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Thu
Jul 31 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 24

George R R Martin Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 24 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 33 (“Jaime”) and Chapter 34 (“Cat of the Canals”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[“I think we’ve all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically… grammatically…”]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 23

Song of Ice and Fire A Feast For Crows George RR MartinWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 23 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 32 (“Cersei”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[All of the other outlaws/ Used to laugh and call him names]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 1:00pm

The Hugos and The Wheel of Time: A Satisfying End to the Series

The Hugo Awards! The Wheel of Time! I feel like I have talked about this before!

Because I have. I talked about it back when I was advocating for the series to get nominated in the first place, and then I put together a big giant refresher post on it to boot. So this is not virgin territory to me.

However, given that the deadline for this year’s Hugo voting is fast approaching, it is probably meet that I should speak of it again, and talk about why I think the Wheel of Time deserves to win for Best Novel.

Because I think it does. Click the link to see why!

[Warning: Here there be opinions dragons. A Series of them, even]

Thu
Jul 17 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 22

George RR Martin Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 22 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 30 (“Jaime”) and Chapter 31 (“Brienne”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[“It’s a conjuring trick, that’s what it is. I saw a fellow make a peanut disappear once.”]

Thu
Jul 10 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 21

A Song of Ice and Fire George RR Martin A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 21 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 29 (“The Reaver”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[“They want us alive when they eat us.”]

Thu
Jun 26 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 20

A Song of Ice and Fire A Feast For Crows readthroughWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 20 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 28 (“Cersei”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[“Stop saying that!”]

Wed
Jun 25 2014 1:00pm

Teen Wolf and Sci-Fi TV: Or, How I Convinced Myself To (Mostly) Stop Worrying and Love the Cheese

Teen Wolf

Hello, Tor.commers! Your Auntie Leigh here, taking an unexpected break from all things Epic Doorstop Fantasy Series-related, and trying something new and different for once.

Which is, apparently, a meditation on cheesy sci-fi TV shows in general, and the MTV supernatural teen drama Teen Wolf in particular. Because that’s exactly what everyone was expecting, right?

HAHAHA I GLEEFULLY DEFY YOUR NARROW EXPECTATIONS NEENER

Ahem. Anyway, my thoughts on my terrible-slash-wonderful TV obsessions, past and present, let me show you them. Click on!

[probably mild spoilers for Teen Wolf, but trust me, you don’t care]

Thu
Jun 19 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 19

Geoarge R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 19 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 26 (“Samwell”) and Chapter 27 (“Jaime”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[aka “Doublemeat Palace.” EWWWW]

Thu
Jun 12 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 18

Geroge RR MartinWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 18 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 25 (“Brienne”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[Nolite te bastardes carborundorum]

Thu
Jun 5 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 17

George R R Martin A Song of Ice and Fire Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 17 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 24 (“Cersei”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[But at least there were actual kittens involved?]

Mon
Jun 2 2014 12:31pm

The Wheel of Time: Hugo Refresher

The Wheel of Time Hugo Cheat SheetGreetings to you, people of Tor.com! Leigh Butler here, of the Wheel of Time Reread.

As you know, Bob, the Wheel of Time as a whole has been nominated for Best Novel for the 2014 Hugo Awards, which is super awesome, and also, Tor Books in the U.S. and Orbit Books in the U.K. have made the incredibly generous decision to include all fourteen novels of the Wheel of Time in the Hugo voter packet, which should be available now, and which is even more awesome.

Of course, the thing is, fourteen Wheel of Time novels is… kind of a lot of reading. (She understates, solemnly.) It’s a lot of reading even for people like me, who (a) have read the novels before and (b) speedread as a matter of course. I don’t think it is impossible to get through the entire Wheel of Time series in the time allotted between now and the voting deadline, but it might be a bit of a tall order for those voters whose spare time is limited.

[“Phat! Did you write that?” “Duh, it’s like a famous quote.” “From where?” “Cliff’s Notes.”]

Thu
May 29 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 16

George R R Martin A Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 16 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 22 (“Arya”) and Chapter 23 (“Alayne”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[paging Dr. Kevorkian to the color-of-blackest-night courtesy phone, please]

Tue
May 20 2014 1:00pm

Leigh Butler Answers Your Questions about the Wheel of Time!

Hi, kids! It’s Leigh Butler, again. God, like when will she shut up, right?

Well, not just yet, because last week, in honor of the official end of the Wheel of Time Reread, the Powers That Be on Tor.com put up a lovely little Q&A post in which people were invited to ask me questions about the Reread, the Wheel of Time, and whatever. And lo, people did ask questions, and lo, I am now here to answer them!

And if you’ve never heard of me before and don’t know what the fuss is about, the Index for the Wheel of Time Reread is here. Or if you’d rather not be chained to your desktop, the Wheel of Time Reread is also available as e-books, from your preferred e-book retailer!

Shameless plug having thus been accomplished, click on for your answers!

[Forty-two!]

Thu
May 15 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 15

A Song of Ice and Fire George R R Martin Feast for Crows Welcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 15 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 21 (“The Queenmaker”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[YOUR CLEVER SEGUE HERE]

Tue
May 13 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread: The Final Post

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the final post of the Wheel of Time Reread.

Today’s entry covers the Wheel of Time Reread, in which we have an ending… but not the ending. As is right and proper, all things considered.

Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.

Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!

And now, the post!

[“Surprising what you can dig out of books if you read long enough, isn’t it?” –Rand Al’Thor]

Thu
May 8 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 14

A Song of Ice and Fire George R R Martin Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 14 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 20 (“Brienne”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[That is so Prince of Tides, except not]

Tue
May 6 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread: A Memory of Light, Part 59

A Memory of Light Robert Jordan Brandon SandersonHello, everyone. Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread.

Today’s entry covers the Epilogue of A Memory of Light, in which we have an ending.

Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.

Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!

This reread post, and all posts henceforth, contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series. If you haven’t read, continue at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind was gone.”]

Thu
May 1 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 13

George R R Martin A Song of Ice and Fire Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 13 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 18 (“The Iron Captain”) and Chapter 19 (“The Drowned Man”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[Also, Grand Theft Dragon needs to be a videogame immediately because I would play the shit out of that]

Tue
Apr 29 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread: A Memory of Light, Part 58

Wheel of Time reread A Memory of Light Robert Jordan Brandon SandersonWith penultimate cheer, I welcome you back to the Wheel of Time Reread!

Today’s entry covers Chapters 47, 48, and 49 of A Memory of Light, in which conflicts are resolved, a revelation is reached, and an Age is ended.

Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.

Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!

This reread post, and all posts henceforth, contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series. If you haven’t read, continue at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[And the Glory of the Light did shine upon him]

Thu
Apr 24 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 12

George RR Martin Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 12 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 16 (“Jaime”) and Chapter 17 (“Cersei”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[Next thing you know she’ll be going in against a Sicilian when death is on the line]