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PostPosted: Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Martin is a fantastic writer isn't he? I realized not too long ago that I am slightly sexist when it comes to choosing new authors. Because over the years most of the books I Have enjoyed most, both classics and modern novels, were written by women I tend to try more female authors than male authors. That being said, I really enjoy Martin's books -he has the ability to blend action, emotion and description seamlessly. He also has the rare ability to write a female point of view as well as a male point of view.



I have to say that I was the same, especially with fantasy books. However, I think 10/15 years ago, the best mainstream fantasy books were written by women - even my guy friends would read more female than male writers because it was largely female fantasy writers who were, to a greater or lesser degree, subverting the genre and making it fresher and more, well, grown up.

However, George RR Martin was ALWAYS the exception to the rule - ten years ago, he was practically the only male fantasy writer I was reading. Now, I still read more female fantasy writers rather than male but I have discovered a number of really good male writers who’ve come up over the last few years.

As for DANCE WITH DRAGONS, I'm still not quite convinced that it's really coming out and that we will actually find out what's happened next after years and years of waiting. I'm dreading logging on to amazon and finding out that it's been delayed yet again....


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It's good they went for an unknown for Brienne. I still think her portrait is too pretty and, from her face, she looks like she might be a tall slender build rather than bulky and muscular, but I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I mean, this is Hollywood Homely we're talking about here. Peter Dinklage is a lot more good-looking than Tyrion is supposed to be but he just owns the part.

BTW, I was rereading the first few books in prep for DANCE WITH DRAGONS, and it suddenly clicked who you were talking about with your comment on shipping two characters who will probably end up being too closely related. I have to say that I completely forgot about all that speculation. A number of people I know agree with your theory but it's seems somehow too obvious to me somehow. If we do get those suspicions confirmed, then it would end up being somewhat of an anti-climax after all this time - I can imagine a number of people saying "hey, we worked that sh*t out four books ago". So who knows, there could be hope yet for them. Or I could be eating my words in a few days...
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loved, loved "Game of Thrones" on HBO and I'm already looking forward to next season! I haven't read the novels yet, although I've downloaded the first two in the series to my NOOK. The cast of GOT is spectacular--too bad some of them won't be back next season due to plot developments! Wink

Rarely have I seen a series where the child actors have done so well in their roles, but the actors who play Bran and Arya are first-rate! And then there's Peter Dinklage who looks like he's having the time of his life playing Tyrion! If he isn't nominated for an Emmy award---!!

By the way, George R.R. Martin edited an anthology titled Songs of Love and Death: All Original Tales of Star-Crossed Love which came out about six months ago. Among the authors contributing stories are Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, and Diana Gabaldon, so if you're a fan of any of these writers, you might want to look into this book!
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ChrisReader wrote:


Martin is a fantastic writer isn't he? I realized not too long ago that I am slightly sexist when it comes to choosing new authors. Because over the years most of the books I Have enjoyed most, both classics and modern novels, were written by women I tend to try more female authors than male authors. That being said, I really enjoy Martin's books -he has the ability to blend action, emotion and description seamlessly. He also has the rare ability to write a female point of view as well as a male point of view.

I think everyone who has just picked up Game Of Thrones has a nice treat in store for them!




Yes, from what I have read so far, he does seem like a special writer. As for male or female writers, I think I do read more female authors than male, but at this point, I think it is due to the large amount of romance novels I read compared to general fiction. I don't choose to read mostly female, but it does seem like I do, however...I have quite a few favorite male authors that I go back to and watch their work with interest.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:00 pm    Post subject: Stannis and Melisandre cast Reply with quote

Well they have found their Stannis Baratheon and Melisandre.

"British actor Stephen Dillane, a star of “The Hours” and who played Thomas Jefferson in HBO’s “John Adams” miniseries is joining the cast as the much talked about, but never seen in Season 1 character Stannis Baratheon, Access Hollywood has confirmed.

He’ll enter Season 2 ready to assert that claim with the help of a powerful “red priestess” named Melisandre, who will be played by Carice van Houten."

I am surprised about Stephen Dillane, I thought for sure it was going to be Eccleston or maybe even James Purefoy. I have seen Dillane in the movie "Firelight" with Sophie Marceau and as Merlin in "King Arthur" with Clive Owen and I wouldn't have picked him as Stannis. Who knows though? They have done a great job casting so far. Maybe he will blow me away in the role. I am unfamiliar with Carice Van Houten but she certainly is beautiful enough to play Melisandre.

