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StormIt’s that time of year, Game of THRONES, my friends.  Are you geeking out?   I am.  Hard. Core.  I resisted this show for two whole seasons, but in the end, pre-baby ‘bed rest’ boredom, plus my inner fantasy fan (ok, OUTER fantasy fan) won the day.  And as if often the case, once I committed my whole heart, after binge-watching two seasons (and frankly, switching cable carriers to get HBO at a great deal for Season 3), I made my way to the books.

I’m happy to admit that A Clash of Kings was the first book I read on my Kindle. While I’m still not in love with the technology, it did save me lugging around an enormous book while also lugging around an equally enormous newborn.  But we’re not here to talk about A Game of Thrones, or A Clash of Kings.  That’s SO last season(s). We are here to talk about A Storm of Swords.

I’ve decided that all authors with R.R. as their middle initials have a pathological fear of brevity.  They enjoy describing, in exhaustingly minute detail, everything everyone is wearing, eating, smelling, seeing and riding.  Lots of time is spent discussing sigils and scabbards and mottos (oh my!).  Like Mr. R.R. Tolkien, Martin takes the scenic, slow-as-a-goat-path (sometimes an actual goat path) route around his fictitious world.  Like an old man reminiscing about his youth to his grandkids.  It’s not bad, you get to see all the main tourist attractions – some of them more than once (Harrenhal, I’m talking to you!).  We know the climate and topography of each landscape intimately, as well as every breakfast, lunch and dinner.  And unlike some other books, we actually get to see our characters piss and shit (repeatedly) and, of course, have sex.  But not nearly as much as in the show.  But that, dear readers, is my only criticism.  Wow, I feel lighter.  Now let’s move on to the fun stuff (SPOILERS GALORE AHEAD!!!!!)

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