Well we are like 4 and a halfish days from A Dance With Dragons!! Who's excited. I took my week of holiday's this summer to coincide with the book, so i can just sit there and read and read and read once to book comes out.
I've also just started re-reading Feast, fingers crossed I can get it done by Tuesday.
So sorry! If it makes you feel better, I've been glued to Fedex.com today, watching my copy SIT IN GODDAMN TENNESSEE FOR TWO DAYS! I mean, seriously, I got 2-day shipping and it still looks like I won't be getting it on time! Makes it even worse after finding out I could get it for the same price from Booksamillion by using my club card.
Well, I am 266 pages in and loving it so far. Prolly going to knock out another chapter or 2 before i head off to sleep.
Maybe if we're spoiler tagging stuff we can put how far we've gotten/end of the chapter page number. That way people who have gotten that far can scroll over it and check, but we can refrain if you have gotten farther.
pg. 135 [*spoiler] Spoilery stuff happened[/*spoiler] more words ... ect.
(note i just made up a 3 digit number I don't acctually know/remember if spoilery stuff happened on or before that page)
Finished it a couple days ago and well holy shit fuck. Lots of good stuff and lots of well not bad stuff but stuff that makes me go holy shit fuck. Unfortunately this book felt only like half a book and I don't mean in the way how feast for crows and this on are happening at the same time for the most part. I mean like almost every point of view ended while in climax/cliffhanger mode and now i have to wait who knows how long to find out what holy shit fuck is going to happen.
Just started reading A Game Of Thrones and it's pretty good so far, 16 pages in. I am wondering, though, how do you guys read it? There seems to be vocabulary I don't really know (and could break the flow when I go look them up in the dictionary) and seems to be a lot of characters on the get-go.
There are a lot of characters at the beginning of the series, which is especially daunting for new readers. You'll start to remember who the majority of people are on your own, but there's something very magical in the back of every book: an appendix, that lists every major character, what House they're in, and how they're related to people. Extremely helpful early on. Other than that, pay attention and you'll get it.
Second, the vocabulary I can't much help with. If you don't know the words, try using context clues in the words around it to get a vague idea of what it means. There are a few words author George Martin uses that aren't words at all. Maester, for one, is basically an advanced scholar in a land that doesn't have uniform education. These people know how to read and write easily, stargazing, and a lot more. Ser might be a real world in countries other than the U.S., but it's basically a knight's title.
God....I'm halfway through the first book and it feels like I've read three books.....not because its long. I read 1000 books all the time. But because its so rich and complex. They are...what five or six main characters....and he weaves each of their story together in a book that equally fantasy as it is political intrigue
Watched up to Episode 6 - A Golden Crown of the HBO series and yeah, it helps with the pronunciation of the names. As well as give faces to the characters (Thaaank you, Peter Dinklage). Though, I think I'm gonna stop at that episode. It's messing up my memory of what I've read in the book, especially the order of the events (just like you said).
Anyways, a friend had told me there were no bad guys in A Song Of Ice and Fire. It was just humans and nations/politics with their problems. No clear-cut, black and white bad guys but just can't help seeing the Lannister twins as the bad guys and anybody else conspiring with them (except for Tyrion, he is still a neutral character from what I've read [and watched] so far). I guess I'm siding with Stark and the realm under King Robert instead of the time before.
I love that. Read a Jon chapter and see there's a Tyrion chapter next and say "Nooo! I don't care what's happening to Tyrion! Stay with Jon!" Then all of a sudden you're at the end of the Tyrion chapter and there's a Dany chapter. "Nooo! I don't care what's happening to Dany! Stay with Tyrion!" Hey look the next chapter is Jon. "Nooo! I don't care what's happening to Jon! Stay with Dany!"