Thousand Worlds Book Club: The Stone City by George R.R. Martin


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89 thoughts on “Thousand Worlds Book Club: The Stone City by George R.R. Martin”

  1. Lovemachine says:


  2. Wu Zhiro Fukaree says:


  3. No No says:

    i just love the sidecaracters u make up

  4. Nicola Brown says:

    I've had the worst night at work and this is the remedy I need

  5. FLBoyCanScrap says:


  6. Lou Frontier says:


  7. Hairless Oyster says:

    I play a drinking game where I drink 7 beers every time you say And Seven Times Never Kill Man. So far I'm behind by 6,324 beers. So please stop until I can catch up or die trying. Thank you

  8. Dick Johnson says:

    Preston bless.

  9. ongo bongo says:

    Preston please father my first born child

  10. leftofyou says:

    What do you think was happening to time at the end?

  11. Redem10 says:

    I can't wait for the sandkings

  12. Marc Shanahan says:

    Great vid. I am anxiously awaiting the Season 4 finale vid''s release. Hoping it'll come soon.
    I prepped a narration for 'The Long Walk' beauty pageant, if anyone would like to see it, I will post it when the Season 4 finale vid hits.

  13. LG280 Lg280 says:

    My favorito story

  14. Kerry Brennan says:

    So the stone city is television maybe, more of a vice.

  15. lastEvergreen says:

    "You weren't s'posed to be here." -Horse smelling footpad

  16. GUDAJLasd says:

    wow, thanks for that, I really didn't get this one with out the explanation

  17. Jamie Lin says:

    Ya the ending was so confusing. This is my most anticipated episode, as I can get some clarity.

  18. Mike Smith says:

    Last time I was this early, trucks weren't sentient beings capable of sudden attacks.

  19. lastEvergreen says:

    "But you're a genius Preston. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my fucking life apart." -George R.R. Martin

  20. Cata Thielemann says:

    Yaaay!! I love your book club, thanks, Preston

  21. Leah Lemieux says:

    In the end Holt ends up just another ghost, wander endlessly amongst other ghosts.

  22. Nohashtagshere says:

    The stone city is kinda like the house of the undying? Maybe ?

  23. k m says:

    I could never read these Martin sci-fi books because of all these dumb, made up, and goofy sounding names.

  24. Daniel Smeltzer says:

    Great video Preston!

  25. Z'Q says:

    Actually they are pulling themselves up by their bootstraps.

    Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps was invented by leftists as a way of saying that it's impossible to make it if the entire system is rigged in the favor of the wealthy.

    Idiotic right wingers keep saying that even though it was made to insult them and their insane beliefs.

  26. Saby Hernandez says:

    I seen so many other channels shit on Preston, but I honestly love these reviews. Even thou some ASOFA theories are a stretch, I still find these video amazing. Keep doing you, and I'll be here open for your interpretations.

  27. Amelia C. says:

    We love new Preston Videos !!!

  28. Edward Unlikely says:

    "…or, you know Westeros.." Fucking.Hilarious.

  29. Andrew says:

    Whats the point of the special guest? Seems most of the time it's just wasted effort on your part, perhaps to pad out time?

  30. Nicolas Daniluk says:

    stone city ? more like stoner basement.

  31. pikkdogs says:

    One of my least favorite GRRM stories. So boring.

    But, my most favorite GRRM short story is coming up soon. There's few works of literature more powerful than Meathouse Man.

  32. Williamjames Hoffer says:

    Other than "Bravo", I would like to add: It is probably not just Bayonne, but also Dubuque and Chicago. His fiction is always an amalgam from "the spinner rack". Again, bravo!

  33. Jooooger says:

    Does anyone know where George picked up his obsession w/ collective consciousness and hive minds?

  34. Isaac Ruderman says:

    Do skahaz areo hotah qyburn hound daemon targarian reek aeron podrick Payne and most of all do a voice for gate house Amy

  35. David Nowak says:

    I autolike every new Preston Jacobs video!

  36. Jeremy Cowan says:

    No dislikes lol

  37. kylehasgeniusbits says:

    Will we ever find out what is at the galactic core? Or beyond?

  38. Robby Flannery says:

    Hey Preston,

    Forgive me if this has been asked if you before, but I would love to see a video comparison between GRRM's 1000 Worlds series and the obvious influence they had on the Futurama episode "The Beast with a Billion Backs".

  39. zachary lynn says:

    love you Preston! personally on re reread I had an existential crisis, and came to some interesting conclusions on which I texted a friend, we are about to hit the bars now ( I had to fight to watch this) I will message you on the marrow. I think you'll find my findings interesting. the point is short stories by our author are akin to watching Donnie Darko, you're close to the membrane, and try to reach through. I have some findings I want your opinion on

  40. Garmadon says:

    Westeros is Avalon

  41. Ser Brad ‘Speedball’ Summerchild says:

    Bring back CHAD

  42. Ognjen Garić says:

    God damn Khajit…

  43. TraciPeteyforlife says:

    Grrm, has written some messed up stuff.

