Yay! Finally, I finished this monstrous book. Seriously reading it feels like it was even longer than the HBO series which has ten episodes. Anyway I...moreYay! Finally, I finished this monstrous book. Seriously reading it feels like it was even longer than the HBO series which has ten episodes. Anyway I really like this book and I think presently I am very obsessed with it. I am even considering to have it as my top 1 favorite book of all time and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins needs to step down and give that spot to Game of Thrones. However, I think I just need to finish reading the other books to make it more fair to the other books that I have read. I just need to invest more in these books and then I will decide if it's really my favorite book of all time.
So yeah what can I say, but YOU HAVE TO READ IT! YOU REALLY HAVE TO READ IT! (Yes I love to be redundant) I have read a lot of books, more than 200 and seriously this book feels like it was the best I have read in all my life (I know I sounded cheesy). Seriously read it folks.
Spoiler Alert ***If you're not interested with me talking about nonsense things just scroll down and my book review is down there somewhere.
Why did I read this book? So I came upon Game of Thrones because of my father who was watching something in his laptop (at first I thought it was a movie) and this is the scene that I have seen at that time... So the scene was like this beautiful, naked woman surrounded by baby dragons and I was just curious about it (I mean who wouldn't be curious?). Then I just asked him...
Me: What are you watching? Dad: I'm watching Game of Thrones
At that time I am not really sure, but I know that there is a book called Game of Thrones and it was written by someone whose name is Martin because I've seen a couple of book reviews by some of my friends here in goodreads.
Me: Game of Thrones. Is that movie came from the book Game of Thrones? Dad: I don't have any idea of it being a book. Really? Is it a book too? It is not a movie, but a TV series btw. I was watching it because it is about political dynamics blah blah blah...fantasy blah blah blah...dragons blah blah blah...it has just have a lot of sex scenes though blah blah blah...
So after that I just really got curious and I asked first in a forum here in goodreads if Game of Thrones the book has a TV series. And they said yes it has a TV series on HBO. And I don't know I just really like that scene with the baby dragons and the naked woman therefore I download an e-book from 4shared.com because I'm broke and I don't think that book is available in the local library. So yeah and then I read it.
Book Review with ***MAJOR SPOILERS*** (both from the book and the TV series) So I read the book and I was very disappointed with the prologue because: 1. The writing style is PURPLE PROSE. Ugh. 2. I don't really know what the hell is happening and it's just...I don't know what the hell am I reading and then I decided to read it another time and read other books.
So I give up the first time and second time reading it I got past the damn prologue. And I still can't get into the story because: 1. Multiple POVs 2. There's like so many like really a lot of characters and I still don't know what the hell the story is all about.
But then after a few chapters (like maybe about 10% of the book) I get used to it even with the purple prose. And then I am not confused with the characters anymore and somehow I begin to understand what's the story is about.
So it's started with the Stark family in Winterfell (let's just get this somehow organized)
House of Stark Location: Winterfell Sigil: Direwolf Words: Winter is coming
Lord Eddard Stark: Lord of Winterfell, will become hand of the king, will be beheaded somewhere in the story
***I love his character and actually I've kind of known that he will be beheaded in the end because of a youtube Hitler video I accidentally watched here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kLSYT... I am used with my favorite characters dying in books that I read but it still shocked me that the author killed the main character in the first book of the series. I've heard that the author is somehow crazy and he wants to write a book about good guys dying and evil reigns in the end. I think the author just want to be different from the norm. I don't know I am very disappointed that he died because it's very disheartening and depressing and I actually love him both in the book and in the TV Series.
Catelyn Tully Stark: Lady Stark, wife of Eddard Stark
***I also like this character. She's not perfect and she still has flaws like she is very kind to her husband her children, but she's like an evil stepmother to Jon Snow.
Robb- eldest son, has a direwolf named Grey Wind (not really sure about the direwolf's name)
***I also love this character. I think he really progresses a lot from this book alone. From being a boy to a commander to a King (King in the North as they say)
Sansa- girly, betrothed to Prince Joeffrey of House of Lanister-Barratheon, has a direwolf named Lady
***My sister and our maid are my companies in watching the HBO TV series when I bought the DVD. My sister actually hates Sansa and she thinks that this character is stupid, but I actually don't hate Sansa. I somehow like her character. She's very innocent and somehow very idealistic. I just like her and it's really sad when her direwolf Lady was killed because of the Queen. I don't know I'm very scared of what will happen to her now that she's with the Lannisters in the end.
