To kick off my review I must admit had it not been for the HBO adaptation of this wonderful series I would have perhaps not even had a chance to come...more To kick off my review I must admit had it not been for the HBO adaptation of this wonderful series I would have perhaps not even had a chance to come across this lovely piece of work by George R.R. Martin at all so I do owe them the thanks for introducing me to this fantastic tale, though the TV adaptation is brilliant completely I simply had to read the inspiration behind it and hence began my journey too.
I believe for any book of any genre the most essential thing that can win over a reader or kill the enthusiasm of one is the characters etched and the narration of the writer which is where Martin scores in this first installment of his epic series - A Song of Ice & Fire: A Game of Thrones- his rich characters ranging from the noble Lord Eddard Stark to the sinister Cersei Lannister to the wily Tyrion Lannister are simply amazing and instantly connect to you, they engage you so completely you are compelled to get curious about their journey, and eventually their fate - which can help a lot especially in cases of Series thought stand alone novels do need em too however if the first book of a series falls flat - the characters fail to connect then no reader bothers to read what the heck happens to them up ahead.
Cersei Lannister states in the book "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." in one line it can be simply said to be the crux of the whole series in itself and not just essentially this book by itself - its a bloody battle to win the Iron Throne - a battle which consumes the noble house of Eddard Stark and you find yourself drawn to the various characters that suffer the effects of it along the way as you follow the journey of the Starks, the Lannisters and off course Daenerys the last of the Targaryen house.
The characters which stood out for me amongst these were Arya, Tyrion and Dany. I loved it when I got to read the chapters with their POVs- a little gal who refuses to be a LADY - since she simply doesn't wanna be the future wife of some Lord or the mother of a would be King but wants to have an identity of her own - a complete contrast to her elder sister whose naivete doesn't let her grow beyond fairytales and dreams until its too late and you do kinda feel sorry for her then but you cant even forget that she was simply too DUMB for TOO long (at least that's how it was to me..) she simply grew on me. With Tyrion you dont only find an engaging situation at hand but also some witty lines that truly are gems in their own rights, a short man who stands tall with his wit - Tyrion Lannister easily is one of the loveliest characters I have had a chance to come across - he's the sort of guy who always bounces back no matter whats thrown at him and somehow that's what is the best part - someone who is so unpredictable that you know when he is on the scene you can expect the unexpected which instantly makes him appealing and lastly though Dany started out as a character who is one of the most oppressed ones - a girl to timid to stand up for herself - she evolves into a woman who you know has just began her true journey... all in all Martin has delivered a winner which keeps you on the edge and wanting for more for sure.
Being a reader, an avid one at that its difficult or should I say downright impossible to neglect a few books. Why you may ask, because one way or ano...moreBeing a reader, an avid one at that its difficult or should I say downright impossible to neglect a few books. Why you may ask, because one way or another you inevitably take the bait and want to know what the world is talking about. You may end up as a fan, a groupie or you may fall in what maybe a minority and be a critic... though not necessarily a hater.
Percy Jackson, is one of those names which cannot be ignored if you are into books.
So I finally took the bait and read the first book in the series by Riordan, The Lightning Thief a couple of days back. I wish there was a way to avoid this "controversial" subject, but I simply don't know how to explain myself better without the aid of an example. As I already mentioned, certain books gain a tremendous amount of recognition - though that is not always a good thing but then again, this very recognition becomes a benchmark, a paradigm against which all the books which fall into the similar genre are compared with.
Not every vampire-human love story has to as headache inducing as Twilight, as I so thankfully discovered with Holly Black' Coldest girl in coldtown this year. Similarly not every book about a teenager, who learns he/she is more than just a mere mortal is upto the standards of the phenomenal Harry Potter.
Percy, a 12-year-old discovers he is half human, half god - the son of Poseidon - one of the most powerful greek gods and along with the discovery comes the threat to his life when he learns, he is accused of stealing the master lightning bolt of Zeus. And unless its returned to Mount Olympus before the next summer solstice, war will be waged.
So far so good, but eventually the book falls flat on its face. Somehow there comes a point where however hard I may try I cannot help but compare things with Potter here and there fail to gather any amount of love or appreciation for this book. Somehow it just doesn't work for me. In writing so however, I am not belittling Riordan or his skills as an author, just saying this series isn't for me.
I'll give this to the book it has the coolest, craziest and the most amazing cover I have seen in a while. So yeah I gave a whole star in my over all...moreI'll give this to the book it has the coolest, craziest and the most amazing cover I have seen in a while. So yeah I gave a whole star in my over all review for the cover alone. That clearly sums up how I felt about the book quite a lot. Having already praised the cover, I admit it was the first thing about the book that caught my eye next was the fact that it was shortlisted for the Booker prize. So I went ahead and got myself a copy from a library.
Charlie and Eli sisters, a pair of guns for hire who work for a man called Commodore are out to complete their latest job - to find a man called Herman Kermit Warm and then kill him. Of course before that they are also to retrieve something from him as instructed by their boss. Warm allegedly has stolen something that belongs to the commodore. Hence they must travel from Oregon to California, during the Gold Rush.
The narrator of the book is Eli, the younger of the two brothers. In the course of their journey to find Warm, the brothers encounter some characters, who for better or worse help the story progress. We also learn about their past and how they come to work for the Commodore along the journey. But at the end of it, it really dint matter to me what happens to them and if they complete the job or not. Eli honestly bored me, he was a tad bit too whiny, for a guy!
DeWitt is a talented writer, however somehow I found the book to be lacking in certain things. May be I had my expectations quite high but the book dint quite work for me. Somehow the story would have been more compelling as per me if the narrator had been the flamboyant brother, Charlie instead of the lackluster Eli.
There are times you simply love the fact there are book adaptations, be it a movie as this one inspired 127 hours or a TV show like Game Of Thrones on...moreThere are times you simply love the fact there are book adaptations, be it a movie as this one inspired 127 hours or a TV show like Game Of Thrones on HBO - cos you either love em or not.
Some adaptations are so terrific you simply have to read the author whose work inspired something you happened to like. Other times you can say it was good that you dint spend a dime on a book that you would have hated. This is one of those times. Cos I gotta say watching the movie saved me a lot of time and energy( though I lament the loss of a few hours that I endured watching the said movie), anyways this is one book I can safely say doesn't work for me.
Honestly I see the fact Aron is a survivor but that doesn't change the fact his actions have been dumb and selfish. His ordeal is a terrible one and he has a tremendous will to live as is evident. But he still has to learn a lot and has a long way to go.
Somehow for all the praise I had come across the book I found it pretty bland and uninteresting, read about 10% of it and somehow could not find it to...moreSomehow for all the praise I had come across the book I found it pretty bland and uninteresting, read about 10% of it and somehow could not find it to my liking, sure the book starts off great with Locke becoming one of the Thiefmaker’ wards and then being sold off to the Eyeless Priest, but from then on it was somehow not my thing.