A Game of Thrones (aka my latest geek-out)


Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime…

I’m not entirely sure which I heard about first, the books, or the upcoming show on HBO. I think it was the books, I’m almost sure it was. I definitely knew the author’s name long before this but am sorry to say I am a johnny-come-lately to his books. George R. R. Martin’s four-book epic fantasy saga collectively known as A Song of Ice and Fire, which begins with A Game of Thrones is now being turned into a series by HBO, set to debut in April, 2011.

As most of  you know, however, I don’t have cable and so no HBO for this kiddo. Sadness. But, everything comes to DVD eventually, and this looks like a keeper from the previews and trailers at the official Web site. Of course as I always do I have to read the books before I’ll allow myself to watch the show anyway (did the same thing with The Lord of the Rings, read the books before seeing the movies).

So the book. Honest to god, I was hooked from the prologue. Here’s a small taste (and with an 800+ page book I think this constitutes fair use):

Will saw the movement from the corner of his eye. Pale shapes gliding through the wood. He turned his head, glimpsed a white shadow in the darkness. Then it was gone. Branches stirred gently in the wind, scratching at one another with wooden fingers. Will opened his mouth to call down a warning, and the words seemed to freeze in his throat. Perhaps he was wrong. Perhaps it had only been a bird, a reflection on the snow, some trick of the moonlight. What had he seen, after all?

” Will, where are you?” Ser Waymar called up. “Can you see anything?” He was turning in a slow circle, suddenly wary, his sword in hand. He must have felt them, as Will had felt them. There was nothing to see. “Answer me! Why is it so cold?”

Sean Bean (be still, my heart!) is in it, love him. God I hope his character doesn’t get killed off.

Here’s a short teaser-trailer:

There are longer ones, but I thought an eleven-minute trailer was a bit much to post here. If you have time go check it out, though. So naturally I followed them on Twitter, and SQUEEE! they followed me back, even sent a direct message saying “Thanks for following. First lesson…stick them with the pointy end.” Good to know, I’ll try to remember that. I’ll bet that’s the sort of pithy advice that could come in real handy in Winterfell.

And I swear if anyone posts a spoilery comment on the books, I will take Eddard Stark’s sword Ice and hunt you down.

You have been warned.

 

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16 thoughts on “A Game of Thrones (aka my latest geek-out)

  1. no HBO for me either. 😦

    but I do love Martin’s series of books that starts with A Game of Thrones!

    Non spoilery comments on the books, as I have no idea how far you’ve read: for an 800+ page book they sure read fast, and stick ’em with the pointy end! And pay attention to everything Eddard Stark says.

    happy reading!

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  2. Hi Redhead,

    Thanks! I am only sorry now it took me this long to get around to reading them. Thanks also for the ‘pointer’ (heh 😉 ) on marking Eddard’s words. The books have certainly gotten my attention, I’m glad they’re as long as they are so I don’t finish them too quickly.

    It bites that we don’t have HBO, I guess we’ll just have to be patient and wait for the DVDs.

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    1. Stuff comes out so quickly on DVD these days, it would surprise me if you weren’t enjoying it by summertime.

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    2. True, but I can wait. I really want to read the books first anyway. It’s probably just as well I don’t have HBO so I’m not tempted to watch the show first 😉

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  3. Yeah! I am SO glad you’ve discovered this series. The characters are wonderfully three-dimensional, with all shades of gray. The “good” characters don’t always do the right thing, and the “baddies” aren’t always wrong. Even when you might disagree with one’s actions, Martin doees a great job at making you understand their motivation for doing so.

    But no worries- I shall not spoil anything for you. Lips properly sealed.

    Enjoy!

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  4. I just hope it holds up through the four books. I will say one thing even now, is that all the women (so far, at least) are impossibly beautiful with white-blonde hair. It’s a male fantasy to be sure. I hope there are some more ‘normal’ female characters who are not necessarily evil. The men (again, so far) are vastly more well-rounded (sometimes quite literally).

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  5. There are some female characters that I found very intriguing as they grew and changed over time. That’s all I’ll say as not to chance any spoiling.

    I do hear you about the “beautiful” characters. I get just as bored hearing about how handsome a male character is.

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  6. True! I want characters in books to be as varied as real life. Making everyone fantastically good-looking is just silly, and yes, ultimately boring. Already the king is fat, there’s his ugly dwarf brother, but all the women are incredibly gorgeous, even the ones with multiple grown children. Unless someone is writing about gods or some kind of supernatural beings, all the characters need to be more realistic.

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  7. I always advocate reading the books ahead of watching a tv show or movie based on them. I’m sure you’ll be able to follow the story without, but I know when I saw LotR, it was much richer and more personal for me since I already knew and loved the characters.

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