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Instead of writing a review, I m just going to post a list of the facial expressions I made while reading this book A 83% Very Good NotesSo much tension builds from uncertainty Nearly everyone is helpless, and so the resolution is always unpredictable. WINTERFELLLLLLL obey your nerds is what i am learning.srsly i was never going to read this series, but once i started it is like a drug and yes i watched season two before i read this book, but i am not going to wait for seasons 3 4 to read the next one, no way, because i am hooked and I MUST KNOW and if any one of you people spoils the third book for me, i am going to make one of those torture devices with the bucket, the rat, and the torch, and it is bye bye stomach for you i see now why it takes him so long to write these things this is the densest and fully realized world i have ever read martin just plants these little seeds, and they sometimes take hundreds of pages to sprout but when they do oh my word and there are so many little details, so much backstory, so many overlaps and connections, and history and so much depth to this world it feels so genuine it is like my beloved donald harington where he created an entire town full of people and then just set them loose and let them live their lives, and his touch is so light that it feels like he is just writing down his observances of them rather than creating them, because the mind simply reels at the idea that all of these details and tight storylines came from one person s mind but with martin, the scope is so much bigger and it kills me there is just so much going on.i loved the second season and i love how reading the book after the season really enhanced my enjoyment most of the show is faithful to the book, but not as much as the first season book but one is not better than the other i am sad that some of the book things didn t make it into the show, and sad that some of the show things were not in the book.but together ahhhh my brainheart is pleased.the characters whose stories changed the most from the book to the screen are view spoiler hide spoiler
It was right about at the beginning of George R R Martin s A Clash of Kings, the second book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, that I admitted to myself that I wanted to quit my job and everything else in my life so I could stay home and read all day I resisted the urge I m still not quite sure if I made the right decision.You think you know someone, and then you read the second book about her Or him Though, for the most part, the changes of the hers were exciting for me in this book Minus the most clever and entertaining character to waddle through the pages of a fantasy book, who will go unnamed so I don t spoil the fact that he lived through the first book Okay, I may have given it away a little It s not that the characters went through any unrealistic shifts it s just that Martin let us get to know them even better and we got to watch how they responded to new situations Or at least I did You may not have even read A Clash of Kings yet Your loss I think enjoyed the first book because the slow corruption of an innocent and stable world interested me But everything else that utterly enthralled me from the first book the complex and endearing characters, the mystery and intrigue, the moments when honor, family, love, and pride all seem at odds with one another was there in the second, and was amplified because, with each chapter, I grew and invested Don t start this series unless you re ready to devote yourself to reading every published book of it I don t know what I m going to do when I ve finished the fourth book and have to sit around waiting for Martin to write and publish the rest That will be a sad, sad day.Quotes Crowns do queer things to the heads beneath them He who hurries through life hurries to his grave A good lord comforts and protects the weak and helpless When we speak of the morrow nothing is ever certain Only a fool humbles himself when the world is so full of men eager to do that job for him People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it s served up There s no shame in fear what matters is how we face it A man agrees with god as a raindrop with the storm When you tear out a man s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you re only telling the world that you fear what he might say The best lies contain within them nuggets of truth, enough to give a listener pause Oh, to be sure, there is much we do not understand The years pass in their hundreds and their thousands, and what does any man see of life but a few summers, a few winters We look at mountains and call them eternal, and so they seem but in the course of time, mountains rise and fall, rivers change their courses, stars fall from the sky, and great cities sink beneath the sea Everything changes The unseen enemy is always the most fearsome. If long Fantasy stories have fundamental rules, they probably go like this 1 create a rich world, 2 put interesting characters in it, and 3 mix up some sequence of interesting things happening around them, happening to them, and being done by them Martin s first novel in this series, A Game of Thrones, fulfilled all three swimmingly He forged one of the deepest Fantasy realms since Tolkien, with a mythology, culture and history He spun characters of a few key families and then scattering them throughout that world and by the mid point getting nearly all of them into some form of political, romantic or military intrigue Active scenes illustrated the world and put it into motion, largely through political intrigue and the build to war.This second book takes a mallet to what the first set up, dulling and dumbing down the world and putting the majority of the characters into boring or