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The Meereenese Knot...

... may be fraying, just a little.

But don't quote me on that.


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Feb. 27th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Use a dragon on it. they can burn their way through it.
Feb. 27th, 2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Mushing the muses!
George, only support! Waiting patiently for the BEST!
Feb. 27th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
New book
I think at the end of the series, when its all said and done you should release a special

"A Song of Ice and Fire: The Saga of the Knot" to detail all the revisions and stuff. It would easily be the greatest quest story ever.
Feb. 27th, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: New book
I like the idea of something like How I Dealt With the Knot, after all is done. Maybe a post on Not a Blog or the website.
Feb. 27th, 2010 05:15 pm (UTC)
Well done ser. The frequent status updates go a long way to easing the wait.
Feb. 27th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Y'know, maybe the dragons didn't burn the knot. If the rope involved was made out of twisted gut, it might have been like jerky - they might have eaten it! Om nom nom nom! Sorry, feeling a little whimsical. Eagerly anticipating the new book when it comes out.
Feb. 27th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Hopefully you will put a period on it one of these days!
Feb. 27th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Great and Argh!
Glad to hear it is coming unraveled, but now I'm banging my head trying to remember some kids joke about "a frayed knot" that is just teasing my memory, argh. I hate it when stuff like that happens...
Feb. 27th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Great and Argh!
Three strings walk into a bar. Bartender says "We don't serve STRINGS here!" They leave, and one of them walks around the corner, twists himself and ties himself and fluffs his hair and turns and walks back into the bar. The bartender says "What'll it ...heeeeey....aren't you a string???" The string replies....

Wait for it...

"Nope, I'm afrAYED KNOT."
Re: Great and Argh! - medlisandra - Feb. 27th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 27th, 2010 06:18 pm (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
YAY!! Keep on truckin' Mr. Martin. :D
Feb. 27th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
We all need to chip in and buy George the literary equivalent of a Valyrian sword so he can hack through that knot Alexander-style.
Feb. 27th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
I started rereading your four previous Ice and Fire books. Maybe the problem is that Daenerys is too removed from the other characters and she can't interact with them. Maybe you could bring back a horribly disfigured Viserys the Beggar King and have her fight with him and have that end with Daenerys winning and then coming to Westeros. Maybe you can have some spies that from Westeros that are in the same city as Daenerys and they could interact too.
Feb. 27th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
And aliens. Put in lots of aliens!
(no subject) - kinggale - Feb. 28th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 27th, 2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
So wait -- is the objective to untie the knot or to break the rope in half?

Or am I just taking the metaphor too far?
Feb. 27th, 2010 09:04 pm (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
3 Strings walk into a bar...
...the first string goes up to the bartender and says "I'll have a dry martini."
"We don't serve strings in here, you're gonna have to leave."
The second string flips around a bit before he approaches the bartender, then says "Give me a beer in a clean glass."
Says the bartender: "I said we don't serve strings, especially ones that are already all looped up."
The third string starts wildly twisting and fliping and then rolling around on the ground, back and forth, to and fro. Then he goes up to bartender and says "Whisky, neat."
The bartender eyes him up for a second and questions him "you're not a string, are you?"
"Frayed knot."
Thank you, I'll be here all week. Try the sole.
Feb. 27th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
:) Hope you're having a great time writing!!
Feb. 28th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Meereenes Knot
May be fraying just a little=another character just got killed off ;)

Congrats on the progress George.
Feb. 28th, 2010 02:01 am (UTC)
WOOT! . . . or at least that's what I would say if you sounded more uplifting. But hey, at least you can see a light at the end of all this, and really isn't that what really matters?

Really looking forward to another epic installment. I wish you luck good sir.
Feb. 28th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Untying the knot
I know you don't like unsolicited advice. . . but have you considered how many problems you might avoid by introducing some new "factors" into your story?

For instance, I recall you saying something about making timelines fit together more easily when dealing with several characters.

Ever thought about how much time they spend WALKING?

My humble suggestion would be to deus-ex-machina some Guild Navigators from the "Dune" universe to introduce space-folding technology. Your readers won't mind. Heck, we'd basically accept anything, just to have this book in your sweaty, greedy hands.

So. . . I might start with introducing the "spice."

Just a thought. :)
Feb. 28th, 2010 06:40 am (UTC)
Re: Untying the knot
Believe me, the number of times I have wanted to introduce a magical portal, and/or have my characters click their heels together and say, "There's no place like King's Landing," is beyond count. So far I have manfully resisted these temptations.
Re: Untying the knot - talkin_goat - Feb. 28th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Untying the knot - lord_varys - Feb. 28th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Untying the knot - flowzilla - Feb. 28th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Untying the knot - docshubby - Feb. 28th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Untying the knot - hippoiathanatoi - Mar. 1st, 2010 08:37 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Untying the knot - brudewollen - Feb. 28th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 28th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
When life hands you knots...
make macrame?
Feb. 28th, 2010 12:29 pm (UTC)
"My humble suggestion would be to deus-ex-machina some Guild Navigators from the "Dune" universe to introduce space-folding technology. Your readers won't mind. Heck, we'd basically accept anything, just to have this book in your sweaty, greedy hands."

I completely disagree. I would mind. The story up to now appears "authentic" to the reader. Not too many magic swords, fancy spells, even the dragons are introduced very subtly. I have the feeling that if you suddenly start to make use of shortcuts like magic portals (in video gaming language this would be called: hacks!) at this point of the story the whole series loses a credibility which has been carefully build up over many thousands of pages.
Your suggestion appears to me like a selfish effort to convince George to just finish his story "somehow" so we'll get this book sooner. Understandable from a certain point of view but still unacceptable.
(Probably just a harmless suggestion but nevertheless that's how I feel about it)
Feb. 28th, 2010 02:19 pm (UTC)
This may be a little off topic, and weird, but...
I was re-re-re-reading A Storm of Swords, and I got to Tyroin's wedding night and after his brides description i have to wonder (because it sounds like) Tyroin is circumcised. Is he? And is it a common practice in Westeros?
Mar. 1st, 2010 05:59 am (UTC)
Re: Ummm...
Knots...penises. Yep, I see how you got there.

Oh, wait. Not really.
Feb. 28th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
It is really very nice from you to talk so regularly about your progress with Dance Of Drance off lately. Very much appreciated, thank you!
Feb. 28th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
I won't tell anyone, but it's still a great thing to be in on!
Feb. 28th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
What you should do is quietly finish the book, check the blizzard webpage every day until the release date for Starcraft 2 is confirmed, then announce your release date and make a good portion of the nerd worlds heads explode.
Feb. 28th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Knot jokes
You see it is a bit of string that has been in a fight and become tangled and frayed.
So it is now a FRAYED KNOT.

Give me strength!
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