Teaser Tuesday 11/18/2014

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“The call came from behind him, softer than a whisper, but strong too. Can a shout be silent?”

–George RR Martin, A Clash of Kings

 

I know guys, I know…I owe you so many posts. My birthday sucked all of my energy the last few days, and I completely hit a blogging block. So much for NaBloWriMo! I had so many ideas, but they are all gone now. I may still do a few of the themes, but probably won’t do all of them. Bummer.

WWW Wednesday 11/12/2014

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What are you currently reading?

Fairies by Skye Alexander

 

 

What did you just finish reading?

My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco by Joan Dale

A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

Tolkien by Devin Brown

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Clash of Kings by George RR Martin

The Iron Locket by Samantha Warren

Flesh and Blood by Michael Cunningham

A Game of Thrones

I had completely intended on doing a write up every night like I did for the first 200 pages…

…and then I started reading, and got so wrapped up into the story that I failed miserably. So, I’m sorry. I should know better than to force myself to break a book apart like that. It’s why I hated reading books in school!

But, I am done now, with the reread of A Game of Thrones. and I loved it, even more so than the first time through. Maybe especially more so than the first time through, because now it all makes sense. I had hoped it would. Having the TV characters and scenes and places in my head completely put everything into perspective and just “decomplicates” Martin’s plot mazes.

I had originally planned on making a list of everyone who dies, but soon found that to be impossible. Kudos to the people who mark the books with postits….that would make me absolutely crazy.

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This was a brand new book when I started…oops!

Some thoughts:

1. About Viserys, and my “Wake the Dragon” comment on before…I think that while he may have insinuated raping Dany repeatedly, and in his mind that’s what he was threatening, I don’t think that he ever really had that much power or strength. Viserys was very much a boy playing a king, and he may have gotten some scary slaps in, enough to scare pre-Khaleesi Dany, but not enough to completely tear her apart. And after analyzing it…I don’t think he ever raped her. I think she was scared of it happening, before she was married, but I don’t think it actually did.

2. I love the descriptions of the food in the Seven Kingdoms. Thank you George RR Martin, nom nom nom. My favorite things to eat have always been very simple–meats, cheeses, fruits. And this is exactly what is portrayed here. Simple roast fowl with crisp skin. Herbed broth. Lemon cakes whenever a treat is needed. There is always wine or thick yeasty beer. Soak it all up with some heavy dark bread. Oh, and the cheeses. I so want the cheeses. Hard or soft, yes yes yes. Old world food at it’s very finest. It was what they could get, when they could get it, and only the best served in the palaces, of course. Obviously this is not the most important thing in the book, but it always peaks my interest.

3. Battle scenes have never interested me all that much in any book, and I tend to scan over them. Many writers spend a LOT of time on battles if they include them. So far, it seems like Martin, while he does include some, they are a page or so, and then he’s back into the dialogue. Or, it’s people talking about the battle rather than a narrative. It’s so much more interesting that way…still bloody, still action packed, but more informative and less rambling.

I’m looking forward to Clash of Kings. Taking a break though, so you’ll see a few books in between. Catch up with you later!

 

WWW Wednesday 11/5/2014

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What are you currently reading?

A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

 

 

What did you just finish reading?

Tolkien by Devin Brown

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Michal by Jill Eileen Smith

My Days with Princess Grace of Monaco by Joan Dale

Fairies by Skye Alexander

Teaser Tuesday 11/4/2014

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 

“Why is it that when one man builds a wall, the next man immediately needs to know what’s on the other side?”

–George RR Martin, A Game of Thrones, Tyrion Lannister

A Game of Thrones–Day 1

***Spoiler Alert***

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I am about 200 pages into A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin–Cat has just been to visit Ned after Bran’s attempted murder. Jon is trying to adjust at life at the wall. This is my second time through it, and whoa. Now that I’ve watched the shows, I can’t believe how much my eyes are opened from the first time I read it. I remember being so lost between all of the characters and plots and the world of Westeros. Now that I have pictures in my head, everything just makes so much more sense!

There are a few things that are standing out in my mind though so far.

1. Everyone is just so YOUNG! I understand why the aged the characters in the show–with all the nudity and sex and the marriages, it would be hard for a lot of people to grasp certain things happening with 13 year olds. Not to mention probably illegal to show and so impossible for HBO to get license to publish. But even the adults are so much younger. Ned and Robert are only in their 30s, which would mean their wives are probably in their early 20s. It’s just a different period (even if it is fantasy).

2. Viserys’s “Dragon.” Did he rape Dany? Repeatedly? What did he mean by she “wakes the dragon”? There’s only one dragon that I can imagine whenever he says that, and it infuriates me. But then, later, at the wedding she is shocked as if she had never seen anything like that type of violence before.

3. Something else about the wedding, and this is something that everyone debates–the sex scene between Dany and Drogo afterwards. She is scared, yes, he’s big, and powerful, and they don’t know the same language. But he tries to communicate with only word he knows, “No.” But it’s kind of like “I am Groot.” There are different inflections, and he uses body language to make up the rest. He waits for her to respond as he touches her. He is affectionate. And he does not rush her. This is not rape. In the show, it was portrayed much more violently then in the book. He takes her as Dothraki take their women, and later she teaches him a better way. But in the book it is very loving, very patient.

That’s all for now. Back to reading. I’m really enjoying the differences so far, and breaking everything down! Let me know if you have any thoughts or opinions on the above. I’d love to hear especially what you think about #2. It’s really left to interpretation I think, so I’m sure there are many theories.

WWW Wednesday 10/29/2014

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What are you currently reading?

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

 

 

What did you just finish reading?

Nefertiti by Michelle Moran

Greyhound by Steffan Piper

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling

 

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

Fairies by Skye Alexander

The Iliad by Homer (We’ll see…I have some really huge titles on this TBL. I didn’t plan this out so well. I may have to rethink this one.)

Reading This Next

I’ve been talking and talking about rereading Game of Thrones, but I’ve had so many other things in front of it. I know the series is going to be a beast, but I’ve so been looking forward to it.

Finally, it is next on the list. I haven’t quite decided how I’m going to blog about it–whether I’m going to blog each day, each section, or just each book. I don’t normally blog my rereads, but I feel GOT is something that deserves to be written about. I think once I get into the nitty gritty, the writing will come. We’ll see. I look forward to the discussion, and there will be spoilers, so if you haven’t read or watched the shows, be warned.

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Trees of Reverie September Readathon Daily Bookish Challenges Day Fourteen

You’ve just started to work at a bookstore or library – what are your top ten go-to book recommendations?

  1. Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
  2. Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
  3. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austin
  4. The Thorn Birds by Colleen Mccullough
  5. Secret Garden by Frances Burnett
  6. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  7. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  8. Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  9. Quiet by Susan Cain
  10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I Can’t Wait For This

Back before we moved, when the season of Game of Thrones ended, I was super pumped up about the series. I really wanted to do a reread of the books, but I knew it was way too much of a commitment for the time I had in the middle of everything right then. Martin’s world is waaaaaaaaay too complex to try and concentrate on while moving, plus I had to pack up my books.

So, I promised you guys a reread. And then, I started reading Harry Potter, among other things, since I could read them electronically. I’m just now getting caught up. But, as soon as I finish with Harry Potter, GOT is my next “Read Over” book series coming up. I haven’t figured out how I’m going to analyze it here. I definitely want to discuss it in some manner, since it is so complex, and since there are SO many fans of the show who haven’t read the books but want to. I’ve got some time to figure it out. I can’t wait!

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I also maybe should have added the sixth book to my last post…hmmmm…