redundant situations where they do not escape the inertia of wasted prose until the final third of the book Where the slow build to great promise was acceptable in the first, the sharp drop into bleak and sluggish chapters here is deeply disheartening.Martin s prose drops off noticeably Fewer scenes generate atmosphere, and often it seems downright immature with sub JK Rowling lines like, The shame of that hurt worse than the pain, and the pain hurt a lot There is no language in this volume that rivals the blacksmith s metallurgy or the dragon eggs in the first, leaving the thousand page trek much less worthwhile.Plotting and pacing have suffered similar fates The first book took a few hundred pages to get off the ground but then flew into character development and action divvied up between a dozen or so lives, giving us a sense of a full and cohesive world The narrative is divvied up again here, but with different results A couple of characters are in intense situations one girl poses as a boy, heading to an army garrison with a questionable guide and the possibility of being attacked by the enemy at any time on her attempt to get home and a young soldier has gone to the other side of the wall and is risking facing creatures and perils never written about in the span of his homeland s culture They should have this volume to themselves, but instead we spend the first half waiting to hear about them while we watch other characters sneaking into whorehouses and chatting about freshman level theology It s especially annoying to leave someone hiding from enemy troops so you can read about some guy we haven t thought about for hundreds of pages is getting a blowjob Martin s approach to sex is perhaps adolescent than in the first book, and definitely has less appealing placement While the last third expands the number of useful and interesting roles, the book has far too many chapters that serve as dull blockades to worthwhile narrative These low action chapters are not artistic or particularly expressive of original opinions The Song of Ice and Fire seems like a prime franchise to expand into semi literary fiction , but rather fumbles over clich s of sadness, lust and nonsense that are all strikingly less immediate than the situations we leave to read about them We do not need another conversation about how some form of magic or divinity can t possibly be real Five or six of them will suffice.It ties into a troubling sluggishness about this book The first book ended on the verge of war with one major battle having ended The second book ends on the very beginning of war, with a whole bunch of people arriving It ends essentially on the same promise of future progress that the first did, and has so much unnecessary material that I couldn t help looking at my copy of A Storm of Swords, the 1,200 page third book, and wonder if it wasn t bloated by the same problems UPDATE Storms of Swords conquered all expectations and was the best start to finish entry in the series so far To read about what changed you can click here.It stings worse because the first book ended with so many promises NEW READERS MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS PARAGRAPH We ended on the revelation that dragons are real, and three fell into the hands of one of the most tragic characters In this volume they spend 1,000 pages doing little than eat as we re informed that they re weak and helpless, and serve only as an excuse for their owner to go to a couple of fancy places The revelation of the undead in the first book is even underdeveloped here Even the other side of the wall turns out to not by a realm of nightmares or perils, but barbarians and sad people a nice literary point, but severely underwhelming in delivery There were so many things to look forward to, but they don t manifest.In short Clash of Kings doesn t have much clashing and the kings do little of value It would have been aptly titled The Sadness of the People Who Aren t Kings, but that wouldn t have sold as well. You can find the full review and about this book on my blog I HAVE NO WORDS,just as the first one,perfection.After Game of Thrones ending,with the head on the spike and the naked mother of dragons with her dragons in her body,you can imagine my level of excitement.I recall reading this in 6 days,and I am proud about that.For my opinion the first one was better than this,but still this one was almost as enjoyable as the first.My favorite is Daenerys Targaryen,I just like to read about her and the cities she goes.She is a badass hot character and you know I am a sucker for that.The scene with Unsullied was kind of predictable,but still awesome.Also in this one I started to like Jamie,I don t know,I just don t care about the incest any,and I am glad I got to see him as a own character because in the King s Landing he was always in the shadow of Cercei.And the ending,like what the hell was that,the white walkers I must admit,I got a Walking Dead vibe there.I thought Winter coming would bring like Giants as high as the Night s Watch wall with spikes and stuff,but white walkers in horses That was like the excitement for Hangover 3 if you know what I mean ,but still I am so deep in this series,I can t wait to read the next book Already read it grins Okay so you what you get from reading this My favorite thing ever A great cool character that is totally awesome and cool The person you always wanted to kill The second person you always wanted to kill Dragons Arya freaking Stark More Daenerys I can t recommend this enough Pictures from the review are not mine, I took them mostly from Google images or Tumblr 5 3 , 30 2015 15 2015 &READ E-PUB ☔ A Clash of Kings ↡ A Comet The Color Of Blood And Flame Cuts Across The Sky Two Great Leaders Lord Eddard Stark And Robert Baratheon Who Hold Sway Over An Age Of Enforced