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Would you spend $1995 on Ice and Fire?

This eBay listing is for a set of all five ASOIAF books, each a first edition hardcover signed by GRRM himself.  The “Buy It Now” price is $1995.95.  This set isn’t up for auction, but the seller has set up a “Make an Offer” option.

While obtaining this collection would certainly unlock a “True Nerd” achievement, I don’t think I could ever drop $2K on signed books, unless maybe if I had all the gold in Casterly Rock.  Also, it doesn’t feel as special if GRRM didn’t sign them for me.  George wasn’t able to personalize books at the A Dance with Dragons signing I attended, but it still felt special because I had a few brief moments of contact with him.  Waiting in a bookstore for five hours was a labor of love, and the signed book was my trophy.  Somehow spending a crazy amount of money for a signature feels like cheating.

There’s something else about ASOIAF that doesn’t seem congruent with spending two grand on signed copies.  ASOIAF is one of the most successful series I have ever read.  It defies genre, breaks down cliches and stereotypes and has something to appeal to everyone.  Those very things make it seem, in my mind, like a series of “books for the people.”  While well-written, with a complex plot, extreme amount of detail and a sophisticated set of themes, ASOIAF is not bourgeois.  It’s gritty and in-your-face, much more working class than aristocratic, which is ironic considering most of its characters are noble lords and ladies.  Perhaps the fact that I classify it that way makes me reject any notion of spending thousands of hard-earned dollars on signed copies.

Would you consider buying this?  Comment with any reasons why or why not.

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The Dads of ASOIAF

Today is Father’s Day in the US, so in honor of dads everywhere, let’s take a look at some of the fathers in ASOIAF. Nine dads made the cut (Hoster, Stannis and Aerys were left behind), and for each, an archetype and Father’s Day gift has been suggested. If you have different ideas, please comment below!

*Book spoilers below the cut!
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Preview – Baelor

Extreme spoilers.  Please turn back if you haven’t read the book.

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Dragons

How to Train Your Dragon © DreamWorks

Do you think Balerion the Black Dread was ever this cute?  I highly doubt it, but the comparison got me thinking about the two opposing portrayals of dragons in pop culture.

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GOT Noobs?

I watch Game of Thrones each week with my family. Sometimes awkward, I know, but as my sister often tells us, “We’re all mature adults.” My parents have no context for anything related to Westeros; this is all fresh for them. I, on the other hand, have launched a blog dedicated to ASOIAF, so clearly you know how I feel about the series. I didn’t think this would happen, but I’ve really enjoyed watching the show with people who don’t know anything about the books. Seeing their reactions to various events has been great.

But the most amusing part has probably been how my father has just renamed the characters to his liking. I’m not sure if he genuinely doesn’t understand their names, or if he’s being facetious, or if it’s a mix of the two, but so far, Sansa is Senza, Arya is Aye-eer-ah, and (my favorite), Ned has become Ednert. Ednert Stark, Lord of Winterfell. I can’t help but love it.

I’d be interested to hear if anyone else has experienced something similar, so if you have, comment and let me know!

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Welcome!

Welcome to The Kings’ Keep, a blog dedicated to George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire.  At The Kings’ Keep, we strive to approach the ASOIAF fandom in relation to all the other various parts of fans’ lives.  We want to bring you enjoyable and informative content that relates to topics ranging from engineering to fashion to a good ol’ dose of fanperson sillyness.  So if lemoncakes head off your recipe repertoire, welcome.  If you refer to your dog as a direwolf, welcome.  If you’ve ever been shopping and thought, “Those are such Dothraki sandals,” then welcome to The Kings’ Keep!  We hope you enjoy your stay!

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