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Worth their Weight in DragonsI got these cause in the wintery deeps of NH, with no cable, no internets, we still use cassette decks.Be warned, the Game of Throne books are way way way way way way different, than the HBO series. Night and DayThese unabridged recordings give you the "real" story, which they can't fit into the films,even if they wanted to. Luckily, i found this out after rather early on , spoiler alert, watching King Joffrey wedding.So, I left off series there, and am "reading' the books first, and $10. for 27 tapes beat $50. forthe same program on CD. Too bad the cassette versions ended with this season. Guess us wildingsare gonna have to go without...Make the North Great Again!5For the classical and fantasy reader alike - complex, gripping, exciting, multifaceted... sublime.If you despise fantasy fiction, READ THIS ANYWAY.GRRM delivers a RARE series - a sophisticatedly written series - it is both mature and complex at every level, and manages to do so without tedium, but quite the opposite. I've found myself hardly able to bear moving to each successive chapter to follow a separate storyline or character due to the gripping story in the one I was reading. But as I switched gears to the next "nugget" in this grandly woven tale, I found myself equally enthralled by THAT storyline.As far as the cast of characters - it is vast. And character development is sophisticated. You have a vast range of personalities, motivations, biases, vices, scheming, hurts, etc. You watch upon a stage where the marionette has directed their interplay so intricately it is a believable plotline that echoes real life as action and schemes between characters collide. And as time moves forward in the story you experience those characters exult in victory, seethe with hatred, quail in defeat, rage in frustrated schemes, and hope against hope. Not only that - but they grow with their experiences. Their motivations can at times be complex scheming or simple earthy passion (whether that be angry violence or lust or daydreaming). The stage is set with a great cast as well - both men and women each with their subtleties and unique persona. Not every woman is a damsel, just as not every man is a hero - which is fantastic.As far as the politicking - it is multilayered. You have Lords and Kings vying for position, status, power, peace, justice, or vengeance. This through marriages, treaty, war, subterfuge, assassination, etc. You have the character level politicking where personal vices come into play whether that be noble or ignoble - rooted in either their sense of duty, selfishness, naivet , or other. Its just so varied and rarely formulaic or repeatable.I can't necessarily say there are plot twists in the traditional sense of the word (where one can almost feel the author shout 'got ya! - didn't see THAT coming eh?' to the dumbfounded reader). The machinations of each character in this vast stage - competing and colliding with one another's - and that ends up speaking for itself. The reader may cheer or curse depending on a particular turn of events, but that has more to do with the efforts of one party or another succeeding against all others. It's a dose of near-reality. Plans win and fail - and there isn't an overarching "blessed" subset of characters. It is extremely refreshing and entirely spellbinding.As far as action, magic, and monsters. There is very little compared to what one would expect in the scifi fantasy paperback novels. There are clashes and contests. There are strange creatures and powers, yes. But this isn't your summer 80s Schwarzenegger/Stallone action flick. This is a sophisticated story that has such content in its proper place and not gratuitously. There is fighting but it's not center piece as a simpleton's hack and slash hero-save-princess-defeat-demonprince novel. Nor is this series meager on action. There is plenty - yes there's fighting, but there's also violence, there's action-y physical feats, there's sex. Sometimes it can be raw brutality, exposing the crueler and despicable side found in humanity (torture, rape, etc). GRRM doesn't have wizards bouncing around making things blow up like "Tim the Enchanter" nor do we have some wondrous creature at every turn. The reader will find that yes - magic and monsters do come on stage, but it's not the centerpiece, obviously.The good vs evil hero's saga akin to Tolkien is great. One will find store shelves littered with lesser versions of that, and in much simpler format. GRRM is on an entirely different track - where multilayered politicking vies against the striving of characters good and bad. Wars, fights, loves, plots, etc - all go into a great tumbler. The protagonists (assumedly so because of their nobler aspirations) don't necessarily win. Plenty of characters whom the reader may come to empathize with may be frustrated (even killed). It's part of the reason why the series is so exciting to read - you are never assured of how things will turn out.As for myself - I am an eclectic reader. I've enjoyed writings from