This blog is for me to keep track of and review the books I read for the 100+ Book Challenge.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
#94 - A Game of Thrones
An absolutely fantastic book! I cannot wait to read the next one! This book has everything - adventure, betrayal (lots and lots of betrayal), romance, and the characterization is excellent! I didn't feel like this book read like fantasy either. Aside from talk of dragons and The Others, it felt more like I was reading historical fiction. My favorite thing about the book is the way that each chapter is told from the viewpoint of a different character. It gave so much more insight into the characters and their way of thinking. Characterization is a very important part of a book for me. Also, no matter what I thought was coming, I was surprised! Sometimes, not pleasantly. It appears that Mr. Martin doesn't have a problem with letting you get attached to a character and then killing them off. That's okay though. It made for a very interesting read. Here's a synopsis copied from Amazon.com:
In a world where the approaching winter will last four decades, kings and queens, knights and renegades struggle for control of a throne. Some fight with sword and mace, others with magic and poison. Beyond the Wall to the north, meanwhile, the Others are preparing their army of the dead to march south as the warmth of summer drains from the land. After more than a decade devoted primarily to TV and screen work, Martin (The Armageddon Rag, 1983) makes a triumphant return to high fantasy with this extraordinarily rich new novel, the first of a trilogy. Although conventional in form, the book stands out from similar work by Eddings, Brooks and others by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness. Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. When Lord Stark of Winterfell, an honest man, comes south to act as the King's chief councilor, no amount of heroism or good intentions can keep the realm under control. It is fascinating to watch Martin's characters mature and grow, particularly Stark's children, who stand at the center of the book. Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes, including Hugos, Nebulas, Locus Awards and a Bram Stoker. He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least.
My progress in the 100 Book Challenge so far:
1. An Idiot Girl's Christmas - Laurie Notaro - 142 pages 2. The Missing - Chris Mooney - 360 pages 3. All the Numbers - Judy Merrill Larsen - 269 pages 4. The Quickie - James Patterson & Michael Ledwidge - 274 pages 5. The Darkest Evening of the Year - Dean Koontz - 354 pages 6. Plea of Insanity - Jilliane Hoffman - 598 pages 7. When Madeline Was Young - Jane Hamilton - 274 pages 8. Sunshine - Robin McKinley - 405 pages 9. Spying in High Heels - Gemma Halliday - 318 pages 10. I Am Legend - Richard Matheson - 312 pages 11. New Moon - Stephenie Meyer - 563 pages 12. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City - Kirsten Miller - 380 pages 13. The Husband - Dean Koontz - 415 pages 14. Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb - Kirsten Miller - 369 pages 15. Plum Lucky - Janet Evanovich - 166 pages 16. Blood Rites - Jim Butcher - 372 pages 17. The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox - 245 pages 18. Let the Right One In - John Ajvide Lindqvist - 513 pages 19. The Spellman Files - Lisa Lutz - 368 pages 20. Little Stalker - Jennifer Belle - 333 pages 21. Watchers - Dean Koontz - 352 pages 22. Lost and Found - Carolyn Parkhurst - 289 pages 23. Dead Beat - Jim Butcher - 396 pages 24. Steve & Me - Terri Irwin - 273 pages 25. Bright Lights, Big Ass - Jen Lancaster - 385 pages 26. Curse of the Spellmans - Lisa Lutz - 407 pages 27. Bleeding Kansas - Sara Paretsky - 431 pages 28. Dead Witch Walking - Kim Harrison - 416 pages 29. The Abstinence Teacher - Tom Perrotta - 358 pages 30. The Good Guy - Dean Koontz - 493 pages 31. The Double Bind - Chris Bohjalian - 368 pages 32. Dork Whore - Iris Bahr - 216 pages 33. Eclipse - Stephenie Meyer - 629 pages 34. Monkeewrench - P. J. Tracy - 404 pages 35. Diablerie - Walter Mosley - 180 pages 36. After Dark - Haruki Murakami - 191 pages 37. Remember Me? - Sophie Kinsella - 389 pages 38. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson - 246 pages 39. Heart Sick - Chelsea Cain - 324 pages 40. Dearly Devoted Dexter - Jeff Lindsay - 292 pages 41. Ice Trap - Kitty Sewell - 340 pages 42. The Bad Place - Dean Koontz - 381 pages 43. All We Know of Heaven - Jacquelyn Mitchard - 310 pages 44. The Dollmaker - Amanda Stevens - 376 pages 45. Shakespeare's Landlord - Charlaine Harris - 214 pages 46. The Senator's Wife - Sue Miller - 306 pages 47. The Crimson Petal and the White - Michel Faber - 895 pages 48. Dexter in the Dark - Jeff Lindsay - 303 pages 49. Gods Behaving Badly - Marie Phillips - 293 pages 50. Earthly Pleasures - Karen Neches - 311 pages 51. Proven Guilty - Jim Butcher - 406 pages 52. Such a Pretty Fat - Jen Lancaster - 379 pages 53. Obedience - Will Lavender - 287 pages 54. The Fifth Vial - Michael Palmer - 372 pages 55. 2060:The Newton Prophecies - Keith Katsikas - 338 pages 56. The Lace Reader - Brunonia Barry - 392 pages 57. White Night - Jim Butcher - 407 pages 58. Mordred, Bastard Son - Douglas Clegg - 260 pages 59. A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini - 372 pages 60. Good Omens - Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman - 412 pages 61. The Magician's Nephew - C. S. Lewis - 106 pages 62. The Gunslinger Born - Stephen King, Peter David, Robin Furth, Jae Lee, Richard Isanove - 240 pages 63. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J. K. Rowling - 312 pages 64. Curves - Gary Heavin & Carol Colman - 334 pages 65. Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - 850 pages 66. Night - Elie Wiesel - 83 pages 67. What Dreams May Come - Richard Matheson - 278 pages 68. Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon - 947 pages 69. Voyager - Diana Gabaldon - 1059 pages 70. Naked - David Sedaris - 291 pages 71. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett - 230 pages 72. Morrigan's Cross - Nora Roberts - 326 pages 73. Big Stone Gap - Adriana Trigiani - 269 pages 74. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden - 503 pages 75. Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom - 192 pages 76. Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Richard Bach - 127 pages 77. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger - 536 pages 78. Breaking Dawn - Stephenie Meyer - 756 pages 79. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - C. S. Lewis - 90 pages 80. I Feel Bad About My Neck and Other Thoughts on Being a Woman - Nora Ephron - 137 pages 81. Drums of Autumn - Diana Gabaldon - 1010 pages 82. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - 371 pages 83. Dragonsong - Anne McCaffrey - 202 pages 84. The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum - 535 pages 85. Fearless Fourteen - Janet Evanovich - 310 pages 86. Sign of the Beaver - Elizabeth George Speare - 135 pages 87. American Gods - Neil Gaiman - 592 pages 88. All the Pretty Girls - J. T. Ellison - 411 pages 89. The Appeal - John Grisham - 358 pages 90. Dance of the Gods - Nora Roberts - 316 pages 91. The Neverending Story - Michael Ende - 396 pages 92. Valley of Silence - Nora Roberts - 323 pages 93. Dragonsinger - Anne McCaffrey - 264 pages 94. A Game of Thrones - George R. R. Martin - 835 pages