A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Three (Game of Thro

A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Three (Game of Thrones)

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Here is the third volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Game of Thrones and A Clash of Kings. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a world unlike any we have ever experienced. Already hailed as a classic, George R. R. Martin??

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  1. Jeffrey J. Weber Says:
    190 of 202 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Jaw-dropping, October 2, 2000
    By 
    Jeffrey J. Weber

    This review is from: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) (Hardcover)

    Wow, does Martin play for keeps! By the third book in a six book series, you would think that you had the basic plotlines of the story mapped out, and that you could predict most of the major events. Not with A Storm of Swords. Amazing plot twists, fantastic character development, superb dialogue, and a story that moves. This is no unending saga where the story barely progresses from volume to volume. Major characters die, and others act in ways that are completely unexpected but always make sense. So much action is crammed into 900+ pages that I was emotionally drained upon finally finishing — and reaching the shattering epilogue.

    This series is not for the feint of heart. The good guys don’t always win, and the bad guys don’t always lose. One particular scene involves a series of horrific murders that are so well-written that the action seems to move in slow motion. I had to put down the book for a few minutes just to absorb what I had just read, and I know that I am not the only one to have had that reaction. Those are the moments you hope for when reading — when the story grabs hold and sucks you in. Fortunately, its not all grim. Seeds of hope and hints of better things to come are there, and there are rousing moments when I couldn’t stop the smile from spreading over my face. I’ve been reading fantasy for 22 years and this is unsurpassed. Get it, read it.

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  2. MISTER SJEM "sonofhotpie" Says:
    584 of 646 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    An emotional roller coaster ride: bliss, surprise and sorrow, April 17, 2001
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    MISTER SJEM “sonofhotpie” (CALIF BAY AREA United States) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)
      

    This review is from: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) (Hardcover)

    First off, I’m a heavy duty fan of GRRM. I’ve read over a 100 different fantasy authors in my time (started at 12; I’m now 32). Took about 5 years off from the genre b/c I felt it was all getting too formulaic and cliched. Typical archetype character who turns out to be the missing heir or boy wonder who saves the world against the Dark Lord.

    So, when I came back to fantasy at the end of 1999, I read the usual: Goodkind, Jordan, etc. and then someone told me about GRRM and man, that was the kicker!

    Here are the reasons to choose GRRM. I’ve also listed the reasons not to choose him to make it fair b/c I know their are certain personalities who won’t like this series:

    WHY TO READ GRRM

    (1) YOU ARE TIRED OF FORMULAIC FANTASY: good lad beats the dark lord against impossible odds; boy is the epitome of good; he and all his friends never die even though they go through great dangers . . . the good and noble king; the beautiful princess who falls in love with the commoner boy even though their stations are drastically different . . . the dark lord is very evil and almost one sided at times . . . you get the idea. After reading this over and over, it gets old.

    (2) YOU ARE TIRED OF ALL THE HEROES STAYING ALIVE EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE UNDER CONSTANT DANGER: this gets even worse where the author kills a main hero off but that person comes back later in the story. Or, a hero does die but magic brings him back.

    This sometimes carries to minor characters where even they may not die, but most fantasy authors like to kill them off to show that some risked the adventure and perished.

    (3) YOU ARE A MEDIEVAL HISTORY BUFF: this story was influenced by the WARS OF THE ROSES and THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR.

    (4) YOU LOVE SERIOUS INTRIGUE WITHOUT STUPID OPPONENTS: lots of layering; lots of intrigue; lots of clever players in the game of thrones. Unlike other fantasy novels, one side, usually the villain, is stupid or not too bright.

    (5) YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BIASED OPINIONS AND DIFFERENT TRUTHS: GRRM has set this up where each chapter has the title of one character and the whole chapter is through their viewpoint. Interesting tidbit is that you get their perception of events or truths. But, if you pay attention, someone else will mention a different angle of truth in the story that we rarely see in other novels. Lastly and most importantly, GRRM doesn’t try to tell us which person is right in their perception. He purposelly leaves it vague so that we are kept guessing.

    (6) LEGENDS: some of the most interesting characters are those who are long gone or dead. We never get the entire story but only bits and pieces; something that other fantasy authors could learn from to heighten suspense. Additionally, b/c the points of views are not congruent, we sometimes get different opinions.

    (7) WORDPLAY: if you’re big on metaphors and description, GRRM is your guy. Almost flawless flow.

    (8) LOTS OF CONFLICT: all types, too; not just fighting but between characters through threats and intrigue.

    (9) MULTILAYERED PLOTTING; SUB PLOTS GALORE: each character has their own separate storyline; especially as the story continues and everyone gets scattered. This is one of the reasons why each novel is between 700-900 pages.

    (10) SUPERLATIVE VARIED CHARACTERS: not the typical archetypes that we are used to in most fantasy; some are gritty; few are totally evil or good; GRRM does a great job of changing our opinions of characters as the series progress. This is especially true of Jaime in book three.

    (11) REALISTIC MEDIEVAL DIALOGUE: not to the point that we can’t understand it but well done.

    (12) HEAPS OF SYMOBLISM AND PROPHECY: if you’re big on that.

    (13) EXCELLENT MYSTERIES: very hard to figure out the culprits; GRRM must have read a lot of mystery novels.

