Game of Thrones by GRRM

Hey-o, bibliophiles!

If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I LOVE Game of Thrones everything! I’ve read what’s currently published of A Song of Ice and Fire, the series by GRRM and have watched all the seasons of GoT so far as well! Having just finished Season 6, I was itching to stay entralled in the GoT world. SO….I decided to re-read the series. Well, this time I’ll be listening to it!

A couple of days ago, I finished listening to Game of Thrones, the first novel, the book that started it all! Even knowing the story line already, there were beautiful, small details that I forgot about. I love re-exploring the world and feeling out the differences between the written series and the viewing of the series.

For anyone unfamiliar with the series, here’s a quick summary of the first novel from Amazon:

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 forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells 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; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

I’d like to throw out there that I’m not a hard-core fantasy reader. Sure, I enjoy world-building and in-depth character development like that in The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, but it’s not a genre I venture into willy-nilly. I have to know that what I’m getting myself into is worth it and this series is WORTH IT. Love, sex, betrayal, war, magic, dragons. I MEAN COME ON! OH, and lots of wine! It’s suggested you drink wine while reading about others drinking wine. It makes it all the better!

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I encourage you all to give it a try and don’t worry, there’s no need to contain your excitement if you find you enjoy it. We’re all friends here!

Until next time, bibliophiles….

The Ultimate Game of Thrones Book Tag

Hello once more, bibliophiles!

I’ll be honest: I saw Eve Messenger do The Ultimate Game of Thrones book tag on her blog (which you can check out here) and I was jealous! She didn’t tag me, but I decided to do it anyways because I am in serious LOVE with GoT! Sorry, Eve! I also have to give credit to Orang-utan Librarian for coming up with such a creative, awesome tag!

Rules:

  1. Mention the creator, Orang-utan Librarian.
  2. Answer all the questions
  3. Tag people and keep it going!

we do not sow

“We do not sow”- A book you would not be willing to invest in

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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I’m sorry, but I’ve never been able to get through even half of this novel, despite the several times I’ve tried! Feel free to try and change my mind if you feel strongly about this novel, but otherwise I will not invest any more time in it.

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“Fire and blood”- A book that produced strong emotions in you

Me Before You  by Jojo Moyes

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This novel…I can’t. It was extremely emotional, as I’m sure many people have talked about. For me, there was an extra layer of emotion as I’ve been a caregiver myself and have seen some of the struggle up close and personal.

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“Winter is coming”- Your favorite winter read

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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I will never stop re-reading this series. And what better time to re-read it than in the cold of winter, curled up in my papasan chair, with a steaming mug of hot chocolate. Can we pause here for a sec? Does everyone know about papasan chairs? They are the most comfortable for reading! No tired neck. Check it out!

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“Family. Duty. Honour.”- A book about strong family ties

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

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Haha, sorry, there’s a bit of a joke to be made here. I can’t remember when you find out about a certain family tie, so I’m not going to be anymore specific than that because I don’t want to be spoiler-y. But anyways, this book certainly meets the criteria of strong family ties, in more ways than one. An excellent read. I highly suggest!

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“Growing strong”- A book you had low expectations of but that grew on you

The Selection by Kiera Cass

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I had guarded expectations about this novel, given that its premise is so cheesy…basically The Bachelorette in a war-ridden country. BUT, I actually really enjoyed the original trilogy. I haven’t loved the last two novels as much though. Not the most stellar writing ever, but if you love YA romance, check this out!

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“Ours is the fury”- A book that made you furious

Travelling to Infinity: The True Story Behind The Theory of Everything by Jane Hawking

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This was an excellent read, so no fury towards the novel itself. It was more that I was angry at certain people that Jane Hawking had to deal with. In short, she had a lot to manage, in addition to setting her own desires aside, and yet she was the target of a lot of negativity, denial, and misplaced frustration. I really felt for her.

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“Unbowed. Unbent.Unbroken.”- A book you have unwavering devotion to

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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This novel, the beginning to The Lunar Chronicles, will forever hold a special place in my heart. This is one of my favorite series, right up there behind Harry Potter. Just thinking about it has me itching to re-read it!

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“A Lannister always pays his debts”- A book you feel indebted to

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

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This book was my first real experience with Neil Gaiman, and for that reason alone I will be forever indebted to it. It certainly helps that this is one of my favorite reads of all time and it will always be one of the first that I recommend to anyone!

My nomination:

  • Kelseylikesreading – The only other person who I know has infinite hype for Game of Thrones like me!

Until next time, bibliophiles….

George R. R. Martin’s The Hedge Knight

Hi bibliophiles!

Late yesterday, while waiting for my flight that was delayed for four hours, I read George R. R. Martin’s The Hedge Knight: A Game of Thrones Prequel Graphic Novel. Allow me to make a note similar to the one I made when I blogged about my Bob’s Burgers comics: I LOVE GAME OF THRONES. So if you don’t, no worries, but you probably won’t appreciate this post or this graphic novel. You are dismissed…

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First things first, this graphic novel was pretty awesome. The art was amazing: colorful, emotional, and full to bursting with detail. See for yourself. Check out a few of the panels I’ve included below:

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Secondly, the story was classic GRRM. It was all about chivalrous and not-so-chivalrous knights, crafting your own destiny, and of course, FIGHTING! The main story line is that of Ser Duncan the Tall, a man who took it upon himself to be a knight (even though he wasn’t officially knighted – that’s actually a no-no) when the hedge knight that he was serving under died. He decides he needs to make a name for himself and heads to a nearby tourney. So the adventure begins… Essentially, he ends up deeper in the mud than he originally bargained for.

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The only thing I struggled with when reading this was trying to keep all of the characters (outside of the main ones) straight. That’s natural to the Game of Thrones world though. There’s many different family houses and princes and sons and heirs. Still, it didn’t keep me from enjoying the read!

Here’s to next time, bibliophiles!