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11 January 2010 @ 07:00 pm
Someone tell my why it's so EFFING hard to get a hold of A Game of Thrones and A Feast For Crows in hardcover.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Current Music: Straight To Hell ~ The Clash
an owl on the sill in the eveningmisstopia on January 12th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Did you check EBay/online bookstores? I have hardcover AFFC and it was quite easy to get, though that was right when it came out.

(Hi I don't know if you remember me from the note/friending question, hope you don't mind my barging in :) )
Sunny: SCC Lenasunny_serenity on January 12th, 2010 05:20 am (UTC)
OH! ebay... I always forget about them. I've been hunting down local indie/used stores and NO ONE has them. I'm starting to feel defeated here.

lol, of course I remember you. ^___^
borg_princessborg_princess on January 12th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, is that the book Jason Momoa shot a pilot for? Oh, yes, according to imdb, apparently it is. I'm not too into it, 'coz of the lack of strong female characters for me to idolize and live through vicariously, but I want to see it for the sex scene he was all bashful about, heh.

Good luck tracking down the book, bb!
Sunny: 300 Queensunny_serenity on January 13th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Um, holy crap what are you talking about 'lack of strong female characters for me to idolize and live vicariously through'? THERE ARE TONNES OF STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS FOR YOU TO IDOLIZE AND LIVE VICARIOUSLY THROUGH IN THIS VERSE! ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! This verse is RIFE with them. RIFE I TELL YOU. Overly abundant. Beyond the brim. Plentiful and boundless in number. I'm serious dudette. From wee little ones to the wizened and seasoned. They dominate these pages with prowess and strength. The beauty of the story is the differing ways and means of power, of growth and evolving recognition of self. Srs bzns rite thar.
borg_princess: cuddy-hate myselfborg_princess on January 13th, 2010 12:46 am (UTC)
Really? OMG, I'M SO SORRY! *wibbles* I don't know what to say, I just- I read a few reviews and people were going on about how it was a male-dominated fantasy epic and I figured I may as well not waste my time. *trembles at your feet* I DIDN'T MEAN TO DISRESPECT THEM, HONEST. I'll go and see if my library has a copy now so that I can make up for dismissing it like that.

So, now that I've established I should be interested, may I ask who's your favorite and why?
Sunny: Music TnS booksunny_serenity on January 13th, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
LOL. It's okay bb, ILU, the caps splosion wasn't yelling, it was enthusiasm... somethings just get really lost in type, eh? *tackle smoosh*

Firstly, this is a long epic saga of sagarificly epic longness, so maybe the reviewer only read the first book. Prepare yourself. Every book is over a thousand pages excluding the appendix, but, the story is so involved you hardly notice. That being said, there are no less than twelve POVs simultaneously being told, with new POVs being added in each subsequent book, all featuring ensembles of three or more characters, most of which is a vast mix company of men, women, children, kings, queens, highborn, lowborn, servants and lords, bastard children, exiled monarchs and animal familiars.

...who's your favorite and why?

That's a very hard question to answer without revealing anything spoilerific. AAAAAAAAHHHHHH! This is so hard... I will say this to you, the women of this verse hold on display the spectrum of strength. Where one may be able to physically kick ass the same cannot be said for her emotional/psychological war and vice versa. The men, while remaining men in all their manliness, are still able to hold your sympathy and respect or utter disgust and spite (this is also true of the women). The interactions and politics of the sexes are also put into play here. It's a very very dense verse full of grays and colour. And really, something that should be experienced first hand with no influence from a secondary source. I tell everyone I rec this to, just read it.

So I hope that helped cos I can't find the words to allow your innocence of the verse to remain untainted by my opinions.
borg_princess: mentalist-spoilerwhoreborg_princess on January 13th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
*nudge* See my icon? I love spoilers. I value your opinion, 'tis why I asked. [And LMAO at you TAINTING MY INNOCENCE *gasps dramatically*]

I like to research books before I read them 'coz I don't like nasty surprises- maybe it takes the tension out of it or whatever, but I like to be prepared.

But it sounds like a ridiculously convoluted epic all right, all those POVs? My brain is tired just looking at the list of characters, lol. And if you think I'm better served going in without preconceptions, then all right, then. ^_^

Thanks for correcting my erroneous belief that this wasn't a series to waste time on- hee, I get to read something 'mature' and worthwhile for a change. *shoves aside trashy romance novels*
Sunny: GG grocery haikusunny_serenity on January 14th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
*chuckles* I thought you'd like that ^___-

Okay, well then in that case, everybody dies! Well, maybe not everybody, but there's lots of dying. Most die with a purpose or their death causes a purpose... like Boromir. *shrug* I consider it time well wasted. It kinda took the sting of NO MORGANA Merlin away. Okay, here's a list of characters I like, in no particular order. Ready? Ready? Ready?

Arya Stark. A not!crazy River. Badass.
Cersei Barantheon. HBIC. Made. Of. Awesome. ...and also totally screwed up.
Jon Snow. Badass.
Catelyn Stark. Think Elizabeth Weir with offspring.
Tyrion Lannister. Can't. Sentence. Properly. Too. Much. Awesome.
Brandon Stark. Lovely.
Brienne Tarth. Bad. Ass.
Jamie Lannister. I pity the fool!
Varys the eunuch. No seriously, he's a eunuch.
Summer, Ghost, Grey Wind, Shaggy, Nymeria, Lady. BAD. ASS.

Edited at 2010-01-14 02:51 am (UTC)