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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
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May 17, 2011

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I like A Game of Thrones.

Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.


A Game of Thrones just got personal. I was warned that GRRM has a habit of killing off characters, may they be decent or not. But oh, was I enraged when he did kill one of the main leads and another one worth pitting with the lords and knights fighting for power. It doesn’t make any freakin’ sense to me for an author to build characters so strong, solid and has potential to emerge victorious and then cut off their roles JUST. LIKE. THAT. I did not even get to see how they are in action/battle to justify their stature made by Martin. Ugh.

Tyrion is my favorite character, no doubt about that. Followed by Dany, Arya and Jon. I have a love/hate relationship with Catelyn but I hate her mad sister Lissa more. How I wish Sansa was beheaded then put on an iron spike. Ned… oh, he’s such a disappointing character. Martin constantly wrote about the hardness and of Winterfell Lords, but Ned just fell short for me. Khal Drogo grew on me and I find myself really liking him. Cersei deserves to be queen – cunning, cruel, and cold. If she were on the good side, I could’ve loved her more, but I think she’s more fitting to be a villain so that’s fine with me. Robb gets very interesting, I would’ve like to read his POV. I don’t know where I stand with Varys – he’s complex. Can someone strangle Littlefingers for me? Or cut off his tongue and feed it to the ravens. Joffrey will get his due, I bet on that. I’m so itching to put his head on the spike as well. Bronn, he leapt out of the pages and made a fan out of me!

The story is incredible. There’s a new twist for each chapter end. I was endlessly shocked and left to brood on what will happen next. Martin’s writing is consistent considering the alternating POVs from an adult (ex. Ned) to a child (ex. Bran) for the book chapters. After nursing my bruises over the dead Martin left me with, I was amused and maybe sporting a little smile on how the book ended. Oh yeah, Dany is one bad-ass dragon heir!

A Game of Thrones is truly a great read. I still recommend it to fantasy readers out there, but writing off strong characters the way Martin did left me with a very, very bitter taste on my mouth. Until I’ve coped with my grief over ___ and _____, I won’t read A Clash of Kings. I may opt to just wait for it on HBO and watch it instead. That’s how pissed I was.
The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die.
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George R.R. Martin
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Reading Progress

May 17, 2011 – Shelved
August 9, 2011 – Started Reading
August 9, 2011 – Shelved as: books-i-own
August 9, 2011 –
page 30
August 11, 2011 –
page 68
August 12, 2011 –
page 128
August 15, 2011 –
page 176
August 17, 2011 –
page 215
30.94% "i don't trust Littlefingers."
August 18, 2011 –
page 250
August 21, 2011 –
page 275
August 22, 2011 –
page 285
August 30, 2011 –
page 338
August 30, 2011 –
page 352
August 31, 2011 –
page 431
August 31, 2011 –
page 444
63.88% "The Imp FTW! Nice!"
September 1, 2011 –
page 480
69.06% "losing faith on Ned."
September 2, 2011 –
page 521
74.96% "gotta admire Cersei. she's fearless."
September 3, 2011 –
page 638
91.8% "crap. Ned Stark is useless."
September 5, 2011 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Monique (last edited Sep 06, 2011 08:10PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Monique There was a reason for the, um, event that you didn't like. A very, very good reason. It's not very clear in the first book of course, but when you get to A Clash of Kings, you will realize why it was necessary to, aaah, dispose of that particular character. It has much to do with the conflicts between and among the other leads. Do you truly think that GRR Martin would just bump off an important character just for the heck of it? :)

The complexity of the characters is one of the things that truly has me drawn to the series. Just when you're absolutely sure that you know where a character stands, think again. No one character is truly good, nor another truly evil. Sandor Clegane, aka The Hound, for instance.

It's sad that you won't be reading the next books, though. If you loved Tyrion in the first book, you will worship him in the second. ;)

Maria Monique! Thank you :) i said i won't read the next one UNTIL i recovered from my grief. Once i'm recovered, i will buy A Clash of Kings. Thank you for giving me a reason to continue reading, really! If Varys is complex, Sandor Clegane is an enigma! I was so confused, with esp. with his scenes with Sansa.

Ok, then. I will read (but delay) the rest of the series. :) but let me grieve for the moment. hehe.

Monique Oh, yeah. You did say that, hehe. Okay, grieve if you must, and take your time. You can always pick up the next books whenever you feel like it. Don't mind me, haha! Na-addict lang sa series. :D

Maria Monique wrote: "Oh, yeah. You did say that, hehe. Okay, grieve if you must, and take your time. You can always pick up the next books whenever you feel like it. Don't mind me, haha! Na-addict lang sa series. :D"

No, no, it's okay :) it's addicting naman tlg. give me a month to grieve (nagluluksa tlg eh noh), then i'll pick up A Clash of Kings :P thanks, Monique!

K.D. Absolutely Right-on-the-dot, Maria.

Maria K.D. wrote: "Right-on-the-dot, Maria."

thank goodness i'm not the only one. Thanks, KD :)

K.D. Absolutely Great minds think alike, Maria.

Lynai I was affected by THAT death too. But I'm pretty certain, there is justice in this death. Can't wait to read Book 2 because I want to cheer Daenerys on! Go, Targaryens! :D

Maria yay! let's hope, Lynai. ;)

Heldervert wehehe..i love tyrion too...

Heldervert wehehe..i love tyrion too...

Heldervert wehehe..i love tyrion too...

Fiona Byrne Arya get's better as the series progresses. You should definitely read on. I think it makes the tv series better.

Maria Hi Fiona! I'll be reading A Clash of Kings in a month or so. :) Thanks!

message 15: by Jayjay (new) - added it

Jayjay ahhhh I'm finished!!! Tyrion is just the best character of them all! I need to get the next book and the third before Season 3 starts ;)

Maria Yay! I'm with you on that, Tyrion FTW! But i have yet to take a deep breath to start A Clash of Kings. Boo! LOL

Fenixxx I guess Martin knows a thing or two about passing and then carrying out dead warrants. 'cause y' know he's got a pretty long list of named Characters he's killed, some of them even more than once.

Maria really! i don't know if i'll be fascinated or be morbid about that.

Louize Aw, so I'm not the only one grieving...
I tried to pick up the 2nd book but have to drop it again after a few chapters. Death followed by more deaths, it's just too much. A friend called it book hangover... I'm a drunk then, 'coz it happens often enough. :)

Maria Well, my hangover isn't over hanggang ngayon, Louize. i still can't move on. :(

Jaroslav Tuček Nice to see someone actually like Cersei. That woman's got a plan - which cannot be said of the blundering Starks...

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