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Lord Eddard `Ned' Stark muss erfahren, dass sein Mentor Jon Arryn verstorben ist. König Baratheon ist bereits auf dem Weg zu Ned, um ihm die frei gewordene Position als `rechte Hand des Königs' anzubieten. In Staffel 1 dieser epischen Dramaserie von HBO nach Vorlage der erfolgreichen Fantasy-Saga "Das Lied von Eis und Feuer" von George R. R. Martin streiten. Die erste Staffel der US-amerikanischen Fernsehserie Game of Thrones wurde erstmals im Fernsehen ausgestrahlt, beim US-Sender HBO. Der deutsche. Game of Thrones Staffel 1 ✅ Als Stream o. auf Abruf ✓ Schon ab 12,50 mtl ➤ Taucht ein in die Welt v. Westeros & erlebt das Fantasy-Epos ➤ Einfach auf Sky. Game of Thrones Staffel 1 Episodenguide: Wir fassen schnell & übersichtlich alle Folgen der 1. Staffel von GoT für Dich zusammen. Hier findest Du unsere. Die erste Staffel von Game of Thrones besteht aus zehn Episoden. Die Dreharbeiten begannen am Entdecke die 10 Episoden aus Staffel 1 der Serie Game Of Thrones.
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Game Of Thrones 1 "Game of Thrones"-Staffel 1Sehr Edels. Sehr gut geschrieben und detailreich ausgeschmückt. Im nahenden Winter könnten sie die Angriffe der Wildlinge nördlich der Mauer sonst nicht abwehren. Herzlich Willkommen in Westeros. Nach anfänglichem Zögern willigt Ned ein. EUR 6,00 Versand. Der Bachelor Live Stream Mormont ist bereits wieder bei ihnen. Viserys Targaryen erhält goldene Krone Nachdem Daenerys als Khaleesi vollständig in die Dothraki-Gesellschaft integriert ist, verlangt ihr Bruder Viserys, dass sich Drogo an das Abkommen hält und ihm dabei hilft, den Eisernen Thron und die Krone zurück zu Brynn Thayer. Eddard sagt aber noch nicht zu. EUR 3,50 Versand. Tyrion ist der Meinung, die Wildlinge nördlich der Mauer seien nicht anders als die Menschen südlich davon, nur hätten sie das Pech gehabt, beim Bau der Mauer auf der falschen Seite gewesen zu sein. Die Zukunft Bösartige Nachbarn Reiches hängt von den Flohmarkt Pfalz von Winterfell ab! Staffel 1 von Game of Thrones. Nach anfänglichem Zögern willigt Ned ein. Die Horde der Dothraki kommt in Vaes Dothrak an. Und Jaime macht einen doppelbödigen Deal mit seinen Kidnappern. In den Nachrichten.
Lord Ned Stark is troubled by disturbing reports from a Night's Watch deserter; King Robert and Lannisters arrive at Winterfell; the exiled Viserys Targaryen forges a powerful new allegiance.
S1 Ep 1: Inside. RECAP S1 Ep 1: Recap. CLIP S1 Ep 2: Inside. S1 Ep 2: Recap. S1 Ep 3: Inside. S1 Ep 3: Recap.
Ned probes Arryn's death; Jon takes measures to protect Sam; Tyrion is caught in the wrong place. S1 Ep 4: Recap. Ned refuses an order from the King; Tyrion escapes one perilous encounter, only to find himself in another.
S1 Ep 5: Inside. S1 Ep 5: Recap. Ned makes a controversial decree; Tyrion confesses to his 'crimes'; Viserys receives final payment for Daenerys.
S1 Ep 6: Inside. S1 Ep 6: Recap. S1 Ep 7: Inside. S1 Ep 7: Recap. The Lannisters press their advantage over the Starks; Robb rallies his father's northern allies and heads south to war.
S1 Ep 8: Inside. Since the plot isn't resolving into a tight, intertwined conclusion in fact, it's probably spiraling out of control, with ever more characters and scenes , the author must wrap things up conveniently and suddenly, leaving fans confused and upset.
Having thrown out the grand romance of fantasy, Martin cannot even end on the dazzling trick of the vaguely-spiritual transgressive Death Event on which the great majority of fantasy books rely for a handy tacked-on climax actually, he'll probably do it anyways, with dragons--the longer the series goes on, the more it starts to resemble the cliche monomyth that Martin was praised for eschewing in the first place.
The drawback is that even if a conclusion gets stuck on at the end, the story fundamentally leads nowhere--it winds back and forth without resolving psychological or tonal arcs.
But then, doesn't that sound more like real life? Martin tore out the moralistic heart and magic of fantasy, and in doing so, rejected the notion of grandly realized conclusions.
Perhaps we shouldn't compare him to works of romance, but to histories. He asks us to believe in his intrigue, his grimness, and his amoral world of war, power, and death--not the false Europe of Arthur, Robin Hood, and Orlando, but the real Europe of plagues, political struggles, religious wars, witch hunts, and roving companies of soldiery forever ravaging the countryside.
Unfortunately, he doesn't compare very well to them, either. His intrigue is not as interesting as Cicero's, Machiavelli's, Enguerrand de Coucy's--or even Sallust's, who was practically writing fiction, anyways.
