A Song of Ice and Fire

Fear cuts deeper than swords.

Readers of the books and watchers of the series, fear not. This post contains no spoilers.

I came to George R. R. Martin’s work through the superb HBO series (in my very humble opinion). I thought it was brilliant, just brilliant. I finished the first two seasons in a fortnight, by which time the third season was launching. And I’d been up-to-date with the TV telling of Martin’s tale ever since.

A few months after finishing the third season, I came into an invaluable resource: time. That’s why I decided to buy the ‘complete’ set of Martin’s pentalogy. (I had to look that one up.)

For once, I made the smart decision to buy the Kindle version (no commission there). I’m a conservative reader – conservative in the sense that I staunchly believe in the magic of the written word on paper. I don’t think e-readers will ever replace the book, as I believe (well, hope) there are others who share my love of flicking the page to see what comes next. Reading is a very romantic thing, I find. And I’m a romantic person.

Also, it’s cooler to sit with a book in a café than to sit staring at your phone. People think you’re an intellectual rather than a social media addict. Not that you can’t be both, of course.

So yes, for the past three months I’ve been swiping through page, after page, after page of A Song of Ice and Fire. I’m now onto Book 4 Part 1. I’ve long surpassed the series. And – and this is the hard bit – I know so much more, so much more than 90% of my friends who watch the series with passion, but opted not to read the books.

And, you know, it’s that sort of book where the stories are so intricately linked that there’s no such thing as a spoiler. One spoiler contains a hundred thousand others. One leads to another. So much so that often – depending on who I’m talking to and how far they’ve got in the series – I cannot contribute a single comment that doesn’t risk telling all and spoiling it for them.

So, yes. That’s my frustration. I wanted to let it out. Before I go back to the story of that guy in the white cloak who’s not Jaime. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. It’s not that big of a spoiler, really. You probably don’t know who I’m talking about. Or maybe you do. You’ve probably seen (read) him walking about. Hmm…)

I don’t like verbal violence. But may the Old Gods and the New condemn you to live the rest of your life in the Sky Cell if you leave spoilers in the comments area. Sincerest apologies.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, I’m #teamTyrion. And I’d like to live in Dorne.

And you might have seen this on the Net. If not, feast your eyes. #Colbert2016

No spoilers!
No spoilers!

8 responses to “A Song of Ice and Fire”

  1. I came to the books through the television series, as well, and I’m #teamTyrion, too!

    1. 😀 how far have you got in the books?

      1. I stopped after the second book because I don’t want to read too far ahead of the HBO series.

      2. That’s very sensible of you. I know way too much. *twist in agony*

  2. […] know what you’re doing reading this at all. Do you watch Game of Thrones? If yes, go read this instead. Right […]

  3. […] have vented my frustration elsewhere – do […]

  4. Hat’s off to you on your wonderful and spoiler-free review.

    I finished book 5 a month after it came out, and so am very anxious for book 6.

    And for season four. Oh yes.

  5. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. What’s the latest estimate for book 6’s release actually? I know it’s been quite a while coming.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: