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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 ūüėČ

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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