Arya- tomboy, has a direwolf named Nymeria
***I like Arya more than Sansa. She's more of a tomboy and she liked sword fighting and she's also a very sweet girl. I like the earlier parts when she is together with her brother Jon Snow.
Bran- loves climbing, will be crippled somewhere in the story, has a direwolf named Summer
***I actually like Bran he's a free spirit and he likes climbing. I don't know, but I'm also afraid for this character because he became crippled. I just don't want him to be hurt or killed.
Rickon- youngest son, has a direwolf named Shaggydog
***For most of the time Rickon doesn't appear so much in the story. So I don't really feel anything about him.
Jon Snow- bastard of Eddard Stark, real mother unknown, has a direwolf named Ghost, will join the Night's Watch somewhere in the story
***I also really like this character. He has the most interesting story. He's a bastard. He doesn't know who is her mother. And I just like him and Ghost. I also like the conversations between him and Tyrion in the earlier parts of the book.
House of Barratheon-Lannister (Royal Family) Location: King's Landing Sigil: Barratheon- Stag, Lannister: Lion Words: Barratheon- Ours is the Fury, Lannister: Hear Me Roar
King Robert Barratheon- will be killed by a boar somewhere in the story
***He actually reminds me of Pres. Erap Estrada (you will know what I'm talking about if you're a Filipino). He's not really a good leader like he just wants to drink and to have sex with whores and he's very corrupt, but in spite of all that he's very charismatic and influential. He's actually very funny too.
Queen Cersei Lannister Barratheon- Queen of the seven kingdoms, has a secret affair with her brother Jamie Lannister
***I actually like Cersei. She's very cunning and bitchy. She's also has this side of her that I felt very sympathetic and I kind of get where she's coming from and why she did all of these things. She's a very complex character.
Prince Joeffrey- in truth he's Jamie Lannister's bastard
***I really dislike him from the very beginning. I think the author really made this character very unlikable. I don't care if he will be killed in the next books.
House of Lannister Location: Casterly Rock Sigil: Lion Words: Hear Me Roar
Lord Tywin- was hand of the King to Aerys Targaryen, rich man
***I don't hate this guy. He's pretty okay for me.
Jamie Lannister- Kingslayer, killed the King he sworn to protect
***even if he's a villain, I don't really hate him and I like that he cares for Tyrion and Cersei. I think he's actually a good guy.
Tyrion Lannister- dwarf, youngest son
***I think this guy has the quotable lines in the book. I really like this character in spite him being a dwarf. He is very good with words and using his brain. Very interesting character.
House of Targaryen Location: Vas Dothrak (I forgot exactly the complete name) Sigil: Dragon Words: Fire and Blood (something like that)
Viserys- got killed somewhere in the story
***pompous, another unlikable character
Daenyrys- she's the one in the first picture, the one with the baby dragons
***her journey is actually amazing. It's like at first she was not sure and then her character became stronger and then she faces these terrible trials and her husband and son died, but in the end she got baby dragons. So what the hell right, she got dragons.
You know what I'm the type of reader that even though I know that they are fictional characters I still take it personally that the characters died. And I'm a Filipina and they say that we like happy endings and we like the main character to triumph in the end. However, because the author was really cruel and brutal and heartless killing off characters like he doesn't really care. I don't know it's just really irritating. But what the hell right I still like the story and the characters and I'll be prepared and I know a lot of them will be killed. I'll just cry when that happen.
So I make a list of my favorite characters that I do not want to get killed:
Maybe I can handle three or four deaths from these character list that I made, but if all of them died, I swear by the seven Gods I will stop reading.
