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Reading _A Dance with Dragons_ - Input Junkie
May 17th, 2012
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Reading _A Dance with Dragons_
No spoilers, please-- I'm only(!) about 600 pages in.

This book strikes me as realistic in a very general sort of way-- history is crowded, with lots of people and nations bumping up against each other. Much as I love LOTR and the Riddlemaster Trilogy [1], those have the nations being much too distinct. Even Martin probably underestimates how much the various cultures would influence each other.

It also has a quality that I can only describe as atheistic-- it seems like a universe where no one is in charge. [2] It's not like The Golden Compass, which is more like an argument for atheism, or at least the badness of organized religion, or possibly the badness of organized religion which looks something like Catholicism. The thing is, if a book is making a strong argument for a single point, it isn't the same as book about a universe that just sort of thrashes along.

A minor nitpick: Martin consistently uses "wroth" when he means "wrath".

[1]I much prefer the first book.

[2]I was tempted to say "not even the author", but that seems unfair-- I'd been worried that Martin had lost track of overall story structure, but this book at least seems as though it's building towards something.

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From:andrewducker
Date:May 17th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
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I thought it was polytheistic? There are a bunch of different gods and religions sprinkled all over the place.

(I've only read the first book and seen the TV series to date though)
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From:nancylebov
Date:May 17th, 2012 10:02 am (UTC)
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There are a number of religions, but none of the gods seem very powerful.
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From:interactiveleaf
Date:May 17th, 2012 03:58 pm (UTC)
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Sort of related--you should go take a look at my latest (locked) post. M and I are selling off (or giving away if you ask nicely) some books and movies, some of which might interest you.
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From:whswhs
Date:May 18th, 2012 01:21 pm (UTC)
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I took Pullman to be portraying something that was more akin to Calvinism than to Catholicism as we know it.
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