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  • By Clem on June 25, 2017

    The second Game of Thrones book. As I write this review, I’m a bit stumped as to what I can write that I didn’t already discuss in my review of Book One. Hmmmm……let’s see…… Well, it continues the story that most people already know. How’s that? Most are familiar with the HBO series. There are masses that are fanatical about the show. I confess that I’m not that huge of a fan. Oh I enjoy the series, but I don’t frequent internet communities discussing theories about who did what and why. I don’t even necessarily feel the urge to watch the episodes as soon as they become available. This can be damaging as the morning after, the internet is upchucking information about “what happened on last night’s episode”. I guess I’m more of a casual fan.The main appeal of the books for me is actually two-fold. First, I love to read. Second, reading the book helps plug some of the gaps. Unfortunately, there are times when I get a bit lost watching the series. I have a hard time keeping up with who is who and what is exactly going on. The major characters I can handle, but the ones that are a bit more minor can get lost in my crowded mind. So when I read one of the books after I’ve watched one of the seasons, I come to such revelations as “So that’s where Stannis came from. He’s Robert’s brother. So that’s why he thinks he should be king.” And so on. I’m sure many can follow along better than I can, but this is an area where I struggle.Now that’s not to say that the books can be a bit challenging as well. Especially when it comes to characters. Author George R.R. Martin seems to have some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder to list the name of every single minor character that he introduces. Even if they don’t stay in the story for very long. Is there anyone out there reading these books that can keep track of all the different “maesters”? It’s a bit of small sin, but a rather irritating one. Sure, the author provides a “who’s who” in the back of the book, but who really wants to flip back and forth that frequently? Especially when one is reading on an e-book.Since the HBO series is so popular, I’m guessing that more have watched the series than have read the books. I would recommend all that have watched to read as well. It really is a great story. I must also say that the casting of the characters for the series seems impeccable. It’s really hard, for example, to read about Tyrian Lannister and not immediately see Peter Dinklage in the role.From what I understand, the narrative in the books and the HBO series don’t exactly coincide, although after the second book, I would have to conclude that at this point the similarities are very strong, and I can’t see any real discrepancies. Perhaps this happens a bit later. If I’m not mistaken, the author has been stuck on book six for several years as I write this review, and the producers of the show got tired of waiting, so they just went ahead and started continuing their own version of the story without him. Probably a good thing. There are still those that are hoping the author finishes what he started, however. The books are still extremely rewarding, even if the story never gets officially “finished”.

  • By Chiek on September 29, 2014

    GRRM's second installment sent me soaring to new peaks of enjoyment like no fantasy novels ever did for me. It dawned on me why good people like Ned Stark, the king's hand, must die and Winterfell must fall. The pack of young wolves fled their comfortable nest to all corners of Westeros and would mature and their claws sharpened amidst adversity and treachery. While these young cub wolves' developed their killer and self-preservation skills, they never lost their kindness, goodness and honor. True to their honorable Starks qualities no doubt because they were raised well by their good and honorable parents Ed and Catelyn Stark. Even Jon, the half Stark possessed such noble qualities, who more than any of the wolves, must grow up in the most dangerous environment of all as a black. At the wall and beyond, which seems more frightening adventures will be told. Each wolf with their unique skills and destinies, one follows breathtakingly their fortunes and we smile when fate introduced special people into their lives to guard our wolves. Sam for Jon, Lady Tallis for Robb, Hodor, Osha, Meera & Jojien for Bran and Rikkon, Jaqen & Gendry for Arya and finally the beast or more accurately, Dontos Hollard the drunk & Sandor Clegane the Hound, must love and protect their little bird, the beautiful poker face Sansa who must hide her feelings from the evil King Joffrey and the even more evil queen mother Cersei. Without the hound, Sansa would have long perished. I love the wolves, but my favorite character is Tyrion Lannister the half man, whose wit and humor surpasses even that of squire Sancho Panza from Don Quixote. His plotting and scheming against queen sister Cersei, Lord Varys the Eunuch, little finger Baelish the master of coin, and grand maester Pycelle of the 7 kingdoms is legendary. Although Tyrion is a half man, he has a heart bigger than most men and is a perfect gentleman who has huge soft sport for helpless maidens, especially those with a pure heart. That rules out his sister Cersei obviously. Such gallant qualities make Tyrion so endearing, not even his dear beautiful brother Jamie can match. Moving over eastwards overseas and no less exciting, one must not forget the fugitive dragon Princess Daenery who blossomed from the immense hardship of life in the largely barren, dusty and dry Essos. With the ever so faithful and ganllant Sir Jorah Mormont protecting her, the fair and beautiful young and last surviving Targaryen had her full share of treacherous villains who couldn't keep their hands off her baby dragons. While the seven kingdoms on Westeros are embroiled in their game of thrones, it seems the more formidable characters loom north of the wall and east on Essos. With endless of possibilities, gallantry and treachery, I now embark on GRRM's third installment and tremble with uncontrollable excitement.

  • By muley on December 21, 2017

    I did not get involved with the TV show when it first came out, although my entire family was obsessed with it. I like to read the book that movie/TV projects are based on before I see how characters are portrayed, as I like to see the characters and story in my own mind first. OMG...this author is amazing. The word painting is incredible, he is able to transport readers in to his world, and he leaves you desperately wanting more. I still have not seen one single episode, but I have seen far more of this world than any viewer has. Great book.

  • By Misti C on December 9, 2016

    I tried reading the first book a while ago, and honestly got lost with all of the characters. After watching the TV show, it was easier for me to keep them all straight in my head. This is coming from a life-long avid reader (I read almost every day and have a library of books under my belt). All that said, once you get your mind wrapped around the characters, the books are phenomenal. It's not an easy read, no - but it's well worth the effort. Even if you've seen the TV show, the books keep you enthralled in this fantasy world. Highly recommend!


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