In terms of comparing the book to the TV series I like the TV series better because the book is written very purple, verbose and overly detailed (yes I indeed love to be redundant). The TV series is more polished and edited and the book is too damn long. Read the books if you can't wait for the next season that will come out next year. (less)
Comparing it to the movie the Battle of Helmsdeep is greatly visualized in the movie but in the book it was sort of anticlimactic since the battle is...moreComparing it to the movie the Battle of Helmsdeep is greatly visualized in the movie but in the book it was sort of anticlimactic since the battle is not given that much importance as it is written in the middle of the book. However, I really liked the Faramir parts in the book than in the movie because it was different than in the film. In the book Faramir was not even tempted by the ring and I don't know why they change that in the film maybe they just want to change things up.
There is little romance in the book compared to the movie wherein they focused on the Aragorn-Arwen-Eowyn love triangle but it's okay. What I liked about the movie is how the screenplay have been arranged so that the plot in the book will become more fluid and simultaneous. On the other hand what I liked about the book is that you will know more about the characters and their back story and also in this book the Shelob's lair is part of this one while in the movie they moved it into the Return of the King.(less)
How can I not give this 5 stars? How can I not? It was really amazing and this book really defines what epic fantasy is! It was just great, the world...moreHow can I not give this 5 stars? How can I not? It was really amazing and this book really defines what epic fantasy is! It was just great, the world (Middle earth), the characters (especially the hobbits) and the story itself. I have been a fan of the movie since I was in High School and I didn't even watch the Fellowship of the Rings first because I started with The Two Towers movie and then Return of the King and then The Fellowship (I sometimes watch movies this way). And even if a lot of my friends back then are hardcore Harry Potter movie fans (and I am also a hardcore HP fan) I always answer when ask what my favorite movie is, it's always Lord of the Rings (still it's my favorite movie I think).
So, my love for Lord of the Rings was already there when I started reading this one. I didn't have the chance to read it before because the copy in our school library was really thick and heavy. I also can't find an e-book copy online but thanks to one of my friend here in goodreads I've got the chance to finally read it. I must say if you're really into fantasy you've got to read this. This has been the greatest fantasy book ever written and it has inspired J. K. Rowling, George Martin and a lot of authors and it is also the inspiration to a lot of computer games like Warcraft. So yeah read it if you have the time.
The book was a little bit boring at first but once the characters were on Rivendell the pace will pick up. I also find the book better than the movie because I think Aragorn is more interesting in the book than in the movie. The story about the origin of the ring and the other rings are much clearly told. And a lot of the other parts that are missed out in the movie you can read in the book. My only complaint about the book is that it has a lot of song lyrics like I think for every chapter the hobbits or the elves will sing and it was just blah and then I skimmed reading those parts :). But, overall it's a great read can be a little bit purple prosey but it's tolerable and uhmm I just can't wait to read the next one.
The movie was okay. It was really boring at first and has a slow pace. It was really weird sort of that a movie with a g...moreMovie Review
The movie was okay. It was really boring at first and has a slow pace. It was really weird sort of that a movie with a great premise (clones being made as organ donors when they turned adults) was centered on a very contrived love triangle.
I'm just thinking it could have been better. However the ending was good. It was very depressing, the way it turned out for the characters in the end.
I'll just say if you're planning to watch it, just be patient because you might lose interest, just like my mother who actually didn't finish the movie.
Maybe I'll read the book since I have questions about the movie like why don't they just escape and what exactly was the purpose of the electronic band they're wearing. Or maybe not, I'll just read the wiki summary. (less)
I love the movie and I watched it countless times already. Jim Carrey never fails to crack me up. Love the three kids, the inventor, reader and the cu...moreI love the movie and I watched it countless times already. Jim Carrey never fails to crack me up. Love the three kids, the inventor, reader and the cutesy biter. My heart is for the reader here.(less)
Movie Update I already watched the movie and it was better than the book. The romance was still gushy and mushy but at least the dialogues were a lot b...moreMovie Update I already watched the movie and it was better than the book. The romance was still gushy and mushy but at least the dialogues were a lot better in the movie. Also the movie was more fast paced and was action-packed at the end of the show. I think the dog was really cute and Number Six was really cool in the movie. Sam was also likable in the film. After watching Alex Pettyfer act on the screen for the first time I got to say he deserve and he's fitted for the Peeta Mellark and Jace Wayland roles.
