So well over a month ago I finished the first book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series titled, “A Game of Thrones”. I’ve the second book in my possession before I even finished the first one. Yet, I’m ashamed at how long it took me to finish the second book. I think it is due to the fact that I went through “A Game of Thrones” in a week and became a little burnt out on the series. I would read bits and pieces of it but I never really sat down and committed myself to it. This past week has not been the case. Sometime last week I was casually reading it and I once again found myself fascinated with the mysterious land of Westeros. So here is my review of the second book of the A Song of Ice and Fire series “A Clash of Kings”.
"A Clash of Kings" picks up almost immediately where "A Game of Thrones" left off. Same as its predecessor I had difficulty getting through the prologue. There was a lot of I Don’t Care Syndrome. Which for the most part this syndrome was non-existent throughout the book. The only case of IDC Syndrome was whenever one particular character had a chapter. He didn’t get introduced until the second book and I just couldn’t be bothered to care about him. I read most of his chapters except for one where I finally just said "Fuck it, I don’t care about you anymore."
Though I will say this about the character, at the end of one of his chapters it left me very disturbed. Brittney even commented on the face I was making when I was reading the chapter. The fact that it bothered me says a lot given this series goes into a lot of detail when it comes to the goriness of battles. It also goes into explicit detail of the sex scenes. All of that I can handle and it doesn’t even really bother me with the few exceptions of my thinking, ‘Seriously, there is a war going on and all you can think about is what various levels of undress you want your whore in? Seriously?’
But I enjoyed the book for the most part. Once it managed to hook me in it definitely did not let go. Some of the reoccurring characters from the first book that I wanted dead I still want dead maybe even doubly so now. The book took some twists that I most certainly was not expecting. I’m also starting to think that George R. R. Martin gets off on treating his characters like shit.
So the next book in the series is called “A Storm of Swords”. It’s roughly 1,100 someodd pages so I’m going to be taking about a week break before I try tackling the beastie. This has once again been a review. I think that’s what I’m going to use to blog for mostly is to post reviews. It might now always be book reviews but for now that’s what you’re getting.
And who knows, maybe my posting something will inspire Brittney to start posting again.