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Re-reading A GAME OF THRONES: An Unauthorized Response to George R. R. Martin's Fantasy Classic by [Verhoeve, Remy J.]
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  • File Size: 744 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Nimble Books LLC (April 17, 2011)
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X1TYH2
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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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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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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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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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