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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 !



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text 2017-09-11 18:52
Nawałnica mieczy, część 2: Krew i złoto - George R.R. Martin

Kiedy w końcu skończysz czytać kolejną część, ale okazuje się że zostały jeszcze cztery + dwie kolejne są dopiero pisane.

Iks De.

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review 2017-08-24 03:20
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3)
A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin

Holy amazeballs! This is easily my favorite so far. This one takes off running and never slows down. It was very hard at times to pace myself and not just tear through it because I wanted - needed - to know what was going to happen next. Martin is a master storyteller and the various narratives he's crafted in the first two books continues to build here until it reaches max capacity - and then just keeps going. And that ending

Catelyn's resurrection and paling around with the Robin Hood gang

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- wow. I couldn't believe it when I heard that was left out of the show, because I can't wait to see what Martin's going to do with that. 


And how about that kill count, eh? 


Happiest death:

Joffrey, hand's down. Tywin's a close second.

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Most upsetting death:

Prince Oberyn Martell, my prince of salty goodness. You were too precious for this world.


Also, Lysa Arryn. I absolutely hated her character, but what a miserable, loveless and lonely life she led. And then betrayed at the last second. 

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Most predictable death:


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Death worthiest of a Darwin award:

Hope you had a nice fall, Balon Greyjoy. May you make it to that pearly ship in the sky, or whatever.

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Just die already:

Gregor, Littlefinger, and Roose Bolton and his little Bastard too, and all the Freys.

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text 2017-08-23 06:33
Reading progress update: I've read 99%.
A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin













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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-17 02:44
A Feast For Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire)
A Feast for Crows - George R.R. Martin

I wasn't terribly happy with the way with this book was written. If you've been reading the Song of Ice and Fire saga up to this book (and beyond) then you know that the series has quite a few different storylines, many of which your likely to find interesting and others that might bore or turn you off. Thats ok.


A Feast For Crows completely cuts out several major storylines which is why I didn't really care for it as much. Tyrion, Daenerys, Jon Snow on the wall, and Davos Seaworth are nowhere to be found. For me the only consolation I got was a few Arya chapters, as the book focused on Jaime, Cersei and Brienne primarily, with a few chapters for Arya, Samwell, Sansa/Alayne and some new Ironborn and Dornish plotlines. In the final pages, G.R.R.M. explains the he had written far to much and what he had would be more like two books. Instead of splitting the book in half and keeping all the plotlines, he decided to cut some out and do them in the next book A Dance With Dragons. Irritating. I would have preferred the other way.


Perhaps this is why the book lacks Martin's typical habit of killing off important characters.

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I did find it enjoyable, but not as page turning as any of the others so far.


I'll be jumping immediately into A Dance With Dragons now. With the impending series finale of the GoT show, I think its likely a release date for Winds of Winter will come with it. For that reason, I'm opting to catch up with the series right now before any announcement of said release date.

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