Game of Thrones (Book 1)

Game of Thrones – George R R Martin

Ok, so, I love Game of Thrones. My husband and I used to watch it every Monday together and have lunch. It was our thing. I got mad when things happened and I was totally devastated when I thought my favorite kissed by the fire Wildling had died. So I decided to read the first book in the series. Now, mind you it wasn’t the first time I’d tried to read this book. The first time I tried I was pregnant with River and was actually reading it when I went into labor after my final midwives appointment. I even have an Instagram post with the book in it of me in hospital. Flip forward 3 years and I decide to have a red hot go since the last Season of GoT isn’t out until next year (I mean WTF guys!!!).

No luck. To start with its a bit of a clunky book. It’s physically thick which is ok. the book I’m currently reading Neurotribes (hello February) is much bigger. The timeline and character stories chops and changes which is a bit confusing which is a bold call from someone who’s favorite show is 50 odd years old and is about a time traveller. It just jumps from place to place with no real linking between characters. I also found the writing to be quite disjointed. Nothing seemed to flow right. That’s a lie. If the characters following each other were in the same place or related there was no issue. Chopping and changing from drastic locations and differing families was rough. Once single point of narration would have made it far easier to digest,

The only two characters I liked in the whole first novel were Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister. I realise that characters are written different in many aspect to what is in the TV series. I went into the novel knowing this. I didn’t like Jon in the show at first but I loved him from the get go in the books. Tyrion is a no brainer and fucking cool no matter how you dice it. Catlin Stark though I hate her guts and I think she’s a horrible character and is written terribly. I wanted so hard to like her as the Stark matriarch but nope. The only good female character in it is Arya and we know how that ends up.

So in short I didn’t enjoy A Game of Thrones at all. I tried my hardest and couldn’t bring myself to finish it.

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