final thoughts on A Game of Thrones by George R R Martin

i did it! i finished A Game of Thrones! all 800+ pages of it!

for my thoughts on the first third of the book, check here.
for my thoughts on the second third of the book, check here.

for my final thoughts, read on my fellow nerds!

1. WAR. so much war. the groups of men fighting groups of men type of war. the scratching and clawing for the throne type of war. the internal struggle type of war. yeah, lots of war.

2. i still hate Sansa. a whole lot. she doesn't get any better. in fact, she kind of gets worse.

3. i haven't talked about Varys up to this point, but arguably my favorite scene in the last 1/3 of the book contains his presence so let me introduce you. Varys is a eunuch and is often referred to as "the spider". he's like the gossip QUEEN of court and he has eyes everywhere. so of course he has a ton of information and distributes it as he sees fit. i truly believe he's only acting in his own best interest, but that doesn't mean he's screwing people over or acting like a jerk. Varys is in it for Varys but still tends to be a pretty nice guy. SO - there's a conversation between Varys and Eddard while Eddard is being held against his will that is refreshingly honest. in a world where everybody has something to lose and more to gain, Eddard and Varys have a brief and authentic conversation that demanded my attention and re-reading several times through. it was the best.

4. i continue to love Tyrion Lannister and his overt sauciness. however, it has become increasingly apparently that his wit and cunning are coping mechanisms to feelings of self-doubt and low self-worth. all the same, Tyrion is an incredible character and i love his storyline and his banter.

5. a new love has entered my heart with Robb Stark. he's been kinda downplayed up to now, but as the oldest child of Eddard and Catelyn Stark, Robb is the heir of Winterfell. he's a teenager with a man's job to do, and he knows it. he has one leg in both worlds - the heir of Winterfell and the teenage brother to guide his siblings. his struggle with growing up too fast and trying to do what's best and remain true to his honor and his house are heart-wrenching and inspiring.

6. anything goes. i really mean that. as a fan, it makes me cringe to know that any character can die at any moment. but as a critical reader, i highly respect the ability of an author to stay true to the story and the natural development of a plot and make sacrifices. even if it BREAKS my heart again and again and again.

and to conclude, allow me to share with you some of my favorite quotes from the book.

"Bran thought about it. 'Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?' 'That is the only time a man can be brave,' his father told him." (pg 16, after Bran witnesses his father, Eddard Stark, cutting off the head of a deserter)

"A nightmare this might be, yet it was no dream." (pg 565, when Jon Snow wakes up in the middle of the night and there is some seriously shady business going on)

"'Then Lord Eddard is a man in ten thousand. Most of us are not so strong. What is honor compared to a woman's love? What is duty against the feel of a newborn son in your arms...or the memory of a brother's smile? Wind and words. Wind and words. We are only human, and the gods have fashioned us for love. That's our great glory, and our great tragedy." (pg 662, when Jon Snow is talking with a mentor-type figure about some serious decisions he needs to make...and now.)

title: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice & Fire #1)
author: George R. R. Martin
genre: Fantasy
publisher: Bantam Dell
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[ftc notice: i totally own a copy of this book so the review is for my own fun. okay, so it's my husband's copy but whatever we OWN it so we're good to go for the non-biased review.]

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.

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