REVIEW: Game of Thrones (Song of Fire & Ice #1) by George R.R. Martin

Note: This is something I read earlier in the year but didn’t review until now. Expect to see Song of Fire & Ice Review #2 soon.


In A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantansy fans everywhere.

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

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I honestly didn’t want to read this. My husband and a bunch of my friends got into this and when they told me about it, it just seemed too heavy and too involved.

Then my husband started telling me about all the awesome things The Imp, Tyrion, did and how he deals with all the adversity that comes with his size in a time that doesn’t not deal with people that are different. He feels the pain but doesn’t let him take him over and in spite he conquors others. I loved hearing about that. So I started watching the show.

I watched the show first because it had less commitment involved. I decided if I liked it then I would read/listen to the book directly afterwards. That is exactly what happened. I finished season one and was completely in shock over the turn of events. I couldn’t believe that stuff actually happened in the story. I thought HBO took too many liberities or something like that. Nope. It just turns out that George R.R. Martin just hates all of his fans as much as we love his characters.

An amazing story unfolds when you read this. You start to love and love to hate every character (there is no middle ground). Crazy stuff happens in the plot that you would never expect.

I usually like stuff that set in modern times but I loved this and it took me completley by surprise.

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CRAP MY HUSBAND MAKES ME READ: Green Lantern, Vol. 9: Blackest Night (Blackest Night #2)

Comics hottest writer Geoff Johns (GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS WAR, THE FLASH, ACTION COMICS, JSA) and superstar artist Doug Mahnke (JLA, BATMAN, SUPERMAN) raise the dead in this must-read tie-in to the most anticipated comics event of the year, BLACKEST NIGHT. This hardcover collection starring Hal Jordan expands on the War of the Light as the evil Black Lanterns descend on all of the Corps throughout the universe, explains villain Black Hand’s connection to death and the Black Lantern corps and features key plot points that are essential to enjoying the storyline to it’s fullest.

Another Green Lantern story that I wish I would have a damn origin story with. I told my husband “Pick me out what to read next” and he flopped this one on my lap. Granted, it was good. But I’m going to just have to disregard his opinion on what I should read next THEN after I get some origin stuff going ask him for his opinion.

It was pretty good but if you don’t have much idea of who anyone is or what certain things are you’re left asking a lot of questions. I’m probably going to re-read this again later because it was very interesting I just felt like I was in the dark about a lot of things.
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CRAP MY HUSBAND MAKES ME READ: Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns by Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis , Mike McKone , Shane Davis

As a prelude to the highly anticipated 2009 GREEN LANTERN storyline “The Blackest Night,” this collection sets up the events that Geoff Johns has been leading to since he relaunched the Green Lantern franchise in 2006!

Plagued by an age-old prophecy from a prison planet on the far side of the galaxy, Green Lantern Hal Jordan searches for answers about the fate of his Green Lantern Corps. But when a primal being named Atrocitus emerges from that hell planet, he leads a Red Lantern Corps against Jordan and his brethren in a campaign to spread rage across the cosmos.

This was pretty good actually. I still really feel like I need to read an origins story about Hal Jordan in order to fully appreciate the Green Lantern series but I thought this one was really interesting. I guess that normally there are only two colors: Green (Willpower) and Yellow (Fear). But in this one I got to see Green, Yellow, Blue (Hope) and Pink (Loss maybe?). My husband recommended it to me for two reasons: (1) Because Green Lantern is his favorite comic series and (2) Because he likes seeing the variety of colors.

I’m going to admit that the whole idea of the Green Lantern universe seemed pretty lame when I heard about it. Super powers based on emotions? Lame. But it turns out that it’s not. I actually kind of like it. Not like how I like Batman man but still, it’s pretty good.

If I had to recommend one of the two Green Lantern’s I’ve read, I would recommend this one over Tales of the Sinestro Corps because the story isn’t as halting and you feel like you learn more about the characters so you can connect with them easier. Plus there is more about the main character (I guess he’s the main character), Hal Jordan.

As for the art I thought it was really cool. There was even a cute kitty cat that spews blood. You don’t see that every day.

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CRAP MY HUSBAND MAKES ME READ: Green Lantern: Tales of the Sinestro Corps

Parallax, Anti-Monitor, and the Cyborg Superman are some of the most feared members of the brutal Sinestro Corps, an army assembled with one goal: to spread fear across the galaxy! In this softcover volume, the layers of these complex villains are stripped away as readers learn why they joined the Sinestro Corps and what drives them to eradicate the Green Lantern Corps.
This volume collects Green Lantern #18-20, Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Special #1, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Ion, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Parallax, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Cyborg Superman, Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Anti-Monitor and Green Lantern Sinestro Corps Secret Files.

Summary came from IGN

This was alright but I couldn’t really appreciate it since it was the first Green Lantern comic I’ve ever read and I’ve never even watched the movie. Here is what I can tell you: the art is cool, I liked some of the characters like the chick that’s attached to the book, Kryb (the baby thief) is super creepy and will probably lead me to having some nightmares – thank God I didn’t read that as a child, and so far from what I’ve read of superman, cyborg-superman/ superman prime is way cooler than regular Supes.

I’m going to give it the benifit of a doubt that I just started reading it at the wrong time and give it:
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Crap My Husband Makes Me Read: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens.

Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

I’m going to preface my review with letting you guys know that I listened to the audiobook on this one and that’s why it took a million years to finish (3.5 months). It was 28 disks long! Thank God the narrator was fabulous or else I would have stopped that bad boy after one disk and switched to the book.

I won’t tell you all the things that you’ve heard a million other times from a million other reviews. (hopefully) I will say that I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. Before I read the comic and then moved onto the HBO series, I really did not expect to like this let alone become so invested in all the characters. I loved so many characters especially John Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and Daenerys Targaryen. I patiently waited until their chapters and held my breath for them when something bad happened. I swear my heart broke when I heard Tyrion’s sad love story. But then there are characters you hate, and you hate them so much that you can’t wait to get back to their chapters so you can hopefully see them die off.

All the hype that’s involved in this book is well deserved. That said, it’s still a mountain of a book. Not just long, but also it has so much content that I’m not going to start the next one right away. I need a breather and some fluff after that.

Audiobook Review:
Narrator: Roy Dotrice
Duration: 33 hours 47 minutes

I was really impressed with Roy’s narration. He surprised me with his female characters voices. They were feminine without making him sound stupid. I loved how each person sounded different. And that’s a great feat when you think about how many characters there are in this one.

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