Some might suggest it unfair to compare a piece of fiction to a true history, but these are the same histories that lent Howard, Leiber, and Moorcock their touches of verisimilitude.
Martin might have taken a lesson from them and drawn inspiration from further afield: even Tolkien had his Eddas.
Despite being fictionalized and dramatized, Martin's take on The War of the Roses is far duller than the original.
More than anything, this book felt like a serial melodrama: the hardships of an ensemble cast who we are meant to watch over and sympathize with, being drawn in by emotional appeals the hope that things will 'get better' in this dark place, 'tragic' deaths , even if these appeals conflict with the supposed realism, and in the end, there is no grander story to unify the whole.
This 'grittiness' is just Martin replacing the standard fantasy theme of 'glory' with one of 'hardship', and despite flipping this switch, it's still just an emotional appeal.
It's been suggested that I didn't read enough of Martin to judge him, but if the first four hundred pages aren't good, I don't expect the next thousand will be different.
If you combine the three Del Rey collections of Conan The Barbarian stories, you get 1, pages including introductions, end notes, and variant scripts.
If you take Martin's first two books in this series, you get 1, pages. Already, less than a third of the way into the series, he's written more than Howard's entire Conan output, and all I can do is ask myself: why does he need that extra length?
A few authors use it to their advantage, but for most, it's just sprawling, undifferentiated bloat.
Melodrama can be a great way to mint money, as evidenced by the endless 'variations on a theme' of soap operas, pro wrestling, and superhero comics.
People get into it, but it's neither revolutionary nor realistic. You also hear the same things from the fans: that it's all carefully planned, all interconnected, all going somewhere.
Apparently they didn't learn their lesson from the anticlimactic fizzling out of Twin Peaks, X-Files, Lost, and Battlestar.
Then again, you wouldn't keep watching if you didn't think it was going somewhere. Some say 'at least he isn't as bad as all the drivel that gets published in genre fantasy' , but saying he's better than dreck is really not very high praise.
Others have intimated that I must not like fantasy at all, pointing to my low-star reviews of Martin, Wolfe , Jordan , and Goodkind , but it is precisely because I am passionate about fantasy that I fall heavily on these authors.
A lover of fine wines winces the more at a corked bottle of vinegar, a ballet enthusiast's love of dance would not leave him breathless at a high school competition--and likewise, having learned to appreciate epics, histories, knightly ballads, fairy tales, and their modern offspring in fantasy, I find Martin woefully lacking.
There's plenty of grim fantasy and intrigue out there, from its roots to the dozens of fantasy authors, both old and modern, whom I list in the link at the end of this review There seems to be a sense that Martin's work is somehow revolutionary, that it represents a 'new direction' for fantasy, but all I see is a reversion.
Sure, he's different than Jordan, Goodkind, and their ilk, who simply took the pseudo-medieval high-magic world from Tolkien and the blood-and-guts heroism from Howard.
Martin, on the other hand, has more closely followed Tolkien's lead than any other modern high fantasy author--and I don't just mean in terms of racism.
Tolkien wanted to make his story real--not 'realistic', using the dramatic techniques of literature--but actually real, by trying to create all the detail of a pretend world behind the story.
Over the span of the first twenty years, he released The Hobbit, the Lord of the Rings, and other works, while in the twenty years after that, he became so obsessed with worldbuilding for its own sake that instead of writing stories, he filled his shed with a bunch of notes which his son has been trying to make a complete book from ever since.
It's the same thing Martin's trying to do: cover a bland story with a litany of details that don't contribute meaningfully to his characters, plot, or tone.
So, if Martin is good because he is different, then it stands to reason that he's not very good, because he's not that different.
He may seem different if all someone has read is Tolkien and the authors who ape his style, but that's just one small corner of a very expansive genre.
Anyone who thinks Tolkien is the 'father of fantasy' doesn't know enough about the genre to judge what 'originality' means.
So, if Martin neither an homage nor an original, I'm not sure what's left. In his attempt to set himself apart, he tore out the joyful heart of fantasy, but failed replace it with anything.
There is no revolutionary voice here, and there is nothing in Martin's book that has not been done better by other authors. However, there is one thing Martin has done that no other author has been able to do: kill the longrunning High Fantasy series.
According to some friends of mine in publishing and some on-the-nose remarks by Caleb Carr in an NPR interview on his own foray into fantasy , Martin's inability to deliver a book on time, combined with his strained relationship with his publisher means that literary agents are no longer accepting manuscripts for high fantasy series--even from recognized authors.
Apparently, Martin is so bad at plot structure that he actually pre-emptively ruined books by other authors.
Perhaps it is true what they say about silver linings. Though I declined to finish this book, I'll leave you with a caution compiled from various respectable friends of mine who did continue on: "If you need some kind of closure, avoid this series.
No arcs will ever be completed, nothing will ever really change. The tagline is 'Winter is Coming'--it's not.
As the series goes on, there will be more and more characters and diverging plotlines to keep track of, many of them apparently completely unrelated to each other, even as it increasingly becomes just another cliche, fascist 'chosen one' monomyth , like every other fantasy series out there.
