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 Kite Runner and Catching Fire

I finished The Kite Runner.  It took me about a third of the book to “get into it” but then I was hooked.  It was done well.  Khaled Hosseini is a talented author.  It is eye opening.  That is the best way for me to describe it.   My heart breaks for the suffering of people all over the world.  I am not one to pretend that the world is always happy and no one faces pain.  On the contrary, I know that there is more than enough suffering and pain to go around.  But sometimes thinking like that is just as bad as pretending there is none, because we get immune to it.  I like reading books that put it in my face a little bit.  It makes me better aware.  And hopefully the more aware we are, the more help we will be able to provide.  Even if our help is “only to pray,” prayer is an enormous thing we can do, because God can reach across the world.

I also saw Catching Fire this weekend.  I give a lot of credit to everyone that is part of the Hunger Games movies.  I think the movies are an excellent representation of the books in details, characters and settings.  I enjoy the Hunger Games series.  I am not as big of a fan of the second and third books as I am of the first, but I still enjoy them.  The movie was the same for me.  As good as it was, not quite as wonderful as the first.  It is a tough thing to do.  I still think they all did a great job!  And, I loved that Divergent was previewed…cannot wait to see that, too.  🙂

Allegiant

I have been waiting over a year for this book, the third in the series.  I am a HUGE fan of the Divergent and Insurgent books!   After waiting so long, I do not feel it is truly fair to rate this book…there was a long and large build up.  It took me a little longer to get into than the first two, but once in, I was hooked.  Veronica Roth is talented!  I did feel that this book read more like a movie than a book, but let’s face it, it will likely be in movie form before we know it.  I hope so anyway!  I figured out how it would end early on.  She left a little bit of room for the what if and I had my own ending in mind that I knew she wouldn’t do, but I completely understand why she ended it the way she did.  It was the only way to bring the series full circle and make a clean and closed ending to the series.  I applaud Veronica Roth for this series…it is captivating and unique.  I do like the first 2 better than the last, but I still like the last, especially for a 3rd book in a series!  🙂  You should definitely read and enjoy!

 

Alex Cross and Caspian

I finally finished the Alex Cross series…or at least what is there so far.  I have to say, my review of each book isn’t very different.  There were few surprises.  As the books went on, the plots had more depth, but the endings still left a little to be desired.  I would surely read the next one…if there will be a next one.  I chose to not try to figure out James Patterson’s political stance and simply focus on the content.  I became attached to the characters and they were easy and entertaining reads.  Of all the books, I think “Merry Christmas Alex Cross” and “Alex Cross Run”  could actually be decent movies.

 

I am almost finished reading Prince Caspian to my kids.  They do enjoy it, but not as much as The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.  I can’t argue, it is hard to beat the first book in this series.  Prince Caspian is still a great read and we will be moving on to The Dawn Treader upon completion.

Alex Cross revisited

I decided not to continue to post about Alex Cross books.  I will continue to read them because they are a series and I “have to know” how they end.  However, my posts about the books are pretty much the same.  Mostly because his books are similar, as are many that are in a series.  I will say from what I have read I probably am against most of James Patterson’s values and beliefs.  I do not at all like his language, and his books are pretty predictable.  BUT, I like the mystery and the action of his books, and as I said before , I want to follow it through to the end.  So, this is my last post on this series, but I will finish it out.

Alex Cross

Still on my break from Clash of Kings...Alex Cross books are such quick reads and quite entertaining.  I do seem to predict a lot, but that’s okay…they are simple easy reading and work for a busy mom.  I still do not like the language, but I don’t see that changing in the books to come.  I just finished Violets are Blue and Four Blind Mice.  Will pick up the next 2 this week.  I am considering completing the Alex Cross series and then heading back to Clash.  We will see.  🙂

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.  🙂

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!

Along Came a Spider

I am very interested in seeing the Kill Alex Cross movie, which led me to look for it at the library.  This is when I found out it is a whole series.  So…I had to start with the first one, Along Came A Spider.  I have already seen Kiss the Girls, the second one, so will likely skip that to go to the third.  However, I do have some other books in my possession that will have to be knocked out before I get to book #3.

I really enjoyed this book, because I was unable to predict everything.  So many books I am able to predict the events, which makes the author have to work harder to entertain me.  😉  Though I was able to predict some things in this book, most of it was too complex for me to put all together.  It kept me on my toes, was entertaining and as mentioned above, convinced me to continue reading the series.  I am excited to do so!  I was not a fan of the language, but it did fit the characters.  I am sure most DC inner city cops do not have the cleanest mouths.  At least the language wasn’t in there just to try to make the book better, but to develop the characters.

Well done James Patterson!

* I was also proud of myself.  I was reading this book while my husband was out of town and was able to stay composed when the power went out during his absence right at a peak part of the book.  😉