Move over BITCHES! Alex Pettyfer is MINE, MINE, MINE . *attacks another fan girl* (Sorry I just have a manic episode, I forgot to take Lithium Carbonate this morning *evil laugh*.) _______________________ (Again fan girling craziness...*you can skimmed through*)
Now before I'm going to review the book I'd like to tell you a story about how I met Alex Pettyfer (yum yum). Story time now! --So I read this book City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments Trilogy) by Cassandra Clare (If you haven't read this you're doomed!) and I was soooooooooo obsessed with it! Then I go to YOUTUBE and watch all this fan made videos of the book and I came upon this video wherein they posted their ideal casts for the movie something something something. Yeah and then Alex Pettyfer was the ideal cast for JACE WAYLAND *screams*. And when I see Alex Pettyfer "nalaglag panty ko" (translation: my panty falls off) figuratively . (Wait! What the hell did I just write, my panty falls off figuratively O_o????, forget I wrote that it's just my alter ego talking)
**Note: Okay I shut up for now, will continue tomorrow. The Mogadorians are attacking my house *panic, panic*. See you later, Alligater!
Fighting the Mogadorians OVER Now back to review...
IM BACK!!! Do you miss me? *nods* I miss you too! *VERY MOOCH!*
So where the hell are we? So as I was saying I love Alex Pettyfer from the moment I saw him I think he's the one I'm going to marry someday (Don't mind me it's my alter ego talking again). Nah I just think he looks like an angel that's all *scratch that I'm being cheesy*. _________________________ Okay fan girling over, I'm going to review the book now *I bet you're excited*
Dun Dun Dun Dun Ba Na Na Na
So Okay, The Book Started Like This:
THE EVENTS IN THIS BOOK ARE REAL. NAMES AND PLACES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT THE LORIEN SIX, WHO REMAIN IN HIDING. TAKE THIS AS YOUR FIRST WARNING. OTHER CIVILIZATIONS DO EXIST. SOME OF THEM SEEK TO DESTROY YOU.
My Reaction To That Was: *Epic Face*(please don't ask me what my epic face looks like) Awesome!!! *jumps up and down*
--Kidding, that didn't really happen ^^...Wait are you disappointed?--
My Real Reaction To That Was: ANAK NG TOKWA! ANONG KALOKOHAN 'TO
Okay wait I'll translate it for you Not Pinoy Folks *panic panic* (Translation: WTF IS THIS! .<) I'm not a translator 'kay *hides from Translator Nazis*>)
So my point is the book is ridiculous (Come on!!!), from the first page I know it will suck but I continue reading anyway *blame this on my fan girling*.
Okay to make this review somehow organize, I'm going to use Pros and Cons *sorry I'm that obsessive-compulsive*.
Pros (a.k.a the good stuff): 1. There is a scene wherein Alex Pettyfer Number Four will only be in boxers. (Sweeeet^^) 2. There is a scene wherein Alex Pettyfer Number Four will be on the shower. (Drools^^) 3. There is a scene wherein Alex Pettyfer Number Four will be shirtless because his shirt was burned. (DIE BITCHES!)
--Okay Pros over, on with the cons--
Cons (a.k.a the things I complained about) 1. The book is ridiculous (wait I already said that, sorry!). In fact this is so ridiculous I need to repeat myself, that's how ridiculous it is. Say it again -- RIDIKKULUS -- (using your Harry Potter voice) *too weird scratch that* 2. This is just overrated. 3. The story reminds me of Dragonball Z. 4. The book for most parts is booooorrrrrrriiiing. 5. Bombarded with cliches, it was predictable. 6. I can't really get into the story, the premise was great but after few pages I don't care about the story and the characters. 7. The author was also a character of the book (Pittacus Lore whoever you may be, Gimme a break!) 8. The romance is mushy!!! *is this MG book or something?* 9. When the plot moves the author uses ridiculous deux-ex-machinas. (again with the word ridiculous is that the word of the day? something something something) 10. The ending was like *Author: Wait I need to have some action now there are a few pages left*--put Number Six in (done)-- put the Scouts (done)-- put the Beasts (done)-- put the soldiers (done).....-- more beast more beast (done)-- change the dog to beast (done)-- add another superpower for the nth time (done)-- kill someone, got to kill someone (done) "Dunn'it!" 11. I lol at this (considered that an understatement!)
