Book 184: A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

Finished reading on July 15th, 2015

Rating: 8/10

Since everyone knows the basics for the story, I’ll just write down the things I liked about the book and things I didn’t like:

1. I like the red comet and how the peoples ideas about it resemble what people in the Middle Ages would have thought will happen if they’d seen a comet like that.
2. I like the strong female characters – Dany because she’s awesome, Arya, because she’s cool. And I admire some that I don’t particularly like – Cersei a bit of a mystery, but I like to ponder about what goes on in her head (In a similar way as what would Hitler’s mother have thought…?) and Sansa – just the irony of it all… I guess Brienne and Lady Stark are cool too…
3. I like how you can keep on reading t without getting awfully bored, but might still fall asleep.
4. The whole idea of the Star kids getting to be their direwolves in their dreams…

I obviously don’t like Theon Greyjoy and Joffrey and Jamie etc etc.

After watching some episodes of season two of the tv series, I have to say that I prefer the book – it’s more enjoyable, and less awful.

Also I started to wonder about the anatomy and physiology of dragons and the mechanism behind their fire-breathing. Do dragons breathe out oxygen and have a tiny sparkle maker somewhere in their throat?

Book 114: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

How come is Eddard Stark’s leg in a plaster cast, when the general level of science and technology doesn’t seem to be much higher than approximately late middle age the latest?

Camera 360A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Finished reading on March 8th, 2014

Rating: 7/10

There are people who love the series and those who don’t really care much about it, and don’t get why it’s so popular. I was one of the second kind. Now after finishing the first book I’m somewhere in-between.

So basically we have several power-struggles going on throughout the world, and we see it through the eyes of different characters. There are obviously awful characters, characters who are the good guys (or seem to be) and some who don’t fit in either of those categories.

There’s sex and violence so I guess there’s not much more you’d need for a bestseller….

I’m not saying it’s a bad book. There are so many points of view, that at least one will get your sympathy, and since you want to know what happens to them, then you keep reading…

Honestly I’m just happy to have finished reading it, but I have to admit that the ending makes me want to continue reading it, since there’s quite a lot of suspense.

Otherwise though the question of Eddard Stark’s plaster cast… was it just a splint? He shouldn’t be running around, but should be in bed resting, as would be appropriate considering everything else. That’s what bothered me. But of-course it’s fantasy, so maybe indeed medicine advances faster in that world… or it’s just my imagination that puts his leg in a modern cast…

What is this book about?

In general one could say that it pretty well follows an idea that is mentioned several times in the book: “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.”
So we have a cast of characters, who are all connected to one-another somehow. We have the family Stark, who reside in Winterfell. When the King’s Hand (not the real hand, more an assistant guy or something) dies, Eddard Stark is asked to be the new King’s Hand and he leaves with his two daughters Arya and Sansa to go and serve the king, while he leaves behind his wife Catelyn and his sons.

There are however suspicions whether or not the previous hand died or was killed somehow.
One of Eddard’s sons, Jon Snow, is leaving as well and going to the Wall – a border between the Kingdoms and some wild parts of the world, where there are dangerous and mysterious creatures, to keep watch.

But then we have some other people there: a sister and brother who have lost their kingdom and are scheming to get it back (the brother mostly).

Changes are going on in the world, so there’s plenty of events afoot, that you can read about…