If you enjoy a grim, excessively long soap opera with lots of deaths and constant unresolved tension, pick up the series--otherwise, maybe check out the show.
View all comments. Sep 27, Shannon Giraffe Days rated it did not like it Shelves: , fantasy , not-worth-it. I really feel the necessity of a bit of personal backstory here, before I start the review.
So I started reading this book with the vague idea that it was a flop, and that may not have helped, but I got through pages of it before feeling so crapped off with it that I shoved it in my c I really feel the necessity of a bit of personal backstory here, before I start the review.
So I started reading this book with the vague idea that it was a flop, and that may not have helped, but I got through pages of it before feeling so crapped off with it that I shoved it in my cupboard and tried not to think about it.
Page to be exact. More on why later. If you've heard of this book, or read it, you're probably aware that far from being the flop I assumed it was at the time and I didn't know anyone who was reading it , the series has gone on to be one of the big Cash Cows of the fantasy genre.
Computer games, role-playing games - there's even a board game that looks like Risk. Sooner or later there'll be a movie or something, no doubt I'm moderately surprised one isn't in the works already.
People love this book and this series. So I'm well aware I'll probably be lynched for this review, because even the people on Goodreads who didn't like it still had great things to say about it.
But reviews are subjective, and here's mine. In the vein of Tolkein, Jordan, Elliott, Goodkind, Hobb, Eddings, Feist et al, A Game of Thrones is set in the classicly boring-and-overdone medieval-England-esque setting, and is essentially about a bunch of nobles fighting over a throne.
Very original. Praised for its focus on political intrigue, its lack of magic and similar fantasy tropes, and its cast of believable and interesting characters, I found the book tedious.
But there were elements to it that I liked, characters who I felt attached to, enough to read the second book and become hooked, and so on.
I love page long, fat fantasy books. I love huge casts of characters and have no problem keeping up with them. I've read Jennifer Fallon's Wolfblade trilogy and Second Sons Trilogy, both of which are heavy on political intrigue and very low on magic, and they're supurb.
A Game of Thrones is not. It offers nothing new to the genre, and does nothing original with what it has. Narrated in turns by Eddard Ned Stark, Lord of Winterfell; his wife Lady Catelyn; his bastard son Jon Snow; his very young daughters Sansa and Arya; his middle son Bran; Tyrion Lannister, a dwarf and brother to the Queen; and young Daenerys Targaryen, last of the line of dragon kings and exiled to the land beyond the narrow sea, the book is divided into neat chapters headed by the name of one or the other, so you know exactly whose point-of-view you're going to get and where you are in the plot.
Thanks for holding my hand Martin, but I don't like this technique. The chapter headings, I'm referring to. It encourages me to start wondering about the character before I've even started reading.
I start imagining things and then have to correct it all as the character is revealed during the chapter. There's power in names, and withholding them or putting elements of a character's personality first is often more compelling, and better writing.
Let me be perfectly straight: I did not find any of the characters to be particularly interesting; though Jaime Lannister had something about him, you hardly ever saw him.
They all pretty much felt like the same character, just in different situations. Ned is all about honour and duty, but especially honour, with love a more minor consideration, but honestly, could the man be more stupid?
Eddard's a moron, and dull, and his only saving grace is that he's nice to his daughters. Let's be clear about something else right here: this world and its people are so sexist and misogynist it's ludicrous.
There are many derogatory references to women's tits, metaphors about screwing whores, descriptions of Daenerys getting her nipples pinched by her horrible brother Viserys - not to mention her marriage, at twelve, to a horselord whose men rape women like there's no tomorrow; incest and so on.
The first time I tried to read this book, I was offended and disgusted it didn't help that I'd read Pillars of the Earth not long before; though I did not grow up sexually repressed or prudish or anything like that, I have never found reading descriptions of rape to be all that easy, especially when they're treated so dismissively - yet oddly my impressions of the characters were much more favourable.
I read it now and I just felt contempt. No one character stands out, though Arya has potential. Catelyn is as boring as her husband, and her sister Lysa is, let's face it, mad as a hatter and a sure sign of why women are unfit to rule a clear message in this medieval-esque patriarchal world.
Queen Cercei too. Tyrion, the dwarf, seems on the verge of having charisma but fails, and Daenerys I want to like someone , but Martin doesn't give his characters any depth.
Sure, they're all flawed and a flawed character is a great literary device - the anti-hero, etc. The plot is also pretty weak. A bildungsroman does wonders - yes, let me see the characters on a journey of life rather than a quest, quests are tired.
There's no quest in A Game of Thrones , and that's fine with me. But what is there? Jon goes to the Wall that separates the wilderness from the Seven Kingdoms why is it called the Seven Kingdoms when there's only one kingdom?
And swords with names, seriously, what's with that? I'm so sick of such blatant phallic symbols and their representations, and the whole creed of honour and duty and gallant knights What frustrates me most is that this could have been a really interesting story, if only the author had better talent at writing characters - or letting them write themselves.
The plot is not the problem, though it's largely uneventful, with no climactic moments because even those are written at the same pace as the rest, with no drammatic flourishes come on, we all like those, let's be honest.
