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The one sentence book review – what a cool idea.

Posted in Books, Writing with tags , , , , , , on March 26, 2013 by urbannight

A Storm of Sword – Stopped reading in the middle when I realized that the entire series was all about people w/ no control over their lives, who were miserable, trying to seize power in order to have some control over their own lives and thereby making everyone else miserable in the process.

A Desolation of the Soul.

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2013 by urbannight

I’m about half way through book three of the Game of Thrones series.  Storm of Swords is the title, I think.  Or is that book four, which I have not gotten to yet?  It really doesn’t matter.  Half way through and I decided I needed a break.

I have a theory about what is going on in the books.  Everything is a direct result of the soul-deep unhappiness that each and every person is experiencing in the book.

No one has any control over anything in their lives.  Every single character is forced to marry someone not of their choosing.  So far there has been one exception to that rule and the foreshadowing is that the results of that are going to be very bad. 

No one is allowed to do or be who they want.  Everyone is born into a role and that is their place no matter what.  There isn’t even the option of declaring ones self for the church as there would have been in Medieval Europe.  The closest thing is volunteering for the Night Watch. 

The entire series is a collection of horrible events after horrible events.   Every time a book ends with any hopeful situation, it reverses itself at the beginning of the next book. 

Ultimately, the quest for power seems to be a quest to be able to take control of ones life.  But the only route to that is to also have control over everyone else’s lives.  Even then, with an absolute monarchy, even the ruler didn’t have total control over their life.  They may have absolute control over everyone else and can live mostly as they please, even the ultimate authority is forced to marry someone they might not want.

All the events in the books can be traced back to a few selfish choices that set up everything else.  A mad king who wants a pretty girl and rapes her, a set of too close twins who develop an incestuous relationship in childhood and live for each other as adults, and a petulant, unstable man who sells his sister in order to try to retake his ‘birthright’.  Even that last one goes back to the first one and might be an extension of that.

The reason I’m having to take a break, in the middle of a book, is because it is so very, incredibly, depressing.  It feels like no one is ever going to have anything go well for them and everyone is going to die.  So I need something a little more upbeat to read before I go back and finish that.