Monthly Archives: January 2014

Game of Thrones George R R Martin

game of thrones

 

Wowzer! Despite being mildly disturbed at times, I loved this book. It has been on my reading list for ages but I never quite felt in the right frame of mind to get stuck in. I’ve not watched the TV series, which I hear is amazing, and to be honest, from what I’ve read I’m not sure that I want to watch it. I’d heard lots of things about the book so had an idea of what it was going to be like, and it was nothing like what I’d heard. I’m not sure what I was expecting but it just turned out to be an epic fantasy novel, but a train-wreck of one, which I liked.

The main thing I liked was that the story was gritty in the sense that it was more grey than black and white; people made dumb decisions and lived with the consequences. People die, and that’s just the way it goes. I was getting a little tired of typical fantasy (Raymond E Feist etc) which is sooo predictable. My fave characters were easily Jon Snow and Danny. I’m interested to see where they go in the rest of the series.

Overall I give it a 9/10 for being engaging and entertaining.


The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

73.Eleanor Catton-The Luminaries

 

Well this book is quite a tricky one to review. On one hand I really enjoyed it, but on another I was rather disappointed.

It is a murder mystery set in the 50s, in the south of New Zealand. The plot revolves around twelve characters who are trying to figure out why a whore was overdosed in the street on the same night that a mad died silently in his lonely house.

My main criticism is that I was interested to know the outcome of the story, but I felt like there was no plot twist at the end, or anywhere for that matter. We got the gist of what what happened early on, and that is exactly what happened. I felt a little cheated. The book kept the same pacing throughout and I felt like it never really picked up.

But it was interesting, just not that interesting. It’s worth a read I suppose but I’m not sure I would ever consider re-reading it. I’d rate it a 4.7/10.