I'm not going to get too in depth ; 5 books is a lot of information, especially at about 1,000 pages each, but I found it totally worth it. I startedI'm not going to get too in depth ; 5 books is a lot of information, especially at about 1,000 pages each, but I found it totally worth it. I started watching the show first, which was probably for the best, because I thought they did an excellent job with casting, as I always pictured the actor over the description of the character ( I.E Joffery's long, curly hair, for example.) Still, I find the books to be far superior in every other aspect.
My favorite things about the books :
1) the politics. There are a lot of moving parts and pieces being played, but Martin isn't so complex that he writes it so only a poli-sci major could understand it. You begin to size up a character by his actions and potential vs whether he/she was aligned with the "good guys", a term that doesn't hold a lot of weight in this universe.
2) The history. It's not boring. Granted, there are dragons, so of course, the history can't be all THAT boring, right? Still, I found my self reading the additional shorts about Dunk and Egg just to see what the relationship between the houses were like before Robert's rebellion.
3)The actions of dead men often mean more the living. One of the greatest characters in this story is Rhaegar Targaryen, and he's dead before you read the first page by at least 13 years. Arthur Dayne is another. Martin gives these Ghosts a sense of Legacy that I've never read before. I'm new to fantasy fiction, so don't read into that too much.
4) Martin certainly knows how to write a hard ass. He talks about men being drowned religious, but in a way that makes it seem like the character participating is saying " psssh, big fuckin' deal". He knows where to put the good lines without over cheesing it... mostly.
And, that is all I have to say until books 6 and 7 come out... in 10 years. My only real fear is that the show, having come before the end of the series is written might affect the outcome of the plot. Let's hope Martin can keep the two entities separate....more
I love Lovecraft. He reminds me of Poe, if Poe were more bitter and stricken with cosmic insecurity. And maybe he was, but I feel it more with LovecraI love Lovecraft. He reminds me of Poe, if Poe were more bitter and stricken with cosmic insecurity. And maybe he was, but I feel it more with Lovecraft. He's a dense writer, and he'll work out your attention span, but the language is very rich and that is exactly what I enjoy with older literature. I don't think there's enough of it going around ( that isn't completely boring). Parts of this book require re-reading, or they did for me to comprehend the scenes that Lovecraft paints. I take this collection of short stories with me on any extended trips I take....more
I'll be honest; I didn't finish this one. I only bought it because I was picking up 'American Psycho' (at a friend's recommendation) and someone standI'll be honest; I didn't finish this one. I only bought it because I was picking up 'American Psycho' (at a friend's recommendation) and someone standing in the section told me if I liked Ellis, I should check out 'All Families are Psychotic'. This might be the first and last time I buy a book a stranger recommends.
The structure and plot were fine, I suppose, but I love dialogue, and this book's dialogue seemed...forced? I won't go back and pick sections, but the character interactions just weren't believable. It felt like someone who wrote for Broadway tried a hand at making a family fight on the page. It's a shame, because there were points made and passages that I thought were very good, but they lead into stale banter or cliche situations. When it wasn't stale, it became far fetched... I just couldn't get comfortable with this book.
Maybe down the road I'll give it another crack, as I do with music, and perhaps I'll enjoy it then. But for now, I couldn't push myself to read any further....more
Almost as good as the novelization of Terminator II. Wait, they didn't do that one? Fuck.
But seriously, some very good writing. I enjoyed that it wasAlmost as good as the novelization of Terminator II. Wait, they didn't do that one? Fuck.
But seriously, some very good writing. I enjoyed that it was emotionally honest. At times, you might feel the opinion given was cruel or harsh, but really, it was pure truth. Certain details and opinions, small descriptions seem to make this for me and remind me of my own upbringing or other sections of my life.
It's the kind of book that, even as a guy, some parts you read, and you feel like you're sharing in the sort of moment where two people find out they have an embarrassing secret in common. Good book, short book, small book. I don't know how you beat that, honestly....more