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Book Reviews: A Song of Ice and Fire – George R.R. Martin


This is a repost of a review of the series I wrote some years ago.  I know some of the info is a bit dated, but it still gets the point across and is spoiler free ;)

So, what is A Song of Ice and Fire?  Well to put it simply, it is a still continuing fantasy novel series written by George R.R. Martin.  Four books in the series have been released, A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows and there are another three in the works which are expected to be titled A Dance with Dragons, The Winds of Winter, and A Dream of Spring.  Each book runs about 800-1200 pages in paperback with smaller print.  So, why would one want to spend months reading massive books of an incomplete fantasy series?  Well, let me tell you why.

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Metal of Ice and Fire Pt. III


With season 2 of Game of Thrones right around the corner I thought I might continue with my little project of matching A Song of Ice and Fire characters up with metal songs.  As always, if you haven’t read up to the latest novel, A Dance with Dragons, Spoiler Warning!!!!  Check out Part I and Part II if you haven’t already and feel free to comment and leave suggestions for character/metal song pairings.  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

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Book Review – Hunter’s Run – George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, Daniel Abraham


I’m sure many of you have read some form of the novel The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell or at least have seen one of its many film adaptations.  It’s the story where a guy finds himself abandoned on an island to soon find that he is being hunted by a rich guy who wants the real thrill of hunting something intelligent.  And I’m pretty sure everyone is familiar with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.  If you were to take those two novels and blend them together and add a good helping of psychological and social undertones with a good smattering of twists, aliens, and imagination you will find yourself with the science fiction novel Hunter’s Run, written as a collaboration effort between George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, and Daniel Abraham.

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Book Review – Windhaven – George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle


Some weeks ago my wife surprised me with a pair of books from George R.R. Martin’s back catalog (Windhaven and Hunters Run).  Needless to say, with A Song of Ice and Fire being my favorite series of all time, I dove right in starting with Windhaven first (currently reading the other at the time of writing this).  While it pales in comparison to his current epic, Windhaven is a delightful read filled with wonder and imagination.

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Metal of Ice and Fire Pt. 2


OK, time for part 2 of Metal of Ice and Fire(part 1 here).  Again this is going to be totally random characters and houses and if you’re not familiar with the world of A Song of Ice and Fire I can not recommend enough going to your local bookstore(or Amazon) and picking up the series.  If at minimum check out the series on HBO(congrats to Peter Dinklage for winning the Emmy for best supporting actor for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, it was well deserved).  Oh, and for those who haven’t read or watched, SPOILER WARNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This little venture is turning out slightly more difficult than I had imagined, I would have thought finding a song about incest without necrophilia wouldn’t be too difficult in the realm of metal, maybe I need to become more well versed in the world of death metal, lol.  If you have any suggestions on any of your favorite characters and which song fits them drop a line in the comments, if I use it in an upcoming post you will be credited.  Part 3 coming sooner rather than later(I hope), hope you all enjoy!!!  Valar Morghulis!!!

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