Book Review: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

As I continue my exploration into the fantasy literature, I could not leave out one of the greats by George R. R. Martin, the series A Song of Ice and Fire. But when I finished the book, it was in the middle of Hurricane Irma, so I didn’t have electricity to write this review immediately. But here I am, a couple of days later, on the electricity of our church as our house is still deprived of electricity, writing this review. And I have to say, this book was a good one.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Brief Summary: There is a clash between a bunch of high-class people for the throne of a kingdom.

My Thoughts: I’ll have to admit, I was partially drawn to this book because of all the hype around the TV series going around nowadays based on the book. I haven’t seen it before, but now that I’ve read the book, I can understand why people came to love the story.

A Game of Thrones is a beautifully written book, with a well drawn-out plot, realistic dialogue, great characters, graceful descriptions, etc. I was an amazing experience to read this book.

The one thing that I thought the author did exceptionally was how he ended the chapters. The point-of-view changed with each chapter, and due to this, the author could craft amazingly suspenseful cliff-hangers at the end of each. Just as I was dying to see what happens next, the author moved on to another perspective, and by the end of that chapter, I was dying to know what happened to that character too. It was generally very well thought-out endings to each chapter, and I admire and appreciate the author for this.

The second thing that I believe the author did exceptionally well was the formation and pacing of the characters. Because the book dealt with a lot of nobility and politics, there had to be a multitude of people who had to be introduced to the reader in order for the story to proceed. The author made it so that it was never quite overwhelming to the reader to absorb all of the new characters, and by the end of it, I was comfortable with most of the names that were thrown around by the author.

The main characters’ feature and characteristics were also well captured and described, as I sympathized and loved the style of Arya, understood the pain of Bran, and absolutely despised Cersei. Overall, the great characters make a great story and suffice it to say I could not find any flaws in the characters of this book.

One thing i would like to add is that this is the first book i have read in which a person whose perspective is shown in the story dies. No other book I have read had ever killed of one of the main characters who had a whole perspective to themselves. It was interesting to find out that I would never be reading from that person’s perspective again.

The world-building was masterfully crafted within the book. The places all flowed well together, and the descriptions in the book always had me poring over the map in the beginning to find out where exactly the characters were located at a particular moment in the story.

The plot was well thought out and well drawn out. Each aspect of the story had a clear purpose, and each character had a clear role to serve in the plot. Interesting twists in the story kept me reading in anticipation of what will happen next.

The ending was somewhat expected, as the author had been hinting at it throughout the whole book. It left me in great anticipation for the next book, and I will be reading it as soon as the library will let me.

Overall, the book was very enjoyable. It wasn’t quite immersive in some parts of the story as others, such as Catelyn Stark’s point-of-view, but overall each part played it’s role to create this masterpiece of a product.

I would recommend this book to anyone with a love towards epic medieval fantasy or a good story in general.

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Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I read about how amazing this book was and received so much positive feedback that I had to pick up this book and try it out for myself. I can’t say that this book lived up to my expectations, but I suppose that’s just because I had set the bar too high. It was a pretty good book, but not a great book (at least to my standards).

My Rating: 7.7 out of 10

Brief Summary: There are six teenagers who are given the task to retrieve a drug maker from a high-security prison.

My Thoughts: As I previously mentioned, this book was not a great book as I was told. It was an ordinary fantasy genre book with a relatively ordinary plot. Continue reading “Book Review: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo”

Book Review: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
This book is the sequel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and I have to say that I’m a little disappointed with this book. This book had the same great satirical language, but the plot development on this book was much messier and not defined.

Rating: 6.7 out of 10

Brief Summary: Arthur Dent and his friends? go adventuring around the galaxy, time traveling and going to meet the man who rules the Universe.

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Book Review: Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

I picked up this book because of a random recommendation from a comment on some random blog post, and although I had no idea whether the book was a good one, I am seriously glad that I read this book. A beautifully written book indeed.

Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Brief Summary: A boy named Vaelin is left off by his father in a house/training place to serve the Faith with the sword. He learns how to fight and goes off to fight a bunch of people.

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A Poem: Obligation & Procrastination

I really don’t want to make this a habit, but I’m going to upload a poem that I thought of.

I’ve seen many other poems on blogs, and I can’t say that I’m really attracted to any of them. Most of the poems don’t really evoke any emotion in me, so I don’t really enjoy them all that much.

But hey, I wanted to try out something new. But this is probably going to be a very occasional thing because I want this blog to revolve around book reviews instead of other stuff.

So here’s the poem.

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Book Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

This is my first science fiction book review on this blog, and I’m happy that it is The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 

Rating: 9.3 out of 10

Brief Summary: Arthur Dent is the only person to survive the destruction of Earth by aliens due to the fact that a hyperspace bypass was going to be built there. He goes to a mysterious planet with his not-so-human friend Ford and some other people/aliens.

My Thoughts: Once again, I am very horrible at writing summaries myself, so if you want a better summary, go to any book reviewing site other than this one to do so. Continue reading “Book Review: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams”

Standardized Testing

We all have to go through the ACT or SAT while we are in high school. As of now, I have not taken my ACT test, but I plan on doing so later this year. I have an ACT study book, and my dad told me to work on it in preparation for the upcoming test.

But I really don’t like tests like this. Think about it; millions of students every year are working their butts off to get a good score on the ACT or SAT to show that they are better than their peers, while not truly developing any skills. Continue reading “Standardized Testing”

My Favorite Books

I have two favorite books (series).

The first is The Kingkiller Chronicles series by Patrick Rothfuss. The first two books in this series, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fears, are beautifully written, and I am avidly waiting for the last book to be released, The Doors of Stone. 

The second is the Gentleman Bastard series by Scott Lynch. The first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora, is an absolute masterpiece and the rest of books are very well written too.

Try them out for yourself. You won’t regret it. I promise.

Book Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

I started and finished this book today in a span of like 5-6 hours. I was surfing some book website, and I saw that it had relatively high reviews, so I indulged. And this is my review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Brief Summary: This kid named Jacob lives in Florida. One day his grandfather dies. Jacob sets out to find the place of his grandfather’s childhood. Jacob stumbles upon a different world of time loops and finds his grandfather’s childhood friends. He even hits on his grandfather’s ex (I hope I didn’t spoil it too much).

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