March 7 2014

A Feast For Crows – Chapters 8 & 9

Here is my commentary on Chapters 8 & 9 of A Feast For Crows.
For those of you who don’t know what I am doing with these, I have been reading the various Game of Thrones novels for the first time and posting my thoughts over in the A Read of Ice and Fire.
This has been quite the interesting experience as it is a very odd way to read a book (or even odder a set of books). Since Google is awash with Game of Thrones spoilers, this limits my ease of look-up of details from earlier books. Funny how quickly the internet has become an external reference point/expanded memory. On the other hand, I have eBook editions and that helps balance things out as it is wildly easier to search them than paper monsters.
Since I am reading these for the first time, don’t post any comments about events later in the series, but also be warned that each chapters posts will contain all the details I find in the chapter or happen to think of as I am reading. I may even put in some extra material that I think I have figured out that I either don’t put in the tor read or white out there to not spoil others reads who may not have thought of such things.

Chapter 8 – Jaime: This is an interesting combination of guilt suffused with angst or angst suffused with guilt and flashbacks to fill in some pieces. Jaime’s thought:

He never said he meant to kill our father. If he had, I would have stopped him. Then I would be the kinslayer, not him.

is one of Jaime’s spiraling pattern of thoughts in this chapter. It is interesting that Jaime feels a great deal of regret and guilt over the death of his father but pretty much nothing about Joffrey. I can’t blame him too much for no regret over the death of the monster Joff, but really the whole chapter and the shape of the people Cersei and Jaime are at this point really points out the monstrousness of a father-person that Tywin was.
Tywin is decomposing at a pretty rapid pace. It does seem like the maesters could have added some fragrances to the corpse but it doesn’t seem like they have done a very good job at the embalming at all.
Longwaters’ comment that:

There were three others, common men, but Lord Stark gave them to the Night’s Watch. I did not think it good to free those three, but the papers were in proper order. I made note of that in a report as well, you may be certain of it.

Must refer to Jaqen and company.

Unbidden, his thoughts went to Brienne of Tarth. Stupid stubborn ugly wench. He wondered where she was. Father, give her strength.

Continues with our pretty clear theory that Jaime has fallen for her. This also probably aids in his ability to withstand Cersei’s requests. Well, that and the fact that Jaime seems to have been pretty taken aback at Tyrion’s mention that Cersei was sleeping with Lancel and Kettleblack. Apparently the thought had never occurred to him. So, Jaime had a multitude of sibling and daddy issues. In other words he was really messed up. I would almost feel sorry for him except for, you know, his throwing kid’s off of towers thing. That still decreases my pity for him.
Advising Cersei to send Tyrell off to capture Storm’s End seems like maybe a decent delaying tactic. If Tyrell dies (and it sounds like they fully intend for him to die) then that issue is solved. If he captures Storm’s End, I don’t think the matter wraps up as neatly as Jaime and Cersei are grinningly thinking it will. Popular generals can end up biting the asses of unpopular regents in all to uncomfortable a fashion.

Chapter 9 – Brienne:I know exactly how Brienne feels here at the beginning regarding not wanting to talk to people she doesn’t know. I’ve always found it difficult to just strike up a conversation in person with people I don’t know.
Well, being a “wench” is useful at the guards as they let her by more easily than the might let by some random hedge knights. I wonder what she asks to have painted on her shield. Hopefully not another ill omened device.
So, Aerys was held captive and that may have had something to do with pushing him over the edge. Sounds unpleasant to have be the Lace Serpent. Also, that sounds like a typical bit of blaming the woman. Seems like an extreme punishment for her when the rest got off with just having their heads cut off.

And Lady Catelyn’s younger sister ruled the Vale. Blood calls to blood. Sansa might well have run to one of them. Which one, though?

Pick the Vale! Pick the Vale! That’s a nice set of reasoning by Brienne. She keeps thinking of herself as slow but she doesn’t seem that at all to me.
She runs into the boy from the piebald rounsey so it seems I was wrong in my guess that it had been Arya she saw.The brother totally throws her off track.
A green tree with a falling star at least on the shield. That sounds familiar. Dunk had a shooting star over a green elm tree!–so that’s fun.

Good for Brienne:

She broke Ser Humfrey’s collarbone, two ribs, and their betrothal. He was her third prospective husband, and her last. Her father did not insist again.

The boy is Podrick Payne–Tyrion’s squire. That is an interesting development. That’s a lot of “stick to it”ness for Pod. Good for him and I think Brienne could use some help.

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