AH's Reviews > A Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin
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OK, I’ll admit it. I had never even heard about Game of Thrones until HBO decided to produce the series. If someone had told me to read it a while back, I probably would have passed. But I watched the first episode of the show and I was hooked. My only problem was that huge cast of characters. Those men in armor all looked alike to me. I then decided that I had to read the book.
Wow! Epic! I am at a loss of words to describe this book. I will say that once I finished Game of Thrones, I ordered the rest of the series right away. To my chagrin, my favorite book store kept running out of copies. In the end I prevailed and got my hands on the next 3 books.
For those of you that are put off by the length of this book, it really does not feel like an 835 page tome. It reads fast. Chapters are not numbered; they are named for a specific character and told from that character’s point of view. It could be confusing, but it is not and the reader gets to see things from many different angles.
Let’s just say I had favorites. I would speed read to get to the characters I loved. Arya, Bran, Tyrion, and Daenerys were my favorites. Sansa’s chapters made me want to throttle her. I didn’t really care for Catelyn’s chapters either. Jon and Eddard (Ned)’s chapters were interesting.
I won’t go into the plot. Basically the title says it all. The smartest, sneakiest, most conniving ones seem to win (not sure if I’m right). I enjoy watching the game being played. Being honorable like Ned is definitely not an asset in this world. Ruthlessness and power hungry – those are the traits one needs. These characters make plotting and conniving seem like an Olympic sport. I love watching the side characters and the hangers on. Some of them such as Varys and Littlefinger are hard to figure out. It seems like the “Trust no one” motto would be a good one to follow.
The author put a lot of thought and research into this book. Each “House” has its own motto, sigil, color, flags, etc. The symbolism of these sigils is very important to the houses. For example, the sigil of House Stark is the direwolf. Each Stark child had a pet direwolf. The Stark family motto was “Winter is coming,” something that every Canadian can relate to.
Be prepared for some heartbreak. Characters do die in this book. Characters are much younger in this book than they are in the show. Be prepared for an epic read.
||2.0%||"Amazing how close the prologue was to the TV series first episode. I think I'll enjoy this." 4 comments|
||5.0%||"Viserys is an ass, pimping out his sister Daenerys for power." 7 comments|
||6.0%||""I swear to you, sitting on a throne is a thousand times harder than winning one...I sit on that damnable iron chair and listen to them complain until my mind is numb and my ass is raw...It can drive a man to madness, Ned. Half of them don't dare tell me the truth and the other half can't find it." --Robert to Ned reminiscing about the good old days."|
||8.0%||""All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs." --Tyrion seems to be the smartest character so far."|
||10.0%||""You're not my son," he told Bran when they fetched him down, "you're a squirrel. So be it. If you must climb, then climb, but try not to let your mother see you.""|
||11.0%||""Death is so terribly final, while life is full of possibilities.""|
||13.0%||""A Dothraki wedding without at least three deaths is deemed a dull affair." ...Her wedding must have been especially blessed; before the day was over a dozen men had died."|
||16.0%||""My mind is my weapon. My brother has a sword, King Robert has his warhammer, and I have my mind...and a mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge...That's why I read so much, Jon Snow." --Tyrion" 2 comments|
||19.0%||""Perchance later you'll tell me how a nine year old girl the size of a wet rat managed to disarm you with a broom handle and throw your sword into the river." --Prince Joffrey is such a whiny baby."|
||20.0%||"Interesting what goes on in Bran's head while he was recuperating."|
||23.0%||""Let them see that their words can cut you, and you'll never be free of the mockery. If they want to give you a name, take it, make it your own. Then they can't hurt you anymore." Tyrion is a wise imp."|
||23.0%||"It seems like even kings like to live way past their means. I wonder what the implications of a large debt to that family will be?"|
||29.0%||""The common people pray for rain, healthy children, and a summer that never ends," Ser Jorah told her. "It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace." He gave a shrug. "They seldom are.""|
||31.0%||""Is everyone someone's informer in this cursed city?"" 2 comments|
"You're too fat for your armor, Robert."
"Fat? Fat, is it? Is that how you speak to your King?" He let go his laughter, sudden as a storm. "Ah, damn you Ned, why are you always right?""
||41.0%||"Arya's "dance" lessons are entertaining. I love the little mantras she keeps in her head to remain focused."|
||45.0%||""My brother is undoubtedly arrogant," Tyrion Lannister replied. "My father is the soul of avarice, and my sweet sister Cersei lusts for power with every waking breath. I, however, am innocent as a little lamb. Shall I bleat for you?" He grinned." 7 comments|
||45.0%||"Interesting - all of the "bastard" children take on certain last names like Stone, Snow, Flowers, etc."|
||46.0%||"Lysa - All's I can say for this scene is Ewwww!!" 4 comments|
||47.0%||"Viserys is so vile. The Dothraki have great nicknames for him: Khal Rhal Mhar - The Sorefoot King and Khal Rhaggart - The Cart King. Too bad Viserys just doesn't get the Dothraki culture. He really acts "unkingly.""|
||48.0%||"For a 13 year old (yes she is only 13 in the book) Dany has realized the power she holds as Khaleesi. She no longer acts like a meek little girl. I like how her character develops."|
||50.0%||""It would seem I've been a busy little fellow," he said with bitter sarcasm. "I wonder when I found the time to do all that slaying and murdering." --Tyrion"|
||57.0%||"Yeah, Arya! Throw that orange at your prissy sister." 3 comments|
||59.0%||"I can't believe Ned asked Cersei that question. I can't believe that she actually answered honestly." 7 comments|
||59.0%||""When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.""|
||60.0%||"The Dothraki have some pretty barbaric customs to ensure that their khaleesi has "...the stallion that mounts the world."" 2 comments|
||61.0%||"I'm liking Khal Drogo's sense of humor when dealing with his brother in law Viserys." 2 comments|
||64.0%||"That Cersei sure works fast."|
||64.0%||""I did warn you not to trust me, you know." --There is an amazing amount of betrayal and deceit in this book."|
||67.0%||"Stupid Sansa. So naive and trusting. Blinded by love."|
||67.0%||"Sam has a CSI moment and estimates the time of death of one of the missing men." 1 comment|
"And she says nothing of Arya, nothing, not so much as a word. Damn her! What is wrong with that girl?"
"She lost her wolf."The wolves seem to have a power for the Starks."
||76.0%||"Sansa is delusional if she thinks Joffrey even cares about her."|
||76.0%||""The king eats, Robert had said, and the Hand takes the shit. How he had laughed. Yet he had gotten it wrong.""|
"Always follow a big man into battle."
Tyrion threw him a hard look. "And why is that?"
"They make such splendid targets. That one, he'll draw the eyes of every bowman on the field."
Laughing, Tyrion regarded the Mountain with fresh eyes. "I confess, I had not considered it in that light.""
||88.0%||"No! NO! NO! Joffrey is an arrogant little prick." 2 comments|
||90.0%||""She wondered how she could have ever thought him handsome. His lips were soft and red as the worms you found after a rain, and his eyes were vain and cruel." --Sansa finally sees the real Joffrey."|
||92.0%||"Dany's character continues to astound me. She transforms from a meek little girl to a smart young woman rather quickly."|
||100.0%||"Wow! I'm speechless. Ordering the next book right away." 6 comments|