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Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Avatar arlo says:

    Sorry, but that proves nothing. The ‘latest’ excerpt is over a year old. I think GRRM is only good at editing anthologies now. Too bad, sure was a helluva start.Report

  2. Avatar RaisinGirl says:

    It’s a fabulous chapter though. Well worth the read.Report

  3. Avatar Kolohe says:

    What’s the deal with all the underlining?Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      The Others have killed almost all of the scribes, and the survivors are making do with whatever punctuation they can scavenge.Report

    • Avatar Brandon Berg says:

      It appears to indicate unspoken thoughts.Report

      • Avatar Brandon Berg says:

        Remember back in school, when you wrote—like, wrote wrote, with pencils and pens—and your teacher told you to use underlining as a substitute for italics? For some weird reason he’s doing that here.Report

  4. Avatar Shazbot3 says:

    I hope he introduces a bunch of new characters in the last two books, kills off one or two more of the most central characters, explains nothing about the things fans are interested in -like Snow’s mom- and leaves all of the central plot points unresolved- e.g. Daenarys is not yet taking over the west, the Others are still futzing around, etc.Report

  5. I don’t get it. This didn’t link to any TV episodes.Report

  6. Avatar North says:

    Lovely, how many years and he gives me one chapter from my least favorite Stark.Report

  7. Avatar Brandon Berg says:

    Is it too soon to turn “Jordan” into a verb?Report

  8. Nob Akimoto Nob Akimoto says:

    At some point they’re going to have to include 10-15 minute montages of people staring at eachother and glaring at eachother scarily between battle scenes.

    We’ll probably end up with something like this in Westeros: http://funnymama.com/store/130825/208496_v0_600x.pngReport

    • Avatar KatherineMW says:

      Nah, the show’s going to either stop, or (more probably) go ahead with writing its own conclusion if Martin hasn’t finished TWOW within the next year. They’ve already added a fair amount of original material, and some of the characters’ plotlines in Season 4 are already including events from A Feast for Crows (e.g., Brienne) and A Dance with Dragons (e.g., Bran). Season 5 is going to take them up to the end of the published series, and possibly beyond.

      I wouldn’t mind Weiss, Benioff et al. writing their own conclusion for the show. Martin’s pretty clearly getting bogged down and has lost track of his central narrative.Report