Reading roundup – June 3rd 2016

Posted: June 3, 2016 in Reading Roundup
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So this last week I finished Claudia Gray’s 1000 Pieces of You which I mentioned adding to my library in my last reading roundup.  Sci-Fi is a genre into which I dip now and again, although I’m not an expert on it.  1000 Pieces of You is a well put together, fun read (well, actually, fun listen as I listened to it primarily in audiobook) – expect a full review on it soon.

I also started Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury, the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.  At first, I admit, I struggled to get into the story.  Slowly though I got sucked into the Feyre/Rhys storyline and am now really enjoying it.  Maas has a very “modern” writing style despite this being epic fantasy.  

I’ve also spent quite a bit of time this week marathoning the first season of 24 on Netflix.  Jack Bauer for the win!  Although it’s been some time since I watched the show, I remembered all the twists and turns, so it wasn’t quite as exciting for me as it was the first time I watched it.

As usual, I watched this week’s episode of Game of Thrones.  I’m going to put a cut here as below are some thoughts and speculations on A Game of Thrones

Ah, Tommen, Tommen, Tommen.  Foolish boy.  I’m pretty sure that his throwing in with the High Sparrow will lead to his downfall and the the fulfillment of Maggy the Frog’s prophesy of all of Cersei’s children dying before her.  It will also be the final nail in the coffin of any Lannister ambitions.  It also leads me to wonder who will be the heir to the Iron Throne.  Unless Margaery is pregnant by Tommen (impossible in the books) Tommen will die without an heir.  Both of siblings and his “father’s” brothers are dead as are their heirs.  It does seem to leave the Iron Throne rather open at the moment.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the dragon and its three heads lately.  Clearly, Daenerys is one.  I’m also fairly certain that Bran Stark will be another through warging.  I have been switching between Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister as the third head.  Tyrion is a possibility because of his love of and knowledge of dragons.  I also liked the symmetry of each of the main Houses of Westeros (Targaryen, Stark and Lannister) joining forces to control the main weapon against the White Walkers.  However, as I said, it seems that House Lannister is all but played out.  I’m leaning far more towards Jon now.  Daenerys is a Targaryen, Jon is (almost certainly) half Targaryen half Stark and Bran is full Stark.  Jon is the balance between them, the Song of Ice and Fire.

Time (and George R. R. Martin!) will tell if I’m right.

Reading roundup – June 3rd 2016 was originally published on Canadian eReader

  1. I never read any Claudia Gray before I tried her recent Star Wars books…but they were so good that now I kinda want to go back and pick up her older YA novels!

    And interesting musings about GoT. What do you think of some fan theories that speculate Tyrion might be a half-Targaryen too? I’m not entirely convinced of that argument, though I have to say some of the support fans have found for it is interesting, like possible double meanings in the things Tywin has said to Tyrion (“You are no son of mine”) or the fact that in one of the books there was a brief mention that the Mad King lusted after Tywin’s wife Joanna Lannister. Could Aerys have taken some liberties? Either way, it’s fun to speculate!

  2. Claudia Gray is a fine, solid writer. Not an OMG all-the-feels one, but definitely worth checking out.

    I’ve read the Tyrion theories. I must admit I’m not really on board with them. On the other hand, maybe Cersei and Jaime are the result of the Mad King’s lust. They certainly go with the Targaryen love of siblings! Cersei is also clearly losing it too. I can’t remember if Martin specified the date of the supposed affair?

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