Review of A Clash of Kings, sort of

May 31st, 2011 Posted in 52 Books in one year challenge, Fantasy, Fiction, Kelly

Clash of Kings George RR MartinIn a review of the TV show Game of Thrones, New York Times Reviewer Ginia Bellafante essentially bagged on fantasy and claimed that women don’t read fantasy. Her exact quote:

“While I do not doubt that there are women in the world who read books like Mr. Martin’s, I can honestly say that I have never met a single woman who has stood up in indignation at her book club and refused to read the latest from Lorrie Moore unless everyone agreed to “The Hobbit” first. “Game of Thrones” is boy fiction patronizingly turned out to reach the population’s other half.”

As a female reader I found this offensive. As a thinking individual I was a little surprised that the New York Times review of TV show would spend so little time talking about the production values and quality of a show. I’m impressed that HBO took a fantasy saga of this scale and wish the reviewer would have actually reviewed the show.
As far as actually reviewing A Clash of Kings, I don’t want to get too much into the plot of the book since it will give away certain plot points that carry a ton of weight/emotional impact for the end of Game of Thrones.  Given how closely the TV show mirrors the book, getting too much into plot of A Clash of Kings could spoil both the end of the book and TV show. Since I love the book, I don’t want to spoil the end for anyone.

The basic premise: five kings are fighting for control of Westeros. Tyrion Lannister really stole the show for me in this novel. Overall, I really enjoyed this novel and appreciate the world Martin created. A Clash of Kings doesn’t have the same emotional impact as Game of Thrones but it’s really set the stage for the next book. I enjoy the female characters, especially Arya although I appreciate how Martin juxtapositions Sansa’s perspectives against the rest of the female cast.  Sansa has the least power of any of the woman. Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow also continue to be favorites, and anti-hero Theon Greyjoy brings additional color.

Expect a dual (duel?!?) review of Game of Thrones soon!

Read by: Kelly

Title: A Clash of Kings
Author: George R. R. Martin
Source: Barnes & Noble Nook
Read: May 2011





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