There's no atmosphere in this book. There're a few bad lines, like "A storm of rose petals blew across a blood-streaked sky, as blue as the eyes of death" p.
Olyvar Frey held his horse for him, Lord Walder's son, two years older than Robb, and ten years younger and more anxious. On the plus side, there were a few things I liked.
The direwolves - large ferocious animals as constant companions and protectors: always a winner with me; the intriguing climate, where summer and winter lasts years, decades even, before changing how does that work?
Seriously, what do they eat? In many fantasy books my problem is the whole good vs. Here, my problem is that the characters are so black-and-white.
They are described, good, that's settled, now what? There's no grey. No character development. They never once surprised me. I honestly don't know if I'll read the next book.
The Wheel of Time taught me at the same age as I first tried reading this book, 16 that the first book in a series can be the weakest, because of the amount of extrapolation and background etc.
I didn't find that problem here, it was very grounded in the now, which makes me think the next book will be more of the same.
You know what it reminds me of? If you like Arthurian fantasy, and that kind of style, then this would be a good book for you: the excessively patriarchal culture, the battles, the hint of magic and something glorious lurking around the edges but never coming to the fore, it's all here, neatly packaged.
Obviously it works for a lot of people. But to all those people who say that Martin has opened up the genre in new ways, that he is the best writer of the epic fantasy crowd and so on, I have to wonder, have they read anything else?
And then I wonder whether it's a matter of which author you read first and grow attached to, and so compare all the others.
I don't think I fell into that trap as such, because Jordan's lost the plot, literally, Goodkind's personal politics and propaganda have taken over his story, and the one epic fantasy series that I love above all others - to date - is Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series, which I didn't start reading till I was in uni.
But I really wonder, how this story grabbed other people. If it grabbed you, I'd love to hear how and why, because sometimes I feel like I'm too jaded or something, too snobby maybe Feb 04, Kogiopsis rated it did not like it Shelves: incoherent-anger , not-for-the-sensitive , what-the-fuck-was-this-shit , inconsistent-characterization , needed-more-editor , needless-fucking-drama , pacing-pacing-pacing , reviewed , blech-ugh-blech.
Ten years and five hundred comments later and men still think I care if they disagree with me. It will probably make you angry.
Heaven knows that the book made me furious, and I intend to turn every bit of that wrath back on it. Instead, I suggest you read karen's review , Brigid's review , Joyzi's review , or any other of the gushing four and five-star reviews here.
If video reviews are more your style, I sug Ten years and five hundred comments later and men still think I care if they disagree with me.
If video reviews are more your style, I suggest Melina Pendulum's vlog about this book. Realistically, I know a lot of you are not going to listen, which is why the edit is here.
At least it will slow you down a little. EDIT: adding one more thing because, despite the warning and the redirect links I kindly provided, I have indeed gotten the kind of sexist bullshit comments I anticipated.
Um, yikes. YIKES, you guys. For example, most people seem fine without accurate portrayal of what personal hygiene was really like in CE in their medieval fantasy media.
Newsflash: realistically, Robb Stark and Jon Snow rarely bathed or brushed their teeth or hair. In real life, people have to go to the bathroom.
Well, guess what: bigotry is also boring and gross. But everyone is just dying to keep that in the script. Here's the scoop on this review.
For a book that I hate, I usually write a lot. After suffering for several hundred pages, I have pleeeenty of things to say. I've never hated a book that was quite as long as this one quite as much as I do, so I've had to alter my review so that I can say everything I want to without going over the character limit.
The first part is an unorganized rant. I marked pages with particularly annoying quotes on them; for these rants, I broke the book into segments of pages and wrote up quotes and responses for each segment into separate blog posts.
These are all linked below. The second part will be a more organized rant masquerading as a review. There are books I loathe. And then I wanted to like this.
I wanted it to be as excellent as so many people insist it is. There are some books that I went into expecting them to be horrible, but this isn't one of them.
Oh, my hopes were high here - it was recommended by a plethora of great authors, including the guys of Writing Excuses , who I absolutely love.
Reviewers who I greatly respect rated it four and five stars and wrote at length about how awesome it was.
Other people praised the book as "the greatest achievement of the fantasy genre so far" and Martin as "the greatest fantasy writer of all time".
It's those last two that are most important, I think, because I love the fantasy genre - always have, and hopefully always will.
Fantasy is what got me into reading well, Harry Potter, specifically and it's been one of my mainstays for as long as I can remember.
I bought this book in large part because it was so often touted as, if not always the greatest achievement of the genre, one of the major works of fantasy published in our time.
Having recently read several works by Brandon Sanderson, all of which were innovative, highly readable, and deeply philosophical, I was excited to see what Martin by all reports an even better writer than Sanderson could do.
I expected my mind to be blown, repeatedly, and to be faced with the challenge of writing a review for a book so staggeringly brilliant that I could hardly think straight after finishing it.
That is far, far, far from what I got. First of all, this book is definitely not what I think of when I hear the word 'fantasy'. It's certainly far from my definition of 'high fantasy'.
Now, I realize that my definition of 'high fantasy', which includes pervasive magic, unusual creatures, and a setting that is vividly far from the real world, is not the definition you'll find if you look the term up online.
