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review 2017-09-22 16:24
Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

So many people reviewed this book and we don't need another one you will think. Especially someone who read it 20 years late. But considering I am one of those who read it after the TV show, I am only six years late. But still, the hype is so big, fans are dying being too fanatic and critics are so savage they could kill the show or the book. Without forgetting the very genius ones who leak scripts and episodes ! (sarcasm here). Anyway, it took me a while to read the first book because my pleasure of reading consist in fact to constantly starting new books and I sometimes found myself with six or seven started books.

As everybody knows, the first book is very close to the TV show. In fact there is the same dialogs, same story timeline, not so much less and not so much more. And I loved it. We absolutely cannot rate this book in the same way than the reader who reads it before the show came out. The final spoil is too big to be ignored. So I mostly concentrated more on the form of the book. I must say George R.R. Martin has the simplest complicated way of describing and constructing his characters. The feelings they have and the way they think is ornamented in a genius way and this is what, I think, make it possible for the show to be absolutely complete and deeply detailed. It’s a typical story timeline which is split by short chapters placed in the point of view of all the important characters. So we can assume that the book has already a cinematic ambiance.

What is most incredible about the story is that the different characters live and develop so far from each other and still at the very end of the book and knowing that they will meet one day let you think about the extremely large and rich journey that is waiting for them. This long journey but also the big importance the past events seems to have for every family is what makes each small detail very important to remember. Those subtle details who take place in the show as in the book, has an immense history that is written and known somewhere behind and before everything took place. (Look at all the wiki about westeros history and important characters that are already dead when the events took place). So this is what I call a complete story created by a complete and solid imagination. A big story written on the surface of an even bigger story that you, as a reader, need to dig a little. That is why I find this first book of the serie totally genius and so is the TV show !

 

 

5 ☆

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review 2017-07-11 15:52
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

There have already been many good reviews written about this book, some praising and some condemning.

 

I myself loved the book and the way it is narrated by the different characters. Is it weird that my favorite character is Tyrion?

 

The story is about a kingdom in turmoil for the throne (thus the title) and the many high families involved, including the exiled children of the previous king. Add to that the Black Guard that stands guard at the huge ice wall protecting the kingdom from the Others. The ending of this book was a surprise to me. I can't wait to see what Dany will do!

This book leaves a lot of unanswered questions which leads in to the rest of the series which I will most definitely read. I just hope the last book does indeed bring everything to a close.

 

One note of warning. This book describes human savagery and butchery at it's worst with beheadings and war, descriptions of rape and debasement of women and the "lowborn". If you are sensitive to that sort of thing then this book may not be for you.

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review 2017-06-06 20:26
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

Still enjoyed it loads the second time around.

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text 2017-04-20 02:51
A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 1 - Daniel Abraham,George R.R. Martin,Tommy Patterson

 

I only realky picked this up cause it was a 1.99 ebook. I really liked that the art for the characters is based off the books, and not the show. I've read the novel A Game of Thrones about 4 times now so the story is the story. I've seen other reviews that said this might be hard to follow if you hadn't read the first novel. I can't say either way cause ASOIAF is my fandom, and I've spent countless hours obsessing over it. So the story is deeply inbeded in my psyche. Even though ASOIAF is fandom I probably won't continue with these due to pricing. I actually liked the Dunk and Egg comics a bit more, but these are nice too, just super pricey.
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text 2017-04-02 01:49
TBR: Cookbooks related to books
Sneaky Pie's Cookbook for Mystery Lovers - Rita Mae Brown
True Blood: Eats, Drinks, and Bites from Bon Temps - Alan Ball,Gianna Sobol,Karen Sommer Shalett,Marcelle Bienvenu,Alex Farnum
The Write Ingredients - Lori Foster
Killer Recipes - Susan Whitfield
The Book Lover's Cookbook: Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature, and the Passages That Feature Them - Shaunda Kennedy Wenger,Janet Kay Jensen
The Unofficial Game of Thrones Cookbook: From Direwolf Ale to Auroch Stew - More Than 150 Recipes from Westeros and Beyond - Alan Kistler

Well, I went down the rabbit hole of Internet surfing today.  

 

Found lots of books to wishlist at my public library's ebook loans (mine uses overdrive).  The ones above are cookbooks with a book tie in.

 

Killer Recipes - Susan Whitfield synopsis says proceeds will go to breast cancer (these are recipes from mystery writers ).

 

After all, have to have new food stuff for upcoming Deweys 24 Hour Readathon and all the Derby parties...

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