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A Dance With Dragons, George R.R. Martin

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A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

First Published: 2011
Pages: 1117 excluding character lists (Paperbacks, book 1: 624, book 2: 493)
Form: Novel
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #5

Rating: 4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it4/5 = I really liked it

Again, the blurbs for book 5 obviously contain spoilers for books 1-4 so everything is going below the cut.

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A Feast For Crows, George R.R. Martin

A Feast For Crows, George R.R. MartinA Feast For Crows by George R.R. Martin

First Published: 2005
Pages: 852 including maps and character-lists (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #4

Rating:3.5/53.5/53.5/53.5/53.5/5

As always with this series even the blurb is spoilerific for the previous books so everything goes under the cut. Continue reading

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A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin

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A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

First Published: 2000
Pages: 1123 excluding character lists (Paperbacks, book 1: 569, book 2: 554)
Form: Novel
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #3

Rating: 4.5/54.5/54.5/54.5/54.5/5

Warning: I’ll do my best to avoid spoilers for this book in my review but there is really no way to discuss the book without revealing spoilers about the first two. Even just the blurbs for this series are pretty spoilerific so everything’s going under the cut.

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Fevre Dream, George R.R. Martin

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin

Publisher: Gollancz (Orion)
Pages: 390 (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: Standalone

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Abner Marsh has had his dearest wish come true – he has built the Fevre Dream, the finest steamship ever to sail the Mississippi. Abner hopes to race the boat some day, but his partner is making it hard for him to realise his ambition. Joshua York put up the money for the Fevre Dream, but now rumours have started about the company he keeps, his odd eating habits and strange hours. As the Dream sails the great river, it leaves in its wake one too many dark tales, until Abner is forced to face down the man who helped his dreams become reality.

I seem to be going on a bit of a supernatural binge recently; first Dracula, now this, and next it’ll probably be that werewolf book that’s been gathering dust on my shelves. If this isn’t your thing, sorry, I’ll be back to reviewing other genres again soon, I just need something easy but fun while I get through the last of my exams. And onto the book… I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting but what I got was a modern (if we can call something written in the 1980s and set in the 1850s modern) vampire novel that didn’t make me pull a face in disgust, roll my eyes, click my tongue, or hurl the book across the room. For that alone it should get at least four stars.  Extra marks for being a damn good yarn and just the sort of book I was in the mood for. It’s not a perfect book but it left me with a happy ‘just what I needed right now’ afterglow.

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Top 5: Book to TV Adaptations

So I was a bit busy at the end of April to get a ‘Top 5’ post up…better late than never though. From now on I’ll make more of an effort to get them pre-written in time to go up on first sunday of each month.

This month, to belatedly celebrate the return of Game of Thrones, it’s book to TV adaptations. Now there is a lot of great TV adapted from books, so I am rather limiting myself in only picking 5 –  especially as there are lots that I haven’t seen and I’m ignoring series I have seen but are based on books I haven’t read (thus disqualifying The Jewel in the Crown, North and South, Daniel Deronda, Little Dorrit and a whole host of other really wonderful stuff).

I’m certain there is plenty of stuff that’s objectively far better quality than some of my picks here but these are all TV series that hold a special place in my heart that I could (and in some cases do) watch again and again. So judge away, argue with my choices and, please, do recommend others – but don’t expect me to change my mind on any of these.

So here it goes – Louise’s list of top 5 TV adaptations (from newest to oldest) Continue reading

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A Clash of Kings, George R.R. Martin

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Publisher: Voyager (HarperCollins)
Pages: 741 including maps and character-lists (Paperback)
Form: Novel
Series: A Song of Ice and Fire #2

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Warning: This isn’t a series you can just jump into. If you haven’t read/watched the first book,  A Game of Thrones, then there will almost certainly be major spoilers in here, it’s just unavoidable. Though the blurb itself isn’t too spoily the blurbs for later books in the series  really are so I’m getting in the practice right now of hiding them beneath the ‘read more’ button – I know I certainly regret glancing at the back covers for books three and four before I knew it was a series I actually wanted to read. Continue reading

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