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13 August 2011 @ 10:31 am
I'm Back!  
I'm still sorting through all my pictures and recovering from lack of sleep, but I had loads of fun and didn't want it to end. I think I'll make a picture commentary post about it soon, once I've photo shopped them a little and made them all pretty. :) I GOT TO VISIT DC COMICS!!!!! A college friend in Virginia knew someone that worked there, and after a conversation about comics she offered to set up a tour. Which happened! And was awesome, got tons of freebies and met editors and stuff. There were quite a few women working there, which was unexpected considering the 52 lineup issues.

I also finished A Dance with Dragons.

So I’ve never been crazy about George R.R. Martin as a writer, and this book didn’t really change my opinion very much. He rambles. A lot. He describes things that aren’t important to the narrative, and skims over things that kinda are and its all very stream of consciousness, I didn’t know what I was going to write here but this happened and oh look, I kinda liked that so I think I’ll keep it, etc. etc. There’s nothing tight about this book, and it was really obvious where the rest of A Feast of Crows began and ended. Jon, Dany, and Tyrion dominated the book until they didn’t, and important characters got one or two (or no) chapters. That was frustrating and what kept me from really enjoying what was overall a pretty decent entry to the series, if not a particularly important, revelatory one.


That being said, I did enjoy the trajectory of most of the stories, especially Dany’s. She got tarnished as a ruler quite a bit, and the issues I’ve always had with her story (i.e. western, white savior to primitive brown people) were addressed in a very nice way. I think I assumed that she’d be one of the last ones standing when the dust settled, but now I’m not so sure. And I like that. While Dany was always likable, she’s just as susceptible to the arrogance and insecurities that come with that kind of power.

Tyrion and Jon’s stories were a little less compelling, though Tyrion’s had more high points that Jon’s. I’ll admit that Jon finally being proactive and making decisions was a nice change, though he was still ultimately reacting to whatever happened around him. But the wildling story is coming along nicely, and provided yet another awesome female character in Val. I did like Jon missing his brothers and sisters, and his desire to save the Arya that wasn’t really Arya broke my heart a little.

My favorite part of the book was Reek/Theon. Hands down, the most compelling story and character, and OMG, he better have a POV in Winds of Winter. Classic Shakespearean tragic character, though if he were in a Shakespeare play he’d be dead by now. I enjoyed all of the Greyjoys actually, and the Martells. The amount of time spent out of Westeros was nice surprise.

Other likes include:
Assassin Arya (that story is creepy as hell and could be it’s own book tbh)
Slave Tyrion and his relationship with Penny
Poor, poor Quentyn Martell
Ser Barristen POV chapters!!!!!;
Finally caring about Ser Jorah as a person ;
The Young Griff, Jon Connington reveal.


I’ve emotionally checked out of Cersei’s story at this point. I don’t think GRRM has any interest in her as a real character beyond punishing her for “killing Ned,” sleeping with her brother, being vain, etc. I enjoy morally grey characters, villains, whatever, but not ones that are constantly wrong about everything, and therefore ultimately end up causing their own demise. That’s boring. I’m bored with how predictable her story’s become, and that makes me sad because she was one of my favorites in the first two books.

Other dislikes:
Really missed Sansa and Littlefinger.
The Darrio/Dany story just needs to end.
A Stannis chapter would have been nice, considering what ultimately happened to him.
Ramsey Bolton is the new Joffery apparently, yet another demonic villain character that just won’t die.
Needed more Jamie and Brienne, that chapter felt like a half-assed afterthought.

Okay, I think I’m finished for now. Let me know if I forgot anything you care about etc. This book kind of exhausted me though. I think I’m kinda glad about the wait between them for the first time, it gives me a few years to recover from this one.
blackmamba_esqblackmamba_esq on August 13th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC)
I feel all kinds of important for having been on that DC tour. And I'm okay with that. ::head swells again::

GRRM needs a real editor. Like a real one. And sense I am not this far in the series I shall not respond to your thoughts on the book at this point aside from pointing out that YOU LOVE THEON, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
tokenblkgirl: Game of Thrones: Robb Starktokenblkgirl on August 14th, 2011 12:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, whatever. :P
i've got interpersonal issues and syphilisjacobella41 on August 15th, 2011 10:58 am (UTC)
not reading the spoilery things but i wanted to say WELCOME BACK! and YOU WERE MISSED and HI!
tokenblkgirltokenblkgirl on August 15th, 2011 02:02 pm (UTC)
Awww, thank you! :D :D :D
femmenoirefemmenoire on August 16th, 2011 03:44 am (UTC)
I got super excited about this post... and then realized I'd read more than half of this on tumblr. lol

I stalk you. That's how I show my love.
tokenblkgirl: Merlin: Gwen/Morganatokenblkgirl on August 17th, 2011 12:20 am (UTC)
LOL, no worries, I stalk you too.

femmenoirefemmenoire on August 18th, 2011 11:52 pm (UTC)
:D :D :D