I’m going to have some time away from George. We’ve spent a lot of time together lately, and I’m not sure how healthy that can be for me.
It all started with some spare time and the thought that I might tackle something a little bigger. Something that would take more than a few days to chew through. I didn’t quite realise that I would chew through 2001 pages in less than a month.
2001… A George Odyssey. It seems apt as I headed out into uncharted territory, picking up first A Clash of Kings and later A Storm of Swords from the Game of Thrones saga at many plenty moments of the day or evening. If you’ve read this far, fear not, there will be no spoilers in this Post, which, as it happens, is my first in quite a while…
Anyway, it’s been good with George, if a little intense at times. The 3rd book (Storm…) I read on the Kindle and sees me move away from the TV show, where I have only seen the first two seasons – thus my imagination has some chance to take flight. The Kindle has its disadvantages and advantages. It’s a pain to look up the maps, so much so that I used Clash, which was a paperback, as my “reference tome”. The advantages… it’s light (so no GRR Martin wrist/forearm workout in reading a doorstop edition), you can see how far you have to go in the chapter or the rest of the book (disconcertingly so when it advises you early on that there are 31 hours left in the book… ha!) and you can use the Dictionary and Highlight functions.
Book 2 and, on Kindle, book 3
The former is a funny process in itself. I have the Oxford Dictionary of English loaded into my Kindle and it balks at quite a bit. Direwolf is a case in point as I highlighted the first word I came to in writing this post to check which Dictionary I had installed. No Definition Found. But, it does demonstrate how rich Mr George’s writing has been, in terms of Thesaurus-like range of language he deploys. All of the weaponry, the clothing, the food. He has it covered.
And, he sometimes uses words that are, simply, wonderful. My favourite (and this is where I used the Highlight) function, meaning that I could find it again later, is susurrus (to murmur or hum, according to the Kindle’s Oxford) as he described characters coming across the river of the Green Fork. Lovely.
So, having mainlined two books in a row, my head is full of George. I gave the 4th book 4 stars on Goodreads… it’s epic, but as a friend said, in need of an Editor to give it a good trim. 1128 pages could probably benefit by losing 10% readily enough.
The fourth book is waiting, on the Kindle…. but first I’m going to read a book that I borrowed from the local library: Sara Gran’s City of the Dead, a detective novel set post Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. And at only 273 pages, should, by George’s standards, be a breeze!