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Justin Nitirouth’s Book Review

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A GAME OF THRONES

by Justin Nitirouth

Have you ever wanted to stray away from your boring, non magical world? Would you also like to read about dragons and the conquest for power to become the strongest person in the seven kingdoms? This is not your average fantasy story. In a world full of conniving families, and a seemingly neverending lore, A Game of Thrones is full of astounding detail and plot to keep you for hours at a time in one sitting.

A few main families are introduced to set the tone: House Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, and Targaryen. Each family has their own legacy, customs and traditions that they follow. Many of those families have had one of their members on the Iron Throne as the rightful king of the realm. Each time a new king is decided, the conquest for power grows among the factions. This may sound like a lot to handle, but this is only a glimpse of what George R.R Martin spews out in his book. Personally, I loved reading in depth descriptions about individual people from their own family. No single character is the perfect protagonist or antagonist; every character has their flaws. Like I said, A Game of Thrones is much more than mindless killing and sex and not just a mere fairy tale.

For the people who have neither seen the TV show nor read any of the stories by George R.R Martin, I would suggest reading the books first. As a reader, you can establish your own image of the characters instead of what a director sees in them. Based off of my own experience, the TV show has altered my perception of their appearances. Also, George R.R Martin can tell a bit too much information about things you may not want to read about if you are a mere Junior-Schooler. Without any context, here is an example:

After a while he began to touch her. Lightly at first, then harder. She could sense the fierce strength in his hands, but he never hurt her. He held her hand in his own and brushed her fingers, one by one. He ran a hand gently down her leg. He stroked her face, tracing the curve of her ears, gently running a finger gently around her mouth.

Do I have to continue? Seriously, read this book at your own risk if you are sensitive with any of the following: incest, rape, murder, sexism, graphic nudity, and possibly more. However, if you are willing to plow through the pages of sex and enjoy the everlasting lore about this fictional world with kings, queens, and the neverending realm of Westeros, please continue. George R.R Martin’s world of Westeros is so full of detail that it seems he has lived in it himself. I’m impressed with the way he keeps track of each little tidbit about many of the characters in the story, and I’m sure you will too. Sex and incest aside, I would highly recommend this book to those who were okay with reading what I listed with above. Once you take a glimpse at this book, you’ll have a hard time returning back to reality.

New Books News – Game of Thrones Edition

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Greetings Hopkins! The new year brings new things to the Calarco Library Blog. The newest of the new things is New Books News, a quasi-regular column that will highlight recent additions to the library.

A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge. (Tyrion Lannister)

The Calarco Library has long had George R.R. Martin’s incomplete A Song of Ice and Fire series on Kindle; however, we came to realize three things:

  1. Some people might want to read epicly long books in their physical form
  2. Winter is coming…someone might need something to do. The Song of Ice and Fire series certainly qualifies as something to do.
  3. Some of us (including librarians) may have binge watched all four seasons of the Game of Thrones HBO series this summer and may have decided to read all the books before season five comes out in the spring.

So without further ado, we present Martin’s current installments in A Song of Ice and Fire! If you are interested in checking out a copy, simply pay a visit to the upper level of the library or search the library catalog for availability.

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