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…

The Clash of the Kings, The Dawn Treader, and more

I finally finished The Clash of the Kings by George R.R. Martin.  Summer has proven to not assist me in reading or dieting or exercising…or blogging.  I have completely fallen into the “lazy days of summer.”  That statement is a bit humorous as we are always on the go…but the schedule disappeared and I took a long break from reading.  Alas,  “The Clash” is now completed.  After about 1600 pages of reading (book 1 and 2) I am still eager to read the next parts of the saga.  There are 3 more books to go…at least until more are added.  😉  It is moving faster now that all the characters, their quirks and the plots are set.  I have to say I like them, and don’t mind skipping the pages that are unnecessary (crude, lude, etc).  I still have not watched the series and have no intention to, but have begun this journey and want to see how it ends.

I am working through the Narnia series with my children and we are now on the Dawn Treader.  It is great, of course.  Aren’t all Narnian books?  I don’t know if I can honestly say any are as good as the first, but they are all great reading opportunities for the family.

The kids’ devotional also encouraged us to read the book of Esther together.  (Since we began the Narnia series we have had many discussions on the Bible being truth and fact, while other stories are fiction.)  We just began reading a chapter a day and are on chapter 3 (of Esther).  I have decided to read a chapter a day as part of school, so after Esther is done we will choose another book of the Bible to walk through.  I like reading the chapters to the kids, because it forces me to think about each word and explain the context more thoroughly than if I am just reading it to myself.

I am slowly working my way through The Power of a Woman’s Words, by Sharon Jaynes, which is a great reminder…daily…of how I should hold my tongue.

And those are our reading updates for the moment…  😉

The Game of Thrones

I applaud George R.R. Martin for writing a nearly 700 page book and making it interesting until the end!  Very few authors can do that successfully.  The Game of Thrones took me a long time to get through.  With the busy-ness of our daily schedule, there is not a lot of time to dedicate to reading…and when you have such a lengthy book to get through, it takes awhile.  😉

The way the book was broken up there were definitely chapters that held my interest more than others.  I, again, was not impressed by the boldness of graphics.  Some may have been necessary for the period in which the book took place, but there were quite a few scenes that could have been left out.  However, it was a book full of great detail.  Apparently there is a tv series based on this book and I can see why.  He wrote naturally and brought each character to life.  I was placed in the scenes, able to see the people and places vividly.  I adore that kind of writing…the kind that transports you into the pages of type.

There were some surprises in the book which made me like it even more, because they made sense with the story, but were not the obvious paths he could have taken.  So many books are predictable these days.  This is not one of them.  And I cannot believe that I have to read 2 more in the series before I find out what is going to happen in the end.  If the next two in the series are as long as this one, it could be quite awhile before I can post on them.  🙂

Anyway, good book, a little too graphic, but skim those parts and it is a great choice!