Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Books: Too Much Intense Reading

Too much intense reading over the past few months. I'm going to put the 100 Books on hiatus and go back to some lighter entertainment.

If you have time, feel free to pick up George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin was a writer for the TV series Beauty and the Beast, starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. Besides that he's been a long-time contributor to the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre.

A Song of Ice and Fire is an epic in the sword-and-sorcery genre. Personally I think it's greater in scope and imagination than Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.


George R. R. Martin's superb fantasy epic continues in consummate style as bloodshed and alchemy lay waste the Seven Kingdoms in the second volume of A Song of Ice and Fire. The Iron Throne once united the Sunset Lands, but King Robert is dead, his widow is a traitor to his memory, and his surviving brothers are set on a path of war amongst themselves. At King's Landing, the head of Lord Eddard Stark rots on a spike for all to see. His daughter Sansa is betrothed still to his killer's son Joffrey -- Queen Cersei's son, though not the son of her late husband Robert. Even so, Joffrey is now a boy-king, Cersei is his regent, and war is inevitable. In Dragonstone, Robert's brother Stannis has declared himself king, while his other brother Renly proclaims himself king at Storm's End - and Eddard Stark's fifteen year old son Robb wears the crown of the north at Winterfell. A comet in the night sky, red and malevolent, the colour of blood and flame, can only be an omen of murder and war. Stannis's child Princess Shireen dreams of dragons waking from stone. And a white raven has brought word from the Citadel itself, foretelling summer's end. It has been the longest summer in living memory, lasting ten years, and the smallfolk say it means an even longer winter to come...The first rule of war is never give the enemy his wish. But winter will be the biggest enemy. From beyond the Wall the undead and Others clamour for freedom, and from beyond the sea the long-dead Dragon King's daughter hatches her revenge.

I've stopped reading the sword-and-sorcery genre for a while now. I've abandoned Robert Jordan and I have yet to pick up my Robin Hobb in spite of all the good things I've heard about her. But I'm still waiting for every book in the Song of Fire and Ice series.

Currently in the series:
Book I: A Game of Thrones
Book II: A Clash of Kings
Book III: A Storm of Swords
Book IV: A Feast for Crows

Link to Official Website of George R. R. Martin

No comments: