Again, no time for a proper review, because ASOIAF books would deserve something of epic proportions. Random thoughts, favourite characters and/or quot...moreAgain, no time for a proper review, because ASOIAF books would deserve something of epic proportions. Random thoughts, favourite characters and/or quotes as well as a question or two ; ) [Even if I did not list them, my favourites from the last book remain. No major change in my perception of the characters yet.]
Favourite characters things & comments Davos: I really like his straightforwardness and that he always tried his best to be honest with Stannis. I kind of pitied him, when he had to deal with Melisandre. It was really trying for him and I just do not like her very much. Too set in her beliefs and I just cannot deal with people believing in only black and white.
Littlefinger's schemes (though I am no fan of Littlefinger himself, only admire his 'endeavours') Tyrion & Varys Tyrion & Littlefinger (Oh, the intellectual sparring.) Arya & Gendry Tyrion's schemes Danaery's pelt (of a white lion *^*)
Sansa: Growing up, learning that the world is not like her stories at all. Slowly she grows stronger in that quiet, slightly naive way of hers. I truly enjoy seeing that. She learns the harsh ways of the world, but seems able to still carry some kind of 'innocence' about her. 'Defiant in thoughts, compliant in words.' I also like her faith and beliefs. "If I am ever queen, I'll make them love me." I love how she takes over the women a little, after Cersei 'looses it' and storms away. It shows a kind of 'womanly strength' that is similar to her mother's.
The Hound: Continues to be interesting, but frightening nonetheless. I like it that he calls Sansa "little bird", but that also frightens me a bit since it might have an ugly sexual connotation. It frightened me when Sansa found him under her bed, but I also thought it so very interesting - again - that he needs her to really look at his face. Even though I was always frightened for Sansa, it touched me that her singing made him cry.
Brienne: I wonder if she is really "ugly" or only perceived as such because she does not fit the beauty standards for womenladies in Westeros. Was she in love with Renly? And why? Did she know him more intimately from somewhere? "I never held him but as he died." I truly like that she swears allegiance to Catelyn. "There are walls around this one higher than Winterfell's", says Catelyn about her. Brienne's reason for swearing her path: "But you have courage. Not... battle courage perhaps, but... I don't know a kind of woman's courage."
Asha seems interesting. Although maybe overconfident? Time will tell. Arya: I adore how she keeps going through the lessons she learned from Syrio. She cleverly uses them to keep her wits about her. I fear for her though, not wanting to care about people because she "will just lose them tomorrow". I thoroughly enjoyed her journey and how she kept going, changing 'identities' as if they were cloaks. Arya has to learn that not all plans turn out quite as she wanted, because she is not so pleased with the outcome of the "Weasel soup". It saddens me that she hear about Winterfell lost and her little brother's dead. Sometimes Arya seems quite a bit too old for her true age, but then she has those wonderful childish dreams and wishes and I am mollified. "When the snow falls and the white winds howl, the wolf dies but the pack survives"; "I am a direwolf and done with wooden teeth."
Danaerys: Sometimes it seems as if she is chasing a phantom. A destiny that is only barely connected to her - since she only knows Westeros from tales of others. But then what would she do? Somehow she need to go forward and her identity is deeply connected to her perceived destiny. I love that she earns herself a bell for her braids, after "fighting" in the Tower of the Undying. I am truly interested in Dothraki and their customs and I love it that Dany and the "blood of her blood" keep these traditions.
JAQEN HAGAR: Such an interesting character! And the way he speaks to Arya *^* The mystery of his character and circumstances make him irresistibly interesting. Kisses Arya's hair softly. Oddly gentle. So many strange things that don't add up about him... (And his 'vocation', the Faceless Men. Mighty interesting!)
Tyrion: I love especially that while he cares about Sansa mostly because of her worth as a 'bargaining chip', he also saves her from Joffry's abuse because she does not deserve to be treated that way showing some kind of 'universal care' about other people that are not Lannisters, directly of worth to him or actually dear to him. I did not quite understand what he meant with "My love for you shames me enough." I kinda believed him to be 'over' this kind of classicism.
Catelyn: "When they took his head off, they killed me too." Cat! Renly: Sadly - because he is not a POV character the allusions to his being gay are few. I wish there was more, because I want more diversity in books like this.
Varys:How he was cut is such an interesting story with so many possibilities! Magic! Totally understand why he is vary of magic. On top of that, I think that magic as an unpredictable variable must be something quite annoying to a man like him.
I don't really have to voice my feelings about Joffrey, I assume. There is nothing likeable about him, not even in his 'villain-yness' as there is with others. But on top of all of his failings, he is stupid! "Hearteater", really?
I always thought Cersei'd be more like Tyrion but in a dress. It is kind of disappointing that she is not like that at all. I cringe when she does stupid things and does not see that working with her brother'd be to her advantage. It saddens me how bitter and cruel she became, although I understand it. I loved the little stories she told about her and Jaime, it fleshes out why she became who she is and makes her vulnerable.
Jaime seems interesting ("There are no men like me, there's only me."), but somehow... I enjoyed his dialogue with Catelyn, it was interesting on both sides. His 'Kingslayer story' is interesting and I can understand perfectly that he sees people who call him "Kingslayer" as ungrateful, since Aerys truly was a mad king. But he lives in a society where loyalty (eps. to the king!) reigns over common sense. For Jaime killing Aerys was the only way to get rid of him, while others might (a big might!) have found other, more subtle ways. When he said that Ned Stark loved Robert Baratheon most of all, it made me extremely sad for Catelyn, because I see some truth in that. Oh! And I truly adore that a man as beautiful as Jaime Lannister, who could have any girl he liked, only lay with one woman, and that is the one he loves. (Makes Cersei's dalliances seem very bitter to me, even though I understand that she knows no other way to wield power.)
I am sure that Jon Snow is not needs "true" child, but his sister's son. (The promise he made her and why he refuses to talk of Jon's mother seem indicators for that.) It is with whom that I am nor sure about at all, but in any case (Robert? Rhaegar?) it seems that Jon Snow might have a claim on the Iron Throne. Funny how these things turn out ;)
Quotes: Cat: "Because they are the knights of summer and Winter is coming."
Tyrion: "Is this the Cersei that Jaime sees?"
Best Insult Ever from the Angry Mob: "Brotherfucker!"
Tyrion: "I am certain of nothing but Winter and battle."
Jaime: "Oh, it's truth you want. Be careful, my lady. Tyrion says that people often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up."(less)