When we last mentioned Game of Thrones, I (Holly) had mixed feelings about the first book in the Song of Fire and Ice series – mixed because, while I was into the story, I was not at all down with how all of the women in the story were presented. There was a bit too much gratuitous T&A and a lot too much raping, thankyouverymuch. However, I have continued the series, in part because of the people who urged me to continue, but mostly because J has been reading them and talking about them (minimally, since I won’t let him tell me any spoilers).
Since then, I’ve watched the first season of the TV show, finished book #2, and I’m 45% into book #3. And, Amanda is working on reading #1, A Game of Thrones, RIGHT NOW. So, we’ve decided to chat about what we’re thinking so far – mostly for our own entertainment, but hopefully for yours too!
So, here’s what’s been going on via text since Amanda started reading (perhaps edited a bit for clarity…and so we don’t sound like total weirdos)
Amanda: How in God’s name am I supposed to keep all these names straight?
Holly: That sounds like an excellent way to start our post!
Amanda: 10% in. Right where I gave up before. Meh.
Holly: Stick it out a little further! LIke 12 more hours if you’re me. So maybe 45 minutes?
Amanda: I lied. I read more last time. I do like Tyrion I think.
Holly: Tyrion is cool! And there are a fuckton of names. You won’t need them all…sometimes I use the search function on my Kindle.
Amanda: Ah – search function – genius!
Amanda: I far preferred my wedding to the dragon princess’s.
Holly: Yeah, the dragon wedding is about where George started to lose me. There are a lot of rapers.
Amanda: Exactly. I really lose a desire to read a book when it’s about rapers.
Holly: J pointed out that George maybe doesn’t like the men too much either, as evidenced by the army of eunuchs that comes up later (#3).
Amanda: And since he kills characters rampantly?
Holly: Funny on that…since I keep hearing that, I basically am reading every page waiting for someone else to die. So I’m actually more surprised at who is still alive.
Amanda: Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! I just realized I left my kindle at home! This is what I get for having alternating morning and evening commute reading right? I was just thinking I might get into this book now, despite the rapers. And despite really really really not liking the Queen one bit.
Well, we’d post more, but clearly we both have to forge on through our reading. What are your thoughts on the series? Keep ‘em spoiler free, please!