I am enjoying the books thus far. I'm happy to see the convention of the hero path tossed aside. What keeps me interested is simply that I love two chI am enjoying the books thus far. I'm happy to see the convention of the hero path tossed aside. What keeps me interested is simply that I love two characters, Tyrion and Arnya. When they die I will quit reading.
Meanwhile, in reading another book I come across this:
“The sadistic newness of The Rite's patterns, its stubborn refusal to conform to our learned expectations, is the dirty secret of its discontent. By disobeying every rule we think we know, Stravinsky forces us to confront the fact that we have expectations, that the mind anticipates certain types of order, followed by certain types of release. But in The Rite, these expectations are rendered useless. We do not know what note will come next. And this makes us angry.”
Excerpt From: Lehrer, Jonah. “Proust Was a Neuroscientist.”
This seems to explain why so many people I know have a love/hate relationship with GRRM. They've become used to the cookie cutter pattern of Campbell's "Hero's Journey" in all of their sitcoms and movies, where the "good guys" always win (a sad belief setting one up with BJW- Belief in a Just World- and vulnerable to the effects of trauma).
While I do appreciate the doing away with convention by GRRM, it is hardly new for anyone who's practiced philosophy honestly. A group of philosophers will, over pints of beer, debate the merits of cannibalism, free education, happiness vs social order, beastiality and sanctity, and more. Nothing, in the minds of a philosopher, is truly taboo to investigate.
That so many people are angered by GRRM is as much a testament to their narrowed literary horizons as it is to GRRM's leaving the well-worn path of "hero saves the Princess"....more
Without Arnya and Tyrion I wouldn't have enjoyed this as much. Compelling story and a good dose of realism, but not terribly uplifting in the deliveryWithout Arnya and Tyrion I wouldn't have enjoyed this as much. Compelling story and a good dose of realism, but not terribly uplifting in the delivery. Meaning I never pumped my fist in the air and said "YEAH!"...more
Some claim the violence over the top. I guess they aren't combat vets themselves. I found the combat scenes very tame. Go read "The Illiad". Some niceSome claim the violence over the top. I guess they aren't combat vets themselves. I found the combat scenes very tame. Go read "The Illiad". Some nice scenes in there. As to the description of the areas, I couldn't see the places or the people. Yes, the Capital people are all very colorful, but I cannot tell you what the capital is like other than shiny. I cannot describe the other tributes other than large, small, or having a fox face.
I am also a bit wanting with the personality of the characters. I wanted more.
But, I enjoyed the pace. It was quick and didn't dilly dally with unnecessary Things. It was reading this that I thought the writer was a chess player. While I did not enjoy the prose, nor the lack of character depth, I did really like the way the pieces fit, how things worked into a larger whole. It is this aspect that has me contemplating a higher rating.
But alas, there were no great villains (other than the State). And no real great moral questions. The questions that did pop up were more akin to rhetorical questions. The reader knows what the right course of action is. It didn't seem any real moral struggles occurred, though the plot supposedly is filled with them. ...more
I've not read any of the graphic novels. I have watched the show. What I appreciate about the show is that it has scenarios, especially in the secondI've not read any of the graphic novels. I have watched the show. What I appreciate about the show is that it has scenarios, especially in the second season, where the deeper philosophical questions are always there, part of the landscape, and yet on the the major topographical points are truly explicitly raised. It would be very easy for students of ethics or identity theory or philosophy of mind to take an episode and have a blast. One doesn't need to do this to enjoy the tv series.
So I was excited to find a book and jumped into it. The action and pacing were enough where I kept reading, curious what would happen next. But with access to the inner world of the characters thoughts, I was let down by their simplicity. They seemed too much primary color without any blending. I did not know anything about the Governor, and didn't know this was a book from a trilogy and it was setting the stage. But with the shift in personality at the end I am curious as to how the cruelty and vileness that I am anticipating from such a villain develops. If it is a case of simple grief turned dark, I will be extremely disappointed. Thus far some of the actions of the main, at the book's ending, make sense, however I have some questions about his development I need answered.
Not a great book, but pretty entertaining to read and not all books have to be treatises. So that is why I go for 4 stars instead of 3. The next book has a lot riding on it. ...more
I had just re-read the Chronicles, books 1-3, again for the first time since High School. I forgot how good those books really are. So when I saw thisI had just re-read the Chronicles, books 1-3, again for the first time since High School. I forgot how good those books really are. So when I saw this in the store I had to jump right in.
The first chapter is a little slow to get going. I forced myself to keep going. And to be sure, there are some paragraphs here and there that are too much background information that I just covered reading the other three books. So I skimmed them.
But this book, with some of its pages being slow to trudge through, do not pale the entire book. This book is my favorite in the entire series. My favorite character is Raistlin and I was happy to see him mature a great deal. Yes, Raistlin.
This book got me choked up a few times. I won't spoil it by saying who dies... but it did get me. And while some people did not like the feeling that the first three books were written from a series of DnD adventures, this book does not have that sense to it at all. So enjoy.
But what is also great about this book is the ethical repositioning of things. The last chapter is the climax of not only the action, but also the reforging of the moral and ethical landscape that was familiar. Can you root for someone you thought was evil? The book, in a whole, is a great fantasy story that can be summed up by the pictures of the planet Earth found in some coffee shops that bear the question "there are nor borders". If you truly get what that poster is saying, you will understand this book's metaphors....more
Not a bad book. It has a decent pace to it, though it didn't grab me at the beginning. However , the pace had me swept up and before I knew it I was hNot a bad book. It has a decent pace to it, though it didn't grab me at the beginning. However , the pace had me swept up and before I knew it I was halfway through the book. It barely scratches the surface of the battle of morality played by two sides of science and religion. The book seems to casually take the either/or view but does briefly entertain the notion that it is a false dichotomy. As far as stories go, I give it 4. As moral philosophy cloaked in a story, feed the reader new horizons of belief and thought I give it a 2. All in all a 3. ...more
I liked the overall premise of the book, but it wasn't earth shaking for me to read this book. Without the novelty I didn't have the strong emotionalI liked the overall premise of the book, but it wasn't earth shaking for me to read this book. Without the novelty I didn't have the strong emotional reaction I had expected to after noticing several of my dearest friends have commented on how much the LOVE this book.