Screw it I finished it: Game of Thrones final review

wpid-wp-1426675681462.jpgThe dread of having to wade through the last 200 pages of Game of Thrones in two more sittings really did not sit right on me. So I took it at one go and read it. What follows is my opinion of the whole book and why I do not like it. For all the sensitive spoiler freaks out there, do not worry there will be no spoilers. Just my thoughts on the writing, the story, and why I felt and feel the way I do.

No, I did not enter the book with a positive look. I did not even make it through the first episode on TV. And when I mean I did not make it through I mean I could not change the channel, website, video player fast enough. That is how much the dialog sucked in my opinion. I thought it was uninspired and still do. To me the discussions tend to be children playing at a mystery game where they all know that each other is lying but refuse to call them out on it just so they can play longer. There was no intrigue for me and even though I was wrong on my guesses for what was coming I found that I was right more often then wrong as when an event happened I was not surprised, nor was I amazed. To put it plain and simple the writing did not carry the weight that a good fantasy novel with intrigue should carry.
Maybe I am reading the book wrong, maybe it is not meant to be a fantasy, maybe it is supposed to be a soap opera told in a fantasy setting. If so, then it is clear why the book did not appeal to me. If he was trying to write a compelling fantasy novel I think he failed and the only reason the book has merit is because it is long. But a long boring story is still one thing. Boring.

Something that I did like was the description. He was very good at painting elaborate scenery and rooms. I could feel the cold of the ice around the neck, but that was not enough to save the story that had no excitement.

As I said before I could see what was coming and though I made mistakes here and there about what was happening it was not for lack of trying. I wanted to get  into the story and really tried to be excited.  Yet even when it came to deaths they sort of just happened. They tended to remind me of the old paint by numbers books but in conversation. So when someone died, even though I wanted the character to die or whether I wanted the character to live I was like well yeah that was going to happen. There was no loss or elation in the scene. This may be why the most common comment I have seen is I saw the show and then read the books. I guess for those who saw the show and enjoyed it then they would enjoy the books. It would be like reading a script and enjoying it. Well I did not.

My last comment will be on the ending. (Sigh) even my friend who lent me the book was like, wait until the end. Others were wait until the end it will be something. I can honestly say I waited and there was nothing. Now before the comments come as well they built it up to big, or you must read the next book, or even that I may have just missed the point, I simple say NO.

The Ending was just there. Even pyre scene was just there. And you could not expect me to be excited about something that anyone with any thought would know was coming since the first mention of it way way earlier, I am talking first part of the book early and then throughout the book. There was no mystery, no excitement, no suspense. Again it was paint box one red, box two blue.  If I put water in a tea pot and put it on the stove to heat up. When the pot whistles I get hot water. I am not surprised by the hot water, I know what happens when someone heats up water. IT GETS HOT.

For the childlike whiners out there. A spoiler may come after this, that is if you have not seen the show at all, or read the book in this wholeBookCoverImage time. Which is doubtful. But you have been warned. Do not worry I won’t go into specifics but just add a simple fix that to me would have added so much in the end.

Now someone might be  stupid enough, ignorant enough to make the comment, well what would you have done differently. Or to put it easily put up or shut up.

One simple fix. A very easy fix and it would have added some inkling of suspense, thrill, mystery, excitement. Remove three rocks from their earlier mention. Have them brought in as a funerary gift to be burned as offering to the gods. Have those rocks be noticed by Daenerys but only in passing glance. (Not the obsessive are they no they aren’t bullshit game that was used.) As a second thought she brings up the idea of what they are just as the screams and thundering is heard from the pyre. Then do the reveal.

The way that he did I would have been more surprised if they had been rocks. Or if he would have saved them until IMAG0135book two. At least that would have given me something to look forward to if that can be said about anything in this book. You know a mystery, some suspense, anything to bring to life a dead story, dead dialogue, dead characters with very little to know value to me. Even the imp towards the end was just there for me and I rather liked the imp towards the end, even though I saw him and still see him as more of a move the plot forward device.

By Jin Okubo  author of Love

600 pages in

This has become a battle and not a joy to read. The last hundred pages I thought, seriously thought that I would be wpid-wp-1426675681462.jpgable to enjoy the book and get into the whole series. Hey maybe even give it a good review. Then after the predictable, not even exciting way that Eddard was undone was just followed by nothing more than soap opera crap. I mean I have seen better drama on Days of Our lives. At least during that time I was a child and not, well not mature enough to see the silly story lines unfold five, ten, even fifty pages before I even manage to get to said scene.
This is not to diminish the quality of the read you may have had. But for me if I am to enjoy this novel’s end then I will need something more than played out story lines built from soap operas and what appears to be B rated movies.
Let’s see what is happening in the next part of the book.


