’m going to continue with my list, as I have been doing:

  • Martin starts introducing a lot of random narrators in Feast. The chapter headings, aside from our most lead roles (Jaime, Cersei, Brienne), are not necessarily people’s names anymore, but descriptors. A narrator might only have one chapter, or they may have a different description each time. It gets a very confusing. Just give me their name so I know who the chapter is about. Be consistent! I’m not sure why he started doing this all of the sudden.
  • “Drowned God”–You get baptized by actually drowning the boys and then giving them CPR (breath of life). If they live, they are blessed and loved by God. Holy Shit.
  • I’ve always wondered if Syrio and Jaqen were the same man. Jaqen almost seemed to know Arya already, was so keen to help her, and so good at killing. Could Syrio have escaped Death and changed faces?
  • When this past season came out, I heard so much about Lady Stoneheart, and why didn’t we see her…but she is just now coming about at the end of this book. I didn’t even remember who she was when people were talking about her. She didn’t really fit into the storyline so soon after the Red Wedding, but I wonder if maybe we will see her in this next season. She’ll have to fit into Brienne’s questing, you’d think?

The biggest thing I’m struggling with, between the books and the show is the utter lack of Theon/Reek. For all anyone knows, up to this point, everyone thinks he is dead. Ramsey attacked him, and there was a brief mention of him being flayed, but no one has heard hide nor hair of him since. But in the show, we’ve already seen his torture. Asha stormed in, tried to rescue him. Ramsay even cleaned him up and used him to be Theon again. The timeline is completely off. I know I’m going to see him soon, but I can’t figure out why that plotline was sped up so much. It’s so out of place. His story is the one I have the hardest time grasping, for some reason.

I was talking to someone at the pub the other night, and they told me Martin based the series off the Wars of the Roses, which, now that I hear that, makes absolute sense. Why I had never realized that…I feel like an idiot now. It makes a lot of plot points much clearer. I really want to do more research into his writing process and where his world is based. Now that I’m rereading everything again it just all seems so familiar. I am completely in love with it all.

WWW Wednesday 12/3/2014

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What are you currently reading?

The Camelot Conspiracy by E. Duke Vincent

 

What did you just finish reading?

A Storm of Swords by George RR Martin

Breeder by KB Hoyle (This is an ARC and part of a blog tour, so the review won’t be posted until Dec. 10.)

I Grew My Boobs in China by Savannah Grace

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

The Masqueraders by Georgette Heyer

A Feast For Crows by George RR Martin

Favorite Series

I am absolutely loving my second read through of The Game of Thrones. The world of Westeros and beyond is completely fascinating and there is just so much depth to everything George RR Martin has written. It’s hard to believe this is fiction and fantasy instead of something out of our history books. I want it to be real. I expect to look at an old map and find the Seven Kingdoms somewhere. This is almost more of my legend than King Arthur and his court.

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Can you tell which ones I’ve gotten though? I’m a little hard on my paperbacks. These are going to be torn to shreds in a few years.

A Storm of Swords

I did not realize JUST how much happened in A Storm of Swords. I knew this book covered most of the last season of the show, but I also knew that Martin spread the timeline out over two books. (A Feast for Crows covers the same chronological timeframe for the most part, just with different character POV.) It didn’t register with me, though, that I would see all of the really major BOOM BOOM BOOM plot points here. For those of you who have read the books, or seen the show, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

For those of you who haven’t…I won’t tell you. Just get ready. Be prepared to set aside time for this book. And wine. Lots and lots of wine.

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The only real individual thought I have noted down for this one is regarding Arya:

I always forget how long Arya’s journey is. Everyone else’s lives vary and are exciting, noteable. But Arya fades into the background so much, even though she probably has the hardest battles of everyone. Her pain is constant, with no end in sight, wave after wave of older men taking advantage or using her for her name or ransom, taking her in a direction she doesn’t want to go. She is wholly driven, almost made sociopathic by her motivations and circumstances. She kills without emotion or remorse, even her “prayers” are murderous and revengeful.