Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

My last book in 2014 was a reread:

Published: 1996

Genre: epic fantasy

Length: 807 pages

Interest: It’s the first book in the Song of Fire and Ice series. I’ve decided to reread the whole series, it being one of the best epic fantasies currently being written. I don’t often reread books, but I do so love this series. I’m curious what I’ll see differently, knowing what I know about how things are moving ahead.

Summary: I’ve already reviewed the book, so you can read my original summary.

Final thoughts: One of the big differences between my first and second reads of this book is the fact that I’ve seen the Game of Thrones series. (I have to wait until the DVDs come out on Netflix, but that’s OK.) Because of the awesome casting job they did on the TV series, I read the book, picturing the actors and actresses playing each character. The biggest difference I notice between the book and the movie is all the kids (the Starks and Daeneyrs) are much younger in the book. Daenerys is only 13 and Sansa isn’t even technically a woman yet.  I can also see more of the foreshadowing, like when Ned Stark is preparing to send his daughters and household back to Winterfell. He only needed 12 more hours and the girls would have been safe. Poor Sansa, stuck alone in the castle with the Lannisters. Also, Little Finger is creepy around Sansa. Even knowing what was going to happen (at least the big stuff) didn’t take away from the enjoyment. I’m hoping to finish the series in 2015, although it is a lot of pages. Definitely a book it’s worth getting the digital version of, so you don’t end up with carpal tunnel trying to carry the thing around!

Reading challenges fulfilled: 98/100 in my 100 Book Challenge

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