By Jin Okubo Author of Love

400 pages in

Welcome back to my trudging through Game of thrones song of ice and fire. And it has become trudging now Dean has told me that some chapters just have to be read in order to get ahead and not miss an important story plot. But is that wpid-wp-1426675681462.jpgwhat we want when we read a book.

I mean I want a book that guides me, leads me, but takes me only so far without feeling tired. Now it could be that I have read so many fantasy books and books in general that I find this book tired rather than popping. But when you look at the reviews over 36k in reviews and holding strong at a 4.44 star rating.

But what is there that I am missing that warrants that the book receive such a ranking. This is one of the reasons because there is nothing in the reading that I have found that warrants anything higher than a 3 star may…be a 2.

I can already see you fuming thinking that while I am entitled to my opinion I am just wrong. Really? Am I wrong? Tell me what it is about the story that warrants it to be a great fantasy. Is it his story telling? Because it does not feel exciting just drones through, and it is not really vivid. Yes there are moments of greatness but most of it is just there.

Back to the reviews many of them require and beg for friends to get them excited about the work or the TV series getting them excited but on the other hand the negative reviews that I have read and No I have not read them all so take it as it is stated the reviews that I have read that are negative basically comment on the story, structure, and R.R. Martin’s inability to tell a good story.  Am I wrong? Tell me how?
Yes I have decided to read the next book after this one not because of the story. I want to see a character die. I have already talked about it. Until then I will trudge through this and see what I go through. See you all in the next hundred pages.

Now if you want to see an original story style that really pulls you in then check out my Romance novel Love.
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300 pages in

So today I made the trek to 300 pages in Game of Thrones The song of Iwpid-wp-1426675681462.jpgce and fire. My thoughts on the book are still that it is a good book. My friend Dean is waiting for the other shoe to drop as to when I talk to him about it he gets this pure look of joy in his eyes.

I work some ideas out as to what I think is happening and he says interesting. I think that is what is driving me the most to read this book. Because the story is not particularly special to me. I am not a mystic able to tell you what was in the mind of the author R.R. Martin, but I am clear on one thing. The story is predictable as far as when I get to a specific tense point that is supposed to be a nice big surprise it isn’t.

Imagine you are watching a movie and the hero meets the villain alone in a room. Bam you know they are going to fight and you know that depending on where you are in the movie who is going to win. That is how the book feels to me and is to me. The traps and tricks, the word choice does not confuse me or enlighten me. It just states that he is following a classic plan of the fantasy genre.

Does that make a bad book. No as I have stated  it is a good book not a great book. I definitely do not feel that it should have gotten fantasy novel of the year. Yet I do not make that choice and attribute it to sales over the actual quality of the story. But that is another topic for another discussion.

The revelation that I did come today is that I now want to read the whole series. Now wait a minute it does not mean that I like the story or am starting to love it. My feelings on it are rather set on the fact that I think it is just good not great, that it has no passion in the words. But there are characters that I like and one that I just want to see die. And as I told my friend Dean I may just look up where he dies and pull up that one scene, read it and be done with it. That choice is still up in the air.

That is it 300 pages in. I am actually almost to 400 pages but I did not want to make this a long post.

For a really nice Romance book that should be Romance book of the year for 2015 I recomend Love. Pictured below.

200 pages

So 200 pages have passed in reading Game of Thrones Song of Ice and fire. What have I learned? Well there was the fact the very clear fact that I have started to like some characters. Does this mean that I love the book and have to recant on my previous statement that it is not a great book.

Hell no.

I still think that the book is poorly written as in the way that there does not seem to be any passion in the story. It is just told. When I read fantasy I usually expect some excitement when I am reading it, such as I had when I read Dragonlance, Magic the Gathering books, Lord of the Rings, Hobbit, etc. Yes I chose these books as they will be the ones that most of you can connect to even though my fantasy read list is a bit longer, well a lot longer.

But this Game of Thrones just does not read with that excitement for me. That does not mean that I hate the book, I just do not see it as being well written. It tells the story and you get from point A to point B. Some things that I am liking about the book is the way that the chapters are organized. It means that I do not have to suffer through all the characters all the time. I can relish and enjoy the characters in their own chapters and speed read the others.

Some of you may say well that is what a book is supposed to be like, or that you cannot truly love a whole book, that there must be something you dislike in order to love the series. I say bullshit to that. I loved, I love, I will always love the fantasy books that I get into. even the characters that I hate I love them. With this book, the characters that I do not like are just worthless to me, as in they do not serve anything in the story except to move it to point B, to provide some much predicted conflict, to be there for the sake of being there.

So with that in mind I still think it is a good book not a great book. And I add another reason to why I think so, the story is monotone.