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Dunk and Egg, plus a Game of Thrones recap (And Now His Watch has Ended)

April 22, 2013 2 comments
Love these books :)

Love these books 🙂

Over the weekend I finished the Dunk & Egg novellas… well, the ones written so far. In order, the publication list is as follows:

  1. The Hedge Knight (Legends)
  2. The Sworn Sword (Legends II)
  3. The Mystery Knight (Warriors I)

George R. R. Martin has said that he plans to write many more novellas to flesh out this particular story. It’s set in Westeros about 100 years before Game of Thrones, and tells the story of Dunk (or Ser Duncan the Tall), a hedge knight getting into misadventures with his special squire, Egg. Why he’s special is something you have to read for yourself. I highly recommend these books also because there’s some great stories by other fantasy writers like Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, and my girl for all time, Anne McCaffrey. Any book that includes something from the Pern series is entirely read-worthy in my humble opinion.

So, onto Game of Thrones. Here are my thoughts:

  • Theon has the worst luck around. He met one of the most sinister characters in the series, who looks as innocent as can be. I almost feel sorry for Theon.
  • I don’t remember Varys keeping his tormentor in a box from the books. Did I miss something?
  • Commander Mormont is no more. That is still such a bummer to me. Craster I won’t miss, obviously.
  • Ha ha, Dany fooled the slaver (surprise to no one). She, like, can totally understand and speak Valyrian, man. Freak out. Plus, she does what she set out to do, acquire an army of free men who would die for her, not because she owns them, but through their own free will. And, her dragon got a nice kebab out of the situation.
  • So the Hound will match up with Beric Dondarrion (in the next episode). This should prove interesting.

My feelings for Jaime Lannister are very different I think than a lot of people. Normally people love to hate him. I actually don’t. I find him one of the more interesting, and ultimately well meaning characters in the series, even though he can still be a doody-head. He killed the Mad King (Aerys) to prevent Kings Landing from being destroyed by pyromancers, but this isn’t something that’s widely known in Westeros. And so, he continues as the Kingslayer without the truth coming forth.

True, he’s in an incestuous relationship with Cersei, but he has always loved and protected his younger brother Tyrion from the blame and hatred their father Tywin harbors for his role in their mother’s death (she died while giving birth to Tyrion). And true, he fathered another crazy loon who sits on the Iron Throne (I’m looking at YOU, Joffrey), but he tries to protect Brienne when the men try to rape her. See how it’s a back and forth kind situation with Jaime? I want to hate him, but he does too many good things to do so.

Anyway, we’ll see what happens next week.

Anne McCaffrey, I’m going to miss you so much

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight

The Rowan

She loved cats, I love cats... if you love cats, this series is for you.

I’ve been reading Anne McCaffrey’s books since I was 14 years old. That year, my 8th grade English teacher gifted me her book “Dragonsinger”. It was a reward for having the highest grade in the class. From the second I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down. But, being a kid with no money and parents who weren’t too keen on the idea of spending 8 bucks on a paperback, I didn’t get to read her other books. So, as it happens, I forgot all about them.

In college I discovered Half-Priced Books. And, the entire Dragonriders of Pern series for about 10 bucks. So I used some of my hard-earned money slaving away in the kitchen at Chick-fil-A and bought it.

If you’ve never read the Dragonriders books, it’s about a planet called Pern, a destination for a group of colonists from Earth trying to escape the technological and martial wars that were occurring. Pern represented a planet that the colonists could “start over” on, going back to a more agrarian lifestyle instead of pushing ahead with modern technology.

Things were good for a while, until a rogue planet start unleashing a deadly parasitic rain, or Thread, on Pern. Fatalities were high for humans, animals, and vegetative life. They had to come up with a way to combat it or risk annihilation. One of the colonists was a very well known geneticist, and she set to work to create a creature derived from the native dragonets, similar in many respects to the mythical dragons of Earth. And so, the Dragons of Pern were born.

The baby dragons had the ability to impress on one particular person and communicate telepathically with that person and other dragons. In turn, their human partners began to train with them to fight the menace that Thread became to their new home.  The dragons could fly high into the sky and belch flames to burn Thread into nothing. And thus, the Pernese people found a way to save their home from destruction.

To learn more, feel free to pick up a copy or check them out at your local library. And, if you have kids who love to read, The Harper Hall series is perfect for pre-teens. I still read them from time to time myself.

I’ve had a lifelong fascination with dragons. I was born in the year of the Dragon, and loved to read stories about them since I was a child. Reading McCaffrey’s books put me back in that frame of mind, and I loved her and them for that.

The Rowan series is another great one from this amazing author. It’s more sci-fi than fantasy in that it tells the story of beings both human and alien that have the ability to teleport and telepath (also known as The Talented). But, in spite of their abilities, they still have to deal with problems just as any non-Talented being does. The books are happy, and sad, and they pull you into the Talents’ stories with great gusto.

So, it is with utter sadness and love that I say, “Anne, may you rest in peace and fly with your Dragons high into the sky”.


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