- File Size: 3821 KB
- Print Length: 210 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Blue Buddha Press; 1st edition (May 8, 2015)
- Publication Date: May 8, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VH6DPDK
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #558,189 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Tower of the Hand: A Hymn for Spring Kindle Edition
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If you are a fan of A Song of Ice and fire and the TV show Game of Thrones, then A Hymn for Spring is an essential book. It broadens and deepens your fondness for the book, introduces a web of connections and allusions to take with you on your next re-read of the books and mostly directs your view to the broad tapestry of George R. R. Martin's richly deconstructive and strongly allusive work of fantasy/alternate history. The essays look at various aspects. Amin Javadi studies the prominent roles music plays in George R. R. Martin's world, Stefan Sasse analyses the character of Ser Barristan, Steven Attewell likewise studies the influence, real and cultural, of Renaissance humanist Niccolo Machiavelli on the overall series, as well as a solidly educational look at how medieval finances actually worked and how its represented here. Alexander Smith, likewise analyses the transition of characters from page to screen.
If I have a quibble its that the books are so vast that these essays feel like mere scratching the surface. It's both too specific and too general. It is also compounded by the fact that the books in question are still not complete and await two volumes, so that can be expected. Still here's hoping there are further volumes which broadens the entire books. I would especially like one studying the innovative dramaturgy in the series, the critique and challenge to "main characters" as opposed to "supporting characters" which is the major achievement of George R. R. Martin's ensemble.