Monday, June 29, 2015

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

Release Date: August 6, 1996
Info about the author: Goodreads - Website
Publisher: Bantam Spectra
Age group: Adult
Pages: 835 (Mass Market Paperback)
Buy the Book: Amazon - Book Depository

Description (from Goodreads):

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

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, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

I don't know can I call this a review, because it will probably be just a general rambling of my thoughts about the book. I feel like due to the extent of the novel as well as the fact that everyone is pretty much familiar with it, there is no point for me to write the type of review I usually do... And I don't think I would be able to do it because the story was so extensive to begin with. 

Probably everyone has heard about Game of Thrones one way or another. Some have probably heard about the books themselves, but I would predict that the more people are familiar with the HBO series based on the book series. I had seen stuff about Game of Thrones from Tumblr, so I watched the first season of the series and liked it alright. It is extremely well made and it is clear that the budget for the show is probably enormous. It did not change my life or anything, but I found it entertaining. After seeing the first season of the show, I went and bought the book. I started to read it, but after 150 pages or so, I got stuck. 

After finishing with all of my writing tasks for university, I picked up the book again and after reading probably 50 more pages I really got into it. The beginning was a bit slow, mostly due to the fact that the world and the characters had to be introduced with a lot of detail and at points this got a bit boring. But once the story started to develop, it got more and more interesting and eventually I ended up reading the rest 500 pages or so in just a couple of days. 

The novel is narrated by several different characters and eventually I started to like some more than others. Arya is brilliant, as well as Jon Snow and Tyrion. Sansa annoyed me. Due to the fact that I had seen the first season of the show, I kept thinking that the characters look exactly like they look in the show... This was definitely delightful while reading about Robb Stark. 

After finishing with the book, I decided that I would not continue with the HBO series until I've read the second book. I felt like knowing what is going to happen did not help while reading this book because I kept waiting for different events and then got frustrated when it took so much time to get to them. The television show of course is much faster than the book itself, and especially during the times the book was narrated by characters I did not particularly care for, I kept just hoping that the story would speed up. I am definitely curious to see how the story develops (I've seen spoilers for the show, so I kind of know who is going to die etc. but I feel like those are really difficult to avoid and I don't really mind the awfully, just as long as I don't get to know every single thing that happens). This series is definitely not what I would normally pick up, but I am happy I did so because it really is unique in so many different ways, at least when compared to other books I've read. 

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you enjoyed this! I started reading it back in December but still haven't finished it. My favorite character is definitely Jon Snow.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian


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