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Dr Blood-Snake

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In Topic: Game of Thrones: What about Ygritte, Jon?

13 June 2016 - 02:59 PM

Yeah, found this one a massive let down. It was more filler, this time with extra filling! The Hound's scenes were the best, but I just couldn't build up any enthusiasm for it. Oh look, Sandor's killing some guys and giving out one-liners. I remember reading a comment where someone mentioned that without GRRM's writing guiding it, Tyrion's dialogue has essentially become a parody of it's self. I'm not so keen on Cracked, but they keep making a joke about 'Trust-fund Tyrion' and it certainly hits the nail on head.

The trailer for the next episode looks sick though, and there's probably not much plot to screw up, at least.


In Topic: The "What are you currently reading" thread.

12 June 2016 - 11:09 AM

 

Unfortunately the quality of the series declines fairly sharply after that. Still better than the show though. Come on, GRRM, you old creep, finish the books!  :angryfist:

I'm hoping the drop-off in quality is due to the action packed events of Storm of Swords and the need to reset the board for the next cycle of the story. GRRM mentioned that he initially had a 'five year gap' planned but ended up relying too much on flashbacks for it to work, so I'm kinda hoping AFFC and ADWD are the events of the five year gap and that the next ones will be a return to form (though I can't dampen the voice in my head that's telling me GRRM has lost control of the story and now has no idea what to do with the rest of it and the next two books will just be wheeling the characters into their final-act positions).

 

I'm currently (re)reading Luna: New Moon. There's a TV adaptation coming up which I guarantee will be billed as 'GoT in spaaaaaaace' but the book is so much more than that. It's set on a near-future moon and a lot of the technology is quite familiar (3D printing, social networks, some biotech stuff) but the culture is very different. There is no criminal law on this moon, only contract law and everything is negotiable. The story follows the Corta family, one of five corporate families who essentially run the moon (which is where the GoT comparison comes in) and their power struggles. The setting and characterisations are second to none, and this is a theme I've noticed with this author, in that he's happy to spend a couple of hundred pages letting the story plod on in the background in favour of character development and (very very well done) exposition. I can see how some wouldn't like that but it was just so well executed that I didn't care. The fact that the meat of the plot happens in the last 150 pages or so worked really well. It's like the story just starts to ramp up, getting faster and faster and suddenly everything's just happening all at once. The epilogue contrasts with the hectice couple of preceding chapters, in that it's slow, allows you to take stock and sets up the sequel very nicely. This is one for the 'grown-ups' but slightly more restrained than ASoIaF imo (most of his scenes are tamer than GRRMs, though there is one that goes beyond Martin's usual) and it's one of the best sci-fi that I've read in the last 12 months (in a year that's had some pretty brilliant books in it), though I can see that it wouldn't be to everyone's taste. 


In Topic: Game of Thrones: What about Ygritte, Jon?

07 June 2016 - 11:15 AM

I don't know, I think it says something that Arya got stabbed like five times this week and we all know she's going to be perfectly fine. This is the show that decapitated its main character in season one, and now death scenes have become so meaningless that we don't even believe them.

 

I think this was my main problem with the last episode. We see the Waif stab Arya 'a couple of times' (reminiscent of how Robb Stark's wife was stabbed imo) and even twist the knife! It's a mortal wound, and then she went into the river! I dunno, maybe the Waif does kill her and takes her face, maybe the Facelessmen never wanted a girl to become no one but are playing some other kind of game. Dunno, but I think I like that more than Arya surviving. Who knows, maybe they reveal something next week that totally explains it and the previous paragraph will look very silly :P

In contrast to the Hold The Hodor episode, I didn't like this one so much. It felt mostly filler (which the previous one was a bit too, but did it much better) but maybe because large chunks were taken from AFFC?


In Topic: Game of Thrones: What about Ygritte, Jon?

25 May 2016 - 03:45 PM

Yeah, Hodor being a Narm'd version of "Hold the door" is one of those neat "OOOOOOOH" moments, but I imagine it would work so much better in text (if GRRM would ever write it). Having to watch a chubby kid shouting "HERDADER" for five minutes at the dramatic climax of your zambambo fight just makes for goofy TV.

I dunno, I thought it kinda worked but I do think that it might be because the realisation of it dawned on me throughout the scene and the whole thing together worked for me. That said, maybe if I rewatched it, knowing how the scene plays out it would seem goofier. 

I'm also slightly concerned about the wider story implications of the scene, I hope it doesn't BSG on us ala all this happened before and Bran did it. 

 

What's everyone's opinion on 'The Great Northern Conspiracy' btw? Is it dead?