The Game of Thrones

After reading 2.5 books of the Game of Thrones series and realizing that I had read a bigillion pages and there are now going to be at least 7 books, I decided to stop reading them.  It wasn’t the length that made me stop or the plot.  The reason I kept reading was because I wanted to know what happened at the end.  I wanted to know who lived, who died, who got married, who won the war, who was going to reign as king.  What stopped me from reading one more page is that I can’t take the explicit detail of the characters’ personal lives.  I can take the blood and guts, but the personal stuff…it is just not worth dodging it to find out what happens at the end of the books.  SO, if anyone wants to share any details with me, please feel free to do so as my curiosity still begs to know how the whole series concludes.  The real kicker is that these books make me uncomfortable and they are considered juvenile fiction.  There is not one juvenile who should be allowed to come within 10 feet of these books in my opinion.  I may be old fashioned, but I do not understand why a talented author with a great plot has to add unnecessary details to an already exceedingly long series of books.  George R.R. Martin is talented and has a good plot, but he also has a very vivid imagination that I do not need to be a part of.  Oh well, onto the next book…

Pop Goes the Weasel and Roses Are Red

James Patterson finally got me.  I have been enjoying his Alex Cross series because they are quick reads (something crucial when you have little kids around all the time) and they are entertaining.  However, I have said that I find them predictable.  He finally threw me a curveball at the end of Roses Are Red.  The killer is not at all who I had predicted.  And the funny part was I suspected this person in an earlier book and he ended up seeming ok.  I am so so so so so excited now to read Violets Are Blue and see how it all plays out…BUT…I am now in the midst of the 2nd book in the Game of Thrones series…The Clash of Kings.  It will be awhile until I finish that.  This is not a quick read, but I am enjoying it so far.  Too many books, not enough time.  🙂