Blogging Through: A Game of Thrones – Post #1

Blogging Through: A Game of Thrones – Post #1A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Published by Random House LLC on 2013
Pages: 240

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Novelist Daniel Abraham and illustrator Tommy Patterson are not merely turning George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy A Game of Thrones into a graphic novel: They are meticulously translating one art form into another, and capturing the intricate nuances of Martin's novels just as HBO is doing with the blockbuster series. The Abraham/Patterson collaboration is more than just a faithful adaptation. It is a labor of love--and a thrilling masterwork in its own right. Now, in the second volume, the sweeping action moves from the icy north, where the bastard Jon Snow seeks to carve out a place for himself among bitter outcasts and hardened criminals sworn to service upon the Wall . . . to the decadent south and the capital city of King's Landing, where Jon's father, Lord Eddard Stark, serves as the Hand of King Robert Baratheon amid a nest of courtly vipers . . . to the barbarian lands across the Narrow Sea, where the young princess Daenerys Targaryen has found the unexpected in her forced marriage to the Dothraki warlord Khal Drogo: love--and with it, for the first time in her life, power. Meanwhile, the dwarf Tyrion Lannister, accused by Lady Catelyn Stark of the attempted murder of her now-crippled youngest son, must call upon all his cunning and wit to survive when he is captured and imprisoned in the lofty dungeons of the Eyrie, where Lady Stark's sister--a woman obsessed with vengeance against all Lannisters--rules. But Catelyn's impulsive arrest of the Imp will set in motion a series of violent events whose outcome is fated to shake the world at the worst possible moment. For now is not the time for private feuds and bloodthirsty ambitions. Winter is coming . . . and with it, terrors beyond imagining.

Progress: pg. 100

Impressions: LOVING IT.

At the moment, I’m thinking that George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones doesn’t read much like a fantasy novel. It seems more like a medieval story than fantasy. However, the more I read, the more I see the elements. From what I understand, the farther you get into the series the more fantasy like it becomes.

With that being said, I’m loving the story and the characters. Martin’s world is so dense and he doesn’t pander to the newbies reading it. I like that he doesn’t explain the history of the world right away. We have to piece together its history as it slowly reveals itself to us. At first, this was a bit daunting. I had to read very, very slowly (at least according to my standards. I read fairly fast) in order to take in everything and really understand what was going on. Now that I’m this far in, I’ve noticed that my pace is picking up and I’m able to understand much more without sacrificing my reading pace.

Jon and Arya are my favorite characters at the moment. I’m a sucker for bastard and underdog characters. I want them to succeed at all costs so I almost always take to them first. I love Arya just because she goes against the grain. I’m sure if I were her, Sansa would piss me off with her perfect needlework and pretty disposition. I’d want to go out hunting and sword fighting, too.

I feel sorry for Daenerys. Viserys is totally using her and it makes me angry. Ugh. So much for your older brother protecting you. I get it, he’s a megalomaniac … but still. He’s such a creeper and not a very likeable character.

Characters aside, I love that A Game of Thrones is heavy on politics. I love a good political intrigue story and I feel like Martin is pushing the boundaries of fantasy by making it so political. I’m reminded of the way I felt when I read Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire. Making Oz a politically charged place was brilliant on his part. I feel Martin is doing the same and I’m beyond excited about it.

All in all, I’m adoring this book. Stay tuned for my next post when I reach page 200.

Until then, watch out. Winter is coming.


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