About the Author PITTACUS LOREis Lorien’s ruling Elder. He has been on Earth for the last twelve years, preparing for the war that will decide Earth’s fate. His whereabout’s are unknown.
Okay the book was OKAY. It wasn't that bad but I really didn't like Alien stories.
MENTAL NOTE TO SELF: Don't ever read something about ALIEN again
Wait there's more: Fan fiction: Alex: What two stars? Why? Self:I don't like alien stories 'kay, I just read it because of you. *winks at Alex* Alex: So aren't we going to watch the movie anymore? Self: The hell! I'm going to still watch it okay, you're there for the love of God! Alex: Okay stop being upset, come here.. **Note: Next scenes were deleted due to Goodreads censorship**
***Movie Update: I just saw the movie today and I have to say that it was so much better than the book! The pacing was great, the actress who played...more
***Movie Update: I just saw the movie today and I have to say that it was so much better than the book! The pacing was great, the actress who played Lisbeth Salander nailed the role and all the Financial Journalism nonsense was obliterated. Even the Blomkvist-Cecilia love affair was not seen. The movie has awesome camera shots and it was a very good adaptation of the book. Even made the book amazing in my eyes. Now I'm really confused why I don't think that the book was awesome when I read it. Well I'll just blame it on the author's writing. I'll caution on some disturbing rape scenes, nudity, foul language and violence on women though. (R-18 and not for sensitive audience.)***
Book Review: Caution: The book contains rape, incest and misogyny, if you don't like to read a book that sick and disturbing don't read this. Review may contain spoilers.
Pros: 1. The book is a mystery/crime/suspense/thriller ergo a breath of fresh air for a reader of paranormal, fantasy and romance genres.
2. The book has an interesting heroine in the name of "Lisbeth Salander" who was four feet 11, antisocial, anorexic and has no boobs, but inspite of that was an exceptional hacker with a photographic memory. Not to mention she got piercings and tattoos that's why she's so bad ass. (She's the girl with the dragon tattoo so to speak.)
3. Cool thing was the murderer uses Bible verses and then parodied it into his crimes.
4. The book also talks about hacking and you will also learn a thing or two about poisons.
Cons: 1. I hated books that have slow pace and definitely this book was slow as a slug. The action sets in only on the second half of the book.
2. Pointless, pointless details! The author would describe clothes, sandwiches, and writes just anything the character was doing (drinking coffee, jogging or reading a particular book).
3. The casual sex! Blomkvist would have sex with Berger and then later on would also have sex with Cecilia and then much later on would have sex with Lisbeth. Surprisingly no one got Syphilis at the end.
4. The book talks a lot about Financial Journalism wherein from the first chapter had irritated me because I don't have a f****** clue what they're talking about and I don't even care about Financial Journalism that it really makes me bored to sleepiness (I even skimmed on the epilogue because I really don't give a damn).
5. Plot too many (to put it simply).
6. Rape scenes of Lisbeth was SICK!
7. Predictable and cliche: - Blomkvist go to Martin's House - Martin locked Blomkvist on the basement - Martin was the murderer. - Just as about the murderer would kill Blomkvist, Lisbeth came. - Blomkvist was saved of course. - Martin escaped. - Lisbeth followed Martin's car on the road using her motorcycle. - Martin's car was hit by the truck (talk about ANTICLIMACTIC!)
8. The Mystery ended with this: Gottfried was a sick murderer, he loves killing women, he taught his son Martin about it too. Martin also loves killing women too. Gottfried rapes her daughter Harriet. Harriet killed his father. Martin witnessed the incident. Martin rapes her sister. Harriet cannot tell anyone about it because Martin would tell everyone that she kills their father. Harriet was not murdered when she disappeared on Hedesby Island, she only escapes, she was alive and she was living on Australia using Anita's identity. (I was disappointed by it because I was really expecting she was murdered and the murderer was a genius to hide the evidence, but it was just Harriet escaping WTF!) ___________________________________________________________________ I'm so happy I've found a copy on Booksale for only Php130.00!(less)