Bran Stark is Hosed – A Reasonable Prediction From the End of Game of Thrones

The Kingdoms of Bran the Broken is neither a Kingdom nor is it Bran’s. Discuss. This analysis, from A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry, argues that the introduction of Elective Monarchy to Westeros, and especially the election of Bran Stark as its first elected king, is doomed to failure. The reasons are as follows: With the… Read More Bran Stark is Hosed – A Reasonable Prediction From the End of Game of Thrones

Game of Roses, or How George R.R. Martin Gave New Names to Historical Persons

I see my friends getting all excited for the new season of Game of Thrones. It almost makes me wish for HBO. But as I’ve said before, I’ve read the books, and as I’ve said before, Martin has drawn heavily on the actual history of 15th-century England in creating his saga. Sure, most people with… Read More Game of Roses, or How George R.R. Martin Gave New Names to Historical Persons

The Yuletime Haul of Books: Trenches, Emperors, and the Knave Doth Abide

Like a Bandit, I made out. Like a bandit. The list: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars – Still reading it, and while i detect clunky moments, when it’s on, it sizzles. Two Gentlemen of Lebowski – A friend of mine summed it up as “so much more spot-on than necessary.” I concur. World War One: A Short History – “In four… Read More The Yuletime Haul of Books: Trenches, Emperors, and the Knave Doth Abide