GRRM Has Made Me See the Light
by, May 12th, 2011 at 11:15 AM (1203 Views)
So Iíve read the first seven of Terry Goodkindís Sword of Truth books after watching and enjoying the TV show Legend of the Seeker which was based (loosely) on those books.
Donít judge me.
Of the seven I read, I really enjoyed two (Stone of Tears and Soul of the Fire) I thought three were okay (Wizardís First Rule, Blood of the Fold and Faith of the Fallen) and I really hated the other two (Temple of the Winds and The Pillars of Creation). After finishing The Pillars of Creation and thanking God that the torment was over (it took me over 4 weeks to finish. Brutal!) I read a couple RA Salvatore books and then dove into A Game of Thrones by George RR Martin.
A great book which I enjoyed thoroughly from cover to cover. This book also took me over four weeks to finish. More like five. But the difference between Thrones and Pillars is that I took my time and savored the 700+ pages of Thrones as opposed to not wanting to pick up Pillars. I went back to reread certain passages of Thrones that really struck a cord with me (ďAnd Grey Wind threw back his head and howled.Ē). When something happened that may have been hinted at previously, I had to find that previous scene and read it again. I donít do those things often, but I did them a lot with this book. I havenít enjoyed a read this much since R. Scott Bakkerís The Warrior Prophet, which is a bold statement because in my opinion Bakkerís work is second to none. Will GRRMís series measure up to Bakkerís? If the subsequent books are as good as Thrones it certainly will.
Itís also fun to geek out while watching HBOís awesome adaptation because I already know what is coming. ďCool thereís Ghost!Ē and ďYeah, choke on THAT Viserys!Ē The book is full of characters you love and those you hate. Sometimes the hate is stronger than the love, though. Yeah, Iím talking to you, Joffrey.
Iím on page 58 of Goodkindís Naked Empire and Iím not liking it at all. Iím really stubborn, so I always finish a book that I started, and since I already invested a lot of time into reading the first seven Sword of Truth books, I really wanted to finish off the last four and complete the series. But you know what? Screw that. Iím done with Goodkind and his repetitive, tired plots which he seems to recycle from book to book.
And what does all this have to do with GRRM making me see the light? Mr. Martin has shown me that life is too short to read shitty books.