Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The Winds of Winter Arianne II (Sample chapter)

The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice and Fire, #6)

I'm going to do something a little different- I'm going to do a post on a book that hasn't been released! Everyone knows that The Winds of Winter is taking forever to come out, and it's easy to forget sometimes that several sample chapters have been released. So I'm going to take a look at some of those, as time allows, and share my thoughts. Bear in mind these are sample chapters and things may change, and obviously there will be spoilers for the series.  Arianne is the daughter of Doran Martell, the prince of Dorne, and has been sent north to meet with Jon Connington, who has returned from exile to put a previously- thought- dead Targaryen on the throne. 

Arianne's first chapter details her trip north to meet with the sellswords who are taking over Cape Wrath. Aboard the Peregrine they put into a place called Weeping Town where they buy horses for the next leg of their journey- at five times the usual prices. Apparently the sellswords are taking every horse they can. There are lots of rumors in town, and she sends her men to all three taverns to collect the news. From there they set off. The way runs through the rainwood, and Martin does an excellent job describing the lush greenery- mushrooms growing on trees, moisture dripping everywhere, even the sounds of little waterfalls. Everything is green and wet. 

They take shelter in a cave and Elia Sand (Oberyn's daughter) decides to explore- the cave extends quite a ways back apparently. They tell her to be careful and while she's gone Arianne thinks about her brother Quentyn, off in Slavers Bay to woo Daenerys. She thinks that Dany is young and will want someone attractive and daring, that Quent is too plain for her. Also she muses on Myrcella heading north, to Kings Landing, and how the Lannisters can try to spring their trap to kill Trystane, but it won't succeed since Trystane stayed behind in Dorne. 

When Elia doesn't return they search for her, finding an immense cave with stone columns, all carved in the likeness of faces. The children of the forest were here at one time. Eventually they find Elia, fishing for blind fish in an underground pool, and Arianne chastises her pretty sternly. From there they eventually make it to Mistwood, and are greeted by two rather loutish mercenaries- Young John Mudd and Chain. They dine with the dowager lady of Mistwood, and when Arianne asks her how she's being treated, she says she hasn't been raped, but some of the serving girls have. When Mudd protests that they don't rape- Connington forbids it- Chain allows that some girls might have been persuaded

Throughout all this Arianne sends ravens back to her father with the news she collects. They leave the next day for Griffin's Roost and after eight days they arrive. Chain accompanies them during part of the trip and lets slip that Connington means to take Storm's End, one of the most secure fortresses in the realm. They are met by Lysono Maar of the Golden Company when they approach the Roost, and Arianne thinks that he makes her skin crawl. She asks him if it's true they have elephants, and why it is that they do not have dragons. He replies they do have a dragon- Aegon. 

I feel like this conversation, which gets a little sharp, may be foreshadowing the reckoning I feel is coming for Aegon. There's a lot of skepticism about whether he truly is Rhaegar's son, and when Arianne tells Maar that dragons trump elephants, that may be a sign. In any event they reach Griffin's Roost and meet with Halden Halfmaester, who is holding it for Connington while he's out in the field. There Arianne is informed that Connington has indeed taken Storm's End, and that an army is marching south from King's Landing in response. I'm assuming that these are Tyrell forces.

 Halfmaester plans to send her on to Storm's End by ship, but Daemon counsels her not to go lest she get stuck there in the fighting. Arianne insists however, and wonders privately if the mercs would even let her demur at this point. She wants to meet this Connington, and especially Aegon, to take his measure. Is he really Targaryen?  

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Top Ten Yummy Food Mentioned In Books


 Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week a new Top Ten list will be posted. Everyone is welcome to join. Link back to The Broke and the Bookish so everyone can check out other bloggers' lists. It's a fun way to get to know fellow bloggers.

This week is Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books or some variant thereof. Perhaps a favorite food appears in a book, or the book takes place in a restaurant or some such. Skies the limit! I'm going with locations where I'd like to have a feast. No rhyme or reason.    

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Game of Thrones and food are no strangers. But my pick here is... Hot Pie! He's still out there baking pies somewhere... 

The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings, #1-3)

Lots of places in Middle- earth for a good meal. First and foremost might be Rivendell, where after a meal with the elves you could retire to the Hall of Fire for an evening. 

This is the Hall of you will hear many songs and tales- if you can keep awake. But except on high days it usually stands empty and quiet, and people come here who wish for peace, and thought. There is always a fire here, all the year round, but there is little other light.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The Wayfarer's chef - Dr. Chef- makes amazing food! 

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)

Panem- because I think they feed you pretty good if you're a Tribute right? You know, before sending you off to die. 

Love & Gelato

Italy and food.   

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Back to Middle-earth. Who doesn't want to eat in the Shire? 

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The Skywalker homestead- blue milk!!

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Jabba's palace! At least there's entertainment while you dine. 

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Yoda's hut- for yummy stew!

Tuesday Tagline #61

What Alice Knew

How far would you go to keep a secret?  