Peace Are Dead, Victims Of Royal Treachery Now, From The Ancient Citadel Of Dragonstone To The Forbidding Shores Of Winterfell, Chaos Reigns Six Factions Struggle For Control Of A Divided Land And The Iron Throne Of The Seven Kingdoms, Preparing To Stake Their Claims Through Tempest, Turmoil, And War It Is A Tale In Which Brother Plots Against Brother And The Dead Rise To Walk In The Night Here A Princess Masquerades As An Orphan Boy A Knight Of The Mind Prepares A Poison For A Treacherous Sorceress And Wild Men Descend From The Mountains Of The Moon To Ravage The Countryside Against A Backdrop Of Incest And Fratricide, Alchemy And Murder, Victory May Go To The Men And Women Possessed Of The Coldest Steeland The Coldest Hearts For When Kings Clash, The Whole Land TremblesHere Is The Second Volume In George RR Martin Magnificent Cycle Of Novels That Includes A Game Of Thrones And A Storm Of Swords As A Whole, This Series Comprises A Genuine Masterpiece Of Modern Fantasy, Bringing Together The Best The Genre Has To Offer Magic, Mystery, Intrigue, Romance, And Adventure Fill These Pages And Transport Us To A World Unlike Any We Have Ever Experienced Already Hailed As A Classic, George RR Martin Stunning Series Is Destined To Stand As One Of The Great Achievements Of Imaginative Fiction Re ReadI freaking finished it I have to admit I have watched, well own the boxsets, of all the shows up to the current one I can t watch is because I don t have HBO But I digress There really isn t much that I can say that hasn t already been said etc and so on I will just add a few excerpts and some pictures and some thoughts That stuff I love Jon Snow It seems like he didn t have much in the book A few of the characters I love didn t have a lot of stuff going on in this book But they will be back EXCERPT The Dothraki named the comet shierak qiya, the Bleeding Star The old men muttered that it omened ill, but Daenerys Targaryen had seen it first on the night she burned Khal Drogo, the night her dragons had awakened It is the herald of my coming, she told herself as she gazed up into the night sky with wonder in her heart The gods have sent it to show me the way.I love Daenerys EXCERPT Arya looked down at her ragged clothes and bare feet, all cracked and callused She saw the dirt under her nails, the scabs on her elbows, the scratches on her hands Septa Mordane wouldn t even know me I bet Sansa might, but she d pretend not to My mother s a lady, and my sister, but I never was Yes, you were You were a lord s daughter and you lived in a castle, didn t you And you gods be good, I never All of the sudden Gendry seemed uncertain, almost afraid All that about cocks, I never should have said that And I been pissing in front of you and everything, I.I beg your pardon, m Lady I love Arya There really is no point in loving anyone in these books or shows because they all die I found a lot of the book boring and drawn out I guess when it s not about the people you really like it s sort of yawn I loved how most of the book was about Tyrion Or it seemed that way to me I Love Tyrion Because Tyrion is too cool and he does this And Brienne finally arrives on the scene I love her too and Bran to all of you I have loved before and still love, you will all die and I will miss you and I will hate that episode and so forth and so on and stop killing my damn wolves MY BLOG Melissa Martin s Reading List Everyone seems to agree that George R.R Martin and A Song of Ice and Fire are titans in the genre of Epic Fantasy True, true Everyone also seems to agree that the best characters are Tyrion, Arya, and Jon Snow They are indeed wondrous characters They are heroes They fail many times, but in a way they are infallible they are so incredibly sympathetic, they are always trying to do the right thing, they have kindness empathy bravery loyalty In fact nearly every voice in the first two novels is of this type the HERO Sansa is one exception however she is a victim, and I found her perspective to be very uncomfortable But I found the tale of the novel s other non hero, barely even an anti hero, to be particularly compelling Theon Greyjoy You re the bomb, Theon.The kid is an asshole, a smug and irritating asshole He thinks he s smarter than everyone else He makes plans upon plans that seemed based entirely around the idea that because he is thinking these thoughts, they will no doubt occur He is arrogant beyond belief He has an annoying, self pleased smirk whenever another character describes him He is a rough sex loving womanizer and he strings girls along In the first novel, he kicks around a decapitated head like a soccer ball.Favorite Theon part getting a blowjob while thinking about how awesome his future successes will be And then he climaxes as he considers how his great deeds will even overshadow those of his dear old dad What a self absorbed asshole I couldn t help but laugh out loud.And yet he has positive qualities too, he s no cardboard cut out He has guilty feelings of loyalty He is brave and quick thinking and is no kiss ass His rapid response time saves a child s life Unlike his men, he doesn t enjoy cruelty or barbarism and actively stops their occurrence He is thwarted repeatedly and never lets that stop him He sees no point in the grim vendettas of the old He is not, as they say, all bad In Theon, perhaps the nurture of the Starks has had some slight impact on the nature of the Greyjoys.I really appreciate that Martin included Theon s voice because honestly, reading wall to wall heroic perspectives is enough to make me want to cut some throats Theon is an asshole, but he s the kind of guy I d love to get a beer with, shoot the shit, and enjoy his various mean spirited bitching and self absorbed plans of conquest He is seriously imperfect, quite unlike most of the other voices in the tale.