Friday, July 29, 2011

A Dance with Dragons...75% ish

OK - so now I am getting to the point of - what the heck? Is this story going to move forward at all?

As a co-worker said to me after she listened to the audio book - that is time I will never get back. And, I am starting to agree with her.

Without providing spoilers, I cannot go into too many details...but this book now totally reinforces in my head the GRR Martin has lost this story and really does not know what to do or how to finish it.

With that being said - maybe the last 25% is filled with world changing and inspiring events - but I really do not think so.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Dance with Dragons - Halfway there...

So - I am halfway through the book and I have an Areo Hotah chapter - which pretty much syncs up with the end of 'A Feast for Crows', the 4th book.

That did not take long!!!

I believe Martin's claim all along was that this book ended up being too long so he wanted to divide it in half, but instead of cutting it at the halfway mark, he cut it in half based on the North and the South characters...so I am surprised that it was only halfway through Book 5 that we are already caught up and further backs the notion that Martin took the better part of 10 years to figure out what the heck to do with the story that had gotten away from him...just my opinion though.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Dance with Dragons....The North

So...about 26% throught the book...

There is mention of plenty of Northern characters, much to my delight. We hear about Mors and Hothor Umber (maybe a bit too much info about why Hothor is called the Whoresbane). We also hear about the Boltons and plenty of Freys, along with the mountain clans (Liddle).

We also get a good look at White Harbor and House Manderly, along with mentions regarding the Karstarks, Ryswells, and some others.

Pretty cool stuff - now even more depressed that I had to cancel my plans for Gen Con :(

On the house front - my ceiling will be repaired early next week...woohoo!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Dance with Dragons

Only about 20% through so far (thanks to my kindle for the specific status of my reading) and have to say it is so nice to read about Tyrion, Jon, Dany, and Bran again. It is taking some getting used to in regards to properly fiiting these chapters in context with Feast of Crows chapters, but it is not too distracting.

Will be interesting to see how my stuff in the North plays out...but I am liking what I am reading so far...plenty of stories to play off of for the RPG.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Real Life and Stuff

I am sorry to say that my house decided to crap on me once again (back on May 30 - my birthday), and my insurance has decided that it will not be covered (what a surprise).

I am currently half living out my house and also living with the in-laws. My house needs to get work done and I just cannot justify my trip to Indianapolis this year when my family is still not at home.

My apologies to any and all who signed up for my games. For those that have stuck with me in the past - even more apologies that I won't be there with my new adventure.

I am contacting Gen Con today to cancel my events...this was a hard decision, but I needed to make it.

Jerry