I am still hoping James Purefoy is cast for season 2. I think he would make a great Mance Raydar- and someone from the now defunct Camelot series tweeted that someone from that show had been cast for season 2. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Purefoy was such a great Marc Antony in "Rome" I think he would bring a lot to Game Of Thrones.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Stannis and Melisandre cast Reply with quote

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- and someone from the now defunct Camelot series tweeted that someone from that show had been cast for season 2.


I just read the following about the Camelot actor being cast on GOT:

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/07/19/liam-cunningham-davos/

He was only a one-off character in Camelot, that I know of...but wasn't he in Clash of the Titans, too? Or am I mixing up all my handsome older Brits and Irishmen? Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Stephane Dillane would be great as Stannis - he's got that aloof melancholy edge to him and the physical presence, and definitely has the acting chops for everything else. I remember him playing the lead in Winterbottom's WELCOME TO SARAJEVO as well as in FIRELIGHT. He's doesn't have Eccleston's rather manic edge but that's probably good thinking about it.

As for Liam Cunningham, I don't remember him in anything even though I've seen the films he's been in and his name rings a bell. I'm sure he'll be fine but at 50, he seems a bit old. I'd still prefer Thewlis in the role as he's got that instant likability and nobility to him.

Carice van Houten was amazing in BLACK BOOK - she certainly has the presence, sex appeal and charisma for the Melisandre, and could probably pull off the dangerous edginess. I was gunning for Eva Green or Christina Hendricks but van Houten is a good choice.

Also, we have Oliver Ford Davies (no idea) confirmed as Maester Cressen.

Hmmnnnnn... I think they need to cast James Purefoy as something - from a quick look, he's certainly been talking up his love for the series in recent interviews!! I agree, Mance Ryder would be the best fit but he's been suggested for Jaqen as well... Continuing with the speculation, someone mentioned Ian McShane as Balon Greyjoy which would be utterly amazing.

It's crazy, I've read the books - I know what bloody happens in the second book (and the third and the fourth) and I'm STILL desperate to see the second series. HBO have obviously done their work well...


Have bought DANCE OF DRAGONS and am trying to clear this weekend to read it... First chapter: POV Tyrion! Yippee!!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jebe said
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I just read the following about the Camelot actor being cast on GOT:

http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/07/19/liam-cunningham-davos/

He was only a one-off character in Camelot, that I know of...but wasn't he in Clash of the Titans, too? Or am I mixing up all my handsome older Brits and Irishmen?


Jebe, thanks for posting this I missed it in all the other excitement! LOL

I always think of Liam Cunningham as the father from "A Little Princess" and from a mini series "Falling For A Dancer" but those were both many years ago. He was in "First Knight" too.

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I think Stephane Dillane would be great as Stannis - he's got that aloof melancholy edge to him and the physical presence, and definitely has the acting chops for everything else. I remember him playing the lead in Winterbottom's WELCOME TO SARAJEVO as well as in FIRELIGHT. He's doesn't have Eccleston's rather manic edge but that's probably good thinking about it.


I think he will do a good job too. I agree about Eccleston- I think he's fantastic but there always seems to be a fire sizzling under the surface while Stannis is completely cold.

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As for Liam Cunningham, I don't remember him in anything even though I've seen the films he's been in and his name rings a bell. I'm sure he'll be fine but at 50, he seems a bit old. I'd still prefer Thewlis in the role as he's got that instant likability and nobility to him.


I would have liked Thewlis too but I think Cunningham will bring that sense of decency with him as well. Being 50 doesn't bother me- Sean Bean is in his 50's and he was great. I think they had to age Davos up a bit after aging everyone else up. Ned is supposed to be 35 in Game Of Thrones and while I adore Sean Bean I don't think he can pass for 35 these days.

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think they need to cast James Purefoy as something - from a quick look, he's certainly been talking up his love for the series in recent interviews!! I agree, Mance Ryder would be the best fit but he's been suggested for Jaqen as well... Continuing with the speculation, someone mentioned Ian McShane as Balon Greyjoy which would be utterly amazing.


I'd take James Purefoy as Mance or Jaqen but preferably Mance as there would be more screen time! Ian McShane would be AMAZING as Balon.

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It's crazy, I've read the books - I know what bloody happens in the second book (and the third and the fourth) and I'm STILL desperate to see the second series. HBO have obviously done their work well...


YES and YES! I am even willing to accept they are going to have to make some cuts- I did without Blackfish in GOT so I guess there are some other characters I can do without in COK. Did you see where people think they changed Asha's name to something else? Not liking that idea.

Dance of Dragons is classic Martin- he is always ready to pull the rug out from under you!!
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