I also don't care. Seeing as the critical definition appears to characterize high fantasy solely by the fact that it doesn't take place on our Earth, and as this definition is written as if high fantasy and sword-and-sorcery are mutually exclusive, I'm inclined to conclude that whoever wrote said definition is pretty damn stupid and carry on with my own outlines of what makes fantasy high, low, urban, epic, or any other subcategory or combination thereof.
That said - this book? High fantasy? Not as far as I'm concerned. It is, to say the least, distinctly lacking in the requisite elements of the fantastic.
Is it possible that Martin is going for a 'the magic comes back' subplot over the course of the series?
Do I give two shits about the rest of the series? This book comes off as a pathetic attempt at fantasy by someone who doesn't really care about the genre, or doesn't know much about it.
It mostly struck me more as an alternate universe War of the Roses fanfiction, with some hints of magic thrown in in a halfassed attempt to give it a place on the genre fiction shelves of bookstores.
You can explain to me over and over how Martin intended to make his world 'gritty' and 'realistic' and I will tell you over and over that that shouldn't matter : that it is possible to have a fantasy which is gritty, realistic, and also utterly fantastical.
It's even possible to do it without losing the particular areas where Martin seemed to be trying for gritty realism: since he chose to make all of his characters of the nobility anyhow, he wouldn't have had to worry about overglorifying the lives of the peasantry, as one might with a more economically diverse cast.
Now, I'm willing to give Martin the benefit of the doubt a little bit on the possibility of the 'magic comes back' thing, because there did seem to be elements here that could become fantastical if fully explained later.
The problem, of course, is that they're tossed out without background, let alone proper explanation, and so feel jarring and out of place - not a coherent part of the world, but bits tossed in to be linked together later.
Right now And yeah, maybe part of why I'm so sore about this is that, like I said, I started this book not long after reading some Sanderson, and Sanderson is basically the king of seamless, fantastical, elegant worldbuilding, so pretty much anyone looks bad in comparison, but still.
If I had to assign this book to a genre, I'd call it 'low fantasy', because as far as I'm concerned it was running too low on the qualities that make fantasy what it is.
It's about as much fantasy as fanfiction that translates characters to the modern day is - namely, basically mundane with a miniscule twist.
The characters of this book also stand out There are a lot of them - eight POVs and plenty more on the side - and not a single one of them is likeable.
They all had the potential to be, which makes it worse. Bran, the Stark boy who learns too much and is crippled as a result, could have an interesting arc if it weren't so slow and drawn-out.
The hints of genuine pathos-inducing story are definitely there. They're also present in the chapters focused on Catelyn, who is the closest Martin gets to a truly nuanced character.
Ned Stark, Catelyn's husband, is supposed to be the noble one - too bad his 'nobility' comes off as stupidity instead.
Are you secretly a fourteen year-old girl writing horrendous anime fanfic or something? Answer: no, and the comparison is insulting to fourteen year-old girls.
Arya is by far the most entertaining of the Starks, but only because she fulfills all sorts of rebellious-noble-girl-learns-to-fight tropes that I'm quite fond of.
Sansa 's chapters made me set the book down for days on end; she is beyond a shadow of a doubt the most insipid, annoying, airheaded character I have ever read and she has not a single whisper of a redeeming quality.
Tyrion Lannister is what Jon Snow could have become without the heapings of Gary Stu in his youth: a bitter middle-aged man with father issues who turns to sex and crudity as his only defense; somewhat akin to Catelyn, he had the potential to be interesting and nuanced if his behavior hadn't been played dead straight.
And there's one more: Daenerys Targaryen. Oh, Dany, Dany, Dany. I could write a dissertation on Dany and everything that went wrong with her story - but I don't have that kind of time.
For those of you not familiar with this most epic of George R. Martin's characterization and plot failures, here is a summary: oh and spoilers, but I honestly can't be bothered to tag it.
When we first meet her, Dany is thirteen years ond and about to be sold effectively into marriage with Khal Drogo, a warlord of the Dothraki people, by her abusive and not-a-little-bit-crazy brother, Viserys.
Viserys has convinced himself that Drogo will help him take back 'his' kingdom - this being the Seven Kingdoms where the rest of the book takes place - hence the whole 'selling his sister to be raped by married to someone he obviously sees as a barbarian' thing.
The marriage occurs, and then the wedding night in truly squicky half-detail. There then follows a long journey across the plains to a Dothraki city, during which Dany is raped and no, I will not call it anything else by Drogo.
By her fourteenth birthday she is pregnant. When they arrive in the Dothraki city, Viserys makes such an ass of himself that Drogo kills him by pouring molten gold over his head in the middle of a feasting hall.
Robert, the current king of the Seven Kingdoms who the Targaryens see as a usurper, sends assassins to kill Dany - naturally, they fail - and Drogo gets so angry at this that he decides to commit all his people to attacking the Seven Kingdoms in retribution.
They leave the Dothraki city at this point Dany is heavily pregnant and go out to wreak havoc across the countryside on their way to conquest.
In one such battle Drogo is wounded; because he refuses to care for the wound properly, it gets infected. When it is clear that he is going to die, Dany appeals to an old woman to perform forbidden magic to save him; the rest of Drogo's people do not approve and try to cast Dany out.
