A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
“A good act does not wash out the bad, nor a bad act the good. Each should have its own reward.”
~Stannis Baratheon: Pg 612
There really are no words to express how much I love this series. Mr. Martin has really penned some literary brilliance, and A Song of Ice and Fire will definitely be forever on my favorite series list. And with that said, I so enjoyed the re-reading of A Clash of Kings.
I swear sometimes I am BEYOND slow (facepalm)! While I knew that Renly was gay, it is never outright acknowledged in the book, but merely implied. But the first go round I totally missed a very CLEAR and OBVIOUS symbol of his homosexuality. Sidebar: You’ve got to really admire Renly. Although you know he really has no legitimate claim to the throne by being neither the son of Robert, nor the next oldest in line of his brothers, Renly goes after what he wants anyway. He’s convinced he’d make a much better King than Stannis and I tend to agree! I mean the people love him and he’s seems to be a fair and kind person. The man has hutzpah!
Now, the sign I missed the first go round:
Renly’s Rainbow Guard! HA! Yes Renly’s Kingsguard is so named The Rainbow Guard (since each of them has donned a different color to represent them instead of a uniform color like the Kingsguard of Kigs Landing). There is no other professed King or Queen that has such a unique and colorful Kings/Queensguard! Once I realized this I thought it was a great use of symbolism on Martin’s part, but still in keeping with the subtlety of it all. Two thumbs up!
Also, I’m obsessed with Arya’s and Tyrion’s stories in this one. The development of these two characters is phenomenal, and the scheming and maneuvering in this Game of Thrones is intensified and on a whole other level.
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MELANIE STRYDER refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading “soul” who occupies Melanie’s body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.
As Melanie fills Wanderer’s thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who still lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she’s never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie-reluctant allies- set off to search for the man they both love.
Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.
Just WOW! I was really not prepared for how amazing this story was. Exploring themes such as prejudice and tolerance, The Host grips the reader and holds them captive from beginning to end. The complicated love between Melanie, Jared, Wanda, and Ian was written beautifully and their story peppered with a myriad of characters you won’t soon forget. I was especially fond of Jeb.
The only issues I have with the book (which did not take away from my enjoyment of it at all), is that there never seemed to be any REAL danger. Whenever the characters found themselves in a sticky situation, they seemed to wriggle out of quite easily. Also, Meyers seems to have a penchant for pedophilia or pedophile like relationships. In many of her characters relationships there is a much older guy and a not quite of age young girl. Why she makes so many of her couples inappropriately aged for each other I’ll never know, but it’s growing a bit tiresome and kinda just makes me feel a bit icky.
Overall though, this story is so worth reading.
Which hour was most daunting for you?
I’d have to say hour twenty. I’m pretty sure that is the hour I fell asleep when trying to finish Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
I think the complete Narnia series are good books to try. Although I will admit that I probably would have liked these a lot better had I read them when I was much younger, I still really enjoyed the books I got through and look forward to finishing the series up. Perhaps with the next read-a-thon?
Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
NOPE! I enjoy the read-a-thon every year and have yet to find anything wrong or something I didn’t like. Well run as usual.
How many books did you read?
I was able to complete THREE books this year. That’s actually the most I’ve completed in doing these read-a-thons ever.
What were the names of the books you read?
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, Prince Caspian, and Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis. All are from his Chronicles of Narnia Series
Which book did you enjoy most?
Prince Caspian and VOTDT. These were the most interesting to me because I saw the movies and had absolutely no idea what was going on. The books pretty much cleared everything up for me. The adventure in VOTDT was best though.
Which did you enjoy least?
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Only because there wasn’t as much adventure in this one as the subsequent two books.
How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
As long as I’m feeling good I’ll be participating in the next go round in the fall. Can’t wait!