Monthly Archives: April 2012

A Game of Thrones

This is a review of “A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin. It is the first novel in A Song of Ice and Fire. It is also the inspiration for the awesome tv series “Game of Thrones” which airs on HBO.

Well I know I’ve made out like Lord Walder Frey and arrived late to the action. But I am glad that I arrived at all! I kept putting off watching the series because I wanted to read the books first. But in the end I gave in to the hype and watched Season 1 before reading any of the books. And I LOVED it. I recommend it to anyone and everyone.

This book was awesome. It was just as good as, and even better than the tv series. I don’t know if any review will ever do it justice. It is a book that has to be read and enjoyed. Filled with a myriad of well drawn characters and complex plot lines, it truly is a masterpiece in fantasy fiction.

Lord Eddard Stark rules Winterfell. His territory lies in the far north… well as far north as you can get south of The Wall. At Winterfell it is always cold. And that’s in summer. But as every Stark knows, winter is coming.

Strange happenings have been occurring north of The Wall, a towering barricade that protects the people from, well, from things that come from the North. White walkers (fanciful stories, or something much more sinister?), direwolves, wildlings… The north is dangerous ok? And the Brothers in Black, the Men of The Knight’s Watch need more men. They are thinly scattered across the vast expanse of The Wall and they know they cannot possibly take on a serious threat if one does emerge from the wilderness of the north…

Lord Eddard Stark is quite comfortable where is. He has his family, he has his duty and he has Winterfell. But when his old friend King Robert Baratheon pays him a visit, he knows he’s not going to like what the King has to say. King Robert requests that Lord Stark (Ned to his buddies) come back with him to court at King’s Landing to be the Hand of the King. Ned really would rather not, but cannot think of an honorable way to say no. So off Ned goes with his two daughters in tow to Kings Landing.

Tyrion Lannister is known as the imp. He is a dwarf (not the mining kind, just the short kind). He is brother to the Queen, Cersei, and her twin brother Jaime, Knight of the Kingsguard. He will always put his family first, even if he doesn’t like them very much. Tyrion has a knack of always being present at the wrong time…

Daenerys Targaryen is a Princess. Living in hiding with her older brother Viserys, they are the last known heirs to the lost throne. Their father King Aerys (The Mad King and last of the Dragon Kings) was murdered by The Kingslayer Ser Jaime Lannister. His throne was taken up by Robert Baratheon. The rest of their family was slaughtered, including the heir to the throne, their elder brother Rhaegor. Viserys will stop at nothing to get “his throne” back. He will even trade his sister to the savage Dothraki for an army…

An absolutely awesome book, even having read it after seeing Season 1 of Game of Thrones (thus I knew what was going to happen). Anyone who enjoys the fantasy genre will love this book and this series.

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Dead Over Heels

This is a review of “Dead Over Heels” by Charlaine Harris. It is the fifth novel in The Aurora Teagarden Series. It follows on from “The Julius House“.

Aurora is happily married. She has found a new friend in Angel Youngblood (her sometime bodyguard). She has renovated her house to perfection and is generally happy in all areas of her life. Maybe a baby would be nice…

Roe is in the garden, taking turns with Angel to mow the lawn. A plane flies overhead and out falls a man. A dead man. As in a man who was already dead before he ever left the plane. The dead man is none other than Detective Jack Burns. Both Angel and Aurora have had their run ins with the detective (and you gotta admit, Roe does seem to attract dead people).

The dead detective is disturbing, no doubt about it, but other people begin to get hurt. Seriously hurt. Aurora has an inkling that someone may have an obsession with Angel. Can they find the obsessed killer before its too late?

Full of surprises, this is another great Roe Teagarden novel.

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The Julius House

This is a review of “The Julius House” by Charlaine Harris. It is the fourth book in The Aurora Teagarden Series.

Aurora is happily enjoying engaged life. It’s something she’s been waiting for forever, and she’s so in love with her fiancé Martin Bartell. They really seem to understand one another. Aurora knows for sure she’s got “The One” when Martin purchases the perfect wedding gift. The Julius House.

The Julius House is the house of Roe’s dreams. It is exactly what she’s been looking for, and even has the added bonus of being the site of a famous missing persons (presumed murder) mystery. Roe gets on with her wedding plans, her renovations and sleuthing.

But can Roe get past Martin’s shady background? Can she get him to be honest with her? Just what sort of relationship does Martin have with the couple he’s recommended live in the above-garage apartment of their new house? And what did happen to the Julius family?

Personal thoughts:
*CAUTION MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*
I really enjoyed this book! More than any other in the series so far. I liked the addition of Shelby and Angel, and I enjoyed reading more about Roe and Martin. It was nice to see Roe so happy.

A lot of Sookie fans don’t like Aurora, and think that without the paranormal, life in the South is “boring” and “full of fluff”. Living in a small town myself at the moment (admittedly I am in Australia, and not the southern US) I can relate to the small-town-edness Harris describes. I can relate to Aurora having a name that’s a mouthful myself! I love reading about Southern Culture, it’s very entertaining. I enjoy Aurora Teagarden on many levels.

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Three Bedrooms, One Corpse

This is a review of “Three Bedrooms, One Corpse” by Charlaine Harris. It is the third novel in The Aurora Teagarden Series.

Auroroa “Roe” Teagarden is no longer a librarian. But she needs something to do with her time. So she considers becoming a Real Estate Agent in her mother’s agency, Select Realty. But in the first house she shows, there is an unexpected surprise on the second floor. The body of a dead woman is found in one of the bedrooms. The dead woman is a realtor in another firm in town and a known “hussy”. Of course the find is shocking in and of itself, but Aurora is able to continue on in life without too much distress (she is a murder buff after all).

But when another female realtor’s body is found, in another house for sale, Roe begins to see a pattern emerge. It seems her yearning for a career change has come at a dangerous time in the Realtor business.

And although Roe has been comfortably (and chastely) dating Aubrey Scott- a local priest- new man in town -Martin- really gets her blood racing. Should she continue on with the priest? Or take her chances with Martin?

And, oh yeah, who is killing these women?

Personal thoughts:
*CAUTION MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS*
I really like Roe. I have heard that many people don’t like this series, but I love it! She is a strong woman looking for love and she knows what she wants. And not just what she wants in a man, but what she wants in life.

I thought her actions toward the end were pretty silly, but they suited her character, so were not really unexpected. And she came out all right in the end!

I love all of Charlaine Harris’ novels. She just has this knack for writing with familiarity, emotion, humour, quirk, verve and colloquialisms.

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