End result: Dany loses her child to create a Drogo-zombie, which she then smothers. When his body is placed on the traditional pyre, she adds in three supposedly dead dragon eggs given to her as wedding gifts and which any fool could see hundreds of pages off were bound to hatch and, surprise surprise, they hatch.
To which my primary objections are: 1. The blinding obviousness of the ending 2. The fact that this single plotline - this single POV among eight - is so far distant from and so barely related to the others 3.
The fact that Dany being raped is never treated as what it is, and that the relationship between her and Drogo is portrayed as love.
The first two are self-explanatory; the third, of course, is the big thorny problem. Now, I can sort of understand the perspective which argues that Dany is taking control of her sexuality - she comes to enjoy sex and even to initiate and control it at times.
There's a reason that such a concept as an 'age of consent' exists - there is an age at which teenagers are genuinely immature and probably shouldn't be making life-changing decisions like, say, things that could get them pregnant.
Now, I understand that in the medieval times like those that this book is based on, girls were getting married and having children a lot earlier, and that people in general were more mature at an early age.
However, Dany shows none of that maturity until after she's been with Drogo for weeks - if not months. When she's married to him, she is if anything unusually innocent for her age.
It's a little hard for me to accept the idea that she's taking control of her sexuality when she's so young and clueless that her first sexual experience is a choice only inasmuch as she chooses not to fight back.
Not fighting back, by the way, doesn't mean it's not rape, particularly in the situation that Dany is in vastly younger than Drogo, vastly weaker, browbeaten by her abusive brother and told over and over that her obligation is to do whatever her husband wants.
Nor are her later sexual experiences ones of choice; in fact, it is explicitly stated that even when she had horrible saddle sores and could barely walk, she was expected to be available for sex and treated as such.
If anything, her eventual enjoyment of it seems more like a psychological block put up as a survival tactic than genuine pleasure in the act or love for Drogo.
Yet, despite the fact that this situation is obviously, beyond a shadow of a doubt, rape, it's never addressed in-text. If anything, it's portrayed as a positive experience for Dany, one that makes her stronger and enables her to stand up for herself.
Stupid me; I thought that the cancerous expansion of rape-as-love was limited to abusive jackass love interests in YA paranormal romances; clearly, I was wrong.
It's everywhere, people. We are all completely fucking doomed. Which brings me to one of the other major frustrations I had with this book: the sex.
I thought reading some of the V'lane bits of Darkfever while sitting next to my mother on the plane was uncomfortable; to my utter shock, that was nothing compared to reading the sex scenes of this book alone.
No worry about someone looking over my shoulder and reading about MacKayla Lane getting hot and bothered - and yet even more awkward. Well, as one reviewer put it and I wish I could remember who to give them credit , they're written kind of as if they're these tremendous mythic events.
I cringe at the very thought of quoting them, but to give you a little idea of what they're like Just to be sure you feel my pain. This book felt male-oriented in a way that is so painfully forced that it made me distinctly uncomfortable.
I don't mean that women can't enjoy it - obviously, as all the reviews I linked back at the top demonstrate, they can and they do.
I mean that the book itself felt as if it were written for the most stereotypical male audience imaginable. As Tatiana described it, it reads like a soap opera for men.
Because MEN want lots of violence, sex, swearing by female genitalia, and paper-thin motivations, right? Which is exactly what Martin dishes up.
I thought at around the halfway point that I'd finish the book and be able to watch the HBO show to get the rest of the series without suffering through more awkwardly described sex scenes not to mention the rest of it.
By the time I finished, though, I had developed such a virulent hatred for this book, its author, and everything related to either of the above that I start grinding my teeth just reading praise for it.
Watching the show would be vastly to my detriment - mostly because neither my hand nor my bank account would do well after I put my fist through the screen of my laptop.
It's more than half the reason he's so beloved. His female characters disdain male attention, are always smarter, faster, deadlier, and braver than any of their male counterparts.
Carol One star. You're absolutely right. Oct 15, PM. Plainly and simply, I refused to read any of these novels or see the television series when I heard sexual assault was in it.
What's worse, I heard th Plainly and simply, I refused to read any of these novels or see the television series when I heard sexual assault was in it.
What's worse, I heard that it was dismissed. I declined friends' offer to lend these DVDs, reminding them that I refuse this violence.
I get people finding other things to love about it but admit feeling disappointment in anyone who excused the sexual assault and kept on buying, reading, or watching.
Jul 29, karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: icky-sex. Nov 07, Mark Lawrence rated it it was amazing. I rated this in In it's time I actually use my words.
Here's my long overdue review of A Game of Thrones. I was looking at the current reviews. Apparently we do. Well, sadly all I have to offer here is a less exciting set of praise fo I rated this in Well, sadly all I have to offer here is a less exciting set of praise for the genius and importance of this book.
The first bit of genius is that on paper GRRM writes in not only the opposite manner to me but in a manner I profess to dislike.
Wait … I like how he writes on paper … you know what I mean. Things he does that should annoy me: I Lengthy descriptions of … everything, especially food, clothing, and architecture.
