#42 – A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
Genre: Epic, Fantasy
Audio Book Length: 33 hours 53 minutes
“Page” Numbers: 704 pages
Dates Read: 6/21/14 – 8/3/14
Plot in three lines or less: From Amazon (because for me to try and summarize this feels darn near impossible): “Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of throne.”
New read or re-read? Re-read.
Would you read it again? Would you recommend it to others? Probably, though I think I’ll stick with audio book, because it’s so dang lengthy, that to try and read it would probably take me several months. There are too many books in life to be tying up time reading heavy books that are just as enjoyable being listened to. I’d also recommend them to others with fair warning – GRRM isn’t shy about the way he writes, so if you don’t like brutal honesty, lots of gore and sex scenes, this probably isn’t your thing. Also – DO NOT FOR THE LIFE OF YOU GET ATTACHED TO ANY CHARACTERS. Your heart won’t be able to take it.
Why did I pick it up? To be completely honest, it was because of all the hype at the end of the most current season of the TV show bearing the same name on HBO. I took an odd pleasure in knowing exactly what was going to be happening to the characters, despite the fact that I’ve only seen a couple of episodes (this I hope to remedy eventually). That’s because I started listening to these books a few years ago, before the show really started, and managed to make my way through book 3 before the sadness depressed me so much I had to take a break. Well, now the TV show is finally caught up to where I’m at in the series. And I kind of want to know what’s coming before the general public (so I can point and snicker and say – this is why you read books, people!). So I went ahead and got it from the library. I have a long way to go before I’m finally caught back up to where I was before and speed on past it, but Winter is Coming (haha – see what I did there?!) and I’m sure I’ll have plenty of evenings at home where I can accomplish this.
Other Notes: If you haven’t heard of this series, even if you never read books, you have been living under a rock, and get the Hermit of the Decade award.
Grand Total: 99