Sunday, September 24, 2017

A year ago...

OK, time to revive this hibernating blog! First let me explain the reason behind my long lapse in posting. Starting in January last year, I began reading the Game of Thrones (GoT) book series because I became so enthralled with the show. Also, I started focusing more on my paper-flower business Closet Full of Crafts, as well as working more hours in my day/evening job as an academic advisor. Just in the past month, my city (Houston) has been dealing with Hurricane Harvey's aftermath in which I lost 2 vehicles to flood water, not to mention a paycheck because of my workplace being closed. My home was surrounded by flooding yet remained unscathed, thank the stars. Others were not so lucky. I've since been able to replace both vehicles, and life is getting back to normal.

I didn't post any reviews of the GoT books because, considering the immense popularity of both the books and the show, I didn't want to spill any secrets or be tempted to get carried away in the comparison (something quite easy to do!).

I'm just now wrapping up the last available book in the series, A Dance With Dragons. The books helped remedy my withdrawals while waiting for each season to premier. But now, I fear the burning yearning will be prolonged seeing as how the series won't be back until 2019 AND Martin is still not done with the next book Winds of Winter, which he hinted might not be out until 2018 or later. (Double ouch!)

All I'll say is that the show and the books are both outstanding and provided me a double thrill because each has a unique story line. Over the last year, I've only managed to read a couple other books outside of GoT, including The Count of Monte Cristo and a non-fiction book titled The End of Diabetes by Dr. Joel Fuhrman (which I might review soon) into my narrow reading schedule.

Anyway, as for GoT, I'm in love. I'll spit you a short list of my likes and dislikes regarding just the books, and I'll try to avoid spoilers.

Likes:

  • The story line remains a multi-faceted network of shocks and twists. You almost never know where Tyrion will end up or with whom.
  • Daenerys is still alive. 
  • Jon Snow is still alive.
  • No part of it is ever boring. Just when you think you feel a yawn coming on, boom! 
  • The dialogue is very believable. This is important to me because dialogue is not easy to write and get right. 
  • Even with just words, Martin makes me feel like I'm watching a show with his vivid and clever wordplay. 
  • Martin is a master at naming characters and places. Casterly Rock, The Vale, Winterfell, Dragonstone, and on and on. As a writer, I can tell you, it's not easy to come up with names that aren't overdone or simply annoying. Eye of the beholder, I suppose.

Dislikes:

  • WAY too many characters mentioned to keep up with. My head spins with the amount of names I encounter, many of which are just temporary scene fodder, but it makes it confusing at times. 
  • I don't enjoy the part about Arya joining and training to be part of the Faceless cult. I find it tedious both to watch and read about, even though the outcome is quite awesome. 
*Bonus list

Loves (books and show):

  • Dragons! I love, love, love dragons.
  • The Night King. I have a kind of sick crush on him. He is a total badass who terrifies and fascinates me. 
  • The way Tormund flirts with Brienne of Tarth! LOVE that. I'm not a romantic, but this one is just too adorbs. I hope neither or them die. =/
  • The new Arya. *wink*
  • The fact that Sansa finally grows a pair (a bigger pair, anyway) and does the right thing.
  • Watching Daenerys grow into her role as a queen. She is amazing. 
  • Tyrion. His snark is magnificent and one thing I can always rely on.
  • Romance isn't a prime focus. 
  • Jon Snow. What isn't there to love. 

I'd love to hear what you love/hate/dislike/like about the books and/or series.

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