Het is heel tof om het verhaal vanuit weer een ander perspectief te zien, zeker omdat de graphic novel overduidelijk andere keuzes maakt dan de serie gedaan heeft. De tekeningen zijn van hele hoge kwaliteit, maar het is vooral de sfeer die ongelooflijk goed tot zijn recht komt, mede door het kleurgebruik. Ik hoop echt dat er nog veel meer Game of Thrones graphic novels komen, want dit smaakt toch wel echt naar meer!
Although in the fantasy genre, this book has way fewer dragons and fantasy creatures, but plenty of lords and ladies and warring kingdoms. The chapters focus on different characters, my favorites being Jon Snow and Eddard. None is titled "Robb" but he is the focus of many of his mother, Catelyn's, chapters. I did occasionally lose track of characters, like Tolkien everyone has like 5 names so it takes a while for me to merge the synonyms and figure out who is who. I would like to go back to the beginning and read it over again now that I have it down. I am so happy that I knew in advance that Martin has no mercy on major characters, it helped me not be as emotionally attached to them. He does a great job of building up the conflict between good and evil. My only qualm so far is that some of the evil characters have no redeeming qualities that make them conflicted, but maybe that is yet to come. The good characters all have faults. The storyline with Dany makes the least sense, until the end. The whole business of her baby dying because the maegi-lady who Dany rescued kills him to save Drogo who is too messed up to live and Dany kills him ... Well, it doesn't make sense at the end, but at least we know that she is the crazy dragon lady and the point was to get her to the point of being queen and hatching the dragons. Anyway. Love it, very suspenseful and gripping.
Well, that only took me a month.
It is a brilliant book, and in all fairness, it really shouldn't have taken me this long to finish it. I believe the reason for that is that I (unwittingly) made the mistake of watching the tv show before reading the book.
With a book as long and complex as this, it's a loss to know beforehand what's going to happen. And if what happens isn't anything good, it doesn't make the journey any easier. I had a lot of difficulties with keeping myself reading, because I knew where the story was going, and I knew it was awful. So, if you're thinking about reading this book, please, please, please do it before you even take a look at the tv show.
That said, George R. R. Martin is an excellent author, and his choices for which PoV we will be seeing certain events from is very well thought out.
And perhaps reading R. Scott Bakker's books have ruined me slightly, because I found A Game of Thrones to be quite easily read. GRRM has a way with words that will leave you speechless, but it isn't difficult to follow. And I find that amiable.
Thanks to Ágústa for forcing me to just read it already. Perhaps I will finish the others in more respectable time.
Naturally, this kind of books doesn't get my attention. I only decided to read it after I've absorbed a fair and grand amount of spoilers from watching the series. I conquered it with a familiarity that made all the names and places friendly enough for me to enjoy reading immediately from the first lines. In a few words: I was well prepared to like it.
[b:A Game of Thrones|409207|A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)|George R.R. Martin|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1471691548s/409207.jpg|1466917] is the true definition of "epic"... Loaded with graphic scenes of violence and sex, yes, but nonetheless; a masterpiece. [a:George R.R. Martin|346732|George R.R. Martin|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1351944410p2/346732.jpg] manages to create an impressive world of a setting. Mixing up reality with fantasy like I've never seen before. Tyrion Lannister is my favorite character.. I won't say why, just hear him talk:
“Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.”
Am I right? I LOVE HIM!
Q) Sounds great, now why reduce a star from the rating if it was such a splendid piece of art?
A) The so called 'love' between Daenerys and Drogo.
I can't see myself reading the following books any time soon (or ever). However, I can hardly wait for Season 7! Because.. Winter is coming!
George R.R. Martin must view the world as a very dark and horrible place. So much rape.
What an amazing book! Left me speechless and crying at the end. Wow this book is just woah George R.R. Martin you've outdone yourself if that's even possible from the characters to the writing and the world building everything was phenomenal. I can't wait to start the next book and hopefully it'll be just as great maybe even better than this one.
This book was lying on my TBR for so long, and I finally got around to reading it. Before I start with the review, I'd like to mention that though this is for the ebook version, I mostly read this via audiobook (Whispersync rocks!) and that made the whole journey a bit easier. If you find yourself intimidated by the length of this mammoth, ignore the hour count on the audiobook and get started, because Roy Doytrice is a wonderful narrator. He does some spectacular work in bringing these voices alive, though at times his bass makes it difficult to judge the age of the character. Nevertheless, with the amount of characters in the book and the range of characters he has to portray, he does a commendable job in it.
As for the main story, as this is an epic novel I thought it would be slow-paced. But imagine my surprise when the author pulls you right in this world of dragons and wight walkers, and medieval politics, and a complex religious system. However, even with all the world-building, nowhere did I feel there was a info dump going on, because the world of A Song of Ice and Fire is constructed slowly, character by character, backstory by backstory and myth by myth. It can feel drawn out at times, but since I had the knowledge of the plot from the show, I knew almost every plot arc was leading up to something. It makes for a very involved and complex plotline, one that involves many regions, languages, and belief systems.
A slight problem I had with the book was the overabundance of characters. Especially the endless parade of knights and houses and lords being mentioned, when I had no idea who would be significant. And considering how much plot happens, even if a character is called back later on in a subsequent book, I wouldn't even realize. Another is the misogyny, and subtle racism in the book - for this book only, the lone explicitly POC race (the Dothraki) is depicted as barbaric and monstrous. And no, even if Dany loved Khal Drogo, I cannot condone a character who proudly vows to rape the women of his enemies (amongst all the killing and plundering) in his conquest of the Seven Kingdoms. Granted it is made to be realistically fantasy, it still irks me how sexual violence is often a plot device in books.
Content warning for sexual abuse, violence, coarse language, incest (gods, this is a long list).