The Book List #16

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
year: 1996 | pages: 835 | rating: 2/5

I did not enjoy the TV adaptation of Game of Thrones (I quit after 10 long, arduous episodes) but, as with all things praised for their greatness, I thought it only fair to give the series, A Song of Fire and Ice, a chance. A Game of Thrones was enjoyable enough; the first in this epic fantasy series is well paced with a solid history dating back thousands of years. Each chapter is written from the perspective of several characters, which grows as the series progresses and the story becomes more complex as the seven families fight for control of Westeros and against the superhuman Others. Violence, sexuality, and moral ambiguity alongside a diverse portrayal of women, religion, and a sense of realism over magic, makes A Game of Thrones one of the better books of its genre. I raced through the first book and while I enjoyed the story, I'm not entirely sure when I will be picking up the next in the series.

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
year: 1973 | pages: 192 | rating: 4/5

Lester Ballard, a young outcast, is falsely accused of rape and, when released from jail, returns to the hills of East Tennessee where his violent, disturbed nature and sexual perversions fester, aiding his descent into unspeakably sordid crimes. As the story progresses, we witness Ballard's ever-growing isolation from society; we witness cruelty, moral degradation, and sexual deviancy as the main themes within the narrative. A dark, brooding book, aided by Cormac McCarthy's unique writing style makes Child of God well worth reading if you enjoy challenging literary fiction.

Adventure Time Vol. 1 by Ryan North, Braden Lamb, and Shelli Paroline
year: 2012 | pages: 128 | rating: 4/5

If you're a fan of Adventure Time already there isn't anything not to love about these graphic novels; Adventure Time Vol. 1 sees The Lich return to the Land of Ooo hellbent on destroying everything, leaving Finn and Jake do what they do best. The stories feature BMO, Princess Bubblegum, Marceline, LSP, and the Ice King plus pretty much everyone else. These comics are not adaptations of the television series, they are original stories written by Ryan North making them equally as charming as any of the cartoon episodes.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
year: 1985 | pages: 324 | rating: 3/5

In this science fiction novel, the government breeds child geniuses to train them as soldiers. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is drafted into Battle School for military training where his exceptional leadership skills make him respected and revered in the Battle Room. Ender suffers from isolation, rivalry, pressure to perform, and the unsettling and constant fear of alien invaders. Not being able to see his family combined with his previous relationship with his cruel brother and his adoring sister only deepens Ender's psychological problems. The concept of Ender's Game is amazing and, at times, incredibly well thought out, yet in places the writing becomes tedious and drawn out; the narrative lacks a fluid rhythm, which makes the book a little dry to read. I enjoyed the overarching story, I just would have preferred a more slick writing style.

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