Hawthorne, Nordic sagas, Homer's Iliad, Shakespeare, Cervantez (Don Quixote), Jane Austin, Dickens, Tolkien, Chaucer, Vonnegut, Alexander Dumas, Michael Moorcock, Victor Hugo, to LRHubbard, etc.If you've enjoyed any of the authors as such listed above, TRY this series. I believe you will be pleasantly surprised. It is very well written.5It took 50 years, but GoT has displaced Lord of the Rings in my mind as the greatest fantasy story ever.If you liked the TV Series, you'll love the books. Both have much to recommend them and reading the books will enrich your enjoyment of the series. Even if you never see the series though, you will still enjoy the books. The characters are finely drawn, the dialogue brilliant, the plot fascinating and full of surprises. It IS a fantasy, and as such there are elements of magic, dragons, etc. but nevertheless it is a very human tale and it is the relationships between the many characters that lifts the story into the realm of great literature.There IS a great deal of death and violence which some may find troubling. Of course, no amount of words can shock and disturb quite like the TV series, with its special effects depictions of beheadings, burning at the stake and flayings, but Martin's written descriptions still do a great job of leaving one horrified. Perhaps the most horrifying thing is knowing that everything depicted has happened in the real world and still does in some places.5A Solid (and Huge) Installment that Leaves You Wanting MoreIt's impossible to put these books down. As soon as I finished "A Clash of Kings," I had downloaded and began reading "A Storm of Swords." It follows the example set by the previous book in that it expands upon the plots and themes already established, adds a few more layers to keep things interesting, and somehow manages to be better than the book that came before it. Spoilers follow.It wouldn't be possible to adequately sum up everything that happens in this book in an appropriately succinct manner, so I'll just give a brief, bare-bones overview. Westeros is still caught up in the war raging for the Iron Throne. With five claimants competing to rule the Seven Kingdoms, it doesn't look like there's an end in sight for the violence and destruction. Things are also brewing in the North, where the Wildlings beyond are organizing an attack to break through the Wall, overwhelm the severely undermanned Night's Watch, and invade. Meanwhile, in the East, Daenerys continues to amass resources to aid in her plans to attack for the Throne. She moves through the cities of Slaver's Bay, gaining support and exercising her growing authority as both the Khaleesi and the Mother of Dragons.I'll start by addressing perhaps the most obvious characteristic of "A Storm of Swords:" it's huge. Granted, if you downloaded it for your Kindle like I did, the monstrous size of the novel might not be as immediately striking, but you'll undoubtedly notice pretty quickly that it's over a thousand pages long. Books this long tend to be one of two things: unnecessarily descriptive with plenty of filler to pad out the pages or complex with an intricately layered story that fills the pages with content. I'm pleased to say that this book is definitely the latter of the two possibilities. It would perhaps be feared that the middle book of a lengthy series, especially one with a humongous page count, would be repetitive and full of fluff and padding, serving only to lengthen the series and sell more books. Again, that simply isn't the case with "A Storm of Swords." The plot doesn't stall at all; in fact, every chapter moves the story forward and works to develop the overall plot. The story is exciting with so many power players devising and implementing their own schemes as well as the war raging over the Iron Throne. Martin has a lot to say about his world, which makes for a fascinating story and guarantees that none of the thousand-and-some-odd pages are boring. With the pace being consistent throughout the novel, you'll be flipping through pages with the desperate need to know what happens next to your favourite character or faction. For the first time I can recall, I finished a thousand plus page novel thinking that it wasn't long enough! Martin's story is so enthralling, unique, and captivating that you'll want more than even a book this long can offer.I'll also note that the story is far from predictable. I've mostly given up trying to guess what will happen because the actual events typically far exceed my predictions. I'll probably end up mentioning this in every "Song of Ice and Fire" review, but I ended up taking a bit of a break from fantasy due to being frustrated with the same plots and tired clich s that seemed to crop up in every book. Martin has actually managed to write not only a unique fantasy novel, but a series that stands above many others simply because he strays from the commonly tread path. Pretty much anything can happen to anyone; good characters aren't given immunity and bad characters aren't doomed to death (and really, calling characters good and bad isn't completely accurate