Musing Monday (31st Aug)

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of The Daily Rythym that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is your favorite book? (or, one of your favorites!)

Today’s question is about favourite books. Normally I would say Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell but know I’ve mentioned it quite a lot recently so am fairly certain you all know that’s one of my favourite books.

My other favourite book has to be Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. I have to admit I was hesitant to read it as I hated The Hobbit, but after the first LotR film came out I mentioned that to my mum and she advised me to read LotR anyway (she also hated The Hobbit and has dyslexia so finds reading quite difficult at times), I’m so glad I did (obviously as otherwise it wouldn’t not be my favourite book). While it is considered a classic, and the writing style can sometimes be awkward, it is one of the most beautifully written books I’ve read. So beautiful that I instantly knew I had to read more of Tolkien’s books.

The two that stand out most to me (other than LotR of course) are Tales from the Perilous Realm which is a collection of 4 short stories – The Adventures of Tom Bombadil being one of them. Tom Bombadil is possibly my favourite character from LotR and this entire story is told in his lyrical speech. The second is Letters from Father Christmas which is a collection of letters he sent to his sons each year from Father Christmas. It was put together by one of his sons, complete with the original drawings and it has rated itself among my top Christmas books.

I also own The History of The Lord of the Rings but have to admit I’m a little intimidated after a good stab at trying to read The Silmarillion and not getting far. I am sure I will give both of these a try at some point, but not this year as I already have a full quota of ‘heavy’ books on my tbr list.

Have you read any other books by J.R.R. Tolkien? If so, what did you think of them?

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Review: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R.R. Martin

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Title: A Game of Thrones – Book 1 (A Song of Ice and Fire)

Author: George R. R. Martin

Publisher: Bantrum Sprectre

First Published: August 1991

Genre: High Fantasy

Source: Library

My Rating: 3/5

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The first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. GAME OF THRONES is now a major TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne. [Taken from Goodreads]

I have been hearing a lot about the TV series ‘A Game of Thrones’ recently. Being me, I decided to read at least the first book before watching it. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be reading any more of them, though I am still hoping to watch the show.

To me, I just didn’t find the plotline(s) that interesting.  A Game of Thrones is set in a fictional world that is very reminiscent of the middle age – with Lords and knights, etc.  I’m still a bit hazy on what actually happened in the book; to be honest, I found it quite boring to read as it’s very long-winded, with very little action happening til the end of the book.

There are a lot of characters, but I was surprised that it didn’t take me long to know them all (or at as each section is headed with who it’s about, it’s fairly easy to follow what is happening to whom (though not necessarily where).  I expect that if I did choose to continue reading, I would become more invested in some of the characters, but as there were so many, it was impossible to really get to know any individual character well enough to care about them.

While this book wasn’t my cup of tea, I can see why it appeals to so many people.  There is backstabbing and secrets and valour, as well as a very intrinsic history which makes the world and its inhabitants believable.

I expect you will like this book if you enjoy high fantasy epics (though I love The Lord of the Rings so I can’t go by that alone), and are interested in the world of Kings and Queens, Lords and Ladies, and the battle between all of them for titles.