  44. CherryCheetah says:

    Hello Preston, recently I read a collection of G.R.R. Martin's short stories and there was this one super short (7-8 pages) story called "The Runners" -> it took place on Old Poseidon and some other places (like Baldr) are mentioned, it also involves telepaths. I think it's safe to say that it's part of the Thousand Words universe – what do you think?

  45. Radiyas 13 says:

    "Ymir" and "Uller" are also figures from Nordic/Scandinavian myth; the former being the sire of all Jotun-frost giants, the latter being one of the Aesir-Vanir gods . . .

  46. Something Something Something says:

    Bet it would've looked quite different if he wrote it today..

  47. Julian Krick says:

    the bureaucracy as well as the stone city, where the protagonist cannot really understand the rules governing everything, are super kafkaesk. in fact, if I wanted to describe each GRRM story with only one word, kafkaesk would totally be the word for the stone city

  48. Bryant Adair says:

    Good stuff!

  49. Kassarock says:

    Pretty sure it says on the first page that city predates the Ul-nayileith and that they only built the space port.

    As for the ending, I always interpreted the stone city as being some kind of hivemind built out of the memories of all those who wandered into its depths and the Shed Boss is one of the race that built it, as Holt actually sees that they dominate the aliens he sees down there. All the stuff that Holt sees is actually just his own memories, the memories of his lost crew mates, or the memories of the aliens trapped there. Although, that doesn't actually explain how he sees time change in the doorways. Perhaps the stone city functions like a giant jump gun? Using the power of a giant hivemind to bend space and time to create the doors onto other words?

    But your more meta explanation does also make sense, the parallel between escapist drug use and the stone city as well as GRRM's early life points it to being some sort of allegory for escapism.

  50. SpisUchmich says:

    In his essay "The Light of Distant Stars" GRRM writes: "And yet, of all the stories that I've ever written, 'The Stone City' is the one that comes closest to capturing the yearnings of that boy stretched out in the summer grass beside the Kill van Kull, staring up at Orion. I don't know that I ever evoked the vastness of space or that elusive 'sense of wonder' any better than I did here."
    So yeah the story is definitely about this longing – maybe in the sense of travelling, maybe in the sense of reading, but definitely escaping your current life. Until now I never really got the ending, but I guess it makes sense… Holt never really leaves the Stone City but he dreams of leaving it forever and ever.

  51. Adam Rose says:

    Hey Preston, am i being indoctrinated by communist propaganda when i read ASOIAF??? just wondering…

  52. PainCausingSamurai says:

    I think the stone city is less about reading, and more about escapism in general. books/movies/games/etc. can help us feel better when life is hard, but they can't change your situation. You need to take risks and have your own experiences in order to grow. This is an important realization for a nerd growing up in a shitty port town.

  53. Mintakah says:

    Heh, the voices. it's not you're strong suit, but it's funny to hear
    Also, good vids lately. Quality has been going up ⬆

  54. Mintakah says:

    Heh, the voices. it's not you're strong suit, but it's funny to hear
    Also, good vids lately. Quality has been going up ⬆

  55. Berserker says:

    Fuck the rich, George is right. Problem, Preston?

  56. Ser Brad ‘Speedball’ Summerchild says:

    This story is amazingly rich considering GRRM was a massive Hillary supporter lmao :^)

  57. Brendan Fechter says:

    There is House Sunderly of the isles and also House Sunderland of the Sisters

  58. Margaret Jameson says:

    Great analysis, Preston! I really enjoyed the layers of history and perception in this story. The break between the the original Builders and the preset authority made sure that the true mission/nature/purpose of the Stone City would forever be obscured. This reflects the ultimate (and contradictory) goal of artists and writers––to find the hidden key, to reveal the most mysterious.

  59. Starcom23 says:

    Preston my favourite German, your work is amazing. I take you everyday above Haribo.

  60. AmygdalaOP says:

    i think the stone city is the possibilities open to people who are willing to take the necessary steps to get there. Holt could have escaped, but his curiosity was what brought him to Greyrest and his curiosity to see Old Earth led him back into the endless tunnels.
    Holt had the skills to "make it" but like Tesla, his drive for knowledge is stronger than the desire to 'have' so his skills are put towards discovery rather than building wealth.
    I think having the stone city be right under the fox-men and ignored by them is hinting that other ways of doing things are possible if you are willing to disengage from a corrupt system.

  61. psammiad says:

    Great, I found this a very weird and depressing story to read, it makes a lot more sense knowing more about his life.

  62. Ramon Carneiro says:

    So you've made comparIsons about GRRM'S life but forget to link the Stone City story to ASOIAF?