since most are various shades of grey). The plot twists and turns like crazy, but it's handled deftly and the author clearly knows where he's going, putting the reader an exciting ride and a gamut of emotions. And just when you think you've got it figured out, something comes up that throws your predictions out the window. It's a nice change from being able to guess everything before it happens, as tends to be the case with other books in the genre.It's well established by this point that Martin doesn't shy away from the violence of war...and "A Storm of Swords" practically has blood dripping from its pages. With the war for the Iron Throne in full swing, the death count in this book is high. The horrors of battle are portrayed in all their gritty glory; these aren't nice people and they don't do nice things. As I've mentioned in other reviews, neither the violence nor the sex present comes off as gratuitous (for the most part), but instead works to flesh out Martin's world and reinforce the concept that no one is safe. Yes, this is the book with the Red Wedding. There are a couple weddings that take place, so it's not immediately obvious which one will be THE wedding if you haven't already been informed. And yes, some well-loved characters meet their end in this bloodbath, families betray one another, alliances change...all the jazz that one can expect from such an event. There are also other grisly surprises that determine the fate of some, well, not as well-loved characters. In the East, Daenerys is faced with the brutality of slavery and the effects of anarchy as she conquers the Slave Cities, and it's not pretty. If you were bothered by the dark content of the two previous books, you probably shouldn't read this one because the author has really upped his game in that aspect. Personally, I'm of the opinion that the grittiness adds authenticity to the world, but I've always preferred a darker, more realistic setting.While I usually don't find the sex and violence in these books to be gratuitous, there is one instance of it that I'll have to complain about; and weirdly enough, it's probably one of the more "normal" sexual relationships we see in the book: Jon and Ygritte. I totally get the significance of Jon breaking his vows with Ygritte, both in terms of his background as a bastard and as a member of the Night's Watch, and I enjoyed seeing him struggle with his conflicting emotions on the matter. However, I got a little tired of reading about them getting it on in detail multiple times every night. Sure, a few times is fine to give us an idea of Jon's situation, but the frequency came off as really unnecessary. Of all the gruesome things one could complain about in this novels, that's what stuck out to me as being gratuitous and over the top...who'd have thought?The characters just get better and better with each book. That's not to say they necessarily become better people (in the brutal world of Westeros, that almost never seems to happen), but they definitely grow and become more intriguing with each installment. With so many storylines and characters, it would be easy to shove a couple off to the side, but, again, Martin seems to have this under control and every character is more than adequately fleshed out. The changing point of view in each chapter works well because it ensures that every story and every character continues to move forward. Each chapter, and therefore each point of view, is in some way significant; I never finished a chapter wondering what the point of it was or what it added to the story. The characters continue to be portrayed in shades of grey, each one unique and changing and none of them fall into the typical archetypes. You'll be frustrated with some and cheer on others and, as I mentioned earlier, some well-loved characters (and some that we love to hate) meet their ends in "A Storm of Swords." You never know what the characters are going to throw at you (or at each other, as the case often is) or who's going to make it out alive...and in a book as brutal as this one, that certainly adds a level of suspense and excitement."A Storm of Swords" adds Jaime as a point of view character, and he quickly became one of my personal favourites, especially with Tyrion's viewpoint also being maintained throughout the book to provide a different Lannister perspective. Jaime is an incredibly nuanced character and begins to undergo a lot of change in this novel, and much like Tyrion, he walks the line between protagonist and antagonist, never really being one or the other. With his background and unique perspective, I hope we see Jaime as a point of view character (and, indeed, that he survives whatever the next books throw at him) in future books.This is also the book where certain characters began to stand out to me as being just plain annoying and, surprisingly, boring. As I've mentioned in my other reviews, "A Song of Ice and Fire" is so great partially because different characters will resonate differently with each reader, so your favourite character may be someone else's least favourite. As I was