Mini Reviews: A Song of George R.R. Martin’s Storytelling

Dunnnn, dunn, dun dun, dunnnn, dunn, dun, dun, dunn, dunn, dun, dun, dunn, dunn dun dun dunn dunn…
Yeahhh, I’ve pretty much had the Game of Thrones theme tune stuck in my head for the entire time it took me to write this post. I feel like I’m going slightly insane now! So yes, while Becky has been somewhat silent on the blog, in real life she has been busy, shifting through thousands of pages worth of Westeros, where dragons reign and people fight over a really uncomfortable chair. Woohoo! (Weirdos). After watching the season 5 shocker finale on TV, I was a little distraught and desperate for more George R.R. Martin, not to mention ANSWERS. I’ve also recently rewatched the entire show with the boyfriend because I am trying to educate him on all things nerdy (it’s working, slowly). All of this led to me feeling determined to try and catch up with the books in time for the release of season 6 and the next novel,Winds of Winter. So here are my reviews of books 3-5!

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A Storm of Swords: Steel and Snow by George R.R. Martin Review 4/5

Overall Impression: An entertaining read full of emotional, political and bloody battles.A Storm of Swords Steel and Snow

(To read my review of the previous book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Clash of Kings click here.)

This book was all kinds of awesome. George R. R. Martin, you’ve done it again!
For those who don’t know, the UK version of A Storm of Swords is split into two parts (I know, annoying right?) so I kind of feel weird reviewing a book when I’ve only read half of the originally intended material, like I might not be judging it fairly because it cut off before its intended finale. Having said that, I enjoyed book 3 part 1 immensely, and now I can’t wait to dive into part two!

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A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin Review 4/5

Overall Impression: An action-packed gritty adventure with vivid characters.
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

(To read my review of the first book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Game of Thrones click here.)

After devouring the first book in this series I vowed that I would take a decent break before tackling the second novel, A Clash of Kings. Partly so I could recover from the immense page length but also so that I would appreciate the story more. However, after reading only two other books I soon found myself yearning for more of the world of Westeros. Instead of forcing myself to read other books when I wasn’t in the mood for them I decided to give into the inevitable, and thus began my journey though this 708-paged beast of a book!

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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin Review 5/5

Overall Impression: A bloody battle of wits, armour and cunning, but not everyone is playing fair.A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I am desperately in love with all things A Game of Thrones. As an avid follower of the TV series and a big fan of fantasy novels, I couldn’t not read this book. I have been looking longingly towards its place on my bookshelf for months. (Well, actually it was on top of my bookshelf because there’s no shelf space left, oops.) I love what this series has done in terms of making high fantasy more mainstream. There are many discerning people who look down on the genre, so I think it’s great that so many people have gotten behind this series. With the summer months spiraling out before me, I finally felt like it was time to pick up the 803 page doorstop and get lost within its pages!

In the game of thrones, you win or you die.
As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must… and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty. The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, a vengeance-mad boy has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities beyond the sea. Heir of the mad Dragon King deposed by Robert, he claims the Iron Throne.

This is an intimidating book to review, its sheer length, complexity and endless characters make it difficult to summarise in a way that promotes its awesomeness but prevents giving away spoilers. Plus, I think the less you know the more intense the reading experience is. Essentially the one sentence version is that a bunch of power hungry people are fighting over the Iron Throne that rules over the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, and some of them have more legitimate claims than others. Continue reading

Quoting the Quill #32

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“Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
’That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.”

– George R.R. Martin (A Game of Thrones)

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I have been on a total Game of Thrones kick lately. With the fourth season on TV in full swing and having recently devoured the first book, my head is firmly stuck in the fantasy world of Westeros. I was fuming when I heard that there would be no episode on this week, so what better way to pass the time than quoting it instead?!
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DAY 12: A Book You Wanted to Read for a Long Time but Still Haven’t.

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Ohh wow, without pausing I could instantly reel off a long list of at least twenty or so books that I have wanted to read for the longest time but still haven’t, maybe even more. As a general rule I never impulse buy, I will ponder for a long time over whether I want a piece of clothing, if an expensive piece of technology is worth it (Most of the time it isn’t!) and also if I need or will use what I am buying. However there are two exceptions to this, sparkly things (I swear I’m a magpie) and books. If I see a book I want, all logic seems to fall away and I will make a snap decision to buy it, even if I know I won’t get round to it for years because of everything else I’ve got to read! And if I don’t buy it, I will PINE over it, badly.
So here are a few of the books I have wanted to read for a least several years but still haven’t gotten around to!
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