I have a message from God unto thee
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>be boning up on western canon
>reading Judges ... oh Yahweh, not another history book of the Hebrew Bible ... welp, might as well plow through this mess
>And Ehud came unto him; and he was sitting in a summer parlour, which he had for himself alone. And Ehud said, I have a message from God unto thee. And he arose out of his seat. And Ehud put forth his left hand, and took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly... (3:20-1)
>I HAVE A MESSAGE FROM GOD UNTO THEE
Holy mother of fuck, Judges is CRAZY. Why didn't you tell me about this, /lit/?
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I know you all hate ASOIAF, but I honestly quite like it. Martin does a really good job of characterization. He's constructed not one Westeros, but dozens. When he kills off a character, he's not killing off a noun that sometimes verbs. He's killing off an entire way of looking at the world.
From page 130 of the first book:
Robb's voice softened. "He's not going to die, Mother. Maester Luwin says the time of greatest danger has passed."
"And what if Maester Luwin is wrong? What if Bran needs me and I'm not here?"
"Rickon needs you," Robb said sharply. "He's only three, he doesn't understand what's happening. He thinks everyone has deserted him, so he follows me around all day, clutching my leg and crying. I don't know what to do with him." He paused a moment, chewing on his lower lip the way he'd done when he was little.
>chewing on his lower lip the way he'd done when he was little
This isn't just a listing of events. This is the specific events, the little things, that Catelyn would notice. I've never been a mother, but when I read that line, I felt like, to a tiny degree, I could understand how a mother sees the world.
Martin doesn't have the best prose, sure, but I think writing him off as a hack is unfair.