Having just missed one hundred books in the first year of The Book Challenge, in 2010, I made the full tonne. Still reading, but without the challenge, take a look at the reviews for the books that I have read this year.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Book 30 - A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold

Book - A Storm of Swords: Blood and Gold
Author - George RR Martin
Year - 2000
Genre - Fantasy
Pages -
Series - A Song of Ice and Fire

I have just written a review for the first half of this book which nicely encapsulates everything that I want to say about it.  Here, in lieu of a proper review, I shall instead share with you a brief anecdote about the first time I read this book.

It was back in 2002 and I was at university just starting my first year.  My housemate Adam was reading the series, but I caught up with him, and whenever he was out - socialising, having a girlfriend, all of the normal trappings of life that I was distracted from by Martin's masterpiece - I would grab his book and cram as much as I could in before he got home, until I overtook him towards the end of the second book.  Whilst reading this, the third in the series, I came to a particular event - one that those of you who have read the book will certainly know what it is - that was so shocking and amazing, that I had to put down the book and go for a walk.  Never before or since have I been so surprised by an event in a book, or so emotionally involved.

It.  Is.  That.  Good.

And to top things, because I was stealing Adam's book, I couldn't even talk to him about it.  Although once we had read them, we made up for that alright.

Read it.


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