Would you rather be handsome, brave, honourable and beloved but dead and putting your family’s safety in jeopardy for the sake of doing what you believe to be right OR ugly, shunned and disregarded but witty, smart and alive?
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin not only provoked me into choosing between the two, but also served me with a splendid array of other interesting characters as well.
It is so easy to admire the courageous and righteous Lord Eddard Stark and also natural to pity the under-estimated dwarf, Tyrion Lannister – but the storyline is more complicated than the plots in the acclaimed Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien.
A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones is not mere fantasy about heroes, it stresses that every action has consequences. That todays’ right decision, may end up being wrong on the next day. That politics forces its players into being cruel or trying to look as though they are cruel for the sake of power.
That people are not what they seem.
That there are layers in everyone.
That we could not be sure about anything.
You could read a good synopsis of the book and its other series here (there are more than 5 instalments of this ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’). Or you could simply watch the series on HBO, which is quite faithful to the book (unlike other adaptations).
Personally, I find reading the book more satisfying than watching its tv adaptation, though the tv series is an excellent work, and I would not have known about the book if I didn’t catch the tv version.
My interest was piqued the moment I saw the title on HBO.
Interestingly, I found the Game of Thrones not in any Popular Bookstore, but at Times Bookstore in 1Borneo, Kota Kinabalu. The storyline becomes more interesting in the second book, ‘A Clash of Kings’, and I am now reading the third instalment, ‘A Storm of Swords’.
(Contributed by Precious Crafts)
A Game Of Thrones By George R.R. Martin