A Storm of Swords

A Storm of SwordsFor the last few weeks, I’ve been reading A Storm of Swords, the third book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin. I finished the 1128 page behemoth last weekend. Of the three books I’ve read so far, I can’t decide where I like this or A Game of Thrones (book 1) best.

By the way, Season 2 of Game of Thrones (the HBO TV series) will be released February 19. I already have it pre-ordered. 🙂 It’ll be about the second book, A Clash of Kings.

Serious book spoilers below!

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A Clash of Kings

A Clash of KingsIt’s been a few weeks now since I finished A Clash of Kings (whoops, forgot to blog about it!). It is 969 pages long and I read a couple chapters everyday, so it took me about a month to finish it. It’s the 2nd book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, after A Game of Thrones.

A Game of Thrones focused primarily on the feud between the Starks and Lannisters, but in A Clash of Kings, the Starks, Lannisters, Renly Baratheon, Stannis Baratheon, and now also the Greyjoys are all fighting among themselves. Meanwhile, Jon Snow and a group of other men from the Night’s Watch travel beyond the Wall and encounter wildlings. And out east, Daenerys Targaryen and her group of devoted followers are trying to gain strength so Daenerys, too, can fight for the the throne in the Seven Kingdoms.

I really enjoyed A Clash of Kings, though I preferred A Game of Thrones (A Clash of Kings was kinda gloomy). Some parts of the story were a bit slow-moving and sometimes I lost track of some of the minor characters and their story lines. Nevertheless, I liked the plot twists and character development. It was nice to meet new characters and learn more about characters like Stannis Baratheon who had only been mentioned here and there in the previous book.

Season 2 of the HBO series Game of Thrones, which is about A Clash of Kings, premiered on April 1. Looks like I have to wait until it comes out on Blu-Ray next year to watch it, though. 🙁 Too bad HBO GO isn’t available unless you have cable.

Game of Thrones (HBO Series)

Game of ThronesSeason 1 of the HBO TV series, Game of Thrones, arrived on Friday and Nick and I watched it over the weekend. It was as awesome as I hoped it would be. Thankfully, the TV series stayed more or less true to the book and the differences were minor.

If you are worried about spoilers, don’t read below. 🙂

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A Game of Thrones

A Game of ThronesToday, I finished reading A Game of Thrones, the first book in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. I first heard about A Game of Thrones last year, when my mom mentioned that a coworker of hers had really enjoyed it. Fantasy is my favorite reading genre, so I made a mental note to look into the book later. Over the next few weeks or so, though, it seemed as though I was hearing about A Game of Thrones everywhere (probably largely due to the HBO TV series, which premiered in April 2011). After hearing so much praise for the book (and the TV series), I decided I had to read it… so in January, I began to read the 807-page novel.

It wasn’t long before I was hooked. At first, I was overwhelmed by the number of characters. I started to sketch out a tree to keep track of all of the characters, their titles and nicknames, and their relationships with each other… and then I discovered the appendix, which already contained that information. Whoops! 😛 Each chapter is written from the point of view of one of the eight main characters and I really enjoyed how the story bounced back and forth between their perspectives.

Excited to watch the TV series, I checked Netflix this weekend and was disappointed to see that it wasn’t available. I tried Hulu, but it just directed me to HBO’s website. The episodes were available on HBO’s site, but only for certain HBO cable subscribers. Ugh. So I tried Amazon.com next, hoping that the episodes would be available in Amazon’s Instant Video store. Nope. Hmph. I gave up and figured I’d just get it on Blu-Ray and wait for it to come in the mail… but I couldn’t even do that! It’s not going to be released on DVD/Blu-Ray until March 6. NOOOO! And then, yesterday, The Oatmeal released a new comic, I tried to watch Game of Thrones and this is what happened, that expressed the very same frustration I had this weekend. At the end of the comic, he ended up torrenting the season because he couldn’t watch it through any legitimate methods.

With all of the technology available at our fingertips, I think it’s time for publishing companies to get on board and realize that people want to do the right thing, but making it a hassle for them to do so is just turning them to piracy. :/