Thursday, August 9, 2012

Guest Book Review: Game of Thrones

Hi! My name is Jennie and I will be your random book reviewer! Little background info for the curious. I met Kelly through our husbands and while we don't really get to hang out much I think she is a pretty awesome person. I used to try and do a blog of my own but really I'm just not that interesting! No pity party, just the facts ma'am.

I like to read. I love to read. I live to read! I am a true bibliophile! I live and breathe books to the manic extent Kelly lives and breathes derby! As Thomas Jefferson says, "I cannot live without books."

A small note on my review method. In the very beginning of a review I give you a rating, just like a movie rating. I read all types of books, and that means that some of the books I review may not be appropriate for all ages, so I like to give a heads up. Next you will get the hard facts about the book: title, author, pages, format read in, and back cover blurb. If I own the book on Kindle, I will lend it out if able. Then I give my opinion. Feel free to differ. Last but not least comes my rating, and in keeping with Kelly's addiction I will be rating as follows:

- DNF (Did not finish) - I have a 50 rule; if after 50ish pages I still don't like the book, I stop reading (RARE)
- 1 Skater Chick - Not worth the time
- 2 Skater Chicks - Bottom of the to read pile
- 3 Skater Chicks - Recommended with some reservations
- 4 Skater Chicks - It's not perfect but darn it was good (common)
- 5 Skater Chicks - Great book! Put down what you are currently reading; this is a must!

So without further ado, onto the review...

Title: A Game of Thrones
Author: George R R Martin
Pages: 819
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #1
Format: Kindle (borrowed from library)
Genre: Epic Fantasy
Rating: PG-13: Some sexual content, violence

Cover Blurb:
Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom's protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.
Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

This is hands down one of the best fantasy novels of all time! The imagery used by Marten is reminiscent of classic Tolkien, but in the world of Westeros good does not always triumph over evil. Prepare for the good guys to die and be injured, to have heartache and to fail. Marten's writing style give an awesome advantage; since he writes each chapter from a different character's point of view, you see every possible angle of the story. Even so, there are plenty of "That did not just happen!" moments. Just when you think you have it all figured out, in comes another player to throw you off track.

The characters feel like real breathing people standing next to you telling their stories. Westeros is so well described that you will feel right at home in House Stark. You will marvel at The Wall rising out of view. You will want to have book two in your possession before you get close to done. On a side note, if you love the TV series Game of Thrones, you definitely need to read the book. It will enhance your watching experience.

A note on the Kindle edition: If you have the availability to use an e-reader of any kind for this series, do so! Every one of the books in this series is between 700 and 900 pages long.

Rating: 5 Skater Chicks!
(Kelly's note: Jennie sent me a really cute graphic to use here. I'm temporarily technically challenged. I'll make this work next time.)

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