Series? Yes; 2nd volume to publish Nov 2014
Publisher: Chronicle Books
How did I get this book? borrowed from library
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Let me say right from the beginning that I have not yet read The Game of Thrones or any of its sequels. I cannot comment on how anything in this book (or on the HBO show) compares to George R.R. Martin's actual novels. My husband got me hooked on the series and I am completely and utterly addicted. I'm sure the books are even better and I intend to catch up on them before the next season airs, but I'm a little afraid I will start the first one and not come up for air (or any other books) until I finish all five of them. So for now, I keep reaching for other titles on my TBR pile and have been reading up a storm this summer. I still have plenty of time, right?
ANYWAY, as a fan of the HBO series, I really liked this book. I'm not the best with names, history, and family trees, so having all this information in one spot was a nice review for me. It helped filled in a few gaps in my understanding of who's who's and how everything is all related (a real challenge in a series of this scope, for me anyway!) I also really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes look at all the work and creativity that goes into creating each episode. It's easy to forget how much time, money, and expertise goes into a project like this when it all looks so effortless on the screen.
Reading the thoughts of the actors and other people who work on the show was truly fascinating to me. I rarely use quotes in my reviews, but there is one from actor Peter Dinklage (who plays Tyrion Lannister) in the final paragraph of the book that really struck me:
"I actually don't see it as a genre piece anymore. These characters are as vibrant and real as anything I have come across in more traditional great fiction. I think it is narrow-minded to put things into separate categories or dismiss them for being in the far corner of your local bookstore." -- Peter DinklageWith silly YA-shaming articles circulating the net lately and the persistent (yet ridiculous) idea that genre fiction is somehow *beneath* or *less than* literary fiction, this quote really resonated with me. As if I needed any more reasons to love Peter and Tyrion!
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