A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Honestly reviewing this book poses a little challenge since most of the story is told from the perspective of Jamie and Cersei Lannister, and leaves out a good chunk of the main characters. However two return with changed names to hide their noble linage, from a kingdom that thinks/wants them dead. In this case, the kingdom is pretty much made up entirely of Cersei Lannister. The fact she ends up being put in cell near the end of the book is equally amusing as it is fitting for the lioness. Lady Margery is in there as well after being accused of treason, adultery and not being a maiden by Cerseri. Arya/ Cat is living in Bravos, as she learns things and is forced forget who she once was. Sansa/Alayna is living with Lord Littlefinger, as his bastard daughter and the son of Jon Arryn. Brienne of Tarth is working on finding both daughters of the late Edward Stark.
The war for the Iron Throne may be mostly won, but I doubt that is an end to the fighting. Jon Snow or should I say Commander Snow, sends Samwell Tully, Gilly and the young babe of caster away from the wall, with Maester Aemon. The Maester dies on the way back to the citadel at Oldtown. Samwell has strict orders from Lord Commander to become a Maester for the wall. The Ironmen have chosen a new King and prepare tot resume the war.
It is obvious to most readers, that there is other things that are happening as the book progress, but that would make the book massive. Honestly I am eager to see what happens to the jailed Lioness and Lady Margery in the next book. As much as I loath Ceresei as a character since she is a manipulative, power hungry women,whose primary concern is her son more than the realm, her character makes the world much more interesting.
Well over the past few days I have written 5,000 words in Rise (death and a dragon), and a few hundred in anarchy since my mind refuses to leave the fictional realm of Talora. Even though the more I write the more I realize am I approaching the climatic middle of the book. Which means I should probably update the few chapters I put on wattpad. Almost forgot about that, haha. Still trying to figure out how exactly it works but it is what it is. Even though I have thought on going to the local con, next year once I get published, and have a physical product to market. Maybe do drawing for a autographed copy. Not much else to report, unfortunately.
As as I think of setting up other social media pages dealing with my beginning as author. It feels like Facebook would be the most efficient, over Google+ since it’s easier to access to the masses. Google+ is really only works if your fans have a google account. Of course there are other sites like goodreads, and tumblr which seem more public than Google+. The question which is the easiest to communicate with a fan base, outside using a traditional website. Any other authors I follow, have thoughts on this. Comment below.
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Well this book is defiantly the most violent of the ones I have read so far. Despite the fact that there are more weddings than battles, the weddings are at least “interesting,” to say the least. Even though perhaps, depressing may be a more accurate statement. This book focuses heavily on the Night Watch since the wildings are gathering to go past the wall. Of course depending on the reader one may say that is more interesting than the weddings, that take place. I will admit this book is defiantly not for the faint of heart, than again the same could be said for the whole series.
Despite the deaths of several main characters, the twist at the ending is well worth the emotional torment. However, it is defiantly worth the emotional damage that is felt throughout the book. I will admit I rejoiced at the death of King Joffery, his death was something that was needed to move the story forward. As to some of the other deaths, not so much was rejoicing could be felt.
The book defiantly adds a lot of depth to several characters, as they face challenging choices. Including Jon Snow, Jaime Lannister, Sansa Stark, Bran Stark, Stannis and several more others.
A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book defiantly, without question picks up were the Game of Thrones left off. The books pace is much faster then the previous book, which had a lot more politics in it that drove the plot. In contrast this book has much more war, which defiantly accelerated the pace of the story in my opinion. A lot takes place in this book, that impacts the landscape as well the plot. Hopefully A Storm of Swords keeps the pace of the story alive, unlike so many that have died in this book which is a lot.
This book increased my loathing for Ceresi and Joeffry. It feels like Tyrion is the only Lannister that seems to have a brain in that family. I definitely felt sympathy for both of the House Stark’s daughters who are not in pleasant circumstances that seem to worsen throughout the book.
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
It would be quite a simple task to summarize this, but that would make a joke of the complexity of the book, especially given the popularity of the tv show. Instead I will state my opinion trying not give too much away.
As whole the book is definitely complex and has most (if not all) of the trademarks of an epic fantasy novel. Some of the characters are very simple like Hodor, while in contrast some of them are complex in their motives like Jon snow, bastard son of Lord Eddard Stark. While the book starts out a little slow (in my opinion,) it steadily building lads up pace as King Robert visits Winterfall. After reluctantly accepting the title of Hand of the king, Eddward uncovers a conspiracy about the last hand of the previous king. Eventually things get out of control as the King dies, and Eddard challenges his son Joffery since he his the bastard son of the queen and her brother. After the Eddard is executed after being branded a traitor, his son Robb goes to war with the Lannister family.
The characters overall are characters you will love, you will loathe and those you tolerate. My favorite character would have to either John Snow, Tyrion Lannister or Daenerys Targaryens due to the complexity of their character and less then pleasant back story. I could bore with background for these characters but, I won’t. The characters I loathed entirely was Cersei Lannister and her son who is more like her puppet then her son.
As I have stated in several previous posts, my goal for the end of the month was to get 100,000 words written in Rise (death and a dragon). Well I managed to pass that today, after writing 3,000 words last night it was easy to pass, since I had only 300 words to get there. Despite some growing technical difficulties with my laptop at the moment, I’m excited to have hit my goal for the month with still ten days left in May. If I had some champagne I would raise a glass right now.
Downside, I’m not sure how much I will be writing over the next three days since I will at my sisters house, helping her do landscaping. Oh well I guess, I’m ahead of schedule.
Well after a productive weekend of writing and getting almost 5,000 thousand words written over the weeken. I’m even closer to my goal for May of 100,000 words. The question remains do I add more to the goal, and push myself in the last two weeks or so that that remain in May or continue with a fixed goal. Since I have only 4,500 or so words left to write, I may add an additional 15000 to the goal just for a challenge.
The Night of the Swarm by Robert V.S. Redick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book concludes the journey of the Chathrand and the journey to destroy the threat posited by the nilstone and the swarm. It is very week written conclusion of the journey of Paazel, Thasha, Neeps, Hercol, Neda and so many others as the world falls apart around from various threats. The book concludes in a semi-round about way but it wraps up what happens to all the major characters after the threat of the nilstone and the swarm are no longer in there world.
As I mentioned in last night’s post, I wanted to set up a tumblr that will be similar to this wordpress blog. The tumblr blog is called craftingstrangenewworlds. For those who follow this and have a literature themed (books, writing, reviews), please follow me there as well. Of course since tumblr is more visual, it will allow me to blog about other things I love or have a passion for. This will include books (obviously),technology, comic books, fantasy/sci-fi art, cars, cosplaying, and of course F.I.R.S.T.
Also if anyone knows how to put tumblr in the social widget, would you please tell me or post a link on how to.
Well after an extremely productive couple of days. I have managed to write close to 4000 words, which I would continue on tonight but my mind is tired. That means I have about 14,000 word till I reach my goal for May of 100,000, written in Rise (death and a dragon). Which I can keep this pace up, I should achieve that.
Hopefully I can set up a tumblr, for my books tomorrow as well. Of course I need to finish the chapter I’m currently writing before I do. Well, till my next post.