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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
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blue Buddha Press; 2nd edition (October 5, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PN36F4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,645 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Methadone December 5, 2012
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Good Companion Piece for the ASoIAF series. November 7, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read for a long time fan October 14, 2012
By 897
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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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Essays! November 27, 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Essays That Expand ASOIAF perspective November 6, 2013
By Dave B.
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I just read Alex Smith's essay on the prince that was promised. I thought it was excellent and I wanted to pass on my appreciation to the author for an enriching read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for all martins fans!! October 23, 2013
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This is a must have for fans of this epic series, it is incredibly insightful and helps to make sense of the many, many story lines and arcs, both past and present, highly recommended!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Keeps me thinking September 2, 2013
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Its great background material for Song of Ice and fire and it has some ideas about plot and characters that I never thought of. Answers some of the questions I had in my head of what may be the possibilities this saga may be heading. Can't wait for the next book of the series!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great essays, it is always nice to support the guys at TOTH
Published 5 months ago by Jesús Herrera
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointed
I really did not understand what this was. Guess that was my fault, but I did read the description. A lot of conjecture here about obscure Game of Thrones details. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Craig in IL
5.0 out of 5 stars great info and theories
Title says it all, these guys know their stuff. Well written and researched. This is a must read if you want to dig deeper
Published 9 months ago by Joshua P. Dolgin
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, a little too much about the essay authors
There are some interesting essays in here. Most of the theories I had heard already, but there's some interesting points of view. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for SoIaF fans
Great book produced by an exceptional Podcast! Helps pass the time until the next book I s out :) recommended
Published 14 months ago by Ray Feighery
2.0 out of 5 stars Know What You Are Getting
Wasn't what I was looking for. It should have been named Philosophy of Game of Thrones. There is no story line here - just analysis (very detailed) of the 5 books published so... Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. Carothers
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip the book, use the website
I'm a big fan of the Tower of the Hand website and had high hopes for this compilation. Unfortunately, I feel these essays are sub-par writing and the topics are forgettable.
Published 15 months ago by Christine Orland
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Essays
While some of the ways in this collection make more logical jumps than I am comfortable with (The Prince that Illyrio Promised specifically), I found each to be an interesting... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive book of theories for fans of ASOIAF
There are some books that does not make you think. You read it only to enjoy the travel. But there are others that can be very deep. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Javi Marcos
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