The Book List #16

July 16, 2014

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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  1. I really need to get my hands on an Adventure Time comic, I love the show soo much! <3

  2. I've just ordered the Adventure Time comics (: I'm a GoT fan but the only book in the series that I've really enjoyed completely so far is A Storm of Swords. The second felt really indulgently elaborate and was kinda tough to get through.

  3. I love Adventure Time! They're all so cute.

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  4. I read A Game Of Thrones back when the first season premiered on HBO. The book was alright; I've certainly read better fantasy books that I enjoyed more, that's for sure. The TV series is a bit of a hit and miss with me. I really enjoyed S1 and the last series that aired, but the two in between were rather dull.

    Child Of God sounds REALLY interesting! I'll definitely have to check that one out soon - thanks for the recommendation! I'm currently reading Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and I'm really liking it! I'll probably finish it off within the next day or so.

  5. TaisieOdele7/16/2014

    I've read A Game of Thrones - my boyfriend wanted me to watch the series but I said I had to read the book first. I ended up reading about 10% then watching the corresponding episode which I think really helped me kind of understand what was going on in the book a little better as I found it quite hard to battle through at times! I really enjoyed reading it but thought a lot of it could be cut out without affecting the storyline. That being said, George RR Martin is an absolutely exquisite writer!

    - Taisie ♥
    Life by Taisie

  6. While I watch GoT (stopped for a bit then started it back up again), I found the source material really lacking and stopped in the middle of the first book. The language, which I felt had a lot of slang, was a bit disorienting because of the setting.

  7. I'm really not into the books.. long, tedious, and drawn out.

  8. Definitely.. I thought the entire series was finished and there was only five books.. and then I read about how it was made into a tv series so the author wrote more books.. and it just started to feel like everyone was doing it for the money rather than the story. I think you can see that in the quality of the writing too, it's nowhere near as good as it should be.

  9. The best fantasy series I've read was the Sword of Truth series written by Terry Goodkind and the Kushiel Trilogy written by Jacqueline Carey. My God, I could NOT put those books down!

  10. I watched the TV series first and enjoyed it, but there were so many different things going on that I needed to read the first book to get a grip on who everyone was and what they were doing. I did not enjoy the writing style, it was too simplified and something about it just did not appeal to me. I do, however, enjoy the show a lot but I'm not invested in more than a character or two which kind of ruins the experience for me.

  11. I feel the same way; I think a lot of the chapters could be shortened considerably and there is A LOT of pointless paragraphs. It feels like he was trying to hard to write an epic fantasy rather than just letting it happen.

  12. I absolutely love the Prydain Chronicles - those are the best fantasy books I have ever read.



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  14. I just looked them up - I had no idea it was a children's fantasy series! I think I'm going to request them from my local library ;)


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