Monday, June 23, 2014

A Game of Thrones

I do read more when the weather is good, and paint/draw/art less.

We're at the tail end of what probably will be our best week of the summer (am I too pessimistic?), so I've been busy reading A Game of Thrones, the first of 8 books in A Song of Ice and Fire!

I haven't seen the TV series yet - I don't even know what channel it was showing on in this part of the world. All I know is that it's not on Netflix - will it ever be? So I'll have to invest in the box sets - maybe for next year's birthday, or for Christmas perhaps?

But now of course, I don't want to watch the TV series until I've read the whole story - I've already started the second book - too much time invested to spoil it by watching it on TV!

There has been plenty of reviews of the books and the TV series, no doubt. Apparently the TV Series has been even more successful than the Sopranos for HBO!

I saw somewhere that the genre is described as historic fantasy - that's a pretty good description. Although it has to be said that, apart from a  couple of zombies and three baby dragons, there isn't too much fantasy. Actually, it reads more like The Other Boleyn Girl or The White Queen than The Lord of the Rings. Except it's not real.

Maybe it's not real, but it's very readable. And I can see the appeal. Will I last the distance, though?


  1. I haven't read the books but I am addicted to the show! It took me a while to decide to watch it but once I did, well I was hooked.
    I hear that it sticks pretty well to the books so you should be OK there!

    1. Thanks Roberta - I might start on the TV show after reading the 2nd book!

  2. I read all the books and It keeps being brilliant. It s hard to wait for the next one!

    1. Thanks Yves - I'm hoping for a good summer here is Ireland so I can read them all!