I had no intentions of reading this book because I had already watched the show and read some awful and praising reviews. I bought the boxed set at a sale at Wal-Mart and just thought that someday, possibly in the next decade, I might read it. Without even looking at it, I confined it to my shelf.
After I finished reading Elixir by Hilary Duff, I planned on reading Jane Eyre. Which I did, but I only read four chapters before I got extremely bored and irritated with the characters and the writing.
So I went to my book shelves, scanning for something new to read. That’s when I decided to give game of thrones a chance.
The prologue did not capture my attention at all. I was confused, I had no clue who the characters were or what they were talking about and right away they were dead. I remembered this scene from the show, that’s why I understood what happened. I thought the whole book would be dull but after reading the first two chapters I was hooked.
I read some reviews that say the first 100 pages of the book are boring and uneventful but I disagree. I loved reading about the characters daily lives before their whole world was turned around, even though (I agree) it was uneventful. My favorites are definitely Bram Stark, Jon Snow, and Daenerys Stormborn. I wish that Daenerys had more chapters, I love her story, but at some point the book goes through 100 pages of not including her. Instead, most chapters are focused on Ned Stark. It’s disappointing that he dies since we get to know his character so well. I rather have wanted to know more of other living characters than the ones that are killed off. I heard somewhere that Daenerys is not even in the third book and they had to write her in for viewer purposes in the show. If that’s the case, It’s going to take me a long time getting through the third book.
While watching the show, I’m going to be honest, I had no idea what was going on at some points. Reading the book helps you understand the show better. I find myself saying “ohh now I get it, or ohh that was him” after reading the book. It clears stuff up nicely. It is true what they say, the show follows the book pretty well. I did not notice any differences but that might be because I watched the first season of the show when it came out.
I should also mention that even though the book cleans stuff up, it does not mean that you will understand everything that’s happening. After reading the book, there are still some parts I did not understand fully but that is normal. And yes, there are some extremely boring parts but who am I to judge boring. Everyone defines boring in their own way. I found it kind of boring when they were discussing some lords and kings from far away and that do not even appear in the book. I’m sure though that they are significant for some external reason.
Surprisingly, the book was an easy to read. I thought that it might be difficult to follow but it is not. The hard part about the book, is trying to remember who’s who, and who is on whose side. It is difficult because some minor characters might share the same name.
Overall I rate this book 5/5 and the writing 5/5.
I don’t care what others say, I loved it and I would definitely recommend it to others.
P.S. sorry that I took a while reading it. I decided that it was a good idea to take summer courses and I was stuck studying for midterms for the past week. I’m free for the next little while before I have my finales. More reviews coming soon 🙂