reading this book, I found that the character that tended to make me groan aloud when I started a chapter and saw his name was Bran. That's not to say he's a poorly written character; he just doesn't really appeal to me. Perhaps it's because there are so many other plot lines to focus on, but I found him and his story to be a tad boring. I don't doubt that he and his quest will be significant since he's one of the few characters that encounters magic (a rarity in this world), but his position as the wise, future-seeing, up-and-coming mage just doesn't interest me personally.Despite my couple complaints (which are really more personal in nature than anything necessarily "wrong" with the book), "A Storm of Swords" is a solid entry in the series. It takes the themes and plots from the first two books and builds upon them to create a novel that is better, darker, and more intriguing than the first two. The plot is still steadily moving forward, building momentum and adding layers of story with each book. With the cast being as massive as it is and the number of storylines being many, I find myself wondering how Martin will tie everything together. He's proven to be a capable writer so far, so I'm sure he'll figure it out. At any rate, this monstrous book is one Hell of a good read. Five stars!5So I felt a little bit bad for JaimeWow, so I can understand why everyone who's read these books was crazy excited when the show started. One thing I left out on the first 2 reviews was how the author was very descriptive about the food. Reading about that part made me hungry, even though a lot of the times I would never eat it lol Ok, so back to the characters. So I felt a little bit bad for Jaime. Just a little bit. This book was packed with stuff, The Red Wedding. Joffery's demise, etc. Did I mention how much killings are in these books lol. It's like who's left to fight these wars?! I definitely felt bad for Tyrion. Excited to move on to the next book. The epilogue was crazy! OMG, there are SO MANY PEOPLE. I still can't keep them all straight even with the handy list at the end of the books to tell you who belongs in what house, etc. Just so many people.4HookedI did not get involved with the TV show when it first came out, although my entire family was obsessed with it. I like to read the book that movie/TV projects are based on before I see how characters are portrayed, as I like to see the characters and story in my own mind first. OMG...this author is amazing. The word painting is incredible, he is able to transport readers in to his world, and he leaves you desperately wanting more. I still have not seen one single episode, but I have seen far more of this world than any viewer has. Great book5"A Lannister always pays his debts"A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) was THE edition in this series that caught in my throat as it contained such excitement and threw me in a whirl regarding what was ever considered "safe or honoured" in a book as the plot lines tangled and familiar characters returned to take another spin on the fickle wheel of fate. Years later this tome is still the title I savour after A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1) and I can't recommend it enough. There are however a couple of minor negatives in A Storm of Swords that keeps this part of the epic becoming a 5 star read mostly it comes down to the side stories and to be honest, they aren't that thrilling as the rest of this volume but everyone has their favourite characters and places on the map of the Seven Kingdoms. Without giving too much away, a lot happens within these pages that were actually inspired by real-life historical events (just like the rest of this excellent series). The facts are blurred and hidden in plain sight but Mr. Martin proves that dark history can serve as gripping fiction. His pen is sharp and the wine is ready to be poured, so relax, wash the dust off from your other travels and get ready for another round. Just remember, "A Lannister always pays his debts".4Engrossing!Martin pens a novel full of adventure, betrayal, and greed with Storm of Swords, book 3 in the Song of Ice and Fire, series. The novel is over 900 pages not for the faint at heart and a bit daunting. It s taken me months to finish, and while it s been long for me, it s been an adventure.Martin uses several point of view characters to tell the Storm of Swords. There s Tyrion, smart and clever, yet a dwarf who is the butt of his nephew s cruel jabs. There s Robb, the King of the North, who must win the Frey s favor or lose all he has gained. Jon, on the Wall, must find out information on the Wildlings and the Others, using all of his cunning to survive. Jamie must not only use his sword, but his wits to make it back to King s Landing. Arya escapes the city only to find herself a captive and pawn to various outlaws who would use her as a hostage for their benefit. Stannis must prove himself a king, so he travels to the Wall, hoping to save it. Then there s Daenrys, who learns how to use her swords to conquer, but she must learn to rule before returning to Westros.Every story involves violence, sword play, and cunning. As the realm loses its tenuous grip on the various kingdoms, secrets are revealed, proving a precursor to the upcoming battle between ice (the others) and fire (the dragons).The characters are honest, real, and interesting. There s good and bad and even some in between like the Hound, Sandor Clegane. Everyone has a distinct motivation to do what they do, even if unknown to the reader. I m always wondering what is driving a character.A Storm of Swords grows the story, looks deeper into the players, and takes the reader on an adventure of a lifetime! 