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A Feast For Crows



I finished it last night. Here are my lingering questions/impressions.

1. What are the rusty hinges?
2. What is Littlefinger's plan that involves Sansa stark becoming Lady of the Vale? How does that benefit him?
3. What's with the tapestries that Littlfinger wants from Cersei?
4. Cersei is really, epically dumb. her problem is that she doesn't see one move ahead, she only sees the situation that she's in at the moment - hence she handed the whole kingdom over to the High Septon to get rid of Margaery.
5. Jaime is trying to both be Tywin's son, and redeem himself from being a bad guy. He can't do both.
6. "Sins can be forgiven, but crimes must be punished." Oh dear.
7. So.... the Maesters are trying to keep magic out of the world, huh? Qyburn as unlikely hero?
8. On reflection, Targaeryan power did not long outlive the Targaeryan dragons. Westeros respects only power.
9. I'm cheesed that Davos and Beric Dondarrion, two of my favorite characters, died "off screen".
10. Trading Beric for Catelyn was not a fair trade. She sucks. I didn't like her when she was alive, and I like her even less as a zombie.
11. There is a 700% increase in the mention of monkeys between ASOS and AFFC. We approve. (I'm also nearly positive this happened because I bugged George about it.)
12. Speaking of which... poor Mark Mullendore! I expect he will be the big hero of the series, once he gets another monkey.

Comments

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vis_major
Oct. 26th, 2005 01:19 pm (UTC)
I haven't read the books yet (though they're on my list, since every one of my friends raves about them), but this is just plain funny: I didn't like her when she was alive, and I like her even less as a zombie.
puabi
Oct. 27th, 2005 08:54 pm (UTC)
Do you know what I didn't understand? It was, why exactly does Jon switch the babies? What good does it do, really? Gilly's kid is still at the Wall,-- will Mel burn him? What material difference does it make which baby she burns? In short, why save Mance's son?
aghrivaine
Oct. 27th, 2005 09:31 pm (UTC)
Presumably Jon will say, "Ha ha! That's not actually Mance's son! I pulled a switcheroo, and your child is currently in Oldtown."

That way, Melisandre won't bother burning the baby, unless, like Shellefly, she just likes cooking babies for the eatin'.
lonerhino
Oct. 31st, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)
Dave,

(1)Euron probably sexually abused Damphair. Witness his irrational feelings of vulnerability and powerlessness re: Euron.

(7) Really enjoyed the whole measter driven suppression of magic revelation. Nicely done and wholly logical.

(9)Though I think Dondarrion is dead, I have an unsubstantiated hunch that Davos' death is a fake.

(11) Yeah for the increase in monkey exposure. Still too few marsupials.

(12) Re: the Dorne/Viserys connection...is that what you think Illyrio Mopatis was trying to help engineer w/ Varys? I also liked the glimpse into the true intentions, capabilities, and motivations of Doran Martell. He's not just some timid, gouty fat man.
elanya
Nov. 11th, 2005 10:40 pm (UTC)
I return to these comments now that I have read the book. Everytime I read about a monkey I *knew* it was your fault. I mean doing.

It seems like women wanting to protect their children, or have their children do well, turns them stupid and/or whiney. Witness: Caetlyn, Cercei, Lysa, Gilly.

Davos is possibly dead, but he *promises* us more Davos in the next book, so even if he *is* dead, which I kind of doubt, we'll at least see how it happened.

I'm more dissapointed about The Hound. Although, the elder talks about metaphorical death in the very same sentence, I'm dubious that this is what he meant in this case. It makes me sad. Sandor ;_;

Copious Hedge Knight references please me, though!

It also makes me kind of bitter that even though there is a new book coming out "soon", we won't get to know what happened to Brienne and Arya for ages and ages and ages ;_;

I do wonder what will happen to Margery, and whether she was really messing around, or taking moon tea for some other reason?

Okay that's all I've got for now.
aghrivaine
Nov. 11th, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
It seems like women wanting to protect their children, or have their children do well, turns them stupid and/or whiney. Witness: Caetlyn, Cercei, Lysa, Gilly.

Hmm, an interesting point. They are sort of a one-note trumpet, aren't they... seeing anything and everything through the filter of their children. It might be a bit overboard ...but at least there are more multi-textured female characters elsewhere (Olenna, Brienne, the Sand Snakes, Arya, Sansa...) But the mothers are pretty two-dimensional, aren't they?

Davos is possibly dead, but he *promises* us more Davos in the next book, so even if he *is* dead, which I kind of doubt, we'll at least see how it happened.

I don't believe it. I *won't* believe it!

I'm more dissapointed about The Hound.
I believe he was the large figure that Brienne saw burying bodies when she was travelling with the country septon - he avoided contact, and didn't the local abbot say he was a knight seeking refuge from the wars?

I do wonder what will happen to Margery, and whether she was really messing around, or taking moon tea for some other reason?

Wouldn't it be a nice irony if it was with Loras? But anyway, I suspect it's something trickier than that. I suspect she's very much Olenna's protege, and is playing a deeper game than anyone realizes.

I take full credit for the monkeys, by the way. :)
elanya
Nov. 11th, 2005 11:22 pm (UTC)
You're right about Sandor, now that I've read it over. Sometimes my brain doresn't process details, although I did *wonder. I missed the part where he is bigger than Brienne, ;) Still, I wonder if this means that he is out of it and that's the end of his tale - converted after a ner death experience and having nothing left to live for, or if he is just hiding and biding his time. I wonder if we will hear more about him.

Can you tell he is (erm, one of) my favourite character(s)?

I also am bitter that we saw so *little* of Arya, although the scene with Sam was cool, and with her killing Daeron. That confused me, though. When she gave her boss the boots, I was confused (see about re: missing details), and had to reread the first bit of chapter to assure myself that I wasn't going crazy.

Also, yes Margery intrigues me. Pardon the pun ;) As does Dorn and Littlefinger, though I'm unsurprised about the former's Targaeryen connections.

You didn't *actually* have a cameo did you, apart from being in the Tyrell household list? Not that that isn't cool ;)
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aghrivaine
Nov. 14th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
Cersei is too stupid for color tv.
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