Friday, August 29, 2014
All right! Friday! My favorite day of the week. Not only is it currently the only day of the week where I have time to dip into a chapter of A Storm of Swords, it also heralds the coming of weekend, which in turn brings more smiles all around. Coupled with nice late-summer weather, one can only be grateful for living in a (relatively) quiet corner of the world, though the news likes to remind me just how beyond repair the human race seems to be. Sigh. Anyway; speaking of beyond repair; here's Tyrion's ninth chapter, the sixty-seventh of this magnificent volume of awesomeness. It's a chapter with a lot of characters and a lot of talk, so let's see if Martin can keep us interested and excited in spite of that.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Wow!! I had completely forgotten the release of Assail, Ian C. Esslemont's sixth Malazan Empire novel which also serves to backend Erikson's main cycle.
Weird how I kind of just forgot about the most interesting book of the year (for me personally).
I bought it before giving myself the chance to even consider waiting until I have finished my other books. Which is dumb because it will probably be half the price soon enough, but I really need a Malazan fix and I am quite curious about how Esslemont will wrap it all up.
But four days. Why haven't I seen or heard anything? This is big!
Hello and welcome to the latest re-read of A Storm of Swords! This time I'm tackling chapter 66, Arya's twelfth, which means I have fifteen chapters and an epilogue left. I am still amazed today, fourteen years after my first read, by the scope and complexity, the characterizations and, of course, the shocks, that this massive tome provides. And even though I have previously called A Clash of Kings my favorite book in the series, I think I must now retract that statement and properly announce Storm as the best book in the series, even though it takes a little dive after the Red Wedding, but that is more due to my expectations for where the story could go and not having those expectations met. This is the main reason why I look forward to re-read A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, hoping that now that I know where and how the story-lines move, I can read the story without being too bothered how Martin kind of did a massive perspective shift from King's Landing, the North, and the Riverlands to encompass a much larger world, with the Iron Islands, Dorne, and Essos becoming so much more prominent backgrounds.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
But still. BUT STILL. But still the wait for The Winds of Winter is harder. Maybe because the production of Star Wars has been on a roll since they started shooting back in May, there's this seemingly unceasing work being done to reach completion at a set date - December, 2015. With Winter (and the two books before it), we know nothing - well, except for a few teaser chapters and the endless dissecting of existing books in the search for clues and foreshadowing. Now I wish there was a way for people to have a peek at Martin at work, so they could relay spy reports to us. Some tantalizing rumors that may turn out to be false, but which would have us all discussing. Imagine a website reporting that "Jon is not going to be warging Ghost!" That rumor alone - false or not - would give us all something to debate and have fun with, speculating what else Martin could choose to do with Jon than the most obvious prediction, and the wait for the next novel in the series would be all the more fun.
Oh well. I'll be reading another chapter of A Storm of Swords later this week, all the while secretly hoping for an update on The Winds of Winter but also knowing there probably won't be any. Until then, may it rain a little less on your house than it does on mine.