5Fate rests on the edge of a knife.Storm of Swords is the most interdependent of the Ice & Fire books. As the war progresses, every side sees great victories and great setbacks. These in turn make many reconsider their allegiances. Both Lannister and Stark struggle to secure new allies, and hold onto old ones. The story shifts back to political intrigue, with each side struggling to make the right choice.Revelations abound as plans come to fruition; requiring readers to reevaluate characters and events from the beginning.The book also continues the stories of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, but while they represent a solid quarter of the book s chapters, it s in the politics of the Lannister, Stark, and Baratheon that this book shines; skillfully using Arya and Davos to continue demonstrating how the choices of great lords often fall upon the common folk like ruinous storms. The story never lets audiences forget the horror of war, and the reality that even the victor pays a heavy price.This is the longest book so far in the series, with 74 chapters and 10 distinct perspectives. For many characters their story is told on the road, encountering new characters with each chapter. There are little touches of humor from time to time, but like its predecessors, Storm of Swords is a grim book, where amoral schemers often receive the richest rewards.+Strong characters+Strong plot, with rich twists+Strong ideas, with 10 perspectives+Touches of humor*Grim4/54Book Three Of A Song Of Ice & Fire Has So Much Going On, It's 2 Full GoT Seasons!Where do I begin? I've always been of the opinion that every entry in George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice & Fire series has a slightly different style to it. In A Game of Thrones, it's kind of like getting your feet wet, and testing the waters. In A Clash of Kings, the second volume, you roll up your sleeves and dive into the myriad details of the key players of the War of Five Kings, among them Robb Stark, Balon Greyjoy, and the stalwart Stannis Baratheon. I've heard the second volume referred to as being "too political." How is that a bad thing? It's a fantasy novel, with a very solid foundation grounded in historical elements derived from our own history. I think that's what a lot of readers find so compelling about Westeros & its neighboring lands.The whole series is political, that's one thing I love about it. There's many things I love about ASoIaF, but I am going to focus on things I hope you can use to decide whether or not you would read, and buy, the book, because that's what reviews are about.As far as spoilers go, I'll try not to give any, in case there's anyone who hasn't seen the show. Without going into specifics, there are a few characters in this volume that were changed/altered when they made the show, for reasons I am unaware of, but it makes no difference, save to say that if you've seen the show and want to read a slightly different, (and, in my opinion, better), version of the story, it might be something you'd enjoy investing the extra time to experience for yourself. There's a lot of ground to cover in A Storm of Swords, from Daenerys Targaryen's adventures in the three Ghiscari cities of Astapor, Yunkai, & Mereen, and the subsequent conflicts arising from her efforts to liberate the Unsullied from the slavers of the Ghiscari. Jon Snow & the Wildlings are also an interesting segment of the story, as the different components of Mance Rayder's army is fleshed out into greater detail, like the Thenns, Giants, ice cannibals, as well as the lieutenants serving under the King-Beyond-The-Wall, like Harma Dogshead, The Weeper, Tormund Giantsbane, and Varamyr Six-Skins, one of my personal favorites. He's a skin-changer & warg, and rides into battle astride a giant polar bear.Nothing about this book is not interesting, or failed to hold my interest. I enjoyed every page of it, and I read it when it first was released, in 2000, if I remember correctly. I've probably read it five or six times total, because it's just so good.I hope you enjoyed this review, and were able to get something out of it. I hope you found it to be insightful, and informative. Honesty's what I strive for, so what else needs to be said? If you haven't read A Storm of Swords Yet, maybe you should stop reading this and take a chance on this one, because I think you'd definitely find it to be worth your time.5
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