Monday, March 11, 2013

The Game of Thrones READ ALONG (read-a-long): Thoughts on Week 1 & Week 2 Guideline/Agenda

The first week of the read-along has been pretty good I think.  We've had a very good START to The Game of Thrones Read-Along.  The turnout and the discussion has been pretty good, so far, considering we were supposed to read two hundred pages for the first week, same as we will be doing for this coming week as well.  It's time for a summary of what's happened the first week, and what will be happening this current week.

To join A Series of Ice and Fire Read-Along or The Game of Thrones Read-Along see the corresponding links.  If you need to know the Guidelines for joining the Read-Along they are described in both of the entries, just see the links.  Either enter your own personal linke (if you are a blogger) or comment in the comment section that you've joined us - either for the whole series read-along or for just one of the books.

Here are the CURRENT Participants of The Game of Thrones Read-Along 

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Kim: who's been a very active participant in commenting on her experience with reading The Game of Thrones - always excited to read your comments.
Larissa (who says she's read the series and she might join us in April)
Lizzi - who's also read them but she'll joins us anyway :)

To see their comments so far visit the START to The Game of Thrones Read-Along

Week #1:
I was pretty shocked at first how the book began.  A beheading and a kickball with the deadman's head?  Well, yea and then once I got passed that I really started to enjoy the books.  I have to say though, that this is not a sit-back and enjoy the storyline kind of book.  It's going to shock you. It's going to get under your skin.  It's also going to make you think about a lot of things.

Shocking/Disturbing/Irking moments....
  • Like I've mentioned, the first has had to be the first beginning scene of the book
  • The second disturbing moment probably has to be the interaction between Danny and her brother....(possible out)... she's being sold for an army? wake the dragon?....
Though Provoking moments...
  •  "Can a man still be brave if he's afraid?" ??
  • "the question was not why the man had to die, but why I must do it." ??
  • "If you take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words.  And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die." ??
  • "A ruler who hides behind paid executioners soon forgets what death is."
  • "Every noble house has its words.  Family mottoes, touchstones, prayers of sorts, they boasted of honor and glory, promised loyalty and truth, swore faith and courage... but not the Starks."
  • "A bastard had to learn to notice things, to read the truth that people hid behind their eyes."

What makes this book unique? (possible
  • the idea of the OTHERS - the wildlings - cruel men, slavers, slayers, thiels, half-human child
  • the sword is called 'Ice' (really didn't see that coming..)-wide across as a man's hand and taller than even a man 

Favorite Character, so far...
  • Jon, one of my favorite characters, very early on in the book gets eliminated, what??  I mean talk about making the reader intrigued, because all I wanted to do was find out what had happened to Jon from that point on... and I wanted to know what everyone thought about this cool character.
  • I love how Jon convinces the father to take in the direwolf pups by tending to his tender side of his sons and daughters.
  • Even though Jon knows he could never belongs to the Starks family in any genuine way, because he'll always be 'the bastard' of the family, and he won't even be accepted to even sit at the same table as them at a special event, he still wishes to become someone.  "He had thought on it long and hard, lying abed at night while his brothers slept around him.  Robb would someday inherit Winterfell, Rickon would be Robb's bannermen and rule holdfasts in his name.  His sisters Arya and Sansa would marry the heirs of other great houses and go south as mistress of castles of their own.  But what place would a bastard hope to earn." He wanted to serve in the Night's watch...

 Now, for the coming week's schedule.....

 Book #1:  
The Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1) by George R. R. Martin

Week #2: March 11th - 16th, 2013

    •  The Game of Thrones (#1) March 3rd - March 31st
      • March 3-9th:  Prologue - Chapter 23 (p1-199)
      • March 10-16th: Chapter 24 - Chapter 44 (~p.200-400)
      • March 17-23rd: Chapter 45 - Chapter 64 (~p400-600)
      • March 24-30th: Chapter 64 - end of the book (~last 200pgs)
      • March 31st: WRAP-UP POST OF THE READALONG of The Game of Thrones
    •  The Clash of Kings (#2) April 1st - April 28th
    •  A Storm of Swords (#3) April 29th - May 26th
    •  A Feast for Crows (#4) May 27th - June 23rd
    •  A Dance with Dragons (#5) June 24th - July 28th
    • July 29th - July 31st ending comments and discussion ....
  • This week we will be reading the above mentioned Chapters 24-44 
  •  Discussion this will most likely focus largely on the story development and what happens through these chapters.
    •  Feel free to recommend any resources you stumble on, again, for this week. I will try to get us more resources, this week, though. 
    • Lastly, I will be hosting A GIVEAWAY of the GAME OF THRONES special Edition featured below in the picture - hardcover with a case of its own.  I will be announcing the winner at the end of the read-a-long of the book. THE MOST IMPORTANT REQUIREMENT of this giveaway is TO BE A PARTICIPANT in the read-a-along - meaning you have to be reading it weekly, and posting comments weekly.  I will be giving away a copy of THE GAME OF THRONES ONLY to the individual who has read and commented on every week of the read-a-long.

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