Reading Together #13

I present to you my thirteenth instalment of Weltenwanderers and SchlunzenbüchersGemeinsam Lesen“ (Reading Together).

Each Tuesday one of them asks four questions, with the first three always being the same about the book one is currently reading and the fourth a new one by either of them. All questions below are obviously translated from today’s German post.

1. Which Book are you currently reading and which page are you on?

I’m still reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin, though I haven’t managed to read as much as I would have liked last week.
I’m currently on page 508, which is not so far away from the end already.

2. What is the first sentence on your current page?

In this city of splendors, Dany had expected the House of the Undying Ones to be most splendid of all, but she emerged from her palanquin to behold a grey and ancient ruin.

or in German:

In dieser Stadt des Prunks hatte Dany erwartet, dass das Haus der Unsterblichen das Prunkvollste von allen war, aber als sie aus ihrer Sänfte hervortrat erblickte sie eine graue und uralte Ruine.

3. What do you desperately need to tell about your current book? (Thoughts, Feelings, a Quote, whatever you want!)

All these wannabe kings are even more idiotic than I had thought last week, but I have to admit that some of their ways to rid themselves of their enemies are quite interesting. Though I fear the battles will continue throughout the series…why could they not have listened to Catelyn? Though it is curious that she and Tyrion, who are so much at odds, are the only one’s striving for a peaceful solution amongst the masses of kings.
I also have to admit that I am currently a bit tired of Arya, some of her tales were interesting and I liked the twist that brought her into her current predicament and what happened with Jaqen H’ghar, but I kind of would like her to re-unite with Needle and move on. 😀
On the other hand her brother Bran‘s story gets more interesting and I really like the way his dreams are described. Just as I found it funny that I understood the meaning of the green dream shortly after it was told by Jojen (I currently also like the appendix and a Wiki for the spelling of names…).
While reading one of Catelyn chapters her brother Edmure made a quite interesting claim:

„They shall not cross“

I have no idea, what that reminded me off. 😀

4. Huge tomes (>500 pages) – do you like reading them or shy at them? And why?

I rarely look at the pages when I choose to read a book. Either I want to read it or I’m not interested.
As I mentioned before in some book reviews are 200 pages nothing for me and I consider it a short read. Most of my books have around 400-500 pages, which makes this an average read. In case of A Game of Thrones, my current book and Wolves of the Calla there are even more pages, though I don’t think I’d consider them tomes to begin with. If the content of the pages is interesting than it doesn’t matter how many there are. If it drags on I just want to finish like it was towards the end of the 939 pages of latter one. Which incidentally (according to Goodreads) also makes this the third-longest book I’ve ever read, with Wizard and Glass of the same series coming second (957 pages) and Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix on the first place with 1021 pages, though I don’t remember that I struggled with them as much as I did with the wolves…

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