Game of Thrones Reader’s Diary Pt. 2

A Game of Thrones

Reader’s Diary

Week 2: Pages 109-202

Eddard

Poor, frozen Ned Stark. Crossed between what he said he’d do, who he wants to be, and who his king/best friend/brother wants him to be. I do not envy his position. I think the king has become soft and spoiled while he allowed his best friend to harden on his own at Winterfell, where Ned wishes he’d stayed. King Robert is crazed with hatred for Targaryens and doesn’t listen to the truths spoken by his Hand. Frustrating, to say the least.

Tyrion

The Fool has ridden north to the Wall, intending to inspect it and get a feel for the world (or lack of one, as they say) beyond. He is riding with Benjen Stark, Jon Snow, and a few others. Jon and Tyrion’s relationship here takes a step that I didn’t expect, but do enjoy and appreciate. Tyrion’s smart mouth and well-read brain come in handy. Not to mention the tid bits about dragons that made me swoon! What smart details to add! Well played, Mr. Martin. Well Played.

Catelyn 

The last time we saw Catelyn, I was hoping for someone to smack some sense into her or, better yet, put her out of my misery. Well *boom* wish granted. Not how I was expecting, of course, but in a way that makes perfect sense. Still, she’s a sharp tongued wench. She left at the end of the chapter with barely a thought toward her sons. After spending all that time draped over Bran’s bedside, I can understand the statement that she’d done all she could there. But, come on, Brickon is 3ish…he doesn’t understand why Mommy wouldn’t see him and why Mommy left. And Rob is 14 and the head of the keep now…his Mom could probably have been a big help to him. But no, no one could be trusted, it had to be her. Pfft.

Sansa

This girl…this poor simpering fool of a girl…makes me want to smack her. I suppose she’s just too much like her mother. In love with the idea of being betrothed to the simpering princeling, in love with the nice pretty things and the ideas that have half formed in her mind. She meets the knights and has, shall we say, strong feelings of both respect and fear. Ok, good…then Joffrey, the spoiled idiot, parades his “Hound” in front of her to scare her and offers to take her off on a day exploring “just the two of them”…I was actually pleased when they stumbled upon Arya and Mycah. I was afraid Sansa was going to get herself injured or raped or all of the above because she couldn’t see past her mental images to get a bead on the real prince. Then he got bit and I thought…well that’s not going to end well. Stupid

Eddard

This chapter was short, but HARD. To see Cersei Lannister and the probably inbred **** prince sit there, accusing, lying, and manipulating in order to make Joffrey out to be the victim and the hero all at once…to me it makes him look weak and his mother look a fool. But to Eddard…to Eddard it looked like his daughters opening a schism between them that might possibly never be fixed. It looked like having to kill the sweetest and best trained of the wolf pups on a whim and a whine while his best friend washed his hands of the situation and refused to ‘man up’ and handle the situation. It looked like Sansa losing her beloved pet because of Joffrey, but blaming Arya. It looked like a bad day.

Bran 

This is probably one of my favorite chapters in anything I’ve read this year, if not this decade. Bran’s dream was fabulous, a little spine tingling, and a lot mysterious. The best part, for me, though was when Bran finally awoke and found his wolf pup. Those first words after his coma…wonderfully done.

Catelyn

She arrives at King’s Landing and sends Ser Rodrik to the castle to find Ser Aron Santagar in an attempt to discover who might have owned the dagger sent to murder Bran in his coma. The dagger that sliced Catelyn’s fingers and sent her on this mad journey. In the in between time, Cat goes to rest but gets herself lady napped and taken to Littlefinger, Lord Baeris who had been her father’s ward and like a brother during their growing up time…until he dueled her betrothed for her hand. Guess who’s dagger it is? What a tidy little bow.

Jon

Jon is now in training at the Wall, learning to be the man he swore himself to be. He is also much hated for his attitude. The loner illegitimate son of Lord Stark, Jon finds issues on both sides and none of his training mates are keen on him. Tyrion Lannister’s advice, ‘don’t let them see that the words cut or you’ll never be free…’ good advice that I’m sure Jon will take, but The Bear then calls him away…a bird has come to tell him some good news.

Eddard

Ned is running ragged, already disillusioned and exhausted by life in the palace and life as the King’s Hand. Along with the issues between his children and his own extreme dislike of the counsel and learning just how out of it as a king his bestie really is, Ned finds his wife in a brothel. Ok, ok…so they were both taken there in order to speak in a place where no one would suspect either of them of ever being. Still, it is kind of funny. The love and respect between them is obvious, but I still don’t particularly like Catelyn. Eddard, on the other hand, is growing on me.

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Reading Diary: Game of Thrones

Last week I began a read-a-long of the popular (or at least, famous) book A Game of Thrones. (have you heard of it? I hear its pretty ok I started a Goodreads group and have places to chat about the book…wanna join in the read-a-long? Come on by Buddy Reads with Beth!).

