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Re-reading A GAME OF THRONES: An Unauthorized Response to George R. R. Martin's Fantasy Classic [Kindle Edition]

Remy J. Verhoeve
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Waiting for Dragons is an unauthorized critical essay hat is both an unabashed homage to George R.R. Martin’s brilliant fantasy novel A Game of Thrones and a candid – and at times controversial – commentary on the issues surrounding the delays of its sequels.

In 1996, George R.R. Martin electrified fantasy fans around the world when he published A Game of Thrones, the first book in his acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire series. Since then, Martin has published three more books in the series. The engrossing tale Martin spun with these first novels in his saga has gained more and more fans across the world and has resulted in a number of spin-off products, such including HBO’s TV series, card and board games, computer games, sword replicas, comic books and calendars. Perhaps paradoxically, the number of years between each time Martin publishes a new book in the series has increased. Fans have been clamoring for the fifth volume, A Dance with Dragons, since 2005: A book that promises to pick up the storylines of fan-favorite characters left hanging since 1999. As Martin struggles to reach the finish line, or indeed even the halfway point in his epic, his fans wait for the next fix. One way to keep sane during the long waits is to re-read the already published novels.

Journey to Westeros with Remy J. Verhoeve as he celebrates his tenth reading of A Game of Thrones. Chapter by chapter, the author, a Dutch-Norwegian English teacher and self-confessed fantasy geek, is both fellow traveler and tour guide as he shares his insightful reflections on Martin’s writing techniques, major – and seemingly minor – plot points and characters, and much more.

True to its origins as a blogging project undertaken while not-so-patiently waiting for A Dance With Dragons, the author does not hold back in this unauthorized companion book that is both an unabashed homage to the novel that started it all, as well as a candid – and at times controversial – commentary on the issues surrounding the delayed release of the fifth book.
Whether or not they agree with everything the author has to say, all fans of A Song of Ice and Fire, from those who have loved the series since its inception in 1996 to those who have only just discovered it through the HBO series, will enjoy this thought-provoking and outspoken book.


Product Details

  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Nimble Books LLC (April 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X1TYH2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars As a blog, it's ok, as a book, not so much. July 4, 2011
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Look, here's the thing. If you're going to take your blog posts and slap them together and sell them as a book, you really need to DO YOUR RESEARCH, and clean up your prose. Seriously. You have time to fix the stuff you didn't have time to look up when you initially posted this stuff. At one point the author is talking about a vision one of the characters had in the book, a vision of someone "armored like the sun, golden and beautiful." The author makes this statement about the imagery: "The 'armored' part makes me sure it's Ser Jaime Lannister, he's got gilded armor if I remember correctly." Really? If you remember correctly? How about you take 10 seconds and look it up if you're not sure? The book is full of these shenanigans, and the author even leaves in his own "LOL"s when he cracks himself up.

I appreciate that the author loves GRRM's writing, and he is very enthusiastic in his prose. Just remember, it's a BLOG, not really a BOOK, and it was written as the author reread "A Game of Thrones" for the 10th time. There was definitely stuff he got on the 10th reading that you and I missed on the first or even third reading, and I am thankful to the author for sharing those insights with us (I just raised my review from 1 star to 2). As a blog, I can forgive the dashed-off style, and probably would have read it and loved it as he posted it if I'd been aware of it at the time. As a book, though, it fails, though at $2.50 for the Kindle Edition it's probably worth reading to get you ready for the new book. Ok, I've just convinced myself to up my review to 3 stars. I need to stop.

Heck, anyone who loves AGoT this much is ok with me. Maybe I'm just jealous that he has a book out and I don't. I considered giving the book 4 stars just now, simply because the author is obviously a kindred spirit, but I'm not drunk enough yet to go that far so 3 it will remain.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good start, but... June 30, 2011
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This book started so well... Funny comments, a desire to bash obtuse characters' heads together, all the things so many readers have in common.

And then it degenerated into a personal hissy fit about moderators and flame wars on internet forums, and after struggling on for several pages without a mention of the book this work is supposed to be reviewing, I gave up. I didn't pay money to listen to ranting I can get for free.

Pity. If there's any good stuff in the rest of this work, I won't find it. A little more discipline on the part of the author and less autobiographical venting, and I'd have kept going.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No way this guy's read 'Thrones' ten times ... September 7, 2011
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First, the positive:

The Kindle Edition of this text is less than $3.00, so on that level it's money well-spent. Seriously, this is somewhat essential to 'Thrones' fans.

