07 September 2015

Game of Thrones (again)

I did it!  I finished The Song of Ice and Fire. All 5 books. Nearly 5000 pages. I’ve never read a series so long. A few years ago I purchased Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time (11 paperbacks, thick and heavy), and up to this day I’ve read only the first book. Because I just can’t get into it. I’m not really in love with Game of Thrones either, but then why did I read it all?

Because Martin is a genius. I’ve lost the count of how many times I’ve said this already, but I’ll say it again and again: George RR Martin is the best living author in the whole wide world.

No one writes like him. How can a prose be so perfect? Is it because it takes him several years to write one book? Does he write and rewrite every single sentence to make them so perfect? Where does he get all these words from? Probably from a dictionary :))) I won’t ask how he keeps the track of so many characters, because it’s not really hard. When the characters are born in your head, somehow you always remember where they came from and what they want. But he does have a great amount of characters. And I am so tired of following the Stark kids that are scattered all across Westeros and beyond the narrow sea. I’m also fed up with that Targaryen dragon queen and her immense silliness. All the blood, gore, and rape have exhausted my mind. But guess what? When the 6th book comes out, I’m going to read it. Because that’s the best textbook an AWISL like me can ask for. Martin teaches you everything: structure, plotting, vocabulary… And he asks less than $10 for every book.

Some of the new words I learned from the last book, A Dance with Dragons: grapnel, paean, addlepated, pander, catamite, falchion, eschew, foment, morass, vainglorious.

And the most memorable quotes from the last book:

“It is never wise for a ruler to eschew the trappings of power, for power itself flows in no small measure from such trappings.”

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”

“Men live their lives trapped in an eternal present, between the mists of memory and the sea of shadow that is all we know of the days to come.”

“So long as men remember the wrongs done to their forebears, no peace will ever last.”

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