My first problem is how to pronounce all of the names. I mean, I like that we have easy names like Jon, Robert, or Bran, but then we have names like Daenerys, Illyrio, Viserys, and Baratheon. I am immersion reading this one, so the narrator on audio is tell me how to pronounce them. That’s makes it so much better because I 100% would’ve skimmed those names and pronounced them in the weirdest way.
You can see in the picture below that I am annotating this thing to death. I’m mostly doing it to keep up with who is talking in each chapter, and to mark significant things that jump out at me.
- I love the map at the beginning of my physical copy. I like following them as they move around the map.
- The Starks finding the direwolf pups was adorable and I wanted illustrations of these. (I almost googled what they looked like in the TV series, but I was afraid of spoilers).
- I now understand what Winter is Coming means!! I’m finally part of pop culture (only 12 years later than everyone) 🙂
- Tyrion Lannister is funny and I finally now who he is too. I might actually like him… a little… I’m leary!
- I full-on hate Jaime Lannister… like despise him. So much.
- It is just a normal thing in House Targaryen for brothers and sisters to marry and have children? What in the actual hell?
- Nevermind, the Lannister siblings are kissing as well, so maybe it’s just something that happens in this world… it’s still nasty.
- BRAN!! OH NO!!
- The Dothraki have the weirdest wedding ceremonies, but hey… at least he didn’t marry his sister!
Things I think I need to remember going forward
- King Robert was in love with Ned’s sister (and maybe still is)
- Ned Stark is my favorite adult so far. Actually, most of the Stark children are my favorites too, including Jon
- Ned has taken his daughters with the king
- Jon has gone to “the wall” with his uncle Ben and Tyrion
- Poor Bran hasn’t really woken up yet, so I don’t know what’s going to happen with that.
- Jon gave Arya a sword and she named is Needle
I’ll see you after the next 100 pages!