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review 2020-05-26 20:19
I expected more
Fire & Blood - George R.R. Martin

I read all 702 pages,the book was a present so I sort of felt obligated to finish it.

 

Anyway,the book is written in second person.(I think) whereas you have a maester or whomever writes on westeros.And they tell the story of the Tagaryen history.And at some points the writer would insert a new person and his take on what happened.And then later in the book the original writer would say something like "and so and so would say,in a much more raucous way".

 

This book is more like a historical text,but it does have aereil dragonfights.

 

 

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review 2020-03-17 18:51
Jokers Wild
Jokers Wild - George R.R. Martin,Leanne C. Harper,Richard Kriegler,Walter Simons,Melinda M. Snodgrass,John J. Miller,Edward Bryant,Lewis Shiner

I like the wild card world.A couple stories are going on at the same time.

The whole period of the book takes place within 24 hours.It's a holiday called "Wild Card Day".1 story focuses on a man looking for his niece.Another story consists of a man called the Astronomer hiring a couple of assassins to take out the guys that attempted to kill him.

Someone finds out about this plan and tries to prevent it.

 And then a 3rd story having nothing to do with the other 2 but a theft.It just happens that unknowingly to the thief the object stolen is of great importance.

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text 2020-01-02 22:17
Reading Summary for 2019
Excellent women - Barbara Pym
A Brightness Long Ago - Guy Gavriel Kay
A Song for Arbonne - Guy Gavriel Kay
Stillhouse Lake - Rachel Caine
The Queens of Innis Lear - Tessa Gratton
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
Sword and Pen - Rachel Caine
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer - Michelle McNamara,Patton Oswalt,Gillian Flynn
All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault: A Novel - James Alan Gardner

2019 was a good reading year. I read about 270 books (I’m pretty sure that a few of my re-reads didn’t make it into my calculations). Out of that total, 9 books earned over the 4 star rating for me. The vast majority of my choices ended up in 4 star territory, very satisfactory. Some of my favourites, which I re-read a lot, end up in the 4 star category simply because they are fun, but I’m aware that they aren’t great literature.

Longest book in 2019Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan.
Shortest book in 2019Saving Thunder the Great: the true story of a gerbil's escape from the Fort McMurray wildfire by Leanne Shirtliffe.
First book of the yearVery Good, Jeeves! by P.G. Wodehouse
Last book of the yearMagic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Best non-fiction book of 2019I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. It’s a shame that the author didn’t live to see this case solved, but she wrote one hell of a book about her investigations.

When Words Collide conference: I attended this conference in August and discovered a new favourite author, James Alan Gardner. I would highly recommend the first two books in his Dark/Spark series: All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault and They Promised Me the Gun Wasn't Loaded.

I read 41 books in my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading project, falling a bit short of my goal of reading one book per week. Notable books include Doomsday Book by Connie Willis, Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh, and Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb.

Favourite book in my Science Fiction & Fantasy reading projectA Game of Thrones. A dramatic and fully realized world, with strong characters and an uncompromising plot. I could feel the cold and smell the food, plus sympathize with people on both sides of the conflict. I can hardly wait to read the second book of the series.

Shakespeare Project: I saw 3 Shakespearean plays this year, including Antony and CleopatraCoriolanus, and Richard II. I have now seen over half of the Bard’s plays. Yay!

Best Psychological SuspenseStillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine. Un-put-down-able. Do you get a second chance at life after discovering that your husband is a serial killer? I couldn’t help but root for this determined heroine in her quest to keep herself and her children safe. I also loved the sequel, Killman Creek.

Best Historical Fantasy: This was a tie between two books by the same author, Guy Gavriel Kay. A Song for Arbonne, set in a version of Renaissance Provence and A Brightness Long Ago, set in a fantasy version of Renaissance Italy. I’m gradually working my way through all of Kay’s books and none of them have rated lower that 4.5 stars for me.

Best Fantasy Retelling of a Shakespearean workThe Queens of Innis Lear by Tessa Gratton. This was my first 5 star book of 2019 and I can totally see myself reading it again in the future. A luxurious dark fantasy with plenty of magic and mystery.

Best Young Adult novelSword and Pen by Rachel Caine. Fifth volume in The Great Library series and just as good as the previous volumes. This conclusion to the series reduced me to emotional tatters by the end and I cried a lot. Start with the first volume and enjoy them all.

Favourite Classic read this yearExcellent Women by Barbara Pym. A look at the life of a single woman and the pressures of society to be part of a couple. With wicked commentary on the usefulness (or lack thereof) of many men. I count myself in the number of Excellent Women.

Most Powerful Novel read in 2019Beloved by Toni Morrison. Gorgeous writing about a difficult subject. Well worth reading, although I found I had to read it slowly: Read a chapter and reflect.

Summer Reading Project: This year featured the Summer of Sherlock. I read 29 books for this project, including several of the originals by Arthur Conan Doyle and lots of Holmes pastiche. My favourite discovery was the Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas.

Best Book Read for BookclubWe Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This one kept me thinking about it for days after I finished it. I think it provoked the most discussion among the book club members too.

Re-reads of 2019: I spent a fair amount of time re-reading several favourite series, including Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris, The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman, and Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. All three of them are in my preferred genre, Urban Fantasy.