Normally I hate wading through that stuff to get at the story. II Large numbers of point of view characters. I normally find this makes each of them rather shallow and stereotyped.
GRRM is magnificent with characters and brings even the throw away non-point of view ones to life. III Huge, expanding story lines.
I tend to like some sort of focus but every corner you turn in this series can end up leading you down a seemingly endless rabbit hole of minor noble houses, their retainers, local squabbles, history etc.
For many people, indeed for a decent chunk of a whole generation of fantasy authors, George RR Martin's A Game of Thrones was a step change in the genre.
For me and a lot of other authors Martin's work opened our eyes to what felt like a whole different world of what fantasy writing could be, and we've run out into those new territories eager to try to copy not the style or substance, but the quality.
In my youth when we entered a fantasy land we were expected to suspending our belief about magic and alternate worlds, but not only that. They didn't feel like actual regular humans, bound by the same fears, worries, ambitions, aches and pains as you and I - they felt more like actors in roles, cogs in a plot engine, icons and ciphers.
They were too good, or too evil. Fantasy had its conventions and we played within them, reader and author exercised a mutual understanding regarding the rules - rather like ancient Greek theatre, or a musical where for no reason the cast can break from the story into a rousing song.
Of course I exaggerate. And this isn't to say that authors didn't weave fascinating and compelling stories within those conventions.
The fantasy of the 70s and 80s kept me very happy and some of it was written by writers of surpassing genius. Even so The step I'm talking about may be entirely artificial or demonstrable fact.
It may be that in the 90's when I was reading very little fantasy the genre moved smoothly into what it is now. It may be that GRRM is talked of as a step change by so many simply because his success meant that A Game of Thrones was the first book that fantasy exiles actually picked up after their absence, and thus they saw in it a 'sudden' significant difference Either way, what he did was to present us with real people.
I'm not talking about the 'gritty realism' that is of late so hotly debated in some quarters of the interwebs - I'm just talking about the strength of his characterisation, the creation of real people with everyday weaknesses, wants, ambitions, set in a world that feels like it has a genuine past that matters to them, both on the grand and small scales.
What he did drew many people back into the genre, as readers and as writers. His work was both a challenge and an invitation. He showed what fantasy could be.
Real people who didn't carry a particular flaw around like an attribute rolled up in a role-playing game, but who were complex, capable of both good and evil, victims of circumstance, heroes of the moment.
Heroes in gleaming mail could suffer from corns without it being a joke. I don't write anything like George RR Martin. I don't lay claim to any significant portion of his talent.
But I do count myself as one of his many inheritors in this game you can inherit without requiring the other person to stop writing! And what I inherited was the desire if not the ability to put it all on the page.
Fantasy no longer feels like an acquired taste, a club where you have to learn the conventions, the forms, what the masks mean, what the short hand is for And I love it.
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Okay - I am SO incredibly late to this party but hey, I made it! And the hype was real! Winter is coming. Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark lives with his family in a world where the seasons are thrown completely off - summers last decades, and winters are equally long.
His five children, plus his bastard son Jon Snow are on the way back to their home, Winterfell, when they stumble upon and subsequently adopt six direwolf pups the symbol of the Starks , with the albino runt going to John.
When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives. Upon returning home, King Robert Baratheon, an old friend of Ned, recruits the Lord to replace the adviser to the crown.
At first, he was hesitant but upon learning that the Queen Cersei Lannister may be behind the death of the previous adviser, he decides to go in order to protect his friend.
Unfortuntately, before he goes, Bran Ned's youngest son discovers that view spoiler [ the Queen is having an affair with her brother hide spoiler ] which results in Bran becoming crippled.
Ned must leave his grievously injured son and travel with Sansa and Arya Ned's daughters to the King's Landing Meanwhile, tensions increase between the Starks and the Lannisters, especially between Joffrey, the crown prince, and the Stark children mount.
And tensions further rise when it's discovered that Tyrion Lannister's dagger is the one found near Bran Meanwhile, Jon Snow volunteered to go to the Wall - a barrier surrounding the Seven Kingdoms made of ice an magic - under the impression that it is a brave and noble occupation.
Nothing burns like the cold. After a period of rough adjustment, Jon finds his place among the recruits only to discover something distinctly Other lives beyond these walls.
Fear cuts deeper than swords. Across the way, there is revenge on the air. Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen are the last living Targaryens - the old ruling family before King Robert Baratheon overthrew their father, murdered their family and banished them to poverty.
Viserys is dead set on getting his kingdom back, and soon betrothed Daenerys , his thirteen-year-old sister, to Khal Drogo, a nomadic warlord with the promise of an army in exchange and three petrified dragon eggs for Daenerys.
Daenerys is terrified at first, but soon embraces her role as Queen of the nomadic tribes, even finding the courage to stand up to her brother.
When Khal Drogo is injuried, Daenerys is forced to make the ultimate decision And, I finally get the hype but gosh dang, this one was a challenge to follow at times.
The plot jumped place to place to place, weaving together such an amazing world in such an exciting way Even then, I was absolutely hooked by the complexity of both the characters themselves and the intricate politics that accompanied them I loved the plot of Daenerys - the way she overcame her situation and ultimately ruled the clan was absolutely enthralling.