When I started reading, I also started a reading vlog. When I started the vlog, I started a diary type page to keep up when I didn’t want to film. Warning…there are mild spoilers (though I tried to keep that to a minimum). I hope you enjoy my reading Diary for pages 1-109 of A Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones Diary:

 

I am about to begin reading George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. This is the first book in The Song of Ice and Fire series and I have heard so many things about this series…I’m almost afraid to begin. But I set up a Goodreads group and hyped up a read-a-long for this, we’re reading 100 pages (or so) a week starting this Friday, July 29th, and I had better set a good example since I’ve never hosted anything previously.

 

July 29th – Starting off

 

Today is the day! I’m about to pick up A Game of Thrones…my friends have warned me against becoming attached to any character, human or not, that shows up at any point in the story. “Don’t even think about becoming attached to a location Elizabeth,” one told me. “Just stay aloof!”

Another, who has lived with me during re-reads of Harry Potter, repeatedly pushed the point that some of the deaths will be as hard, or possibly harder, than those in H.P. and that I MUST remain separate as there is no one to let me lay on their shoulder and watch NCIS at 3 am to get the taste of tears off of my tongue. I’m a bit frightened of this book again.

Prologue:

WHAT?? What the…what is an ‘Other’? Is this some sort of Fey creature?

Man…They weren’t kidding! 3 characters were introduced at the beginning of the prologue…2 were dead by the end of that chapter.

Bran:

The first chapter follows 7-year-old Bran on his first outing with his father and brothers on the way to his father, Lord Eddard Stark, having to take care of a disciplinary issue at one of their holdfasts. Dire wolf pups are found, 1 for each of Bran’s siblings. I wants one.

Catelynn, Daenerys, Eddard, Jon, Arya, etc.

Each chapter switches between the main characters, showing us things that are happening from different perspectives. We get different truths, different visions, different placements. While this sounds like something that would be difficult to follow, the writing is surprisingly easy to slide through. I am amazed at how much harshness and beauty can live side by side in this book. All 3 of the first characters were dead by page 23. The Histories, religions, beliefs, animosities, senses of humor, and personalities of each character are interesting, well done, and enticing. I want more when I should be wanting to set it down and do work. This could be a problem.

 

I dislike the Lannisters.

Bran:

I can’t believe this! What in the world?? What is with these illicit affairs, first of all? And, that aside, HOW COULD YOU/HE DOE THIS? SERIOUSLY? THE KID IS 7 YOU TWIT!

 

Dany:

The characters are all so much younger than I had it in my mind that they were. Harsh times kill off the old and the infirm I suppose. Daenerys Targaryen is 13 as she is wedded of to the 30(ish) year old Khal of the Dothraki. She is a fierce and fiery young lady, I forget her age during the chapter until I am reminded again at her inexperience and youth. However, I can see the makings of a queen. I look forward to more from her and her Dothraki king.

A Light Bit of Housekeeping

Hello! As the title might make you suspect, I have a few things to go over with you today. The first and foremost thing for us to discuss is that the blog will be changing. I’ve spent the past couple of days setting up an “Author’s Blog” here on WordPress and any strictly writing posts, including glimpses at and excerpts from my writing, will be posted there. I will share the odd post on Here There Be Dragons but if you don’t want to miss out on those posts, it might be better to subscribe to Soul Stained Ink (estyreesoulstainedink.wordpress.com). This blog will continue to be used for book reviews and posts about everyday life.

Speaking of reading! I’ve been given a personal challenge, both by some friends and by my own pride, to read George R. R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones. As I have a Mass Market Paperback edition, this book is slightly over 800 pages. So I thought, WHY NOT MAKE IT A READ_A_LONG/BUDDY READ? SO…If you would like to read-a-long with me or just follow my journey, please feel free to join my new Buddy Reads with Beth Goodreads Group! If you don’t have a Goodreads or prefer not to join the group, that’s fine! I’ll be attempting to remember to post weekly Game Reads updates on this blog and I’ll have updates and chats on my BookTube channel if you’d rather go watch my face talk about my thoughts on the book.

You can also keep up to date on Twitter (twitter.com/writerbaby13), where I’m sure I will be lamenting my choice to do this!

I am also getting ready to do a series of book recommendation videos, which I will link on Here There Be Dragons AND I will recommend a few books in the same genre/age level to just you guys, something special for you 😉

Finally, I am contemplating starting a newsletter that would include writing and life updates, perhaps images, and snippets from current works in progress. If that is something you might be interested in receiving via e-mail please leave me a comment letting me know! If several of you might enjoy that, I will get it set up and linked for subscriptions soon.

I hope that you all have a wonderful and blessed week. Don’t forget to check out Soul Stained Ink, the blog and/or the BookTube channel, and get your copy of A Game of Thrones ready!