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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
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Mar 31, 2008

really liked it
Recommended to Melissa by: Steve
Read from April 01 to 15, 2011

It was right about at the beginning of George R. R. Martin’s A Clash of Kings, the second book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, that I admitted to myself that I wanted to quit my job and everything else in my life so I could stay home and read all day. I resisted the urge. I’m still not quite sure if I made the right decision.

You think you know someone, and then you read the second book about her. (Or him. Though, for the most part, the changes of the hers were more exciting for me in this book. Minus the most clever and entertaining character to waddle through the pages of a fantasy book, who will go unnamed so I don’t spoil the fact that he lived through the first book. Okay, I may have given it away a little.) It’s not that the characters went through any unrealistic shifts; it’s just that Martin let us get to know them even better and we got to watch how they responded to new situations. Or at least I did. You may not have even read A Clash of Kings yet. Your loss.

I think enjoyed the first book more because the slow corruption of an innocent and stable world interested me. But everything else that utterly enthralled me from the first book—the complex and endearing characters, the mystery and intrigue, the moments when honor, family, love, and pride all seem at odds with one another—was there in the second, and was amplified because, with each chapter, I grew more and more invested.

Don’t start this series unless you’re ready to devote yourself to reading every published book of it. I don’t know what I’m going to do when I’ve finished the fourth book and have to sit around waiting for Martin to write and publish the rest. That will be a sad, sad day.


“Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them.”

“He who hurries through life hurries to his grave.”

“A good lord comforts and protects the weak and helpless.”

“When we speak of the morrow nothing is ever certain.”

“Only a fool humbles himself when the world is so full of men eager to do that job for him.”

"People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it's served up."

"There's no shame in fear... what matters is how we face it."

"A man agrees with god as a raindrop with the storm."

"When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say."

"The best lies contain within them nuggets of truth, enough to give a listener pause."

"Oh, to be sure, there is much we do not understand. The years pass in their hundreds and their thousands, and what does any man see of life but a few summers, a few winters? We look at mountains and call them eternal, and so they seem... but in the course of time, mountains rise and fall, rivers change their courses, stars fall from the sky, and great cities sink beneath the sea... Everything changes."

"The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome."
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Brice Meerman perfectly stated, I too debated quiting my job for no other reason than to keep reading. very nice capture of some phenomenal quotes.

Fasha Luckily I work from home! On to book number 3!

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"I wanted to quit my job and everything else in my life so I could stay home and read all day. I resisted the urge. I’m still not quite sure if I made the right decision." is hilarious! ^_^

Steven Morin Very good review :))

William I agree, your review was great. Just finished book 2 and am feeling hopeless because I've left all of my chores for Sunday and I'd rather find book 3. It's comforting to know you considered switching careers to full-time reader.

Vikki Jones I must be the luckiest person in the world! I can read my book AT work!! The joys of being a receptionist in a quiet company! :)

Ket5d Great quotes!

Silviaangel I also felt the need to quit my job but right now I am taking full advantage of weekends. Brilliant book

message 8: by Chels (last edited Jun 26, 2012 10:22PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Chels I loved LOVED the first book,(and the first season of the very well done HBO show.) LOVED the second season as well. I'm exactly like you in the sense that i woke up this morning and thought "oh no. I have to work...and i'm only 40 pages into this book? My hour break is not going to satiate my appetite." I almost called out of work today, i swear you. :) So far loving this book, its already very intense even though i'm only 40 pages in. Though not a Fan of how they've been treating the Maesters... :(

Edit: I just finished this book and I agree with you. The girls storylines are far more interesting and intense in the second book. I can absolutely not get enough Arya.*****spoiler kinda****** Though I am also a Bran and Tyrion fan and I can't wait to see how Both of their stories play out. Even Sansa is MUCH more endearing and likable character than she is in the show and it wasn't a chore to read her passages they were actually quite refreshing.

Still love your review! :D

Melissa I agree, the tales of the women have been far more interesting that the recounts of battle woes. I can't wait to read more of Dany, Sansa and Arya!

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Heather Just finished book three and the last paragraph BLEW ME AWAY. I thought I could finally clean my house and do laundry after burning through what I (mistakenly) thougth was a three book series. Martin has stolen my whole summer, and he can have it!!

evgeniya_savchenko Thanks for your review, feel the same way about work and everything :-)

message 4: by Lex (new) - rated it 4 stars

Lex i finished it in four days and couldn't wait the other one, so i read a whole week, but it was worthy. Good quotes, by the way!

Cora I'm about 65% into A Clash of Kings and the reason for that is I just spent Labor Day weekend reading, eating & sleeping and that's it. This series is magnificent! Quitting my teaching job to finish the series...hmm, that has potential. Too bad I have to keep a mean cat fed or I would be so there! Great review :-D

Michelle Only Wants to Read I didn't quit my job, but I called in sick one day just to read 10hrs straight. I'm completely corrupted by this story :)

Anne Fine That feeling when you are nearing the end of the latest book in a phenomenal series, you realize you must wait much too long for the next installment...UUUGGHH!!! I began reading the Song of Fire and Ice series after watching HBO's Game of Thrones. Instantly sucked me into the novels, much the same way as True Blood series turned me on to the Sookie Stackhouse series. Only HBO is doing such a better job with the Game of Thrones adaptation!
George R.R. Martin is a genius with his ability to create and keep straight so many fleshed-out characters at one time, PLUS maintain a cohesive storyline. I'm not a huge fan of his earlier work, but he's hit gold with this series! I cannot decide who my favorite character is. Every single one is neither all good nor all bad- but several are totally awesome. Tyrion or Arya would probably win favorite character, but I sure do love Dany, Jon, Samwell and Brienne, and love to hate Cersei, Tywin, Littlefinger, the Hound... The story is so engrossing, you hardly realize each book approaches the thousand page mark.

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