She was a small part of the overall plot, but I'm so excited to see where her character goes. The politics, at times, became too much but every time I would get the least bit bored the plot would pick up and there'd be an absolute insane twist.
Such a good one - so excited for the next! Fabulous tone and pacing, good use of emotion. View all 84 comments. There is no middle ground.
So in one weekend I finally finished the book I picked up and put down about ten years ago, and watched the final episode of the TV series I have loved for eight years.
How odd that the book ended up better than I expected, and the TV show, um Warning: I will be talking about the depiction of rape in this review.
I think I was more ready to commit this time around. I'd already watched th "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.
I'd already watched the show and become invested in the characters, so reading pages about them didn't seem so unattractive.
I think it's quite well-written, especially the dialogue, which is where Martin shines. It's also just entertaining for the most part.
The bloody vicious backstabbing kind of entertainment that, apparently, I do like. It's also an amazing feat of world building. I was blown away by the amount of thought and detail that has gone into this-- and it's just the first book.
Martin has considered details that would never have even crossed my mind - little sayings, folktales and quirks particular to the people of certain regions or certain houses - but it all serves to make a very rich and complex world that is all the more believable for it.
He has created a whole new universe from scratch, one with thousands of years of history, and many different peoples and cultures.
It's breathtaking, honestly. Unfortunately, it's not all good. Saying nothing of the show's finale, there are many strong and smart women in this series with fantastic story arcs, and yet the book and show cannot shake some of its misogyny.
Tatiana covered this well. I got further than I remembered. It was that moment during Dany and Drogo's wedding when a woman is raped. It wasn't the rape in itself.
Though of course I find rape deeply disturbing, I also know that it has been a horrible but true reality in many wars and societies. Showing that it happens does not seem unrealistic.
What I found truly awful about this one scene, though, was the way the woman was barely described as a person.
We don't know what her name was, what she looked like, what her reaction was, or what her fate was. This woman being raped was so throwaway, with the focus of the scene being the Dothraki who were raping her and fighting over her.
The only thing that kept me reading this time was knowing that there are so many amazing female characters in this series who are treated with empathy and - for the most part - respect by the author.
It seemed like a very odd decision to have year olds leading wars and revolutions. This would be a good series if you're a fan of gory historical fiction.
You know the kind with bloody battles, political upheaval, and despicable people? It's like that, but with dragons. Blog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube View all 43 comments.
Sean Barrs it's great that you gave it a 2nd shot after all these years and found something you liked! Rada Marcu I though he is not done with the last book yet?
Oct 30, PM. Sep 01, MJ Nicholls marked it as getting-even. We HATE this beyond belief. I tried reading this a long time ago and gave up very quickly.
I know many love it but I think from the start I knew it wasn't for me. Looooong fantasy series never have been, for some reason.
And, even though I will never return to this series, can we all just take a minute to admit that how I spent my weekend is kinda cool And a sneaky bonus for Torchwood fans!
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Shelves: reading-it-again , the-sweeping-epic , fantasy-scifi , books-reviewed , my-very-best-reads , owned. I've read over a different fantasy authors in my time.
So, when I came back to fantasy I read the usual: Goodkind, Jordan, etc. Here are the reasons to choose GRRM.
After reading this over and over, it gets old. Or, a hero does die but magic brings him back. This sometimes carries to minor characters where even they may not die, but most fantasy authors like to kill them off to show that some risked the adventure and perished.
Unlike other fantasy novels, one side, usually the villain, is stupid or not too bright. Interesting tidbit is that you get their perception of events or truths.
But, if you pay attention, someone else will mention a different angle of truth in the story that we rarely see in other novels.
Lastly and most importantly, GRRM doesn't try to tell us which person is right in their perception. He purposelly leaves it vague so that we are kept guessing.
We never get the entire story but only bits and pieces; something that other fantasy authors could learn from to heighten suspense.
Almost flawless flow. What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love.
That is our great glory, and our great tragedy. My mother died birthing me, and he's never been sure. Most of them are. All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs.
When he opened the door, the light from within threw his shadow clear across the yard, and for just a moment Tyrion Lannister stood tall as a king.
Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north.
This is one of the reasons why each novel is between pages. This is especially true of Jaime in book three. But, if that isn't your style, you shouldn't be reading it.
He kills off several, not just one, so be warned. I suggest Feist or Goodkind or Dragonlance if you want a more straight forward story with strong archetypes.
Some are still going on; some have been resolved; others have been created and are moving on. You wont' get much of this in GRRM with the exception of one or two characters.
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Okay so I read it again. Plus, it gives me chance to share this review once more and tell my personal reading journey to any followers I might have picked up since Original Review A Game of Thrones changed my life.
Prior to reading it I had no interest in books whatsoever. I was on course to be a forensic psychologist; however, I began reading this wonderful s Okay so I read it again.
I was on course to be a forensic psychologist; however, I began reading this wonderful series. Suffice to say, it threw me of course ever so slightly: I am now studying a degree in English Literature.
One day I'd like to teach it. A Game of Thrones kindled a fire within me that erupted into a love of books. I began to read other novels across the genres.