  63. Dean USA says:

    Preston I love all these stories and want to thank you for opening my eyes to them I must say dying of the light is one of my favorite books of all time now so again thank you

  64. Baseborn Manjack says:


  65. Malice Wonder says:

    "A metaphor for reading" – That, or the prediction of internet addiction. Been opening 'doors' all day myself.

  66. Mortimer Snead says:

    the different building styles in the Stone City reminds me of Vaes Dothrak.

  67. Count chocula says:

    If you lived In nj you'd know the stone city is Manhattan

  68. SwordoftheEvening says:

    I just read A song for Lya. You going to do a video on this soon? crosses fingers

  69. Danielle Ramos says:

    I am from Bayonne, NJ and I can confirm that is does in fact suck.

  70. imperatorvult says:

    Probably my favorite of his short stories.

  71. HeavyMetalBear says:

    I liked your use of the special guest in this video.

  72. samuel huckaby says:

    I thought the same thing about the tunnels, they are definitely like the house of the undying.

  73. Brian Pica says:

    your guest voices suck your great but these voices are so bad

  74. ST0qr says:

    I like to think House Sunderland is named after the city of Sunderland because they're close to the New Castle in white harbor and Newcastle is a harbor city next to Sunderland.

  75. Jooooger says:

    The origins of the stone city: "it had been there when the ul-nayileith had come" I think that means that they did not build it.

  76. dratheart says:

    Preston, ALL of New Jersey is shitty! 😉 The Stone City also reminds me of ASOIAF regarding The Maze Makers, the unexplained Black Oily Stone all over ASOIAF's known world, and Vaes Dothrak (sp?) having collected many monuments and treasures of now dead civilizations.

  77. Vish Wah says:

    this made me think that george might be a furry

  78. Benjamin Franceschi says:

    Did anyone else read it as Holt going insane? The scene with the Danli using the jump gun in that vision Holt has in the tunnels shows that they are driven mad by a single use, in almost every case. The way I read it, all four of the jump gun operators went nutty, and were left in the stone city by the rest of the crew, which would explain why the captain and the others are described as "lost," and why the form that Holt's berth is written on is old crumbling paper. He has actually been in the city for hundreds of years. It would also make sense as to why the Danli enjoy fucking with him so much, and even the Danli merchants in the street are laughing at him. He has been there for hundreds of years, not noticing the time passing (similarly to "The Second Kind of Loneliness"), and begging the Danli to let him leave, as if no time had passed. They know that he came on a ship with a jump gun, and what happens to those who operate one. They know that his ship left him there becuase he lost his marbles. The only things I cant explain neatly is Tacker-Ray and Sunderland, because if I recall correctly, they were the only characters we actually saw who were not jump gun operators (although we do see an apparition of Sunderland later on). That being said, this would not be the first time that Martin writes from the point of view of an unreliable narrator. This would also tie in with Prestons idea that the stone city is a psyonic collective consciousness that warps spacetime in the same way as a jump gun, as that would explain why Holt is drawn into the tunnels without a second thought, when he very clearly expressed knowledge of how perilous the tunnels were, and how he was not going to stray from the main stair. All in all, it does not fit perfectly, and does not tie in all the story elements, but I think my theory has merits. I would love to hear other takes, as this story was extremely dense and complex, and one of Martin's better works in my opinion.

  79. Mon Sneaks says:

    This was my least favourite read, but you've made me fall in love with it

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  82. Milos Lukic says:

    Do you think that the maze of Lorath is a reference to the Stone City? The maze of Lorath is huge, subterranean and unexplored. Also, no one knows who built it or what purpose it is supposed to serve.

  83. Daemonnoob says:

    what i don't get is why he didn't say that the captain was dead or try promoting himself to captain or forge the captain's signature,
    but i guess it's just not that simple. all in all the story is quite depressing and maybe the whole ending is just a dream. though i don't think that the story is about reading or books because george himself has enthusiastically said many times in interviews that a man that reads books can live a thousand lives where others can only live one.

  84. dfailsthemost says:

    Maybe a library

  85. Brad Champagne says:

    The city is also very reminiscent of the abandoned structure in Forbidden Planet. It’s an ancient, hyper advanced technology, and pretty much a city on its own.

  86. Brad Champagne says:

    A writer making untold amounts of money from a capitalist system rants against capitalism in his early years. Isn’t this the story of every eventually successful artist?

  87. floooooooooooooooood says:

    You talk about how George is struggling to make it as a writer around the time that this story was published, but it is interesting to note that he says that the weirdness in this story came from the freedom he had knowing that no matter what he wrote, it would be published. That is to say his career as a writer was finally starting to take off about the time he wrote this.

  88. Tony Casella says:

    Do you have a timeline everywhere of when each story in the thousands worlds takes place?

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