Thursday 7 June 2012

Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire by James Lowder (ed) - Book Review

Title: Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
Author: Jamed Lowder (editor)
Publisher: BenBella Books
Publication Date: 26th June 2012
Pages: 240
Format: E-Book -PDF
Genre: Non-Fiction
Source: ARC from NetGalley

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Go beyond the Wall and across the narrow sea with this collection about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, from A Game of Thrones to A Dance with Dragons.

The epic game of thrones chronicled in George R.R. Martin’s
A Song of Ice and Fire series has captured the imaginations of millions of readers. In Beyond the Wall, bestselling authors and acclaimed critics offer up thought-provoking essays and compelling insights:

Daniel Abraham reveals the unique challenges of adapting the original books into graphic novels. founders Linda Antonsson and Elio M. GarcĂ­a, Jr., explore the series’ complex heroes and villains, and their roots in the Romantic movement.

Wild Cards contributor Caroline Spector delves into the books’ controversial depictions of power and gender.

Plus much more, from military science fiction writer Myke Cole on the way Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder shapes many of the leading characters to author and television writer Ned Vizzini on the biases against genre fiction that color critical reactions to the series.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

This is a great book for any fan of Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series. The essays are all varied and interesting and several show great insight into the characters and situations in the series so far. It was enjoyable to see how the views of others compared to my own, particularly in regards to characters and motivations. Two of my favourite essays were on gender and power as shown in the books and also a great study of Littlefinger as a psychopath.

Any fans of the series will find this a worthwhile read.

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