Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Game of Thrones

“Oh, my sweet summer child, what do you know about fear? Fear is for the winter, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep. Fear is for the long night when the sun hides for years and children are born and live and die all in darkness. That is the time for fear, my little lord, when The White Walkers move through the woods.”
— Old Nan, Game of Thrones

Canal Plus is in the middle of this HBO series based on the first book in the fantasy trilogy by George R. R. Martin and let me just say - I.am.hooked.

It´s got everything:

a complicated plot, an enormous cast, beautiful production values, political intrigue, madness, incest, murder, attempted murder, a half-seen creepy supernatural threat,

lightly clothed barbarians, swordfights, sex, a charmingly snarky dwarf and. . .direwolves!

They´re using Northern Inuit dogs. So gorgeous!

I may have found my summer reading.


  1. David read the book on our way to Australia, and he was not as impressed by the book, as he was the miniseries...

    That having been said, I've not yet started watching them, though they're loaded up on our DVR.

  2. Have patience through the first couple of episodes, there are a lot of characters and political connections to get familiar with. I couldn´t find the whole speech Old Nan gives, but there´s something in there about giant spiders. Woot!

  3. I quite enjoyed the entire series of books in the Song of Fire and Ice Trilogy. They're heavily character driven, with much less emphasis on magic and monsters than many fantasy novels. They're also much more ambiguous than the standard "good" versus "evil" fare. It would be interesting to see how well they've translated the novel to the screen, but as we don't have Sky I won't be finding out any time soon.

  4. That sounds like my kind of book - I've just ordered it. Thanks.