New Releases that I’m looking forward to in 2020Emerald Blaze by Ilona Andrews, A Murderous Relation by Deanna Raybourn, Imaginary Numbers by Seanan McGuire, The Secret Chapter by Genevieve Cogman, False Value by Ben Aaronovitch, Murder on Cold Street by Sherry Thomas, and A Killing Frost by Seanan McGuire.

I’ll look forward to seeing how my friends’ 2019 reading year went and I wish you all the best 2020 possible! Happy New Year!
 

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text 2020-01-01 20:20
Czytelnicze podsumowanie roku 2019
Starcie królów - George R.R. Martin
Nawałnica mieczy: Stal i śnieg - George R.R. Martin,Michał Jakuszewski
Pismo. Magazyn opinii, nr 8 / sierpień 2018 - praca zbiorowa
Profesor Andrews w Warszawie. Wyspa - Olga Tokarczuk
Ofiara w środku zimy - Mons Kallentoft
Czarnobyl. Spowiedź reportera - Igor Kostin
Vogue Polska, nr 20/październik 2019 - Redakcja Magazynu Vogue Polska
Samotnik - Eugène Ionesco
Roksolana - porwana w niewolę - Pawło Zahrebelny
Syrop z piołunu. Wygnani w akcji "Wisła" - Smoleński Paweł

Moje książkowe "The best":


Najbardziej intrygująca książkowa postać:

 

(ex aequo): Tyrion Lannister i Deanerys Targaryen z książek "Starcie królów" i "Nawałnica mieczy: Stal i śnieg" (George R.R. Martin)

 

Najlepsza okładka:

 

(ex aequo): "Pismo. Magazyn opinii, nr 8/sierpień 2018", Fundacja Pismo, 2018r.; "Profesor Andrews w Warszawie. Wyspa" (Olga Tokarczuk), Wydawnictwo Literackie, 2018r.

 

Najlepszy cytat:

 

"W niektóre noce łóżko jest nieskończenie szerokie. Niektóre noce mieszczą całą samotność świata. W niektóre noce łóżko jest miękkie i obiecujące, a oczekiwanie na sen staje się najlepszym czasem minionego dnia. W noce takie jak ta łóżko jest twarde, materac to wróg przeganiający myśli na niewłaściwe miejsca, jakby chciał wyszydzić człowieka, że leży tam sam bez innego ciała, na którym można się oprzeć."

"Ofiara w środku zimy" (Mons Kallentoft)


Największe zaskoczenie:

 

"Profesor Andrews w Warszawie. Wyspa" (Olga Tokarczuk)

 

Najlepszy autor:

 

Igor Kostin ("Czarnobyl. Spowiedź reportera")

 

Najlepsza książka:

 

"Czarnobyl. Spowiedź reportera" (Igor Kostin)

 


Największe gnioty:

 


Najbardziej irytująca książkowa postać:

 

Malin Fors z książki "Ofiara w środku zimy" (Mons Kallentoft)

 

Najgorsza okładka:

 

(ex aequo): "Vogue Polska, nr 20/październik 2019, Visteria sp.z.o.
o., 2019r.; "Samotnik" (Eugene Ionesco), Państwowy Instytut Wydawniczy, 1977r.

 

Najgorszy cytat:

 

"W córce pojawił się jakiś nowy ton, mniej wbrew i do wewnątrz, bardziej na zewnątrz i otwarta i pewna."
"Ofiara w środku zimy" (Mons Kallentoft)

 

Największe rozczarowanie:

 

"Ofiara w środku zimy" (Mons Kallentoft)

 

Najgorszy autor:

 

Pawło Zagrebelny ("Wspaniałe stulecie Sulejmana. Roksolana porwana w niewolę")

 

Najgorsza książka:
 
"Syrop z piołunu. Wygnani w akcji Wisła" (Paweł Smoleński)

 

 

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W liczbach:

 

Wszystkich przeczytanych książek 49, w tym:

 

Biografie/Autobiografie/Dzienniki/Pamiętniki - 1
Czasopisma - 21
Fantastyka - 2
Film + książka - 2
Komiksy - 4
Literatura dziecięca/młodzieżowa - 1
Literatura faktu/Reportaże/Eseje - 11
Literatura obyczajowa - 1
Literatura piękna/współczesna - 2
Literatura popularnonaukowa - 1
Poezja - 2
Thrillery/Kryminały/Sensacja - 1

 


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review 2019-12-20 20:22
A Game of Thrones / George R.R. Martin
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

 

What a pleasure to read! GRRM writes fabulous fantasy. I can see why this was turned into a TV series--the world is so well realized. I could easily picture it in my mind’s eye. Yes, it’s a violent, dark world, but there are also moments of kindness and compassion. Martin’s female characters have to live within the bounds of this very medieval society that he has created, but they find creative ways to achieve agency and to become formidable in their own right.

The boundaries between good and evil are muddy in GoT. I found myself cheering for people on both sides of the battles. For example, I love both Catelyn and Tyrion. I also have to admit that I love any fantasy world that includes dire wolves and mammoths. I’m hoping that there will be more prehistoric animal action in upcoming books.

Maybe it’s because I’m Canadian, but the Stark’s motto, Winter is Coming, really speaks to me. I could feel the chill of standing on the great North wall, looking out into the wilderness and wondering what was out there in the dark and the cold.

It has taken me a long time to start this series, but I look forward to continuing with it in 2020. I’m interested in every character introduced thus far--I realize that Martin is famous for killing off his characters, but I’ll take what I can get!

Book number 345 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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