30 Days of Books – Day1 – The Best Book you Read this Year
I’ve read 19 books this year. Some good, some “eh.” A few have been awful, and a few have been amazing. My favoritese so far? Paranormalcy, Bayou Moon, Never Let Me Go, Vampire Academy, and Wither. But my absolute favorite, the one the keeps me up at night, worried about characters and plot twists and foreshadowing… A Game of Throne by George R.R. Martin.
A Game of Thrones, which is now an extremely successful HBO TV series, blew my mind. I would follow along, sure of myself and the heroines within, and them BAM. A hero dies. BAM. Another hero dies. BAM…you get the picture. The story was exciting, painful, and so original. It’s not a book you can plow, through. First of all, it’s huge…but more importantly, it’s emotionally exhausting. You get attached to these people and then they die with just the twitch of a sword and the flip of a page.
Here’s the story (via goodreads.com): “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.”
I highly recommend this book to anybody interested in the high fantasy genre. You’ll lose yourself in the brand new, but somehow familiar, world.
- Game of Thrones Infographic of the Day (geeks.thedailywh.at)
- The First Twleve Minutes of ‘Game of Thrones’ Are Online (slashfilm.com)
- Game of Thrones: Commentary on “A Golden Crown” (escapistmagazine.com)