The Game Of Thrones--the first book in series (of 5?) had to be an awesome project for the author. The story evolves beautifully from the viewpoint of ten families (kingdoms).
It hit me as probably just about exactly how the history of
progressed. The author made up his own
country and in my copy created a map, without which I don’t think I could have
followed the story. It was daunting
enough having nearly 50 people to keep up with.
Told from the viewpoints of so many individuals including their titles
and their geneaology(s) the plot twists in and out of vision. For instance, each character has a first
name, a last name, a title and a reference to their relationship to each other
individual (son, cousin, father, bastard of, brother, sister, aunt, uncle,
etc.) which are all used interchangeably in the text, magnifying the
confusion. Exactly no names were
pronounceable. Being proper nouns, even
the dictionary didn’t help with that. I
did not follow it well, but was able at least to find the plot and realize it
was more about the separate families than each person. After I got through that obstacle, the story
was full of deception and intrigue. England
On a personal basis, 17 pages of eyeballs being gouged out, horse entrails falling on warriors trapped under their thrashing bodies, routine beheadings, outright evil mean acts and war strategy isn’t my thing. This was juxtaposed to human feelings of concern, heartbreak, worry, love, loyalty. Odd. I found it kind of interesting when the rare instances of fantasy popped in for a visit to the plot. In fact, I spent way too much time trying to figure out what the character had actually seen from his/her venue.
As I mentioned in an earlier facebook post, the author spent a huge amount of time researching words and found the most obscure usages for ordinary terms, then stuck with them religiously. Unless you are a Rhodes Scholar, I doubt anybody will be reading this story without some kind of word reference source handy.
Interestingly, since I was using an Iphone as my dictionary, most of the words I looked up came from wikipedia’s reference to the movie version of the very book I was reading. Go figure. The visuals painted by the author do what a book is supposed to do and sets you into the story nearly as a participant. I don’t think I would sit through the movie knowing as I do that
would make the dreadful pictorials even more absurdly graphic. I’m quite sure the history is realistic in
all its human acts of inhumanity¸
however. I’m not sure yet if I’ll
go on to the next volume. Hollywood