Now Reading – A Game of Thrones


Moving toward the last few months of the year, I’m beginning to find myself more of a polygamous reader.  As I’ve mentioned previously, I plan on reading Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged with my brother and sister, but since I don’t know exactly when we’re going to start, or how long that will take, I’ve decided to go ahead and begin a book that I’ve been looking at for quite some time.  I’ve decided to begin George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series with the first book A Game of Thrones.

While we had a free preview of HBO not too long ago, my wife and I were able to watch a couple episodes of the television series, and I felt that I didn’t quite understand everything, as I know some things must be left out, but it definitely whetted my appetite for more.  So when I saw that Amazon was selling the first four books as a package for the Kindle, I simply couldn’t resist.  Here’s a quick summary of the book from Goodreads.com:

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

I’m a big fantasy type of reader, having read Tolkien and Terry Brooks Shannara series.  So I’m looking forward to a bit of a different type of fantasy with Martin’s series.  While the Kindle version came with the first four books, I’m not planning on reading them back-to-back.  I’m definitely looking forward to a fantastic read.  If you’ve read A Game of Thrones I’d love to hear what your impressions are!

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About Jeremy

Husband, book lover, Civil War Buff. If I could read for a living I would, but unfortunately, it doesn't pay the bills!

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