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Winning the Game of Thrones: The Host of Characters and their Agendas Kindle Edition
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I am surprised at some of the less than steller reviews of this book. I suppose if you are a GOT fan(atic) and live and breathe every detail of the lands of Westeros and Esteros you might find this book disappointing; but for confused people like me who just want to try to try to understand what is going on in the world of GOT this book is terrific! I have been watching the HBO series for the last couple of years and periodically stop because the series portrays such blatant sexual perversion and gory violence that I found it disgusting. But then I would be drawn back to the story and watch a few more episodes ending up being confused about what is happening and who is who and why they did what they did.
I recently purchased the set of the first five books of the "Song of Ice and Fire" series written by George R. R. Martin to try to catch up on lost plot lines of the series before the new HBO season started. This book was invaluable in understanding Mr. Martin's masterpiece. The books are so much better than the shows and the shows are terrific (except for the explicit depictions of sex and gore that I could live without, but that is the nature of cable TV in America). Ms. Frankel goes into detail of the mythology Mr. Martin derived inspiration from, discusses the meaning of the "journey" of each of several of the main characters, gives detailed descriptions of each of the "Houses" or families of the kingdom(s), the different groups of sell-swords, etc., and synopsis of each of Mr. Martin's books and short stories as they pertain to the world of GOT. It took me about three weeks to read the first five books of the series and I kept this book as well as Mr. Martin's books open at the same time and switched back and forth as needed to help me understand and remember who characters were (which is no small task).
Many of the characters in the SOI&F books have similar names or names I couldn't guess how to pronounce so I have trouble remembering the difference between them. For example, the House of Tyrell and the House of Martell. They both are in the southern section of Westeros, the families are cousins, have an ongoing fued, try to publicly get along but privately hate each other and plot against each other. So when Margery TYRELL married into the Lannister family Oberlyn MARTELL comes to court to try manipulate his way into friendship with the Lannisters to offset the influence of the Tyrell family (and for other reasons as well). This is just a tiny example of the secret and not so secret motives of the characters that play the "game of thrones".
I think the "game" could also be thought of as the game of power. Each family and each player wants his own power and manipulates everyone around himself to attain it. They are all playing games and their subplots weave together like an intricate basket. You can't tell the players without a program and this book makes a really good program to follow.
P.S. I wanted to mention that the charts are rather hard to read on the Kindle. I also read my Kindle books on my PC to have a larger screen and they were hard to read on the larger screen too. They aren't essential to understanding the information the author is sharing but it would have been nice to be able to actually read them.
I liked her references to other fantasy books people might enjoy & found a couple Mercedes Lackey/Andre Norton collaborations I am currently enjoying from reading this.
I might wish she'd been more consistent in the use of bolding a subject heading sometimes and not others, and more careful editing would've helped the typos -- but a minor quibble, and the price point makes the book well worth the investment. Also, I loved the cover! Overall, you probably won't regret getting this one.
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