Amph A Song of Ice and Fire: Spoilers Allowed Discussion Thread (now with ADWD spoilers)

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  1. Sebulba-X •X C2 C3 MW RSA•

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    I downloaded mine this morning while waiting for my coffee...got thru the prologue and a little into the first chapter. :D
  2. Coruscant Force Ghost

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    I have mine. :)

    Now to start the prologue...
  3. Quixotic-Sith Manager Emeritus

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    I just picked mine up (print).

    I have to balance my desire to read it with balancing my professional responsibilities (like reading the new edition of the textbook and revising my lectures, as well as a stack of articles for a book proposal on empirical approaches to bioethics). So I don't think I'll be doing any all-nighters with ADWD.

    ;)
  4. Coruscant Force Ghost

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    Thoughts as I go along

    Finished the prologue. <begin Prologue-only spoilers>Varamyr is the first prologue PoV to kinda-sorta survive the prologue, isn't he? I've also noticed a pattern. The odd-numbered books have prologues that take place Beyond the Wall, and the even-numbered ones take place in the South (Dragonstone and Oldtown). With this definitive answer about what can happen to a skinchanger when he dies, I wonder if something of the same might happen to Jon Snow, especially since it's such a coincidence that Varamyr was thinking of him shortly before his "second life." "Varamyr" is an awesome name, btw.</end>
  5. GrandAdmiralJello Community and Lit moderator person

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    I have my hard and kindle copies now. Don't plan on reading yet. I'm rather irritated that the kindle version doesn't seem to have page numbers listed, unlike the rest of the series.
  6. Point Given Mod of Literature and Community

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    So the book was delivered today, despite Amazon saying it was delayed so that's awesome. But I just reached a part of the book...


    HOLY ****

    That is all.


  7. Jabba-wocky Chosen One

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    And so begins that greatest of all test of wills: self-control.
  8. GrandAdmiralJello Community and Lit moderator person

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  9. Coruscant Force Ghost

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    I'm four chapters in (including the Prologue).

    Tyrion 1: It looks like Tyrion's external arc will take him to Daenerys. Tyrion is a broken, lost man. There seems to be an internal desire in Tyrion to find Tysha, maybe another internal arc will take him to her? "Wherever whores go."

    Dany 1: This chapter parallels the early Cersei one from AFFC. Both queens are holding court, receiving petitions from their people. The Harpy's Sons are going to be a menace throughout the book. Dany is trying to learn how to rule.

    Jon 1: Jon and Dany are not being pragmatic, I think. Jon could bend a little, let Stannis put southron lords in the empty castles along the walls. As usual, despite everything we know about the character, Stannis is one of the most paradoxically humorous characters. Major lulz at his bitching about everything. "Why are we sending away this wet nurse? Oh, she's a whore? GOOD! I will suffer no abominations!" Jon isn't as uncomfortable around Melisandre as Davos, I think. Melisandre really seems to like him.

    So amazing to read three chapters in a row about Tyrion, Dany, and Jon. Haven't heard from these guys since I first read ASOS six years ago! And now for a Bran chapter...
  10. RolandofGilead Manager Emeritus

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    Just had time for the prologue and first chapter during lunch. I'm hooked all over again.
  11. Kyptastic VIP

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    OMG (Tyrion 4)This will complicate things for Dany. I thought the theories were farfetched - I'd like to see how it's explained
  12. Point Given Mod of Literature and Community

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    HOLY ****
  13. RolandofGilead Manager Emeritus

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    I obviously need to read a bit more in order to know what the hell you're all talking about.
  14. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    Not sure what the HOLY **** refers to, but I've read a fair bit and it's funny to see some fan theories confirmed. I guess after this long someone at least was sure to hit upon the right answer. :p
  15. DarthXan318 Manager Emeritus

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    I'm about 20% into the book (yay Kindle version only showing percentage and not page numbers!)

    Impressions so far:

    1. Aegon lives! Well there's one fan theory confirmed, but it's gonna complicate things greatly for Dany ...

    2. What the hell is Dany doing? She needs to just give up on the city already and go back to Westeros, it's hopeless. What does she hope to learn from trying to govern a hostile city whose main trade (and source of power, and source of income) she abolished? (Actually, a lot of characters in this book so far spend a lot of time doing hopeless things and failing at them, it's amazing.)

    3. I love Tyrion. Tyrion is the best character in the whole series. I was hoping for him to reach Dany, but now it looks like Jorah's carting him back to Cersei...

    4. BLOODRAVEN IS ALIVE. AND HE IS THE THREE-EYED-CROW. OMG I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING.
  16. Point Given Mod of Literature and Community

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    For the record, these were my two HOLY **** moments.
  17. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    Oh, I expected those.

    Though I'm not convinced on the first.
  18. DarthXan318 Manager Emeritus

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    I reckon the first is probably true because GRRM's been suspiciously cagey about Aegon's fate in previous interviews. Why confirm Rhaenys' death but refuse to say anything about Aegon's, unless he planned to bring him back?
  19. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    Because if he said straight out that Aegon was dead and then he appeared everyone would know he was a fake. Remember Dany had a vision in the house of the Undying of a mummer's dragon - aka an actor costumed to look like a dragon.
  20. DarthXan318 Manager Emeritus

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    I forgot about that. :eek: That's a very good point...
  21. Point Given Mod of Literature and Community

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    Finished the book (yep I knocked off over 1000 pages in 14 hours)

    Sooooooooooo many cliffhangersssssssss
  22. Coruscant Force Ghost

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    Before I went to bed late last night, I was a little less than a third of the way through the book. I closed the book after reading the fourth Dany chapter.

    I freaked the **** out when Tyrion started drowning in that river. After a few chapters, I got the biggest smile on my face seeing his name at the top of a chapter again. So, Little Griff is the baby Prince Aegon, huh? So he'd be about 18-20 years old now...

    Back to the reading!
  23. RolandofGilead Manager Emeritus

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    Until I finish the book, this thread is officially OFF LIMITS!
  24. MarcusP2 Games and Community Reaper

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    Finished the book. So....Wyman Manderly turned out to be a complete badass. Cooking Freys in a pie? Getting his neck cut open and walking it off? Hiding Davos and then sending him off to find Rickon? (Though I dunno where this terrifying place is. Skagos maybe.) Building and hiding an entire battle fleet? Go Lord Too-Fat.
  25. New_York_Jedi Force Ghost

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    Done.Didn't realize there was any doubt about Aegon being dead, so I was fairly surprised to see that turned up and thought it was kind of lame. I'll have to reread the series...again...to see if its really hinted at. Glad to see Varys make an appearance at the end; I was wondering all book where he was at. I'm getting kind of sick of the Slavers Bay stuff- they need to head back west, and soon. Hope Jon isn't dead (and that we don't need ten years to confirm), and GRRM is still playing coy with his heritage.

    Nothing from the Vale of Arryn or Oldtown, damn.
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