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Book #3: The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword by George R. R. Martin [Jan. 19th, 2009|04:23 pm]
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So after a brief intermission for sexy science, I jumped right back into Westeros.

#3: The Hedge Knight and The Sworn Sword by George R. R. Martin

These two short stories together make a neat little novella regarding a couple adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall, a hedge knight of little repute. He gets caught up in - and often provokes - situations far above his usual station, simultaneously evoking sentiments of the "for want of a nail" variety and reminding readers that the vast majority of the people of Westeros have very little input in the course of their own lives, compared even to hedge knights, to say nothing of lords and princes.

All together it's an entertaining couple of stories, and I hope we see more of Ser Duncan (though not before A Dance with Dragons is done, please). The story makes for an excellent introduction to Westeros, containing only very minor spoilers for certain minor characters' backstories in the main series. (I also just saw an offhand reference to something from the short stories in A Feast for Crows, so that was a nice bonus for reading it first. Thanks, Sheree!)

Obviously, A Feast for Crows is up next. And then I'm out of books in the series for now. Sigh.
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[User Picture]From: inspectorzutto
2009-01-20 05:16 am (UTC)
Awesome icon.
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From: ext_119907
2009-01-20 05:53 am (UTC)
You're quite welcome, and I'm glad you enjoyed them! I am, however, sorry to report (or at least suggest) that you're only half-right...word on the street interblags is that there could be up to nine Dunk & Egg stories, with the third one (The Mystery Knight) set for the upcoming Warriors anthology. Knowing what I do about grrm, I wouldn't be too worried about that coming out anytime soon, but he's taken to doing readings from that -- and not Dance -- at cons. Meanwhile, there hasn't been a full update on his progress on Dance since January 1...2008. Sigh.
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From: yts88
2009-01-21 04:54 am (UTC)
GRRM said when we saw him that his plans are 5-6 Dunk n' Egg stories with 2 coming out after Dance I believe.
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[User Picture]From: servalan
2009-01-23 12:21 am (UTC)
Totally OT - Tomorrow night is Jonathon Coulton night. Meeting plans?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2009-01-23 01:57 am (UTC)
Detailed here.
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