IMWAYR – It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Currently I’m reading “Clash of Kings” by George R.R. Martin, and I’m on page 83.

After having read the first book for pleasure due to my interest in the TV series, a process that probably should have been reversed, I’m reading this book for one of my class’s required book review s that are due every three weeks. Even though I read the first book after watching all six seasons of Game of Thrones, and knew who was going to die, I still enjoyed it. If you’ve read the first book, or watched the first season of the TV series, the second book, “Clash of Kings,” picks up immediately where “Game of Thrones” left off.

The Book so Far

The Comet’s tail spread across the dawn, a red slash that bled above the crags of Dragonstone like a wound in the pink and purple sky.

So far, I’ve enjoyed seeing how each opposing faction thinks that the sign of the comet is meant for themselves and how it is giving rise to greater boldness on their part, thinking that their ambition is blessed by the gods. Stannis and Joffrey both believe that the gods are sending them this sign as a blessing. Stanis belives it is the blessing of the Lord of Light, whereas Joffrey, the Lannisters’ primary color being red, believe it is meant to bless Joffrey’s reign. Due to the ending of the last book, we as the reader have a different and much more interesting assumption about what the comet could signify, and this suspicion is somewhat supported by Old Nan, and Osha, the wildling that Rob captured, when Bran asks them about the comet.

I’ve also found the relationship between Joffrey and Sansa to be an interesting one. If you know how the last book ended, then you know that the relationship between Sansa and Joffrey is strained. Martin does a fantastic job making these two characters seem like real people. Because of this, we feel for Sansa and despise Joffrey. Martin is able to make his reader feel such strong emotions about the characters he has created, and this is a testament to his skill as a writer.

So far I’m enjoying the book and look forward to how the books further provide a different, yet still pleasurable, telling of Martin’s series.

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