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Old 14-11-2005, 13:56   #101
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That site is great, especially the FAQ section!
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Old 14-11-2005, 14:32   #102
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Finished it! Got to admit I didn't enjoy it as much as the others, but I think that's because what I really want to know is what's happening with the dragons and on the wall.

I think another reason is that I read the first three books in very quick succession, so they're all strung together in my mind. I'm kind of weighing up the first three against this one, and obviously it seems lighter-weight.
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Old 15-11-2005, 17:07   #104
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Edit: Just had a look through towerofthehand.com - seriously impressive stuff, but it makes me realise how little attention I've been paying. May need to start all over again

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Old 17-11-2005, 09:19   #106
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Old 10-12-2005, 20:37   #107
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Finished it now. Good stuff, but a lot less happens in this book than I was expecting. Ironic, since at the book GRRM notes that he has told all the story for half the characters, instead of half the story for all the characters - and yet, it feels like there is very little story here!

That doesn't mean I didn't like it, and I found it very gripping all the way through. I was just wating for something to happen The main focus was on Jaime and Cersei, and while these characters are great I felt there was too much of them when I wanted to see how Arya was doing a lot more often (but the last Cersei part was great). The parts on the Iron Islands were a little too uninteresting as well.

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Old 11-12-2005, 12:06   #108
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I very much doubt that
is dead. Go back and read the chapter where
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The Alchemist was
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As for Gregor Clegane you're right it's mostly hints but the big giveaway is


I'm re-reading the earlier books as I'd forgotten so much and I was quite impressed to see that a character who only appears in person in the last chapter of this book is actually introduced verbally by another character in the first book.
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Old 11-12-2005, 12:13   #109
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I found some specific ASoIaF forums, and people really notice the details when reading, don't they! I didn't realise how much I had missed, and I doubt I would have caught some of it even on a re-reading.

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Old 13-12-2005, 14:47   #110
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Anyone fancy doing a book swap with me for the first book of this? (funds are low atm)

(although I'm not sure what you would want that I have, I do have quite a few good cyberpunk books, The Ultimate Rush springs to mind)
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Sorry mate, at this point I wouldn't part with my books for all the gold in Casterly Rock!

Finding books at good prices is notoriously difficult though. There are a couple going on http://www.greenmetropolis.com at the moment, but it will only be a small saving. Best bets otherwise would be eBay or Amazon Marketplace, unless some kind soul here does agree to a book swap.

I still remember when a brand new paperback was £4.99 at the most! Extortionate prices abound these days.

If you have a decent way of reading ebooks then it's considerably cheaper to buy them that way, fictionwise do the first two books together for $6 I think. But thats only worth it if you're going to read on a handheld device using some good software.

In all honesty, these books are worth any money, though.

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I'm about half way through the new one and am finding it VERY hard going. Nothing much seems to be happening, and I'm finding myself nodding off during the endless descriptions of shields and flags and family trees.

Hope it gets better before the end!
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Anyone fancy doing a book swap with me for the first book of this? (funds are low atm)

(although I'm not sure what you would want that I have, I do have quite a few good cyberpunk books, The Ultimate Rush springs to mind)
Have a look in charity shops - I picked up Vol 1 for 60p and it was mint
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Is anyone else a bit peeved that the paperback edition of AFOC wont be released till later 2006. The hardback is a beast in size, and not really something i want to be taking on the train.
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Thanks guys - have ordered it off amazon marketplace for the princely sum of 4.50
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Is anyone else a bit peeved that the paperback edition of AFOC wont be released till later 2006. The hardback is a beast in size, and not really something i want to be taking on the train.
The BOL website still has the smaller sized hardback for £7.60

It's much handier to carry around on public transport.
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The BOL website still has the smaller sized hardback for £7.60

It's much handier to carry around on public transport.
I wasn't aware of different sized hardbacks. Can you give me the direct link to the smaller edition.

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Mini-Hardback Edition

You'll find it under the "Sci-Fi/Fantasy" section on the left.

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Cheers for the heads up, and at such a good price.
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Bol edition now on sale, but obviously if you're a collector, be aware that its a book club edition and not a proper first UK edition.

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