Progress Report: A Storm of Swords P.707

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Well I’m still reading, made it to page 707 today and I had to freaking stop to Google ‘did so-and-so just die in A Storm of Swords’… Bloody Hell!!!   I am about ready to throw this freaking book into the wood stove and just be done with it.  While I am still captivated by this world, I’m not liking it very much right now.  I’m sick and tired of the “good guys” always receiving crap at the end of a sword in this world.  Fine you don’t want to make anyone safe how about you kill that inbred king or the hound or some other low-life scum that freaking deserves it and lay off the bleeping heroes for a while.  Just when you think they catch a break, no it is an ambush and another evil, vile character come out of the woodwork and kills somebody.  I’m getting sick of it!  I’ll continue, but there better be some freaking justice by the end or I am done with this series.  I need something to make all these pages worth while.   Just give me something in the next 421 pages to give me hope that this world will end rightly.  I so need to read something else for a while after this book.  I have also noticed this book is going much slower for me.  There seems to be a lot of pages, like hundreds of pages, where not a helluva lot happens or moves forward in this world.  I better get back,  I need to finish this book and read two more yet this month (ARC reviews).  Next month nothing but fluffy always-have-a-happy-ending only-bad-guys-die romances.

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Progress Report: A Clash of Kings

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At page 280

 

I’ve started the second book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin, but just barely.  Before my marathon reading session today (200 pages!)  I had only made it to page 80 in two days.  I was busy working on a giveaway for next this week and there was of course winter crap to deal with including a snowplow that re-closed my driveway.  Thank you county…  Anyway.  Since I’ve not made it that far into the book, over 700 yet to go, I’ve decided this progress report I will share some of my thoughts on the major characters thus far in the series.  I’m going to break them into three categories: Love’em, Mixed Emotions, and Want to see their head liberated from their body.

Love’em

Daenerys Targaryn:  This character has had my sympathy from the beginning.  She knew nothing of the war, nothing of the kingdom she came from and was used and abused by the only family she had.  Some times I wonder if she is half crazy, but I admire the strength of character and growth she has shown.  I secretly hope she returns and destroys them all and reclaims the throne for her family’s honor.

Tyrion Lannister:  In the beginning I had mixed emotions about him.  I kept waiting for him to turn into a real bastard, but I have grown to respect this man and feel he may be the only sane/intelligent person in his entire family.

Arya Stark:  I like her spunk.   I enjoy her tom-boy ways and admire her courage.

Drogo: I was sad to see what happen to him.  I wished he had played a larger role in this story.  I respected him for how he treated Daenerys.  I think he truly loved her.

Jon Snow:  When he isn’t feeling sorry for himself about being a bastard I really like reading this character’s pages.  I think he is quite interesting and honorable.

Varys:  Even though I am not entirely sure if this is a ‘good’ guy or ‘bad’ guy, I do love how he knows what all is going on.  I think he has the best interest of the kingdom and people at heart though.

Eddard Stark:  I must say this character’s demise in the first book shook me the most.  I kept telling myself not to get too attached to him,  I knew  he probably going to go after the king, but I kept holding out hope he would survive.

Mixed Emotions

Sansa Stark:  At first I had no respect for this nit-wit.  She was everything I loathed about female characters in fantasy book, but then she changed.  Most of the time she still gets on my nerves, but must stay she is starting to grow on me.

Robb Stark:  Half the time I can’t wait to get through his parts.  I hope he becomes more interesting soon.  I just find his skill, knowledge and path in life a little convenient at time.

Bran Stark:  While he hold great sympathy in my esteem I find his sections of the story a little dull…

Catelyn Stark:  Half the time I hate this character then she does something and I like her again.  In the beginning I really thought she was a bitch, but sometimes she does something that makes me look past her bigotry.

Want to see their head liberated from their body

 

Joffrey:  What a spoil brat.  I can’t believe they actually let him take the throne.  The power is making him crazy too.  So looking forward to his death.  Hope it is painful.

Jaime Lannister:  Besides what he and his sister have going on being so gross, I really think he needs to die to balance out Eddard’s death.

Cersei Lannister:  Total manipulative bitch.  Gives women a bad name. I’m thinking death would be too good for her.  I would like to see her lose everyone she loves and the power she covets.  She should live out her days in a deep dark dungeon.

Tymin Lannister:  I’m thinking he is the reason his children, save Tyrion, are so messed up.  Lets see him be defeated in battle.

Viserys Targaryen:  The only character that has gotten what they deserve so far.

 

There are probably many others I could add to each group, but I think that is enough for now.  I need to get back to the book to see what happen next !   What do you think.  Who do you love or hate?

Progress Report: A Game of Thrones p272

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Welcome to my first Progress Report post.  This is a new feature that I plan to use while reading a particularly long or slow read.  I will share on Sundays my thoughts on my current read.  This isn’t going to be a ‘review’ just some quick points and ideas I have while in the middle of my book.  If you’ve read the book feel free to chime-in in the comments, but please keep it spoiler free.

I am on page 272 of A Game of Thrones by Martin.  I was dreading the start of this mammoth book.  I did not enjoy Lord of the Rings, the only other high fantasy book I’ve read.  I really hated that book.  It was slow torture and it had turned me off of wanting to read anything else that was remotely similar. I also am not such a fan of historical reads, but for some reason time travel usually doesn’t bug me, something the Dark-Hunter world uses from time to time.

Still a lot of my friends on Goodreads have read and enjoyed the book.  A real-life friend recommended it to me and another one raved about the TV series.  I was able to get the book for free through a book exchange and decided to give it a try.  After all the reason I tried Twilight (didn’t think you would ever see that book mentioned in a blog post about Game of Thrones, did ya) was it was so popular we couldn’t keep it on the shelf at work.  That book opened up a world of paranormal to me, and I still love the genre.  If so many people loved this book, Game of Thrones, I needed to give it a try at least.

I was apprehensive, but determine and started the book Dec 31.  The first chapter or two I was still on the fence, but soon realized I was hooked.  The book is consuming my thought and at so few pages in, already affecting my dreams. The book is going to be a slow read, hell the first three books that I have on hand are going to take me probably all month or longer. It will be worth it though.  I can see why it is so popular: sex, violence, blood, death, drama, diabolical villains and complex heroes.  It is a freaking soap-opera in print.  Off to read some more.