I just finished reading A Feast for Crows and am reeling from the blows that fell in the final pages. I spent a lot of time in this book hating Cersei and I was delighted that she got trapped in the cage she built for Margaery (not that I care that much for Margaery either). But dammit, if that moment was not soured somewhat by Cersei's letter to Jaime! At one level, I'm really happy that Cersei has been reduced to begging Jaime for help. But she did so so presumptuously! And this terrible fear gripped me that Jaime might still do it. Please, please, please let his 'burn it' be an indication that he is going to ignore that little request. I doubt it though--all that practising with Ser Ilyn has got to be leading somewhere...
As is probably already apparent, I'm completely smitten with Jaime and no, I didn't find this book as boring as I'd been led to believe. I guess it depends which characters you are invested in--but Jaime and Brienne and Arya are my favourites, so I was invested in their journey in AFFC. It's the damn Wall that bores me--it and Samwell. But at least Sam crossed paths with Arya in this book. The dullest part of this book for me was all the wrangling and politics in the wake of Balon's death. That and the religious movement. But it wasn't unbearable--it just didn't engage me as much as the characters I love.
I do worry about the next book. Daenerys and Tyrion are the only other characters I really care for--the Wall makes me want ragey with boredom and I fear there is going to be an awful lot about it seeing as it was completely excised from this book.
But Brienne! Brienne and Lady Stoneheart! That was one of the most dramatic scenes written in any of the books so far--it terrified me because I could sense where it was heading but I couldn't bear it, and oh, it was, if anything, even worse than I'd expected with them using Pod as bait. And I loved the last line: 'She screamed a word.' WHAT WORD?! *flails* The suspense is going to kill me.
Having read queenofthorns's wonderful long posts on Jaime and Brienne, I reluctantly agree she is probably going to vow to kill Jaime, but if she DOES kill Jaime, I think I might die of pain. *frets* I loved the way we got to revisit so many of their previous interactions through Brienne's eyes in AFFC, and I loved Jaime's passionate defence of her, as well as his movement towards honour in these books. But oh, I worry! And now I've entered the long wait for the next book. I *knew* I had put of reading the rest of this series for a reason! ;-)
And now for something unexpected... Supernatural is a really big show in Australia, so consequently it's much discussed in my office. This is novel for me, since 'fannish' shows are hardly ever big here. For example, today we were having a coffee break and were told to keep it down by the Accounting department when the Dean versus Sam argument got too heated/loud. It's all a little odd to me, though: all these people watch it obsessively and DO NOT SEE THE SLASH. What are they watching for?! *boggles* This confuses me SO MUCH. There's not much to like about the show, imo, but what there IS is all Dean and Sam, right?! There ARE no other characters! And it's solely women watching it (in my office at least), and they talk about how hot the brothers are constantly and yet... no slash. Not even any emo-ing around about what a pity it is that they're brothers. Nada. What's with that?! I have to keep my mouth shut tight in all conversations about that show, not because I dislike it, but because I simply am not watching the same show as them. But what show are THEY watching? Clearly I have been in fandom TOO LONG.
My excuse for using this icon (completely unrelated to post) is that I am still happier than a very happy thing about this week's Smallville.
ETA: I have an excuse for the icon now! *makes big semaphore-like hand signals towards this post from supacat* Just when I thought she'd never write about SV again...