Game of Thrones
A Song of Ice and Fire includes 5220 pages of schemes, murder, betrayal, and other violence. I began reading this voluminous series sometime in May, and will finally finish by August 1. Reading is my addiction and the storyline and character development are compelling, enthralling, and equally addictive! I knew better than to begin a 5000-plus page mythic series of 9 books, but at the time, I could not help myself. The writing is not the best, definitely not in comparison to other fantasy fiction writers such as Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett; however, the characters drew me in to their warring worlds of betrayal set against naive bravery. I do wish the timeline had been better delineated, and the characters were hard to sort and separate for the first few hundred pages. By the time I had passed 4000 pages, sometime this month, I was ready for the end, even though the tale was still intriguing. In the 2 1/2 months it has taken me to complete this fantasy-history, I have set aside 10 other personal growth books and completely ignored the studying I should have been doing for state exams! That's just another item to add to my Gratitude List: the time and space to read and relax for enjoyment. And now, here I sit at the end of July, having read through age 4970. I sit at 2200m (6600 or so ft.) in an elevated mountain valley of Colorado. The heat of summer days seems to have passed, and cold winter mornings awaken me. Winter is coming!
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