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Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows [Kindle Edition]

Marc N. Kleinhenz , Stefan Sasse , Miles Schneiderman , Alexander Smith , Amin Javadi , John Jasmin , Douglas Cohen , Mimi Hoshut
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For the past seven years, we at have prided ourselves on being a premiere source of A Song of Ice and Fire analysis, information, and speculation. There has been nearly a metric ton of essays, forum posts, and encyclopedia entries logged at the site to date, all designed to give the hardest of the core fan the most rewarding experience possible while reading George R.R. Martin's seminal novels.

And now we’re taking all those years of mastery and applying them to an ebook.

Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows takes five of the site's most prolific authors - including its two founders - and draws out their best, most in-depth work yet. Unlike other Ice and Fire compendiums, the focus of these essays is on the narrative, character, and thematic elements of the story itself, as opposed to the literary aspects surrounding the books.

Even better, the TOTH editors are joined by some of their good friends, who just so happen to be leading voices in the Game of Thrones community: A Podcast of Ice and Fire co-hosts Amin Javadi and Mimi Hoshut, founder Phil Bicking, and A Feast of Ice and Fire co-author Chelsea Monroe-Cassel.

Altogether, the book’s eight authors (and two special guests) cover a wide gamut of subjects and perspectives, from the most obvious to the most subtle, challenging readers to look at the novels they love so much in entirely new - and more enriching - ways.

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About the Author

Marc N. Kleinhenz has written for 21 sites, including IGN, The Escapist, Gamasutra, Comic Related,, and Tower of the Hand. He co-created and co-hosted the Airship Travelogues podcast for its first year at Nintendojo, and his creative writing has been published by Alterna Comics,, Death Head Grin, and "Asylum Ink," "Cuento," and "Smashed Cat" magazines. His day jobs have ranged from everything from an intrepid GameStop employee to a gaijin English teacher in Japan to a mild-mannered medical supplies representative.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blue Buddha Press; 2nd edition (5 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PN36F4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not suited for a bif fan. 20 April 2014
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Don't get me wrong. I suppose I am bad audience: I am VERY big fan of Asoiaf, I've read all theories on, on blogs, some on reddit etc. I think if you are just like the book but not pass every evening on forums in search for new theory - this is great book. Because if will show you what a great writer is G.R.R.Martin and how interesting he writes, and how he influence research from all those brilliant guys.

But, if you like me - pass by. Out of 10 essays there were only one, that was interesting enough. All others were old stuff, discussed long-long-long ago...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any A Song Of Ice & Fire fan 8 Nov. 2012
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Some great insights and topics for discussion. If you've read all of GRRMs books this series of essays will compliment them in myriad different ways. They highlight subjects and events I'd either missed or not noticed, for me they helped me understand the world of Westeros better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For aSoIaF fans only 18 Dec. 2013
By Sam
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While it is an enjoyable enough read, I bought this as I am part of the aSoIaF fandom and listen to associated podcasts, some hosts of which have contributed to this book.

I would only recommend this to people who are really into the book series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BA (short for badass) 15 Oct. 2012
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I pretty much live and breath ASOIAF. I've read the books far too many times (if that's possible) and analysed the hell out of them. I heard about the book through A Podcast of Ice and Fire, of which I'm a massive fan. If you're a ASOIAF junkie like me then you should definitely buy this book. There's great pieces with some terrific insight into prophecy, religion etc and how they effect the world GRRM created. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Tower of the Hand: Making the wait for The Winds of Winter more bearable 18 Oct. 2012
By NickSnow - Published on
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Recently, Vulture Magazine wrote an article rating the top 25 most devoted fandoms. At the top of the list were, to no surprise, the fans of George R.R. Martin's glorious and epic saga: "A Song of Ice and Fire". Us fans, knowing that the next novel, "The Winds of Winter", could be coming out in years, salivate at any new development in the community. "Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows" is a sure way to satisfy the hunger of ASOIAF fans.

The Tower of the Hand, along with, The Podcast of Ice and Fire, Not a Blog, and the Boiled Leather Audio Hour, is an amazing spot for ASOIAF fans. For years, the contributors have been writing family trees, chapter summaries, theories, and essays for us dedicated fans. Now, with the release of their first essay collection, "Tower of the Hand: A flight of Sorrows", they once again ignite the passion and imagination for the thousands of fans.

The collection contains 8 essays from prolific figureheads of the ASOIAF community, including Podcast of Ice and Fire hosts Amim Javadi and Mimi Hoshut, Stefan Sasse from Boiled Leather, and Alex and Johnny from the Tower of the Hand itself. Essay topics range from the implications of Aegon VI Targaryen to top players in the game of thrones to the parallels between the Dunk and Egg novellas and the series proper. And unlike many other essay collections, which discuss topics associated with the series (like the concepts of truth and honor), this one looks at the actual events in the books and tries to make sense of it all.

It is a highly engaging read for someone like me and other truly devoted fans, however, I could imagine more casual fans having some trouble understanding some of the things discussed. For example, the details of the Blackfyre Rebellion or the Azor Ahai prophecy often go missed by a casual reader; they could have a hard time grasping some of the theories mentioned in this book without the more advanced understanding. That in mind, this is a book for the most intense fans.

With no end in sight for the completion of "The Winds of Winter", "Tower of the Hand: A Flight of Sorrows" is a great way to make the wait bearable. During my read, I began to re-evaluate my previous assumptions and theories, as well as looking at things I had not considered. It was interesting, exciting, and fun, for it brings us one step closer to finally solving the gargantuan jigsaw puzzle that is "A Song of Ice and Fire."
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Methadone 5 Dec. 2012
By Anand Bhardwaj - Published on
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That's what this is. Methadone, because Heroin takes 4-6 years per.. er.. book, to produce.

Interesting essays, I quite enjoyed them. It's chock a block with spoilers for book 1 thru 5, but then again, if you hadn't already read all the canon books, its unlikely that you're buying this one.

If you are a regular (or even occasional) reader of the tower of the hand, winter is coming, and any other ASOIAF fansites, you've probably heard some version of the discussions in this book before. Even so, the arguments are well organized, and the writing style of the various contributors is clean and crisp and pretty readable. In all its a good synthesis of a lot of the fan analysis and speculation out there.

Word of warning, if you're a TV show watcher and haven't read the books, do not confuse this book with another, released around the same time as this one, where the show is discussed. (Inside HBO's Game of Thrones, by Brian Cogman). A flight of Sorrows will spoil the living daylights out of a TV-only GRRM-head.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Companion Piece for the ASoIAF series. 7 Nov. 2012
By John Wao - Published on
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The is book contains a series of essays that delve into conspiracy theories, characters, and plot lines that make George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books so popular. If you finished all the books and need an Ice and Fire fix then pick this up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for a long time fan 15 Oct. 2012
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GRRM's fantasy world is deep and requires some thought to fully appreciate. These essays delve into the the history of the world and characters from folks at all ends of the fandom. As a Podcast of Ice and Fire listener I really loved Mimi's and Amin's essays and the rest were just as fun to read!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Essays! 27 Nov. 2013
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This collection of essays in e-book format is for fans of George RR Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series. Many of the authors are big names in the roster of online discussion boards, blogs, and podcasts. It is most enjoyable because, unlike other ASOIAF themed books it covers actual issues in the series rather than more “meta” issues, such as the treatment of women or religion. And most of the arguments are compelling and insightful. Perhaps worst/best of all, they make the reader want the next book in the series published sooner rather than later in order to find out if many of the assessments in the “Flight” turn out to be correct.
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