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A Game of Thrones

 

I’ve made it my mission to read as many considered classics as I can. From ancient tomes like the Iliad, to current successes like Pillars of the Earth, I’ve sought out the best the printed word has to offer. Not a fan of non-fiction, (for the most part), I find my solace in all that is fantastical.

For those of you who have read my book related blogs before you’ve noticed my reliance on recommendations. Great reads like A Handmaid’s Tale and House of Leaves came into my care thanks to the word of others. However, the book I recently concluded was found on television.

A Game of Thrones is the first of seven books in George R.R. Martin’s series “A Song of Ice and Fire.” The story takes place within the wild-weathered world of Westeros. It revolves around four major houses, (House Stark, House Lannister, House Targaryen, and House Baratheon,) quest for the crown. It’s styled as a Shakespearean court drama, and is set in a refined medieval empire. Most importantly, it is a breathtaking read that though eight hundred plus pages long was devoured in days.

I loved this book! Not only was my understanding of the story blessed with additional depth, but my favorite characters increased in numbers. The HBO adaptation brought me Jaime Lannister, Jon Snow, and Arya Stark. The novel brought me Sansa, Robb, and Bran Stark, (and those are just my favorites). Yet, what I loved most about the book was the way Martin presented his chapters. Instead of numbering them he titles each after the character whose eyes we see things through. Without question this aided my appreciation for Sansa who was portrayed more foolish on the show than she was in the book. Furthermore, the increased attention upon the direwolves showed the magic within their mythic race. I could go on and on, but I won’t. With four more books in the series already out I’m excited for what lies in the letters ahead. Having decided to read a different novel between each installment I will leave you now with a poem that describes the series perfectly.

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

~ Robert Frost

 

 

Comments

  • Anonymous

    Excellent blog about an excellent book. I love this series – possibly my most favorite fantasy series of all time, along with Harry Potter of course. I’m so glad you liked it! It’s nice coming into the series now that there’s a good chunk of the books finished and published. I started back when they were new and there was a long time between books, so it’s easy to forget what’s going on and what characters are doing what. I’m loving this return to reading about the Westeros, which is why I’ve restarted the series myself. Can’t wait to get to A Clash of Kings next.

    • Anonymous

      I am very excited about the next book. I am taking a break between each on to draw it out as much as possible, but even that still won’t be enough. 

      I definitely agree that other than Harry Potter this is the greatest fantasy ever written. Tolkien has nothing on Martin. His chapter designs and Shakespearian drama are intoxicating, (to say the least).

  • Chris Elliott

    Dope shit man. Fantasy novels are definitely not my thing, but the idea of Multiple perspective chapters, written in a Shakespearean context does entice me more. This was a great write up. Glad to see you reviewing books every now and again. 

  • Anonymous

    Will be watching this sometime in the next month, cant wait!

    • Anonymous

      Neither can I… I am hoping to see a write up from you. You cover television the best.

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