[This blog post is rated A for Adult. If you are less than 18, don’t read]
[Spoiler Alert if you havent watched Game of Thrones or read Game of Thrones]
I like reading. I really do. I have previously
written about books I have read recently. After having read The Stand (
a door stopper if I have ever read one, even more of a stopper than
Order of the Phoenix) I wanted to read something epic. Something that will be as epic as Lord of the Rings (which I am yet to read) but even longer than that. Something I can read for a long time.
is when I decided to pick up the 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series. Of
course, when you read on Amazon Kindle, you don’t pick up anything.
Rather, you simply download and read :P
Still, I prefer the word pick up. Game of Thrones is an odd book series
(I realized after a while) to pick up. It has to do with the fact that
Game of Thrones is such a big series on HBO. It's almost impossible to avoid game of thrones spoilers.
the most important spoiler was the fact that main character from the
first book was portrayed by Sean Bean. I don’t know about you but Sean
Bean almost always dies in almost all of his roles. If it is a series,
he dies in the first movie or the first season itself. Seriously, his
casting was perhaps the biggest spoiler ever. Normally I should not be
complaining about it. A lot of spoilers get spoiled because of internet.
Then, there are movie trailers that spoil key plot points.
I am particularly incensed because, the author of this series, Mr.
Martin, is 'the most famous fictional serial killer' of our times. That
means, he has a penchant of killing of key characters to 'throw off a
savvy reader'. You see, a lot of authors like to give what is called
'plot armor'. For instance, we all know that harry potter
can never die. Of course he cannot because his name is on the book for
heaven's sake. Yet, what if Rowling killed off Harry Potter in the first
book? That would take balls. No correction. That would take some steel
Mr. Martin, well, he does have steel balls.
So, coming back to the whole spoiler thing, I already knew that Daenerys
Targaryen will have dragon babies. I already know that Joffrey will die
at some point and same goes to Jon Snow. I also know that Cersei will
be paraded naked at some point in the series. Let me see, what else do I
know. I also know that Daenerys will take a second husband. The weird
part is, I don’t even watch the Game of Thrones TV show. I just happen
to know these facts because I read a lot on the internet. The worst part
is YouTube. Now that Google somehow knows that I have been reading Game
of Thrones (although I use Bing) and now YouTube shows key scenes from
the Game of Thrones TV series.
on Google/YouTube, stop spoiling the series for me. Not only this, the
TV series has already overtaken the books. That means, the TV shows is
now spoiling all the faithful readers of upcoming books. It's like, spoilers are now a part of life and there is no mystery left. Phew!
Anyway, all said and done, I just finished the first book, A Game Of Thrones.
For me, the book was a quick read. It did not really take as long as I thought it would take to finish. It reminds
me of Ramayana and Mahabharata a lot. In fact, it’s the exact same
thing. At its core, like the book's title suggests, the entire narrative
is about different families who are fighting for the so called 'iron
throne'. A king is dead and then people are conniving to figure out who
will get that throne. There are tons of families in the book. There are
like hundreds of named characters and like actual history, many of them
have similar names. The point of view keeps changing, so we are always
getting different viewpoints
from different characters. There is also a lot of death (like I
mentioned earlier, anybody can die unlike other books. Mr. Martin, the
guy with steel balls) and lots of sex. Although, the book does not seem
to have as much nudity as the TV show. It's understandable of course.
Boobs means TV viewers.
I liked about the book were its setting. A world where seasons last for
years. That’s pretty cool. Then, the characters. A lot of characters
are so morally uptight,
they border on stupidity. Then there are characters who are clearly
evil, they keep crossing that line multiple times. For instance, there
is this one occasion where a guy casually pushes a young boy casually
off a building to a certain death. Young girls ( and boys) are casually
raped, mutilated and killed. Whores are everywhere and men simply have
as many children as they want. Women are no less lustful either.
characters are truly badasses, although, in a world where contests
almost always involve dead bodies and a setting that encourages war at
the drop of a hat, badasses are a given. What is impressive is that the
bad guys are just as badass as the good guys. Then, there are no clear
morality lines. The good guys aren't always good (like this good guy who
happily lops off another guys head) and then bad guys who have their
own reasons for doing something bad (like this woman who does incest
because of tradition and also because her husband told someone else's
name when they mated for the first time. Some of this stuff is just batshit insane!).
there is this truly awesome dwarf character. He is just...well awesome.
He's like Batman, but he does not wear a mask. Nor does he have an
impressive physical strength. He does not even have normal height and
weight.I am really looking forward to see how far it gets to in the next
books. I am also waiting to see how the wronged characters will fight
back. Who will die and who will live. There are so many questions and
that means, I will read the next book and see what happens next.
yes, I also want to read more about those fire breathing dragons and
their relationship with their mothers. Then, those odd dead zombies and
these creatures of the ice. The narrative is also like a huge web of
threads. At any point of time, there are simply too many things
happening. Now, I don’t know if we will have a LOST situation here. Many
threads are simply left hanging (although I thought that the LOST
series did give a satisfactory conclusion to most things) or they will
actually be resolved. Given the infamous Mr. Martin book publishing
delays, I should be pragmatic and understand that some threads may never
Overall, I have decided to buy the next book on Kindle. Get some answers. I also am hoping to avoid watching the TV series. At least until I read all the books.
Follow me on twitter, facebook and instagram for more updates. Thanks!