Book reviews


Miss Waffles recently handed me her dog-eared copy of A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin and said, “You’ve got to read this.” Dutifully, I opened to the first page and tried a couple of lines, only to be interrupted by her telling me, “Just don’t get too attached to any of the characters.”

I have to admit, I felt resentful for the first 300 pages or so, (the copy I read was 798 pages long), knowing that this book was going to take me around two weeks of precious reading time to finish.

Unfortunately for me, I enjoyed the story and plan to continue reading the remaining books in A Song of Ice and Fire, which is going to represent many more months of reading. And then, there is the television series. I’ve only just discovered Downton Abbey, so I won’t have time to watch Game of Thrones until approximately midway through 2023. Sigh.

As a latecomer to the whole A Game of Thrones phenomenon, I don’t expect to have anything to say here that hasn’t been said many times before.

However, I’ll say my piece anyway.

A Game of Thrones is an epic fantasy which follows three different storylines, which I imagine are all going to interconnect at some point over the next seven books. The setting is long ago, when dragons were real and before dire wolfs had become extinct. Seasons lasted for decades and the king sat on the Iron Throne. As you would expect for a story of this scale, political intrigues are the stuff of life.

Looming over the whole story is the threat of winter, which has been coming for years, and the Wall, which is apparently going to be vital when the kingdom requires protection from whatever lies beyond it during the coming winter.

I found the story to be fascinating and easy to read, although there were so many characters I needed to pay close attention to remember who was who. Miss Waffles’ warning was apt, as characters, good and bad, died frequently in all kinds blood-thirsty ways. There was plenty of cruel behaviour and situations in the story which were not to my taste, and it is possible that seeing these depicted on the television series may be too much for me, but George RR Martin certainly knows how to tell a story that absorbed all of my interest. I will continue with the remainder of the series, although I suspect with a longish break in between each book.

I’m a little bit embarrassed to admit this, but I enjoyed the story so much that I did the following on-line quiz, Which Game Of Thrones Direwolf Are You?

As it turned out, I’m Nymeria. I forget the reasons why, but the explanation was quite flattering and appealed to my ego enormously.




Comments on: "A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin" (4)

  1. I also got Nymeria! And I agree. The series of deaths in the Song of Ice and Fire series kind of goes against what I like in a book, too. Just in the sense that it crushes me when someone great dies. But I also love it. It adds a layer of realism that I find to be refreshing and unlike many modern books.
    Awesome review! You will definitely like the future books as well 🙂

  2. Glad you liked it! This is one of my favorite series. The characters are so well written and complex. Looking forward to your thoughts on the rest of the series!

  3. Thanks Jasmina! I really didn’t expect to enjoy A Game of Thrones at all, so it was a great surprise to me. I wish Ned hadn’t died, because he was full of honour and there still seem to be secrets about his past to come out, but maybe they will remain a secret…
    Lol! Nymeria and Arya remind me of all my favourite characters in children’s books – the tomboys and adventurers, so glad I didn’t get Lady/Sansa!

  4. The characters are great, aren’t they? I felt connected to them from the beginning, hating the villains, loving the heroes, intrigued by most…
    Years of reading ahead of me, not to mention other works by this author.

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