A big thank you to Chris Appelgren over at The Bold Italic for reading and mentioning our humble little blog. You want to know what I think about you reading “A Dance With Dragons,” the fifth book in the “A Song of Fire and Ice” fantasy series? Two things: First, I saw someone reading “A Feast for Crows” on the train this morning, which is the fourth book in that same series. No joke. Second, I heard that the HBO series based on the first book in the series, “A Game of Thrones,” has what my father would have referred to as “redeeming social value.” So Chris, although it seems like fantasy novels have been following me around lately like Gollum followed his Precious, I think it’s safe to say that you’re on solid ground. That ground just happens to be in Westeros and Essos.