I really savored finishing this book. I couldn't bring myself to read through it quickly, because I knew this was it (except for The World of Ice &I really savored finishing this book. I couldn't bring myself to read through it quickly, because I knew this was it (except for The World of Ice & Fire) until The Winds of Winter is released sometime later this year. After obsessively reading the entire five book series (6,000+ pages according to my Nook) in just under five months, I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do next. I suppose I'll read something else knowing it likely won't be even half as good as GoT has been.
Fantasy is not my genre of choice. Aside from LOTR I have never liked another fantasy series. I usually make it about 100 pages before quitting. However, I fell in love with Game of Thrones. I became obsessed with the Starks and Daenerys. I became invested in Jaime and Tyrion. I cheered when good things happened and got teary eyed when they went horribly wrong.
It is easy to love this series, because it feels real. It is easy to forget that this world never existed, because Martin has done such an outstanding job making it feel real. One can imagine a world in which dragons existed and winter was inevitable. Martin's series' similarities to Gawain and the Green Knight, Beowulf, and Lord of the Rings makes GoT feel like real literature not just some story cobbled together. It is the kind of book that could (and should) make its way into college courses.
Now that I've caught up to Martin's writing I'll just stare at my House Stark computer background and GoT beverage coasters while I anxiously await book six.
(I still have only seen two episodes of the show. I'm too scared to watch it, because I love the books so much.)...more
After hearing not so great reviews about this book in the series, I didn't expect much. However, it turns out this was a great book. I liked reading aAfter hearing not so great reviews about this book in the series, I didn't expect much. However, it turns out this was a great book. I liked reading a lot about the more minor characters, and I thought Martin did a great job throwing a lot of big plot items into the book.
I've said it a few times in these reviews, but given my overall thoughts on the fantasy genre I should not be liking these books as much as I do. Fantasy is far and away my least favorite literary genre, but Martin has created such a well constructed world that it doesn't feel like fantasy. It feels like this all may have happened hundreds of years ago in the time of Gawain the Green Knight, Camelot, and Beowulf.
I'm sad that I am heading into the last book published thus far. With just 1,100 pages between me and the last page I'm starting to wonder what I'll read next while I wait for book six to be available, because I'm so ready for book six....more
It is so hard to write these reviews without giving away spoilers. I am just enjoying these books so much that I want to share the storyline with everIt is so hard to write these reviews without giving away spoilers. I am just enjoying these books so much that I want to share the storyline with everyone.
After three books I have concluded that Martin truly is as amazing of a writer as he appears. Each page is descriptive and filled with important pieces to a very complicated story. Part of me wonders if he wrote each character's storyline and then put them together the way he did. I can't imagine how hard it would be to jump from character to character when writing a story.
This has been my favorite book of the first three. I am getting to the point where I am sad that by the end of the year I will likely run out of books (or at least be into book six by then).
I have started watching the tv show thanks to a kind friend lending us his HBO GO info. We have only watched three episodes into season one thus far, but the book is far better in my opinion. I don't know if I'll be able to watch the rest of the series because I love the books so much....more
(I still have never seen the show. These reviews are based solely on the book with no knowledge at all of the tv series.)
Somehow A Clash of Kings is e(I still have never seen the show. These reviews are based solely on the book with no knowledge at all of the tv series.)
Somehow A Clash of Kings is even better than A Game of Thrones. As I said in my review of AGOT, I am not a huge fan of fantasy epics. I cannot believe how much I am loving this series given the only other epic from this genre I've enjoyed is Lord of the Rings. That speaks to Martin's talent as a writer and storyteller. I can't help but notice the similarities between Martin and Tolkien. I've asked people a few times if they think Martin will go down as this generation's Tolkien, and I don't do that lightly. (I've made plenty of fun of people for trying to compare Rowling and Tolkien.)
This book went deeper into the world of the kings. Each battle, decision, and scene seems so well thought out, and they come together so well. As mentioned, I have never seen the television show, but at this point I don't think there is anyway a tv show could do these books justice. Martin's language is half the fun of reading them. He is incredibly descriptive and makes it impossible to not get wrapped up in the story line.
I had planned to write some long review about why this book is so great, but my kids and husband are all asleep so I'm going to use this time to keep reading A Storm of Swords. I'm hoping to get through the next three books quickly so I can start the new book (The Winds of Winter) around the New Year. Although I'm going to be very sad when I've run out of books to read and need to wait on book seven (if there will be one)....more
Absolutely amazing. I picked up this book just because everyone is talking about it, but I really wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. FantasAbsolutely amazing. I picked up this book just because everyone is talking about it, but I really wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. Fantasy isn't usually a genre that I like (LOTR aside), but this book is so impeccably written and so complete that I found myself totally absorbed by it.
(Note: I have never seen the TV show, so I had no idea what the books would be like.)
I am always blown away by writers who can create entire worlds from absolutely nothing. Much like Tolkien created Middle-Earth, Martin creates the Seven Kingdoms. Martin clearly has drawn from history (knights, battles, wars, feudal wars, etc), but he created so much of it on his own.
This is absolutely not a quick read. I was very into it, but the book moves slowly and requires care when reading. There are a lot of characters - some with very similar names - who are important to the story. The back of the paperback has some family trees to help explain which families have alliances to each other. Some parts of the book move slowly, but it is for the benefit of the reader. Martin essentially walks the reader through the drama of the most recent thousands of years so that each family's alliances are clear.
I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the box set for my Nook just halfway through it. I can't wait to start the next book today. I definitely recommend reading this, but be ready for excessive violence and sex....more