A Storm of Swords

Hats off to George R. R. Martin and his writing. I am blown away by his work. He has a way of holding the reader’s attention leading up to a big event. For myself, when I was about halfway through the book I sat back realizing something big was going to happen and I wasn’t bored in the time it took building up to it. Instead I was caught up in the imaginary world he created.

“A Storm of Swords” is the third installment in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, AKA Game of Thrones. Both titles fit the books well, because of the various battles that seem to be taking place. There is the ongoing battle surrounding the Iron Throne that rules the 7 kingdoms. In the battle for the Iron Throne there are those who are in it to maintain power, others who seek power moving up through the ranks, and of course those who are trying to keep it in the family and will tell whatever lies necessary to accomplish this. The other battle, involving ice and fire is just starting to show itself. It has been revealed that the dead can come back to life, and there are things and magic beyond the wall that have only been told through stories.

The downfall of this series is that it is dangerous to be attached to the characters. It seems like every time I like one, or find myself cheering for them, something bad seems to happen. Or, the opposite could happen where something bad happens to somebody I don’t care for, and they change for the better. It’s safe to say that George R. R. Martin likes to keep the reader on the edge of their seat not knowing what to expect might happen to the characters.

It’s hard to talk about this book without giving much away, and I don’t want to spoil it for those interested. It’s full of blackmail, sword-fighting, death, plotting, sex, weddings, violence, and now there’s magic and mystery. It’s a sort of magical medieval time. The biggest thing that gets people is the amount of characters. It can be a lot, and the books take time to get through. But I think it is worth the commitment.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

LKOS0654I saw the trailer for the movie and was intrigued, so naturally I had to read the book. I was drawn in by the wonder and mystery of the lives the children lead, and what Jacob was meant to protect them from. After finishing the first book I look forward to seeing the adventure that awaits me in the rest of the series.

When I opened the book to discover there were pictures, I thought it was rather odd. I couldn’t understand why a fiction book would have pictures scattered throughout. As I read the book the pictures made more sense, and I felt they added to the story and helped me picture all the characters.

The book started off with Jacob listening to his grandpa tell stories about life on a mysterious island. Meanwhile, his dad tells him not to believe the stories. The whole family thinks the man is crazy. Jump to Jacob finding his grandpa hanging on to the last little bits of his life, giving Jacob a message with his last breaths. Then, Jacob looks up to see a creature that can only come from a nightmare. From this point Jacob’s life will never be the same, and the adventure is just beginning.

The writing in the book brought my imagination to life with the descriptions of the children, and what makes them so peculiar. As I read the book I wondered what their life is like when they first discover their abilities, and how many more there are out there in the world of this book. Not only that, but how they manage to trick time so to speak is incredible.

This book has a good mix of peculiar and adventure. What one boy thinks normal life is, still has bits of peculiar leading him to some difficult decisions. There is also a good mix of people who have no clue what is really happening as with any book involving fantasy.