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@SympathysSilhouette  finished 1/3rd of Feast of Crows.  The plot has slowed down to a glacial pace but there is a lot of internal monologue and character building of Brienne, Jaime, Sam, Cersei etc. However it's a bit odd that this content is placed in book 4.  It would have made more sense to have it in books 1-2.  

 

There is also a 'new generation' of characters being introduced.  Sand snakes etc.  I can't help but think that just like in the show, these new characters will not hold a candle to the those in the first 3 books.  I am also finding that GRRM is repeating the same themes, tropes over and over again.  I first detected this halfway through Storm of Swords and now it's too obvious.  It seems that as GRRM writes the exceptionally high quality of his ideas starts to get less and less.  He's starting to use up his material here.

 

Sam-Gilly is starting to get obnoxious.  Too much of this character.

 

What did you think of this book?

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Feast of Crows has some additional writing that's a little awkward.

 

GRRM instantly turns Qyburn from a subtle, mild-mannered 'punished' meister (in book 1-3) into a scheming, mustache twirling mad scientist/lord.

 

Brienne is written into a Mary Sue.  She is written as socially awkward and socially dumb in the first 3 books and in this one she suddenly gets really witty /badass.

 

Asha was the original Mary Sue in books 1-3 and GRRM double downs on this to an annoying extent.

 

Cersei was evil in book 1-3 but in book 4 her evil is doubled, too.

 

It's too much of a character stretch as GRRM did not write the characters like this in the first 3 books.

 

Jaime is so far the best written character.  I like his psychological development here.

 

3 1/2 books now and there is so, so little Bran.

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When bodybuilder influencers keep on emphasizing "hard work" when they work out approx. 15-20 hrs a week.  Going to the gym is a part time job but it's not the only thing.   What's harder than the workout is meal prep and being consistent with diet.  And worse than that, taking all those steroids and having a lot of health consequences.  Soreness, cardiovascular health etc.

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6 hours ago, Cult Icon said:

When bodybuilder influencers keep on emphasizing "hard work" when they work out approx. 15-20 hrs a week.  Going to the gym is a part time job but it's not the only thing.   What's harder than the workout is meal prep and being consistent with diet.  And worse than that, taking all those steroids and having a lot of health consequences.  Soreness, cardiovascular health etc.

 

Men in Hollywood and male influencers have to suffer way more than their female counterparts.

 

Most female celebs now have the shield of "body positivity" as soon as the get famous. However, "body positivity" is not for men, no single "dad bods" or our of shape men were promoted by journalists. This ideology is done for women.

 

If you're an average men, the "system" doesn't respect you. For men, it's survival of the fittest... But women don't have these constraints, life is way sweeter in that respect.

 

Note that it wasn't like that 30 years ago. Indiana Jones was fit, but not super fit or muscular, though he was still a male ideal, while female sex symbols like Sharon Stone had to be in perfect shape.

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15 hours ago, Enrico_sw said:

 

Men in Hollywood and male influencers have to suffer way more than their female counterparts.

 

Most female celebs now have the shield of "body positivity" as soon as the get famous. However, "body positivity" is not for men, no single "dad bods" or our of shape men were promoted by journalists. This ideology is done for women.

 

If you're an average men, the "system" doesn't respect you. For men, it's survival of the fittest... But women don't have these constraints, life is way sweeter in that respect.

 

Note that it wasn't like that 30 years ago. Indiana Jones was fit, but not super fit or muscular, though he was still a male ideal, while female sex symbols like Sharon Stone had to be in perfect shape.

 

Most female celebs are still super-thin so not sure what you are talking about? :idk:

 

Especially if we are talking Hollywood actresses.

 

If I go by a list of the highest paid Hollywood actresses:

 

ScarJo = thin

Sofia Vergara = curvy but in great shape

Reese Witherspoon = thin

Angelina Jolie = thin

Gal Gadot = thin

Julia Roberts = thin

Jennifer Lawrence = thin

Jennifer Aniston = thin

Melissa McCarthy = not thin

Kaley Cuoco = thin

 

So that's one out of the top ten biggest earners that isn't in supremely good shape.

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