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Game of Thrones: Books

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Madeleine
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Post by Madeleine » Wed July 27th, 2011, 1:09 pm

I think Michael M has summed up the British weather perfectly! Actually I'd say it's when it gets above 70, lol.
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Post by Brenna » Wed July 27th, 2011, 4:05 pm

I am completely jealous!

So I just got to the part in the 3rd book where Robb Stark returns to Riverrun with a new entourage and seemingly forgetting about his right hand "man." What??? What is with his attitude?? Someone tell me it gets better! Please.
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Post by Vanessa » Wed July 27th, 2011, 5:53 pm

I'd be pleased if we had any sort of heatwave at the moment - the weather in the UK is appalling at the moment to say it's July!!
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Post by Ash » Wed July 27th, 2011, 8:29 pm

Robb forgets quite a few people in that book. The only thing that kept me from wanted to give him a good slap was that he is only 15...

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Post by Ash » Fri July 29th, 2011, 1:04 pm

Finished Dance with Dragons. A disappointment. The writing was good enough to keep me reading and keep me from any other book. But the thing needs a decent editor with a machete. Of all the POV, only four were really satisfying, and they did not include Danerys or Jon or even Tyrion. What it boiled down to was several plot threads that should have lead to a huge climax. But in the end no one was really going anywhere. I did enjoy seeing how Cersei and Theron got their cumupance, and loved the Bran and Arya chapters. And the part where Dany finally flies a dragon was breathtaking. But her whole POV ended up in a jumble of people and plots that made no sense and were snooze worthy. There's a point where three characters are on their way to help Dany, and you'd think at some point all of them would meet up and something would actually happen. But they were all stuck like an old record player. It also didn't help that there was too much description of clothing, meals and sea voyages. I suspect that Martin was feeling so much pressure to get this book out that he just said F*it and sent out the first rough draft. Pity; this thing could have been grand!

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Post by Brenna » Fri July 29th, 2011, 3:50 pm

Ash-

Well that certainly doesn't bode well for me. I'm really struggling through the 3rd book I have to say. Everytime it looks like the Starks will catch a break, something else bad happens. Not to mention the 300 additional characters that keep getting added makes some of the POVs tedious! Not to mention I just got to the point where Jon and Ghost separate and I don't think any Stark leaving their wolf makes for a happy ending. I have to take a break this weekend anyway because I have to start 'A Queen by Right' but I'm almost to the point where I'm going to say "I'll just wait for all of these to come out on DVD."
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Post by Ash » Fri July 29th, 2011, 11:28 pm

[quote=""Brenna""]Ash-

Well that certainly doesn't bode well for me. I'm really struggling through the 3rd book I have to say. Everytime it looks like the Starks will catch a break, [/quote]

I've decided that he invented that family for his whipping boy. Whats frustrating is that the characters are so well developed that you feel every bit of every pain.

The third book really is good, and it does have a reasonable conclusion should you decide not to read the next to. But if its really a slog, you can skip it and not get to the part that is, well, difficult :)

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Post by rebecca » Sun July 31st, 2011, 4:11 am

I've given up on 'Game of Thrones'. I just finished the second book and found that some parts just drag and I particularly dislike the 'Dany' chapters. Robb Stark disappears leaving his crippled brother behind(after two attempts on his young life!)which didn't make sense. Jon Snow wanders around in the snow and then the ending of book 2 which in my mind is a leap too far.

>>>I am now heading back to the 'Merlin Trilogy' by Mary Stewart..I don't mind fantasy but it has to make sense and be believable.

Bec :)

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Post by Brenna » Mon August 1st, 2011, 5:44 pm

Rebecca-

Not that this is the middle ages, but leaving brothers, sons, husbands, and wives behind in time for war was quite common. I have to admit that it is a struggle to get through the third book because just when you think something positive is finally going to happen to the Starks, something else bad happens. Exasperating! However, the third book throws some twists and turns in there that leave you going "whoa!"
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Post by rebecca » Wed August 3rd, 2011, 4:28 am

Hi Brenna
I get your point about the times they were living in where leaving your family was not an option but what I don't understand is why some main characters seem to disappear? It's difficult to say much because I don't wish to spoil the book for others..But what tipped me over the edge was the idea that some of the characters er...morph into other creatures.

But please I have skimmed some of the other books in an effort to find out who is Jon Snow's mother? Or doesn't he ever find out? If you know the answer can you tell me what book and chapter it is in?

The strange thing is I am loving the TV program of it, but find the books difficult(cept the first one. Loved reading that).

Thanks Brenna

Bec :)

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