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Posted on Wednesday 23 January 2013 at 8:27 am

A Song of Ice and Fire

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I read A Game of Thrones a few months ago. I enjoyed it. I enjoy complex political-intrigue based fantasy so that's hardly a surprise. This was even a particularly well done example of the sub genre. But everyone told me I'd be so hooked when I finished the first book with its fantastic cliff-hanger ending that I'd have to pickup the second one immediately. And I just didn't feel that way. I knew I would eventually pick up the second book and most likely keep going for the entire series unless things got drastically bad out of nowhere, but I felt no burning desire to continue immediately. I'm now half-way through the second book and I feel like I must still be missing something. I'm once again very much enjoying the book and have absolutely no complaints, but I'm reading it a few chapters a day, not racing through it at break-neck speed like I do with things that really pull me in. I really do like it, but I'm not getting the "OMG!Amazing!" thing that others do and that has turned this into something more than one of 50,000 fantasy series. So what am I missing? Is it something that really comes in later books? Is it just because of the TV show (which I haven't seen)?
Feeling: Confused
Exploring: Desk at Home
Listening: I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue


Ms. J to the Diva
jadeddiva at 2:23 pm on 23 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Oh man, pick up that second book. And then the third. The third is what hooked me, I think. It keeps getting better and I think that's what brought a lot of us into the series. The HBO show is just icing on the cake, since there will be a new book out...eventually.
bratty_jedi at 1:03 pm on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
It keeps getting better

OK. I'll keep trucking. I'll probably finish the second book this week but then wait a few weeks or more before I pick up the third.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 6:48 pm on 23 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I was hooked after the first one because I'd seen the series, but I think the third book, A Storm of Swords, is the one that really cemented me as a crazed fan.

You should totally watch the show though.
bratty_jedi at 1:19 pm on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Third book, huh? It might take me a while to get there. I should finish the second this weekend I think, but then I most likely won't pick up the next one for several weeks. I do like with a series like this to let one percolate for a while before jumping into the next otherwise I start to get what happened when all muddled in my head.

Just checked and the show isn't available on Netflix Instant, the public library has a waiting list of 20 people, but it looks like discs 1 and 2 might currently be in at the school library. Maybe after I finish the second book I'll give it a go. Or wait a bit until closer to when i feel like starting the third book and use the show to remind myself of what happened.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 1:40 pm on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think you should feel like you must plow through them all--you're right, it is easy to get muddled, because there are so many characters, and new ones introduced in every book. ASOS has a LOT of plotlines, too.

The show mostly sticks pretty close to the books, though moreso in S1 than S2. S2 completely screwed around with the Dany storyline. (Which, honestly, was not that good in ACOK, but somehow they made it even worse in the show, lol.)
bratty_jedi at 1:47 pm on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
That's Tyrion in your icon, right? I think he's my favorite character so far in the books. I also quite like Jon Snow and Bran Stark. I just wish the Bran storyline would hurry up and go somewhere. It clearly is headed someplace, but it is taking its sweet time meandering there.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:13 pm on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Yes, Tyrion is my favorite, too. I was astonished to get into the fandom and discover that people hate him. And Peter Dinklage is brilliang in the role.

Um...Bran's story goes somewhere, kind of, but not anywhere fast. As of the end of book 5, it's still going htere, lol. Pacing, I think, is not always GRRM's strong suit. If only he talked a bit less about what everyone's eating and wearing. ;)
bratty_jedi at 2:24 pm on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I was astonished to get into the fandom and discover that people hate him.
Really? The general consensus is to hate him? That's disappointing! He is the most real character to me, the one whose actions and motives make perfect sense based on who he is and his background. And I love the way he analyzes everything and generally arrives at the conclusion of "Things suck. There is nothing I can do to change everything and I've got to work with reality so here's how I can make it the best possible for me and maybe a bit better for some other people, too." He is the only one to show much interest in how the common people are surviving or to care about things like right and justice beyond everyone's bellowing about this or that crown or castle being "My right!"

As of the end of book 5, it's still going htere, lol
Oh. That's disappointing, too.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 2:35 pm on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I don't know if it's the general consensus, but on Tumblr especially there's a lot of (completely insane) outcry against Tyrion for his treatment of women. But I agree with you, even after having read the entire series to-date--and Tyrion is also one of the kindest characters we meet through the series, underneath all that snark. He's simply fantastic and everyone who says otherwise is WRONG. ;)
bratty_jedi at 3:21 pm on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
He's simply fantastic and everyone who says otherwise is WRONG. ;)
Works for me! Good to know my one-and-a-half-or-so book take on him isn't far off. :)
labellerose at 4:36 am on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
Ive never cared for GoT. Just didn't 'grab' me is the best way to put it. Although I like having nuanced characters and grey areas in fiction, I found the characters so unappealing that I didn't want to spend my very limited free time with them. They're well written books, oh yes-but lacking 'something' for me.
bratty_jedi at 1:20 pm on 24 January 2013 (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't quite get it. It sounds like I'm enjoying it a bit more than you and I do think I'll keep going all the way to the end, but I really feel like I'm missing something and at least now I know I'm not alone.

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