Big words on coming back from multiple trips, words that keep circulating in my neocortex…
- Possibility (of all sorts)
- Redemption (for what, exactly, I do not know)
- Shame (the power of cultural emotions and how to utilize them)
- Discipline (self as well as that imposed from outside)
- Honor (the struggles thereof, and a
- Slavery (spent time in a place that had no bones talking about – and keeping visible reminders of it up – a slave past)
Word that didn’t come up:
Need more of that one, I think…
I’m also reading the Book of the Malazan Fallen series, and while I don’t completely understand my attraction it’s been a needed cleansing from my disappointment over the closure of the ASOIAF series, especially as it’s played out through HBO. I’ve had to look at my love of these types of series through the lens of ritual, I’m guessing, and that’s made me realize just how much I consistently revert back to fantasy/scifi when I am looking for reading materials. I can pat myself on the back a bit, I guess, because I seek out genre-bending series, but I’m not exactly sure that that’s a win.
Finally, as to that disappointment, I’m not sure why I expect life-changing epiphanies from fantasy series. I guess that I should know why I do, but the power I place in the transformative nature of these types of text is almost always personal, and I had hoped that ASOIAF was going to blow the doors off fantasy (and fiction) by advocating for the placement of humans in balance in the ecosystem of the world of ASOIAF. This sort of balance would entail far fewer of us, and dragons and WWs teaming up with wargs to place humans back into a Malthusian cycle or some other sort of holistic place in our environment.
I can’t imagine GRRM will go there, but maybe the HBO series has freed him up to write what he wants. I can’t help but think that the elaborate plot diffusions in DoD were not planned but were sort of his attempts to write himself someplace more interesting.
Ending in a way that doesn’t involve Tyrion, John Snow, and Danerys Targaryen on dragons would be a beautiful thing. He’s left so many possibilities that I guess that he can go in a bunch of different ways…and here’s hoping he provides that magic moment (rethinking the advent of science and technology, rethinking the triumph of rationality) that I think is sitting out there…
Redemption of sorts, eh?