Originally Posted by L.R.
Really? Comparing GRRM to Rowling? Rowling is a half-way decent writer, who tells good stories for kids, that are, but silly, filled with plot holes, and absurdities
are still fun and that have for some reason caught on huge. GRRM is actually a great author, telling an amazing story, but gets overly caught up in some details. Vastly different, except they each occasionally contain the word "magic".
Sorry, but I think it's pretty much tits on. Obviously the target audience is different and the stories are different but as for the quality
of each, they are pretty comparable. The HP story is a pretty common one, coming of age ect., and the English boarding school coming of age is a well worn sub-set. The fact that she was able to hook millions of adults and children the world over speaks to a real kind of talent.
GRRM's story is also fairly well worn, there is not a character that you've never seen before, although the way he puts it all together is all his own, as is the perversion. But he is by no means a great writer and the story is far from amazing. It is big and at times really fun, but you still feel a little guilty for reading it. Again, that is similar to HP. Both authors have a ton of details and back story and tie different characters and random elements together so the reader can get really, really into the world if they want to.
The last two books were not good. He has two more to tie it together and if he can, then it might be able to be called a "great" series, right now it's just good, clean fun.
Originally Posted by poorsod Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
1. Since he is a warg he will have a 2nd life as ghost. Alternatively he may come back as an undead. I suspect the undead crow is Uncle Benjen Stark.
5. Perhaps Arya already has. In the last chapter, Cersei mentions a black tomcat missing one ear. I wonder if that is Arya's tomcat.
That Cat with one ear has been in all the books and I think Varys might have even been referencing it when he was telling a story about the real master of the castle. I don't know how the cat in the temple could be the same as the one in the castle though, and Arya is still alive although she is a skin changer as are all the stark kids.
John might not even be dead. Plenty of characters have been "dead" but never actually died. Davos, Brianne, The Mountain that Rides, just to name a few. We know he was stabbed several times but we don't actually know he is dead.
Assuming his body dies I suspect he will be revived by the red women as Rh'lor. I also wonder if the red women is even on the right side of the battle.
I've thought that cold-hands might be Ben as well, I hope he is as it would tie somethings together.