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Game of Thrones, Ancient Christian Women, and Old Ministers

I have been READING, and I was reading a variety of things, but then Storm of Swords, the third in the George R.R. Martin Game of Thrones series, grabbed me and now I can read nothing else. And I know -- I KNOW it's called A Song of Ice and Fire, but I'm not doing that. Everyone calls it GoT because of the TV show, and the culture has adapted accordingly.

I'm gonna be pretty unspoilery, but everyone knows the Red Wedding is a thing that exists, and I will argue it is WAY WORSE when you know it's coming. Any mention of a wedding and I cringed, and then finally they were all going there, none the wiser and I was having panic attacks. MY BABIES how could this happen to you. Ugh. Those people better get theirs. THEY BETTER GET THEIRS.


YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE

Someone told me they thought Danaerys was boring in this book, but I am TOTES INTO HER. I didn't think I would be, but she's awesome. And I am currently supporting her as eventual winner. Her or Margaery Tyrell, because who doesn't love Margaery. She's one of the only people who seems to know what the hell she's doing. Her and her saucy grandma.



So I'm also reading a book I am SUPER-liking, but it got derailed by GoT because how could it not, and that's The Bone Gatherers: The Lost Worlds of Early Christian Women, which someone in my church committee asked me about, listened to me talk about women in the 400s for like two minutes, then said "Oh, I thought it was a novel." WELL I AM SORRY. But it's really good and well-written and I am excited about it. But not so excited that I'm gonna stop reading about what's going on with Bran and Hodor and Tywin Lannister and ALL MY FRIENDS I have some emotional attachments going on here.

I also started Gilead, which has weirdly been recommended by at least two guys, and guys almost never rec books to me. Probably because the main guy I talk to is Doug, and Doug mainly reads movie novelizations (lies, but you should read that post if you haven't). Gilead is obviously amazing and wonderful and you read that Marilynne Robinson teaches at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and of COURSE she does, because she is so very obviously A Writer in the same way Rembrandt is A Painter.

So I'm very excited by all the books I'm reading right now, but Storm of Swords most of all, because damn you and your many fantastic characters, GRRM. Damn you.

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