Some of you would already know this: I am a Game of Thrones fan.
However, apart from a mention here and there, I haven't really blogged about it all that much. Well, apart from mentioning it as my Novel of the Year (2012), that is.
I first heard of Game of Thrones (A Song of Fire and Ice series) by George RR Martin back in early 2010, I think. It was the recommended reading at an online writing /revising workshop that I signed up for at the time. I bought the book, started reading it on and off... But, I only finished it last year. And, I'm annoyed that I waited so long.
Since then, I finished Book 2 (A Clash of Kings), and after a quick break, I finished Book 3 (A Storm of Swords) this month. I'm already starting Book 4.
And, yes, this series is just unbelievably full of unexpected twists and turns that will make you groan and gasp. These books certainly kept me up a lot at night. And, some days, I wonder how the author can do such things to his characters. It's really teaching me a lot about the "kill your darlings" expression in writing.
In any case, yes, if you think George RR Martin can't possibly sustain the same shock and deliver stories from Book One, and then Book Two... Well, rest assured that Book Three will not disappoint.
If you haven't read the Game of Thrones series yet and you're wondering if this is for you, just need to know the following:
- Great storylines. With plenty of layers. You can never guess what will happen next.
- Great characters. You will love some of them (a dangerous thing to do, in some ways!). You will hate some of them. And, sometimes, it can be a challenge to keep track of all of them. But, many of them are definitely characters that will remain etched in your mind.
- Yes, it has fantasy elements. It is billed as high fantasy. But, the supernatural elements in these series are not too in-your-face.
They are meant to be read one after the other, so it's not the sort of series you can read mid-way. Though, of course, you can 'cheat' by just watching the TV series. That's OK. But, really, the books are just much more magnificent.
Anyway, writing of the TV series, I am so glad that I managed to finish Book Three before the new TV series (Season 3) starts next month. I am really really looking forward to it.
If you haven't seen the trailer yet for GoT's Season 3, here's one that really whet my appetite:
Anyone else excited? 🙂