Sunday, October 15, 2017

On the Run Part 16

"Commander, I hope you understand that this information is restricted."
"Restricted to who?"
"Let's just say it's very sensitive and leave it at that. Now, as to your report. It's very thorough and has been corroborated by your subordinates' debriefing as well. You appear to have conducted yourself with your usual professionalism. In fact, you are to be commended. Given the unique nature of the threat, and the fact that the targets were acquired, at great cost, I would say your contributions here will not go unnoticed."
"Thank you, sir," said Andreas. "Might I ask...?"
"The targets, sir. My information is that they are currently under observation, but I lost eight people bringing them in. My team . Can I ask why they are running around free when I had shoot to kill orders if they resisted?"
"Commander, under the circumstances I can sympathize with your concerns. All I can say is that steps are being taken, and that your apprehension of the targets was a matter of utmost significance."
"If I may be frank..."
"Of course."
"Why was I sent after them? Surely whoever made that decision knew that I had history with Eric. History that could complicate the mission."

"Commander, you're well regarded. Professional, efficient. We know that when you're assigned to a task, it gets done. However, there are lines that are not to be crossed. Information that you are not privy too. I need your discretion on this one. Do I make myself clear?"
"Yes," Andreas said. "You most certainly do. May I inquire about my next assignment?"
"Enjoy your down time, Commander. Given the political situation I feel that you've earned a bit of a respite from the field. You are not being sidelined. Just letting things die down a bit, you understand."
"Is there anything else?"
"Yes, sir. Corporal Gillian, sir. I would like to request her inclusion on any team..."
"Noted. She has requested the same. We don't penalize success. Is that all?"
"Yes, sir." Andreas rose. "Thank you, sir."

Andreas could feel the man's eyes on him as he was leaving.
He turned. "Yes, sir?"
"Why did you go into the PreCursor ruins when you had already acquired the targets?"
"I felt it was important to assess the threat, given that I was losing men and it didn't appear to be a biological agent."
"Did you suspect it was psi- related?"
"Yes, sir. Corporal Gillian mentioned it as a possibility."
"I see. You do realize, don't you, that you were not authorized to make a judgment call? Your remit was to bring the targets home, full stop. You disobeyed orders."
"Yes, sir. That is correct. To be honest, I'm surprised this wasn't raised during my initial reports. I expected disciplinary action, sir."
"Yes, well under the circumstances, your foray was swept under the rug. The targets had everyone's attention, and no one wants to publicize what else happened on Eridanus 4. Be thankful for that, Commander."
Andreas nodded.
"Commander, I have your back on this. If you continue to ask questions, my ability to protect you will be substantially curtailed. You understand this?"
"I understand."
"Very well. Dismissed. And Andreas... be careful."

He'd been nursing his drink for a half hour before she arrived. She took the seat next to him, ordered a beer.
"Gill." They clinked glasses and sat in silence for a while.
"Anything?" she finally asked.
"No," he sighed, sliding his glass over for a refill. "No one's talking."
"Not surprised," she replied. "It was a mess from the get-go."
"They just want it to go away."
"So let it. Be a good soldier. Move on."

"I'm sorry about Riggs," Gillian said after a while.
"Yeah. Me too." He looked at her finally. "You know, the only reason we got out of there was you."
"No,"she said. "You're the reason- you kept us cool and functioning. Well, okay it was both of us," she laughed. "Hard to break up a good team." The silence got a little uncomfortable then, until Gillian broke it again.
"How are you feeling? Did they do a psi-scan?"
"I'm clear. They ran a full battery. No trace of lingering influence. But who knows? We don't even know what that thing was."
"Some kind of telempath, from what I can tell. It could influence our emotions, not just invade our thoughts. That was what was so insidious about it." She shuddered. "I even felt its influence a little bit. It's amazing really that Riggs held on as long as he did."
He shrugged. "It didn't matter at the end."
"It mattered." She put her hand on his arm. "He got us out too."
He looked at her then. "To Riggs, then." Raised his glass.
She raised her beer. "To Riggs."

They left soon thereafter, but not before discussing next steps.
"Andreas, I know this feels unresolved, but you need to let this go. Whatever Eric's involvement is, it's his issue, not yours."
"It cost my team."
"I know. It could cost more."
He looked at her. "So just let it go?"
"For now- yes. That doesn't mean we forget. It means we bide our time and down the line- who knows?"
"Yeah, well maybe so- normally I'd agree. Not this time."
"Someone's been playing a game with us. Maybe I'll join the game."

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sunday Post #216

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

It's been hanging on in the 70's here all week. Pretty nice for mid- October. The Frightfall readathon is in full swing- I'm doing pretty good- and I've been doing a lot of writing. Well not a lot, but when you were doing none and now you're doing some, that seems like a lot! And... that was kind of a tortured sentence. Anyway...the flash fiction I did for a lark seems to have morphed into a more or less weekly story. Part 16 of On The Run will be up Monday, and for those who were asking for more Andreas/ Gillian- you're in luck. :) 

The Star Wars trailer debuted this week, and I'm afraid I was... underwehelmed? Am I alone on this? Reaction on Twitter seemed positive, so again just like with The Force Awakens I may be on the outlier with this movie. It just feels like - the same story again? I don't know. 

Last week I reviewed The Shark Club (one of my faves of the year) and finished up Everything but the Truth. It was okay but kinda slow?  

The Shark ClubEverything But The Truth

Song of the week


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Intrigue in Capri (Kindle Single) (An Amory Ames Mystery)Wild Bird  


The Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer is out. I'm a little underwhelmed?

Stranger Things 2 looks awesome  

This was kinda cool- I'm not sure I was looking for ambient prehistoric sounds lol but I liked it! 

Following art by Mattheiu Forichon

I'm taking a break from SF/ fantasy art this week.  

For a nice change of pace from Miami. The ultimate relax time. Billfishing & awe inspiring sunsets to name just a few things... 5X

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