Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spare


I'm having palpitations. My BP is now probably through the roof. And I would've bitten my fingernails to the quick, if I actually had fingernails. (TMI: When I cut my fingernails, I cut them so short that my fingers often bleed. Bloody true story.) I've been holding off on watching the Game of Thrones TV series, as I really, really love the books. Because, as we all know:
100% true: TV episodes/movies ≠ books
75% true: TV episodes/movies < books
But I gave in last week, and I saw all 30 episodes of seasons 1 to 3 of Game of Thrones in a span of 5 days. And, for the life of me, I've never seen so many boobs and vaginas, slashed throats, incestuous and orgiastic coupling (man-woman, man-man, woman-woman), penis cutting, beheadings, horse riding, sword fighting, and what-not in those 5 days. I loved it! I was in hog heaven.

All right, now I've resolved to go back to the books. I read the first novel of A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones, back in 2003, if I remember correctly. Then the second one, A Clash of Kings, back in 2006. I started the third book, A Storm of Swords, in 2009. I believe I reached halfway through it, and then decided to just drop it. With George R. R. Martin's pace in writing the series, I think I have all the time in the world. Unless, GRRM dies before he completes it. In which case, it doesn't really matter, because that would be the end of the world for me anyway.

Now I'm back at page 1 of A Storm of Swords, this proverbial book with the notorious Red Wedding scene. So, sorting through my shelves and finding out that I have 2 copies—a paperback and a hardback! Woot! The hardback is a pain to lug around. I'd much rather have 2 pounds of food in my bag (that's 8 quarter-pound burgers!). Thank goodness for the paperback, right? Although, the paperback is still a brick in itself, but I know I can't be choosy if I want to get my fix. Besides, I need to reconnect to my literary family—the Lannisters. We don't mix with sheep.

16 comments:

Jaime said...

Too funny. I read the first two a few years ago and started Storm of Swords and put it down. Not sure why, exactly but I JUST started it up again.

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Peter S. said...

I guess I was just too overwhelmed with the number of characters. But the TV series somehow helped! Thanks for visiting, Jaime!

Geosef Garcia said...

I will begin reading the books once GRRM finished the series. I don't want to experience what I had with Harry Potter; the excruciating long wait. Plus, I want the kind of surprise that I had with the Red Wedding. I had absolutely no idea that that would happen. I'm a fan of the TV series. :)

Peter S. said...

But that will take years, Geosef Garcia! Hehehehehe.

Geosef Garcia said...

I don't mind, di naman ako nagmamadali. Besides, I am already waiting for every season of the show every year. I don't want to add the waiting of the final 2 books. Baka mabaliw na ako non. :P

Peter S. said...

Sabagay. Ang bagal nga pala nya kasi magsulat. :-)

Jeane said...

I did like the tv show but didn't quite make it through all the books available yet. Barely started Dance with Dragons and it just got tedious. But I think I still want to finish it- when the sixth book comes out! I wonder how long that will be.

Peter S. said...

We shall hopefully find out soon, Jeane!

ram said...

true,.ilove the show and the book...

Peter S. said...

For fans like us, "love" is an understatement, I think. Hehehehehe. Thanks, ram!

Monique said...

Ooooh, a Lannister, ei? Hmm. I can't decide which House I want to belong to: the Starks are nearly all wiped out and the Targaryens are nuts.

Oh, my problems. :))

Peter S. said...

Yep, I'm a true blue (red?) Lannister. Hihihihihihi.

Lynai said...

Oh, yay! Some friends and I at TFG are buddy reading this starting tomorrow. Excited to read about the Red Wedding too! :)

Peter S. said...

Hello, Lynai! Woot woot! Have fun on your read-along!

crobl005 said...

I didn't know that games of thrones could get such a fascination in a person like you.

Peter S. said...

I'm a sucker for these things actually. Hello, crobl005!