Day 04: Favorite Book of Your Favorite Series

FAVOURITE… FAVOURITE… WITH A “U” ! -stomps around- yes I know I can fix it, but I just feel like pointing out the oddities of the English language. As if it isn’t hard enough to learn already, Canada enjoys adding random extra letters here and there for the fun of it. And of course, this post will end up going up after midnight because apparently I’m nocturnal now…

Favourite book from my favourite series. I have to say it’s A Game of Thrones, mainly ’cause that’s where everything started.

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Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thrones tells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.

GOD that’s a long summary… thank you Goodreads

Why do I favour this book over the others? Well…

I love that my favourite characters are all still living in this book (’cause, like, it’s the first book), or have yet to be captured or subdued or beheaded or something, and we get to see happiness in this book, something that becomes rare in the others, because honestly? Death, despair, fires, abandonment – those thing usually don’t bring on the smileys. Even though the other books have drama, cunning characters, bold schemes, and all that jazz, I love the innocence that is still portrayed by the characters in this book. Granted some idiots become wiser throughout the series -coughsansacough- but you have to admire their hope, their joy, the sense of newness for them and the reader in this novel.

I love that later on, many of the characters open their eyes to the harshness of their world. However, while they’re opening their eyes, others are making them into little slits, perfect for glaring at people. The great characters become neurotic, assholes, while others, who started off douchey, make you want to take a club and just smash their skull in with it -coughjoffreycough- No matter, this book lacks the insanity of the others. That doesn’t make the others bad, if anything it makes the series more interesting, but at the same time, I can’t help but wish for a few moments of peace, which you can find, momentarily, within the pages of the first installment of the series.

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