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Song of Fire and Ice?
« on: October 04, 2017, 12:06:02 PM »
Hello to all you literature buffs.

I was wondering what you think of the book "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin?

Just today after class was done, a student of mine came up to me and suggested we read it for our English class.

Apparently it involves dragons, a medieval setting a great struggle between good and evil!

I asked my young pupil if it was similar to the Chronicles of Narnia or "The Hobbit".

"Something like that" he said with sort of a  suspicious smirk. According to him George R.R Martin is sort of a model American version of JRR Tolkein.

I rather admire Tolkein. A World War 1 veteran, a devout Catholic, a professor (and inventor!) of all manner of languages: Latin, Greek, Anglo Saxon, likely Irish Gaelic (big points for a proud Irish American gal like me!)

Can someone please give me a sober, realistic assessment of this George RR character? Is his pedigree and list of accomplishments somewhat similar to the great JRR? please let me know your opinion of the books and its suitability for a 7th-9th grade English class.

Thank you very much.

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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 12:10:40 PM »
Why would you take the advice of a group of hell-bound atheists on such an important matter, SisterAgatha?
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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2017, 12:18:25 PM »
Because, I hate to say it, unlike many Catholics (nuns and otherwise) you people seem sort of "open minded." That is you won't "shut down" when you hear about a controversial matter you might not like.

I could always read a book review or two and have... but I want the experiences of people who actually have read the books.

I saw them at Barnes and Noble the other day. They are almost as thick as the Summa Theologia!

With my lessons, prayers, gardening,beekeeping, and spiritual reading I hardly would have time to read through all of them so soon!

I can see its been made into a smutty series for HBO...but I think its possible they exaggerate the inappropriate parts just to get ratings (people can be so low at times!)


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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2017, 12:29:38 PM »
Well, well, Sister, how you change so much from being a stereotype nun to a more questioning person. As if you have not really made up your own mind just who or what you are. Or like a troll having trouble maintaining a persona, trying to reinforce an image, whilst challlenging others.

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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2017, 12:30:33 PM »


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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2017, 12:34:00 PM »
No way are you an English teacher. You frequently confuse your with you're and it's with its, which are rather basic.
I'm just a student of the game that they taught me.


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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2017, 12:35:39 PM »
Well I have watched the HBO series and enjoyed it because it's not all sweet and loving. There is a but of bite and comedy passably acted.

What do you normally read? What are the last half dozen fiction books you have read and no the Bible doesn't count.
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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2017, 12:36:10 PM »
No way are you an English teacher. You frequently confuse your with you're and it's with its, which are rather basic.
I noticed that too.
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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2017, 12:42:02 PM »
Silver:
No way are you an English teacher. You frequently confuse your with you're and it's with its, which are rather basic.

Actually, there is a brand new English course: Interwebz Trollz. It's taking off at an alarming rate. 

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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2017, 01:53:39 PM »
No way are you an English teacher. You frequently confuse your with you're and it's with its, which are rather basic.

 :grin:


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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2017, 02:00:25 PM »
No way are you an English teacher. You frequently confuse your with you're and it's with its, which are rather basic.

 :grin:

Heh. :grin:

Sister (? :notsure: ) Agatha brings out the grammar nazi in me, which generally lies dormant, and increasingly the skeptic, who is starting to believe that it's all a bunch of lies.

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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2017, 02:09:53 PM »
I can see its been made into a smutty series for HBO...but I think its possible they exaggerate the inappropriate parts just to get ratings (people can be so low at times!)

Nope. There's plenty of sex - incest, rape, consensual...in the books there's even pedophilia which might please some Catholics.
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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2017, 02:12:37 PM »
No way are you an English teacher. You frequently confuse your with you're and it's with its, which are rather basic.

 :grin:

Hmm, think there should be a comma between "say" and "softly" . . .

Or should it be "softly say" ?
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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #13 on: October 04, 2017, 02:24:18 PM »
No way are you an English teacher. You frequently confuse your with you're and it's with its, which are rather basic.

 :grin:

Hmm, think there should be a comma between "say" and "softly" . . .

Or should it be "softly say" ?
And a period at the end of the sentence.  :run!:


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Re: Song of Fire and Ice?
« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2017, 03:15:51 PM »
I have it, on good authority, that that man sold his soul to the devil! (Read in your best impersonation of Colonel Sanders... or Foghorn Leghorn...)
 

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