Now, the critical: This is "essential" reading in that in more ways than not it demonstrates what's *wrong* with fanboy criticism (and if that's not what this is supposed to be, then it's failed on yet another level):

- waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much emphasis on the HBO characterization;
- reminds me waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too many times he's read it 10x (when clearly he has not);
- waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too little useful/critical content (to be fair, I had high expectattions);
- waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much "I like this chapter a lot" and not enough "... because ..."
- Time and time again, he makes conclusions that simply don't support the text.

For example (spoiler!!), he goes on about how Dany's pregnancy could only occur as a result of three deaths. Fine so far. But we don't really need him going on for about a dozen pages (on a mobile app, that is) about him changing his mind. And, his final conclusion is inaccurate, dismissive, and misleading (i.e., is arguably essential to understanding the second book, A CLASH OF KINGS. I don't expect him to be able to recite lines from the book after ten readings; but I do expect him to talk about the book in a way that sounds like he's read it ten times. And the only times I ever got that feeling is when he's reminding me he's on the tenth reading.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Worth It January 27, 2012
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I think the idea behind this book is good, but the execution is terrible. To get to the little gems (like the theory that Jon Snow is Lyanna's son with Rhaegar Targaryen), you have to get through the author constantly repeating the same points over and over again. The book has a decent amount of insight in the first half, but I would expect more from someone who is on their 10th reread.

The "book" (let's be honest, the author just copy and pasted his blog entries without editing them or even rereading them) descends into madness in the last half. I'm sure it didn't sound this bad when the author only updated his blog once of twice a week, but when you're reading it as a book, the constant harping about how late A Dance With Dragons is is not only annoying and pulls you out of the book, but makes the author sound like a crazy person.

Also, the author is a huge hypocrite at the end- he criticizes GRRM for being a little pervy on HIS blog, only to turn around and be a perv while discussing the HBO adaptation casting. Michelle Fairley (Catelyn) isn't hot enough, so she'll "really have to convince" you? Not to mention him saying "I wouldn't mind suckling on Emily Clarke myself" when discussing Daenerys' final, fairly iconic scene. Super gross.

But like I said, there's some okay insight, and some okay theories as to what may happen later in the series, totally worth $2.51 or however much I paid for it. The repetitive whininess though? Absolutely ruins it. If you think you can troll through the muck for the good bits, more power to you. Go for it. But don't say I didn't warn you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A good companion read!!
A bit critical of GRRM's slowness in writing, but, hey, so am I! A good companion read and put some things together for me that I had not thought about.
Published 4 months ago by Phyl Worm
3.0 out of 5 stars For Game of Thrones fans
If like me you're tired of waiting for the next installment of A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin, then you need something to hold you over. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John Wao
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Compliment for Your Obsession
There's a lot of fluffy bits out there with people analyzing A Game of Thrones by George (not the Beatle) Martin. This isn't one of them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Atreyu
3.0 out of 5 stars Its ok
It was kind of interesting to read Mr. Verhoeve's comments about the book, but its not like reading an actual book.
Published 9 months ago by Daniel G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Analysis and Unintentional Irony
First of all, that is a very _strong_ three stars up there. I was tempted to give it four.
However, the book could have done with some editing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by William Reich
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reads I've had in awhile
If you are a fan of the A Song of Fire and Ice series, once you have read all in the series (that are published at least), this is something you NEED to pick up. Read more
Published 20 months ago by missylette5
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but... too Repetitive!
I had great hopes for this as I thought it would be interesting to follow along with someone re-reading Game Of Thrones. It may have worked better as a blog... Read more
Published on May 28, 2012 by DestinyintheDark
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a blog
This work shows that you can read one book ten times and still have nothing to say about it. From the first ten chapters I read I found that the author likes "Star Wars", doesn't... Read more
Published on March 11, 2012 by zmeischa
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
If you like George R. R. Martin's series, you should read this book. I thought it would just be a few chapters of petty whining, but in addition to actually being well-written, it... Read more
Published on October 8, 2011 by DpwnShift
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts strong and then waivers
Starts as a fun review of the Game of Thrones, but quickly devolves into a bitch session. I really enjoy the review sections, but found myself skipping over the sanctimonious posts... Read more
Published on August 6, 2011 by Dennis Owens Jr.
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