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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin

My A Song of Ice and Fire reread continues and let me say - A Clash of Kings is bloody depressing.  I mean really, does anything good happen in this book?  Theon's a self-entitled jerk.  Tyrion is a good dude (generally) who gets constantly dumped on because he's dumpy.  Catelyn and Robb watch their family get annihilated.  Melisandre squeezes out shadow babies.  Joffrey is a real asshole.  And Tywin needs to get laid - badly.  The funniest part is - I know A Storm of Swords is going to be even worse!

Since all of these books have been reviewed endlessly I'm just going to offer a few thoughts here and there about what I read:

A.  I never quite understood why Quoran Halfhand takes Jon Snow on his trek and why the Old Bear would let him go.  It doesn't really make sense.

B.  This book is filled with chapters that I just didn't want to read.  Sansa. Catelyn. Theon. Bran.  Yet wouldn't you know, by the end of each of those chapters I was totally sucked into the story lines.  It's a real testament to Martin as a writer I think.

C.  I'm continually intrigued by Martin's choice to not use Robb as a POV character.  I'm now halfway through A Storm of Swords and it continues to perplex me.  So many items like Whispering Wood and Jeyne Westerling are pivotal to the plot, but we only see them through his mother's eyes.  I'd love to ask Martin why he did that someday.

D.  The battle at King's Landing is pretty bad ass.  Tyrion riding out, Pod Payne doing his thing, and the look ins on Cersei and Sansa are so tense.  Brilliant battle.

I'm already about 60% through A Storm of Swords.  Looks like I'll finish my re-read well before A Dance with Dragons hits the shelves (for real).

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At December 26, 2011 at 10:38 PM , Anonymous Belgie said...

This book was just as great as the first one. I especially liked the scenes of the fall harvest feasts at Winterfell, and the descriptions of how Arya managed to stay alive, and the part where Tyrion first saw what happened to his face after he came to after being hurt in the battle.

 

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