    (14) RICHLY TEXTURED FEMALE CHARACTERS: best male author on female characters I have read; realistic on how women think, too.

    (15) LOW MAGIC WORLD: magic is low key; not over the top so heroes can’t get out of jams with it.

    REASON TO NOT READ GRRM

    (1) YOU LIKE YOUR MAIN CHARACTERS: GRRM does a good job of creating more likeable characters after a few die. But, if that isn’t your style, you shouldn’t be reading it. He kills off several, not just one, so be warned.

    (2) DO NOT CARE FOR GRITTY GRAY CHARACTERS: if you like more white and gray characters, this may unsettle you. I suggest Feist or Goodkind or Dragonlance if you want a more straight forward story with strong archetypes.

    (3) MULTIPLE POINTS OF VIEWS TURN YOU OFF: if you prefer that the POVS only go to a few characters, this might be confusing for you.

    (4) SWEARING, SEX: there’s a lot of it in this book just as there is in real life. If you have delicate ears, this book may upset you.

    (5) YOU DEMAND CLOSURE AT THE END OF EVERY BOOK: this isn’t the case for all stories in the series. Some are still going on; some have…

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  3. DonAthos Says:
    176 of 198 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Unabated Frustration Costs Martin One Star, July 11, 2005
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    DonAthos
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    This review is from: A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3) (Mass Market Paperback)

    I’ve read through some of the other reviews of the first three books of this series and I think it time to address a few of the most commonly cited complaints.

    First: the sex. Yes, there is a lot of graphic sexuality in these novels. But, you know, there’s a lot more warfare, fighting, murder and mutilation. These books are about warfare and political intrigue. If you’re bound to be offended by anything graphically described, then these are not the novels for you as the pages are rife with blood and gore. Sex, in comparison, is kind of a friendly diversion even if it is described in terms devoid of romance and rose petals. If, on the other hand, you are offended by sexuality but not by graphic violence, then there are more pressing questions for you to consider than which fantasy novel to read.

    Second: character deaths. Yes, there are a lot of character deaths. Too many? Not enough? Hmm… I’d say just about right. It keeps things healthy, to have cared-for characters die every so often: it keeps you on your toes. Also, given the aforementioned subject matter, war and intrigue, it simply wouldn’t make sense not to have death now and again. Finally, there are so many characters and so many plots running around that death is a nice way of keeping things rather more in hand. I do have a complaint regarding the character deaths, however, which I will come to soon.

    Third: the gray morality. Yes, the characters are round and multi-faceted. Everyone has virtues, everyone has flaws. (Well, okay, I’d be hard-pressed to find the virtues in some of them, like Gregor or Joff, but still…) But, you know, that doesn’t mean that the characters can’t be seen as heroic or villainous. Just because Hitler loved animals and was a vegetarian (which is true) doesn’t mean he didn’t have some rather defining characteristics. C’mon-you know who the heroes and who the villains are. And, while our opinions do sometimes change (Jaime’s character, for instance, starts to change over the course of this book), the reason that they do so is not because there is no morality present, but precisely because there is. But here, I again have my own complaint, which I shall deal with presently.

    Having dealt with the gripes of others, it’s now time for me to develop my own. My problem with Martin’s morality is that he makes it appear that, roughly, good = stupid. If there were a hard and fast rule in his world, it would seem to be that being an honorable person will certainly lead to pain, humiliation and death. Often, the problems that the more heroic characters encounter are of their own devise, and it usually comes from blindly trusting and acting honorably to the more villainous characters. And so, Ned warns Cersei of his discovery instead of immediately taking action. Robb releases Theon to his home. Rodik refuses to attack on Winterfell until too late, trusting in his enemy’s honor (despite knowing his enemy to have none). Catelyn releases Jaime. Renly and Stannis refuse to attack King’s Landing, again until too late. Loras pledges himself to Joffrey instead of striking him down. Cate and company trust Frey. Sansa trusts, well, everyone she shouldn’t. Time after time, the heroes have the ability and the opportunity to win the day, and time after time they drop the ball and allow villainy to succeed. It has been said that all it takes for evil to win is for good men to do nothing. In this series, good men often surpass doing nothing by doing extremely stupid things to the advantage of the evil. And this is not to mention Tyrion, who is a heroic character completely enthralled to his villainous family and keeping them alive and kicking more than any other. The villains in this series would have no hope of winning at all if it were not for the active interference (sometimes unwitting), in their favor, of the heroes. It’s like reading a big, adult Series of Unfortunate Events populated by several Mr. Poes who continually place orphans in Olaf’s hands and refuse to hear their warnings (much like Ned dismissed Arya’s warnings, just prior to his being arrested/decapitated). And that is a little frustrating, the difference being that this frustration is primarily what Snicket intends-I am less sure as to Martin’s intention.

    My second gripe, concerning characters deaths, as promised, is that: the deaths don’t always seem to be part of some master plan. Sometimes, the deaths just feel kind of tacked on, either for shock or for “realism.” And, actually, this is part of a greater concern, the apparent lack of a master plan. As a for instance, way back in book one, you remember how Sansa’s wolf, Lady was killed, and how that felt significant? As though, eventually, it would somehow matter that Sansa didn’t have her wolf with her? Well… Sansa hasn’t really gone through anything better or worse than any of the other Starks, and she’s much more alive than some, including one who kept his wolf all…

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