Hey guys, it’s been a while. Apparently I have summer laziness or something. At any rate, here is a quote for you to think about today!
Archives for June 2012
So, I finally finished A Clash of Kings last week. The season finale of Game of Thrones was also last week (or so, I can’t remember). When I watched the first season, I felt like I was watching the book itself come to life. I expected something similar from season two. But, that didn’t happen. Pretty much everything in the show happened completely differently than in the book. I kind of felt like I was watching an alternate universe with the same characters. In the end, a lot of the same outcomes happened, but nearly everything happened in a different way. The two most crazy things I saw was the Rob romance plot line, which I didn’t see a hint of in the book, and the ending of the show. That did not happen at all in the book. I haven’t read the third book yet, so I don’t know if maybe it happens at the start of the third book, but it wasn’t in the second at all. So, I don’t know. I didn’t really enjoy the book or the movie that much, so maybe the next book and season will both be better.
Oh yeah, the Temple of the Undying experience was completely different as well. Danny didn’t see any prophetic visions or anything. I wonder how that information will come out later.
What did you think of Game of Thrones Season 2?
Book: The Singer of All Songs
Author: Kate Constable
Year Published: 2005?
Genre: YA fantasy
Overall Rating: 4 stars
Target Audience: Teen girls, mostly
Romance/Sex: Just a few hints. PG rating.
Setting: A fantasy universe where singing chanters can manipulate the world and change it, such as by making ice from water.
Characters: Calwyn the priestess, Darrow an iron crafter, some other friends they find along the way.
Plot: Calwyn is a misfit at her home. She lives with other ice chanters in a female commune, and they work together to keep an ice wall in place and survive off the land. One day, a strange visitor enters the commune and Calwyn is forced to choose between her fate to be a priestess, or new adventures with the stranger.
Thoughts: As the first in a trilogy, I liked this book. It had fun characters, an interesting universe, and was easy to follow. The universe wasn’t so complicated and fantasy-like that made it difficult to follow. I liked the magic in it, based around 9 different abilities that can manipulate the world. Each ability works together to help change and shape the world to make it a better place. Overall, I give this book 4 stars.
Book: A Clash of Kings
Author: George R.R. Martin
Year Published: 1999
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Overall Rating: 3 stars
Target Audience: Adults
Romance/Sex: Lots, probably at about an “R” rating.
Setting: Westeros mostly, one of the continents in the Song of Ice and Fire universe.
Characters: Way, way too many.
Plot: This book doesn’t really have a clear plot. Since the series is so large, there is no definite climax or resolution, or anything. I supposed the biggest plot is that since the old king is dead, all the lords who can gather up an army are trying to be kings in various places. Eventually, there is a big battle at the capitol. Other main characters are still scattered places.
Thoughts: This book was not my favorite. It is so long. Since it is hard to tell where the plot is going, the book tended to drag at times. There wasn’t much humor to break up the terrible events either. Pretty much the whole book is death, destruction, mayhem, and incest. Not my favorite things to read about ever. Interestingly enough, the book was almost completely different from the TV show, which I was surprised at, since the first season was so close. But you can read more about that tomorrow. Overall, the book is well-written and interesting enough, but I do wish George Martin would hold back a little on the incest. Nobody wants to read that.