Re-Reading a Game of Thrones: A Critical Response to George R. R. Martin's Fantasy Classic

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Nimble Books LLC, 2011 - Всего страниц: 372
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In 1996, George R.R. Martin electrified fantasy fans around the world when he published A Game of Thrones, the first book in his acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire series. Since then, Martin has published three more books in the series. The engrossing tale Martin spun with these first novels in his saga has gained more and more fans across the world and has resulted in a number of spin-off products, such including HBO's TV series, card and board games, computer games, sword replicas, comic books and calendars. Perhaps paradoxically, the number of years between each time Martin publishes a new book in the series has increased. Fans have been clamoring for the fifth volume, A Dance with Dragons, since 2005: A book that promises to pick up the storylines of fan-favorite characters left hanging since 1999. As Martin struggles to reach the finish line, or indeed even the halfway point in his epic, his fans wait for the next fix. One way to keep sane during the long waits is to re-read the already published novels.

Journey to Westeros with Remy J. Verhoeve as he celebrates his tenth reading of A Game of Thrones. Chapter by chapter, the author, a Dutch-Norwegian English teacher and self-confessed fantasy geek, is both fellow traveler and tour guide as he shares his insightful reflections on Martin's writing techniques, major - and seemingly minor - plot points and characters, and much more.

True to its origins as a blogging project undertaken while not-so-patiently waiting for A Dance With Dragons, the author does not hold back in this unauthorized companion book that is both an unabashed homage to the novel that started it all, as well as a candid - and at times controversial - commentary on the issues surrounding the delayed release of the fifth book.

Whether or not they agree with everything the author has to say, all fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, from those who have loved the series since its inception in 1996 to those who have only just discovered it through the HBO series, will enjoy this thought-provoking and outspoken book.

 

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A Prologue Before The Prologue
1
The Quiet Of The Godswood
9
A Bastard And A Dwarf
17
Horseface
24
The Waddler In The Courtyard
32
Snowfall On The Borderlands
39
The Prince That Wasnt Promising
45
Make Him Fly
51
How To Become A Black Brother
171
Is There More Shit Left With Which To Hit The Fan?175 Fear Cuts Deeper Than Swords But Swords Kind Of
181
Disengage Slynt Rage
193
Let It Burn
199
Whine And Wine
212
The BeardGrower
219
Hear Me Roar And Watch Me Waddle
226
The Promise Of Mercy
234

The Whispering Of Little Birds
56
Flatterers And Fools
64
Vayon Poole Escort Duty
74
His SoCalled Father
82
Slynts In The House Baby
88
Hounded
95
My Name Is Bronn Prepare To Die
102
Mercy Is For Dumbheads
109
Yay Me Eddard Thought But It Was Jai me
115
Beyond The Horse Gate
121
The Awesome Concept That Is The Sky Cell
127
Promise Me
129
The Vale Of Arryn Goes On And On
135
The Early Adventures Of The Unlikely Duo
141
Evil Anne Of Black Gables
149
Spoonfeeding Lord Clueless
156
The Boar Did It
165
Dungeon Lord
239
A Flurry Of Freys
248
The Price of Honor
256
More Salt In The Wound Please
266
Imp Into The Fray
275
A Wood For Whispering In
284
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
292
A Bitter Pigeon To Swallow
300
Cryptic Aha
308
Weeping And Sleeping
317
Eeew Dragondew
324
No Time For Mercy
331
Deal Or No Deal
339
The King In The North
346
Summing Up
354
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